Thursday, April 05, 2012
I have come to believe that commitment means different things to different people. I like the Amway definition. Commitment means being willing to do whatever it takes to succeed. I am not affiliated with Amway. I tried it decades ago but found that I wasn't willing to do what it took to succeed at it. I became an Amway non-success story. Fortunately, I had a good job and didn't have to have the money. Maybe that was a demotivator.
"I want to" is not a commitment. It doesn't indicate any action until it is accompanied with "I will". Just saying "I want to" is like expecting to win the lottery but not spending the money to buy a ticket. In this case the chances of success go from a bazillion to one down to zero. If you want to win you must buy, beg, steal, or borrow a ticket. I don't recommend the last three.
When it comes to lifestyle change what in the heck are we committing to? For most of us it means eating healthier, losing weight, and getting more active.
Notice I didn't say exercise. Sparkpeople has it right. To really work the program you should do cardio and strength training. That said, if you are a sedentary person then just increasing the time you spend on your feet and doing stuff using your muscles is an improvement on where you are. I'm supposed to do cardio in the aerobic range. My heart rate never gets up that high unless I overstress my left knee. The heart is strong(Thank God) but the knee can't handle it. I keep my knee happy but use a little less incline on the treadmill and walk longer. I know it will take me longer to achieve my goal but I will still get there. In this case less is more if that's all you can do at the time. As time passes you can increase your activity and may find some exercise, class, DVD, or a friend that helps you step it up a notch.
How about eating healthier? Must you go from being the consummate carnivore to Vegan in a flash. Not on your life; but if you choose to do so more power to you. Maybe it starts with ordering a Junior Whopper instead of a Whopper? How about just not super sizing your order? You can take baby steps or you can take giant steps but as long as you're taking steps you are moving forward toward your goal. Every time you do take a step then that's a small victory. If you only ate Pizza once a week instead of two or three times that's a step in the right direction. I know, I know. Your kids will hate you!! If they're teenagers I'm sure it's not the first time and it won't be the last. Been there, done that, got the flak jacket. They'll survive but they will make you feel like you imposed the death penalty on them.
Each step you take is a victory and each step is part of the commitment. Commitment doesn't have to be a carved in stone declaration of a lifetime dedication to sacrifice. It's a one step at a time determination to reach a goal. It may happen fast or it may happen slow but each step and each day will take you closer. Keep your eye on the prize.