I am notorious for giving you advice that you already know, but today I’m going to let you in on a weight loss secret that may have eluded you thus far on your journey, and it is this: you need to be more selfish.
I know, I know. Last week, I was telling you to be more giving and more caring. What can I say? I’m a mystery, wrapped in an enigma, engulfed in a riddle, stuffed inside a taffy wrapper.
But I do have a point: to achieve any meaningful success on this fretful weight loss adventure, sometimes you just have to make yourself THE top priority.
You have to grocery shop for what you need, not what the kids like. My kids wailed like little banshees when I quit buying cookies, chips and sodas. They can get away with having some of that stuff… but I can’t. And here’s the thing: why not help them understand now nutritionally poor those choices are now instead of making them learn it like we have… the hard way?
You need to carve out time in your too-busy schedule to exercise, even if it comes at the expense of helping a neighbor or running a load of laundry.
If you’re working 12-hour days, something’s gotta give. Ask for assistance, beg for help. We–your blogging companions–can give you support, we can give you advice. Sometimes we can even give you inspiration, but the one thing none of us can give you is more time. You’ve got to make that for yourself.
If I know you (and though we’ve never met, I feel like I know you like a sibling), you spend a lot of your day doing for others. That’s important, to be sure, but please make sure you don’t do for others at the expense of doing for yourself. Especially in this, your hour of need.
You need to do this for yourself, because nobody else can do it for you.
And here’s the thing (and it’s a pretty evil twist when you stop to think about it): you have been selfish in all the wrong ways.
Selfishly letting lethargy and convenience sap your energy and drive, making your life less than it could be, less than it should be.
Selfishly ignoring your body’s needs and your heart’s desires.
Selfishly putting off what you knew you needed to do.
You know it, and you know how to do it. There are a lot of reasons why you haven’t done it already, but selfishness has to be included in that list.
I can’t tell you the specific steps you, as an individual, need to take to set your journey on the track for success. I will just say that prioritizing it, focusing on it and, yes, getting a little big selfish with it can help get you there sooner.
Speaking of selfish, I almost went this entire post without providing your obligatory joke. My bad...
A Mom is driving her little girl to her friend's house for a play date.
“Mommy,” the little girl asks, “how old are you?”
“Honey, you're not supposed to ask a lady her age,” the mother scolds. “It's just not polite.”
“OK,” the little girl says. “How much do you weigh?”
“Now really,” the mother replies. “These are personal questions and are really none of your business.”
Undaunted, the little girl asks, “Why did you and daddy get a divorce?”
“Honestly! That's enough questions!” The exasperated mother walks away as the two friends begin to play.
“My Mom wouldn't tell me anything,” the little girl says to her friend.
“Well,” the friend tells her. “All you need to do is look at her drivers license. It is like a report card–it's got everything on it.”
Later that night the little girl approachesher mother, “I know how old you are: you're 32.”
Surprised, the mom asks, “How'd you find that out?”
“I also know you weigh 140 pounds.”
The mother is past surprise and shock now. "How in heavens name did you find that out?"”
“And,” the little girl says triumphantly, “I know why you and daddy got a divorce.”
“Oh really?" the mother asks. “Why?”
“Because you got an F in sex.”