“I’ve struggled with my weight for as long as I remember…”
That’s how the email began. Oooh… Someone else who struggles is going to share their secret!
That hook works on me. Every. Single. Time.
Please! Tell me how you solved it! Please, please, please tell me that you have found the miracle solution. I can’t wait to read what it…
A few paragraphs later I’m disappointed. This particular article lead me to a sales pitch for some health professional’s consulting services. My excitement fades.
I’m already a health and fitness professional. Hiring one would be slightly ridiculous. (And, maybe a little embarrassing.) Then, I realize one important truth that I refuse to believe:
I already KNOW how to lose weight. Yet I don’t want to believe that there’s no secret formula for weight loss.
Watch your diet, exercise, give it time…stick to it. It’s not really rocket science. But, it’s easier for me to believe that I just haven’t found the right program yet.
I’d prefer there to be a magic solution out there…waiting for me to discover it. I’d rather that somewhere, hiding in a “Ten Ways to Slim Down” list, is a tip that I’ve never heard before that will unlock this secret door to easy weight loss. Like drinking a certain potion or repeating a certain exercise move.
It hurts me to say that. Really it does. My heart prefers to believe in magic. I would rather find the easy road to happiness. Can’t a fairy godmother just show up at my door and magic wand me into my ideal?
(Those dang fairy tales have ruined me.)
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that there aren’t best practices, equipment, and other guidelines out there that will help. They certainly will! A health coach, a fitness professional, a dietician, even a great diet book can offer resources to make our struggles a little easier. I am researching a natural supplement I may soon add to my diet to help balance blood sugar. I’m not against the tools…But, I have to be realistic in what I expect from them.
I still have to do the work to manage my weight. And, where the struggle resides is that I’d rather not. It’d be a whole lot easier to zap myself changed.
Are you looking for the miracle weight loss secret solution too?
Would you rather believe that inside one of those “guaranteed results” bottles rests the secret to your success? How many times have you fallen for the “Three easy payments of $19.95” pathway to getting in shape only to find yourself off the program two months later?
I want to encourage you to get honest about your habits today. If you are always on a quest for a better weight loss (or body fixing in general) answer, spend some time asking God today what it is you are really looking for from the diets or other fitness or beauty fads you fall for.
What does your heart believe that losing the weight, changing the shape of certain body parts, or altering your appearance really give you?
Want to know my answers? I’ll be the first one to comment. Then, if you feel so lead, share your thoughts here, also in comments, to encourage other women who may have the same answers yet feel like they would be alone if they shared.