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The Magic Dumbbell, Part Deux

So you know The Magic Dumbbell story is not true right?  The other day I got to thinking about how it seems as if famous people gain a lot of weight, then magically get it removed in record time.  We ordinary mortals make excuses that it is because  they can afford a personal trainer, they have scads of time to exercise, have their food delivered, have chefs, and have every advantage we don’t have, and THIS is why they lose the excess weight on their bodies so magically (seemingly).

Yet they are mere human beings who put that excess weight on the same way we do, one pound at a time. With a few exceptions, it comes off the same way.  I remember reading about one young star that had gained 60 pounds with her pregnancy and had 6 weeks before she had to show up, slender, on the set of a movie she was involved in. She said in the article that she cried a lot during her workouts because of all the physical work (and accompanying pain) she had to deal with just to quickly lose the weight she so carelessly put on.

Some say there are advantages for wealthier people but I beg to differ.  Have you seen Oprah? I don’t mean that in an ugly way. I mean that in a, “This is one of the wealthiest women in the world and she has trouble keeping her weight off”.  Mere human being.  Kirstie Alley battled weight gain after she had after great public success.  Think she likes having the whole world know what’s going on with her scale?  I doubt it seriously.  She faces the very same issues we face – following through and sticking with it. 

So the point of today’s blog?  For me, it was facing the many, many, many, many, (pause, deep breath), many, many, many, many, many EXCUSES I made to myself for why I “couldn’t” get the weight off.  I didn’t think they were excuses – but in the end, they were.

Ladies working toward their LBDs do not make excuses.  They face every thing with brutal honesty and face the fact that they are responsible for the condition they are in.  It is no one elses fault but ours. 

I do not mean that some of us may not have physical conditions that helped create the problem (i.e., I know one woman who lost her thyroid to cancer and began gaining weight).  I’m talking in general when you say, “I can’t lose the weight because…”  I’m asking you politely, this time, to LOSE THE WORD, “CAN’T”.   We will not be saying that word, ever again.  That word is our enemy.

WE CAN, WE CAN, WE CAN!  We don’t need a magic dumbbell (*sigh* if only).  We take responsibility and we CAN!


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5 thoughts on “The Magic Dumbbell, Part Deux

  1. Thanks for sharing, there’s no magic wand that can help you shed those calories. It’s pure hard workand loving yourself as well as your health.

  2. Hi, I’m stopping by from SITS. You’re name was above mine in roll call so I thought I would stop by to say hello and share some comment love.

    You pose a very good point here and I totally agree. I do believe that those who are wealthy do have some advantage once they have made the decision to lose the weight. However, I don’t think they work any less than the average person. I just think they have better access to training, nutritional advice, food prep, etc. That doesn’t take away the fact that we ALL have to eat less and work our bodies more. NO ONE can do that for us. The only exception is those who have surgery to remove fat. But I believe that is a short-term fix and if you don’t change your lifestyle, the pounds are only going to come back and bring some of their friends.

    I do believe that some have an extra hard time losing though. In 1995, after the birth of my 3 daughter, I was at my all-time highest weight. I had never been a very large person but with each pregnancy, I gained more and more weight. After the last pregnancy, I weighed in at a whopping 220 pounds and after Christmas, I saw some photos of myself. I was devastated at how I looked. I decided at that moment I was going to do something about it.

    I slowly started reducing my portions and SLOWLY started to exercise by walking in my subdivision. I never gave up ANY food, I just reduced how much I ate. I began slowly walking just a few minutes a couple times a week and increased a little each time that I walked. I eventually increased to where I was doing a brisk walk, 30-45 minutes, 3-5 times a week. I lost 21 pounds the very first month! That was amazing incentive to keep on going. After 6 months, I had lost 60 pounds! Eventually, I lost 100 pounds and I kept almost every single pound for 13 years! I kept it off because I made a lifestyle change and not because of some fad diet or had some kind of quickie surgery like liposuction (I’m not talking about gastric by-pass or lap-band.)

    However, in 2007, I became very ill and was diagnosed with a very rare, very serious neurovascular disease which has left me homebound and bedridden. I have also been on a ton of meds that cause weight gain. :0( Thus, because of the near complete immobilization and the side effect of the meds, I have gained 80 lbs back over the course of the last 2 years. I has completely devastated me because I worked SO VERY HARD to lose all of that weight! I have not changed one thing about the way I eat but I can not keep from gaining because I have not been able to exercise. This has been very hard to accept. In fact, I REFUSE to accept it! I am currently looking for some way to exercise even though I can not stand. I am also about to start working with someone who specializes in nutrition for people like me. I am praying that I will be able to get some, hopefully all, of this weight back off! I am too young to be sick AND fat! :0)

    I am following you now and I can’t wait to read more. I hope you will visit me soon, too, when you get a chance!

    Hope your move goes well! Have a great week!



  3. Okay, I needed to read that post! I keep using the excuses myself and I am really getting to the point that I can’t take any more. I need to get real.

    I am also stopping by to say hi and follow. You stopped by the other day and I wanted to thank you. I love meeting new friends and new blogs.

    Good luck with the move! Stop by when you get settled!

  4. I think you are completely right… I just need to get off my ass and do some exercise 😉 Thanks for stopping by my blog on SITS Pot Luck Friday x

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