At the first of the year I was invited to join a small group of co-workers in their annual weight loss challenge. The rule is simple: the person with the highest percentage of weight loss at the end of 10 weeks’ wins. With a US$50 dollar buy-in, the second-place winner gets to keep their money and the first-place winner, wins the remaining $450. I’d say, $450 is rather motivating to diet and exercise for 10 weeks.
Statistics show, a very small percentage of people keep their New Year resolutions. I am in the larger percentage that does not. I cannot remember sticking to a “I’m going to lose weight this year” resolution, ever!
So, when my friend asked me the first couple of weeks into this challenge, why now am I motivated? I instantly said, the money, of course. After I thought about it though, that wasn’t the whole truth.
One, I wanted to feel better. I believe the saying goes, “I was sick and tired of being sick and tired.” I always envision myself healthy, active, fit, and eating well, yet, I wasn’t doing anything about it.
Two, a picture was taken of me just this past Christmas in a not-so flattering pose and man, was I disgusted.
Third, to challenge myself and be better than I was the day before.
I simply wasn’t motivated to change the way I was eating or exercise because well, I didn’t have the energy. In less than two years I had allowed myself to gain 30 pounds. I often found myself disappointed every time I looked in the mirror.
Hesitantly, I accepted this challenge because I knew not changing anything was going to get me to where I envisioned myself to be.
In just seven weeks:
- I’ve lost 10 pounds
- I have more energy
- My head is clearer
- I am motivated in other areas of my life
Weight loss is truly a lifestyle change. When you make lifestyle changes for the goal of losing weight, you gain so much more than weight loss. The smallest of changes, the smallest of actions make the biggest difference in achieving our goals.
What motivates you?
“A year from now you may wish you had started today.” – Karen Lamb
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