“I’m going to lose weight” is a statement lying in the graveyard of good intentions for, I daresay, nearly all Americans. We are desensitized to the very term “weight loss” even though that is exactly what we all want. New Year’s resolutions are forgotten by mid January, and by the time March rolls around, everyone is singing the tune of “maybe next year.”
Why doesn’t this resolve work? There are a number of reasons why this approach is failing us as we venture toward thinness, and each deserves ample consideration beyond just a humble blog post. But it all seems to come down to one thing.
The space between our ears. Our thought process and focus. Our intent to lose weight is not enough to sustain the goal itself. So, what IS enough? How DOES one successfully lose weight?
By changing their mentality. WHY are you losing weight? What’s the point?
If you are striving to lose weight so that you can fit into a pair of skinny jeans, you missed the point.
If you are losing weight to be toned on the beach, you missed the point.
If you are losing weight for that upcoming high school reunion, you missed the point.
On the other hand:
If you are losing weight with the motivation to come off your medication, you’re on the right track.
If you lose weight as a result of detoxifying your body, you’re on the right track.
If you lose weight because you eat more nutritious foods to have more energy, you’re on the right track.
Our weight is a visual picture of our comprehensive health. The superficial desire to look like the magazines will generally not be enough to bring you into a healthy weight. It has to be bigger than that.
There is a difference between “I’m not going to eat those cookies because I’m on a diet”
“I’m not going to eat those cookies because that sugar wreaks havoc on my immune system.”
See the difference?
Successful weight loss happens as a byproduct of a larger goal: the goal of full body health, and nobody can set that goal but you, because that looks different to each person.
Finally, setting the goal of full body health is an ongoing process. It is not something you decide once, then you’re done. It is an adult decision you make in spite of your feelings and cravings on a regular basis. It can be done.
For your health, it must be.