Wednesday, February 2, 2011

What Are You Weighting For?

Bumped into a former co-worker of mine the other day.  He remarked on my weight loss, as he always does and I asked him if he had started on a program of his own?  After all, the guy is noticeably overweight and has had some medical issues as a result.  Listen, I'm not trying to be mean, just stating the facts!  Plus, I never try to push weight loss on anyone who doesn't ask in the first place - just wanted to be straight on that.

Ok, so anyway, his response was "no he hadn't started on any kind of weight loss program yet, but he was planning to."  I wanted to strangle him!  This is so classic - waiting for the right moment to start losing the pounds.  What are you waiting for - something to fall out of the sky and hit you on the head?  (Of course that was kind of my story too as recounted in the first Chapter of my book.)  In his case, he had already been given the wake-up call, but obviously put it on hold rather than answering it.

There is no reason you can't get started today!  Doesn't matter what day of the week it is, what month it is or anything else, you just have to wake up and say - "lets do it!".  The reality is that you have to start somewhere and you need to do it gradually.

In his case, I (strongly) suggested he start focusing on a few simple things starting right then.  First, avoid the escalators and elevators (we were in a three story commercial building) and find reasons to walk around as much as possible.  Second, park as far away as he reasonably could to force more walking.  Third, buy a pedometer and start working towards 10,000 steps per day.  And fourth, eat a lot slower and focus on quiting when full.  All easier said than done, but reasonable "baby-steps" to start the weight loss process.

Quit weighting for something to happen - take control today.  Just think, if you were able to lose one pound per week and you started two months ago, you would be almost 10 pounds lighter now. 

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