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Friday, August 21, 2015
Recently I heard a comment "if you were a good Christian, you would"...and the person went on to express her point. It made me look at several things..,,,and most not related to my religion.
We live in a society that has developed the habit of extreme opinions. We seem to be monitoring everything from entertainment to personalities and declaring that something is inappropriate if it does not meet our individual standards of behavior and choice. Because of my personal fundamentalist Christian convictions, there are several areas that I live according to Biblical instructions, but honestly, I work on not looking at other people though my extreme lenses. One of the areas that the initial statement got me to consider was my health. How many times has a person who appears to be an average size looked at an obviously overweight person and stated "if you were really serious about losing weight you (would or wouldn't) do ....." .
There's an old proverb that warns us that we do not know a man until we've walked in his moccasins. We all have opinions based on our life experiences. I eat for any excuse and any reason...celebration, grief, boredom, habit, impulse, anger, for health, for fellowship, and for no reason at all. For a person who is addicted to cigarettes instead of food, it's hard to describe the eating habit. I can look at the smoker and declare "why do you want to suck poison down into your lungs?" and they can look at me and declare, "I don't understand your attachment to food!" Another old saying is that each man has his poison. A man can live (and more healthily) without tobacco intake, but that same man HAS to have food to live. I saw a program on a woman who weighed over 600 pounds the other day and she went on 700 calories a day...supposedly. Neighbors brought her food and she ate the diet food as well....in less than a year, she was up to about 700 pounds. She cried and declared she was doing her best and wanted to be healthy but it was so hard. I can sit here at my desk and critique her documented behavior and brag on my fiber one bar for breakfast and 300 calorie lunch and unsweetened tea and coffee and discuss all the work I do in the yard and all my busy-ness...but the only difference between that sister and me is 300 pounds. I have every excuse and my critics see those excuses and aren't afraid to announce them.
If I were serious about losing weight...what would I do differently than I'm doing now. Why do I want or even need to lose weight? I have been a nurse for over 35 years and know about every pro and con there is to good health. I know what to do. If I were serious....doesn't THAT sound familiar.
So for now, I have to rethink what I'm doing and why. I can't aim for this goal just for someone else. I'm seeing physical improvement since going back on medication, but I want more...or to develop more commitment. I remember when I first started that I mapped out a goal and a plan of action..so this coming week..that's my focus. Starting over. I should be 140 pounds right now with all the years of articles and support that I've gleaned from SP...but I'm not. tomorrow's another day.