If Oprah Can’t Why Do You Think You Can?Friday, January 15, 2016
There are no doubt long-term “success stories” out there – people who just by making (often radical) changes in their diet and activity behaviours have lost a substantial amount of weight AND┬áare keeping it off.
However, there is also no doubt that these people are rare and far between – which is exactly what makes each one of them so exceptional.
I am not speaking of all the people we hear or read about who have lost tons of weight – we hear about their spectacular weight loss – cutting carbs, cutting gluten, going vegan, going paleo, alternate day fasting, running marathons, training for iron man competitions, going on the Biggest Loser or eating at Subway.
What we don’t hear about is the same people, when they put the weight back on – which, in real life is exactly what happens to the absolutely vast majority of “losers”. We hear of their “success” and then we never hear from them again – ever.
Oprah is different! Different because, we have had the opportunity to follow her ups and downs over decades.
When Oprah “succeeds” in losing weight, she does not disappear into the night – no – she puts the weight back right in front of our eyes, again and again and again and again.
Now, comedy writer Caissie St.Onge, in a comment posted on facebook, pretty much summarizes what it is we can all learn (and should probably have learnt a long time ago) from Oprah:
“Oprah is arguably the most accomplished, admired, able person in the world. She creates magic for other people and herself on the regular. So, if Oprah canÔÇÖt do permanent lifelong weight loss, maybe it canÔÇÖt be done. Oprah is also crazy rich. If Oprah canÔÇÖt buy permanent lifelong weight loss, maybe it canÔÇÖt be bought.”
“IÔÇÖm not saying you should give up on your dreams of having the body you want. IÔÇÖm just asking, if you never get that waist, will your life have been a waste? (I see what I did there.) Every day we are bombarded with media, content and products. Special foods and drinks. Programs and plans. None of this shit has ever worked for Oprah and it probably isnÔÇÖt gonna work for me or you.”
“I know the reason isnÔÇÖt because youÔÇÖre weak. If youÔÇÖre carrying around 10 or 20, or 50 or 150 pounds more than the tiny friend who always calls herself fat in front of you and you donÔÇÖt kick her in the back of the knee, youÔÇÖre the opposite of weak. YouÔÇÖre very, very strong in at least two different kind of ways.”
“I realize there are people who are DYING to tell you what they think about what you should do with your body. It always starts with, ÔÇ£No offense butÔÇªÔÇØ or ÔÇ£Not to be mean, butÔÇªÔÇØ And itÔÇÖs always offensive and mean, but also, you probably say things to yourself every day that are way meaner than what any ÔÇ£well-intentionedÔÇØ ÔÇ£friendÔÇØ or internet troll could come up with. YouÔÇÖre gonna have to try harder if you want to beat us at our own game, internet trolls. I would pop someone in the chops if they spoke to me the way I speak to myself. And I would bet all of OprahÔÇÖs money that Oprah says mean shit to herself too. Oprah does.”
“You can do what you want. You knew that. But IÔÇÖm gonna stop wishing that I didnÔÇÖt have dimples on the backs of my hands or that my ankles were more flattered by strappy shoes. IÔÇÖm gonna stop telling people that they look great and start telling them what I really mean, thatÔÇÖs itÔÇÖs nice to see them. And I see you. And I like you so much just how you are right now, and not a year or five years from now when you may or may not be smaller….. Oprah. IÔÇÖll love you either way.”
Cassie’s entire post is available here