So, I follow a cat on Instagram who was terribly obese. 33lbs. His people adopted him this way and have been getting him more exercise and adjusting his food type and caloric intake. After 1 year he has lost 8 lbs which is 25% of his original weight.
So, I was thinking about it… A CAT TOOK ONE YEAR TO LOSE 25% OF HIS WEIGHT.
He has all day to run around and exercise, has people strictly controlling his caloric intake--he can't run out for ice cream or a burger. His people tell him when it’s time to exercise and a vet advises his people every step of the way.
Really listen....A CAT TOOK ONE YEAR TO LOSE 25% OF HIS WEIGHT.
Why am I expecting myself to be able to lose 25% in just a few months?!
I am the master of what goes in my mouth. I am in control of my exercise habits, water consumption, how many goodies I get from the breakroom. I have free will, a complicated set of emotions, and I WILL faulter.
It took me years to get to this weight. I can certainly give myself a year (or more if needed) to lose it, right? And I don’t have to do it alone. I recently went to a great dietitian to help guide me in figuring out how to do this in a sensible way.
A cat took one year to lose 25% of his weight; I think we humans can give ourselves a break and realize that THIS CAN BE A LONGER PROCESS than the “Lose 30 lbs in 60 days” crap we’re always buying into AND THAT IS COMPLETELY OKAY!
picture borrowed from Bronson's FB page: https://www.facebook.com/IAmBronsonCat/