Did you ever play Truth or Consequences when you were foolish? I say foolish instead of younger, because a little time and some maturing changes your desire to play the game. This is especially true if you have ever had what you said or did during TORC video-taped and then released on any number of social media sites.
I have not had any silly admissions by me video-taped and released into cyber space, yet.
Thank you, God!
In the spirit of TORC, I’m going to tell you a few things about me today that I think will probably also apply to others. Early on, you won’t know if they are true or false. Further down the line, I will reveal the truth or falsity in my statements. Here we go, let’s see what I can tell you about me.
I’m confident I can quit overeating any time I want, no problem. Truth or Lie?
I don’t have food dreams. Truth or Lie?
I hate counting calories. Truth or Lie?
I love counting calories. Truth or Lie?
I’m convinced I might never get to my goal weight. Truth or Lie?
I’m afraid I might loss all this weight, only to gain it back again. Truth or Lie?
I’m never 100% sure if the choices I’ve made with food and food planning are right or wrong. Truth or Lie?
I think I am unique when it comes to the struggles I have with food. Truth or Lie?
The true answer to these statements are: Lie, Truth, Truth, Lie, Truth, depending on the day, Truth, Truth, Lie.
Most important of all of these statements is that last one, and it’s the one that I most want to talk about today. For years and years, and yes, years I thought that no one struggled to be thin the way I struggled to be thin. I believed no one gained weight as quickly as I gained weight. I thought that no one was as affected by the taste, sight, smell, and luscious experience of eating meat-drenched pizza pie as I was, but I was wrong.
I was also wrong when being foolishly young I thought I could eat, and eat, and yes, eat again and it would not affect my health. For some reason, I thought I was uniquely gifted for eating huge amounts of sugar, salt, fat, and flour and that I would never develop diabetes or other systemic illness I now understand are linked to obesity.
Wait, that statement is a lie.
I knew the possibility that I would develop diabetes was high: My maternal grandmother, my aunt, my mom and my sister already suffered with the disease. I knew I was high-risk, but I just kept eating and eating and yes, eating, oblivious of the consequences.
I have people I love who are deceiving themselves the same way I did for years. Maybe they, too, think they are unique. I fear for them. I want to help them, but I still have some self-help that needs doing before I can be a mentor for them.
Truth is, I am not unique when it comes to deception or overeating. There are many of us out there playing food games. Something is going on in America, something has slipped into our food, our lives, our psyche, and that something is killing us. We are eating ourselves to death. No kidding. We need to stop. We need to realize that this desire to lick our plate clean is not healthy. It causes more harm than good, and we need to stop it.
I’m trying to develop a strategy for stopping the abuse I put my body through for years. Part of being successful in this way is wrapped up in understanding that I am not unique in my eating habits. Uniqueness separates me from the help I need. Uniqueness urges me to turn away from good food mentors that are out there ready to help. A feeling that I am uniquely fashioned so that I can do this one on my own, by myself, without the assistance of others is a faulty notion. I’m not unique when it comes to food and eating. What has worked for you, will most likely work for me. It’s simple math, and math doesn’t lie. If I eat less and move more, I will lose weight. That is true of all of us, and if we don’t take it seriously, there will be real and painful consequences. I know, I live it every day.
How about you, what fallacies did you maintain about yourself before you started addressing the lies and telling the truth? What truths do you have yet to proclaim?