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Ending the Weight Struggle for Good?

Thursday, August 13, 2009

I realized this morning that this is a completely unrealistic goal. I am ALWAYS going to struggle with my weight because it is a chronic health problem.

My husband has high blood pressure and was diagnosed about 15 years ago. At first he was really resistant to the idea and just thought it was "stress." He didn't take the meds that were prescribed and just completely dismissed the idea that he had a chronic condition. Then he had a doctor's appointment one day at the end of a particularly bad day at work, and at the doc's office his BP was 260/150. Do you know they sent him to the hospital? He spent 3 days there until his BP was under control. They said he could have had a stroke.

After that incident, TC became MUCH more vigilant and proactive about managing his blood pressure and has done a wonderful job monitoring, adjusting his meds, etc.

And really, isn't my weight EXACTLY the same thing as his bp? I have a chronic health condition that needs constant vigilance, monitoring, and adjusting. It's not something that can be "cured". And I can fight it, but it won't change. I can either manage it or I can let the problem rage out of control.

I don't know why this is just an epiphany this morning! I'm still up 2 pounds from my 2-day jag, but I'm OK with that because I'm MANAGING my weight. I've got a plan. I'll stay on the straight-and-narrow for the next few days until I drop the extra pounds and then start into some new territory.

I not only CAN do this, I AM doing it. And you can too! YOU CAN CHOOSE to have a day today that moves you closer to the goal YOU REALLY WANT.

As Judith Beck says, "I can be loose with my eating, OR I can be thinner. I can't be both."

Take care!
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    I agree completely; weight is something I'm going to have to manage every day of my life, tracking diligently! But that's easier than living with diabetes, cancer, heart disease, kidney disease -- lots of stuff. And managing my weight like the chronic condition it is will help protect me from dealing with some of those other diseases!

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    Hey TG,

    Good blog and right on point! I don't think any of us on this site will EVER be able to not have to manage our weight. But then thin people do to or THEY WON'T BE THIN! I think maybe they just intuitively know that or they learned it long before we did.

    The comparison to TC's bp is spot on (scary wasn't it? - it scared me and I don't even know him emoticon ) but we all know the health problems associated with being overweight and ignoring them IS NOT THE SOLUTION.

    Good job - Don't you just love how Beck's keeps us focused!!

    Make it a great day for yourself TG emoticon

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