I will live life after this diet…
Today, my cousin posted this article on Facebook: #FitFam: 11 Reasons Why The Fitness Culture On Social Media Needs To Be Stopped.” I was curious about the article, because my cousin is a fitness nut. He posts about what he eats, what he’s doing at the gym, what other people are doing wrong at the gym, etc. Why in the world would he be posting an article that made fun of himself?
This article is not the only one that makes fun of Facebook posts. There is an assortment of articles that bash what people put on Facebook. Almost all of them are satire, and some are downright mean. And these people are supposed to be our “friends”? After I was annoyed, though, I got thinking: What if I made a list of things that dieters did on Facebook, but instead of putting a mean slant on it, what if I put an uplifting slant on it?
#1. We know you’ve gained a little weight, but you don’t have to erase your entire existence.
I see this a lot. Someone starts to gain weight, and all of the sudden, they disappear on Facebook. Their profile picture turns into a cat. Or, a photo of a field. Or, photos from when they were 20 years old (even though now they are 43). I, myself, was guilty of this. I would go to post photos of myself on Facebook, realize how much weight I gained, and from then on only post photos of myself hiding behind other people. Or planters. Or cars.
Truthfully, your friends don’t think you are as fat as you think you are. Plus, your family loves you and wants to have photos of you that they can cherish. I realized this when I read this post by My Friend Theresa photography. They don’t look at you as a fat person, but as a person they love.
#2. If you’ve been dieting for more than two years, and you are the same size, don’t continually post about your diet.
You are more than the latest diet you are following. We want to hear about what your other interests and passions are. What are your non-food related goals? You may find that the more you pursue your non-diet interests, the less you think about food. The less you think about food, the more weight loss success you might find. You are more than a dress size.
#3. You do not have to be at your goal weight to experience life.
I, too, have been guilty of saying, “When I lose weight I’m going to…” It is easy to put life on hold when you are overweight. There are some things that are no fun when you are overweight. Traveling in an airplane is one of them. Running marathons may have to wait, too. There are a lot of non-physical things that we put off, too. I spent about 10 years of my life putting off things that weren’t connected to my weight. Write a book? I want to focus on losing weight first. Play my flute? I need that hour a day to go workout at the gym. It’s no wonder weight loss is so hard. We sacrifice fun and our passions to accomplish it. Then we eat our stress because we have no healthy outlets.
Go ahead. Spend time pursuing your passions. Just find a way to do it without supporting negative eating habits. I find that I am in a much better disposition to do healthy things when I feel good. I have even tried to spend an extra half hour a week painting my toe nails so I feel better about myself, which makes me want to feel better.
What other diet posts have you seen that you would like to address? I don’t think that we should be closet dieters, but I also don’t believe that dieting should replace life. Live life–even if you do wear a plus size!