To be a champ, you have to believe in yourself when nobody else will.
-Sugar Ray Robinson
(1920-1989, American boxer)
I’m lucky. I’ve always believed in myself – even now when I feel insecure and have doubts. When I was younger, I was told I was less by those who mattered most. Then I grew up. And I made sure I grew strong. And I made sure I always had the total support of my self – no matter what.
A lot of people who come to me for motivation, weight loss and fitness help don’t have any support at all. Instead, they hear how fat they are, how they couldn’t lose weight if their life depended on it, how they can’t do anything right, how worthless they are, how stupid and ugly they are, and a whole lot more. Life is tough enough without all that devious drama.
Sometimes the weight loss part is the least of it. Sometimes it’s just proving to yourself that when all else fails you can do something, anything, that’s positive and good for you, too.
Begin now to prove to yourself that you’re stronger than those who say you can’t; stronger than your favorite foods that keep you fat; stronger than being lazy and not getting out to exercise daily.
I know for me, besides my sometimes dicey physical situation, it became an issue of control – if I could do nothing else right in my life, I could have command over how much I ate and how much I moved and exercised daily.
This was at a time when everything in my life was spinning out of control, and I mean everything, or so I thought.
I figured if I could do nothing else right, if nothing was working in my favor, I could at least learn to gain power over my self, my eating, my weight loss and my daily walking.
I did everything I could, including calling on a higher power, to convince myself that I could do it, that I could lose those 150 pounds I needed to lose and I wasn’t stopping until I did.
Being master of my fate means more to me than staying fat, more than all the chocolate, all the sweets, all the breads, pastas, potatoes, rice, cookies, cakes, pies, ice cream, or Ding-Dongs on the planet.
It has to mean more to you, too.
So, stop foolin’ around. Get on with it. You know what to do by now.
You know how to eat right. You know that you have to exercise daily. You know that you have to follow your new, healthier lifestyle plan for life.
There is no other way to get the weight off. And keep it off.
Besides, summer’s just around the corner. If you think you’re uncomfortable right now – just wait . . .
To be a champ, you truly have to believe in yourself when no one else will.
* As with any new diet and fitness plan, be sure to check with your physician before you begin.
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Laura Dion-Jones is a Pro-Health Activist, Certified Corporate Wellness Coach, Certified Wellness Coach, Radio Show Host, motivational & lifestyle writer & speaker. To learn more about Laura Dion-Jones, her products, services, and blog posts, visit her at www.commit-fit.com