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Method Versus Motivation

November 23, 2013

If you want to lose weight, there are thousands of “miracle” methods. Governor Christie is “half way” to his “goal” because a rubber band has reduced his stomach to the size of a walnut, but more importantly, he wants to be President.

The method is far less important that the motivation. I tried dozens of methods but wanted to gloss over the reason I was fatter than I am now: I was overloaded (by necessity) and overfed (by default). I was unthinking, so unseeing and had kids and career pre-empt both vanity and common sense.

Motivation is definitionally subjective. Some people are motivated by greed, some loath it. Some are motivated by “faith in a higher power”, others want to “live in the moment.”

I wanted to get the fat monkey off my back. And thighs. And belly. And ass.

That motivation had, and has these meager methods:

1.       Keep your belly full, but with things that won’t make you fat.

2.       Move your body.

3.       Don’t think high calorie foods can be limited to small quantities.

4.       Take the damn vitamin.

5.       It really is all about you.  If you base dramatic and protracted change on getting a better verdict from some perceived judge of who you are, their approval will never be enough.

6.       The delivery system is as important as the food.  Burgers, deep fat fried chicken strips, candy bars, potato chips, and peanuts are fabulously successful as dietary saboteurs.  They’re just so damn easy to eat.  Their bite-sized, grab-friendly nature allows for instant gratification without any thought or preparation.

All the diets, surgeries and supplements fail if you have the wrong motivation. (Oprah has proven that). Find the reason being fat happened and why it should not be part of who you are. Or don’t. It really is all about you.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Allan permalink
    November 23, 2013 11:16 am

    Hi Duo,

    Great article on losing wt. I’ve lost 10 pounds twice over the last 10 years. It’s simple. Just walk 3 miles each morning for 6 months. OK? Exercise is the only answer.

    Take care,



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