It’s going to take a lot of hard work.
You are going to have to make tough sacrifices.
You will never be a super model.
Let’s be honest, you have been stuffing Ding Dongs in your mouth for 20 years — you’re out of shape.
Man, I am surprised you’re still reading this post. I just wrote the words ‘work’ and ‘sacrifice’ and you are still here. You must be a very unusual person. Maybe you’re a masochist and like pain. Because the words ‘work’ and ‘sacrifice’ sound painful, especially in regard to weight loss, right?
The more marketing messages I come across about weight loss, the more convinced I am that almost everyone is looking for a quick fix. At least that is what’s being sold. We are a part of the fast food generation. Everything has to be done faster and take less time. And marketers know that’s what everyone is looking for. The truth is, it just doesn’t work when you are trying to achieve your ideal shape. (And by the way, you don’t have to look like a super model to have your ideal shape.)
Long-term, sustainable weight loss takes time and patience. Darn, another two words you don’t want to hear: time and patience. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think it has to take forever to lose weight. What will take time and patience is developing the habits that will help you maintain that weight loss.
Sacrifice is a whole other problem. When you fill your life with good food and exercise, some things have to be sacrificed. You might just have to give up watching re-runs of The Office and Seinfeld to find time to cook dinner. You might just have to give up 30 minutes of precious shut-eye to get your exercise in. But the amazing thing is this: the sacrifices you make are going to have huge returns.
Forget 5-Hour Energy. Your body, with healthier eating and exercise, will have its own clean-burning energy system. You will be more productive. You will feel better about yourself. You will live longer with less illness.
You work a little overtime and with a little patience, the sacrifices you make change your life. Not a bad exchange, if you ask me.
What words have you embraced to accomplish your weight loss goals?
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