Counting and measuring weight and well being.

We can control almost everything these days, it seems. Except for that one nagging thing over which we’d most like to be dictator. Our weight. No amount of kicking and screaming will give us full control of that.

We have grown attached to the unfounded belief that we can determine our weight – our health – by carefuly measuring EVERY morsel of food we put into our mouths and EVERY calorie we burn in our daily activities. Wrist bands promise complete control over our body’s inner-workings. This would be swell if the body was actually that easy to control.

Sadly – or not so sadly – robots we are not. It’s not as straight forward as injecting food, formulating it with activity, and desirable sleep patterns, and then either ejecting excess calories or accumulating them. Wouldn’t life be splendidly simple if such was the case?

If it was all so measurable and predictable, it would also mean we were scarecrows – like in the Wizard of Oz – lacking of a brain, along with a nervous system and an endocrine system, that know far more than our unwitting desires do about what we actually need. These are the real stars of the show. No amount of external measuring and weighing can outdo the intelligence of the brain and how well it knows the body within which we humbly reside.

The truth is that we can’t fully control our body weight on a day-to-day basis. There are too many systems and bodily substances involved. What we can do, with confident certainty, is follow the principles of stabilizing blood sugar, minimizing stored calories, and training our muscles and cardiovascular system.

You will see – and feel – the changes, as you get leaner, fitter, stronger, and clearer. You will notice cravings subsiding and new habits forming. You will feel your stress lessening and life seeming to unfold with greater ease. All of these are the signs to look for to know you’re going in the right direction.

And then, just keep on going. That is the best you can do.

So what do you think?