Monday, January 14, 2008
a healthy outlook
One thing I enjoyed about Shauna's book was, although it is a weight-loss memoir, the real revelations came not from weight loss itself but from the things that our intrepid heroine Dietgirl found along the way. She started exercising with an eye to "lard busting," but discovered that she loved the way the workouts made her feel strong and powerful. She did a few different diets, but instead of sticking blindly to a regime, she learned something from each of them and figured out what kind of food made her feel best (hint, it wasn't a steady diet of fish and chips). She found she could enjoy mostly healthy food and indulge occasionally without polishing off an entire box of candy.
What I like about this is that many people seem to equate being healthy with complete deprivation and self-flagellation. Many people who seem to be fit and slim are actually living an unhealthy lifestyle of overtraining and obsession, but overeating and inactivity aren't enjoyable either.
I have several people around me right now who are suffering from serious health problems that were aggravated by unhealthy habits: poor diets, lack of exercise, smoking, etc. Sometimes people resist changing those kinds of habits because, "You can't live forever." However, usually these kinds of health problems are more chronic than deadly. It's facing the idea of a long, slow decline, not dying, that worries me.
So Shauna's philosophy of pursuing weight loss while also finding your bliss seems to be the most sensible, life-affirming approach. BlogHer's Good-Health-A-Thon might be a good way to focus your efforts. Each week, try setting a goal that is SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely) and blogging about it.
My first SMART goal is going to be calling this week to schedule a checkup. I have a new insurance plan and a new doctor, but I've never met her. I want to get in as a healthy person instead of waiting to meet her when I'm sick. I'll let you know when I have it on the calendar.
"Count your calories, work out when you can, and try to be good to yourself. All the rest is bulls**t." -- Jillian Michaels at BlogHer '07