Losing weight and getting healthy is a really hard thing to do. I came upon another blog post the other day who preached about the obesity problem in the United States and proceeded to make it sound like it was the easiest thing in the world to lose weight, and why it should not be a problem at all. Saying that is like saying that alcoholism and cigarettes shouldn’t be a problem either. But the fact is, it is a problem because it is an addiction like any other. You do not change on a drop of a hat. It takes a lot of time to rebuild positive habits and work in the right direction of your goals. There is a lot of emotional and mental abuse that comes with gaining weight and losing weight… how your self worth coincides with the number on the scale. It’s a battle that should not be brushed side so quickly. Sometimes I think it is this lack of understanding that has allowed obesity to grow out of control, from both sides. Those that are overweight lack knowledge about nutrition and also have emotional pain when it comes to having extra weight on your bones. We are quick to look for fad diets that promise fast results. We don’t want to wait weeks, months, YEARS to get to where we want to be and where we think we have to be to fit in.
Then you have the people who don’t understand why you are the way you are. Food is just food… why would it be an addiction? It’s an emotional crutch for some. It might just be because of upbringing and not knowing how to learn portion sizes.
There are so many reasons that cannot be written off so quickly and have people expect change instantly. It is not going to happen. Yes, there is a problem in our nation when it comes to weight, but preaching about it and saying that people should “just change” is not going to help.
It has taken me 7 months to get to where I am right now, and I am still no where near my goal… but I am closer. I am also still struggling with learning proper nutrition and how to really eat food that works with my body. It is just a fuel.
Anyway, I am going to step down from my podium.
Today, I did not go running but I did go on an hour long walk and also did the 30 Day Shred. I was also bad and ate out for lunch since my mom was treating me. I am definitely not very good with the whole not eating out thing, especially this week. It is so hard during the summer when I just want to go out. Ooops. Oh well. I know I was not going to follow the plan to a T but I definitely need to work on doing that a little bit better!
Tomorrow…. beach time! I am so excited!
Sorry for this random post. Kind of not feeling it right now. My thoughts are all jumbled.