Why do you want to lose weight?
You are more than a body that desires to lose weight. You are not just a bundle of desires. Nor is losing weight about ego, looking younger, pride, or fitting into nicer clothes. It is not about how you grace a mirror, or compare to others. All of those and a lot more may be PART of the mix of why you want to lose weight. Whatever is real amongst them, they are the barest of beginning points. Your “why” is more than those put together.
Your highest potential is beyond the fears and resistance you experience when you try mightily to lose weight. The difficulty in knowing your “why” is seeing beyond the barriers of today, slowing down long enough to think it through — feel it through.
When you get the quiet time to meditate on your “why” you want to lose weight, you discover it is inextricably bound to the BIG WHY of your life (why am I here? what is my purpose in life?). When you get that far you realize you may not be able to change your BIG WHY. The facts of your life are locked in, unchangeable. That can be a wonderful thing. Or quietly depressing, depending on where you are in life right now.
Separating the BIG WHY…parsing out the “why do I really want to lose weight” from that BIG question can seem impossible, unproductive, or irrelevant. But…and this is a BIG BUT…you WILL bump into the intersection of WHY’s…why you want to lose weight, and why you exist here in this life.
The key point is to get very clear very early about why you really want to lose weight. Whatever other questions, big or small, that have a bearing on that, you at least need to get to the bottom of your “WHY DO I WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT?” Why?
Motivation is an elusive thing. It is slippery. Motivation is not always there when you need it. In fact, it can disappear at the most inopportune times, when you need it the most. That is when you need to reach down deeper, move past the surface reasons and the motivational phrases, and pull out the core “WHY AM I TRYING TO LOSE WEIGHT?” and use it to keep you on your path, or get you back on it if you’re off it.
When you haven’t been doing what you know you should to lose weight…when you have been doing distinct “no-no’s”, it can be a daunting task to pull yourself up and start making it happen again. Everyone gets there. Everyone. And multiple times. Success lies on the other side of what you do when you get to that point.
“Non-success” days (or weeks) are beyond discouraging. Being clear about your “why” is your way out. It is the source of your strength to get you back on track.
Start there. Start with your WHY. Don’t let it wear out, fade or become irrelevant. It is not only your lifeline, it is the cradled hands that scoop you up and deliver you to your success. If you have more than a few pounds to lose, nothing else will do it.
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