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Choose Your Hard



A friend on another board years ago told me the following quote and it still resonates with me today:

"Being overweight is hard. Losing weight is hard. Choose your hard."

When I start to flounder or feel deprived or have a pity party over all the things I don't allow myself to eat, I remember that quote.

It's easy to gain weight, but being overweight "IS" hard; hard on your body, hard on your health, hard to find decent clothes that fit, hard to fit in an airplane seat, hard to keep up with friends and family...I could go on.

Losing weight is hard too; I have to discipline myself to exercise and move more, I have to talk myself out of that box of cookies that sound so good, I have to plan and plan and plan some more so that I'm not caught without a healthy meal to turn to.

I tell you though, as hard as it is sometimes, I would rather stick with the hard that makes me healthier, that stops my feet from swelling painfully, that makes clothing fit and look better on me, that reduced my blood pressure, that allows me to sleep better at night, than go back to the weight I used to be

Choosing your hard doesn't just apply to weight loss. It can apply to any tough choice that you make in life. Whenever I think to myself that something is hard, I try to choose the hard that provides the most benefit. It's a matter of keeping things in perspective, and prioritizing what is most important.

The biggest "hard" for me on my weight loss journey is unhealthy cravings. They say you shouldn't deprive yourself of the things you crave; have one, or a sliver, or a taste. I find it hard to have just that little bit, and I find it hard to talk myself out of the unhealthy foods I sometimes crave, so I have to choose my hard.

I usually choose to talk myself out of the craving and either find a distraction or substitute it with something healthier that I like. I feel better for having that self control than I would by giving in to the food.

When I do allow myself the rare piece of pie or cake or a couple of cookies, it's because I planned ahead to have them and adjusted my food the rest of the day accordingly.

So choose your hard...and live the best possible life for you.

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  • CD14145254
    Your insight brought tears to my eyes. I feel this way but could not have written it as straight forwardly or as beautifully as you just did. I am going to print this out and put it on front of my frig so I will see it several times a day. I am a newbie but I am committed to the long haul. 42 pounds to my goal and you just did your part in being supportive. Thank you. emoticon - by CD14145254
  • Enjoyed reading this today. Going to lunch with group of Ladies and reading and praying for the willpower to pick the correct items to eat. With God help I will do fine. Thanks Pat emoticon emoticon - by UNSUREPAT

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