Warning: brutal honesty next 300 miles
This is a road construction site. Work in progress.
Slow down, fines apply for noncompliance.
You've been warned.
Let's see, how do I begin? Ah, yes on the subject of weight loss...
I'm kind of considered an I'll-try-anything-to-lose-weight guru. Seriously, you've heard of a new quick fix on shedding those unwanted pounds? I'll try it for you. I'll buy into every website, read every book, test out any and all foods up and down the supermarket aisle if you'll just tell me that it works. Anyone, anyone?! Sound familiar?
Deprivation? Starved it.
Shin splints? Iced it.
All you can eat buffet? Binged it.
You know what, my fat is tired of it. And I am to, in fact.
I've come to the realization ladies (and gents too), that there are four (yes, only four) key words to keep in mind when you find yourself on autopilot wandering over to the "diet" aisle at Barnes and Noble.
It's. Not. Worth. It.
Period. (Okay five words)
We all know what we need to do to be healthy. Our bodiesnaturally know how to behave. They weren't born yesterday. Just keep your ears open and listen. Do we really need all this so-called advice from those who swear that eating pineapple will give your fat cells a wake up call? Really, are we going to buy it? Literally who wants to buy another $19.99 useless book? I can think of a ton of really cute shoes that money could be going toward. And guess what, those shoes don't care about what I had for breakfast.
I have learned (through many trial and error, mind you) that when we consistently exercise and eat good-for-you foods, your body finds out that you are actually trying to treat it right. That you are giving love to your body, giving it what it needs, and not depriving it to squeeze into those size 2 jeans.
Maybe we should focus more on showing our bodies how much we love them. Giving them proper sleep, breathing, movement, and fuel. When our bodies find out how much we are loving them, they do this amazing thing in return: they keep us going! Suddenly we have energy to climb the stairs, we don't feel like gorging on pancakes, and we find peace within. The relationship is rekindled and we are comfortable again. Isn't that what we should strive for anyway, not 1200 calories a day, but feeling good in our own skin?
Let that be our healthy goal. Be kind to yourself. Be understanding and forgiving. But most of all share that love with the one who matters, everyday.