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The easy way?

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Finding a shortcut to weight loss and getting fit in a simple, and easy way is big business, and has been for decades... though I think just maybe more folks are starting to realize that there just might not be an “easy” way after all! Simple? Sure thing. But easy? I have yet to see a safe and effective (especially for the long term) way of taking off weight and getting healthier. Hey, maybe that is why SparkPeople advocates a lifestyle change, and slow, healthy weight loss for the most part. Ya think? (Sorry for the sarcasm...). I wouldn’t mind if a fairy godmother suddenly appeared, or a genie, and granted my wish to be effortlessly strong, and slender, and healthy! Who would turn that down? But I am not going to hold my breath on that one. Just like I am not waiting for Prince Charming to “rescue” me (I will rescue my own darn self, thanks anyways!), I was not willing to sit around waiting for something “magical” to happen and make me healthier and weigh less. Once I faced the reality that I was morbidly obese, I grabbed onto the resource that is SparkPeople and its community of folks with similar interests and problems. And you know what? There was no “easy” way, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t worth the time and effort that I invested, and it truly was an investment on many levels. And in some ways it was “easy”... all of my choices were just that- MY CHOICES!!! If I decided to skip a workout, or eat that dozen doughnuts (that hasn’t happened in a very long time, thank goodness!), there was no one to blame, no magic to point my finger at and say “it failed!” Nope, it was all my responsibility, all my choice, all my decision... and when I made the healthier choices and achieved successes those were mine too. Y’all were the supporting cast, my accountability partners, but in the end as an online community, rather than face to face support, the ultimate responsibility lies with each individual. I only get as much out of my membership in this site as I am willing to put forth. As much or as little time and effort I have available (or make a priority) that is exactly how much I have... no one will harangue me or yell at me.., or even worse, shame me for slacking off. Only I will really know the amount of effort I invest in each workout, the amount of thought I put into my food choices. So, is it easy? Hmmmm... I would have to say no, it is not easy to lose weight. Doesn’t matter if you are going the path of diet and exercise modification, or bariatric surgery (I have watched a close friend go through that process, and I would NEVER say that was an easy way!)... altering the way you relate to food, exercise, and your body is NOT easy. But then again big changes never are comfortable or easy. (At least I have never observed them to be for others, or found them easy for myself...). Even if you don’t have a lot to lose, changing the way you think about your body and your relationship with food is a tall order. It can be done though. There are whole spark teams dedicated to maintainers and those transitioning to maintenance! I, myself, am in maintenance. I am still here, because, well, for me it is still not “easy”... what is “easy” for me would be falling back into seductive old habits that led to being morbidly obese in the first place. Simple? Yes. I have enough information and resources, and enough personal experience to know what works, and it is pretty simple... but NOT easy. This is really not a bad thing! I feel like I have earned my life, and healthier lifestyle. And as such I believe that I will fight harder to hold onto it than if it had been “easy” to accomplish! Isn’t it human nature to fight harder for something we had to work for and earn? I hope you have a great day... and that you fight to be the best version of you that you can be today!
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