Why Did You Start?

At times, I have posted inspirational posts and then dissected their meanings. Here is yet another one:

“When you feel like quitting, think about why you started.”

So, the first question: Is there anyone out there working through many years of weight control issues that has not “quit” their efforts on at least several occasions? I see very few hands being raised up.

Now, the second question: Why did you start your efforts to control weight? Did your doctor just prescribe a new medication for a weight-related co-morbidity? Did you skip some fun social event because you were not happy how you look? Did you try going out to do a physical event with your children or grandchildren and could not keep up? Did a close friend or family member just die from a diabetes complication or a heart attack? Did you try to put one of your favorite outfits on and it simply did not fit anymore?

Everyone will come up with a different array of answers to the question, “why did I start?” However, there is no doubt that some issue or event motivated the person to begin the quest to start shedding the weight. During the long-term journey, there will be a number of times that we will be overcome with the “give up” mentality and want to quit our efforts. At these times, it does make great sense to refocus on the reasons as to why we started in the first place.

So, here is an exercise for everyone: Take out the old fashion pen and paper and write down the reasons why weight control is so important to you. Keep a copy at home, at work, in the car etc. When you start feeling that ‘I quit” mind-set, take out this list and remind yourself the reasons why you commenced your efforts. I do believe that if your list was summarized, it would basically be: Be healthier, happier, look younger, have more energy and fit into my beautiful clothes.

There is no “finish line” for your weight control efforts and ward off the ‘I quit” by remembering why your success is so important to you and your loved ones.

Dr. Robert Posner One of the world’s leading medical weight loss researchers, Robert Posner, MD, operates his state-of-the-art weight loss clinic, Serotonin Plus, in the heart of Burke, Virginia, in the suburban Washington area.

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