Smithson: 'Being obese is not a personal choice'
Aug 24, 2014 at 12:52 PM
This is hard. It hurts. I am in constant pain. My back, my knees, my feet, my ankles. I hurt everywhere.
It is a challenge to get out of bed in the morning.
All day long I ache. My body is telling me something. I’ve spent too long being this heavy.
I need to get this weight off ... and now.
I feel good about my workouts; it’s not the exercise that’s getting me. I love the achy muscles and feeling the stretch in places I’ve not felt it in a long time.
I wish there was some overnight cure, but if wishes were horses, we’d all ride.
I didn’t get here overnight and I won’t change overnight.
One thing I find is that everyone is an expert and everyone has a piece of advice to give.
It’s funny how many people have never faced this battle, but think they have some idea of what life is like or what I should or shouldn’t do.
I take it all with a grain of salt and offer this piece of advice to other people facing this big of a challenge: What works for one does not work for all; you have to find what works for you and never stop trying.
I’ve been at this a long time. I’ve tried too many different diets to list.
None of us are built the same and we all have different metabolisms.
Some of us work all day long doing actual physical labor, some sit at a desk.
I’m sure we all know a person or 10 who can eat whatever they want and don’t gain a pound.
We weren’t blessed with that gene and have to do it the hard way.
If you are the person who likes to give out that advice, remember the people you are talking to have feelings; they don’t enjoy being obese; it’s not a personal choice; they face a battle every day you know nothing about.
The same goes at the gym, encourage don’t discourage.
I can’t tell you how many times people have seen me on the bike and yell, "Keep it up!" or stop at a stop sign and say, "To keep working at it!" Those comments make a difference and keep motivating.
The Flatlanders ride was perfect weather. I was disappointed that I didn’t see any of you out there with me. It was a great ride and I am looking forward to the next ride.
The Hancock Horizontal Hundred in Findlay on 9-7 and the Stein Hospice Memorial ride on 9-14. Come out and ride with me!