RIGHT TOOLS FOR THE JOB
Friday, February 11, 2011
Have you ever jumped into a weight loss goal, only to realize you haven't planned it well. Day 1 goes by great but day 2 or 3 comes along and you're ready to give up.
I had an epiphany this morning. We were snowed in this whole week. Had 24 inches fall last week + 7 more on Tuesday. Our kids were out of school for 10 days. My husband and I with two of my kids decided to go into town to take care of some much needed errands.
We left the house with gusto only to get stuck on a little hill on our way out. Not enough traction. We backed it up and drove up the hill again only to get stuck in a small ditch. Waiting for the men to get help, I thought ...what a difference the right tools/equipment make.
As I sat there I realized that our success in weight loss is going to come when we take the time to PLAN our way to success. For some it might mean creating a home environment conducive for change. Kitchen cupboards might need to be cleaned out and all unhealthy food either donated or thrown away. Vision boards might need to come up with goal weight in clear sight, or you might need to call a friend to be accountable to.
You see when we just decide to lose weight but don't plan, we inadvertently plan to fail and so when temptations come along, we find ourselves ill-prepared.
The men came back with our Pontiac Aztek, which from watching it in the rear view mirror seem to just cruise over the snow/ice and over the hill passing me in the van. They then backed up and pulled the van out of the small ditch I was in. You know what amazed me most about all this was that no matter where the Aztek stopped on the snow/ice, it comfortably moved in the direction it was steered. Why? It had within it the builtin capability to get the job done. It didn't hestitate because of the conditions it faced. It was ready for it and it just moved ahead.
And so with you and I. Within us is the God-given ability to get the job done. To lose the weight. To eat right. To exercise. To keep moving forward no matter what we face.
Yes, we're gonna face tempations, days when we don't want to exercise or just wanna plain give up. But if we can remember that built within us, like the Aztek, is the ability and the desire to reach our goal no matter what we face, I believe we can do it.
Remember, temptations will always be there and they like the four seasons which come by each year (however food temptations come by daily or should I say hourly...Haha). They are there to test us and if we learn to face it with a plan and a strategy, the battle is won and weight loss is ours.
So, I encourage you to MAKE the time and develop a plan for your weight loss because the rewards of getting to the top of the hill (goal weight) are so much greater than staying in a ditch (staying fat and frustrated).