Do you believe you can lose one pound? Sixteen measly ounces? Of course you can.
"Well, I haven't lost any weight at all this past month. So what about me?"
Sorry, the question did not ask if you had lost weight, the question asked if you BELIEVE you can lose one lousy pound.
And I think you can. So what if it takes a week or a month or longer? Do you believe you can lose one pound?
There have been a number of blogs again these past few weeks where the writer bemoans the significant amount of weight they want to lose. They do not seem to understand that they did not awaken suddenly one morning an extra 20 or 50 or 100 pounds overweight. And they consequently do not seem to grasp that losing that excess weight will also not happen overnight.
But it's like an old joke that has many versions: "How do you eat a steak?" Answer? "One bite at a time." We would choke if we tried to eat it all at once, just as we set ourselves up for failure if we set our immediate goal too high.
A successful salesman was once asked how many sales he needed to close to be the success he was. He replied, "One." But then added, "But I have to make that one sale 100 different times."
The reasons I chose bowling balls to represent the initial amount of weight I want to lose is because I can relate to them. I know how heavy those swinging 16 pounders are
. I know, too, that if I lose a pound then I have lost 1/16th of a ball. When I do that four times I will have lost 1/4th of a ball and so on. It gives me a clear visual and consistent benchmarks of my progress.
But it would impossible for me to lose 16 pounds overnight. So every week when I weigh-in I aim for only one pound. Often, I am down more than that. I consider that a bonus. But I only expect to be down one pound. We all can lose one pound. Not in a week perhaps, but we can lose it nevertheless.
So the next time you get discouraged because you are seeing no progress, set your goal to lose one pound over whatever time it takes. Watch what and how much you eat, do what exercises you can and believe deep inside yourself that you can say goodbye to one measly pound.
Then, when you are successful, do it again. Sort of like the instructions on shampoo bottles to lather, rinse, repeat or like the salesman who sets a target on making only one sale, then aims to repeat that success.
Take things one healthy meal, one exercise, one positive day at a time and do what you need to do to wave bye-bye to that pound. When you do, savor the flush of success then set your mind and heart toward doing it again.
Soon, one day you will have also lost that 1/16th of a bowling ball, then 1/8th, then 1/4. From there you will continue to soar onward and upward.
Here's to your success.