Mixed Messages and Commitment

I receive a lot of personal messages on Facebook from friends who are inspired by my weight loss and want to know what I am doing. Like I said in my last post, I have an internal and unwritten script that I use, and I go through it with everyone. Some people who have asked me for info have gone on to start their own journey towards being healthy. Others… well, they are still looking for the easy way to lose weight. They are waiting for the magic pill that will just make the weight go away without any effort or suffering at all.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it’s not going to happen.

(Trigger warning: following the MORE link will display images that may make people struggling with food images have a hard time with sticking to their commitment to eating right. If you are one of those people, please don’t click MORE)

Without commitment, you’re going to get nowhere. Commitment to anything is hard. Sometimes being committed to being a peaceful and good person is hard when you are surrounded by idiots. Being committed to getting through school and earning a degree is hard. Being committed and staying with a bad line of thought in a discussion is very hard. Staying committed to losing weight is no different, yet people dismiss the commitment and don’t even try. If people only put the same amount of energy into how hard they look for the easy way to lose weight as they did in actually trying to lose weight, they’d be successful.

Something that really makes me question the commitment people have to good health and losing weight is when they post things like this to Facebook:

That does, indeed, look tasty. I can’t deny that. But it’s also sabotage for anyone who is working toward getting back to a safe and healthy weight. It’s also full of stuff that, even when I get back down to my target weight, I don’t want to put into my body anymore. There’s no doubt that it’s delicious. For 48 years, I’ve eaten all manner of foods that tasted delicious, but that doesn’t mean it’s good for me. Rick James said cocaine’s a helluva drug. He never said it was good for us. Sugar does us no favors, and is not our friend. There’s a reason why makers of processed food put sugar in just about everything; we get addicted to it. It’s why we have an obesity epidemic in the US, and the sad part is that we’re spreading it to other cultures as well.

If you really want to lose weight, you need to readjust the way you look at food. You need to change your relationship with food. Food is here to fuel our bodies, and sure, it can taste good, but you have to get it into your brain housing group that there are foods out there that are deceptively bad for us.

I have made a commitment to eating right. I have made a commitment to being healthy. I have made a commitment to live long enough to see grandchildren, to be a part of their lives, and to just be here for my kids as long as I can. Most importantly, I have made a commitment to be around a long time to pester and annoy my wife for as long as I can. There is nothing in this world that will make sabotaging my commitments worthwhile.

So, what’s your excuse?

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