When talking to the teenager version of Mike Badger, my Dad would often say
Are you out to find the easiest way to lose weight or are you on a mission to lose weight? There is an important distinction."Give the hardest job to the laziest guy and he will find the easiest way to do it."
Thinning out the trees:
My dad used to say this to me when I was a teenager. I remember when we were going to "thin out" the few trees in front of our house in North Carolina. Dad wanted to brighten it up by taking out the smaller trees. In usual fashion of most projects, Dad got to run the cool machinery and I got to do the grunt labor. And "thin out" quickly turned into full scale deforestation.
|These are before and after shot of the house with the trees in front of it and after we "thinned out" the trees. Not really but you get the idea.|
My Dad would get so frustrated. I would take forever to get anything done.
"If you would spend half as much time as doing the work as you did trying to get out of work, we would be done by now."
It's amazing how much smarter my Dad sounds now that I am not a teenager.
How are you approaching weight loss? Are you spending all your time trying to figure out a way to get out of putting in the work and time? I know the reason I failed at losing weight was simple. I simply didn't want to put in the work and make the changes that were necessary. I wanted to live an unhealthy life and be healthy. It makes as much sense as buying things you want with money you don't have expecting to remain debt free. It just doesn't work.
Companies know that there are millions of us who think this way though. If you don't agree, head over to a second hand store like the D.I. or Goodwill and see the bone yard of contraptions that claimed to be the easy solution to weight loss.
The sober truth about weight loss:
(especially if you are morbidly obese)
- Weight loss is hard - If it wasn't, nobody would be overweight. The sooner you decide that you are going to do it despite this fact, the sooner you can start making lasting changes.
- Weight loss is going to suck sometimes - If you are anything like me, it is going to take some major inner struggles. There will be moments of anger, frustration and even all out bawling. The struggle makes you stronger. You will have to confront parts of you that you won't like and need to change.
- It's not going to happen overnight - The fat I packed on my body didn't happen overnight. It was put on pound by pound over years. It is going to come off the same way.
- It WILL be worth all the effort you put into it. You will find balance in life, energy through your day, better health, better work life, better love life, better...
Don't believe in a product, believe in hard work, planning and giving up bad habits. Weight loss is like digging a ditch. It doesn't take a masters degree or special talents. It simply takes hard work, dedication and focus. Stop wasting your time looking for a way to get out of doing what it it takes and get to work.