I think that obesity is a lot like alcoholism. You can't tell an obese person what to eat any more than you can tell an alcoholic to stop drinking; at least not if you expect it to do any good. There are differences, of course; obesity is more obvious and a lot harder to hide in most cases. Most obese people look in the mirror every day and know that they're obese. Some might think that they're just a little bit over weight the way most alcoholics tell themselves that they just drink a little. But the similarity is in the fact that the first step in either case is for the obese person or alcoholic to admit that they have a problem before anything can be done to change.
In the case of the alcoholic they have to admit that they drink a lot more than a little but in the case of the obese person it's not so much about admitting that they're obese as it is about admitting that they're to blame. An obese person has to accept that their problems with weight aren't genetic, situational, how they were raised, or some kind of uncontrollable medical condition. An obese person has to accept that it was their actions, their choices, and their skewed perspectives that got them to where they are and it will be their actions and choices which will determine where they're going to be tomorrow. An alcoholic can choose to stop drinking; he can avoid bars and other establishments where alcohol is served entirely if he so chooses. An obese person can't stop eating and I think this is one reason why so many people have such a hard time with recovery. It is a change in perspective that can only come from inside the heart and mind of the individual. You can tell an obese person that their food choices are bad or their portions are too big until you're blue in the face but they won't ever listen; in most cases they won't even want to.
An obese person has to make the conscious decision to change their weight, at any cost, just like an alcoholic has to make the same decision to stop drinking. I believe that for most people dealing with obesity the recognition of the harm that their food choices are doing to them and the shift in how they view, think about, and desire food has to come second if they're ever really going to "get it". Everyone knows that candy bars and sweets are loaded with fat and sugar and yet some people choose to eat them anyway, on occasion, and without harm; while others choose to eat them in excess because they don't think life will be as good without them. Food is just food. It's a concept that no one could have ever taught me, we all know many of you have tried. There was a change that happened in my head, it's still happening in fact, when it comes to how I view, think about, and crave food. Many of you tried to tell me that this would happen if I would just give up the crap for awhile but recovering alcoholics have tried to tell their kind that it gets easier too and they realized a long time ago that it doesn't work. An addict, whether it be a food addict or an alcoholic, has to experience the change before they can believe it exists. The only way that you can experience the change in your perspective is to force a change in your actions and give it time to take affect. It's like detoxing ... it sucks at first, it's painful, it's emotionally taxing and sometimes even exhausting - but until you actually do it you will never understand how liberating it is to be on the other side of the fight.
8 glasses of water
1 cup coffee w/creamer
1 rainbow roll (8 pcs)
1 california roll (6 pcs)
1 spring roll (2 pcs)
8 oz left over fried rice
Daily Caloric Intake: 1,117
Golf: Walked and played 18 holes!!! (6.5 miles: 13,121 steps)