For as long as advertising has been around, the trump card selling line has been “this is the fastest, easiest way to solve your problems.” Sometimes that’s great – like a little machine that helps you sew buttons back on or remove stains from your clothes. Weight-loss related products have been no exception. In fact, they are probably the most frequent user of the aforementioned hook. However, I firmly believe that when it comes to weight loss, one must take the initiative and develop the self-discipline to lose the weight and get healthy themselves, for themselves. If it’s important to you, you make time and put forth the effort. You make it happen. And most importantly, you make a lifestyle change that’s permanent and not just a quick fix. No, it’s not easy. No, it’s not “fun.” No, it’s not instant. But as you see the pounds or inches dropping, as you start to feel better and stronger and have more energy, you get the thrill of “I can do this. I have this strength.” Knowing and seeing that you have this strength, that you really can do hard things, can fuel your self-efficacy and esteem for the rest of your life. I strongly believe that I can do hard things. And so can anyone else. It just has to be important to you and you have to be dedicated and doing it for yourself. No, I don’t believe insurance companies should be paying for quick fixes for consequences of poor lifestyle choices and behaviors. They could be doing so many other things to encourage health and nutrition awareness, provide support groups, gymn memberships, and information, and help people really make the lifestyle change themselves.
There’s almost nothing that gives you a bigger sense of accomplishment or feels more empowering than turning your life around and getting healthy. Get up and do it yourself. It’s tough love. You’re on a winning streak on your Facebook poker game? Too bad. You didn’t wash your cute and colorful workout clothes? Throw on a T-shirt and sweats. You can do this.
What are your thoughts?