Do you know what caused you to get out of shape, overweight, and unhealthy? I am not talking about eating too much and not exercising enough. What I mean is, have you really sat down and thought about how you got into the unhealthy predicament you find yourself in? It’s tough to face our failures and weaknesses, but in order to fix them, we have to be honest with ourselves.
I’ve said in the past that if you’re not willing to commit 100%, then you’re wasting your time trying to get healthy and lose weight. I do not say that to discourage anyone from trying to do so, but to point out that anything less than your full effort isn’t going to get you the results you want. The same is true of attacking the source of your unhealthy lifestyle.
For me, it was a combination of an unhealthy relationship with food (I loved to eat for the sake of eating) and a lack of exercise (I hated to do anything that could be considered exercise. In retrospect, I don’t know why this was). I know there are people who have eating disorders, conditions, diseases, and other maladies that made them overweight. I get it; it’s not all a simple fix. However, for those who do have the aforementioned issues, they have a starting point, and likely, professional help to go to. For the rest of us, it’s incumbent on us to identify the problem and attack it with all the force we have.
My example has been laid out bare on the pages of this blog. I ate too much and didn’t exercise enough. I attacked one first before the other. Now, I eat healthy and exercise often. My health has greatly improved and my fitness level is actually pretty decent. The only way I was able to do this was by being honest with myself and identifying the problem areas and finding a way past them. Whole30 and Paleo were the answer for me, and it worked.
All the effort in the world won’t change anything if you’re not changing the right thing. Changing a light bulb in the kitchen won’t fix the burned out bulb in the bedroom. Exercise isn’t the cure for being overweight. Diet isn’t the cure for being out of shape. Eating whole wheat and drinking OJ won’t solve anything. Do the introspection, identify your problem, and make a plan to fix it. Seek professional advice or assistance if necessary. Whatever you do, make sure the work you are doing is in the right area. Don’t waste your time and energy changing the wrong light bulb.