So, I read GOMI on a regular basis (getoffmyinternets, for those of you who might not be familiar, where they go to complain about bloggers that they feel should get of the internet for one reason or another). It's a guilty pleasure, (and I do like to make sure my name never pops up! I like to keep things pretty off the radar. I write as an outlet and for a little community feeling, so I think I'm pretty safe, it's usually hypocritical money-making blogs that end up on that site). But, I like to read it, because I sometimes side-eye a blogger or two, but don't like to comment unless it is someone I have developed some sort of relationship with and feel I can have a conversation with (which never happens with the bigger blogs). So GOMI is a nice place to see others who might feel the same way!
I was reading the forums and someone posted this article on a thread: The Brutally Honest 6 Reasons You Are Still Overfat and, though it is kind of crude (swearing, and.. yes, the author is being brutally honest with what he thinks!), I did agree with a majority of what I read and wanted to share it.
Here are things that stood out, all are direct quotes from the author, Coach Taylor:
- You are responsible for yourself.
- You have to make sacrifice to stay healthy. Deal with it. You will have to
turn down the donuts. Pass over the ice cream. Skip the odd party.
Forever? No. You can add these into a healthy life for sure. Not daily. Maybe
not even weekly. 95% of your diet has to be perfectly healthy. That is the
Life isn’t fair. Life is hard. You will get out of it what you put into
-‘Treats’ are something out of the ordinary. If it happens more than once a
month it is no longer out of the ordinary. Stop saying treat. You aren’t having
- If you are already planning the end then what you are doing is not for life.
And if you are doing things for your health and fitness that you don’t plan on
doing for life then you are destroying your own life.
- An end implies cessation of current activities. If your current activities
are healthy then by default the cessation of those activities is unhealthy. They
are your old habits. You know them, they are the habits and activities (or lack
thereof) that got you to this point to begin with.
-It is because your attitude will determine your success. And your attitude is
based on your life and the issues you deal with. And I want you to take a minute
to put into perspective the majority of your problems and issues.
(And my favorite!):
- It is either a cold miserable winter day or a chance to learn to cross
country ski. It is either a boring meal of roast and vegetables or a gift to
spend time with loved ones over a bounty of food many people would literally
kill for. It is either a workout you have to do or a celebration of the amazing
gift your healthy body is.
... Okay, end of quotes :)
He wrapped up a lot of points I feel are true really succinctly. And if you don't get butt-hurt about the brashness of it, and take it to heart, you might see where you are faltering.
I know I tend to blame a lot of my diet slip-ups on outside events. But the truth is, I could always have made a different decision. Ex: not eaten cookies after my grandma passed, waited to get home for dinner or not eaten the bread at a dinner served by my cousin, just eaten the chili, etc.
So while a lot of circumstances make it HARDER to make the right decision, it is, in the end, a decision. A choice.
And, like he points out in the article, how LUCKY we are to worry about our health and weight, when many billions of people are worrying about their health and weight because they don't have enough food or water.
It is important to be adult about this and own our choices. Whining won't get us anywhere :)
I liked reading that, it was a good reality check. I have some vanity weight I want off, but I have to make the right choices to do so, and that's all on me. End of story!
Okay, just wanted to share. Enjoy your day!