Wednesday, June 28, 2006

It's boring and it sucks

Ok, so let's get right to it: being healthy and fit can be boring and it can suck! There, I said it. Yeah, we all know it's good for you and you will feel better and I'll be the first one to tout the benefits of weight loss, but I'm also the first to be honest and say it can be boring and it can suck.

For those of you who don't know, I've lost 53.5 pounds since October putting me at the lowest weight I've ever been. Applause, applause, thanks and so forth. Ok now, here's the deal: It really has been the best thing I've ever done for myself. I feel better than I ever have and I'm more fit, have more energy, and I can actually go up more than one flight of stairs without feeling totally winded. Unless I'm on the Stairmaster at which point all bets are off.

Despite all the plus sides to it, I do feel it's fair to point out that there will be days, even whole weeks, where the thought of another freakin salad for lunch makes you want to order from Pizza Zone AND Chili's to Go on the same night! Eating healthy can be boring and it can suck sometimes. I think it's good for everyone to know this so they don't get discouraged on what is a very long (read life-long) weight loss journey.

This is why, for those of you on the journey, YOU MUST NOT DEPRIVE YOURSELF. It's in all caps and bold, but in case you missed it: YOU MUST NOT DEPRIVE YOURSELF.

Now, this doesn't mean you have license to go out there and bankrupt yourself at every drive-thru in town. It just means that it's ok to have a cheeseburger, a couple of slices of pizza, or a candy bar. Don't think weight loss means you have to be good (read boring and sucks) all the time. You can have the things you love, you just can't have them in the massive, "I need a crane to lift this" portions you might previously have been accustomed to.

Weight loss and the maintenance of it are a life-long journey. That means changing your thinking about food. Food is not the enemy. Even chocolate and cheeseburgers. Hell, those two are my best friends! They just aren't my friends in the same way they used to be. And we're all good with that.

Eat nutritiously most of the time, exercise, get some sleep, drink water...and have a Hershey's Kiss. It's really ok.


Liz C. said...

A-freaking-men, girl. AMEN. I am of the same mindset. Deprivation is never a good thing.

YAY for you having a blog!! I'm excited!

Leah H. said...

Preach on sister! :O) I'm getting accustomed to this new way of thinking and even after only 2 full weeks of practicing it I love the way I feel and even though I can't really see it yet, I know I'm doing something good for myself.

Opallover said...

Yup. Before my wedding, my whole life was about depriving myself. In college I would count my calories and suffer if I had too many [read: 1k] I was not being good to myself. I was skinny, size 2 - I looked fantastic.

Then after the wedding DH said he really was sick of it all. He didn't want me to suffer anymore. When I eat well,I'm so nice to be around. When I'm starving, I'm a bitch.

I have had half a candy bar for a dessert today for lunch. I cook with butter occationally now. I don't deprive myself and I am so happy!


singaporegrrl said...

Well said!

Kate said...

Amen! I am learning about portion control. And letting the two brownies that are set aside for dinner wait until dinner when I can appreciate them rather than snarfling them down in the middle of the afternoon when my blood sugar is low. My husband eats yogurt at those times and I'm starting to do the same. It's also good for my personality to have that protein. :)