The Mind Is A Powerful Thing

Life Is the Creating of Our MindPeople often ask me how I have lost the weight.  I am always honest and tell them it has taken lots of hard work which has included following Weight Watchers diligently and working out diligently.  But I believe that even more important than Weight Watchers and exercise is the fact that I was truly ready (in my mind) this time to lose the weight.  I had attempted Weight Watchers in the past and had never been able to stick with it for more than a week or so and I certainly had never tried to incorporate exercise (beyond leisurely strolls around my neighborhood) into my life.  So what had changed this time?  What had finally clicked in my mind that allowed me to be so successful this time around?  My hope, not only with this post, but with the blog itself is that I can help you (if you haven’t already) make your mind up and commit to a healthy life.

For me, I literally hit the wall with unhappiness and I knew I didn’t want to live another day in the condition I was in.  My health had gotten to such a terrible state, especially given the fact that I was only 38 years old and though I had happiness in my life, my overall state was unhappiness because of all of the fun things in life I was missing out on because I was too big to participate or enjoy them.  So for the first time in all the years that I had been heavy, I had finally reached a point that I was mentally ready to do something about it.

After seeing my Mom die at 58, I sat down and seriously evaluated my situation and I knew that if I didn’t take drastic steps soon, I wasn’t going to be far behind her.  I was faced with the cold, hard reality of needing to lose 220 lbs., but I knew that somehow, some way, I had to do it so that I could improve my overall health and start enjoying my life.  After all, I certainly hoped at 38 that I had many more years ahead of me and I wanted them to be good ones.

I had finally reached the point mentally where the thoughts of the benefits of weight loss far outweighed my thoughts of how hard it was going to be or how much I needed to lose.  I wanted to love my life more than I was afraid of the work that was ahead of me.

If today you find yourself at the point I was at 2 ½ years ago where you know you need to lose weight and you know there is more in store for your life than what you are experiencing, I encourage you to sit down and list out the pros and cons of starting a weight loss program.  If you find that your pro list is longer than your con list, that is a good indication that your mindset is in the right place for getting started.

Pros and Cons

There are a few things you need to know and come to terms with before you embark on your weight loss journey.  First of all, it’s going to require hard work and diligence on your part if you want to be successful.  You are talking about completely changing your eating habits and probably your activity habits as well.  Healthy eating requires a lot of pre-planning and food prep to make sure you always have healthy foods on hand.  Secondly, accept the fact that there are going to be hiccups along the way; that’s just part of the journey.  The trick is to not let those hiccups throw you off course and send you spiraling back to where you came from.  Mistakes can be corrected starting with the very next meal.  Lastly, you need to know that the benefits you will reap from taking on this difficult task will far outweigh any hardships you might encounter along the way.

Though I am still not done myself, I am about ¾ of the way there and I can tell you that the life I enjoy now is worth every drop of sweat I have shed working out and every decadent food I have denied myself over the course of my journey.  Please let me be your example that you CAN do it!  It will not always be easy but I can assure you that the rewards are well worth it!

You Can Do It

Comments

  1. Kassie,

    Thank you for sharing your motivation for your weight loss. I am sorry to hear that you lost your mom at such a young age. I know that she would be proud of you for the profound changes you have made, and that you are inspiring others as well.

    I find you inspiring. I am about 20% of the way to my goal, and already I can attest that it is well worth the effort.

  2. Fattie no more says:

    You are spot on with so many of these points. Hard work, prepping (can become so tedious), diligence…but in the end it is worth it!

    Just love finding all these blogs that all speak to me. I feel like a broken record as I find myself saying it so often….this is a great post!

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