When I first began to lose weight and get healthy, people noticed. Some were happy for me. Others were not. Some supported me, while others thought my methods were insane. Some tried to sabotage my efforts. Others watched silently, probably thinking, “give her enough time and she will gain it all back.”
To be sure, I had lost and gained back weight a hundred times before.
To their credit, these others had no idea that my thinking was different this time. I wanted more than to lose weight.
I wanted to walk up a few stairs without stopping.
I wanted to play in the yard with my kids.
I wanted to exercise without becoming instantly discouraged.
I wanted to escape problems with GERD and reflux disease.
I wanted to stop being tired all the time.
I wanted to reclaim my life.
Before, I kept waiting for the time to be “right” to lose weight. Now, I was done with waiting.
Before, I imagined in my head that the motivation to lose weight would come to me like a magic elevator that comes to your floor in a make-believe hotel. I would wait and wait, and wait, and one day the elevator would stop on my floor and I would get on. When it did, losing weight would be a breeze–as easy as riding down a few floors on that magic elevator. As the floors rushed by, the pounds would miraculously melt off.
That was before I lost 100 lbs!
What I know now is that weight loss doesn’t come to you by magic means.
You go to it!
You make it happen!
You help you to grow and learn, and do.
Using that dream I had about the magic elevator to make my point, imagine that a weight loss elevator has become your mode of transportation from where you are now and where you want to be. Even if you had a magic elevator, there are still a few things you would have to do to make that elevator work for you.
5 Necessary Steps to Weight Loss Success with a Magic Elevator
- Decide you want to leave your floor.
- Know where the elevator can be found.
- Push the button to call the elevator to your floor.
- Get on the elevator.
- Stay on the elevator until you reach the lobby.
Before, I thought weight loss was 99% motivation, so I waited patiently for motivation to find me. Now I see that getting healthy, becoming strong, and growing up to be someone who is determined means setting a course for myself that brings long-lasting results and does not depend on passive waiting.
Action turns motivation into results!
What will you choose, plan, or do today to make sure you realize your goal of getting healthy and staying that way? In what areas do you need to grow your confidence to make your dreams a reality?