Rate Your Commitment to Weight Loss

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By: , SparkPeople Blogger
3/21/2013 12:00 PM   :  431 comments   :  87,447 Views

For some of us, visualizing a goal is easy. For others, goal setting comes more naturally. Thomas Edison visualized the light bulb long before he succeeded in its invention.

Visualizing and goal setting are important steps to success, especially when it comes to weight loss. Preparing for a journey that lasts a lifetime also helps keep everything in perspective. Using available tools, reading articles, and connecting with others for support, keeps us going when we want to give up. Even with all this, the journey is still long, hard, and frustrating.

Sometimes all the resources and accountability in the world can't make up for one of the most important keys to success – commitment to your weight loss and health goals. You can have the vision, a plan, resource tools, and support but without heart-felt commitment to ignite the passion to go the distance, success may be fleeting.

Here is a scale to help you rate your commitment to reaching your weight loss and health goals.

  • Not Very Committed - You acknowledge the importance of eating right and exercising. You have joined fitness centers or purchased workout equipment but they never seem to get used. You have been known to purchase great looking workout clothes but many of them still contain the tags. You have the best intentions to make changes but something always seems to get in the way. You have tried many diets. Unfortunately, you quickly give them up in favor of your favorite restaurant foods or parties with friends.
     
  • Somewhat Committed - You have been told you need to make lifestyle changes to improve your health and you believe it is important. You want to make the changes but making time in your schedule with work, family, and friends proves difficult. You use your gym membership or home equipment and follow your "diet" every couple of weeks but quickly fall out of a routine. Your intentions are good but as the old saying goes, the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.
     
  • Very Committed - You are learning to make changes and are determined to see this new lifestyle change through. Although there are a variety of things in your diet that still need attention, you are making progress with small, sustained changes. You are willing to continuously learn new habits and seek information and motivational help. You are learning what foods are best for your lifestyle and have found ways to get exercise that you enjoy. Frustration at the slow pace sets in from time to time and makes you want to give up but you quickly get back on track with the encouragement of others. Finding the balance with work, family, and personal time is always a battle but you are learning to make it all fit to reach your goals. While you have significantly reduced your visits to restaurants and use of convenience foods, you are still learning to embrace the social implications. You believe slow and steady will win the race and accept that you can't be perfect but work to do the best you can each day.
     
  • Passionately Committed - You fully embrace the principles of your new lifestyle and have fully incorporated them into your day to day life. Visits to restaurants are very limited and so are convenience foods in the pantry. Nutrient rich meals and meaningful time with family and friends have taken their place. Exercise is enjoyable and you now miss it on days you take off. You have found a wonderful balance between work, family and community and your healthy lifestyle and outlook compliment every aspect of your life. You are setting new goals, love the new "you" that has been discovered and your positive changes have been noticed and inspirational to others.
     
  • Zealously Committed - Your standards for healthy living are very high. Strict rules and guidelines regulate what you eat or how you exercise. You are willing to sacrifice all aspects of your life to achieve your goals. You do not notice the impact your eating and exercise choices have on others around you. Those that do not jump on board with your level of commitment easily irritate and annoy you. When family or friends suggest you are too committed, you become defensive. You find wonderful comfort and control in your life from the food and exercise routines you embrace.
Do you recognize yourself in one of these descriptions? Right now I would be in the "very committed" category. For years, I was passionately committed to health and exercise goals. At different times, I have been zealously committed and those goals became unhealthy tools in my life. After the birth of each of our children, I continued to work out but mostly just to check the activity off the "to-do" list. Today with active teens that only have a few years left at home, I want time with them to be a bigger priority. I know that in a few years when they are gone there will be plenty of time to return to a passionate level of commitment. For now, I will be happy to remain very committed as I continue with my active lifestyle and enjoy as much time as possible with my family.

What is your level of commitment? Is it at a level that is helping you reach your goals? Could it be a barrier to your success or relationships?


