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Freedom trumps failure

Posted February 26, 2014 in Altoona, Advice Column, Pleasant Hill

Have you been in a rut of wishful thinking and excuses with your weight? I have been in a place when each day I would say I wanted things to be different and would even make plans to stop the snacks, increase the veggies, and say “no” to desserts.

But then life would happen, and excuses were plentiful. My resolve would melt away. I don’t think that is much different than the average person.

People can be obsessed with the scale, weighing themselves each and every morning. At times it is like we think that despite our indulgence from the day before, our number might have gone down while we were sleeping. It can be a vicious cycle. But as it would be, the scale is not impressed with my wishful thinking.

I realize some deem themselves victims of tragic genetics, overactive taste buds, and a stomach that demands large portions. What they failed to realize is there are much more significant issues going on.

I have learned much about human behavior as it relates to food. The ever-increasing size of my jeans is related to the deception going on inside my heart. Weight is the outside indication of an internal situation. If you can get to the core reason of why you are overeating, it will help explain how to attack the problem. No doubt there are certainly medical and genetic circumstances that can cause weight gain, but no diet would be permanently successful until I got to the root of my problem.

Food is often that socially acceptable drug that gets people through tough times. It becomes the friend to celebrate with in the good times.

A call of action will start when you realize that to continue to seek or depend on food for physical gratification is ultimately destroying you.

Maybe this article will stir you to face the issue. I know this is a tough issue. I’ve walked through the tears and the feelings of failure in other issues of my life. But I wanted freedom more than failure. And I realized that temporary satisfaction will not bring me long-term success. I have learned to discern and choose healthy patterns.  Look, “I deserve this ice cream” might make you feel superior and in control, but the empty calories with leave you empty and will do nothing for your body. The extra portion will leave you stuffed and sluggish.

It is time to stop looking at the smoking addict, the drug addict and the alcoholic and realize your food addiction is killing you the same way.

Intentionally choose each day what you’ll consume. Move a little more, and you’ll be on your way to healthy freedom.

Written by David Charleston, owner/founder The Orange Planet Athletic Club, 5650 Metro Business Drive, Pleasant Hill, david@theorangeplanet.com.

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