You will find that I have quite a few “self-help” books about weight. Some are to help me love myself “where I am” and others are to motivate me to lose.
My weight loss story is as long as it is varied. In the 1970s, when I was a young teen, I had an exercise band that wrapped around my doorknob. I did leg lifts and sit up things. And I starved myself. Back then, before my metabolism was shot to hell, I could lose five pounds in two days. Ah, those were the days! Oh, and by the way, I wasn’t even fat. Go figure.
In the 1980s, after having children and gaining 100 pounds, I tried Overeaters Anonymous (OA), Weight Watchers and this dumb passive exercise table from some “spa” in the mall. You didn’t do anything but lie there and drink diet-shakes for breakfast and dinner. Which reminds me, I tried SlimFast, too.
In the 1990s, it was all about my ThighMaster. I still have it. <<< How embarrassing. I was one of the first people to try Fen-Phen. It sent my blood pressure soaring, so I went off it as soon as I’d gone on.
These days, my husband and I have some work to do. He’s diabetic and I’m hypertensive. It’s a grocery nightmare, really. But we seem to have found a solid middle ground. We’re both losing weight steadily and enjoying our food. Yes, we wish there was more of it… but hey, something’s gotta give.
I saw this video on Facebook and I’m sharing it with you today because I love the message. I have been where this woman is… and am *still there* in many ways. Please take a few minutes to sit back and enjoy: Lose Some Weight
I especially like this video because it’s saying that yes, you are worthy of self-care! No matter where you’re starting from! But more than that, it suggests that loving yourself includes forward movement. I love that!
Some of the books I’ve read say “Love yourself where you are and don’t do a thing about your obesity if you don’t want to.” While I appreciate the notion that we are all perfect and beautiful, obesity will get the best of your health at some time, so why wait until it does?
I will be talking about these books at a later time and will focus on a few that I especially like. For example, I’m a huge fan of Camryn Manheim and her work with advocacy and weight acceptance. I can respect her and still want to lose weight myself. But I’m digressing. 🙂
Today, I want to focus on the video I shared. Because it’s *just that good*!
In the meantime, know that if you (like me) are struggling with weight loss, you are not alone. A friend and I are meeting weekly to talk about our successes. I strongly encourage you to find a buddy and focus on the positives! We don’t talk about the scale, either! We talk about everything-but! This is not to say we aren’t trying to lose weight because we are… but more than that… we’re on a quest to get healthy! A neat by-product is that my depression and anxiety feel better, too. Maybe it’s the weight loss… maybe it’s the small amount of exercise I’m adding week by week. Whatever it is… I’m not complaining!
Ready to begin? Watch the video and maybe get a tissue first. The end made me weep… not sad tears… happy, joyful, you-go-girl tears!