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  • SANDRAMNC
    381
    Very committed but there are definitely some barriers that I'm still overcoming. - 3/21/2013   11:26:31 PM
  • 380
    Very committed. I enjoy healthy breadfast and I am mostly mindful of what I am eating. But I also enjoy eating out, typically at restaurants serving traditional local food (S. Indian) - stuff that I won't get to taste at home... - 3/21/2013   11:14:56 PM
  • 379
    VERY COMMITTED - 3/21/2013   10:53:47 PM
  • 378
    I am between very and passionately committed. I have had very good and fast success so now I am even more motivated. I would be in the passionately level except for the fact that my nutrition is not all it should be at this point. Once I am employed that will change though. I can't wait! - 3/21/2013   9:25:13 PM
  • 377
    I am very comitted. However, I still struggle at times. - 3/21/2013   9:14:12 PM
  • 376
    I think I would say overall, very committed. Though I'm probably more in the "Passionately committed" when it comes to exercise, "Very" when it comes to food. I fall off the tracking food wagon much more often than I fall off the exercise wagon. Zumba is practically a religion for me, and on days I can't make it to a class I do something at home to compensate. - 3/21/2013   8:59:37 PM
  • 375
    Somewhere between very and passionately committed. We still rely on prepared foods and pick up take-out about once a week because of busy schedules, but I'm striving to make the best choices I can. Loving having exercise back in my life. - 3/21/2013   7:19:02 PM
  • 374
    Very committed. I have a long way to go. I am attending a weekly weight class at a local medical facility, have a coach, am eating more fruits and vegetables. Lagging on the physical activity, though. 8.2 pound loss in 3 weeks! - 3/21/2013   6:14:47 PM
  • 373
    Passionately committed - 3/21/2013   5:24:28 PM
  • 372
    very committed........love the active life style.........and clean eating. Can't imagine any other life. - 3/21/2013   5:14:51 PM
  • 371
    After 2 1/2 years I'm passionately committed. I really appreciate the author's acknowledgment that our commitments are not a "static" continuum but more of an ebb and tide. I think for me, once I recognized the "continuum" I realized that I had managed to make healthy eating and regular exercise my behaviors rather than a "diet".
    So for right now, I'm Passionately Committed. And I'm very happy about that. - 3/21/2013   4:45:37 PM
  • 370
    Passionately committed! - 3/21/2013   4:32:35 PM
  • 369
    I love the balance of this author! -- There really ARE seasons of life and one makes choices during each time period.

