Call Out The Whaambulance

September 10, 2012

As I meet and talk to people about weight loss and getting healthy, etc, which I find myself doing more and more against my better judgement, I hear the same things over and over. Basically no one has time to eat right, no one has time to make good choices, no one has time to blah blah blah. I’m pretty sure this is EXACTLY how I sounded until I sucked it up and got over myself. Basically the whole myth of not having time is a self fulfilling prophecy because these same people have their favorite TV shows and always make it to the movies and do whatever else they like to do, I know I did. Excuses are a dime a dozen and until you stop lying to yourself you’re never going to get where you want to be. Getting into shape is not magic, it is not going to just suddenly happen to you, I know I used to think that way without even knowing I was thinking that way.

I remember how I always used to think (and I really did, I believed it myself, lies can be powerful that way), “Oh I don’t eat THAT badly,” usually this was followed by or even during my now infamous and disgusting to me pizza binges. This was basically me eating 4 or 5 slices of pepperoni and sausage pizza followed by a few fried wings for lunch or dinner and then thinking “oh I’ll make that up tomorrow, I’ll run a little extra or life extra weights.” Here’s the dirty little secret, I never felt like doing anything at all the next day let alone anything extra, exercise without proper nutrition is like spinning your wheels and getting mad that you’re not going anywhere. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I have always hated working out so nutrition was doubly important for me and I was always failing at it.

Again this blog isn’t about how smart I am or how much I know, it’s about what I’ve learned and am learning and this is the most powerful lesson I’ve learned so far. You can’t lie to yourself about your health, your body knows the truth. Sure you can convince yourself you’re doing the right things and fake it for a while but eventually your body will catch up to the lie and it will be super hard to correct the lie. The whole “I’m not doing that badly” and the “I don’t have time” lies are the same side of the coin. You like to yourself with the former and you enable that lie with the latter. “Oh I’m not eating too badly but I’ll just order this pizza or go to McDonald’s because I don’t have time to cook.” Sound familiar?

The bigger point is you can make time, you can come home and cook. If you think you’re too tired, which is another one I hear, think of how fantastic you’ll feel when you lose that 50 pounds, you’ll have plenty of energy. You only get one body in this life so you really should take care of it, saying you don’t have time to eat right is like saying you don’t have time to breathe, you just have to do it. The recipes I post here usually don’t take more than twenty or thirty minutes to prepare, know why? That’s right because I used to be a victim of my own “I don’t have time” lie and I finally got myself over it by finding or making up really quick recipes that are healthy and tasty. If you can’t find time to feed yourself well how will you ever find time to be as sick as you’ll end up being later on in life? I know I wish I would’ve learned this lesson much earlier on in life, it would’ve saved me a ton of heartache and pain.



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