Are you “committed” or just “interested”?

6 07 2011

Someone once said, “There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.”

I’d say most of us are interested in getting ourselves healthier through nutrition and exercise; why wouldn’t we be? Being at a healthy weight usually means higher quality of life in that we are more confident, can move around as we’d like, have fewer doctor visits, and can be proud of ourselves for taking good care of our bodies so we can enjoy life more thoroughly. But have we really made the commitment to take action, even when the going gets tough? That is something that only you can answer.

Sometimes it takes hitting rock bottom before we actually make a commitment to change. If the way we are feeling isn’t that terribly bad, we are hesitant to up and change our lifestyle, especially if we believe we will have to give up all the things we love. Thinking this way is framed around what we have to lose; but what if we thought of it in terms of what we have to gain? The truth, and the beauty, is that we don’t have to wait until we hit rock bottom to make a commitment toward building a healthier and happier life for ourselves. If you are reading this blog posting, chances are you are already in the weight management program, which means that you have a fitness facility and staff that are willing to provide you with guidance. I would like for us to all take a second and ask ourselves, “where would I like to be in 10 years?” If you have children, think of a significant event that will happen in the future such as their high school graduation or in the hospital waiting room when your first grandchild is born. Ask yourself what you want to look like, how you want to feel, and what you want your life to be like. If your vision is to be at a healthy weight living a healthy and happy life, it seems that you might have a lot to gain by making a lifestyle change.

I’m not going to lie; it will not be easy to change your way of life, and it certainly won’t happen overnight. But you can relax, because you are not in this alone. Your trainer, exercise physiologist, dietician, and health behavior counselor will educate you on how to make necessary changes. It is then up to you to follow through with your commitment. When you make your commitment, know what you are getting yourself into. A healthy individual usually gets some kind of exercise each day whether it be a workout at the gym, a walk around the neighborhood with your husband/wife after work, or a hike at the park with your family on Sunday afternoon. Those things don’t sound so bad do they? In fact, some people experience the most joy when engaging in those activities once they get used to them. With regards to nutrition, it’s not just about refraining from unhealthy foods, but more importantly ensuring that you are taking in foods that are nourishing your body. And rest assured, healthy people are not starving and miserable. In fact, they eat: breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, and enjoy every bit of it! It narrows down to this: Put in the right foods, exercise daily, and you will be healthy. Do you want this for yourself? If so, take your interest to the next level—commitment, even when times are difficult. You deserve it!

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20 07 2011
Amy Blackshire

You are welcome. That is wonderful success for that man. I’m sure his life has changed so much for the better!

One thing I would like to acknowledge though, is that while those stories we see on TV are truly amazing, we must remember that individuals such as this man most likely had a personal trainer working with him for several hours per day, had a registered dietician helping him each day, and may have even had someone cooking his meals.

Individuals that join the weight management program are everyday people like you and me who have full time jobs, children, and many other obligations. It is important for us to be realistic when setting our goals. For example, we believe that by exercising 3-4x/week at the gym and getting in some kind of activity (e.g. walking, biking, etc) on non-gym days, and putting the right foods into one’s body, one can successfully lose 1-2lbs per week. Across one year, a realistic weight loss would be anywhere from 52-104 lbs.

6 07 2011
Angela Rexroad

Thank you Amy for all of your advise. I watch a show last night on T.V. This man weighed 600 + pounds. The trainer that he was working with was really tough. The man really worked hard. In one year he lost 300 pounds. The moral of that story was that you cannot give up! It was truly amazing.

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