Love to Eat? You’ll Need to Love to Move!

Eating is good. People who love to eat are normal. I don’t get along very well with people who don’t like eating. I don’t think they’re trustworthy! I agree with a most famous eater, and creator of most eatable food ever, Julia Child!image

Julia Child lived well into her 90s, well as in healthy and not ready to stop until two days short of her 92nd birthday when she died of kidney failure.

There is no need to apologize for loving to eat. There’s no need to apologize for loving rich foods with butter and sugar! In short, eating is a healthy, fun habit.

There can be one, small problem with loving to eat and that’s not balancing the love to eat with the love to move! Too much eating and too little moving causes a bit (or a lot) of a problem with excessive body weight.

One way to remove the excess body weight is to eat less so that it’s commensurate with the physical activity you’re getting (or not). Depending on how sedentary you might be that could be eating just a little less (or a lot less). Eating a little less can be managed by raising awareness and tracking.

If you love to eat and live a sedentary lifestyle, trying to reduce your eating to the point where there’s a little calorie deficit so that you can lose weight, might present an insurmountable challenge.

If you spend most of your time sitting at a desk or in an automobile you might live a sedentary lifestyle. If you spend most of the day sitting and your leisure time activities and forms of entertainment are also enjoyed sitting, it’s quite likely you live a sedentary lifestyle. If you sit for work and play and have somebody clean your house and care for your yard you definitely live a sedentary lifestyle.

If you want to know for sure get a pedometer and count your steps for a week. If you average fewer than 2300 a day – yup – that’s a sedentary lifestyle. It would explain your propensity to gain weight. If you’ve been trying to lose weight by reducing your calories and just can’t stick with such a calorie-restricted diet, it’s not because you’re weak or lacking discipline or willpower. You’re fighting nature!

My job as general manager of Weight Watchers of Maine is a sedentary job. I’m sitting in the office doing “general managing” or I’m driving to some meeting hours away to see how things are going with field staff and members.

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I need to find amusement when spending a lot of hours behind the wheel. Vanity plates are always fun! Being stopped for construction gave me the chance to take the picture of this truck with the EZ Dumper and the ironic vanity plate!

I need to find amusement when spending a lot of hours behind the wheel. Vanity plates are always fun! Being stopped for construction gave me the chance to take the picture of this truck with the EZ-Dumper and the ironic vanity plate!

I think one reason why so many people are unsuccessful at weight management is because their approach is analogous to trying to stop waves from coming to shore. It can’t be done, but we can learn how to surf. And surfing is a lot more fun than trying to stop waves from coming to shore! In other words, they can’t reduce their food intake sufficiently to make up for burning too few calories in a day.

So let’s talk about how to love to move. I am never going to love working out in a gym. I may love what working out does for my body but the reality is that I hate gyms. I hate exercise equipment so much that even though I’d like the results I see on my body, I won’t keep it up. The results aren’t even enough to make me do what I find loathsome.

This is a good illustration of what I think about treadmills and stairsteppers!

This is a good illustration of what I think about treadmills and stairsteppers!

If treadmills actually went somewhere I’d love them!

I am always looking for things that make me move and things I have fun doing. Having fun moving will give my body the same degree of fitness that doing something loathsome will give me. The idea that it can’t be good for you if you have fun is wrong.

I like to ride horses. Don’t think that horses do all the work. If you have ever ridden a horse you know it takes work to balance and stay on. If you ride competitively you and your horse work together as a team and both of you are sweating within a matter of minutes.

I like to play with grandchildren. I walk my dog and even if I don’t like to, it’s unavoidable. He needs exercise and he needs to go out and I live on a busy road that’s not fenced in. Therefore, rain or shine, heat or cold, we go for daily walks.Screen Shot 2014-04-30 at 10.26.30 AM

I like to paddle my kayak and I like to sail. Sailing a sunfish is not just sitting in a boat. There is a lot of activity from launching it, to rigging it, to actually working the sheet, hanging on, counterbalancing the sail and jumping out of the way of the boom before getting smacked in the head! And then there’s the swimming and flipping it back into an upright position when it tips over!

Launched, rigged and the sail is unfurled and ready to sail!

Launched, rigged and the sail is unfurled and ready to sail!

Find ways to move that you love so much you want to move. Find ways to move that you love so much that you’ll make time to move. The more you love to move, the more you’ll be able to love to eat and the more you’ll love how you feel and look!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Jackie Conn

About Jackie Conn

Jackie Conn is the general manager of Weight Watchers of Maine. She is married and has four grown daughters and four grandchildren. Her experience with her own weight management journey and raising girls has given her insight into the struggles families face with weight, healthy body image, food and physical activity. She has been a regular guest on Channel 5 WABI news for more than ten years and appears monthly as a guest on FOX network morning program Good Day Maine.