Ah, Finally!! You’ve not only fought but you’ve won the weight loss battle… or have you? What do you do when you’ve focused so much attention over the past ‘x’ months to make yourself a priority all comes to fruition? Do you go out and celebrate, and, possibly unravel all the hard work you’ve put in? Well, if you’re like I was, the answer is a resounding NO! But you’ve done so well and accomplished something a lot of people struggle and fail at, why not take one night, 4 hours, to celebrate your accomplishment?
Losing weight, to me, is something that is not that hard to do. Keeping it off, that’s another monster in itself. Let me preface this by explaining; losing weight is not hard to do because, in all honesty, it’s not. It’s about sacrificing your wants for your needs. If you’re not willing to give up your wants only to replace them with your needs, the essentials in life, losing weight will feel like an insurmountable task.
How do you keep the weight off? The same way you lost it. By having a plan… a well thought out guide to hold yourself accountable. One that gives you room to live but is firm enough to keep you on track. Sure, you’ll have hiccups along the way. I know I sure did. I had moments I’d wonder if there was room for error. That’s part of life but don’t let one bad meal ruin the whole day and have you throw your hands up and say “well today was shot to crap! I’ll just start again tomorrow.” Let’s be honest, how many “tomorrows” were strung together to get you to the weight you were at? OG Mandino said, “Tomorrow is only found in the calendar of fools.” Nothing is promised so take care of today. Understand mistakes are going to be made but it’s not about the mistake that was made… it’s about how you respond to those mistakes. Are you going to throw in the towel and call yourself a failure or are you going to hold yourself accountable and learn?
The one piece of advice I can give having learned the hard way is, in order to achieve something great, you must be willing to give up everything to get what you truly want. If it’s your health, you must be willing to give up your old ways. Failure is always an option but it cannot be a deterrent. Just FOCUS; follow one course until successful. That’s all. One single, solitary mission to get what it is you really want. If you do that, it’s impossible to fail.
Fitmark Ambassador 2013