The Path to Weight Loss Is One Step at a Time
Josh Hoffman, a great blogger and international digital marketing strategist, recently wrote a wonderful article, The 3 Questions My Therapist Asks Himself Every Day. As I read it, I thought to myself how simple, yet thought-provoking, those three questions were and that all of us should ask ourselves each day.
In particular, I thought of the relevance those three questions have for my clients or anyone who is overweight or obese.
Question #1. Am I on the right path?
If you’re overweight or obese, you’re probably unhappy about that. You either have health issues presently or no doubt have medical issues to look forward to in the future. There’s a very good chance you’ve curtailed some or all of the activities you’d like to enjoy and perhaps once did. You can’t wear the clothes you would like to buy; instead, you have to settle for clothes you can find that fit. Given that these are just a few of the pitfalls of over-weight and obesity, can you possibly be on the right path?
Are you making an effort to achieve a weight loss goal?
If so, are you doing it in a manner that makes you happy? . . . one that’s healthy and that you can live with for the rest of your life?
Are you handling your responsibilities of planning your daily menus, appropriate grocery shopping, using portion control, packing healthy meals and snacks when you leave home for the day?
Are you moving toward what you want, or away from what you want?
Question #2. Am I facing the right direction?
It’s one thing to get on the right path. It’s another to focus ONLY on what’s ahead. Meaning . . . once you set your eyes on your goal, once you start down that weight loss path, don’t look back. Keep looking straight ahead, with both eyes on the road . . . not one eye ahead and one in the rear view mirror that is the back of your brain, just waiting for the ‘fail-again monster’ to come charging up behind you. It may always be lurking there, but pay it no mind.
Don’t look back. You’re not going that way.
Don’t save your fat clothes for a rainy day. It’s not going to rain.
Question #3. Are my feet moving?
So . . . you’ve set a goal to achieve weight loss.
You’ve put yourself at the Start Line on the path to weight loss.
. . . and now you gotta step over it and begin to walk. And you can’t stop, no matter what. You will have setbacks, but you cannot allow them to derail you.
- Charles Schultz had every cartoon he submitted rejected by his high school yearbook staff. Walt Disney wouldn’t hire him. Had he given up, we wouldn’t have Charlie Brown and all his friends, Sally, Snoopy, Linus, etc.
- Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team. Did he give up? We all know how that worked out.
- Thomas Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” Edison replied, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”
No matter how many steps it takes on the path to weight loss . . . keep your feet moving.