Losing weight and getting in shape is HARD work. MUCH, MUCH MUCH harder than staying in shape, or maintaining weight. People who have never done it, shouldn't be allowed to say a word about it. And people who have done it, should know better. Nothing irks me more than a formerly fat person who says, "I did it, anyone can!"
Yes, potentially, anyone can do anything. But not everyone is in a mental, emotional or physical space to do the very hard work of building muscle and endurance, and over coming fear, and feelings of inadequacy, or whatever mental and emotional hurdles they may have. Not everyone has the support and encouragement to keep them going when that nasty little voice, that lives inside all of us, tells them they can't do it.
So, if I hear, "Well, if people would ONLY eat right and exercise, we could wipe out obesity," or "It JUST takes a little exercise and healthy eating to get in shape," I might just find myself looking at that person's fat lip and saying, "If you JUST put a little ice on it, it will go down. I ONLY punched you once."
Even thought it was hot, it felt good to run. Better than running in the cold. And 5 days off didn't set me back at all. It wasn't easy, but it definitely wasn't any harder than it's been on any other day. I won't finish C25K on my birthday - but I can still finish this week, if I keep at it!!