Am I turning into a weight loss health snob? Because I sure feel like it. Sometimes.
First off, I am by no means uber fit and trim. I still have plenty of belly jiggle and wiggle and fly-away flabby arms, but I feel good. I feel healthy. Or at least a lot healthier than what I used to be. I am actually pretty darn happy where I am at…for the most part anyway. Yeah, that whole toning up thing is what I am aiming for now. Less flab and more firm. I would love to be toned and a little muscular looking. But not Jillian Michaels muscular. That’s too much for me.
Second of all, I am by no means an expert when it comes to health and fitness. Although at times, people may think I am and I would love to be, but I am so not. I have come a long way in the last year and a half and I have learned plenty about portion control and eating the right foods and exercise, but I still make mistakes. Often.
But see, here’s the thing. When I watch TV and see ads for weight loss programs or God forbid, quick-fix diets, I cringe. Bad. Sometimes, I even talk back to the television. For instance, when Sara Rue comes on and talks about how much weight she lost in such a little amount of time, I sneer and wrinkle up my nose. I ask her, like she can really hear me, "Yeah, so what’s gonna happen when you get off the plan? When you have to eat real food?" Seriously, like she’s gonna answer me.
And it happens when I hear people talk about other plans, like the kind where they drink stuff and take pills. I try to be upbeat and not question their enthusiasm or commitment. I try to be positive and congratulate them for doing something, although I may disagree wholeheartedly. I really hope I don’t come off as some kind of know-it-all-snob, because I really don’t want to. I am just so excited about everything I learned and how it worked for me.
And the thing is, I have done those things. I have been in their shoes. And yes, it does work. Temporarily. That’s the whole kit and kaboodle. It is always temporary. Always. I wish I could scream from every mountain top that people need to learn how to eat in the real world, in real situations, with their family, their friends, their co-workers, at home, at a restaurant – whatever and wherever.
I am not saying I am perfect or that what I am doing is the "right" answer. I realize that everyone has to find what works for them, but really, come on, you can’t live on pills and shakes or prepackaged foods forever. But you can live on real food…healthy food (of course you have to mix in a little naughty food from time to time!). Foods from the basic food groups, you know, the ones you learned about in elementary school.
Okay, so maybe I am turning into a weight loss health snob. But you know what, maybe deep down inside, I kind of like it. Maybe this is my calling. Maybe.