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Sick day and some thoughts on the diet industry

I ended up calling off sick yesterday. Not long after I posted I started throwing up. Can’t go to work in a grocery store when you’re throwing up!

Spent most of the day on the couch alternating sleeping and watching TV. The vomiting finally stopped and then I started spiking and breaking mini fevers. It sucked.

I felt bad for eating basically what I wanted rather than tracking and counting, but I figured if there’s ever a day to do it, that was it. But it got me thinking – I spend a lot of time at the gym, meal prepping, tracking food, etc. And it kind of sucks. But I’m overweight and out of shape, and if I want to get thinner and fit, what choice do I have? Sometimes I really wish that there was an easier way to do this. But there’s no magic pill, and the end result will be worth the work. At least that’s what I tell myself.

It’s kind of amazing, though, the culture that’s been built up about diet and weight loss. Keto, crossfit, macros, BeachBody, Noom, paleo, Zumba, etc. There’s Facebook groups, and online groups, in-person groups, support groups, accountability groups. In the United States we spend billions on gym memberships, meal subscriptions, coaching, workout apps and services, supplements, even surgeries, and yet, most of the country is still overweight. What are we doing wrong?

I think one big problem is that we’re so used to instant gratification that we don’t want to do the hard work to get the result that we want. We want the magic pill. We’re a culture of overeating and underworking. And it’s probably not going to change any time soon.

But what I can change is myself. I’m making progress, slow progress mind you, but still progress. I just need to keep on keeping on, I guess. Keep doing what I’m doing, and really commit to it. Do the work and get it done.

That doesn’t mean it doesn’t suck sometimes.

That’s it for today. Stay safe, friends!

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