How did I get here? I was at the kitchen table with a pile of tortilla chips in front of me. It’s such a tease – sitting there in a blue ceramic bowl looking all tasty and salty. I stared so long I expected to see tumbleweed go rolling by at any moment.
[Do you feel lucky, punk? Well do ya?]
I struggled with what I ate, constantly. As I looked around I saw other people in the same situation as me. That provided a little comfort. But then I thought about it and wondered if this is what it’s all about? Am I to take comfort in knowing that there are other people out there struggling with the same issues? I’m amazed at the number of convenient diet solutions offered in 3 easy payments of $19.95 or the number of gimmicks that promise a quick solution if you sprinkle magic dust on your food or pop a pill or stop eating certain foods completely. You get the picture, I could go on but our senses are constantly bombarded with consumption of these products, it’s easy to lose sight of the big picture: Living a healthy life.
Do we want to be lied to? Maybe. If I based my self-esteem on what I read in magazines or online or heard on the radio or saw on TV or billboards I’d be a sad puppy.
Do we want to subscribe to an ideal? Perhaps. How many media stories have uncovered the fact that many advertisers Photoshop images before going to market? I see. So you’re selling me a product that will make me better by showing me a picture of someone who doesn’t even look like herself. If this is the case, then what are they really selling?
I’m guilty, too. I’ve got a graveyard of products and books that I looked to for answers. So let me take inventory:
- Abdominizer – got it.
- Elliptical fitness trainer – err yep, got it.
- Treadmill – ugh, had that too, sold it.
- The Firm – this actually works, by the time you’re done you’re too tired to eat.
- Weight Watchers – tried it, (No I don’t care to share…I want potato chips dammit).
- South Beach – tried it, bought the book and t-shirt.
- Flat Belly Diet – book is collecting dust [cough] on the bookshelf.
- And the countless number of exercise DVDs. . . .
The light finally came on for me about 6 months ago when a friend and I started down the path to living better lives. We rationalized that if we changed our minds we really could lead happier, healthier lives. Now, I exercise because I really want to, I watch my salt intake (dang-blasted chips) and I still struggle with sugar – I’m not perfect but happier. But more than that in doing this soul searching I realized that it’s ultimately a balance between the mind and body. I’ve got to do what makes me happy and by changing my thoughts about what makes me happy (really truly happy) I’ll do the right things, no lying necessary.