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2.5 lbs/week

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That seems to be the rate (as of today) that I’m losing weight. 15.25 lbs lost to date, over 6 weeks.

It’s certainly true that I’m losing weight be eating less, but it’s also true that I have a team helping me.

It occurs to me that the US prizes individualism to the extent that, for some tasks, one is considered to have failed if one cannot do it alone. My previous weight-loss attempts fall into the category of failure. But when I decided to hire a team to assist me, I’m having success. YMMV, of course, but coaches, trainers, counselors, and the like have had a long and honorable role as helpers who enable one to do more than one could do by himself.

UPDATE: As I continued to mull this over, it struck me that many middle-class Americans do have a regular team of experts to assist them in various ways: doing it all by yourself is to some extent an anomaly. It’s not beyond reason for a family to have a gardener, a house cleaner, a lawyer, an accountant, a dentist, a doctor, and the like. Adding a trainer and a diet counselor to the list just augments the team.

And, in terms of doing it on one’s own, I went out and hired the trainer and the diet counselor on my own, so I am owning the problem and owning my solution (which involves the team). Just as a person might say of their home, “I built this,” meaning that an architect was hired and a general contractor, with the owner doing none of the actual work but still feeling responsibility for the result.

Written by Leisureguy

19 July 2010 at 11:04 am

Posted in Daily life, Fitness

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