Posts Tagged ‘mental health’

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Why Am I or Other People Fat?

Over the past couple of years, I have had many discussions around being fat – or – weight, health, nutrition, diets, and exercise. The conversations have been with people in or not in relationships, people with or without children, doctors, lawyers, tech workers, baristas, real estate agents, mortgage advisors, chiropractors, massage therapists, and estheticians ranging in age from early twenties to mid sixties.

The Fat Amongst Us

In every conversation with people that are obese, they know they are obese. They know they have to do something to change. Conversations with people who are not visually obese tend to end up becoming conversations about people who are visually obese. If the conversation is about another person, the healthy person doesn’t understand why the fat person is obese.

My Thoughts on Weight Loss Programs

I am very skeptical of weight loss programs because I know way too many people – myself included – that “complete” them successfully only to eventually undo all the weight loss. I also believe that weight gain is more than eating better.

Recently, I have watched various episodes of My 600-lb Life. I watch to understand what is going on with the people in the episodes. I want to know how and why they became who they are and subsequently what they do to change. Dr. Nowzaradan is awesome. He provides clients with tools to lose weight and recognizes the importance of mental health when people indicate stressors/contributors to bad eating habits. Most importantly – he calls out clients and family members who contribute to the slow or failed progress of a client.

Take Aways

Weight loss programs, while not for me, might be good for you. If you choose to invest in something to help you lose weight – follow it and learn from it.

Don’t just…

  • count points
  • cut carbs
  • eat less

Do…

  • become educated on nutrition
  • be proactive in your food choices
  • take time for you

Perhaps your food choices aren’t really all that bad. Maybe you have work or personal stress. Perhaps the person buying and cooking the food is continually making poor choices. Maybe there’s something else going on. There are lots of health and wellness professionals such as chiropractors, massage therapists, psychologists, nutritionists, or fitness trainers, that can help you figure it out. Pick one and start.

Keli Hay is a certified personal trainer using her weight loss success to help others.

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The Importance of Interacting at the Gym

For the first year at the gym, I didn’t like interacting with anyone at the gym. I had a regular weekly routine established that included commuting to the City on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and popping into the gym most of those nights. On Tuesday and Thursday, I was at the gym for cardio at 5am and back around 2pm for my session with my personal trainer. I was also in on the weekends.

How I Work

When I am in workout mode the gym, I tend to plug in to music and tune out the rest of the world. I have always been this way. What has changed over the past couple of years is my interactions with people and their interactions with me. As I was losing the weight, I started interacting more with the personal trainers and eventually some of their clients and other gym members. People also started chatting with me more and more because they were noticing my changes.

Why it Matters

Gyms can be intimidating. Pushing through personal and physical challenges is…challenging. Social interactions and human contact is very important for overall health. Based on personal experience, I would say it is even more important when you are unhealthy and trying to get moving at a gym. In previous gym-life experiences, I never interacted with people. I also never lost weight and I lost interest in going. The gym can be a fantastic place to establish a sense of family. A family to help you mentally disconnect from other daily stressors and bring up your endorphins.

Paying it Forward

When I am at the gym now, I make a point of chatting with various people before and after my workouts. Anyone who I know struggles to make it to the gym – either because they are older or struggling with health – I congratulate them on getting into the gym. When people compliment me on my work ethic and weight loss, my responses vary from a simple thank you, to a “you can also do it”, or tips to give them personal challenges. I encourage you – regardless of your personal goals – to not only join a gym to get moving, but interact with people and find some good gym friends.

Keli Hay is a certified personal trainer using her weight loss success to help others.

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