Ain’t no ‘fat shame’ in that!
Over the past few weeks, I have come to realize how often people diminish the success of another’s weight loss because they ‘had bariatric surgery’ or ‘used weight loss pills’?
If an athlete wins a race, the victory is in no way diminished because they had a personal trainer – it is expected! Why should weight loss be any different? The deception of this modern age is the impression that excess weight is exclusively due to a ‘lack of self-control’. This has created the misconception that in order to lose weight, we must pull ourselves up by the bootstraps and take care of our weight all on our own, sans medical support, nutritionists, personal trainers, bariatric surgery, or FDA approved weight loss medications.
We have allowed this misconception of ‘cheating’ when we accept professional support for weight loss to keep us trapped in a detrimental cycle of weight yo-yoing. The torment of being perceived as a ‘cheater’ prevents us from celebrating our accomplishments because if we do accept help, our success is attributed to the source of our support; never mind our dedication, or the discipline it took, or our commitment to hard work. We have come to accept that the results of our labor do not deserve as much respect. We won’t allow ourselves to celebrate our progress unless it was achieved exclusively on our own merit.
It’s time for a new set of information; we are training for a marathon of sorts and we don’t have to take this weight loss journey alone. Seek help to increase the probability to succeed and celebrate every pound that you lose.
It takes courage to change your health trajectory. Take the steps you need to succeed. Aint no shame in that!
“Ask yourself if what you’re doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.”