NOTE: This post is actually a talk I gave at the Institute of Qigong and Integrative Medicine gathering “Tea and Chi” this past weekend. “Ryan” is IQIM acupuncturist Ryan Lilly, and the full name of his class is “Weight Management and Healthy Living Through Chinese Medicine.”
When I saw the flyer for Ryan’s class on weight management at the Institute’s picnic this summer, I was taken aback.
Weight management? Wasn’t that a little frivolous for the Institute? I mean, we’re serious people. We’re not about sculpting svelte silhouettes; we’re about curing major diseases and striving to attain enlightenment and immortality.
If you become an immortal, what does it matter if you’re a little chubby? The robes those guys wear hide quite a lot.
Anyway, those were my first thoughts.
My next thought was, so where’s the sign-up sheet.
Because there wasn’t one. You had to e-mail Ryan to register. Which I did that evening.
For me it wasn’t just about the 10 or 15 pounds that seem to love me more than I love them. It was about 60 years of spending an enormous amount of energy fighting food and fat.
Few days have gone by when I haven’t stressed about my weight or about eating too much, except, of course, the days when I decided it was OK to eat anything and everything because I’d be starting a diet in the morning.
Since I’ve generally weighed 5 to 25 pounds more than I‘ve thought I should, I’ve engaged in a whole lot of negative self-talk around food.
It gets old. I sometimes think that if I’d spent the energy I’ve spent fighting fat doing something more constructive, I might have achieved something really amazing. Maybe not world peace, but something worthwhile enough to be mentioned in my obituary.
But let me tell you a little about the class. Continue reading