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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

I was thinking last night about a friend who said she'd lost a bunch of weight because of a new exercise program she was trying. I think she's doing something called the 10-Minute Trainer. I don't know. That's not really important. What's important is that she credited the program. And she shouldn't have.

Then I started thinking about all the times I've given credit to a specific program or regimen. I've done that tons.

"Oh, thanks, yes, I have lost weight. It's because of P90X."

"I'm doing hot yoga three times a week. That's what did it."

I'm not discrediting those things. I'm not discrediting exercise programs or dietary changes. What I don't like is the wording. Yeah, I lost weight doing hot yoga. I lost weight running. But I did that. ME. It was ME. Doing specific things have helped me lose weight, but it was MY determination, MY will, and sometimes MY sacrifice of a social life (do I go out to eat with friends or work out?) that truly deserve the credit.

I want to give myself more credit for losing weight. I'm tired of just handing it off to something else, when I should OWN my success.
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