- will be taken seriously for that promotion
- will finally find the love of my life
- will be a better athlete
- will wear a bathing suit on vacation
- will actually GO on vacation
- will reduce the risk of diabetes
- will sign up for a 5K
- will go horse back riding again
- will buy flattering clothes
- will be happy
How many of these thoughts, or more just like them, have we had over the years? All too often, plans are put on hold until we hit that magical number on the scale we’ve seen on goal weight charts. It doesn’t matter if that number is realistic or not, if we’ve ever maintained that weight in the past, or that we know in the back of our minds that life won’t be a bowl of cherries once we look different.
In the aftermath of hurricane Sandy, considering the death toll that keeps rising, it makes me think about unfinished plans. There is no doubt in my mind that some of the people who passed away had goals or plans for the future that are now left undone. It’s beyond tragic.
You’ve heard this message from me before, and I do understand that we must wait for some things in life. However, many of our goals and plans may be attainable now, without weight loss, but we are holding ourselves back for reasons we create in our minds. Letting something like dissatisfaction with our weight or our appearance prevent us from living our lives NOW is a sad thought. None of us know when our last day on this earth will be. Now is the time to be good to yourself, be with the people you love, do the things you’ve dreamed of, and appreciate every moment you are alive.
Consider what, if any, plans you’ve put off because you feel you need to lose weight first. I think many people will find that there are plenty of things we can do now, regardless of whether or not we are at our goal weight.