Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Life vs. Lifestyle

The word "lifestyle" according to yahoo eduction is "a way of living that reflects the attitudes and values of a person or group.

I have decided not to use this word to describe my way of reducing my weight, because the word is not permanent. Maintaining a lifestyle can be difficult at times since it will involve certain sacrifices at one point or another. Lifestyles can change in a matter of minutes.

Dropping the weight has not been difficult or a sacrifice for me at all. Yes, in the beginning I was in a battle with fat girl and skinny girl. But now, reducing my weight is part of my "life" because I, live it, breath it, smell it, taste it, hear it, own it, care about it, acknowledge it, love it and will die for it. This word "lifestyle" represent my, house, car, clothes, vacations, and spa weekends.

Obesity is not a brand name or a fade. It should not be bought or sold. So that is why I decided not to call it a "lifestyle change".

This is my life!


  1. Amen, amen, amen, amen!!

    I totally feel the same way!

  2. I found this post pretty interesting. I've been chastised before for saying diet with a "it needs to be a lifestyle not a diet!" but I hadn't yet heard the argument "it's your life not a lifestyle!"

    Essentially, I think you make some solid points, but it's more what it means to you than the actual semantics. Whatever word inspires or commits you most is the word for you.

  3. What a great attitude. I do like to call my weight loss experience a lifestyle change because it was and still is a part of my new life.

    I think the important part isn't what you call it, but what works for you! And obviously you are doing a great job of changing your weight - however you classify it!