Seeking a healthier lifestyle is an inherently good thing that will help
you in many ways in your life. But seeking a perfect outcome—the
perfect body—is neither good nor helpful. In reality, perfection does not
exist, because for every improvement we make, we can always think of
something else that could be changed. Seek a healthy body that functions,
not a perfect body fi t for a display case.
COMEDIAN AND FORMER talk-show host Rosie O’Donnell has battled a
weight problem for as long as she can remember. One day Rosie decided
to start a club to encourage the overweight to improve their habits and
fi tness. Seeking a fi tness coach, she said, “I didn’t want some Barbie-doll
type saying, ‘You can do it, you can do it.’ Anyone who sees that is going
to think, ‘I’m never going to look like that. Why bother?’”
For the club’s head fi tness coach, Rosie hired Judy Molnar, who
stands six-foot-one and weighs two hundred pounds. “When I fi rst met
Judy,” Rosie said, “I thought, ‘Here’s someone who looks like me, looks
like a regular person.’” Judy’s message—“If I can get fi t, anyone can”—
resonated with Rosie.
A few years before, Judy began walking for her health. At the time,
she weighed three hundred pounds. Gradually her walking routine
became a running routine. And although she was not focused on losing
weight, it began to happen anyway, “one doughnut at a time,” she says.
After a year, she had lost one hundred pounds.
When O’Donnell’s club sponsored a run, Rosie had a chance to meet
countless club members. “These people told me I inspired them,” she
says. “Well, they inspired me.”
Less than 2 percent of people surveyed were unable to come up with something
they would want to change about their bodies. (U.S. Department of
Health and Human Ser vices 2002)