About Fogdog's Weight Loss

Don't Focus on the Goal...

If you've followed this blog you know that I've struggled for many years with improving my health. I've finally reached a point where I've managed to maintain a small amount of success. Now it's time to take the next step, but I believe it requires a new way of thinking.

Instead of trying to get healthy, why not shift focus toward learning how to build healthy habits instead. Follow me as I try to teach myself how to Engineer healthy habits that will allow me to take my health to the next level. Let's see where this experiment goes!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Day #150 - I'm Done Trying to Lose Weight

Today marks the end of 5 months of focus on improving my health with 7 more to go!  So far I've managed to quit smoking and drastically reduce my alcohol consumption.  Today I add something new, I'm going to quit trying to lose weight!

Yes you are reading correctly, I said that I am giving up on trying to lose weight.  Now don't get me wrong, I'm overweight and I recognize that I need to lose close to 150 pounds.  I haven't stopped caring about my health and I have no intention of staying at my current weight, I've simply decided to shift my focus.

My entire adult life has been spent focused on trying to drop pounds on a scale.  I've tried weight loss plan after weight loss plan.  Some have been successful (for a short while) and some have been total disasters.  Ultimately the one thing they all had in common was that eventually, whatever weight was lost came back and in some cases a few pounds more.

The best way to solve a problem is to focus on, and eliminate the root cause.  For years my focus has been on losing weight, but in reality, my weight isn't my problem.  My weight is the result of the problem, not the problem itself.  I've spent so much time trying to fix the effect instead of focusing on the true problem.

So what is the true problem?  The true problem is that I do not treat my body with respect.  Because I do not treat my body with respect I am overweight, I have sleep apnea, I have knee pain, etc. 

So why don't I treat my body with respect?  Well, that's what I need to focus on.  For one, I don't think my life is fulfilling.  I also don't deal with stress real well.  There are probably a great number of things that I need to work on and hopefully in the months to come I will identify them and work on getting better.

So what do I mean when I say I'm not going to try to lose weight and instead focus on treating my body with respect?  It means that I will no longer spend time developing restrictive eating plans to follow or exercise regimes.  It means that I will no longer obsess about what the scale reads and I will not zone in on just one measure of my health.

I'm trying something new; my belief is that if I can focus on treating my body with respect and fix the things that cause me to abuse my body, then the weight (and all my other health problems) will begin to take care of themselves.  I know this might seem a little hokey to some, but is it any crazier than trying over and over again to lose weight only to end up with the same result.  

In the days ahead I will post more details about where I'm going.  Your welcome to come along for the ride... who knows where it's going to end up.

Stay Strong!


  1. Sounds like you've got your head in the game! Changing your life is the best way to get the hard stuff done! I will be reading!

  2. This is how I'm feeling at the moment too, but I'm not sure. Could be a slippery slide to gaining.

  3. could be the beginning of a wonderful journey

  4. I think if you focus on the behavior (building good habits), the results will follow.

  5. Hope the change in focus is a win for you. Best wishes.

  6. In my opinion ... You (we all) should treat our bodies with respect - it is the only one we have.

    I think you do need to lose weight and improvement in food choice can only help.

    Does that sound hard? Perhaps it is but you owe it to yourself and family to properly look after your body - it's the only one we have. As does the family need to look after their health etc ... and I'm not saying they are not!

    You have done well with your goals this year ... and I do not know you personally face to face but please re-examine your thoughts both for yourself and family.

    Whatever YOU do is YOUR decision. I will keep reading.

    You may think who is this person questioning me and feel free to comment, question or ignore.

    I am not a medical person, I cannot say for sure what method would best suit you.

    But you know you need to re-examine your thoughts and beliefs.

    Whatever you decide please take care

    All the best Jan

  7. I'm trying to keep my focus on HEALTH and HOW I FEEL. Yes, I need to lose a lot more, but I'm really trying to focus on eating good food and getting exercise. Even if I never lose another pound, I still feel 10 times better than I did 4 months ago. Keep up the good work!

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