So I’ve been working in cahoots with Jia (whom shall never be referred to as a special friend again… lol) on our new weight loss blog “Letters to Jia.”
And here’s the thing. I’m pushing Jia to be really honest about herself and her goals, and what she expects to happen. She has been honest too. We are still learning how to work off one another- but some of the things she says blow my mind. Not because they are bad- but they are the same truths I am STILL admitting to!
(If you haven’t been over there yet, you should check it out. We are doing something that’s affectionately known as “A Dirty Diet.” We are bored housewives left with nothing but laundry and our minds to keep us sane. It gets a little “raunchy” in a very nice way. And we choose to let the comments from the readers be what they are. FLAT OUT AWESOME.)
In keeping with honesty about all things diet, I feel compelled to remind Jia at all times that I struggle with the same things as her. And I guess the only difference we have right now- her being at the beginning of her weight loss journey, and me being close to the end (back to 171 today!)- the only difference we really have is this:
I understand that not knowing makes you a better dieter. And I kinda wish I had that child like wonder back when it comes to the diet.
I’ve said it before, but there used to be a time when I stepped on the scale and GAPED that I lost weight at all. I was amazed by it. That was because I didn’t think it was really possible.
I’ve kinda become a diet snob. I expect that if I do A and pair it with B, I will lose X.
If you totally lost your sight today, what would your world be like? (And the correct answer isn’t “dark.”) Would you pay closer attention? Would you trust others who could still see to lead you from one room to the next? Would you use each piece of furniture as a marker of where you are in your house?
I bet we all would.
So if someone said “You need to do these things to lose weight- eat less, move more, and be willing to work hard for a little victory” how would we feel? Would you listen closely? Would you shake your head and clear off your treadmill?
Or are you such a diet snob that you think you can do it another way? Cause if I am really honest, I fall into the category of DIET SNOB.
One of the most excellent things about working with Jia is that I have to go back to the beginning. Where it all started. Me, a scale, a bad picture, and lots and lots of tears. What can I tell her that will keep her filled with wonder about her progress? Can I teach her the good habits I wish I had?
I hope I can. It’s a massive undertaking- making something as boring as a diet come to life with excitement (and some naughty innuendos) but I’m up for the task. I want dieting to be fun for Jia. Heck, I want it to be fun for me again!
We need to remove the DIE from DIET. This is about life. Living. Changing from the people we are into the people we should be.
And I, for one, am ready to get back on track with the fun.