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You Don’t Get Fat Accidentally

Fellow Melbournian and blogger/fitness guru Craig Harper recently made a comment which really caught my eye. It was one of several useful points in a blog post of his and was simple this –

“You don’t get fat accidentally”

And I guess, when it comes down to it, that this is true. At the end of the day, someone has to take responsibility for the state of your health and wellness, and ultimately that someone has to be you. Sure, your Mum might have stuffed cookies and ice-cream down your throat when you were young, and maybe you really did have zero positive influence in the health arena while growing up. Maybe bad genetics play a part, or perhaps you just spent years not even being aware that there was an alternative way of eating, a way that didn’t result in a slow but steady rise of the scales. And it could be that you’ve been unfortunate enough to suffer some kind of physical, emotional or otherwise impairing ailment that really has restricted your ability to eat well and exercise.

But the long and short of it is that, like it or not – and whether or not you’re fully to blame – the body that you’re walking around in is the direct result of the foods you’ve put into it, the thoughts and subsequent actions you’ve allowed to take place, and the amount of movement that you’ve made room for in your busy life. And you might think that poor health or a greater waist girth than you’d like is something that just snuck up on you, but the truth is that you kinda knew things were going wrong a while ago, didn’t you? It’s just that, for whatever reason, you didn’t feel ready to face facts. To square your shoulders and admit to yourself that whatever you’d been doing was clearly not working out for you. And that more of the same would absolutely, most certainly, in fact irrevocably lead to more of the same.

And hey. Who am I to talk? I spent at least 3 or 4 years in my early days as a Personal Trainer a good 6-10 kg overweight, pretending that it wasn’t an issue, trying to convince myself I was getting away with not practicing what I preached, going out to dinner nearly every night and then finally, eventually, having to look myself in the mirror and admit that I wasn’t happy with what I saw. And that despite the fact that I’d been working 80 hour weeks (and therefore had the ‘excuse’ of having no time for exercise or food preparation) and despite being constantly ‘dragged’ out for less-than-healthy meals by my then partner, the image I was looking at was a direct outcome of my behaviors. I was the one who had chosen to let things slip, and I was the one who was paying the price. So it stood to reason that I was the one who had to do something about it.

Your situation may be more complex than that. I was lucky enough to figure all this out at an age where hard work and good eating alone was enough to (slowly) turn things around. And I didn’t have any underlying hormonal issues holding me back, at least nothing that a few week’s of proper sleep couldn’t sort out. Nor did I have kids or any other sort of serious responsibilities to worry about. You might have so much going on in your body let alone the rest of your life that you feel as though – accident or not – your current physical state is a battle your gradually losing and that you really don’t know if you can do anything about it.

But the good news is that just as you don’t lose control by accident, you don’t get it back by accident. Why is that good news? Well sure, it would be wonderful if the magic fairy came by and waved her wand and you were suddenly looking at the you you’ve always longed to be, but we both know that ain’t gonna happen. And really, who wants to live in a world where success depends on chance?

You’re lucky enough to live in a world where you do have the power. You can decide right now who you want to be 100 days from now. You can decide right now what you’re going to put in your mouth from here on out. And whether or not you’re going to continue to kid yourself, to justify the treats, the ‘surely-this-little-bit-won’t-hurts’, the missed workout opportunities, the constant waiting for the right time to really be tough on yourself and find out just what you’re capable of. And what are you waiting for? You wouldn’t be scared at all, would you? Afraid of what might happen if you do man up? Square your shoulders, look yourself straight in the eye, and admit that you really haven’t been giving things a proper shot? Because when all is said and done, if somebody has to take responsibility for the state you’re in (and they do), then isn’t it best that that person is you? Assuming of course, that you have your own best interests at heart.

But if you’re okay with always wondering, or if you truly don’t mind the added bulge, then that’s fine. Don’t face the fear. Don’t finally take the plunge, truly commit to eating, thinking and training right day in and day out. The choice is yours, after all. There are no accidents in the weight loss game.

Life is Now. Press Play.

Kat

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7 Comments

  1. Jillian says:

    I needed this. Thank you!

  2. Carla says:

    For me, I have to be mindful everyday what I do, how I eat, and how much activity I do. NOT being mindful had me anywhere between 40 and 50 lbs overweight as a young woman. Some people think that I “worry too much”, but not thinking about it and making a consistent effort didn’t work for me. Unfortunately, genetics are not in my favor!

  3. Nate says:

    Very well said. My articulation of this very subject isn’t quite as elegant as yours (I just tend to get angry when people repeatedly act like this.) Its funny how people draw a line in the sand, so-to-speak, over and over again until they feel like they have accomplished a lot, when they really have done next to nothing.

  4. Nicole says:

    Just what I needed to hear kat. Thanx. May the mountain climb become a little hill!

  5. Hugh says:

    This is one of the things I think about and that angers me most, especially when I’m at the grocery store, and I could write forever on it. I think there are two subcategories of people who are in the larger category of Accidentally Fat: those who are ignorant and those who don’t care. The latter is a huge category here in the U.S., but that’s another topic. I think there are many good people out there who just don’t know what it takes to be physically fit. All they need is some guidance and discipline to start their path to fitness. The people who don’t care are the people who grow up in super-sized families and just think that they’re “a larger person”, not too dissimilar from having blue eyes or brown hair. They think that being huge is perfectly normal (again, speaking of the U.S.) and therefore are completely apathetic to their physical situation. I wish both categories of these people would take responsibility for themselves and their fitness.

  6. Joseph says:

    Hello Kat
    sites like this give me hope.
    I been obese my whole life.
    I know i can get rid of it. Just got to do it!!

    1. Kat says:

      Good luck! You CAN do it 🙂

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