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Friday, January 16, 2009

DO I "PRACTICE WHAT I PREACH?" and WHAT DOES "OGG" THINK ABOUT THIS?

First of all, let's get something really straight here. We aren't REALLY "OGGS". We live in modern society, and have the trappings and expectations of "normal" life, whatever that happens to be for the individual person. Am I going to have a piece of my kids' birthday cake? You bet. Am I going to share a bowl of tortilla chips during "movie night?" Absolutely. Will I "indulge" with the rest of the family at an "All you can eat" restaurant sometimes? I did that last night!

You need to realize that it's O.K. to partake of such things. If you have a family, you would not be very fun to be around if you sat at the table eating a handful of nuts while everyone else shares a nice dinner! We're talking about health, happiness, and quality of life here!

While you do this, however, if you look around, you will see that a whole lot of people do that sort of thing on an ongoing basis. Therein lies the problem. If you go to a restaurant where the food is unlimited once in a while, it's no big deal. Your weight may spike for a day or two, then your "OGG" lifestyle will get you back to "normal". If, however, you do this 2 or 3 times a week, AND eat a bowl of chips in front of the TV every night, you are courting disaster, eventually.

The one trip to the buffet restaurant will have OGG thinking, "HOT DOG, I JUST SCORED AN ANTELOPE AND A BIG BERRY PATCH!" He eats a lot, then moves happily along. OGG, however, doesn't get that big score 2 or 3 times a week. Tomorrow he will be scratching for food again, or traveling across the grasslands or hills looking for another "kill" to make for the family.

If you hit the buffet line last night, and hit it hard, just TAKE IT EASY the next day, for Pete's sake. You'll be fine. What people on "diets" do, unfortunately, is give up when they break over like that. The next day they say to themselves, "What the heck, I blew it last night, I can't stay on this diet. I might as well have a couple of doughnuts for breakfast!" There they go, down that slippery slope to fat city. If you eat a lot one day, you didn't "Blow it". You feasted. So what? That's what you're supposed to do. That's what your body evolved to do. It will put on a little fat storage from that, and you will access it over the next few days as you get back to your regular routine. Simple. Natural. No guilt!!

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