Here’s what I mean. One of my friends posted this on her Facebook page this week for me:
If you live in the Columbus and struggle with weight loss, consider checking out Sue’s Breaking Free from Compulsive Dieting seminar.
GUY THAT DOESN’T GET IT’S RESPONSE: Or, and this is just a thought, they could skip the diet, eat right, and exercise like daily. Who knows, maybe, just maybe they will shed a few pounds and inches that way as well. But of course, I've never been on a diet. Thankfully, I don't "struggle with weight loss" or fad diets.
Then I had a fitness instructor friend tag me in this conversation:
Excuses for not working out
I don’t have time
I don’t have money
But you found
Time and money to:
Go buy five guys
Go out drinking
Go to the club 2x a week
To sit and watch Scandal
You can imagine the responses:
But they pay for RX for high BP, diabetes, cholesterol, etc…
You pay now or you pay later…
It's an epidemic of laziness…
You, you, you. They, they, they. Shame, shame, shame!
Here was my response.
“Been there, done that. Haven't we all had our spending be out of line with our core values? I certainly have. We know what to do but struggle to do it. Radical grace and compassion to all who struggle to make the life affirming choices.”
It is easy to point fingers and say that a person should be able to eat right or exercise consistently on their own. It is another thing to come alongside people and encourage them. I do not believe anyone was ever criticized into changing. And since I have my own struggles with food and exercise, I don’t believe I am the judge. For me, what I needed back when I started and what I still need today is people to take this journey with. Even if we are at different places, sharing it is what keeps me going.
If you feel alone in this, or judged, I understand. There are a lot of people that don’t get it. There are a lot of people who don’t understand why we would have a walking group or a Breaking Free seminar. I don’t care if they don’t get it. We’re going to keep doing it because it is changing lives. It is providing truth, encouragement, accountability and love. It is setting women free.