    I consider myself to be "very committed," especially in terms of exercise. Nevertheless, I seem to still have some significant food issues to deal with as the scale is showing increases instead of decreases during the winter months from year to year. I need to stop the yo-yo and figure out what will work for me for the long haul! - 3/21/2013   4:31:54 PM
  • RASIRE
    368
    I just rate myself as committed. There are ups and downs and ins and outs to this weight loss thing, so I just take it one day at a time. - 3/21/2013   4:26:47 PM
  • 367
    I currently go back and forth from a touch of not very committed to somewhat committed. I have been at the Very committed place before and trying hard to get that back. - 3/21/2013   4:03:36 PM
  • 366
    I am currently somewhere between the somewhat committed and the very committed categories. I am doing very well with my dietary needs and changes, but am having trouble committing to a daily exercise routine.
    Thus I am going in the right direction with the weight loss, but it keeps slipping every so often.
    I desire to be more committed in my exercise and make it once again a daily routine.
    Spending time with my daughter is a priority right now, but we try to do these things together. - 3/21/2013   3:03:17 PM
  • 365
    "Zealously Committed" sounds like a miserable way to live. I'll stick with "Very Committed." - 3/21/2013   2:58:12 PM
  • 364
    I'm very committed although I do slip up sometimes if there are temptations in the house but that's not so often. I've had a very slow weight loss, some weeks only 0.5lbs but I'm just glad it's in the right direction. As long as I'm still losing weight I'm happy and I know what I need to do and it's working well for me. - 3/21/2013   2:50:58 PM
  • 363
    I'd probably rate myself "Passionately Committed" but there are times where the zealous part kicks in. - 3/21/2013   2:40:02 PM
  • 362
    I am very committed. I am starting by working out and making small changes in my diet. - 3/21/2013   2:32:02 PM
  • 361
    Passionately Committed! I am committed to make life-long changes in my health and fitness. - 3/21/2013   2:26:08 PM
  • BSLMKH1954
    360
    I am somewhat committed. I do exercise at least twice a week but my diet is not very good. I need to get committed but not sure what it will take to make the commitment. - 3/21/2013   1:32:44 PM
  • 359
    I am Very Committed. When I first lost weight, I feel into the Zealously Committed catagory... hence why I have to lose again. I gave up my social life, my normal eating habits (good and bad) and was very regimented. I would have friends over, cook everyone dinner and microwave a can of soup for myself. It was sad, looking back. I am about 30lbs from my lowest weight from back then, and I think right now my body, for the most part, actually looks better than it did when I lost weight like that. - 3/21/2013   12:49:01 PM
  • 358
    I'm somewhat committed. I know I should be doing more, but I can't seem to get motivated. - 3/21/2013   12:31:46 PM
  • 357
    Very Committed. I am determined to lose the weight and be healthier. Do have slip ups now and then but get right back on track. - 3/21/2013   12:27:31 PM
  • 356
    I fluctuate between very committed and passionately committed. - 3/21/2013   12:27:29 PM
  • 355
    Passionately Committed and maintaining my loss for 3.5 years. SP is definitely an important daily part of my life. - 3/21/2013   12:23:00 PM
  • 354
    "Very committed" and ONLY there and NOT higher cos of being a VERY FUSSY eater,,,and also limited on exercise, though tonight I AM looking around and seeing there's SO MUCH MORE I CAN DO !! WOOHOOOO !!!!!

    I SO BADLY WANT To go from 217 down to 175,,,than I reevaluate. Its NOT an "EXCITEMENT" that has me going,, ITS SELF RESPECT and BELIEF !! I had done this b4 "for the COMPLIMENTS" I was receiving from others, I THRIVED ON THEM !!! They felt WONDERFUL and I THOUGHT I was real on them, but it was NOT !! I QUICKLY gained back the weight ! So now, I realize it HAS to be FOR ME ! NOT for that ! - 3/2/2013   4:03:26 AM
  • 353
    "Very Committed". I see my journey more as a work in progress but I am definitely making lifestyle changes towards my goal.
    - 2/23/2013   7:07:26 PM
  • SUGIEWOOG1
    352
    As of 02/13/2013 I now am passionately committed to losing weight. Ever since my thyroid surgery & problems 16 years ago, my weight started slowly climbing . Before my hypothyoidism, I could lose 5 # in the blink of an eye & I was in good shape. With my slower metabolism from hypothyroidism it was so difficult to lose wt, it was a constant battle . Which I was very slowly losing. However , when I hit menopause at 50, wham ! All I had to do was think about food & I gained another pound. I would try to lose it over & over, but deep down I always felt defeated. I did make healthy choices usually, but I also love pastries, wine, cheese etc.Looking back I see that I used food as a social event with friends & family. Now, I feel like the blinders have been lifted & I have nobody to blame but myself. I am taking full responsibilty & no longer blaming my medical condition or menopause. It is all up to me & I want to do this for me. Now that I have faced up to the role I have played, it is much easier to be determined to achieve my goals. I am only competing against myself. Thank you Spark People for being there for us & thank you to all those people who have won their battle and shared their stories, you inspire us greatly! - 2/23/2013   8:58:39 AM
  • 351
    I am passionately committed, and hope to stay that way.
    I was 335 lb now 143 lb., it's been 3 years and 1 month and 2 weeks since I started my life changing journey. The last 18 months in maintinance and I love my self, my life and will do what ever it takes to keep it . - 2/16/2013   11:10:51 PM
  • 350
    I have NEVER been a zealot (thank God) and never will be. Being a zealot is just simply not my style - never has been. When I started my weight loss journey, I was definitely passionate about my goals and determined to succeed.

