Focus. It’s not just a car that Ford makes. 🙂 When you focus on something, it becomes important in your life. That’s why it is essential to have a goal. It gives you something to focus on. I once heard a motivational speaker ask “If you go hunting and you see a field full of deer, do you just randomly shoot hoping to get lucky or do you pick one, focus on it and shoot?” Any hunter out there will tell you your chances of killing a deer are next to nothing if you try to shoot them all. You’ve got to have focus.
When I first started this journey on January 18, 2011, I weighed 204.4 pounds and was physically and emotionally miserable. I chose to focus on my weight and becoming healthy again. I read books that educated me on nutrition (not silly fad diets), I joined www.myfitnesspal.com and educated myself on calories and exercise. I began working on setting goals, developing healthy habits and making a plan with my life coach, Brian Osher. I began to move more and eat wisely. I weighed in every week and blogged weekly about my experiences as the weight began to come off. Choosing to focus on my journey was as big a decision as committing to eat healthier and start exercising.
I weighed in this morning at 155.4. To date, that is a loss of 49.0 pounds. I have so much more energy, I feel fantastic (most days) and my health issues (especially the digestive issues) have all but disappeared.
I’m going to risk sounding negative here but I want to share something. When people see me and notice the weight loss, they often ask “How did you do it? I really need to do something about my weight.” When I tell them (often to their disappointment) that I am eating healthier and exercising, you can almost see them mentally change the channel. I get excuse after excuse as to why they can’t change their diet: “My husband likes fatty foods and I don’t want to cook 2 different meals for us every night.” “I have a hurt (insert body part) and can’t exercise.” “I just can’t find the time to exercise.” You know what? That only tells me that they don’t really want to do something about their weight. Zig Ziglar says “If you really wanted to be something different than what you are, you would already be making the changes to become what you want.” You’ve got to get to “That Point.” If they’re not to that point, I can see why they tune me out. So forgive me when I answer the “How did you do it?” questions with a quick but polite answer. If you really want to know more, ask for more details but I won’t offer them. I’ve been tuned out too many times.
My weight loss has not been easy – I have often equated it to the disease of alcohol addiction, only my disease is food addiction. When I stopped making excuses, God blessed my efforts and has been faithful. I know it sounds absolutely crazy but when I lag behind on my devotions or find myself lacking in my prayer life, my weight tends to go up. I honestly believe that losing weight is as much a physical endeavor as it is emotional, mental and spiritual.
Do you find yourself offering excuse after excuse? Don’t wait for New Year’s – start now – start tonight. “If you’re going to make a real and lasting change, you must make changes immediately and enthusiastically!” – Tommy Lanham
Make this a focus and do something for yourself, the Lord’s temple, your children’s parent, your parent’s child, your spouse…. stop making excuses. Click on “Sign me up” at the right hand side of this blog & join me as we go through this journey together. I need you – I need your support and your success stories and your “I just ate a bag of Ding-Dong’s” stories. Commitment is a balance between formula and freedom. Let’s be free together! Come on, we can do this!