I talk all the time about what’s healthy and what isn’t, and sometimes have to remind myself that not everyone cares about it the way I do.
Recently while covering a class for someone, a person walked up to me and a friend and asked us how much weight we had lost. When we answered, the response was, “Is this the only thing you did to lose weight?”
No. No it wasn’t, but oooooh how I wish it was. Because leading Zumba or REFIT® classes or training in the gym would have been so much more fun.
If someone had told me 10 years ago that to lose 75 pounds all I had to do was go to three Zumba or REFIT® classes a week, and lift some heavy things about twice a week, five days a week, taking weekends off, I would have been on board and lost 75 pounds a whole lot sooner than the four years it took.
And if that was the answer, menopause and thyroid issues and food allergies wouldn’t be such a big deal and I wouldn’t have suddenly gained 8 pounds for no reason, because I was still going to class and lifting heavy weights. Right?!?
Sadly, it doesn’t work that way.
And even more sadly, it doesn’t work that way for every body (notice the two-word distinction there).
My combination was classes, training and changing eating habits. It was counting calories, then counting points, then back to counting calories. It’s counting macros – specifically protein – and making sure carbs don’t get too out of control. And it’s going back to basics to see where you’re slipping up when you have that unexplained weight gain, and tweaking things and being precise. Your body has changed, so your methods have to change. The same things don’t continue to work.
It’s also not having cake when you’re saving up for a dessert later in the week (that’s going to be shared with family or friends) and having people look at you slyly thinking, “Oh, she thinks she’s too healthy to indulge with us,” when you’re thinking, “Man, I would love to bury my face in that cake, but the regret afterward isn’t worth it.”
It’s also being unpopular when you won’t eat your area’s most popular pizza because you regret doing so every. single. time.
Not everyone feels that way. Honestly, some people don’t care or don’t realize what some foods do to their bodies because they aren’t in tune enough to realize the correlation between a specific food and the crap feeling that comes afterward. (or sometimes, in my case, the hives or shortness of breath that occurs due to food allergies also being thrown in the mix).
So yes, sometimes it’s not easy or popular. Even after the habits become a “lifestyle,” the looks and whispered remarks still occur. Getting back to the original question, once the answer was given that we also changed how we ate, the response was, “pfffft. Forget that. I ain’t doing that.”
That’s their choice of course. And they’ll keep killing themselves trying to out-work their food choices. They’ll eventually get tired of working all the time and may slow down, but still have the same eating habits as before and wonder why they can’t lose weight. But as for me, I choose, like the poet Dylan Thomas wrote, to “not go gentle into that good night…” I will not go down without a fight, because it’s the fight for my life, literally.
What are you raging against?