Friday, July 26, 2013
I have struggled with getting to a healthily, happy weight for much of my life. Whenever I would bemoan the lack of progress in my weight loss (usually because I had stopped doing anything conducive to weight loss), my dad would regale me with the tale of Rocky. Up before the sun comes up, fighting (literally and figuratively) for a dream through hard work and unfavorable conditions. Rocky probably did not have a whole heck of a lot of fun during those sweat-filled, bandana-wearing training sessions, but he did them anyway. Because they were a necessary step to a goal. No overthinking, no excuses, no ifs, ands, or buts, just pure doing.
Maybe that's the trick. Maybe Nike really does know what it's talking about when it's telling its consumers to "Just do it".
Here's what I do know. When I watch movies like Rocky, I can't help but feel that is what is required to truly succeed. To view one's situation objectively and then take necessary steps to obtain the desired result. Even the lovely Audrey Hepburn knew this to be true when she said, "You have to look at yourself objectively. Analyze yourself like an instrument. You have to be absolutely frank with yourself."
I am an emotionally driven person on the whole. I generally take pleasure in thinking. But thinking can be dangerous in the weight loss arena. It gives us time to divert our motivations, create obstacles and excuses.
Whether thought is a weight loss detriment or not remains to be seen. However, all I can say for sure is that whenever I think about the struggles associated with weight loss I always hear my dad in the back of my mind saying, "Be like Rocky". Then "Eye of the Tiger" begins thumping away in my mind, and I can't help but feel like success is possible and that hard work can feel truly satisfying.
So my friends, when the mind starts to reel and the little anti-weight loss demons seem too much to bear, remember:
"Be like Rocky."