You know when you start a new plan (exercise, food, job, business) you’re 150%. So pumped – so energized. Everything is perfect. You buy the right foods. You make new recipes. You follow everything to the letter.
Why can’t we maintain that level of energy? Focus? Motivation? We get overwhelmed. We look too far ahead. We are looking towards that reunion, that cruise, that pair of jeans in your closet – ALL of which are too far away. Those goals – those long-term goals are wonderful. Keep them, but don’t dwell on them. You don’t put icing on a cake that’s not baked yet.
Lose a pound. Period. Look to the end of that pound. Work towards that pound. What do you have to do? Do you *HAVE* to be motivated to lose a pound or can you just focus on your water or extra steps and maybe replacing a bowl of ice cream with a bowl of frozen cherries? For a pound…what do you have to do? You see…. that’s the kicker. That statement.
What do you have to do?
The truth of the matter is that you don’t have to lose a pound – what you have to do is DO SOMETHING. And then do it again. And then do something else. Behaviors take off weight – not the reverse.
For those with kids, you probably heard the advice given when you had them, “Enjoy every stage.” Well that’s hard to do during the terrible twos! But constantly saying, “I can’t wait til they walk.” OR “I can’t wait until they talk.” OR “I can’t wait til _____.” Fill in the blank. You can miss key milestones and special moments if you are too busy trying to make it past a stage.
Losing weight is the same thing. Please don’t “can’t wait til I get to goal” your life. I must admit it’s hard to enjoy each stage of losing weight. In fact – it’s damned near impossible. But at the very least don’t miss it. Don’t rush it. Live. This is your life. You get one. Don’t wish time away. Each thing you learn, each new food preparation, each new activity, each new light bulb, each time you replaced your regular soda with a glass of water, each everything. Relish in it. The painful steps. The bad weigh ins. The good ones! The time when you ran a whole block without stopping – then the first mile. At night instead of beating yourself up, ask yourself what you’ve learned so you can tackle and enjoy tomorrow.
You only need to lose a pound. Then do it again if you want.