Lessons Learned from the Men in My Life
Monday, October 01, 2012
I have had a weight problem since I was 9 years old - an ongoing struggle now for over 50 years. How ironic that some of the most valuable lessons I have learned around food has come from 3 men in my life that have never struggled with their weight - my husband Steve, and my 23 year old twin sons Ryan and Gavin.
Here is what they taught me:
If you miss out on a treat "It is only food."
" It is not the only piece of cake, or pie in the universe. There will be
other opportunities, other desserts to have on other days."
"If you are going to regret it, than don't eat it, If you are going to eat
it enjoy it!"
"The weight didn't come on in a day, and it won't come off in a day."
"Don't go for the grand gestures - 20 mile walks, starving yourself
just be healthy and sensible - consistency, consistency,
"When eating one meal, no need to think about what you are going
to eat next, be present at the current meal."
They actually enjoy exercise. If my husband doesn't go out for a
daily walk something is missing. My boys love to work out at the
gym and are proud of the muscles that develop. None of them do it
for weight loss, but to maintain their healthy weights and bodies.
Most of all they don't spend their days dwelling on food, what they
might eat etc.
As a matter of fact, whenever I ask them what they want for dinner.
They don't really care. They will eat whatever is there. It is just not
that big a deal as long as it is edible.
These are the lessons my men have taught me. Now, I know they have genetics on their side but they also have commonsense as well.