Another way to think about getting fit

I think that most of my life I’ve thought about weight loss as a fight – I had to be strong, had to work hard, had to overcome. I had to behave like it was a war, not just a battle.

But here’s the problem with that scenario: who’s the enemy I’m fighting against? Food that must be resisted at all costs? Exercises that must be conquered with gritted teeth and sweating brow? My own body that has to be beaten into shape against its will?

It’s not a pretty picture. And I don’t think a very healthy one.

So now I’m thinking in a different way. It’s not a war, it’s not a battle, it’s not a fight. It’s a journey. And food and exercise and my own body are my traveling companions, helping me to get where I want to be.

It’s not about facing down a pizza and winning or conquering a giant chocolate brownie. It’s about choosing to eat the apple instead because it’s a better ally and a better choice. It’s not about avoiding the things that are bad, but about making positive, healthful decisions.

And you know what? If I do eat a pizza or a chocolate brownie, I haven’t lost a battle. I’ve just stepped a few steps backward on my journey. I’ve traveled 1000 miles forward and took two steps backward. That’s hardly worth calling off the whole journey. So I’ll keep going.

2 thoughts on “Another way to think about getting fit

  1. this is a really fantastic way to look at it!!! i feel very similarly. as i made my new years resolution: eliminate waste… it’s not about losing weight, or becoming more organized, or about being nice all the time… to me it’s more about making the very BEST choices for me in my life, instead of settling for the GOOD choices.

  2. I’ve lost some weight in the last few months, mainly due to food allergy issues, but I seem to have hit a plateau. Like any commander in a battle, tough choices need to be made. Choosing to eat healthy is a lot harder than it sounds, especially when there are so many other more tasty (in comparison) things to eat. I’ve yet to find that I can have my cake and eat it too!

    Exercise is hard for me. I abhor exercise. Loathe it even. Yet I think that is the only thing that is going to get me to my desired weight.

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