Have you ever felt like it’s just all too much? The meal planning. The exercise. The eating good foods. The talking about it. The self examination. The ups. The downs. The gains. The losses.
Is it too much? Is it all too much trouble?
I felt that way sometimes during my journey to lose 150 pounds. It all felt overwhelming at times. I’d get tired of saying no to well meaning friends and relatives. I’d be tired of eating good food and long for an entire bag of peanut M&M’s. I’d get bored with exercising six days a week and long to sit on the couch and stuff my face with tortilla chips smothered in cheddar cheese. I had days like that where I felt like it was just all too much work.
But in spite of all the work and effort losing weight and getting healthy took, I never once gave up. Why not? Because it wasn’t too much work when I compared the work I was putting into getting healthy to the work it took to be obese. Here’s what I mean.
It was work to:
- climb stairs
- walk to my mailbox
- find clothes that fit (not even flattering, just fit)
- keep up with my personal hygiene
- get out of bed
- keep up with my children
- climb in and out of the car
- tie my shoes
- put on pantyhose
- complete tasks on time
- lift heavy objects
- feel good about myself
- look people in the eye
- go into new situations
- visit old friends
- take long car trips
- fly on airplanes
Those things were work. Weight loss was easy compared to that list. I realized when I got burned out from the effort of getting healthy that this little bit of effort to plan my meals was a lot easier than walking up stairs. I understood that choosing not to eat the M&M’s was easier than reuniting with old friends who didn’t know I had gotten fat. And I knew that exercising now would be easier than having to use a wheelchair if I kept getting fatter and fatter.
Do you see where I’m going with this? It’s not all too much. It’s just enough.
All your hard work and effort is just right. It’s the perfect way to put the work it takes being overweight behind you, shed your fat suit, and move into the place of health and healing. So I’d encourage you that if you start to get frustrated and fed up with counting points, or planning healthy meals, or exercising every day to remember how much work it takes to be overweight. What’s really harder? Diane