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#212: Are You Waiting For Perfect?

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Doesn't it seem at times that too many people are waiting for the perfect set of circumstances before they begin their journey of weight loss and better health?

They cry that they want the spouse to change with them.

They wail that their co-workers bring too many goodies to share at work.

They moan that the relatives are coming for a visit and the relatives love to eat cake and pie and other treats not a regular part of healthy eating.

They complain that they are too stressed to begin becoming a healthier person because the kids are sick or the car broke down or any number of other contrived roadblocks.

Here's what it comes down to: You either want to change or you don't.

It's that simple.

There will never be a perfect moment to make a lifestyle change. So what if your spouse doesn't join you on this journey? So what if the relatives come for a visit or the kids are sick or there are chocolate goodies at work or the car broke down?


What do any of these things have to do with you making a decision one meal, one exercise, one positive day at a time that YOU will become a new person, one who is thinner, healthier and more fit?

What do these hurdles have to do with you changing you?


They are simply excuses.

But, as Seth Godin once said, "Waiting for perfect is never as smart as making progress."

Is that what is holding you back?

Are you waiting for perfect?
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  • no profile photo CD5002230
    You're so Right!

    This weight loss business deals with so many other areas of our lives!

    When we start thinking right, as your post suggests, we discover our personal pitfalls and can DO something about it!

    Success is available to us ALL.
    4047 days ago
    Yep, whenever I want to blame someone else for my weight or exercise issues, I should run to the bathroom mirror and find the real culprit. emoticon Thanks, Lou! You always spur us on to new heights and chide us when we get off course. emoticon emoticon
    4050 days ago
    Right on!
    4050 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4114015
    I have said this for years...about everything BUT weight loss...like there is no PERFECT time to buy a house, or have a baby...but the weight loss was something that I just didn't WANT badly enough. Until it was about health. I hope others catch on long before I did.
    Another great blog, Lou! Thanks.
    4050 days ago
    you can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink.
    everybody knows what has to be done to lose weight and get healthy.no one can do it for you.nothing in life is easy,but you make changes or suffer the consequenses
    4050 days ago
    I don't know why I didn't embark, on this journey decades ago. I wish I had. My mother encouraged me to tackle it in my younger years. She was right. Everyone in my life encouraged me to do so. I didn't. I have no clue why now, but I'm grateful that, for whatever reason, my time is now. No excuses.
    4050 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    Perfect I"m not, and perfect I'll never be, but I'm good enough in God's eyes and that's good enough for me :)
    4050 days ago
    emoticon It all comes down to accountability and your willingness to change the behaviors that are keeping you from your goals. There are always going to be people or circumstances that seem to be roadblocks. Are they really though? Or are they handy excuses for your own actions, or inactions? Change can be scary. Familiarity gives us comfort and is easier sometimes.It's also much more convenient to shift the blame and not take responsibility. If we really want to change, we need to realize that we are the only one holding us back.
    4050 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2702433
    I have learned that "No, thank you." usually works pretty well.
    4050 days ago
    Oooooch! That hurt Lou, I really needed that -thank you for reminding us not to wait till the perfect time . Now is the time. Hugs, Joy
    4050 days ago
    That is so true. Sometimes the best time to make changes are when you are so busy you don't notice. I am in a weight loss challenge at work and of 25 people involved, I was the only one who lost weight the first week. Everyone else complained at gaining, but they haven't made any changes in their eating and exercising habits. Will they lose weight maybe, but most of them will just complain that they can't because they really don't want to change.
    4050 days ago
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