So many people tell me they don’t have the willpower to lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle. I hear all the time, “Am I going to have to do this for the rest of my life?” What? Make healthy choices? Ummmmmmmmmm, YES! I remember hearing myself say that many years ago. I’ve been on just about every diet out there, you name it and I’ve probably tried it. I remember myself resisting change and pushing back on eating diet foods and being forced to exercise. I hated it. That’s why I always gained the weight back plus more. Every. Single. Time. I’ve spent thousands of dollars on diets, specialty foods, exercise videos and equipment and much more. I was always on the search for the “magic pill”. Dieting became an obsession for me, it was my life. I was so obsessed with losing weight and I didn’t care how I was going to do it. I became addicted to ex lax in High School and on into and beyond college that I completely messed up my digestive system for the rest of my life. I would starve myself and then take ex lax. I would only drink water and minimal amounts of food. I can’t believe that I didn’t die.
Now, I absolutely refuse to diet. I refuse to put any of my clients on a diet simply because diets don’t work. Most diets out there deprive you of proper nutrition so you can lose some weight fast and then because you’re depriving your body you obviously stop doing the diet and then gain all the weight back. Simple concept of “Yo-Yo Dieting”. I was a classic yo yo dieter. My closet was filled with all different sized clothes because I would at some point fit into all of them from big to smaller to big again. Now, I only have two sizes in my closet and I refuse to have any size larger.
So what is willpower and do you really need it? Urban Dictionary defines willpower as, Being able to do something difficult without cheating through it. Websters Dictionary defines willpower as, the ability to control yourself : strong determination that allows you to do something difficult (such as to lose weight or quit smoking). It all comes back to what I spoke about last week, HOW BAD DO YOU WANT IT? That’s the essence of willpower. STRONG DETERMINATION. It’s making a decision to do something and sticking to it until the end. Everyone asks me how I lost 130 pounds so quickly and how have I kept it off for 17 years? Because I want to. That’s why. I’ve decided that I want to feel great every single day and feed my body what it needs to thrive at its best. I don’t ever want to go back to where I was and how sick I was. I actually crave exercise like I crave a NY pizza. I have never felt better or have been stronger in my life. I choose to be healthy for ME. The things I can do with my body now are incredible, my flexibility and balance have come so far. I’m really bendy now and my balance is seriously amazing. I used to be the biggest klutz in the world, I would fall up stairs. My son weighs 47 pounds and I can flip him over my shoulders and run around with him (in heels) like it’s nothing. I’m amazed at how far I’ve come and am extremely proud of myself. I did my first 5k this year and I NEVER in a million years thought I would ever run anything!
It is not easy but, it is definitely worth it!