"Personal responsibility is the price of liberty." -- Michael Cloud
"A free society cannot work unless people take charge of their lives and assume responsibility for their actions." -- Jim Powell
My sister at jensgyrations.blogspot. com had these two quotes on her blog today. How appropriate for the situation we now find America to be in and how appropriate for our personal lives which ultimately contribute to the situation we now find America to be in.
Personal responsibility IS the price for our liberation from obesity. We are not addicted. We already have to have food to survive. Personal responsibility is the price and it is non-negotiable. We cannot follow someone else's rules; we cannot order food that is prepackaged because we don't want to be responsible for those choices ourselves; we don't have to eat refined sugar in its many forms; we can move more and drink more water. Today can be the day - regardless of what has been done in the past whether it be poor dieting, surgeries, lap bands, yo-yo dieting - there is still life and hope and we are all free to walk away from our destructive habits. A gal at one of the banks where I deliver deposits has noticed my weight loss and I have told her how I did it and have encouraged her to cut back her carbs, exercise, and drink plenty of water. On my way out yesterday she screwed up her face and told me, "I can't give up my ice cream and my pasta" - really? - I told her the correct word was "won't" not "can't". We want to have our cake and eat it too. We want to lose weight and eat what we want.
Will we take charge of our lives and assume responsibility? Stay fat if you want to. That is the only conclusion that can be drawn when someone continues to do the things that cause the obesity. I am well aware of the role of emotions in all this. I battled binge eating for years. I know how it feels. I just kept fighting. The binges became less severe and farther apart. Now I no longer binge.
Dependency is a growing problem in America. Have you heard about the parties given to inform and encourage people to get on food stamps? There are more people on food stamps now than ever before. Those are Democratic votes though and that is the important thing to them. A government that is big enough to give us everything we want is big enough to take everything we have. When Americans decide to expect personal responsibility (and it starts at a very young age) things will turn around. We have people on food stamps who would be working if we had an economy that encouraged business which means jobs. We have a government that has spent us into oblivion and now wants the rich and businesses to bail it out. If the wealth of all our rich were combined it wouldn't make much of a dent in the debt America has - borrowing 40 cents of every dollar we spend from China? Ridiculous. What really burns me is the liberals have spent and borrowed and when conservatives are willing to make the tough decisions to turn it around, they are accused of taking away social security, letting the handicapped fend for themselves, wanting dirty air and water, leaving people unprotected and on it goes. This administration has had no budget for three years. How can they live within a budget they do not have? It's going to be time to have the discussions over raising the debt ceiling again soon. Should be interesting. Cuts in spending will be characterized as heartless and cruel. A collapsed economy won't be much fun either.
I am going to stop on the political stuff. Liberty from obesity is ours to have. No more dependency. I just have to sing the praises of low-carb again. If there is an easy way to lose weight with very little hunger, this is it. Drinking water must become second nature and the attitude toward exercise should start with "Just Do It" and end with "Just Did It".
Have a wonderful, blessed Fourth of July.