Wednesday, February 12, 2014


Last night I commented on a Facebook post by a page I follow. The article they posted was about what happens to your body after a "carb binge".

They pose it as a scenario - You normally don't eat "junk". You decide to have a slice of birthday cake at a friends party. You have a little ice cream on it. 

Then the article goes on to describe the bodily functions that occur when a person has ingested a VERY large amount of simple carbohydrates. 

I'm not going to go into the details. However, the article really bothered me. The title indicates a "binge"

Binge: (from Miriam-Websters Dictionary)
a :  a drunken revel :  spree
b :  an unrestrained and often excessive indulgence <a buying binge>
c :  an act of excessive or compulsive consumption (as of food) 
The scenario described in the article is NOT a binge. It's called LIFE. It HAPPENS. 
This article falls under the category of FEAR-MONGERING.  
And you know what?
I commented and said EXACTLY that.

I didn't even THINK about it. I just did it.

When I thought about it later, I got nervous. 

I don't like conflict. In order to avoid conflict, I don't post about volatile subjects on Facebook or anywhere else. When confronted, I usually get so nervous that I can't think of what to say. Even if I have all the facts at my fingertips - I freeze.

So, I avoid.
But last night, I jumped.
I was brave.
Reading this, it might not sound brave to you. But it was to me. I felt good after I realized I had stood up for my beliefs. 
You know what else was brave? Coming back here and announcing that I had gained weight. 
It took a LOT for me to put the WHOLE truth out here. It would have been SUPER easy to just allow the truth to remain elusive.
It also would have been easy to place blame elsewhere, instead of where it BELONGS - WITH ME! (Speaking of taking responsibility - that's a whole different post!)
Pre-RELENTLESS on Monday
I challenge you ALL to be brave. Whatever brave means to you. Going out of our comfort zones is being BRAVE. But THAT is where change happens!! 

So, how are you going out of your comfort zone? Maybe you feel like you don't have to. You are on a good path. You're eating right, exercising... but are you challenging yourself? Are you striving to do new things? Are you just hanging in the comfort zone?

I dare you to be BRAVE. You can even be like this guy:
What are you going to do to be BRAVE?



  1. I agree with you, for the most part. However, for me, I get cravings again after I eat a small piece of cake with ice cream. And it takes me days to get rid of it, so when I'm smart, I avoid that agony. :D

    1. I hear you, Marion, totally. But the article focused on something much different - that there should be terror of what your body will do if you (per scenario) have one indulgence. The truth is being twisted to scare people. Not cool.
      I WISHED they had addressed the issue you bring up. That would have connected with the audience in a more positive light, I feel. Understanding people on their emotional and physical level is powerful.
      Thanks for reading!

  2. Lately I've been reading up on binges, the true full-on binge eating disorder and it is so much different than having a piece of cake and ice cream. I find a lot of articles out there contain a lot of pseudo-science. Good for you for voicing your opinion!
    Also good for you for being brave and honest on your blog :)