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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!

Have you ever found yourself thinking, “It’s just too hard to maintain my weight loss – I just can’t do it because…..(fill in the blank)?”

If so, you may want to consider this quote from “Beating cancer is hard. Birthing a baby is hard. Losing a parent is hard… (Changing your eating habits) Is. Not. Hard. You’ve done harder things than this…”

So, one writer made her own “hard” list and stuck it on the wall: “Losing Sam was hard; raising two sons on my own was hard; my mom and dad dying was hard.”

You get the picture?

When you hold up the changes you want to make against a backdrop of the serious challenges you’ve faced in the past, it’s obvious, isn’t it? And being a healthier human being has its own amazing rewards to boot!

So try making your own “hard things I’ve already done – or faced” list. Hopefully this will help.

Sometimes, it also helps to think about what other people have faced. Here are some examples I came across recently.

Steve Fonyo, a man who lost his left leg to cancer at age 12, ran across Canada to raise funds for cancer research. I imagine that was hard.

Drinking more water isn’t so hard, in comparison.

Terry Fox was a Canadian athlete, humanitarian, and cancer research activist. In 1980, with one leg amputated, he started on a run across Canada to raise money and awareness for cancer research. Although the spread of his cancer eventually forced him to stop after 143 days and 3,339 miles, and ultimately cost him his life, his efforts resulted in a lasting, worldwide legacy. The annual Terry Fox Run, first held in 1981, has grown to involve millions of participants in over 60 countries and is now the world’s largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research.

Eating more vegetables isn’t so hard, in comparison.

Michael Mosier was diagnosed with a tumor in his brain stem on September 4, 2014 — just one week after his 6th birthday and his first day of kindergarten. But throughout his seven months of chemotherapy, radiation and major body changes, he has proved to be a real hero. Now, Michael is raising money for cancer research so that other kids don’t have to experience what he’s gone through. What Michael and his family have been through was hard.

Cutting out junk food and fast food isn’t so hard, in comparison.

Cindy Abbott climbed Mount Everest despite a terminal diagnosis and blindness in her left eye. She went on to finish the Iditarod almost 5 years later. That must have been hard.

Making the time to fit exercise into my busy life isn’t so hard, in comparison.

Comparing ourselves to others and their challenges may be of help if their story touches us. We don’t always understand why we or other people struggle with change when it comes to smoking, eating, drinking, or other health-related behaviors and challenges. Change is difficult, and many factors influence the smoothness or bumpiness of our individual journeys. It’s important to be curious, respectful and helpful – towards ourselves as well as others. But remember, it’s also important to think carefully about our use of the word “hard” when it comes to caring for our health.

Share your thoughts about this issue by commenting on this post. Did it make you re-think your use of the word “hard” when it comes to caring for your body and your overall health?

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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.