Saturday, April 13, 2013

Weight a Problem? Time to Change Your Habits!

IT'S NOT THE SOLUTION THAT'S HARD - IT'S THE CARRYING IT OUT! ============= If you are feeling that you have reached a crisis with all the problems associated with overweight seemingly gathering all around you, some real and some, (probably) imaginary, but nevertheless feeling real to you, you can be excused for believing the world's against you. The never ending drip from the media criticizing anyone overweight with the emphasis on obesity you can't help being conscious of. What had never bothered you before seems to have developed into a serious issue and every look in the mirror upsets you. Appetite like age, progresses in a stealthy, furtive and covert way, masking its growth. It seduces you with foods you enjoy and endlessly tempts you. However, the time has arrived when your halfhearted efforts to change your eating habits has to be addressed. Fastening the belt is difficult and when tying a shoelace, it seems your arms have shortened or your legs have lengthened. Bending and reaching is a strain; you find yourself wheezing when climbing stairs and huffing and puffing at the most undemanding activity. Everything seems to be getting just a little bit scary. There is a moment when you accept that weight is lethal and you've got it! HEALTH AND IMAGE The twin issues of weight and image face you every time you confront the mirror. Your present acceptance of your problem means that image, so valued in this day and age, will figure in whatever direction you travel. Your halfhearted attempts at dieting come back to haunt you. You know you could have done better, even though most of your acquaintances, engaged with you at the time, all agreed that dieting was not a solution. Reflecting on this came the unequivocal insight into what action you must take. There had to be an enemy to defeat! That enemy, you conceded, was appetite! The unpleasant thought that appetite couldn't care less whether you lived or died fired your motivation. You look at your problem with changed perspective; what was needed was a change of habits. A lifetime change! Easily said. You know that it will not be so easily done. Any idea that it was going to be easy could be discounted as fanciful thinking. Appetite had been allowed to thrive through your indulgence. Now you had to control it. It was a pretty daunting situation. You had diagnosed the problem and you knew what you had to do. Undisputedly weight reduction begins and ends at the dining room table. You had to eat anyhow, so there was no reason why a safe, controlled program should not be adopted. Even so, at the eleventh hour, you again go through all the soul searching and mental anguish, as you seek escape routes that would provide less pain than the confrontation you fear must come. Eventually, you accept the inevitable and prepare to face the enemy; a foe you are determined to conquer once and for all. The fight is on. It's Health vs. Appetite! Your strategy is simple. You intend to eat the same foods but only half the quantity. This you do, but appetite cries out for the same amount you have been giving it for ages. You want to give it that same amount but you desperately resist. You know it is absolutely vital you withstand this period and do not cave in! For the first few weeks you struggle desperately as nothing much happens and despondency creeps in. Then, suddenly it seems, excess flesh just falls away. Each new day bringing great joy as your strategy pays off and the fat comes off from everywhere. People comment on how good you look and you revel in the new you. You feel a million dollars. What's more, it registered a personal triumph; you had done it your way. You had changed your habits and defeated the enemy. The new slim, lean you had recognized that unnecessary flesh does not just melt away, it has to be fought off and then diligently controlled with new and healthier habits. Only this way are you able to permanently retain a lean and attractive figure