Are you obsessed with weight?

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Oprah said it years ago and now studies show that it’s true. I’m not sure why or when I caught an episode of Oprah (probably on an elliptical in a gym somewhere) but I remember her talking about problems – weight, money, job, relationships – and how obsessing over them made it worse. I know Oprah is famous for striking a chord in people but I remember thinking, “She is so right!”.

Obsessing about the problem makes it BIGGER.

In years past, I’ve been obsessed with weight and tried to drop a few pounds only to find that I’d never been so hungry. This made weight loss impossible. Whenever I worried about money, it was the only thing I could think about and that prevented me from doing something to fix it. I’ve found over the years that awareness is good, being alert is good but worrying and panic are just counter-productive. Everyone that I’ve ever known has had better weight loss success by focusing on something other than the weight loss aspect. One of the best shapes I’ve ever been in was in achieving my marathon goal. The training wasn’t about losing weight but I did end up in really, really great shape! Whenever I’ve focused my energy on helping others lose weight by making and doing routines with them, I’ve always ended up in better shape myself. When I saw the post below this morning, it just really reminded me that thinking about not eating, just makes you hungry and you should instead focus on other benefits like having fun, going further, going faster, motivating someone else to achieve their goals or even improving a health condition. I refuse to be weight obsessed and so should you!

from Fit Sugar…
If you are like many, you may have resolved to lose weight this year and have changed your lifestyle in order to meet your goals. But focusing only on that magic number on the scale can actually lead to weight gain, not weight loss, according to a new study. The study’s authors researched over 200 other studies and found that the emphasis on losing weight in lieu of other healthy goals had a detrimental effect on dieters; they ended up depressed, guilty, and dissatisfied with their bodies, which led to weight gain. Read Full Article

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