Friday, March 20, 2015

I Don't Want to Hear That!

It's inevitable. You lose weight… especially a noticeable amount… people are going to want to know how you did it.

Sometimes they ask you. Sometimes they will ask a member of your family.

But by an large… they don't want to hear it. No matter what it is.

Witchcraft/Selling Your Soul to the Devil
"Seriously? Well, that's horrible. And morally wrong. I would never do that. It's better to be fat."

Drug Abuse
(see above)

Hard Times/Illness
"Oh, I'm sorry. I definitely wouldn't want that."

"Well then, of course. But I don't want to go that route. I can't afford it."
"And it's dangerous."

Atkins (or any other low-carb diet)
"Oh, I could never give up my breads/pastas/cereal/rice, etc."

Eating Less/Portion Control/Moderation
"That doesn't work for me."
"Oh, that's so hard."
"I'd always be hungry."
"Oh, I don't want to hear that!"
"No. Seriously… what do you do?"

"Yeah… I should do that, but I have bad knees."
"I just don't have the time to do that."
"I can't afford a gym membership/personal trainer."

Gave up Soda
"Oh, you will only get my Coke/Dr. Pepper/Mountain Dew/Diet Coke when you pry it out of my cold dead hands."

Drink Lots of Water
"I'd be going to the bathroom all the time! I don't have time for that."
"Yeah, I'm sure that would be good for me, but I just don't like water."

Okay… Seriously. What do people want to hear? From the outrageous and extreme to the very smallest changes … nobody wants to hear it!

I mean… I get it. Change it hard. It is. And if that's not something you are ready for… it's okay! And maybe you're really okay with your weight. Losing weight is trendy. It's the most popular New Years Resolution ever. And it's always every doctors answer for every problem. So you probably feel like you ought to be doing it. But deep down you're really okay with where you are… weight-wise. So, I get it. I get asking. And I get not really wanting or being ready to do it. It's okay.

But what do you want to hear?
I've lost 150 pounds in less than a year. I've done it eating breads, pastas, and cereals. I've done it eating meat and drinking milk and eating cheese. I've done it eating all sorts of fruit and veggies. I've done it putting mayonnaise on my sandwiches, and non-vinaigrette dressings on my salads. I've done it eating pizza and pancakes and waffles. I've done it eating ice cream. And cake. And chocolate. I've done it eating Thanksgiving Dinner, including pies. I've done it with all the goodies and snacks on New Years Eve. I've done it going out to eat. I've done it eating McDonald's, Wendy's and Subway. I've done it without being hungry all the time. I've done it while working a full time graveyard shift.

But for some reason… nobody wants to hear it. And nobody thinks they can do it.
Why not?
What exactly about what I've described about my experience sounds so ominous that they couldn't possibly do it?
And why do they not want to hear it?

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