Okay, I admit it — I don’t simply dislike; I *#^$ing hate being in the lousy physical condition I am currently in. I never thought I would be back to this, but the 300 pound mark was peeking over the horizon — thankfully, I mounted the weight measuring device before reaching that
It is remarkable how the mind will play tricks — baggy sweatshirts on a large frame really can hide weight gain; at least in one’s own mind. The reality is that gaining 80 pounds without admitting to it is nothing more than self-indulgent, gullible denial.
I get a lot of condemnation because I advocate daily weighing. After this bout of recidivism, I will more strongly advocate that which I abandoned. Not simply for what the numbers report, but as a primary tool of self-accountability. If I had only continued to get on the scale — I never would have gotten so far off the mark. You see, an even bigger aid in self-delusional denial than a big baggy sweatshirt, is avoidance of objective measures. And, like it or not, the scale is an objective measure.
When I finally faced up to and stepped upon the digital demon, I wanted to open the window and toss it to the ground below. However, I was aware the scale wasn‘t responsible for the total it conveyed, it was I who avoided all which I had encouraged for so long who dropped the ball.
I took the time to reflect, in both reading and writing. I wrote several posting about my own introspection and additionally I re-read the book I wrote. It is funny how all that I had done to not only lose the weight and get fit, but to maintain it for so many years, were recklessly disregarded as stress began to weigh on me nearly as heavily as the skies did upon the shoulders of Atlas.
Atlas and globe Earth Galleries NHM London (Photo credit: hmcotterill)
As I allowed those stressors to pile up — my desire and determination began to wane and the discipline that is so necessary to maintain a healthy and fit life style plummeted, and I — plumped up.
My nice suits, which I so loved wearing, at first became tight, than no longer fit — yet, I remained in denial.
My energy levels dropped more and more, and sleep abandoned me — yet, I remained in denial.
My joy for activity became less and less — yet, I remained in denial.
However, once I faced the scale, denial disappeared. You see, it wasn’t a device I was facing — it was my own self I stared down. There was no doubt remaining and no unplausible deniability permitted; it was I who had allowed my fitness to falter. Moreover, I was well aware of what needed to be done. The switch had been flipped, and I was ready to commit to myself, to my health and get back to living the better life.
Physical Culturist and Chiropractor, Dr. Joe Leonardi is the author of the life changing book, “Obesity Undone” and a contributor to NaturallySavvy.com and CarbSmart.com. He is available to appear on any talk radio, internet podcast or television outlet.
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