By: Zach Columbia B.S. NASM. FPT
Are you a liar? No one ever admits to being a liar, not even liars. Liars either believe their own lies or justify their reason for lying, so it doesn’t seem like such a bad thing. Everyone hates a liar though. Isn’t it interesting how we only want honest people in our lives? Why? They’re reliable, they have integrity, they do what they say they’ll do.
You hear a lot of lies when it comes to weight loss.
“Drink this miracle shake and lose an inch off your waistline every week.” “Bob ate desert every night and lost 80lbs in 30 days.” “Take this supplement and shed fat like your dog in the summer.” I’ve heard a lot of those lies. We all know they’re lies. Those aren’t the weight loss lies I’m worried about. The weight loss lies I’m more concerned with, are the ones you tell yourself!
“I’m going to start my diet on Monday.”
How many times have you told yourself that? “I’m going to start going to the gym every day.” How many times have you told yourself that? “I’m serious this time. This time I’m going to stick with it.” How many times have you said that to yourself? You see these are the lies that matter most. These are the lies that imprison people trying to lose weight.
I want you to think back on how many times you’ve made a promise to yourself that you haven’t kept.
Now, if we’re being honest, all of us have broken promises to ourselves. Some of us have probably broken so many promises to ourselves, that we don’t even believe ourselves any more. If you weren’t you, you probably wouldn’t associate with yourself anymore because you aren’t trustworthy or reliable. Lack of trust leads to a lack of confidence, and lack of confidence leads to empty promises.
When someone is 100lbs overweight, you’re looking at someone who has broken 100 promises to themselves.
So, how then, do you make a change and actually keep a promise to yourself? Think about what you would do if someone broke a promise to you and betray your trust. Would you ever trust them again? It probably depends on the person. Are they worth it? Can you forgive them? If they are worth it, they would probably need to build your trust back slowly. Starting with something small and gradually working their way back into your circle of trust. Well, I have news for you. YOU ARE WORTH IT!
Start by forgiving yourself, because you are worth it. Let go of all the broken promises and all of the lies and start fresh. Once you’ve let go, then you can start building back that trust. Start small! I don’t care how small! Promise yourself that you’ll only eat 3 donuts instead of 6. It doesn’t matter. Make a promise and keep it. One kept promise is one step in the right direction.