I want to thank Nicole from last nights Biggest Loser episode for being a very public example of a very important truth in life. Two actually. First, for proving that you do not need a trainer to lose weight. Second proof, that weight loss IS NOT simply a matter of eating less and moving more. There are many, many other factors involved, and a big one is the endocrine system. Stress plays absolute havoc with the way it operates, and can make people gain weight inspite of the best efforts put forth. Nicole became very stressed from the game play, as well as the change of environment. Result was a woman who has lost 85 pounds at home on her own gains 5 lbs in one week on the ranch. While I feel very sorry for Nicole herself, I wanted to stand up and dance on the ceiling for this to happen in such a public forum .
Real life is not The Biggest Loser Ranch, but there can certainly be game play involved in weight loss circles. Bad group dynamics , self imposed gurus who like to insit on email groups that there way is the only way to lose weight, bloggers who spend more time posting how others are just lazy and even those who beat up on themselves for being human. All contribute to dieting stress, and all are counter productive.
Why don't we all, as weight loss bloggers and people who chat via email , twitter and so forth, work on supporting and nurtuting each other ? Why don't we all actively try to create a small corner of the world where those who are like yourself on a journey, come to find one peaceful, restorative moment where they can feel like they are okay?
Let me be the first. No matter who you are, no matter what you are doing, you are doing your best. You are a beautiful soul inhabiting a human body that, no matter what it's size, is a miraculous device that really is perfect in it's inperfections. You are beautiful, you are loved and you are a creation of great worth.