It's 9:00 p.m. and I haven't written my Curmudgeonly Professor's task for today. My wife asked me what I was going to write about and I told her I had no idea. Furthermore, I told her I didn't want to write anything and that I wasn't going to write anything. I was trying to scare her but I truly did not feel like writing anything tonight. Today was a busy day. I worked on a photography project for several hours. My wife and I went to the University of Utah clinic in South Jordan to have some blood tests drawn. I took pictures of the flowers at the Jordan River LDS Temple in the South Salt Lake UT Valley, one of the best flower gardens in the city. Now I can't download them because my spiffy new high-speed card reader stopped working. A package of ten new mystery books from Daedalus Books arrived today. The air is clearer after suffering in wildfire haze for days and days but still smells foul. And then there are always the perennial household chores, plants to water, and other things to gripe and grumble about.
Then I thought about the newspaper article I read this morning that reported obesity rates are rising in the U.S. If there is any topic or malady that we know a lot about and which has made chronic failures out of so many of us, it is the topic of obesity. We all know how to lose weight. We must eat less and move more. So we try eating less for awhile. We may buy expensive artificial meals or try magic bullet pills or follow a diet someone at work used to lose 80 pounds. And then as soon as we go back to our normal eating habits, the pounds pile on our frame once more. How many times have we tried and failed to lose weight? Twice? A half dozen times? A dozen times?
On my way from my recliner chair to my computer I thought about the obesity dilemma and then I knew I had a topic for today's task: Count the ways in which we tell ourselves that we will not do something to lose weight. Here is a possible list:
- I can't do it.
- I won't do it.
- I don't want to do it.
- I don't want to learn how to do it.
- I'm not going to do it.
- I don't have time to think about it.
- I tried it before and it didn't work so why bother?
- I don't have the willpower to do it.
- We all have to die some time.
- What do the diet experts know anyway? They are always changing their minds.
- I can't get along without my three cans of diet cola a day.
- I can't bother worrying about special diets and foods.
- Some of the people at the doctor's office are overweight so if they can't lose weight when they have immediate access to professional help, why do I think I can lose weight?
- I have more important things to worry about.
- I don't like most vegetables and diet food anyway.
- I'm not going to give up the food that I like when I don't know if I can lose weight anyway.
- I can't remember to follow my diet.
- I'm tired of people telling me that I should lose some weight. They should mind their own business.
- Since there are so many fat people, it's obvious that not many people have any idea how to successfully lose weight and keep it off.
- I just can't accept the fact that being overweight is a problem.
And this list is just the beginning. I know how to make excuses since I was overweight for decades. I continue to be embarrassed and disgusted with myself for not getting control of the situation years ago. Now I am making continual progress and the benefits of dropping pounds continue with each new reading on the scales.
Now make up your own list of excuses you have successfully used to keep yourself in your big and tall and queen sized clothing. What are your favorite and most effective excuses that have kept you from doing anything serious about your weight dilemma? What happens to your self resolve when you repeat one or more or a half dozen of these excuses over and over to yourself? You know the answer.
Tomorrow we will work on a second list, one that provides positive support and continued reinforcement to our resolve to lose our weight and regain our health. Obesity has been called an epidemic. Tragically, obesity is a dilemma that is treatable and yet too many of us go on from day to day as if we had all the time in the world to avoid diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, clogged arteries, and a dozen or more other ailments that are directly related to the food we eat.
Task Number 235: Identify, count, and write a list of the excuses you have successfully used to keep you from following sensible weight-loss guidelines and achieve your goal of a healthier weight. Good luck, keep going. The Curmudgeonly Professor.