I don’t know if you have ever set a goal to lose weight. Based on data collected by YouGov in 2018 48% of you set that very goal in January 2019 alone! Guess what? I was one of those 48% who set that goal in 2019. I also had that goal in 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, and 2014.
Anyone who knows me knows that if I have a goal I will work on it until completion. And when I set a goal to lose weight all those years, I accomplished it EVERY SINGLE TIME. I would set a goal to lose 20 lbs and BOOM I worked and worked to make it happen.
The problem is that after I accomplished the goal the weight would come back. This is usually referred to as “Yo-Yo Dieting”. When it came time to set goals for 2020 I was so frustrated that I chose to exclude health and fitness from my list.
I figured, “What’s the point? I’m tired of setting these goals, achieving them, and having nothing to show for it a few months down the road. So, I started the year with no goal related to weight loss.
During a trip at the end of January this year I was still thinking about why I remain so frustrated with my weight. I wondered, “What If I’m approaching this the wrong way?”
I went back to my goal setting notes from all those years to see why I set those goals. What stood out was that over the course of those years two statements kept coming up every year:
- I don’t want to weigh as much as I do.
- I am tired of losing weight only to see it come back.
The question staring me in the face was scary then and is still scary today. If this is as important as I say it is, what am I willing to do to prove it?
At the beginning of February I started to think hard about what I was willing to do. In March the pandemic arrived in Atlanta and shoved the answer in my face:
You are going to have to change your entire life.