I’m going to say this again: it’s never okay to accept poor health caused by being overweight. YOU are in control of what goes into your mouth. YOU are the person who has the final say in what you eat. YOU can be stronger than whatever appetite or craving you experience.
I’m really tired of hearing, “I just can’t stop eating bread,” or “I could never stop eating rice and beans.” Yes you could! You can do ANYTHING you set your mind to! I see people day after day eating food that is making them unhealthy and they continue to gain weight. These same people say to me, “You’re so lucky you have the strength to not eat donuts and bad foods,” and when I tell them that they have the very same power, they disagree. Yet somehow, they get to work on time day after day. They pay their bills. They take their kids to activities, day after day, and on-time. They do all these other things that require discipline, yet they can’t control what they eat? That’s a load of you-know-what.
It’s a cop out, is what it is. It’s easier to say you are powerless than to admit the truth: that you’re too lazy to even try. You’ve failed before, and instead of trying again, you surrendered and decided to just let your health be what it is, regardless of how bad it gets.
I get it. I’ve been there. I surrendered for a long time until I got so fat I couldn’t even tie my own shoes without holding my breath. My health was failing, and my family and friends were afraid for me. I made the choice to change my life. I did a lot of reading, and I asked a lot of questions from people who knew nutrition and health. I made the decision to change my lifestyle, not for the short-term, but forever. I wanted to get healthy and to stay healthy. It’s a never-ending process. I can’t say I’ve reached my goal, because my goal is to stay as healthy as I can and at a healthy weight until I die.
Stop saying it’s too hard. Stop saying you can’t do this. Stop thinking you can’t stop eating foods that are hurting you. Like any relationship, your relationship with food is in your hands. Break up with sugar and start eating better today. I don’t care what method you use; pick a healthy one, adopt it, and live by it. No, you won’t be perfect, but if you strive to improve for the long-haul and adopt a healthy lifestyle, you will find yourself much happier, much healthier, and with some luck and discipline, much lighter. But stop saying you can’t do this. It’s like a broken record.