The first step to facilitating change is to acknowledge what needs to be changed.
In other words, you must be honest with yourself.
If you need to lose weight, so be it.
Stop making excuses, stop pretending you don’t care, stop using your schedule, your kids, your job, etc. as rationalizations.
If you want to change; change.
It’s that simple, but it won’t be easy.
It’s okay to acknowledge the struggle ahead, but it’s not okay to let it stop you.
So get real.
Take a good long look in the mirror.
I did this recently and let me tell you, it was sobering, but it made me take action.
So here’s the scare-y part; I want you to put on a bathing suit, or something that clearly shows your legs, arms and stomach, and take a picture.
Why do I suggest this? Because a picture doesn’t lie; but you can lie to yourself.
Instinctively we always know when it is time to get serious about our health.
However, we often don’t want to face that it’s time. That’s why months can turn into years, and before you know it you hardly recognize the image staring back at you.
Now this is not an exercise to make you feel bad, because if you are happy with yourself at any weight, I am all for it. This is for those who are feeling discouraged that they can’t do what they need to do.
What you do with the picture is up to you. You can save it and look at it when you lose your resolve. You can post it on a mirror or near the fridge to remind you to eat healthy. You can delete it and forget that you ever saw it. Or, you can use it as motivation to power you on.
I kept the pix I took. I plan on taking them again and again as I move forward, charting my progress, and surprising myself with what know I can accomplish.
Won’t you join me with your own before and (happily ever) after?
Leave a comment below and tell me about your experience taking your “Before” picture. How did you feel? What did you learn? What will your next steps be?