"A lack of clarity could put the brakes on any journey to success.” (Steve Maraboli)
I maintained a 80-90 lb. weight loss from Summer 2007 through the start of 2014. 7 years of learning how to listen to my body, to experience the ups and downs of maintenance, to grow and mature as a person.
Now that I've decided to lose the 20 lbs. gained in the last 15 months, I know myself well enough that "losing 20 lbs." isn't enough to keep me motivated through plateaus or hard times.
How can I keep myself going when life gets tough?
BEING CRYSTAL CLEAR on what I want and why.
Being able to answer that question of what and why is critical to success. Without it I'll throw in the towel after a few weeks if I don't see progress. Or, I'll put in halfhearted effort and cheat myself out of the satisfaction of knowing I gave it my all.
So what do I want? Yes, I want to be 20 lbs. lighter. But what does that actually look like in real life?
My jeans will be loose around the waist. My favorite plaid long-sleeve shirt will be loose around my upper arm. I'll smile at myself in the mirror even when I'm naked. The scale will read between 143-147 lbs. on any given day. I'll hear compliments from my husband, coaches and teammates. I'll hear people asking "Have you lost weight? How did you do it?" I'll feel good in my body, as it is, and be comfortable with it!
Now that I know what I want and have described it in a way that anyone on the outside can say yes or no that I've met my goal, what's the why?
For me, it boils down to one word: OPPORTUNITY.
Opportunity to say YES to anything physical without worrying about my body limiting me. Opportunity to LOVE myself into being a bigger, bolder, badass-ier version of myself. Opportunity to GIVE the best of me to my hubs, family and friends. Opportunity to LIVE with depth as this is the only life I've got. Opportunity to have so much freakin' FUN doing it!
When the going gets tough, I can remind myself of what I want and why. There'll be days where I'm not perfect (am I ever? LOL) and days where I want to give up, but I know this journey's worth it.
Now it's your turn. I challenge you, dear reader, to answer "What do you want and why?" and share with us so we can support you!
Make sure that you describe what you want in ways that an outsider knows whether or not you've met your goal. What would you see, hear or feel? There are no right or wrong ways to answer what or why; you know what is right for you.