The Contagious Disease Called Lazy

It is remarkable how much more miserable it is to be lazy.  I never thought I would say that as I was once a very lazy person.  When I had a desk job from 8-5, I couldn’t wait for the weekends to do nothing.  Doing nothing is so important in moderation as without it we forget how to relax.  However, I was taking this to a new level.  I would watch television all day.  All day!  There is nothing moderate about that.

When I got hired as a personal trainer people were shocked.  Especially my family.  Even if they didn’t voice it (and most did) I was way to lazy to be in charge of physical fitness.  Therefore in the beginning of training I felt very out of place.  The amazing thing is how laziness is contagious.  Not only did I not want to prepare my meals (unless you count a microwave), I didn’t want to fold  my laundry, brush my teeth, floss, get up to use the bathroom, I mean you name it and it was a chore!  All of a sudden everything was such a burden.  What’s more amazing is how changing one of those habits sprials into changing all of them.

When I decided that not cooking wasn’t an option and that my excuse of being a bad cook was no longer valid (it’s in my blood to cook), I had to make a change.  After reading “French Women Don’t Get Fat,” I was inspired.  I started cooking every meal again.  Eggs in the morning, (yes, cereal is easier but the benefit of eggs are remarkable), gourmet pasta and rice dishes for lunch (no more PB&J), and dinner included all the TLC and maybe a glass of wine.  All of a sudden I didn’t need those extras between meals and I didn’t even need something sweet after each meal because they were so satisfying.

Now to tie this back into laziness.  Once I started preparing all of my meals I automatically began to eat less food.  Due to the pleasure and satisfaction I got from all of the flavors and time spent I was ecstatic and energetic.  Now brushing my teeth seemed just like an additional way to put time into myself.  Flossing was absolutely necessary as now I felt like I couldn’t go a day without it.  Struggling to stand up and walk to the bathroom was laughable and laundry was exciting as I saw the clothes I missed all week reappear in my closet.

In what ways do you find yourself taking the easy way out?  Do you skimp out on really preparing your meals? Do you rely on a microwave or a dishwasher to do all your hard work? Or maybe simply the act of flossing would help.  Whatever way you can challenge yourself to not be lazy I commend you to do so.  Be like those French Women who eat bread, pasta, wine and cheese.  They love their food, they love preparing the food and they love to take the stairs.

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About The Author

Michelle Hastie

Michelle Hastie Thompson is a recovered binge eater who turned her binge eating around and even got featured in Shape Magazine helping a woman lose weight in “My Weight Loss Diaries". She helps women end the battle of binge and overeating, fall in love with movement, and finally lose the weight permanently. A veteran weight loss coach for almost ten years, she is a Ph.D. student in Health Psychology and has three published books, the most recent titled, "Have Your Cake and Be Happy Too: A Joyful Approach to Weight Loss”.