Monday, September 24, 2012
A woman was given a 90 day goal of losing 85 pounds. 85 pounds in 90 days, my friends! She didn't make it. She "only" lost 77 pounds in 90 days. And she was depressed about that.
But this is what happens when weight loss is the goal. You define your worth based on "that number." If you happen to reach "that number", you are done. But we all know that you are never done. It's never over. Even if you reach "that number" it's just the beginning of a new battle to stay there. And who wants to live their life always battling the desire to eat unhealthy foods? So many of us ultimately decide that the struggle just isn't worth it, because we are miserable and can't maintain "that number" anyway.
I look at it this way. I can either make weight loss my goal, and be forever frustrated when the numbers don't go the way I want, OR I can change my perspective. What if, instead, I make a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE my goal? Then, my diet, instead of being a burden that limits the enjoyment I have in life, becomes a tool that supports what I'm going for! My weight, instead of being the focus of all my attention, becomes merely a by-product of the life choices I make.
Maybe this way of thinking seems obvious to you. But to me, this is HUGE. It is a complete paradigm shift. Suddenly, instead of looking at what I'm going to eat in terms of "what I can get away with and still lose weight", I see my food choices as building blocks for a healthy future. Is that too corny? I don't think so. I think...maybe...this may be the secret to real success.