One of the most annoying things about weight loss is the preaching that goes on! Everyone thinks they are an expert, and everyone thinks they know the true path to salvation.
Whether it be because I am a man, or just plan stubborn, this was one of the reasons that I refused to lose weight! Keep telling me something I don't want to hear, keep giving me unwanted advice, and I will eventually dig in my heels and ignore you!
I live in denial. It is a wonderful place to live, and for years I have been very happy living there!
It is a strange fact that most men think that they are great just as they are; and while it seems women often look, really look at themselves in the mirror with a critical eye, men don't even look; they just glance, holding in their belly, choosing the best angle. They never look too closely, and they certainly don't look from the back or side! They give themselves a glance, a quick smile, and they're good to go.
Personally, I even have my favorite mirror in my bathroom. With its perfect lighting, it never lets me down!
So, what made me change after so many years and finally want to lose weight? Did I suddenly see the light and finally accept the advice and one day wake up a believer?
No! In truth, it was that once faithful mirror out of the blue betrayed me when I made the mistake of leaving my bathroom cabinet slightly ajar, causing me to catch sight of my body from the side, an angle I'd not seen before.
It all happened so fast. I didn't have time to flex or pull everything in or even look away or shield my eyes. It was to late, and even though I wanted to I couldn't deny it anymore. I needed help!
Fortunately, if you are a member of Life Time, you don't exactly have to go far to get that help, and even more fortunate for me that help came in the shape of Rowina Cariquitan, the lovely Life Time nutritionist who educated, enthused, motivated and at times chastised me into shape.
Talking with me, rather than at me, guiding me rather than bullying me, she did such a remarkable job that among other things she managed to make me believe that not drinking beer would be a good idea, and before I knew it she got me hooked to a new attitude, outlook and finally lifestyle.
That change in life over the past 6 months has led me to lose 35 pounds of fat, which is 15% of my body weight, and the funny thing is that I suddenly like to hear everyone's opinion. I even think I may have become one of those awful preachy people I used to hate, talking all about a "healthy way of life"!
I have never felt better, and I feel happy and proud to be a born again slim person! Thank you, Rowina, and thank you Life Time!