Losing weight is an respectable resolution. However, most people finish each year with nothing more than an honorable mention about their success. Why is this goal so elusive?
This year, I am resolved to be healthy. I am beginning to understand that I cannot be healthy as long as I am obsessed with an ideal that is not and may never be.
As a survivor of anorexia, I had the weight loss practice down to a science. Even after recovery and relapse and recovery again, I am constantly aware of my size. Shows like “The Biggest Loser,” magazines like, “Self” and billboards of naked, plastic enhanced women continually work to brainwash me. To the end that I am compelled to keep my body at an ideal weight, I am losing my healthy mind – my sanity.
Linda Bacon, author of ” Health at Every Size ” says, “Let’s face facts. We’ve lost the war on obesity. Fighting fat hasn’t made the fat go away. And being thinner, even if we knew how to successfully accomplish it, will not necessarily make us healthier or happier. The war on obesity has taken its toll. Extensive “collateral damage” has resulted: Food and body preoccupation, self-hatred, eating disorders, discrimination, poor health… Few of us are at peace with our bodies, whether because we’re fat or because we fear becoming fat.”
I have spent years obsessing about every calorie, the effectiveness of every workout and the terrifying thought that my genes might make me fat. I am resolved to quit contemplating every calorie consumed. “Stressing out can cause people to gain weight, according to a study appearing in the July 15 issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology,” reported Medical News Today . So perhaps the health of my mind and my body are connected!
I am not ignorant of the fact that diet and exercise are critical variables for a whole, healthy person. For that reason, I have a few resolutions regarding them too.
I will not wait until January first. So many people short circuit their goals by insisting that they will start next Monday, next month, on their birthday or the new year. I am going to take advantage of three extra weeks and begin practicing my new habits and self control now.
I am taking a new approach to exercise. I discovered BODYROCK.tv . Everyday, Zuzana and Frederick Light post a new workout. All of their workouts challenge me in strength and cardiovascular endurance. They require little or no equipment and less than an hour of my time. The community of body rockers provide accountability and the structure of Zuzana’s workouts inspires competition. No excuses.
I am a disciple of Hungry Gir l. Lisa Lillien makes the art of lighter eating fun! I started with her website and have since bought all three of her cookbooks. All of her recipes use normal ingredients and usually very few of them. They take very little time. Many of her recipes make just one serving so portion control isn’t an issue. Every single recipe I have tried has been a huge success. Even my husband agrees.
This year I will be successful. Instead of an honorable mention, I will go down as a record holder. I am making my mental health and happiness as much of a priority as my healthy body. I have discovered unique tools that eliminate nearly all of my excuses.
Cheers, and Happy New Year!