Keeping the weight off is easy—said no one, ever. Most of us have discovered that our bodies have a tendency to store fat—as opposed to randomly losing it, just like our homes have a tendency towards untidiness (vs. tidiness) or our money has a tendency to be spent instead of saved. It’s just so easy to consume more than our bodies need. Surprisingly, this is a good thing as spontaneous weight loss is often an indicator of a serious health condition. So does this mean we're condemned to a love/hate relationship with the bathroom scale?
It depends on the heart.
More than living out what we think and believe (choosing a salad over French fries at lunch because we know it's the healthier choice or lacing up a pair of New Balance sneakers to score five miles before dinner because we know our mood will be enhanced, for example) we will live out what we love.
We are lovers at our core, aren’t we? We rave about literature and movies that move us, encourage one another to follow (or find, or rediscover) our passions, buy homes and take vacations frequently with the adjective “dream” and seek all manner of coping mechanisms to make us happy.
We are lovers. The problem is there’s trouble in paradise—choices to make, emotions to manage, needs of others to consider—and sometimes what we say we love, isn’t what we live.
If your mind is swimming with the existential implications of this reality—fear not, I’m parking the discussion on diet and exercise.
When I hear someone confess to “struggling” with their weight—what I’ve learned to discern is their real struggle is with competing loves. Perhaps it's convenience over preparation or immediate satisfaction verses the delayed variety or a desire for a gym-honed body with zero interest in stepping foot in the gym. See the incongruity? I’m convinced most North Americans would “love” to lose weight—be it five pounds or a hundred—but are they willing to sacrifice for it? Live really differently for a time and then quite differently ever after?
If you’re a person who’d love to lose weight—are you also willing to love the work on the back end of that goal? Setting nutritional standards and abiding by them and allowing exercise to not merely be something you do--but part of who you are? Can you fall in love with nutrition and physical activity?
If the honest answer is “No,” what is it that you truly love? Because our lives are one long love story--sometimes we love wisely and other times...well, you know.
But what if the answer to the question above is "No--but I want to!"
I think that's a great response and we'll explore it on a future post.
Dionne is a certified Ideal Protein coach who lost 25 pounds following the protocol way back when. Since then she's learned to cook healthier meals (and actually eat them), get a daily dose of iron in the form barbells and kettle bells and is usually training to improve her time in an upcoming half marathon.