I'm working through the book 100 Days of Weight Loss. Today's topic is about personal motivation. Ask the question: "Am I completely 'committed' to sticking with my new lifestyle, or am I just 'interested' in it?"
Here are some things to consider to decide whether you are "interested" or "committed":
(DISCLAIMER: I think we should take all of these points with a grain of salt since there are many other factors at play when losing weight, not just personal motivation)
People who are interested in losing weight:
stick with it until something better comes along.
take action only if they "feel like" doing it.
need to see results in order to stay motivated.
blame people or circumstances for their struggles.
easily give up when they face challenges.
People who are committed to losing weight:
stick with their plans no matter what.
take action whether they feel like doing it or not.
assume that if they stay motivated, results will follow.
take responsibility for their own actions.
keep going in spite of setbacks.
Which one of these points resonates with you the most?
For me, it was the first one, "sticking with it until something 'better' comes along." I tend to run into trouble whenever I'm at a restaurant with some decadent options, when a friend comes to town, or when a vacation or holiday hits.
What will it take to stay on track at these critical moments? I've been able to overcome temptation in the past by making a plan, recruiting support from family members and friends, and using multiple strategies to avoid, distance, and distract myself from the tempting food items after I've allowed myself a reasonable portion. I found these strategies in another book called Change Anything. More on that later!
So what's your current status: interested or committed?