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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

"But being healthy is too hard!"

Lunch time at my office has become somewhat of a circus.  My office is right next to the kitchen so I hear everything that goes on and being that we're still in the New Year resolution "high", a lot of talk has been health/food/weight-loss talk.  It's amazing, and a little sad, how much "old school" information - Atkin's Diet, 'fat buring zone', Richard Simmons (!!) - I hear being passed around in that kitchen.

What's even worse is that people have noticed that I've been losing weight so they stop in to see what I'm eating for lunch... E.V.E.R.Y  S.I.N.G.L.E  D.A.Y!

A lot of times this food-stalking leads to small talk and the inevitable question, "How are you doing it?"

When I answer them,  they can't believe that I watch my food portions, count calories, monitor my macro-nutrients, make it a priority to get in my workouts, etc.  Most people tell me "That's crazy!" or "It's too hard to do all that".

Really, people?  REALLY?!?! 
 You're telling me it's too hard to make an effort to be more active or watch what you eat? 

Isn't it harder living with joint pain?
Isn't it harder to be uncomfortable in your skin?
Isn't it harder to get around in the world?
Isn't it harder to keep having to take medication on top of medication to keep your cholesterol/blood pressure in check?

Trust me, it's much easier living healthy than it is to be overweight.  Or in my case, obese (by America's standard BMI chart).

 5'0" and 176 lbs = BMI of 35 = OBESE!

I  always tell my food-stalker co-workers that they don't have to do things the way I do.  I do things the way I do because it worked for me.  They still brush off the information as if it's something they will never do... like they were expecting me to tell them that I take some kind of magic pill.  One co-worker even said, "Damn it! So exercise and diet actually work?  I guess I should listen to my doctor".

I say give exercise and healthy eating a one month chance.

I did back in 2008.  In one month I lost 10 pounds and I haven't looked back.


deanna said...

two thumbs up :)

Anonymous said...

Love it! Very wise words :)

Kyle Gershman said...

It is absolutely frightening how obtuse people can be when it comes to losing weight. Heck, I support any means of dropping weight as long as there is a transition to much more acceptable long term health and wellness routines.

You keep leading by example...and some may even follow.

You are the only one that needs to be and remain inspired!

affectionforfitness said...

Hi Annie! Thank you for visiting my blog.

Love yours! I am your newest follower. Your posts are full of realistic common sense that can be believed and followed.

:-) Marion