15 May The Ultimate Guide to Losing Weight in 4 Easy Steps (hint, stop lying to yourself)
I never thought I would write about this, but crazier things have happened (this is my most popular blog). It took me a while but I was inspired by this Maria Kang picture.
The whole sensation with this fascinated me. Was the picture a little bit of a humblebrag? Yes. Ok, maybe it was a slap you in the face humblebrag, but so what? Did she not accomplish something pretty awesome through hard work and dedication? Isn’t that the type of things we should be praising instead of ridiculing? I mean I understand being annoyed when a trust fund kid shows off their riches, or someone with the natural athletic gifts brags about being so good at sports. These things annoy us because the person didn’t do anything to earn these things. But when someone works hard and does something that most people don’t, (not because they can’t but because it is not a priority to them) then it is worth at least a “good job”. You don’t have to like her, but don’t hate on the accomplishment. And please don’t then start saying things like “Yea I could do that too if I had 8 hours a day to train”, or “We aren’t all blessed with great genetics”, or “Some of us have thyroid problems, I have a doctors note to prove it”. Why do people feel the need to cut others down to make themselves feel better? Stop making excuses and be honest with yourself. Unless you’re the very small fraction of a percent of people who have some crazy medical condition that causes you to uncontrollably gain weight (for which there is no remedy), then you do not have an excuse. You simply have not made it a priority.
We all prioritize the things in our life, even if we don’t make a conscience decision to do so. The choices we make and how we spend our time shows our priorities. If we spend all our time working, then that is our number one priority. Maybe we do it because we have to in order to feed our family. Or maybe we do it to afford new cars, new houses, and all the “stuff” we think we need. Either way that is the priority. Then we watch TV, get on facebook/the internet, play games, go out to eat, etc to fill up our days. Whatever else we do, exercising and eating right is below those things on our priority list. Once you make something a priority it is amazing how you magically have time for it. What did we spend all our time doing before cell phones and the internet? There is still the same amount of hours in the day. The biggest fallacy is that it takes a lot of time to exercise, it really doesn’t. Only 20-30 minutes a day doing the RIGHT exercises will go a long way. More importantly how much and what you eat plays a much bigger role in your overall health. So do yourself a favor and become a student of nutrition. Figure out for yourself what to eat and what not to eat (hint, read your food labels and know what to avoid). Then just stop buying the bad foods altogether or buy very few as treats. You don’t have to stop eating unhealthy foods altogether, just stop making them your main options.