Do it now!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I hate those weight loss drug commercials on tv where they show several overweight people talking about why they want to lose weight. They want to play soccer with their kids or kiss their husband under the Eiffel Tower or whatever. The problem I have with this is there is no reason not to do those things right now. You don't have to wait until you are certain size to travel abroad, nor do you have to wait until you are a certain size to run around outside with your kids.

While I think weight loss can be a great goal (it's a goal I am working toward myself), the fact remains that diets frequently don't work. Most of the people who lose weight are going to gain it back and many more will give up before they reach their goals. We are all striving to be one of the few who succeed, which is a good thing. But, let's be realistic; it may never happen for some of us. If there are things you want to do, do them now. Love the life you have right now.

I started thinking about this because I went ice skating today with my son. Most of the other moms just sat and watched their kids skate. I'm sure some of them simply weren't interested in ice skating, but I am equally sure some of them lacked the self-confidence to try. One of them told me she was too old to skate anymore. She didn't look much older than me. I am a very large woman and I haven't ice skated since I was a teenager. I looked ridiculous flailing around hugging the wall, but I didn't care. I was having a great time and my son got a chance to try something new. I doubt anyone else even gave me a second thought.

I see this all the time: parents who won't swim with their kids, people who hold off on things like new hairstyles or manicures until they lose weight, people who miss countless opportunities to try something new because they don't think they deserve it now. Stop that thinking!

Whatever it is your heart desires, do it now. Live your life now like you would if you had already achieved your weight loss goals. You are worth it now!
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  • MIMI1009
    LOVED THIS BLOG! I am no stick figure and i do not let it stop me from world-travel, trying new things, etch, etc. I think those commercials are ridiculous as well- and hope that people live today.
    2978 days ago
    You really should try it, VoiceOfTruth1! Especially if it is something you want to do. I was terrible, but it was so much fun. Also, unlike your situation, my son would never have tried it if I didn't go out there with him. I want him to try new things, so that helps motivate me to try them, too. We were both holding on the wall trying to keep our balance as we made our way around the rink. I'm sure we looked so silly, but we survived (no falls!) and we had a great time. I can't wait to go back and do it again.
    2978 days ago
    You went ice skating? That is awesome. That is actually on my to do list. My husband and sons ice skate and play ice hockey so they are pros out there on the ice. And there is me sitting on the sidelines as usual. One day soon I AM going to work up the nerve and have my boys pull me around the rink. I wish you lived near me so we could go together... emoticon Everybody else I know is just as chicken as I am.
    2978 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/21/2009 7:25:37 PM
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