This article doesn’t apply to every overweight person. But it might be meant just for you.
When I was at my heaviest weight, over 450 pounds, I knew I was fat (that was obvious), but I kept telling myself that I wasn't really that big, that I carried my weight well. No one had said anything to me about my weight other than my doctor, who occasionally suggested gastric bypass surgery, but no other remedies. My friends still liked me! Sure, my knees and ankles hurt and I was having trouble finding chairs to sit in, but that was normal for me. As much as I hated it, going from overweight to obese to super obese was my normal. Over time, the weight increased slowly without me noticing what was really happening. Honestly, I was ignoring the elephant in the room. I had learned to adjust my life around the weight instead of confronting it.
And then, BOOM! My doctor hit me with the D word: I was now diabetic. I can’t tell you what a shock that was to me. I really thought I could stay this large and live to 90. The reality in my world was no where close to real. He had warned me I would become diabetic, and I chose to not believe him. Why should I? He hadn’t seemed concerned about my weight and, other than having high blood pressure and arthritis, I wasn’t dying. I had been ignoring the elephant in the room for years and now the elephant was looking me straight in the face and demanding my attention.
I was prescribed medication, which I intended to take the minute I arrived home. And then I read the side effects. Wow, that woke me up from a deep obese hibernation! The last symptom stated, so innocently, “MAY CAUSE DEATH”! How is death a symptom? Death is finality, the end, the exit of breathing and smiling and laughing and life! The elephant in the room was raising his trunk and sounding a loud roar of warning. If the pills didn’t kill me, my current condition would. I kept ignoring him for years and, now, I had to deal with him.
Any time we talk about weight challenges, it can be difficult because we as overweight people can be easily embarrassed. It’s very personal. There is a stigma attached to our situation. But let’s face it: no one grows up aspiring to be overweight or obese. I certainly never intended to be this heavy and I kept trying to pretend it didn’t matter. But, to those who loved and cared about me, to my quality of life and to my health, it mattered.
So stop ignoring the elephant in the room - he WILL get your attention. Acknowledge his presence, then do something to get him out of there.
Begin by taking a good, long look at yourself in a full-length mirror while absolutely butt-naked (ahem, that's an old southern term...). Take it all in and say, "Today, this is me." Accept that this is you today. If you need to cry, do it. Shout, fuss and get on your pity pot for about 10 minutes.
Now, what may feel like your fault isn't entirely so; it's also due to a lack of healthy dietary and lifestyle knowledge. I had no clue how to eat or live healthily. I was depending on my doctors to give me the knowledge to prevent and fix my situation. They didn’t have it and they sure weren't helping me acquire it!
Learn to get rid of the elephant in the room. Start by educating yourself about healthy foods and foods to avoid. NutriLiving is a great place with tons of invaluable information. Then, begin filling your days with an abundance of highly nutritious foods, herbs and spices. Stay active everyday by exercising and enjoying physical activities like walking, swimming and cycling.
Today, my elephant - made up of 200 pounds of fat, diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, arthritis, and more - is gone!
Your NutriBullet and your legs are your ticket to a healthy body, mind and spirit.
Eat healthy, keep moving, make people laugh, be of service when possible, be grateful for everything and your elephant will become a picture of health!
I have gone from fat to fit and you can, too!!