Hellooo…long time no see!! It’s been awhile since my last blog and all I’ve got to offer as means of an excuse is the proverbial boring one of “I’ve been busy!!” I’ve missed blogging though. It’s something I’ve always found relaxing yet energizing and extremely therapeutic.
So why such a busy summer you (may or may not) ask? Well hubby and I rather unexpectedly found ourselves in possession of a fourplex vacation rental property. Having never been ‘landlords’ before we were suddenly thrown into a summer filled with many many new experiences…some good, some not so good and some downright weird (Chrissy the 100 lb Vietnamese pot-bellied pig immediately comes to mind. I guess for some the condition ‘no pets’ doesn’t include pigs. Not even joking. She can actually come back as long as she leaves her owner at home).
Being a landlord means doing some dirty jobs such a fixin’ stuff, cleaning gross things, emptying people’s garbage /recycling. It’s not for the lazy, the squeamish or the princess’s out there let me tell you. One thing I’ve found is that you learn a lot about people by having to sort through their garbage and recycling! So I am going to title this blog: ‘What I Learned this Summer by Sorting Through Complete Strangers Sh*t’.
First off: The average Canadian does not know how to recycle properly!! Not the reason for this blog just a reason to rant…GRRRR…
Second: People are drinking WAAAAAAAAY too much water from disposable water bottles…whatever number you might imagine in your head…double, maybe even triple that number. Again not the reason for the blog but its giving me nightmares 😦
Finally: a lot of people consume a lot of crap, a lot of alcohol and don’t move their bodies near enough while on vaca. I know what you might be thinking ‘but that’s what vacation is FOR…eatin’ drinkin’ relaxin’. Ya and no. I have to figure that anyone who is reading this blog is interested in weight loss/healthy lifestyle. And the key word here is lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle is something that is adopted and implemented every day. It is or becomes your way of life. Not something that is done some of the time, not something that is done most of the time but something that is done all of the time.
People who live a healthy lifestyle make a point of choosing to eat healthy foods in healthy portion sizes and they move their bodies daily, in a vigorous way for at least 30 minutes. And they make a point of doing this pretty much every day; even on vacation, even on weekends, even during the holiday seasons.
Sometimes I will chat with patients and they will say ‘you know I did so well all week, I lost 2 lbs and then the weekend came and I’m right back up’. Or ‘ I worked my @ss off, lost 10 lbs in the past few months, went on vacation for two weeks and gained 5 lbs back’. That is heartbreaking and often why patients become discouraged and give up. Because it IS a lot of work to lose weight. And unfortunately it is 10 x’s easier to gain it back.
As I always say to patients and in my webinars: Losing weight means a lifestyle change. For some it is a minor change, for others it’s a major overhaul. But it IS do-able.
The first step is to look at the three necessary components (eating healthy foods, eating smaller portions, moving vigorously daily) not as something that is done most of the time but something that is done all of the time, every day just like brushing your teeth.
The second step is not to fight this. And I find some patients do fight it. They look at this lifestyle change not as a choice but as a punishment…and they are angry that they have to make this change. I remember clearly a patient at a support group, who didn’t start losing weight until 3 years after her bariatric surgery. She said that for three years she fought her gastric band, was angry that she had this tool, even though she had obviously chosen to have surgery. Despite what she was told in her consult and what she was educated on pre and post op, she had thought she would be able to lose weight without changing many of her bad habits. Finally, she had her ‘aha moment’ and stopped fighting her band and looked at it not as ‘the enemy’ but as an accomplice to help her live a better life.
And I think the third step is to be patient with yourself. Take it one day at a time, and gradually this ‘new lifestyle’ will just be ‘your lifestyle’. And the way you feel, move and live will be worth every ‘sacrifice’ you have made.
Yours in health, happiness and LEARNING HOW TO RECYCLE PROPERLY!!!