To be successful with weight loss and the management thereafter, it’s going to take some understanding of how important it is to you. There’s more to weight loss than weight. That’s why the first step in your weight loss journey should be to answer some questions. Clarity gives you a pathway. This can be a total game-changer for you!
In 1992 I was 20 pounds overweight. I wanted to lose the weight, but all the things I was trying to drop pounds weren’t working. It was like walking in the sand; every step seemed so hard and it barely felt like I was going anywhere!
What gave me solid ground was an Indiana Hoosier Basketball game. At the time, I was a freshman at a small private college. As months ticked by in this new setting, the weight inched on. However, what I noticed was that it wasn’t the sitting and studying that made me fat, it was depression! This college was more clicky than high school, and if you can remember high school, it was the mecca of judgement. Living in that environment is toxic. And this place was worse! Something had to change. I wanted to be happy, to find me, to be free.
My ‘ah-ha’ moment came when my roommates and I were watching TV in the common area. We happened to be watching an Indiana University basketball game. One of my roommates said something that stirred my inner core. She said, “I’d love to go to Indiana.” I looked at her as she watched the game and asked, “Why don’t you?” She responded, “Because I don’t know anyone and I don’t think I can get in.”
Her answer triggered a fire inside me. You’re letting the fear of not knowing, stop you? It was as if I was asking myself that question. As I watched the game and the excited fans…I began to want to be a part of that picture. I wanted a large university experience.
Be true to yourself
In the fall of ’93, I was officially an Indiana University student. I was in a new setting, with new people, and new goals. PLUS I had season basketball tickets! I removed myself from a place of judegement and placed myself into a place of ‘who gives a rip of what you look like’. I did it. It wasn’t easy, but it was a game-changer.
Within six months, I lost 20 pounds and then some; all because I looked at my thought process first. On the surface, I wanted to lose weight, but deep down I wanted to explore who I was and be true to myself. When I understood my motives, the weight naturally came off.
Are you asking yourself the right question/s before you start your weight loss plan? Do you have a picture of what you want to be a part of?
To the core:
Which leads me to the core: it’s not what we’re eating or doing, it’s what we’re thinking. It’s not the weight on our bodies that give us frustration; it’s the weight we carry around in our minds that trip us up.
First off, I’m not going to tell you how to lose weight; you’re going to do that. Why? Because I want YOU to see results in more areas than one. I want you to live in harmony with your body, mind, and heart for the rest of your life…not just swimsuit season. And only YOU can make that happen, not someone telling you what to do.
5 Questions You’ll Want to Answer.
1: What is your WHY? Why do you want to lose weight? I’m not talking surface answers here. Peal that off, look under that. WHY?
2: What are you WRESTLING with? What’s blocking you from making this happen? What are you carrying around with you? Stress? A belief? Fear? Identity crisis? Loneliness?
3: What is your WAY? In other words, what method works for YOU to reach your weight goals? What are you going to do EACH WEEK to make this happen?
4: What will you WIN? By reaching your goal, what is it going to do for you? Freedom? Confidence? More energy? More outgoing? Motivation? Purpose?
5: What is it WORTH?
I’m happy to say I’ve kept the weight off ever since my Indiana days; even after having a baby and going through steroid treatment for an ailment. I have managed the weight; not the other way around.
If you’re having trouble answering those 5 questions or want to dig deeper, I would love to walk with you and discover things you might have not known. There is no better feeling than saying, “I finally figured it out.”
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