A Whole New Day

Eating Well is a Weighty Issue

CHANGE IS SCARY AND YOUR FOOD IS TOO

on January 7, 2012

I am at the beginning of my journey. My health hasn’t done an amazing 180. I haven’t lost 100 pounds. I haven’t even done that great so far. I keep stumbling and getting back up, dusting myself off, and carrying on. Which at this point I am doing the most important thing – NOT GIVING UP.

One thing that has come to surprise me is the amount of resistance I have come to see regarding my decision to follow a more whole/natural foods LIFE STYLE (not diet!!). In the words of Jack LaLanne, “It’s not a diet. It’s a lifestyle.” That is what I am looking for –  not the Grapefruit, South Beach, Atkins, or Cabbage Soup diet. I am not in this just to lose weight. I am in this to gain life. Vibrant healthful life.

This resistance has caused me to do some reflection and I am starting to wonder a little bit about why those closest to me sometimes smirk when they ask me “How’s the diet going?”

  1. Change is hard. Even for those around you. Especially when you do something that complicates the typical routine. Many of our social functions center around sharing a meal. Food is everywhere and thrown into every situation. Dragging new dietary concerns into the mix and not being able to – or wanting to – eat anywhere makes things complicated. But I figure if I have had to roll with the punches through marriages, babies, and all the other huge changes my friends have made then they can deal with me changing my diet.
  2. Removing your own blinders forces people to remove theirs as well. If you draw attention to the crap that you have been eating and the fat on your body it forces people to look at themselves. They don’t like that which leads to point number 3.
  3. Secret Desire for you to fail so you can continue to be fat and eat junk together. They don’t want to change. They don’t want you to change. Right here is comfortable and chicken fingers are good. It isn’t that they are evil. It isn’t that they may even know it. But secretly they want to be fat WITH you not fat beside you.
  4. Assumed Nutritional Genius. Everyone has advice on what you should do and that they have all the answers and you don’t have to pay them because they are so beneficent. Well hey guess what – I know to eat right, exercise, and drink more water.  Everyone does and yet most of us are still fat. If it were as easy as that all of America would cease to be fat and we would be, well, Norway. But controlling all our decisions – good and bad – is this giant baffling thing:  The Human Brain. It is a surprisingly emotional process for me to change what I eat. Which is exactly why I am paying someone to help me with this lifestyle change. Even though they may think it, my Food and Wellness Coach isn’t going to roll her eyes at me and call me stupid and make me feel like an ass. She is going to walk me through my mistake and prop me up and give me the strength to move forward which is exactly what I need right now. Though in many ways I appreciate tough love, right now, honestly, I am a little too delicate for it. While I appreciate everyone’s advice, what I really need is your support. And if you can’t give that then I will accept silence.

My decision has been to try to ignore the critics and the back seat nutritionists. It isn’t always easy and I do a crazy amount of tip toeing around other peoples feelings.

That being said, in the interest of being a bit juvenile, their annoying me is also motivating. In addition to wanting to make myself healthier  the motivating factor of “I’LL SHOW YOU. JUST WAIT AND SEE” kicks in.

I figure the best revenge (I know this sounds petty, but I never claimed to be perfect) is looking super hot, feeling super good, and smacking the smirks off all their faces with my super awesomeness.

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