“…If you leave me now you’ll take away the biggest part of me…” (1976) If You Leave Me Now, Recorded by: Chicago. Composer: Peter Cetera
The barrage has hit us. The onslaught continues to encroach upon us all. The public is being laminated day and night. You know what I’m talking about. Weight loss commercials!
Every year it happens. With new resolutions to drop some weight and inches off the frame, the weight loss corporations pull all the stops, slamming us with opportunities to order special meals, special powders, and special pills for the cause. “Hi, I’m Buffy. And I lost 150 pounds on _________.” If I see the beautiful Marie Osmond just one more time I’m going to lose weight by throwing-up my last meal.
In my younger, sporting days, I was no stranger to weight loss. In my teens and early 20’s I was a competitive kickboxer, managing a certain weight for weight class divisions.
During my freshman year in high school I was on the wrestling team where you were expected to meet a weigh requirement deadline for tournaments. Early on I learned how to manipulate my body to gain, or lose weight, even to the point of dehydration. Unfortunate for me, I got into dangerous weight loss pills, most of which are now outlawed. Me, and my body, were at war with each other in efforts to meet the competitive expectations.
Later in life, in my late 30’s and early 40’s, I started doing the same thing to get back into top shape. I was downing diet pills, “speed” actually, as a regular supplement. In fact, I got up to swallowing up to 12 pills a day! I was working out twice a day as if I were trying out for the Olympics. The vinyl plastic sweatsuit was my semi-normal attire for a couple of years, not just while working out, jogging, or mowing the lawn, but trips to the store, too. Yes, it stunk something awful. Ahhhh, the price one pays.
Don’t get me wrong. Dietary issues are important, and life-saving. We all need to work toward a healthy lifestyle, and its habits. For some of us, even now for me, losing the poundage is bettering self, bettering life lived. Trust me, I’m all for it, if it’s safe and smart. Case in point, when I dropped 80+ pounds, at 41 years old by punishing my organs, a doctor reviewing my routine, and various pills, when he informed me I was lucky I hadn’t already had a stroke. The key is to be wise with dietary choices for authentic lasting results.
Vision is the issue in western culture. We have this vision problem which feeds the chubby weight loss executives sitting around their conference tables. We “see” the thin models in ads and are told we MUST look like these dashing, hungry people. After all, look how happy they are running along Malibu Beach, or grinning from ear to ear while peddling on the latest exercise bike. (How often do you grin while killing yourself on a treadmill?) Sorry, that’s my old beaten-up body talking. Of course, there are exceptions. But it seems to me, there is a weight loss we often ignore when the new year urges resolutions.
Sure, I can move heaven and earth to look like Tom Brady, Brad Pitt, or David Beckham, but if my heart is packed with arrogance, selfishness, or even a bit of lewdness, it has the tendency to weigh me down. If I enter the new year with a fatty dose of concealed hatred, it will slow me down. The obesity of pride, the fatness of dishonesty, or the bloating of uncivil discourse can add inches in my mind’s filter. If I belly-up to a vast trough judging the neighbor I may not like, or slurping down an unhealthy daily big-gulp-sized helping of impure thoughts, I could gain what I really don’t want.
I guess the question might be…What is the biggest part of me? Once found, is it something that needs to leave now?
Enough said. I have a bag of chips to get to.
Noticing one’s intake, with a clear keen eye, certainly carries a lot of weight when measured with fuel for the race.
“Therefore, my brethren, those things that are true, those that are honorable, those that are righteous, those things that are pure, those things that are precious, those things that are praiseworthy, deeds of glory and of praise, meditate on these things.” -Apostle Paul Philippians 4:8 (Aramaic Bible)