|Dell'Orefice, 81, successful runway model.|
If you could have anything you wanted in the world right this very minute, what would it be?
Well, you're supposed to say, "World peace." "A cure for cancer" would be a good runner-up. You're not supposed to squander such opportunities on selfish desires like "Ten million dollars" or "To be skinny."
Yet, when you're standing in front of your closet, searching for something to wear that won't show a bulge here, won't cut into your waist there, and won't make you feel like an old cow, you'd probably opt for "To be skinny" if it was a multiple choice test. There's nothing wrong with that. In order to function as happy, productive human beings, we are obligated to take care of our own basic physical and emotional needs first. When losing weight is such a need, you shouldn't feel guilty about wanting it.
Chances are, you'd be an even more productive human being if you were happy about how you looked and felt. I used to spend a lot of time obsessing over what I had eaten, what I wanted to eat next, and how it made me feel about myself. That was time and energy wasted. Now that I'm thin, my mind is free to work on much more productive things.
Do not feel guilt-ridden or selfish if your first desire is to lose weight and regain your health. It IS important, and it's okay to want it. What's even more important now is that you take steps to achieve it.
My own eleven steps are outlined in Bucket List Weight Loss, available for download at Amazon.com and Smashwords.com.