My heart has definitely left this challenge. Part of it is due to some general pissyness (is that a word? If not, it should be!) and the greater part is disillusionment. Everyone is out to make a buck anyway they can. And it seems that making a buck off of people who are struggling with weight and body image is the easiest way to do so. The #lmwlchallenge was just a teaser to try to get as many people as possible to commit to parting with a huge chunk of change with the promise of ‘if you do my program, you’ll be happier and healthier.’
Um, been there. done that. And never again. Oh, I may buy a book on the topic from time to time, but I’ve noticed over the years I’ve become much more discerning about the books too. The bottom line is this: if you want to lose weight know the following things:
- You have to eat less and eat more healthfully
- You need to change your mindset about what is a healthy lifestyle
- You need to fake it until you make it
- You need to understand that reaching goal or even getting close to it, does not automatically guarantee a happier vibrant life.
Right now, point #3 – You need to fake it until you make it, is really resonating with me. My mind is not in a healthy place these days. I am throwing up all kinds of roadblocks and excuses to rationalize my choice to eat unhealthfully or to not go for a walk despite the beautiful morning. I know these roadblocks and excuses are just that and I’m wallowing in it.
I think a good point I’ve heard over the years is to fake it until you make it. So, I know what healthy choices are. My mind is rather rebelling against them right now. So I need to fake it until I get the mindset back in a healthy place. I can still take that walk despite not wanting too. I can still stop eating despite wanting that last bite that I don’t need. And I can make the time to take care of myself.
And that last sentence is the most critical part of this. I, no one else, can take care of me and I have to make the time to do that. Where am I going to carve out the time? Um – internet usage comes to mind!
I am completely rambling. I think my greater point is that the #lmwlchallenge served as a reminder that I feel better when I take care of myself and that I deserve to have fun now. Not later.
And a few of us have discussed creating our own challenges. I’ve just named my next challenge: Fake it until you make it.