One of the reasons that I decided to lose weight is because I was tired of feeling like a hypocrite.  Some times at work I would have to teach my patients about their diets.  Every time that I had to do this I would feel like a hypocrite.  I was 180 pounds and obese.  My health coach told me that when you’re obese, you wear that issue everyday.  People know that you have an issue with food.  My patients could tell that I wasn’t taking care of myself.  I would walk up one flight of stairs and be breathing like I just ran a marathon.  I wouldn’t take advice from a fat nutritionist.  Why should I have expected my patients to take my advice when it was so obvious that I wasn’t adhering to a diet.  If I wanted to see my patients change, then I was going to have to be the change that I wanted to see.  I’m not where I want to be with my weight but now I can tell my patients that it will be hard but you can do it.  I no longer feel like a hypocrite when I’m teaching my patients.  I can be truthful with them when I say it’s going to be hard.  There are going to be days when you don’t want to eat that salad.  There are going to be days when you don’t feel like exercising.  I still have days like that when I don’t want to eat that salad or drink that smoothie.  I have to show myself love and loving myself means treating myself to good food and exercise.  I just ate a muffin but I’m going to exercise and eat a healthy lunch and dinner.  I still eat a muffin or pizza from time to time.  For the most part, I eat healthy foods.  I tell my patients that it’s about moderation.  You can still go out to eat, just don’t have the fried foods or don’t eat the whole portion that they give you.  Take some home for lunch or dinner the next day.

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