You said it! (Your comments ROCK.)
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Holy cow. I never in a zillion years expected such a response to my post about weight loss liars... I was just getting a little gripe off my chest. I had no idea so many others felt the same way. Thanks so much for sharing your comments - - your thoughts on the subject were super interesting to read! You raised new issues, made strong points, shared inspiration and made me laugh...
I've compiled just a few of the amazing things you said here.
INSPIRATION TO KEEP ON DOING THINGS THE "HARD" WAY...
“Those that get there and understand what it really takes are the ones that will ultimately be successful. It's been hard for me to point my friends and family in the SparkPeople direction, letting them know that I've lost over 100 pounds by educating myself and making changes to my life, and seeing them on here saying, ‘Okay, I'm going to do this too, and first I'll start with a cleanse to drop 10 pounds...’"
“People ask me how I've lost so much weight and they look at me so confused when I tell them I did it the old fashioned way. My own mother asked me for the name of whatever pill I was taking! Seriously!”
“I thought for years I couldn't lose weight because I never had the money that it took to join any program or gym or buy fancy food! Now, that I've joined SP, committed to doing the hard work, and have the tools and support I need here-- the weight is coming off!”
“For us real people there are place like this. We can empower each other and talk about the ugly truth of weight loss.”
“It really is a life overhaul. You have to change your habits and your MIND too, or it won't work.”
“I have lost 30 lbs now, and people are starting to come up to me at work asking how I did it. When I tell them I changed my eating habits and exercise alot and walk, they just look at me. I'm sure they wanted me to tell them some big secret about weight loss. I WISH!!!”
“It's like everyone (and I include myself in that too) wants there to be some magic fix that will melt the pounds away. But it's really a slow. ongoing process, and that's actually good. It gives us time to find out what works and what doesn't.”
“I have to keep reminding myself that this is hard work and slow & steady wins the race. Sometimes i get caught up in the instant success and i want the weight off right now. But it doesn't work that way.”
ON HOW "LIES" UNDERMINE OUR BELIEF IN OURSELVES...
“It seriously bothers me that there are people out there who won't say publicly that it's hard, it's mostly mental and will take a LONG time to do. [Fad diets] create a false sense of low self-esteem. Someone tries a diet that "should" be easy and then it fails and they gain the weight back and then some, it makes people feel horrible and that they can't do it. It's sad and wrong.”
“I completely agree that the "experts" have done such a disservice to everyone by making it appear easier to lose weight than it actually is. How many people have given up hope when things got difficult?”
“I did the "quickie" ways in the past. I learned nothing except to hate myself when I gained the weight back.”
ON DOCTORS, TRAINERS AND OTHERS...
“Medical professionals have a responsibility to the people that they serve and that is to provide us with the most accurate, comprehensive and truthful information possible so that we can make better decisions for ourselves.”
“My husband and I cut out soda and gained weight - so all the well meaning doctors and trainers in our lives told us we must be lying about the soda or about our activity or something else. I hate these over-simplifications because they make everyone agree that it "must be so" for everyone when really, weight loss success has to be individual.”
“I went to my doctor about wanting to lose weight and not being able and her exact words were "well its not like its rocket science!" I honestly wanted to punch her in the stinkin mouth...”
ON HOLLYWOOD SECRETS...
“This is kind of my own conspiracy theory rant here, but some chicks in Hollywood totally abuse drugs to maintain their weight. Remember when Lindsey Lohan and Nicole Richie were kind of chubby and now they are super skinny? Celebrities have some unhealthy tricks that the rest of us don't, and that is all the more reason why they are unrealistic weight loss role models.”
“Kirsti Alley should know that we don't want to see her parade around on Oprah AGAIN in her bikini…”
ON WEIGHT LOSS COMPANIES...
“Here's to us girls- lets not fill their pockets with our hard earned money- lets put it back and buy a new dress- not their lies!”
“Companies like Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers are out to make a profit. That is what companies do, they have to make a profit for their shareholders.”
“Here's the problem. Telling the general public that it is hard work to get weight off doesn't sell.”
JUST PLAIN TRUE...
“Do you ever catch your self wanting to shout Sparkspeopl.com at the TV?”
“The simple truth still stands: if it sounds too good to be true, then IT IS!!!”
“I agree and disagree. Everyone is built differently… The truth of the matter is, if your in the genetic deep end - your going to have to work extra hard to lose that weight, while some people will see it melt off in no time.”
“One thing that I wish "the world" could do (doctors/tv/news) is just turn around the perception that eating healthily and exercising are not fun, or a punishment.”
“Add photoshop to the mix and you have the very reason magazines sell in Spring/Summer each sharing some 'secret' endorsed by a celebrity or another...”
“What is also frustrating is every time you think you are being healthy all the sudden it is not the healthy thing to do anymore! Drink Diet, don't drink diet. Potatos are bad, now their good....on and on!!”
AND FINALLY, ON BREASTFEEDING "MELTING OFF THE BABY FAT"...
“Love the breastfeeding comments!! You forgot to add that all the rumors tell you that by breastfeeding, your pounds will melt off too. WHATEVER!”