The Full Mind Weigh® to Lifelong Weight Management, a program of the Institute for Lifelong Weight Management – teaching you the skills you need to keep the weight off forever!
What is true commitment, when it comes to managing your weight? Often, something else masquerades as commitment:
- Intention (“I plan to”)
- Desire (“I want to”)
- Effort (“I will try”, which allows us an out because we can later say: “well, I tried”)
These are not the same as commitment (“I will”). Are you truly committed, forever, to your health, well-being, and longevity?
It helps to put your commitment on paper. You can print this page and do that right here. Are you ready to commit?
I, ___________________________________________ am making a commitment to reach a healthy weight and maintain my weight loss for these reasons:
Some challenges to my commitment might be:
If I find that I am faced with these challenges I will:
Remember, it’s not just about weight or appearance. It’s about your health, longevity, and quality of life!
Why make the effort to maintain the healthy weight we’ve worked so hard to reach? Here are some stories from some of my coaching clients and program participants.
Amber said, “I realize that the number of years I’ll live, and the quality of those years, is not completely under my control. Unexpected medical conditions do happen, out of the blue, that have nothing to do with “lifestyle factors”. But I want to do whatever I can to ensure that the time I have left, and what I’m able to do with it, is not cut short by something I could have prevented by making better health-related choices. So primarily for me it’s about health and longevity. There are no guarantees in life, only odds. By continuing the healthy practices that I’ve adopted, I’m increasing my odds of not just living longer, but enjoying a better quality of life as a result. I want to live as long as possible, free of suffering and with my faculties intact. Then I’ll be able to enjoy the things I most enjoy, for as long as possible.”
Yolanda said, “I feel better at a healthy weight – in every way. At my top weight I was 280 pounds – and I’m only 64 inches tall! This weight put a terrible strain on my body. Everything hurt – my back, my knees. Climbing stairs was a challenge that left me short of breath and needing to sit down as soon as I made it up the stairs. My cholesterol was high, and I had terrible acid reflux – I’d find myself waking up during the night because I was inhaling stomach acid that had risen up while I was sleeping. I’d be choking on it, having coughing fits, and sometimes end up vomiting up the high-fat meal that I’d consumed late at night. What a way to live! I’m sure I avoided lots of activities and events because I simply didn’t have the energy to participate.”
Megan said, “Having to continually buy bigger clothes left me feeling very demoralized – and as you know the larger we become the fewer our choices for nice clothes. I was grateful that Lane Bryant and a few catalogues had clothes that I could fit into, but I longed to shop elsewhere! My “uniform” was baggy shirts and baggy sweats or drawstring skirts that would allow me to comfortably fit into them as I continued to balloon outwards. I can look back now and wonder – what was I thinking? Apparently, I wasn’t.“
Nora said, “I carried so much shame. Having my photograph taken was agony, and something I tried to avoid. So there are years of my life – family celebrations, vacations, other happy events – from which I have no photographs. How sad! I wasn’t always able to avoid the camera however – as a volunteer with various organizations, being included in a group photograph was sometimes inevitable. And it was painful.”
Your challenge is to find the right “why”. What, in other words, is going to help you sustain your commitment despite the ups and downs of life that we all go through?
Share your thoughts about finding the right “why” by commenting on this post.
Have you seen my free report on using Mindful Maintenance to maintain your weight loss? Download it here.
With your continued health in mind,
Doreen Lerner, Ph.D.
Director, Institute for Lifelong Weight Management
Creator, The Full Mind Weigh® to Lifelong Weight Management
The Institute for Lifelong Weight Management provides education and training. The Full Mind Weigh® is strictly an educational program and is not a substitute for medical or psychological evaluation or treatment. If you think you may be suffering from an eating disorder, please consult with a qualified mental health professional who is trained to evaluate and treat eating disorders.