Well, it’s that time again. People begin to make New Year’s resolutions and the “lose weight” companies come out in droves! Maybe it is also a time to get real. Exactly how do I look to others? What am I doing to myself if:
- I’m a little overweight…progressively overweight…or very overweight?
- My blood pressure is on the border line…medium high…very high?
- My legs feel like they have too much to carry…my feet hurt…my hips and back hurt?
We won’t go on…but you get the picture! Oh, speaking of pictures. The internet is full of them that may tell the story better than I can. Of course, one knows that if you put it out there to be photographed, in today’s media age…there is no hiding!
Here are a few to give us a good start.
Men, Women, Children…and don’t forget the animals. We thought we would not show any children because they are not all together responsible for their overweight. It is the parents, of course, who give the food, sets the boundaries, and set the examples.
This poor little dog was probably fed from the table or begged for food constantly. His face shows his misery. Have we had enough?
I can hear the reader saying now, “But…I don’t look like that!” Neither did these people at one point in their lives.
We often hear of how things “creep” up on us. Nothing can be truer than the condition that many Americans find themselves these days.
As for me, I won’t ever look like this woman nor do I want to…but looks aren’t everything. Health is! So get out the tape and decide what you need to do to make 2015 a Happy and Healthy New Year.
AFTER POST FOOTNOTE: Upon posting this blog, Stephen Liddell, one of my readers, wrote me a comment which I would like to share. It may be helpful to those wanting a change. I am posting my reply to him that may be of some interest to you about losing 25 lbs while in Mongolia.
Comment from Stepehen:
“With all respects to those in the photos, I would be ashamed to go out looking like that. For the last 3 Christmas periods I have started by New Year diet 2 weeks early, in mid-late December.
It might sound like a crazy idea especially in the UK where Christmas and New Year is a week long event and myself with a birthday in the middle but really it is the perfect time. Nowhere does the message of Christmas encourage over indulgence. This time of year is already a blessing for its religious message, cultural and childhood traditions… time off work, good shows on the TV etc.
I don’t need the extra happiness of too much good food. Maybe in February when it is still dark and snowy that is the time for chocolate. Perhaps in July when the weather is hot and it seems a good idea to have some ice-creams. Not Christmas though.
Starting an eating plan in December is easier too, it means you’re already in the groove for new year resolutions and you’ve missed out on one of the heavier eating periods of the year. A double bonus!
Last January I started a ‘no sugar diet’ http://stephenliddell.co.uk/2014/01/25/sugar-is-the-new-tobacco-why-are-all-my-healthy-foods-so-full-of-sugar/
which i have stuck to do this day. http://stephenliddell.co.uk/2014/06/17/the-no-sugar-diet-5-months-on/
I did not do much else. As much as I don’t like pigging out, I am definitely not one for the gym or having muscles but rather the old fashion ideas of heating home-cooked wholesome food and doing lots of walking. I was happily surprised that I had lost one or two sizes more by November.
It’s never too late to start and during my 30’s probably lost around 3-4 stone and that has stayed off or reduced further in the last year or two and I haven’t spent a penny on fancy foods or sports equipment and clothing. My 40-42 inch clothes are long since replaced by the 32 or even 30 inch waist on a good day.
I hope someone will write back in 2016 to tell of their good news too!”
My reply to Stephen:
“Thanks, Stephen I’d like to share one of my experiences (and I need to lose about 30 lbs to be at my best). When I was in Mongolia teaching English, I lost 25 lbs because the food was unfamiliar and while there I did not have any sweets (for 2 months)…as you mentioned about sugar. When I returned to the States, my first bite of chocolate was like I had eaten the entire contents of a sugar bowl. It was awful, but of course, I readjusted myself to the love of chocolate….but this definitely tells one something about certain foods.” Nancy at Boyer Writes