Thursday, May 27, 2010
What happens when you are asked "how are you losing all that weight??" I have been asked this quite a bit lately and expect to be asked it again over the weekend when we see a lot of people we haven't seen for awhile. I tell people the truth. I have cut out most bad fats, cheesy foods, fried foods. Eating mostly fresh veggies, fruit, chicken and fish. And I've been getting off my butt and exercising, usually something every day. I tell them about Sparkpeople and how logging my food and exercise and the support from other's has been a great help. How I feel better then I ever have and am super happy. How my goal is to be healthy not just skinny. But the responses back have been really interesting.
I think most people are hoping you will tell them you are doing it with a magic pill. That it isn't taking a lot of hard work and dedication to a new lifetstyle. They want to hear that you can still eat the wrong unhealthy food, and sit on your butt all day and magically the weight will start to come off. Cause most of what I am hearing is just one excuse after another. I hear about how they love ice cream, how their back is bad, their knees are bad, they hate fruit/veggies...and on and on and on. I try to say well if you start small...just a small change will make a difference and then you go from there. I feel like I am arguing with people on being healthy. I want to scream at them, well if you start doing something and losing a few pounds here or there, your back would feel better, your knees would feel better...you will feel better. I mean, I had all the same issues, I couldn't walk up stairs, I was like O'Neil, one leg up the stairs at a time. Now I can. But they don't want to hear it!!!
But I think it is a statement about our society these days. People don't want to work for anything let alone their health. How sad is that. How sad I was one of those people 5 months ago. If it were easy, wouldn't we all be skinny and healthy??? If there was a magic pill wouldn't we all want it???? It is so hard to spread the spark when people aren't ready to hear about it even if they do ask!!!
ok, that is my soapbox for the day!! I am feeling much better today. Still have some lingering anxiety floating around that I can't figure out how to get rid of right now. But it's not horrible so I'm just ignoring it or trying too! Getting ready for the big birthday bash on Saturday. It is sooooo hot here already too! But hopefully it will be fun!! Well you all have a great day!!! Thank you for being supportive of me during this journey!!! I love sparkpeople!!