Wednesday, September 20, 2006

3. Commitment to goal

If you've read this far then you might have recognized that you have a weight problem (#1) and you might have a desire to do something about it (#2). The next step on my roadmap to weight loss success is committing to your goal.

What's preventing you from comitting today? What's preventing you from committing right now? Nike says, Just Do It. If you aren't committing right now, make a list of all the reasons why not. Do you have any valid reasons? The only real valid excuse is that you're pregnant. Are you pregnant?

Some may want to enjoy the holidays without the guilt of straying from a diet plan. But, you'll feel the guilt when you wake up January 2 with 15 extra pounds hanging from your gut. Take this opportunity to learn how to enjoy the holidays without haivng eat large volumes of food. Savor the taste with smaller portions. Rediscover activities such as board games that you can use to connect with your family members. Get out and play a T-Day or Christmas day game of touch football. Several in my family enjoy a 5k run on T-Day morning. It has become a standing tradition that is now in its 14th year.

There are tons of other excuses to put off shedding the pounds. Let me know if you have any others and I'll give you some ideas on why it's not valid.

Ultimately delaying commitment is a sure sign that you likely won't have the follow-through when it counts.

Commit. Today.

Read my previous post on commitment.


Anonymous said...

Well, Seth, I think you might be on to something here...Perhaps this nations' weight problem has less to do with food and a lot more to do with grey matter?

Anonymous said...

I think it is well established that food is prozac to some.

Seth said...

Chris - Thanks for the post. Food has something to do with it. We have an immense abundance of food like never before in the history of humans due to our great progress. Our ancestors didn't have to worry about getting fat. They worried about taking in enough calories to keep from withering away. That's not the case anymore. There are so many choices, it's almost impossible not to eat too many calories. Being overweight is very much a control issue, but I also think it's a knowledge issue. When I was overweight, I didn't quite have the knowledge to figure out what I was doing wrong. Now I do. Now it's just a matter of control and consistency. Yes, food is prozac to some. My advice to them - find another prozac. Instead of thinking about eating the scrumptious brownie, plan a hike in the woods.