Overnight is Overrated – Month Six Update

Half way through this year-long journey I expected to be about half way in weight loss as well.  Of course I have often wanted that magic pill that I can wake up and be at my goal weight.  Well Overnight is Overrated. 

Recently while working out the song “Overnight” came up on the playlist.  The song is a bit slow and while I like it, I tend to not listen as closely to avoid slowing down.  The lyrics really caught me as it talks about learning in life and that if things happened overnight you wouldn’t be able to appreciate where you have come and what you have learned.  That is so true.  We want everything done right now, fixed immediately, resolved quickly.  Whether it is a good or bad situation, we do not want to work through the process but rather want an overnight result.  I have to admit that has been my thought process a lot recently.  Why can’t this be easier? Why can’t I just be at my goal?  I’ve worked long enough right? Well clearly I have some learning to still do.  I did not get to be 378 overnight and I won’t reach 150 overnight.  While this 100 in 1 journey is a step in my overall goal, there are no short cuts.

A recent article in the Seattle Times talked about how people/doctors/scientists etc have been searching for that weight loss secret for over 150 years.  (http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2014047701_dietfads30.html) Apparently the worlds activity went down as our industry and innovation went up.  As we moved into cities and suburbs, started taking trains, automobiles and other forms of transportation instead of riding horses and driving wagons, we stopped moving and we started gaining. We started to eat more processed and pre-prepared foods rather than the fresh, home prepared meals.  The search began (wonder what ever happened to the 1903 soap that was advertised to reduce fat…hmmm?)and this elusive search for a quick fix is still going on. 

Newsflash: There is none.  Over 150 years has shown that no magic pill will ever “cure” obesity.  What does work.  Exercise and eating right.  We can be healthy. But you have to make the choice to do what our bodies were created to do.  No matter who you are, you will not be healthy sitting in that recliner, playing video games, watching tv or surfing the internet.  Reading about good health doesn’t make it happen. 

You do not have to work out for hours each day and cut out all the foods you enjoy.  You can start with getting out for an evening walk, cutting your portions down and adding in some veggies and fruit.  Lets all move toward a long-term healthy life rather than waiting for it to just happen.

Now, for the results:

  • Original Starting weight(7/31/2010) – 340
  • December final – 277
  • January final – 267
  • Weight loss for January – 10 lbs
  • Total weight loss – 73 lbs
  • Total weight loss from high of 378 – 111 lbs
  • Lyrics to Overnight:

    So, you’ve handed in your resignation,
    Contemplatin’ why nothin’ turns out right.
    A little fed up with all the disappointments,
    So what’s the point in wastin’ any time?

    It’s only temporary, so what’s your hurry?
    No need to worry. Don’t you know that,

    If it all just happened overnight, you wouldn’t know how much it means?
    If it all just happened overnight, you would never learn to believe
    In what you cannot see, what you cannot see.

    I feel like pace is at a standstill.
    Do I wait till it falls into my hands?
    A long highway ahead, gettin’ started.
    Steady hearted, is what I think I am.

    There’s somethin’ to be said for experience.
    Who knows what’s ahead. Keep on goin’.

    If it all just happened overnight, you wouldn’t know how much it means?
    If it all just happened overnight, you would never learn to believe
    In what you cannot see, what you cannot see.

    Take it a day at a time
    One foot in front of the other,
    Take it a day at a time
    No need to hurry, hurry.
    Take it a day at a time
    It won’t happen over night.

    Have a little faith,
    Must appreciate,
    Every single day, Don’t give up, no.

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