Saturday, November 14, 2009
How many times have I read on this site people posting "I would like to lose," "I hope to lose," "I want to lose," "I wish to lose"? I used to say those things myself.
I've been thinking a lot lately about why I've tried to lose weight for the last 40 years without lasting success while this time it seems different. In the past, I'd lose some then fall away and gain it all back plus some. This time on Spark People, it seems different. I seem to have a lot more stick-to-it-iveness and patience.
Now I realize that in the past I THOUGHT about losing weight a lot! Every day! And I WANTED it to happen, but I didn't follow through and do what needed to be done. It's almost as if I thought I could lose weight by just wanting it enough.
By saying "I HOPE to lose weight," it's as if I give up responsibility for doing so and just hope it happens magically. Or as if I don't trust that I can do it by my own efforts but hope a miracle happens. (By the way, I do ask God to help me, but even with his help, it is still up to me to do it.)
This time around, I know in my heart that it won't happen unless I do it and, more importantly, that I CAN make it happen.
I'm removing the wishy-washy phrases from my vocabulary. I don't WISH to lose weight, or hope that I do. I'm making it happen and I AM losing weight.