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June 9th, 2009

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03:47 pm - Motivation
I've lost 21 lbs in about the last nine weeks and I'm very happy about that (although admittedly I *did* have an organ full of stones cut out of me during that time, which must have helped). I am still far from my goal weight but I am the kind of person who stays on track, once they have made a decision... So yeah, go me, the day will come. Of course, the problem is keeping it off but I will face that when I get to it.

HOWEVER, not everyone has my level of resolve, or ambition. For instance, a girl who belongs to the same weight-loss forum as me (you don't get to see ALL my online activities here you know) is complaining that she can't find the motivation to carry on dieting, because


I shit you not.

Now, whilst I can perfectly understand somebody getting into the situation where weight creeps on and chairs become a problem... How in HELL can somebody recognise that they have expanded to a vast size, address that issue, prove to themselves that it is possible to lose weight, become small enough to squash into a human chair and then go "Fuck it, I can't be bothered to diet now! I can fit through doors and sit on furniture! Pass me the nachos and cheese! In fact, wrap 'em up in a pizza!"? Does she really think that she has DONE ENOUGH? Is that really the limit of this girl's physical aspirations?

I think fitting into a fucking chair should be a MARKER on the way to her goal, not the GOAL itself. Raise the bar, lady.

And NO, she isn't American.

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Date:June 9th, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I could totally go for some nacho cheese pizza right now.
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Date:June 9th, 2009 03:38 pm (UTC)
Were she an American, she would either have not been arsed to diet at all and simply reached for nacho pizza while scheduling her stomach stapling, or she'd be so motivated fitting into the chair that now she'd be training for her first Ironman. There's no in between for Yanks - we're either the fattest or the fittest SOBs on earth.

Seriously though, it's pretty common. I used to have clients who would sign up for 8 weeks of training sessions with the goal of fitting into the dress they chose for their ten year reunion. Some would reach that goal in 4-6 weeks, happily buy out the remainder of their contract and vanish. Diversity of human nature, I suppose - we all have different goals, triggers, and motivations.

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Date:June 9th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
My goal is to reduce down to single figures the number of helicopters and winches needed to move me around.
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Date:June 9th, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)
Once you can barely fit in a chair is when you start dieting seriously, because you can barely fit in a fucking chair. With arms. That's when you're still overweight. Not chubby; overweight, fat. (For average body build, of course.)

Perhaps the girl's just lost hope that she'll ever be good looking, so she doesn't see the point. I know how it goes, because I've been slightly chubby all my life, and I just never thought I could get rid of that and be happy with how I look. Inertia is a nasty beast. However, I've been losing weight for three months now and I'm loving the results. I'll never let myself get fat again.
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[User Picture]
Date:June 9th, 2009 04:20 pm (UTC)
You've lost 21 lbs? That's great! No this is not a stupid setup, I'm honestly happy for you.
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Date:June 9th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
It's not an American problem. Everybody thinks it is, because we were the first nation to solve the hunger problem; what it really is, is a problem of the fact that humans did not evolve in an environment of cheap, readily available, ubiquitous, high calorie food. Assuming the global economy doesn't totally collapse, every nation on Earth is going to face this problem, once people stop going hungry; you're going to all find out that more than half of your population are genetically programmed to eat anything that's available all of the time.
Date:June 9th, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
My running club describes ourselves as "Eaters with a running disorder"

Same with my bike club.

A benefit if the exercise is that we don't have to obsess about every little thing we eat. (of course, I still have a way to go to get the rest of my winter weight out)
[User Picture]
Date:June 9th, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
you don't get to see ALL my online activities here you know

I want my money back!!11!!1!!1!11eleven
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Date:June 9th, 2009 06:57 pm (UTC)
"nachos and cheese! In fact, wrap 'em up in a pizza!"

I could barely concentrate on your post past this point because, dayum, that sounds freakishly tasty. Mmmmm, it would be gooey and crunchy and tomato-y all at the same time....

I'm trying to lose weight too. It's easy to know what to do; not so easy to do it. So I commend you on your results so far. As for the newly liberated chair-sitter: I commend her too, but she needs to set higher goals.
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Date:June 9th, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC)

Keep going

Congrats on the weight loss! I am working on my motivation to lose weight. I know I have to do it, and i know that I can, i just haven't mentally gotten there. I will.

As for your friend, I agree with you, that is not the goal, that is just a marker. She definitely needs a 2 by 4 smack to the head. maybe that will get her motivated again.
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Date:June 9th, 2009 10:34 pm (UTC)
Have you asked her whether she can now identify her OWN arms?
[User Picture]
Date:June 10th, 2009 12:28 am (UTC)
If that was her goal and she achieved it, then good on her.
[User Picture]
Date:June 10th, 2009 10:24 am (UTC)
Maybe you need to provide her with a slightly smaller chair.
Date:June 10th, 2009 02:03 pm (UTC)
Wow, I thought I was settling when I gave in to my little belly that seems to form every time I enjoy myself.

The internet is such an ego stroker for me most of the time.
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Date:June 11th, 2009 12:27 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you clarified that she's not an American because that's always the assumption. Congrats on the 21 pounds! I've lost about the same since I started dieting a couple of months ago, and still working on it...
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Date:June 12th, 2009 06:50 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the weight loss. My weight seems to be going up with my stress level. Need to get life under controll. What is your goal?
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Date:June 18th, 2009 05:06 am (UTC)
I'm glad you got the gall bladder sorted and are feeling better. Congrats on the weight loss!

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