I started off as part of the problem. What problem you may ask? The trend of Rising Obesity. Am I proud of it? No. I made excuse after excuse about it. I gave birth to two kids. I was on bed rest and my metabolism slowed down. I had a baby and worked full time and just didn’t feel like doing anything! I had excuse after excuse and after graduating High School at 105 lbs wet, I now weighted about 160 lbs. It may not seem like a lot to some but on my 5’1″ frame, it was all in my mid section.
Now, the catalyst for this post stemmed from an article in the courier and press’s online website. No wait, that isn’t true. It stems from the public forum underneath the article it’s self. I normal avoid such a forum because after reading what my fellow Eville’ers have to say, I’m usually left feeling disturbed. Today, was no different.
I’ll start out saying that in now way am I putting down anyone that may read this that is classified as “over weight”. And when I talk about my efforts and the efforts of others to “End the Trend” it is not to create a city full of stick figures but Healthy people! Obesity is the cause of many many health issues not to mention mental health issues. It causes over crowded Dr offices, hospitals, rising cost of health care. (yes but not getting into that). It also causes depression and low self esteem. Not to mention Diabetes or Heart Issues. In no way am I saying that someone over weight isn’t pretty or attractive or a good person. Please do not take it that way. It doesn’t make you unlovable or unworthy. We just want to make sure you stay healthy as well. Yes, I do know that some people are over weight due to health issues but when you look at statistics the number isn’t very high. Some people have health issues because they are over weight. Shed a few pounds. You may see yourself getting healthier.
I am also acknowledging the fact that just because you fall under “over weight or obesity” on the charts doesn’t mean you actually are. It doesn’t take into account the muscle weight verses the fat weight. A body builder can be the same height as a truly obese person and weight the same. It obviously will look different physically but when put on a chart that doesn’t ask for body fat, they both look obese. So is this is an exception to the rule. Did that cause Evansville to become the “Fattest City in the Country”? Doubt it!
Now, when I first read the article the comments underneath disgusted me! I mean, really? One writer writes “If you’ve got it, flaunt it.” Another writer posts ” We’re #1! We’re #1″. There is a total count now of 63 comments, some of pure ridiculousness! I will say that there were readers that posted very intelligent things as well. Like how the parks are not kept up and how we keep building more and more restaurants. Some are offended because they don’t want to be considered obese. Being a forum with no pictures how can we judge. Bottom line is, If you are, you know it. And eventually you will make the decision to become the solution. Until then, stop knocking and degrading the few of use who are trying to make a difference.
You may not want to become a public cheerleader like me. I’ll guarantee that 5-10 years ago I would have sat exactly where you sat and said, nope, not for me. I’m to busy and too tired to exercise. I can’t afford to eat healthy. That poll, it didn’t mean me. I’m not over weight. What?!?!?! I’m in the obese part of the chart? I’m sure some of it’s muscle. After all, I carry a baby around all day, right? I lift boxes for a living. How can I be considered obese. Have you seen how many flights of stairs I run up a day? Yep, I’ve said all of these things. And I was still over weight, obese, however you want to put it.
Even if it is your own private fight. Your own private journey. Embrace it. Make the decision and just by committing to it. You will succeed. All it takes is you to make better food choices and become active. Some do it with portion control. Some go healthy and follow different diets. I just try to eat healthy and right. I try to eat food as fresh as possible and attempt to stay away from a lot of processed foods. Do I eat perfect? Nope! And I still made my life healthier. You don’t have to give up everything. Just use good judgement and moderation! Become active for 30 minutes a day even if you have to split that 30 minutes up into 10 minute increments. Ten minutes before work, at lunch, when you get home, before bed! You don’t have to do a workout program. Just do something.
That being said, I will say that a program that is set up and scheduled for you is a lot of help. They take the guess work out of what you are doing and when. It’s a guide. I prefer Beachbody programs because they are structured to a T but there are many out there. The more you do, the better your results will be. The quicker you will reach a healthy weight and lifestyle.
Here is the key though folks. Ready? “Don’t Stop!” A diet is considered something you do for a short period of time. You want a lifestyle change. Do it every day until you can do it no more. Once you have taken that weight off, you want it to stay off, right?
When I first started this post it was to bitch out loud , or in words about the ignorance of the posts at the bottom of the public forum. Now that I’ve had time to digest them, it only makes me sad.
Most of my posts on this blog will be about Health and Fitness. It’s what I enjoy. It’s what I’m doing every day. It’s what I want my kids to grow up knowing. I want them to pass the healthy lifestyle on to their kids. The first several years of their life I didn’t instill this in them. I’m hoping the last year and all the years going forward will impact their life as much as it has impacted mine.
Thanks for reading. Just remember, keep moving!