Setting a Proper Tone

As serious as I am about fixing my weight, I haven’t talked much about the process (or my progress) to friends and colleagues, if at all. Why?

Two reasons: First, there are few things more pathetic than a grown man “on a diet.” I don’t want anyone misreading me and thinking I am. I’m not “on a diet.” I’m making permanent changes to the way I think about and consume food and drink. Which is easier to talk about (convincingly) once those changes are firmly in effect.

Second, I don’t want the people around me to be uncomfortable eating or talking about food around me, and that’s exactly what happens when someone starts talking about their weight-loss measures. It nearly always comes across as preachy, no matter how it’s intended.

I don’t want to preach to friends, family, colleagues – anyone – about health and wellness. I DO want to talk/write about it, which is why I publish this blog. I like thinking about the process, the strategy. And my thinking is best done with a keyboard.

So this is my disclaimer: If you’re reading this and you think I’m preaching to you or lecturing you about your lifestyle, you’re wrong. This blog isn’t about you. It’s about me taking some really obvious steps to living longer and happier than I will if I keep lugging around the equivalent of a supermodel with every step. If you read something here that helps you live healthier and happier that’s a bonus. But I’m writing to help keep ME away from the “Hot Donuts Now” at Krispy Kreme, not you.


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Amy on June 3, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    I’m starting at the beginning, three entries ago, and this is a GREAT idea. You’re right–too many people talk about “dieting,” which has come to mean “crazy diets with themes,” and it distracts from what more people should be doing…EXACTLY WHAT YOU’RE DOING.

    PS You’re ruining my morning of work.


  2. Posted by hlward on June 3, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Thanks Amy … I’m all about limiting productivity.


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