Starting over... again

Friday, August 06, 2010

How many times are we allowed to start over and repeat that age old mantra of "This is it! This is the last time! This time will be the time I finally lose the weight!"

And then 6 months later, you are shouting it again, perhaps 5 lbs heavier than before.

Now I have to admit, at this exact moment, I am not that person. But lord knows I have been that person sooooooooooo many freaking times. I can't count how many times I have revamped my plans, reset deadlines, created new goal events, recalculated my caloric guidelines, etc etc etc.

So here is my question. Is it (emotionally) unhealthy to keep starting over and over again? Is that a sign of some deeper issue that we need to tackle? Or is it merely the trait of a person who isn't a (permanent) quitter?
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    Honestly, I've been asking myself that same question for the last 3 years. Every few weeks, I say "This is it. I'm done. Never again" Next thing I know, I've actually ballooned. I think it is a problem when we obsess over weight. Do I think its a problem with ourselves? A little. If you don't have the wear withal to stick it out and continue to diet or exercise or whatever, that's your own personal weakness that you have to fix before you can successfully lose weight..
    I don't think it helps that people are constantly bombarded with images of perfection. I hate to put the blame on something like ads because everyone says "they don't affect me". But they do. You are constantly, even on a subconscious level, judging yourself by these images of perfection because our culture says "if you aren't this, then you aren't attractive." And like every social animal species, we want to fit in, we want to be accepted, and our primary urge, as animals, is to be attractive to the opposite sex (unless you're homosexual, then you want to be attractive to the same sex, but the point is the same. lol). But, the need to be attractive is also a whole biology that i don't want to get into right now.
    I don't think that the constant struggle to become healthier is bad (and its a struggle because our bodies are built to retain fat and anything to the contrary makes our bodies think its starving, and thus it goes into super retain fat mode). What I think is bad is when one takes it too far: If your whole day is based on how good you feel after looking at a scale. Bulimia. Anorexia.

    3461 days ago
    we are on the same shoe...

    I'm starting over again after...well... dozens of " I'm starting all over again ... "

    3461 days ago
    I think it might be a sign of something larger than the weight issue only because I believe we have to get to a point where we are ready to succeed. Now, how to get to that point is a mystery.
    3461 days ago
    Oh am I with you on this one. When we finally get this darn thing figured out, I will be soooo happy. I do believe it is something deep in us and we have to do some soul searching to figure it out. I see on the Biggest Looser that Julian Micheals does get them to figure with is in side of them and does get them to come to reality...I guess we have some deep searching to do then...take care and good luck...Merri
    3461 days ago
    Hmmm....I don't know. I just started over....again. I'm going to go with nota permanent quitter. I'm picking myself up, dusting myself off and going at it again. emoticon
    3461 days ago
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