Wednesday, 5 April 2017

30 Day Cowlean Challenge, Day Seventeen: Changing Perceptions

Hi guys,

Weigh-in: 204.6 lbs
Calories: 2800

Today’s post is going to be split into two sections on how losing weight changes your perspective. First health-wise, then socially.

What I always find interesting is when I tell people: I cleaned up my act, lost a load of weight, and now feel a lot better! Often this is met with confusion and a litany of “but I feel fine”. My response would be “but you don’t know how good you can feel until you’ve pushed your boundaries”.

If you’ve spent life, from day one, eating food that your body isn’t designed to eat, then of course you’re going to think that’s normal! If you spend weekdays in a walking daize, followed by weekends of 12 hour lie-ins which don’t truly refresh you, then a change of perspective is in order.

That’s why a lot of the 30 day health challenges work well. First, they get you half-way towards building new habits, and secondly they give you an opportunity to  feel differently. I love the recommendation in the Bulletproof Diet where it says after two weeks eat a large pizza and drink some beers, because that’s going to show you just how different you feel.

Changing what I eat has changed my perspective on how I feel massively; I simply have higher standards now (admittedly before I had no idea my standards were below what they could be…).

Socially, my perspective has changed too. It would be very tempting for me to sit here and laugh at the mere mortals struggling up the weight loss hill. For people who’ve never carried extra weight, it is very easy to become like this. It really isn’t as simple as saying “eat less and exercise more!”. In fact, I’m fairly sure if the seven circles of hell exist, I’d be heading straight to the one for gluttony. You might lose the weight but you may still have the hormones of a fat person.

One of the benefits of going from “one of them” to “one of us” is that you understand the journey, know the pitfalls, and get it. Psychologically, you know what people are going through and what their incentives are.

Until tomorrow,
Cowlean

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