So it’s the first of the year. Big day for diet companies. People who are serious about going through the charade of their resolutions are signing up for weight watchers, gym memberships, Jenny Craig, and ordering products and services on line. Today’s activities are folks busting into the diet industry with a hand full of cash and a shot glass of courage.
I don’t like new year’s resolutions anymore, but they were what changed my life, so I shall not judge.
But I would like to suggest that instead of making a resolution this year, consider making a change forever.
It’s not a resolution.
IT’S A REVOLUTION.
If you are reading my blog, it’s because you are looking for support and inspiration about the process of losing weight. (Or possibly because I am endlessly entertaining…) You know you want to change, but we have become so angry about the process of dieting that change feels impossible. We are trapped by the tyranny of our fat. We are fat, so we eat. We eat, and get fatter. It’s an endless cycle of our waist bands giving room and us taking seconds and thirds when we don’t need them. Give and take. Give and take.
We need a get out of fat jail plan. I want you to break free of this cycle. Not because I get anything out of it other than helping someone else in the trenches. Remember, I don’t receive any financial endorsement for what I do. The products I plug don’t send me cash- occasionally they send me a free product, but other than that, I do what I do FOR FREE. And that changes my perspective. I’m not in it for the money. In fact, I do it because I have nothing else to lose. Just weight.
So because of that- I’m not on anybody’s side BUT YOURS. You are the only one who can end the cycle of weight and dieting. You can make resolutions to change, but until you start a REVOLUTION, it’s not going to be a change you make for life.
Let me be clear. I’m OK with you being fat. I will hug you just the same, I will tell you the same jokes, and I will answer your emails. If you want to stay the way you are- that’s OK. You are loved just the way you are.
BUT IF YOU ARE READY TO START A REVOLUTION, if you want to empower yourself in ways you can’t even imagine, to discover the real person underneath the extra weight- if you are willing to accept that this revolution isn’t going to end overnight and that you will both win and lose battles along the way- but that you have to keep fighting this war, well then. You have come to the right place!
There are lots of people who lost 75, 100 even 145 pounds in a year. If you are going to be one of those people, I congratulate you. I hope that it sticks. I hope you keep up what you did to lose the weight for the rest of your life and keep it off.
But I am not one of those people. It took me 2 years to lose 67 pounds. And today is my 3 year Dietversarry. 3 YEARS of trying to lose the weight for good. I’ve had good days and I’ve had bad. I’ve lost weight, and gained it back. But I’ve stuck with it. No matter what my day was like, I’ve stayed true to my own revolution of losing the weight for good. I knew it was going to happen for me. But I had to do it my way. I had to make changes slowly that would last a life time. If you have read any of my blog at all, you know this has been hard. Finding what works and what doesn’t, losing control and finding it again, stepping on the scale day after day and seeing the truth displayed to me on a 1.5” X 1” inch screen. Today, I am 171.2 pounds. That’s my truth on the first day of the new year.
I want you to ask yourself some questions today. Questions that will tell you if you have made a resolution, or if you are ready for a REVOLUTION. I hope these questions prick your heart and prepare you for the weeks and months and years to come- the time you will be fighting in the REVOLUTION that can change your life!
1. When you look at the most recent picture taken of you, how does it make you feel about the way you look?
2. Does stepping on the scale make you feel uncomfortable? What would happen if someone else was standing next to you as you weighed in?
3. Are you willing to let your frustrations work to your advantage? Or are you going to pretend that they aren’t there?
4. If someone told you that you had won a free cruise, but you had to swim everyday in a public pool while there- what are your feelings about being in a bathing suit with others looking at you? Would you go on the trip, or let someone else pack their bags instead of you?
5. Are you willing to be uncomfortable to lose the weight?
6. Will you be your own worst enemy as you attempt to lose weight?
7. Do you really know who you are? Do you know how much you are really capable of accomplishing? Would you like to find out?
8. Is food the thought that gets you through the day?
9. Are you willing to stick to a budget? Are you able to apply the same principles to dieting?
10. ARE YOU READY TO START A WEIGHT LOSS REVOLUTION?