If you started the year out with plans to diet, I urge you to rethink it. I’ve been there. I’ve gone on diets, I’ve done cleanses of sorts, I’ve trained for and run four marathons, I’ve taken supplements marketed to enhance fat loss, diuretics to remove ‘water weight’…I barely managed to stay within the weight standards my entire military career! I was absolutely convinced the standards were unfair to women and to short people. My point is that I wanted to change the way I looked by changing the mirror rather than focusing on what was reflected in the mirror.
In order for my body to be different, it needed something different. In order for me to provide it something different over the long haul, I had to consciously consider what it actually needed. I like to think of a car at this point. Or any complex machinery for that matter. Our body is an amazingly complex machine you know and we just trust it is going to work with whatever we put in it. We are asking it to deal with a lot of excess. Back to the car though. The car needs gas and when the gas runs low, it needs more lest you want to be stuck on the highway. The car also needs brake fluid and coolant in the radiator. The car doesn’t do very well if you choose to neglect these things like a ‘low brake fluid diet’ or a ‘let’s go without coolant for a while’ or for some weird reason just randomly replace them with a supplement. You wouldn’t do that for the very thing that transports your body right? So there it is. Simple. Why do we keep expecting our own body, our machine, to work well with anything other than what it actually needs? I have learned that nutrition is close to yet it is not rocket science and this was the key to my loss of 40 plus pounds ... over a patient and persistent period of 3 plus years. I am now well within those military standards and all other standards including my own. More on how I got here as we continue our journey thru 2017.