Happy New Year from Needless Pounds! Now, down to business. As an educator, my role is to facilitate learning. That is, to guide the students through the processes and experiences that will allow them to acquire knowledge and skills. I’ve often used the phrase, “I can teach it for you, but I can’t learn it for you.” Every time I walk through the door at the gym, I know I’m going to have to put forth effort if I’m going to see any physical improvement. A personal trainer can show me how to do an exercise, but it’s up to me to actually do the exercise.
I’m on this journey because I want to be healthy. I want to be able to enjoy an active lifestyle. I want to be able to wear clothes that I didn’t have to order from a specialty catalog. I’m well on my way to these goals, but it’s because I want it. Like the puppy who has his teeth dug into that sock, I’m not letting go of my goals.
My question is, do you want it? I’ve talked to so many people along my way on this journey who tell me that I inspire them or that just looking at this blog encourages them. I’m glad I can help. What I’m finding more and more, though, is people who tell me that they want to lose weight, but that then are unable or unwilling to take the steps necessary to turn the goal into a reality.
I have students enroll in my college classes who never open a book, never come for tutoring, never turn in any work, and who end up failing. It pains me to see a student fail. Equally as painful to me is encountering folks who, for one reason or another, simply cannot take the first step toward their personal goals, such as weight loss.
It’s the season of new year’s resolutions. Only you can determine whether you succeed or fail. I can’t want it for you. I can’t do it for you. Only you can take your journey. I can show you resources that I find helpful. I can check up on you to see how you’re doing. I can help you see ways around barriers to your progress that you might have overlooked. I can facilitate, but you must do.
Do you want it?
Take out a piece of paper and list the reasons you want to lose weight. Close your eyes and imagine yourself at your goal weight. List things that you will be able to do that you can’t do now. For me, it was to ride a rollercoaster, to sit in an airline seat, and to climb a ladder. What are these things for you? Do you want them? Do you really want them?