I was at work the other day and my coworker was weighing in a patient. He had lost 9 pounds in two weeks and we were all celebrating with him and congratulating him. He looked great!
Then he said, “Doc, you’re a miracle worker,” and I had to chime in. My comment to him was, “We can tell you what to do, but you’re the one that’s done the work.”
I figured out a long time ago, that in order to be successful in weight loss, you have to be ready and willing to make a change. You have to be fed up with how you feel and with being unhealthy. You have to WANT it for yourself badly enough to take action.
We’ve seen lots of patients who have been successful and lots of patients who have not. What’s the difference? Confidence, motivation, belief and perseverance . You have to believe in yourself and be willing to do whatever it takes to be healthy and make a lasting change.
You also have to be willing to forgive yourself when you make a mistake and not let one tiny slip derail your entire day, week, or month. Last I heard, nobody’s perfect, so you have to know that you’ll slip up. We all do – even those of us who have kept a lot of weight off for a long time. That’s why it’s important to make it a lifestyle change – not a temporary diet where you deprive yourself of foods you love only to binge on them when you have a weak moment.
I’ve had my own weight struggles where I’ve lost a little bit, and been happy, but then I’d become complacent and stop trying, and the weight just came right back. I’ve been happy to lose 20-30 pounds, when I really needed to lose 80-90. I wasn’t successful, because I never truly believed I could get to my goal weight.
It wasn’t until I finally had enough of being fat, unhappy, and in pain, that I truly started losing a significant amount of weight. I was DONE. I finally asked myself, “Why can’t I be thin?” There was no reason why I couldn’t be successful – I was only holding myself back. I decided I was worth the effort, so I became a little selfish and started putting myself first for once. I knew that if I didn’t take care of myself and get healthy for good, I wouldn’t be of any use to anyone else who needed me.
It’s sort of like when the flight attendant shows you how to use the oxygen mask on an airplane and teaches you to put your own mask on first. It’s a bit of an extreme example, but you can’t help anyone else when you’re dead.
So how are you feeling reading this? Are you happy with your life and how it is right now? Are you happy with the person you see in the mirror? If you’re not, it’s time to take that first step toward your OWN success story? Are you ready to look in the mirror and smile and think, “There she/he is!” Are you ready to feel energetic, healthy, and at home in your own body? Are you ready to have your life back so you can live longer and be around for your family, your spouse, your kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids?
If you are ready to make a change, know that you ARE worth it and you CAN do it. I’m passionate about helping you believe in yourself again. I can give you the tools to figure out where to start, how to blaze your own path, and how to reach your health goals. You just have to be ready.
If you need some help with that mindset thing first, my friend, Nicole Isler, can help you get your head right so you can get started. Check out her website at www.bigdreamawakening.com for more information.
Then when you’re ready to start, schedule a free Discovery Call with me to figure out if it would be a good fit for us to work together.
I believe in you! Now you just have to believe it, too.
Chris Kramer, CHHC, AADP