This Is Not A Race

One of the biggest problems in our society today is that most people expect instant gratification.  This is especially true with people who fight weight problems.

Often, when people have struggled with their weight, especially for any significant length of time, they are so desperate to get a handle on and control their weight, they will buy into just about anything.  By anything I mean quick fixes.  The more outrageous the claim, the more appealing it is.

Lose 90 lbs in 5 minutes!

Ok, even if that were possible, how healthy could that really be?

Last night as I was watching I use to be fat on MTV, the girl in the episode, Kirsten, made a very poignant point.  She said “The hardest part of getting healthy is over coming the mental barriers.”

She is so right.  Most over weight people can push their bodies.  They can over come the pain, discomfort and fatigue.  Unless you get a grasp on the mental aspect of it, all the physical work that is put into being healthy will quickly be for not.  This attributes to why so many people lose weight, only to fall back into old habits and gain what they worked so hard to lose back.  Usually they gain back even more.

When losing weight, the focus has to shift from quick fix, diet, and instant gratification.  Instead the focus has to be on being healthy, making a lifestyle change and committing for the long haul.

There is nothing to say that a person has to lose 10 pounds per week to be successful.  As long as healthy changes are being made, a pound or two every week is something to celebrate.

If someone were to consistently lose 2 pounds per week for an entire year, that is a 104 pound potential loss.  But, what’s even more valuable about losing weight the “good ol’ fashioned way”, ie. diet and exercise changes, is a person educates themselves how to properly use food as fuel to move their body and how to move their body daily in order to achieve maximum results.

These changes should come slow and gradually.  Old habits being replaces with new, healthier ones.

People that chose to lose weight by changing their lifestyles, also tend to appreciate the efforts and successes more, and are more likely to maintain and sustain their efforts for the duration of their lives.

It is an unfair plight that those of us with food addictions face.  Unlike alcoholics or drug addicts, we actually need the one thing we are addicted to, to survive, to live:  food.

It has to be about retraining the way we look at and use food.

Also, we have to improve our self-talk.  Constantly reminding ourself:  We can do this, We can make these changes, Our bodies are capable of moving, Pain is temporary, Health is for life, We are worth all of the time and effort, We are worth all of the pain and sacrifice, We have worth.

And, if we fall of the waggon, it is ok.  That waggon is still there.  All we have to do is pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and hop back on.  One slip doesn’t ruin or undo anything.  You only fail if you give up or quit.

This isn’t a competition.  Not with yourself.  Not between yourself and anyone else.

This is a lifestyle choice. 

This is a  lifestyle change.

This is not a race.

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2 responses to “This Is Not A Race

  1. Yep, you are so right. Instant gratification is what we all want (me included) but it’s not a race. You’ll get there eventually but you’ll much LESS stressed if you slow down and enjoy it. 🙂

    It took me just under 2 years to lose 100 pounds. Sure there were moments it was excruciatingly slow but I got there and you will too. Just keep doing it.

  2. Melissa Khammash

    SO TRUE! I am glad you wrote this and maybe others will learn from this! Great writing by the way! Love ya girl!

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