Choosing To Be Overweight

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Choosing To Be Overweight.
Ideas to weigh less – to live life more.

by Boyd Jentzsch

Becoming overweight is a choice you get to make every day. A choice you make every time you eat something. Or drink.

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Losing weight is also a mindful choice, made one bite at a time.

What choices are you making today?

Would understanding your weight loss choices make your day lighter?

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  1. This is so true! Often I find myself about to make a bad choice when it comes to food or drinks (soda is pretty much my favorite thing in the whole world), then having to stop and think about it – Is this really what I want to put in my body? Do I want to lose weight or stay as I am? Are the calories/fat/carbs really worth it? Normally, when I take the time to think about it, the answer is no and I make a healthier choice.

  2. I constantly ask myself what/when I should have certain things that aren’t great for me. I’ve learned it is all about balance.

  3. I think everything can be achieved in moderation. I read somewhere the tips from skinny people. One of them was to let yourself have things you love just in small doses. Just like you said. One bite at a time.

  4. Catherine S says

    I have been trying to eat healthier and exercise. I am really good about following my diet during the week. Usually one day on the weekend I cheat a little.

  5. Yep everything is a choice. I’m not obese, but I still know that what I put in my body can affect me the rest of the day as far as energy levels are concerned. Its definitely a choice.

  6. I’m trying to be more healthy for me and my family, thanks for the motivations 😀

  7. Truer words. Unfortunately, most of us don’t think of it that way. Most of us think of it as choosing to eat that delicious cookie.

  8. I am going to check out this information. I don’t eat bad but I do have a weight problem from stress and chronic pain.

  9. Unfortunately sometimes our genetic makeup or an under lying medical condition or psychiatric one can stop weight loss cold! Once those are under control then I agree that it is the food choices you make or don’t make which can cause you to stay obese. Once you accept yourself for who you are the weight will come off.

    • They may SLOW weight loss but never are the cause for preventing it and certainly never an excuse to simply not try. There’s a difference between weight loss and being healthy – they are not hand in hand and not the same thing. You can be overweight yet healthy if you take care of yourself.

  10. Every bite is a step toward a healthy balance…I love when healthy choice is a tasty choice in the right direction

  11. This can sometimes be true, but sometimes other factors (such as medications) can cause weight gain. I went through a period when I took steroids for many months, which caused me to gain a significant amount of weight. Since then, it’s been very hard to shed the pounds!

  12. I love the comic. I have to say, I struggle with my weight. I have to say I appreciate the info.

  13. After having 3 kids I couldn’t get back to my pre-baby weight. Then my doctor shared with me several references that show it’s perfectly normal for a woman to store weight, we still have the caveman DNA and ‘back in the day’…packing on the pounds meant you were healthy, by protecting your organs and having those stored calories. It’s all the chemicals we consume that’s the killer and cancer causer in us all.

  14. That is true. I make so many unhealthy choices sometimes.

  15. We definitely need to take better care of ourselves especially since the winter holiday months will soon be here.

  16. Very true, I wish that I was taught better portion control as a child. I often worked out as a teenager and got away with eating pretty much anything I wanted. It caught up with me after I was an adult.

  17. Wanderin Poet says

    Obesity isn’t a silent killer. It’s effects are obvious.

  18. I’m reading more about ashitaba and I’m learning that this wonder plant has the ability to fight against obesity. Many people have posted testimonials that indeed, the ashitaba plants are great to overcome being overweight.

  19. If you want to lose weight, it should be a personal goal or desire. You’ll be more motivated if it’s your choice and it’s what makes you happy.

  20. Choices are important……even the daily ones. They add up. Important not just with eating, but exercise, etc!

  21. It is definitely a choice. A very hard choice. But there are also sometimes, deeper seeded issues that just choosing what to eat.

  22. everytime i eat something i always feel guilty but still i choice to eat them and let myself suffer running and lifting weights oh life. a hard battle leaving your fave food

  23. Mindful eating can and does play a big role in things. Those naughty choices can be very tempting though!

  24. You know I never would have thought of it that way. I have to keep that in mind the next time I reach for something I shouldnt. Im sure it would help my mindset.

  25. I would agree that this is true about 90% of the time, but there are also known health issues where being overweight is to be expected (i.e. my mom quit smoking, and then after she did so she gained about 20 pounds because of the whole need to satisfy her oral fixation habits etc). There are some health concerns that are far more worse than being overweight, in my opinion. That is just one example where I think my mom didn’t choose to be overweight, but in fact, she chose to quit smoking and dealt with the consequences!

  26. Thanks so much for sharing this information with me. I think being overweight is in our genes and just have to be mindful, as we get older what goes in our bodies. I will try to remember some of your points that for sharing the light on such a heavy topic.

  27. I agree in the long run it’s based on your decisions, you can choose to eat healthy or you can choose to not.

  28. I agree, I know that I need to work out more to loose weight and yet I can’t manage to make the time. Its a daily struggle but I’m working on it.

  29. Julie/ @Flip_4 says

    So true. I chose to give myself little challenges to help me. So far lost 10 lbs in 6 months. It’s not a lot, but I feel it’s more likely to stay off because I’m not giving everything up all at once.
    Thanks for sharing

  30. Julie/ @Flip_4 says

    So true. I chose to give myself little challenges to help me. So far lost 10 lbs in 6 months. It’s not a lot, but I feel it’s more likely to stay off because I’m not giving everything up all at once.
    Thanks for sharing

  31. Wow. You are so right – what a simple, but powerful message.

  32. True for most. Food addiction (like any addiction) can be difficult to overcome. It’s not that they are choosing to be fat (it may be the result though), but they cannot control their addiction long enough to overcome it.

  33. This is so true. It’s all about taking 100% responsibility for the choices we make and accepting the results we get. Like they say, if you don’t like it, do something about it!

  34. As soon as I turned 30, I do make extra effort to pick wisely – activities that I do, food that I eat, people I spend time with. As we get older, we have to love ourselves more because our bodies need all the extra help from us.

  35. Melissa Smith says

    I couldn’t agree with you more! No matter how much you may think that it’s just destiny or you’re doomed to be overweight, it’s a choice since there’s always something you can do about it. Eat a salad, go for a walk….something!

  36. Losing weight is really challenging but never give up! I must emphasize small portions and always take a smaller plate and take less food than you think you could eat!

  37. For me the key is moderation. I don’t think it’s necessarily healthy to monitor every last bite you put in your body. That takes part of the joy of eating away. And I do think eating should be enjoyable.

  38. You are sooo right! I workout every day but haven’t lost much because it makes me want to eat more! I know that the key is whatever happens in the kitchen. Sadly I don’t have a whole lot of self control in that department 🙂

  39. i’ve just recently signed up for a running training camp with the major purpose of losing weight! i find it hard to motivate myself into exercising alone so decided to be in a group instead! thanks for the post! i will be more mindful of the food options!

  40. I think I need to lose weight because I gained 5 kgs. Yes, it’s a choice and choosing to be healthy is not easy but can be done. Healthy options is the key to losing weight one step a t a time.

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