“Commitment fuels action. Get clear about what you want to do and why you want to do it. Take action. Your time is now!” – Julie Connor, author
We are past the midpoint of 2014. How are you doing on your New Year’s resolutions or other goals?
One of my resolutions for the past few years was to lose weight, at least ten pounds. However, I didn’t do much about it. But after being invited to my nephew Trevor’s destination wedding in Cancun this summer, I finally decided to take action. The hotel was all-inclusive for food and drinks, and I knew I’d probably gain weight. I thought, “I’ve got four weeks before the wedding. I wonder if I could lose a few pounds before I go.” I journaled about the questions “Why do I want to lose weight?” and “Why don’t I want to lose weight?”
The last might seem like an odd question, but if we say we want to do something and aren’t doing it, we do have reasons. Some of mine were:
- My schedule is busy enough and I don’t want to add weight-loss meetings.
- It’s too hard—I don’t like having to track everything I eat.
- I don’t like being hungry.
- I won’t lose much weight in four weeks anyway.
My reasons for losing weight included:
- I’m already having health issues that could be alleviated by losing weight.
- My pants have gotten too tight and I refuse to go up a size.
- I want to look better for this and another wedding.
- I want to have more energy so my husband Ken and I can travel and enjoy ourselves.
- Walking and getting back to running will be easier if I am not carrying excess weight.
- Instead of just writing about taking care of ourselves, I need to do it. I need to live the way I want to live.
Seeing my reasons in black and white made me realize I had more reasons to lose weight than not to, and my reasons for not losing weight were really excuses. I had good reasons to lose weight and seeing them on paper gave me the commitment to actually change.
I have lost about ten pounds since then and still have about five pounds to lose. My eating habits have become healthier, including eating more fruits and vegetables.
I did gain over a pound while in Cancun but it was OK since I’d lost some weight first. I had a great time and enjoyed getting tropical drinks at the swim-up bar!
Last weekend, my family and I spent two days in Chicago with my niece and another nephew. Despite the heat, I had plenty of energy to walk for miles and miles, and we all had a lot of fun.
Now I am looking forward to a vacation down south and being fit enough to enjoy a lot of sightseeing.
What changes do you want to make for better health? What will it take for you to make the commitment?