Do you believe you're a victim of a great compromise?
'Cause I believe you could change your mind and change our lives.
~John Mellencamp - "Your Life Is Now"
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I've always found that set of lyrics extremely inspirational to different aspects of my life, and now that I'm taking the time to re-examine the general attitude I've had about my weight over the years, it seems more apt than ever. It's way too easy to say you "can't" when it comes to doing something about it all.
In my own case, I find it easy to play the victim, to feel like I'm being blown around in the wind by circumstances beyond my control. Given my family history from both sides, I'm sure I've got plenty of fat genes. Plus my mother taught me at an early age to eat for comfort and hide the "evidence." In other words, any type of pleasurable eating was something to hide and be ashamed of.
I reminded myself that now that I'm an adult with the freedom to do research and think for myself, I really should know better than continue to play the victim. I can be the one in control of my mind, body, and spirit if I choose to be.
We can learn about food so we can make informed choices. We can choose to exercise and what works the best for our bodies. And we can choose to eat for the right reasons and find more constructive ways to comfort ourselves. Or we can fall back into our old habits, blaming our history or surroundings, making excuses . . .
Just something I've been thinking about since I've been here this past week.