Coach Dean, this article reinforces a lot of different things that I relay to some of my spark friends that are in search of motivation on any given day as I've lost 180 pounds and have deployed a lot of the strategies that you have spoken of in the article.
So much more than losing weight, my main goal when I started my lifestyle change was to "Feel good again". Having that goal on the front burner of my brain helped to keep me disciplined and focused with a resolve that I was going to achieve "Feeling good again!"
So much more than a body image change or wanting to look thinner...I just wanted to be able to walk from the parking lot to my job without breaking into a profuse sweat. I wanted to be able to stand the entire time I had to do dishes and not sit in a chair to do them. I wanted to also be able to walk around my kitchen and actually be able to physically prepare a meal. I wanted to not get short of breath tying my shoes. The list is a lot longer.
So much more than a term...I suffered from "Fattitudes" I made excuses. I felt that others needed to adjust in order for me to lose weight and become healthy. Through all of my deepest depression when I was 380 pounds, the one resounding thing that hit me was that I was like I was because of my decisions I had made and what I had become was a cumulative result of those choices. It was when I came to that understanding that I put together a nutrition plan and an exercise plan and began to act on them.
It's been October 2007 since I changed up my nutrition and December 2007 since I started my exercise regimen. It all started with relinquishing my "Fattitudes".
While the article is fantastic, I take issue with the word "fattitude" as it is being used here. This is seems to be a misappropriation of a word often used to denote acceptance and confidence in one's size regardless of not being a size 2. It also speaks to finding joy in what one's body can do, versus what one's body looks like.
Of course a google search could've easily explained this better than I did.
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