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#154: As Simple as Deciding and Doing?

Monday, November 30, 2009

Every day we make decisions and take action on those decisions.

You don't want to get out of bed but you decide it would be in your best interest to do so, especially if you have to go to work, and then you get up.

You may wish not to go to work but decide again that it's in your best interest to do so and so you go.

You look askance at the dirty dishes in the kitchen sink and want to not wash them but once more decide it's in your best interest to do so, particularly if they are your last clean ones, so you wash them.

Many times every day we make decisions that are in our best interest and then we act on those decisions.

Except when it comes to our health. We often decide we WANT to lose weight and gain better fitness but then we stall. We don't take action on our decision and remain overweight. We continue to not like the way we look and feel. Maybe because food has been a comfort to us for so many deep-seated reasons. Maybe losing the amount of weight we want to lose seems overwhelming. Compared to deciding to and then brushing our teeth it IS daunting.

Whatever the reason, we fail to act on our decision to take off the pounds. Perhaps that is due to the enormity of the act of losing 20 or 70 or 150 pounds.

But what if we look at losing weight like brushing our teeth. Doesn't take much effort to put toothpaste on our toothbrush and clean our teeth, does it?

What if we break down the pounds we want to lose within a reasonable time frame to monthly totals and further break those monthly pounds into daily totals that we then break down into daily totals of ounces. Can't anyone lose a few ounces a day if they really tried?

Looking at losing weight that way doesn't seem so hard to do.

So, tomorrow morning when you want to climb back under the covers, ask yourself what you can do just that one day to lose a few ounces. Then do it and repeat it the next day and the next and the next until soon looking to lose ounces will become an inbred habit you do automatically.

Even in weight loss the old adage applies: Keep It Simple. Decide and then do is something we all can aim for, especially when it's in our best interest.
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    Awesome perspective. Decide and then do. I love it!
    4109 days ago
    I love the perspective you have put this into. I know for myself, trying to see the "big picture" can be overwhelming. But, as you said so very well, we can do it; decide and do! Thanks for a great blog!
    4109 days ago
    I feel losing weight is only half the battle, the other half is maintaining the loss. I feel aiming for good health practices is much more than losing weight. Is losing weight your goal? Or is over all vibrant health? Of which losing weight would be a part. I think it comes down to developing a series of good habits like brushing your teeth etc. When we don't do the things we need to do in order to maintain good health then we have made a decision against it. Like you said here in this blog , we need to decide then do!
    4109 days ago
    We didn't gain weight ten pounds or even one pound at a time. We overate one mouthful of food at a time. That's the way we recapture the territory that is rightfully ours, one forkful or spoonful of food at a time. In the same way that pennies save up to dollars, ounces save up to pounds. BOTH are lessons I need to learn in a more meaningful way every day. Thank you for laying it out the way you did, my friend.

    4109 days ago
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    Lou, as always, you bring up the best points! DH and I are always talking about how people make decisions everyday whether they realize it or not.
    It's the same when someone thinks about accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior of their life but decide, "not today", or "I will tomorrow or when I am older" They don't realize it but they just made a decision AGAINST Jesus. They not only didn't say YES, they said NO.
    And yes, losing weight is the same...it's our HEALTH.
    emoticon for posting this VERY important blog.
    4110 days ago
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