Looks like quite a few of us have at one point had picky eating habits (or still do). It’s one of those things that you have to work around or grow out of when you are trying to become healthier. I really believe that you can change the majority of what you like to eat. It’s a mental process that you have to force yourself to change, and it’s hard work, but it’s possible. It is doubtful that anyone just wakes up one morning after deciding to become healthy and suddenly loves all the vegetables they previously hated. No, even your eating habits require work.
The fact that even the way you eat involves work made me start thinking about all the work required for weight loss.
Losing weight involves a lot of work.
Losing weight involves a lot of work for the long term.
You have to work to change your food. You have to learn what is healthy and good for you all the time (fruits, veggies, lean proteins, etc.) and what needs to be reserved for eating “once in a while.” You have to then make sure you stay on top of things and read food labels to count calories if that’s your method or to pay attention to things like sodium (me!) or fat. You have to come up with recipes to use that you like and make the plain foods something you delight in (because few people last with boring food). You have to buy, prepare, and cook your healthy food and have it ready so that you won’t have to rely on vending machines or fast food restaurants. If you have a full time job and a family to care for, or even if you don’t, it’s a lot of work.
And in addition to the food you have to do real work: exercise. Exercise is crucial to changing your body. If you want to lose weight efficiently exercise must be part of the equation. So you must find something you enjoy or at the very least can tolerate doing a few times each week. Or it involves things you don’t totally love (in the beginning) that grow on you. Or it involves things you hate, think are hard, but you still do anyway (hello, 30 Day Shred). Additionally you must educate yourself on exercise and how it affects your body and how to do it the right way. Or you can hire someone to teach you this as your personal trainer. Either way, you have to know what to do and then DO IT. Exercise is often something you don’t want to do, feel like you don’t have time to do, make excuses not to do, but you still have to do it anyway because it’s necessary. Weight loss requires work in the form of exercise.
So you work to change your food and you work to fit in and complete enough exercise. But the most exhaustive work is not on the outside. It’s on the inside. You have to constantly work on your mental processes when you are losing weight. If you were/are over 100 pounds overweight like I was, you most definitely have some mental things to work through. And along the weigh losing weight you will have to mentally work through plateaus, setbacks, injuries, failures, struggles when your body doesn’t do what you think it should, changing body image, and more. Most of us will admit that weight loss is mostly mental. And we would also admit that the mental games behind weight loss involve a lot of work. It’s hard work to change who you are mental. Involves a lot of mental strength and power to change yourself from being the person who didn’t care and stuffed themselves to being the person who eats healthily and exercises no matter what. Many people underestimate the mental work that change takes, but it is work and it can be exhausting.
I know it never really ends, but I feel like most of my exhausting mental work is behind me. I feel like I’m not at the point where I’ve just got the physical I-have-to-do-it kind of work left. And that’s really exciting. It’s taken me a lot of work to get to this point. It’s taken all of us a lot of work to get to whatever point we are at in our journey.
It’s all a lot of work. But it’s worth it.
Anything that’s worth having is worth the work required.