Just so you understand where I am coming from, I’d like to share a bit of my story.
I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t obsessed with my weight. I remember being in kindergarten and hiding in a box in my friend’s basement because I thought I was fat. Crazy, right? Some time around junior high I developed an eating disorder. That continued on in some shape or form through college and even a bit after. I think people with eating disorders function a lot like alcoholics. You’re never really over it, you just learn to manage it one day at a time.
Gradually, through a loving family, and a supportive boyfriend-turned husband, and lots and lots of research, trial, and error with my own body I have finally gotten to a place where my focus is truly about being healthier, not just about weight. It’s not about taking other diet and exercise programs as fact, but it’s about trying things, listening to my body, and applying what works for me, and leaving what doesn’t. It’s finally not about how I look, but how I feel. Two kids later I am confident my itty-bitty-string-bikini days are over anyhow 😉
I also fear for our culture. As I have read a lot of books on this topic, it seems many are starting to realize our “drug to counteract the side effects of another drug” culture is taking our society to a place none of us want to go. With obesity at an all time high (and climbing) the time is now for all of us to make changes. If not for us, for our kids; To teach them healthier habits, to live longer to share more time with our grandchildren, and to start a culture shift to take health back into proactive hands (through diet and excercise) not drugs.
So I hope you will join with me, try some of my suggestions to see if they work for you. If they do, I hope I can nudge you to keep them up. If they don’t I hope you’ll try some others and in the process learn to listen to your body.