Let’s Talk About Weight

Unless you live in a cave as deep as Krubera, you already know there’s an obesity epidemic and odds are you are part of it. I am.

The United States leads the world with the most obese individuals, 67% of adults are either overweight or obese, with nearly 30% of our kids as well.

If you happen to be in the minority with a BMI of 24.9 or less, props to you! Keep up the good work and tell me in the comments what has helped you keep your weight ideal.

Besides those who are super successful at weight watchers, no one likes to talk about their weight. But we need to do it. I’m overweight. I wasn’t always that way, my nickname growing up was skinny-minny with the meatball eyes.

I know, it was goofy but I loved it! It was wonderful being able to eat whatever I wanted and stay toothpick thin. Fast forward to present and I am much older, and 50 pounds heavier. Diets haven’t worked for me. Jogging and rigorous exercise just left me sore and discouraged.

What am I to do? I can’t keep denying the truth. My weight has negatively impacted my health and this problem is not going away on its own. We all need accountability, education, and encouragement if we are ever going to make serious progress in becoming a healthier nation.

Our bodies weren’t meant to carry so much weight.  You would never drive your car with 95 extra gallons of gas in your trunk just in case.  That would be dangerous and stupid. All that stored fuel is a fire hazard, will rob you of good gas mileage, and contribute to extra vehicular wear and tear.

The same applies to our bodies. We are the vehicle. The excess fat is stored fuel (energy). When we eat more (mainly refined carbohydrate) calories than we burn our body stores it for future use. Consider it the same as the extra gallons of gas. Carrying too much weight is a major risk for heart disease, insulin resistance, diabetes, joint problems, and a host of other negative consequences.

Don’t keep your head in the sand. You don’t have to feel guilty, get angry, or make excuses. Why not acknowledge the problem and choose to do something about it?

My weight, your weight didn’t get to where it is suddenly.  It has accumulated gradually over the years. And it is going to take a lot of time to get rid of it. It takes mindfulness, planning, commitment, and patience. It’s easy to gain, harder to lose, but this is your life, my life we’re talking about. Our breath, well-being, psychological, spiritual, and physical health.

19th-century American humorist Josh Billings once said,

Health is like money, we never have a true idea of its value until we lose it.

Don’t let your health get bankrupt. Wherever you are, whether you are suffering from the effects of too much weight or not, do something now.

Where do we start? Our eating habits are ingrained in us, and so much of who we are and how we enjoy life is centered around food. The holidays, birthdays, celebrations, fellowship, food surrounds us and is full of sugar. We bargain with ourselves, It’s a special occasion. I deserve a treat. I can’t let all this good food go to waste. I’ll eat better tomorrow.

No you won’t. Unless you make the decision to right the wrong choices today.

Eat whole foods. Say no to empty calories and processed foods. Stop drinking soda, diet or regular; instead drink water. Eliminate snacks. Don’t eat after your evening meal. Move more. Repeat. It is not the way we’ve been taught using the food pyramid, but grains and cereals as the foundation of the American diet has brought us to this terrible obesity epidemic.

Talk to your health care provider and get the help you need to make positive changes in this area of your life. If you haven’t already, get some baseline blood work – lipid panel, thyroid, glucose level. I know it is hard dealing with this, I am right there with you! But consider the alternatives – diabetes, heart disease, low self-esteem, fatigue, maybe even depression? Will you join me in making and keeping  healthy lifestyle changes? I guarantee it’s a step in the right direction, and we won’t regret it.

To insure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life  ~William Londen

Update: I’ve changed my way of eating and lost 15 pounds in less than 3 months.  Here’s how I did it.

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Kathy

I am a Nurse Practitioner from Rochester, NY presently working in both the inpatient and outpatient hospital psychiatric settings.

5 thoughts on “Let’s Talk About Weight”

  1. It takes time and lots of concerted effort, but gaining and maintaining your health is worth it! Private message me sometime if you want some help and tips in this area!
    Blessings

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