Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. – Albert Einstein
Oh that Mr. Einstein- what a wise man.
When I look back at my weight loss journey throughout my life, I see that clearly, I must be insane. When I was auditioning for The Biggest Loser, I had calculated up how much weight I’ve lost and gained in my life. Have you ever done that? If you’re a lifelong weight struggler, the number can be astounding. Especially when you’re like me and can get rolling in 50 pound increments, then hit a wall and gain it back (plus more).
My big time gains and losses:
- Fat camp year 1
- Post-fat camp gain
- Fat camp year 2
- Post fat-camp gain
- Fat camp year 3
- Post college job depression
- Low carb attempt 1/wedding/grad school
- Newlywed gain
- Low carb attempt 2 (now)
Notice these don’t include times like when I was on fen-phen (age 14), weight watchers, slim fast, cabbage soup, etc. These are just my big weight jumps. Know what the total of losses + gains is? A staggering 695 pounds. WTF?
So just so you guys know, according to Mr. Einstein, I am indeed INSANE.
What makes this time different? Hell, what makes any time different? Not sure I know the answer to that (or better yet, now to articulate the feeling I have on why this time is different). I think that with each attempt you learn. Each failure- you learn. As long as you can drag your ass from off the ground and try again, then by all means, let people think you’re insane.
Just don’t ever let me get Einstein hair, k? Thx. 🙂
What makes you keep getting up and trying again?