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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Don't Limit Yourself


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I've written for months in these posts about the actions that people can take to lose weight. The knowledge is out there and everyone understands what is necessary. So why are 66% of the population either overweight or obese? Why do so few people do the things that they know will result in losing weight? Some more common excuses...ahem...reasons:

  • "I don't have the time to ."
  • "I know what I need to do...I just don't want to do it." (Well, at least that one is honest!)
  • "I don't have the money for a gym membership." (Who says you need a gym membership to be healthy?)
  • "I don't have the energy to exercise."
  • "I'm not an 'exercise' person."
I hear these all the time, and I've already posted reasons why these are really just excuses, and most readers would agree. As I speak to more people, I'm beginning to understand that these are really different manifestations of something else...self-imposed limits.

Willpower is self-fulfilling. If you believe you are a machine with Zen-like discipline focused toward achieving your goal...you will be. If you believe you can only go so far, then you certainly won't achieve any goals greater than your self-imposed limitations.

The first step toward overcoming personal limits is to stop the negative self talk. If you are making progress toward living a healthy lifestyle, acknowledge it. Don't berate yourself for not doing more. Small steps add up over time and acknowledging your progress, no matter how small, is great motivation to continue.

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