There are a few things I like about commenting on blogs. Besides the obvious good feeling of lending a little support in somebody’s weight-loss journey, you occasionally get the opportunity to make someone look at his or her own trek in a slightly different light.
Suzi at OK, Just One More Beer was recently soliciting ideas from readers on what she should write about. My comment?
The posts that I find the most interesting, the ones that I seem to get the most out of are the ones where the writer explores the why's of this whole deal: why did I get the way I was? why did I make the change? why is this time going to be different?
Everyone's got their own "how", but the "why's" always seem to be singular and unique.
Statistically, I’d say that the vast majority of us making our way through other people’s weight-loss stories aren’t looking for answers on how to lose weight. We know what we have to do, and we’re all doing it to varying level of effort, degree and success.
I said it to Suzi and I’ll say it to you: tell me “Why”…
Why do you suppose you let your life be less than you imagined it to be?
Why do you stumble so often despite all your good intentions?
Why do you sabotage yourself?
Why are you here anyway?
If you’re making it, if you’re succeeding on this weight-loss journey, tell me why this time is different than all the others.
Why are you going to make it this time when you’ve fallen short before.
Why are you going to keep it off this time when you’ve gained it back before.
Why are you a different person now than you were before?
I’m going to skim over the laundry list of food you ate today, going to gloss over what your co-worker said or your plans for the weekend, but if you’re honest and you tell me why you’re doing this, why you’re succeeding (or failing), then I can’t help but get sucked in to your story.
We all have our own “why”.
Why not tell me yours?