Monday, February 4, 2008

Would You Like a Weight Loss Wand?

So, would ya? I read this somewhere. I just skimmed it and then you know how sometimes it takes a minute for your brain to register what you just read. Well, I read the words again - Weight Loss Wand. Hmm, I thought. What would I do if there was a weight loss wand. Would I use it and what would it do for me? Well, it got me thinking. As we all know, weight loss is NOT magic. My personal definition of magic is something unexpectedly good that happens behind the scenes. Like in a fairy tale. So, let's see, if I had a weight loss wand back in 1985 when I started this process would I have learned any of the following:
  • The importance of eating healthy
  • The art of understanding food labels
  • That vegetables are actually good for me and don't have to be deep fried or drenched in salad dressing
  • That exercise is NOT a four letter word
  • That fast food is not a "life saver"
  • Not everything you eat needs to be drenched in butter
  • Dessert is not one of the main food groups
  • Your plate doesn't have to be 100% covered with food to make you satisfied
  • The importance of understanding my relationship with food (actually a work in progress)
  • I don't have to cook like my mother
  • I don't have to be fat because I've always been fat
  • I can be happy, confident and social (I used to pass up invitations to attend social functions because I was self conscious)
  • I can speak in public (not a chance I would have done this prior to WW)
  • I can run - Yes, I said run
  • I don't have to please everybody, just those who care about and understand me
  • Food is something I need to live, I don't live for food
  • The scale is not always EVIL (actually sometimes it's magic)
  • I can be successful at weight loss
  • Maintenance is not as easy as losing
  • P A T I E N C E

So, after reviewing the things I have learned through this process I think my answer is No. The weight loss wand may offer weight loss magic, but where does that leave me? I think it would leave me with no tools to continue on and a guarantee that I would be back seeking more "magic" because I couldn't do it on my own. I have learned so much through this process and, you know what, I don't think I would give any of it up for some "stinkin wand." I love the fact that I know I am in charge of my weight loss future, me and only me. I will do what it takes to make my own fairy tale. I encourage you to make yours. Check this out -Magical Fairytale Moments.


avalonsky said...

That was a great post! Thank you for sharing it. I would also like to say thank you for the lovely recipes and vegetarian info you left on the board. :D


katieo said...

great post. I agree with you, but there are some days for SURE I'd want one of those wands, lol!