Summary:This blog talks about why we allow ourselves to become overweight and how we can make a decision to change and move to the 9 health steps.
Was it Popeye the sailor man who said it: “I am what I am what I am?” Does that mean “take me or leave me because I cannot change?” The concept of “change” comes up a lot in talking about health and getting to a better place, health-wise. Most of us want to be healthy but it’s a lot of work to get there.
Where are you right now? By that I mean where are you sitting or standing? How did you get there? Your mind decided to go over and sit down and read this blog. How did I get here, writing this blog? My mind went through a list of choices that I would prefer to this but I over-ruled the more fun stuff so here I am, sitting with a lap top apple computer, with a cheap Costco purchased back massager typing this blog and doing some belly breathing as I type.
A series of decisions put us in certain places every moment of the day. We may not like being at work, but we need the money so there we are. We may get hungry so we find ourselves at Wendy’s and eat. Since we live in a world that is conducive to obesity we may have picked up a few extra pounds. Or we could be obese. Just like we are where we are, we are what we are, just like Popeye the sailor man. In our own little ways we have decided that being overweight is ok with us. If it weren’t ok then the weight would come off due to some different decisions about activity and food choices. Never in the history of mankind have there been so many people selling diets and advice as there are now. Never have there still been so many obese people in one country. Obesity begets diet advice.
For a person (you) to change requires that you look at yourself in a mirror and admit to yourself that you like being the way you are. If you didn’t like it, you wouldn’t be the way you are. I know that sounds outrageous to you, but no one injected the calories into your veins while you were asleep. You ate it, you ate it all. What has changed is that our food choices are different after being hijacked by the corporate food middlemen that stand between the farmers and us. So it is harder now to be thin and healthy than it was 50 years ago in America, but we still have to be responsible for our own behavior and admit to ourselves that we like being overweight.
You may decide that you have heard enough of this so you get up and go read a newspaper that does not deal with obesity and de-conditioning. The truth hurts. You can’t get better until you admit that for various reasons you like being overweight. It may be the taste of the food, the stretching of the stomach after eating, being the biggest person in a room, or the use of obesity as a handicap to get out of activities you dislike. In a free country like ours we are pretty much doing and being what we want. We may complain about not being as active as we like, or being overweight, or going downhill so fast, but when you look deep, you are just where you want to be. I am what I am what I am.
You cannot change until you admit that you are the one that has put you right where you are. If you make that crucial admission then you can take the next step. You can then opt to be thin and in better condition and set your mind to setting up a plan to get you there. Stated another way – you admit you have wanted to be overweight and now you want something else. You have tried obesity and liked it for a while but it is time to move on– too limiting, perhaps.
Or maybe you are tired of towing extra weight around, want to be more active, wanting to run with a smaller sized crowd, want to live a little longer, don’t like doctor’s waiting rooms or tired of the constant back ache and flattened arches. So if that is your decision then you first admit your liking of obesity and next you want to like being thin. In order to get to thinness, you have to give up what you liked about being heavy – that is eating what you want, when you want, sitting most of the day, driving or taking public transportation everywhere, and complaining about your situation. Complaining is a way to get through life………..playing the game – “aint it awful” and running a “con” on yourself.
You will not be a success at losing the weight and getting in better condition until you have a meeting with yourself and find out what you are made of. Our blogs and eBooks and 9 health step recommendations are a waste of your time till you find out what you are made of. You can look at me and say, “Joe, I wish I were thin like you”. And I would answer, “No you don’t”. If you wanted to be thin………..you’d be thin. I am what I am what I am.
Don’t tell me you can’t do it. Every person who has bariatric surgery loses the weight. Eating small portions works. Read Luigi Cornaro’s blog on how he did it, he cut down to 12 ounces of food per day and went from death’s door, to living to be over a hundred years old and enjoying each day of it. It is a fascinating read. He shrunk his own stomach instead of having bariatric surgery. He had more incentive since it would be about 420 years until the surgery would be invented.
Heavy people eat more calories than thin people and they exercise less. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19721451
If you want to change from heavy to thin, change what you eat and what you do. You may like being heavy but you will like being thin better. Thinness is a whole new world. New friends that play different games than your current friends (everyone seems normal until you get to know them), walking and activities come easier, no looking for food as something to make you feel good, and giving up complaining about how hard it is to lose this weight. Get it done so you can move on with the rest of your life. Every overweight person has a very, thin healthy person ready to emerge.
You are now a ship happily in a protected harbor without a captain in charge. Ships are safe in harbor but that is not what ships are made to do. As Popeye would say, “time for you to sail”. Spinach is a very healthy food! Help yourself.