If you have resolved to lose weight, I hope you will not sacrifice your health in the process. Just the other day I was watching a marathon of (Dr.) House episodes. One was about a personal trainer who had made a name for herself by writing and preaching about weight loss through proper eating and ample exercise. When she started having serious health problems, scans revealed that she was a fraud. That in fact she had reached her weight goals by secretly undergoing gastric bypass surgery. A reversal of the surgery was the cure, but in the end she admitted that she would rather be thin and beautiful (and ill) than heavier, less beautiful and healthy. She chose beauty over health and sadly, she is far from alone in that choice.
Where is the balance there? There is none. I totally realize that achieving one’s ideal weight is more challenging for some, than others. There are some incredibly fit, healthy individuals who will NEVER reach their own personal ideal weight. Personally, I am no different than most woman who would love to be 5 pounds thinner but I will NEVER sacrifice my health to get there. That doesn’t mean I won’t keep trying, though.
I will continue eating from a bounty of healthy, colorful foods, making veggies and lean protein the bulk of my intake. As a side note, I don’t eat meat or poultry, so I get my fill of protein from grilled fish, soy, eggs and low fat cheese. Salads with homemade dressing made from olive oil and fresh lemon juice are a daily staple. The closer the food is to it’s natural state, the more desirable it is. Baked goods are the devil, as is soda of ANY kind! (The soda is a topic for another blog.) Sugar of any kind, is also the devil. Sugar sabotages our health and our weight loss goals. This, too, is a topic to be covered, soon!
Today the garbage gets picked up. Out goes everything sweet, fatty or processed, that is left over from the string of holidays that are now behind us. Tonight I tune into the new season of Biggest Loser, a booster shot for my own personal and professional goals.
Yes, we can be lean and healthy. We have a responsibility to ourselves and our loved ones to never sacrifice our health to be more beautiful. Stay warm and active and I will catch up with you tomorrow, no doubt with much to say about tonight’s show!