If there’s one thing letting go of the scale is teaching me, it’s patience.
The diet industry has society brainwashed. Completely brainwashed.
Since I was 10 years old, I’ve tried my fair share of diets. SlimFast, Atkins, the cabbage soup diet…you name it, I’ve tried it. I was just as vulnerable as the next girl when it came to the empty promises that each of them threw at me. It was like they were speaking to me in those commercials. The testimonials, the tears, the before and after photos – all of it. They knew me. I wasn’t alone, and they knew how I felt…right?
They know how desperation works – they don’t know jack otherwise.
I was under the impression that you could easily lose 30 pounds in a month, and I just knew that I could, too, with their help. I wish I knew then what I know now, because man, let me tell you…the only thing those stupid diets taught me?
How to be impatient.
What I’ve learned is that weight doesn’t increase in just a few days (at least not the kind of weight you need to lose). Threw all those years, I felt as though I was doing it wrong. I would lose the weight, finish the program, and within a few months, the weight would be back plus some. Or, better yet, I wouldn’t lose anything at all! I would starve and starve and whine and moan and complain that the soup was crap, I’d quit within days, and I’d sit there…drowning my sorrow in junk food and pelting my self esteem with the words “failure” and “quitter”.
Exactly what those damned diets want you to feel.
The thing is, I’m happier than ever. I’m not on some stinkin’ diet. I’m working out 5-6 days a week, running faster, stronger, and further, and I feel amazing!! There’s no scale telling me what I’m doing isn’t working. There’s no scale telling me that what I’m doing is working, either! I know what I’m doing is working. My clothes are falling off. I’m tearing tags off of clothes I bought for “when I lose weight”. I’m seeing a difference in how I feel on a daily basis, and damnit, that’s all I need!
That’s all any of us need!!!
I want to cry and hug every friend of mine who says they’ve lost (insert high number here) pounds in less than a month on such-and-such diet. I want to punch every used-to-be-reputable “celebrity” trainer out there who has caved to the almighty dollar and started marketing their own diet pills. (Wait, because it’s them, theirs work better, right? Gah!)
I’m not trying to sound soapbox-y here. I’m semi trying to scream to the world that I’m feeling incredible changes and semi trying to scream to the world that diets don’t work for you, they work against you!!! Diets are making me angry, and I’m even angrier with the trainers and professionals that push them – whether they’re pre-packaged, sodium- & fat-laden “homemade” food or diet pills/powders or some sort of restrictive, impossible-to-maintain “plan”. Someone needs to smack them and remind them that they’re part of the problem…not a solution to it.
All that crap ever taught me was impatience. Despite the fact that I haven’t been “on a diet” since…hmm…2010, I hadn’t quite learned patience with myself until recently. (and I’m still learning.) The weight will not come off quickly if you’re doing it right. It’s not natural or healthy to starve yourself with only 1400 calories. It’s not healthy to eliminate all carbs, or all fats, or all proteins. It’s not healthy to over-consume them, either. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is not the product of magic. What’s healthy is to be patient – to listen to your body, to fuel it – not stuff it, to move it, use it, and love it.
Love it enough to be patient with it.
How many diets have you tried?What are your thoughts on celebrity trainers & their diets “that work”?