How have you been? I hope you were able to spend the Holiday weekend making new memories, doing the things you love (including doing ‘nothing’!?) with people who are meaningful to you. If you had to work, then I would like to thank you for your service – and wish you happy preparations for your next Holiday weekend!
This week, I will share a bit about my weight challenges. I know I am not the only one! As we age, maintaining and losing weight might become (much?!) more challenging than when we were younger. In addition, some cancer treatments can also lead to weight gain, directly or indirectly.
And that brings it back to me! I have gained quite a bit of weight in the aftermath and it seemed that my weight was only going up and up, seemingly independently of what I tried. I tell my patients general principles that I have shared with you before. Even though I am a physician who is supposed to know how to do this (“do as I say, not as I do!”), I realized there is still a lot I need to learn and I may need a little help!
Everyone is different, and so everyone needs to find the tools that work best for them and fit best with their personality/lifestyle. And that may take some trial-and-error efforts. In the current time and age, there are so many different help tools out there. I wish for you that, with patient persistence, you will gracefully find what works for you. But at the end of the day, motivation and ability are crucial.
In terms of motivation, the following proverb says it all: “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink”. You cannot force someone to accept an offer or opportunity. The timing has to be right and only you know when you are ready.
And last but not least one’s ability is crucial. Your motivation may be on target, but you may be hindered by factors such as your physical or financial abilities. Your body may not (yet?) allow you to move or eat the way you would like or even need to. We all have to find and accept that happy medium that is different for everyone and can vary over time.
For now, I think I have found strategies that seem to be able to help me turn the course, resulting in my child-like excitement (in sharp contrast to my family’s speechless response) when the scale showed a long-desired drop in weight, even if it was only 0.2 lbs! It’s the little things that matter – babysteps!
Please keep in mind the following key concepts:
- There is not one diet proven to be superior to the other. Until we learn more please apply common sense – moderation and variety!
- Fitness is just as important, if not more so, than fatness.
- Lifestyle changes are meant to be for life (it’s a marathon, not a sprint’). Therefore, they need to be doable, and realistic. Methods that rely on deprivation and starvation are not sustainable.
- Be kind to yourself and treat yourself. Regardless of whether you have made improvements, you deserve a reward, if only for trying! Every failed effort is still progress, i.e. a lesson learned for how to move forwards! I plan to tackle this topic in more detail in a next posting!
Until the next time! In the mean time, please find below a few things for education and entertainment!
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Learn and Think:
- Forest bathing is a gaining traction. We all know that nature is good for us. This reading explains How Nature Changes the Mind.