“The heights by great men reached and kept
Were not attained by sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upward in the night.”
~~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
In order to take advantage of losing weight and being successful, you must be prepared-that means ” paying your dues.”
Nothing is more frustrating than to see that you are gaining weight again.
Be in a position to benefit from your failure. It pays to be prepared, and that comes down to plain, hard work. It’s not usually glamorous. It’s not always exciting. It’s not always fun. It is, however, always necessary.
By being prepared, you have to create a game plan to get back on track right away without beating yourself up and devastating your self-esteem. My game plan is taking it a bite at a time. What’s your’s? Maybe it’s taking it a day at a time, going back to your diet tomorrow. Maybe it’s getting angry and becoming more determined then ever to succeed.
Have you ever been at a Weight Watchers or TOPS meeting and noticed several people there who are slim and trim? What about those Jenny Craig and Nutri/System ad’s with their before and after pictures? They make losing weight look so effortless, but remember, in reality, these people have been dieting for years.
Without effort and action, you will not succeed. You can’t wish your weight away. You have to work at it and be prepared for those times when you slip, so you can pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and move on…
Losing weight demands preparation, effort and commitment to come to fruition.
Revision date: June 21, 2011
Last revised: by Janet A. Staessen, MD, PhD