More than half of all New Year’s Resolutions made detail a desire to lose weight, but ultimately less than 5% are reported successful. Losing weight takes commitment and strong willpower. It means exercising daily, journaling your food intake, and choosing water over soda. It means making realistic, attainable goals – not a goal of losing 100 pounds, but breaking that goal into 5-10 pound increments as many times as necessary.
What happens when you do succeed, as I did? I made that fateful New Year’s Resolution on January 1, 2005 and I have to say that those four words – I will lose weight – have changed my life drastically.
Now, knowing that I was successful in that endeavor, one of the hardest things I have ever done, has helped fuel me for the future. I really wanted to lose weight, but I didn’t have confidence in my success. After all, I’d tried countless times before – but this time it stuck. Now that I know I have been successful, it makes me want to try other areas. I’m currently working towards my black belt in Muay Thai boxing. It’s more difficult than I ever anticipated, but then again, so was losing 80 pounds.
When you succeed with your weight loss efforts – and I have no doubt you will – let that success spur you on to your next goal. What have you always wanted to do, but your weight has gotten in the way? List them here!