    One year later and 60+ lbs lighter, I'm now committed to maintaining this healthier lifestyle - just maybe not quite as passionate as I was in the beginning. I still enjoy my "days off" (I've NEVER referred to them as cheat days). While I may take a few more days off than I did in the beginning, I still make sure my "day off" doesn't last more than a day. - 2/16/2013   3:44:04 PM
  • 349
    I'm very committed, yay for the first time, I will see this through, a healthy ,happier me, it will be !!!!!:-)) - 2/13/2013   3:09:19 PM
  • 348
    Somewhat committed. I've been getting on and off the wagon way too much. - 12/27/2011   5:33:39 PM
  • 347
    Zealously Committed!! I have always had a slow metabolism and losing weight is very difficult for me. It hardly ever comes off (or stays off) without a huge fight! Being on the pill doesnít help. My body is highly prone to water retention and the slightest bit of excess salt makes me swell up! I also only got 3 pounds to lose and my body is unwilling to give it up. It's always the last little bit that's the hardest to get rid of, too. So I have to work VERY hard to lose any weight. I can't afford any slip ups. :-( - 12/19/2011   10:44:38 PM
  • 346
    I am VERY COMMITTED!! My eating habits have changed for the better and MY CHOICES ARE NOW TOWARDS FRUITS, VEGETABLES, LEAN PROTEIN AND LOTS OF WATER. IT feels really good to have turned the corner!!! - 7/7/2011   6:23:06 PM
  • SVENJAH
    345
    Zealously Committed causes some to lose jobs & end up in hospital! - 2/8/2011   5:19:43 AM
  • 344
    Somewhat commited. :( well guess its better than not very commited.... - 12/20/2010   3:59:21 AM
  • STFNELYN
    343
    Unfortunately, I am most definitely in the "Not Very Committed" category. In my mind, it seems so easy to be in the Passionately Committed category, but in reality, when it comes right down to it, I just cannot get myself going... - 11/28/2010   3:35:13 PM
  • JOLKA79
    342
    i think most of the time i am passionately commited - i don't have any kids so that makes it easier. i do get lazier sometimes and thats when im very commited and on vacation i'm not commited at all lol. i know its bad and ill try to work on that next time i have my vacation. - 11/4/2010   2:06:17 PM
  • 341
    I'm very committed! It would be a lot easier if I saw more results though. It has been such a yo-yo for me and it gets frustrating at times. I am determined to stickt o it no matter what and continue to make changes until I get lasting results. - 10/26/2010   3:59:59 PM
  • 340
    thanks to my spark family i am learning to be very committed ,i see the changes in my choices daily,that alone is a miracle - 10/15/2010   12:42:41 AM
  • 339
    Luckily, I found myself in the very committed...for a minute there I thought I was way off the radar. Having trouble with the time management, but each week/day is a live and learn situation. I'll get there soon - 10/9/2010   3:47:36 AM
  • 338
    I am somewhat committed, working on becoming more committed - 10/4/2010   4:07:30 PM
  • DNEWHUDSON
    337
    I am somewhat commited. - 10/3/2010   9:21:56 AM
  • 336
    I am in the somewhat committed category right now. I am trying to be more committed to logging in my nutrition on SparkPeople everyday AND exercise more. - 9/30/2010   6:22:05 PM
  • CPALM81
    335
    I fall under the somewhat commited. I'm taking the steps to advance out of that category. - 9/28/2010   11:55:16 AM
  • DSCHMIDT1007
    334
    Wow. I thougth I was a lot more committed than I apparently am. I guess I erally fall into "somewhat committed". Guess I still have a lot of learning & growing to do. - 9/28/2010   9:42:40 AM
  • 333
    i would say i am somewhat committed, although i am working hard to do better. - 9/26/2010   9:11:49 PM
  • BOOK_WORM_2010
    332
    As of right now I am sometimes not very committed and other days I am somewhat committed. - 9/26/2010   11:50:17 AM

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