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Weight Loss Goals by Bonnie Pfiester

by in Diet Tips, Discipline, Weight Loss February 25, 2008

Many of us may even have the same annoying resolutions we neglect to keep each year. It’s not that we don’t want to keep them, but I think we forget that resolutions are not just words, desires or a phase. A resolution is supposed to be a pledge, an oath, a promise – and it requires change.

Think of it like a marriage. Marriage is the ultimate commitment where we make very important promises, which also requires change. “In sickness and in health, for richer or poorer, ‘til death do us part.” There is a reason for these promises. God knows we will not always want or feel like loving the other. We pledge our commitment to love the other no matter what. These vows are the beginning of a whole new way of life which requires a daily decision to stick with it.

Of course, weight loss and health will always be at the top of the list of resolutions made. It’s not going to be enough to want to be skinny. It’s not going to even be enough to write it down or join a gym. You must commit to making a lifestyle change and stick with it.

Once a person is married, it is not healthy to continue doing some of the things they once did when they were single. In the same way, there are things that must change when deciding to live a healthy lifestyle. You can’t just do whatever you want without repercussions. The whole “have your cake and eat it too” rarely works in marriages or diets. In order to be healthy, you have to live healthy – day in and day out, whether you feel like it or not.

For this to work, you and your new lifestyle must be a priority. I don’t know many things that trump your health. Family is important and so are your friends, but you can’t be a good spouse, parent, boss, employee or friend if you don’t have your health. Unfortunately, unlike a marriage, you can’t divorce yourself either. You are stuck with you for the rest of your life so you are fooling yourself if you think it’s not a priority.

Truth is, this time you can’t afford for it not to be.

Author: Bonnie Pfiester, personal trainer

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