Boring is Not Just a Town in Oregon
I know what I do is boring.
I know good health is boring.
I’ve heard it all before.
When I go out to eat with friends and order water, someone inevitably says “That’s boring.”
When I don’t order desert, someone says “that’s boring. You’re fit, you can afford it.”
I truly love steamed broccoli. I know, that’s boring too.
But, for your health, boring is good.
I know what I do is boring to some. I know the things I teach, how to live fit, are boring. But, that’s OK with me because I know good health is boring.
People don’t sit around bragging about how perfectly their heart is working, that their blood pressure is normal, or that their insulin responds appropriately. They also don’t revel in eating 2 pounds of kale salad, drinking a pitcher of ice water with cucumber slices while watching football. When all of a person’s body systems are working normally, there is no need to discuss it, and therefor there is no interest – in other words, boring.
The rub is, I know what the majority of people want in a diet or weight loss program. They want to be lied to. They want to be told that they will lose 20 pounds of fat a week while eating donuts and drinking beer all day. I could write a diet book that gives this prescription. (Have you read my article called How To Write Your Own Diet Book? )
I could make ridiculous claims and promises then slap it in a fancy package. But I won’t.
My avoidance of flash and boast probably hurts me, but I don’t want to be confused with one of those diet authors that is all glimmer but no substance.
I want people to live fit and I do what I can to make that as easy as possible, including explaining how easy and simple it can be. I know good health is boring. But I think, it is good to have boring health. Because boring health allows you to have excitement and interest in other parts of your life. If your energy and thoughts are focused on the latest, next best drug or procedure, there is not a lot left over to enjoy your life. How much time do you want to spend in doctor’s offices or waiting in line in pharmacies? What about hospital beds? That is not how I want to spend my time. Not one minute of it. How about you?
My programs are boring because:
- I don’t have a gimmick (other than living your life healthy, fit and free).
- My philosophy isn’t trendy, outrageous, or extreme.
- There is nothing glitzy or glamorous about them.
- I’m not marketing some bizarre way of eating that must be so crazy it works.
- My programs aren’t named for an exotic, desirable location.
- And they are not endorsed by celebrities (yet).
- I’m not trying, nor do I want to, bring people in with false (impossible) and superficial hopes and expectations.
I’m not doing any of these things because I find them shallow, misleading and dishonest. If I just wanted to make money and didn’t care about your long-term health, I would come up with a gimmick that is exciting. But, good health is boring and I don’t jazz it up because I want you to live fit for your entire life and know what is making you fit, you and genuine information.
Winning a sprint is great, if you are in a race. But improving your health does not work that way. Following a diet to the letter for 3 to 6 weeks does not give you health and fitness for life. It gives you health and fitness for a few days (maybe), then it all comes crashing down and you are worse off then before you started. I’ve heard it too many times to count.
The glamor diets are not intended to be followed for life. They want you to win the sprint, after you give them your money. Then you resume your previous lifestyle habits and gain the weight back, plus 5%, and find the next, new diet. I call this a diet hobbyist. These are people that jump from one diet to the next always looking for the next, best thing that will work “this time”. “Maybe this is the perfect diet for me and will solve all my problems.” It is kind of like the guy who builds model airplanes – he builds one, flies it, crashes it, finds another kit, builds it, etc., etc. That’s what he does. That is his excitement in his life.
I have read more diet books then I can count (I even wrote a book about them called Reduction: A Diet Overview) and the one thing most popular diets have in common is:
- They have a hook. They offer something different that has not been tried before. And this time it will work. The trouble is, there are no new diets. As my book explains, there are only four. All the rest are regurgitation with different bells and whistles.
- Diets don’t work for long. Yes, that means they do have the ability to help a person lose weight, when followed. But, since they are meant to show quick results, and the changes made for these quick results are made suddenly, and without the intent to actually change lifestyle habits, they do not allow lasting changes.
Not everything popular diets profess is false. Far from it. There is a good foundation in most of them (except for the Full Moon Diet). But, do you want to lose weight or do you want to lose fat? Do you want to lose weight quickly and gain it right back? Or do you want to lose fat and never see it again? I’m guessing most of you would say the latter.
These are all the reasons that I am, and what I do, is boring. I want you to be exciting. I want you to have fun, enjoyment and excitement in your life. Go on trips, hike, bike, explore, if that’s what you like, or would like to do. I want you to live life to its fullest. I want you to be excited with your new body and awesome health.
My boringness is your benefit.
I have two super awesome, helpful, life altering, weight management, health improvement programs. (Does that help?). Each is different in its structure, but the same in it’s ability to help you improve your health and fitness. It will help you change what is keeping you unfit, unlean, and unhealthy. They will show you how to break free of your current pattern of bad eating (and lack of activity?) and give you structure at first and then lead you to intuitive eating and exercising. If you are interested, please take a look:
If you need excitement in your life, let’s take care of your health so you can choose your own kind of fun and excitement. Good health is boring, but you don’t have to sacrifice your health to add interest to your life.
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