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Sunday, July 30, 2006

Have You Had A 'Fat Day' Yet?


Are you having a "fat day" even after weight loss?

Weight loss should be something that is rather simple, right? You realize that your weight has gotten out of control, you find an effective plan for shedding the pounds, you lose the weight, and then you keep it off forever. What could be easier?!

If only it were that elementary...

The reality of the situation is that people who have ever been overweight or obese suffer from a psychological condition that is very difficult to overcome. It can hit you while you are still losing weight to discourage you from continuing on and it most definitely will hit you when you are attempting to keep the weight off that you have lost. I call it having a "fat day."

See if this sounds familiar:

You wake up in the morning and you step on the scale to find you have GAINED a couple of pounds. Your mind immediately begins racing to answer the question, "What's wrong with me?!" You go into the bathroom and you see yourself in the mirror and start to ponder whether you can visibly SEE the weight gain on your body as you jiggle your stomach from a side view. The feeling of panic comes over you and paralyzes your sense of rationality that this is just a temporary thing that will not last as long as you keep on doing the things that helped you lose weight.

Can I get a witness anyone? Have you had a "fat day" yet? We all go through these periods when no matter how well we have done with our weight loss plan, we become our own worst enemy. Some people do this to themselves on a DAILY basis and can never find the thrill that comes with weight loss success. Others of us only have this happen from time to time, but it can be an aggravating experience that is no fun to go through.

What can you do when the "fat day" comes to bring you down? Well, the good news is you are now aware that you are not alone when this happens and that it even happens to people who have lost nearly 200 pounds! :)

Resolve in your mind that when the "fat day" becomes a reality for you that you will resist the urge to give up on your weight loss efforts, keep a smile on your face and go about your business as if nothing is wrong, eat the way you always eat and exercise the way you always exercise, and press forward with the plan that got you to where you are today.

In other words, go through your day as "normal" as possible even when inside your head you feel like a 400-pound monster of a person who couldn't lose weight if you starved yourself! Why do we do this to ourselves? And I'm just as guilty of it as anyone! But shaking those years and years of living as a fat person is easier said than done.

I'm a huge fan of song parodies thanks to my friends in a Christian band called Apologetix who take classic rock and modern-day pop songs and change the lyrics to make them into Christian songs. The lead singer of Apologetix named J. is an extremely talented lyricist and has an uncanny ability to sound EXACTLY like the artists he is mimicking. It's scary really.

Anywho, I thought I would try my hand at writing a song parody that goes along with the theme of this blog post. With apologies to the original artist, here is my rendition of the amazing song "Bad Day" by Daniel Powter (don't ask me to sing it, though!). For anyone who hasn't heard this chart-topping song yet, you have to check out the music video at DanielPowter.com.

"Fat Day" by Jimmy Moore
(A parody of "Bad Day" by Daniel Powter)

Where is the moment we needed the toast
You turn on the oven and cook up a roast
They tell me your diet's slippin' away
They tell me you don't know what to say
And I don't need you to explain

You stand in the line at the grocery store
You grab you a Coke and you get it to go
You tell me your diet is way off line
You're gaining back weight all the time
And I don't need you to explain

Cause you had a fat day
You're eating once more
You're stuffing your face with the things you abhore
You say you don't care
You're ready to quit
You offer excuses why you're pitchin' a fit
You had a fat day
The scale doesn't lie
You're weight comes back down if you recommit now
You had a fat day
You had a fat day

Well you need a inspirational day
The point is you need to find your way
And I don't need you to explain

Cause you had a fat day
You're eating once more
You're stuffing your face with the things you abhore
You say you don't care
You tell me you quit
You offer excuses why you're pitchin' a fit
You had a fat day
The scale doesn't lie
You're weight will come back down if you recommit now
You had a fat day
You had a fat day

Sometimes weight loss goes on the blink
And everything right can feel so wrong
You might not believe you'll make it through
That you could get this far along
And I'm not wrong

So where is your diet when you need it the most
Oh you and I
You turn on the oven and cook up a roast

Cause you had a fat day
You're eating once more
You're stuffing your face with the things you abhore
You say you don't care
You tell me you quit
You offer excuses why you're pitchin' a fit
You had a fat day
The scale doesn't lie
You're weight will come back down if you recommit now
You had a fat day
You had a fat day


I'm here to let you know it's gonna be alright. We ALL have them at some point, so it is completely natural and normal for you to go through a "fat day" from time to time. The key strategy for you is to keep your head up high and refuse to give up just because of some silly feeling of failure that comes over you. You KNOW better and now you know what to do.

Have you had a "fat day" yet?

4 Comments:

Blogger Gary said...

Yes, I have. Every several weeks during my ongoing weight loss campaign. I would call it a Bad Fat Day. ;*)

7/30/2006 5:15 PM  
Blogger April said...

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I know exactly what you mean. And I feel so stupid because I used to weight 40 pounds more, but now I can feel fat at what I know is just not fat. Thank you, again, for putting words to what we're all feeling!

a

7/30/2006 8:40 PM  
Blogger Newbirth said...

I've gained over 12 pounds recently, so I am no t just having "a fat day." I'm just FAT, period. :-p

7/30/2006 10:02 PM  
Blogger CarolAnn said...

Jimmy Moore, you are a low carb genius! You have helped me through many a 'fat day'. This really hit home with me! Thanks for one more 'you can do it'!

8/05/2006 7:39 AM  

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