Alas, your brain may not be able to distinguish very well between belief and fact....
The slowest competitor has as much reason as the fastest to give his or her best effort until the finish line is reached.Matt Fitzgerald from How Bad Do You Want It?
You might define self-discipline per the above quote. It’s a matter of putting in your best effort regardless of the sacrifices required.
Whether or not you give you all to a goal is determined by one key question: Is it worth it?
My goal is to lose weight and I certainly could do that if I gave it my very best effort. Anyone who has tried to lose weight understands that getting into shape after years of deconditioning is a Herculean task. Not for the faint of heart.
In fact, research suggests that the relatively straightforward process is nearly impossible for all of us to achieve, boasting a 97% failure rate, not including those who gain the weight back.
Were we to include those who lost weight only to gain it back, the numbers are even more disheartening because the vast majority of people put the weight back on and then some.
And yet so many overweight people continue trying new diets and schemes to melt away those added pounds, only to fail and retry with a new scheme a short while later. No one needs an introduction to yo-yo dieting. It’s a vicious cycle that almost everyone with a goal to be slimmer endures.
Nevermind that. The better question is this: Why don’t those of us who desperately want to lose weight actually follow through?
To be fair, losing weight requires facing a dreadful triple threat of obstacles.
Your body resists losing pounds as if you were trying to kill it
Your mind craves the fattening foods that have become familiar, especially during moments of stress
Big Food corporations make stunning efforts, spending billions on advertising in order to manipulate the masses into believing their wildly unhealthy products are indispensable.
Facing these apparently insurmountable odds, the logical choice is to give up. It might even be a psychologically healthier choice. If a friend were obsessed with purchasing lottery tickets to his own financial detriment, would you encourage that behavior?
Successful, long-term weight loss – based on a clear understanding of the research – is starting to appear so unlikely that the only rational choice seems to be to let it go and focus on self-acceptance.
Is it worth it? If your answer is yes, then you can count on the fight of your life, regardless of what weight loss marketers have to say. The gloriously few people who have made the permanent transition from fat to fit tend to turn the effort into a religious crusade that they’ve realized must continue with vigilance until the day they die.
If you’re not up for this kind of hyper-focus and an endless string of painful choices, then let it go. Learn to enjoy life as an overweight person. It would be so much easier if you could, right?
But if you’re up for tackling the impossible, then you must make weight loss your personal Mount Everest that you spend the rest of your life climbing. Ready?
Basecamp is having a solid answer to the question: Is it worth it? It’s not enough to merely say yes. You’ve got to mean it. And you absolutely need to believe in all the reasons behind that yes that you mean.
Here are my reasons the nearly impossible weight loss journey is worth the sacrifice.
Self-respect. Even though more and more science suggests that being overweight in.
Energy. Being fit = tons more energy than being fat.
Looks. Not going to deny that looking better is one of those shallow pleasures that is hard to resist!
Confidence. Not a panacea, but it will help with social confidence.
Longevity. Seems like a longer life is probably with greater fitness.
Revenge. Why not? All my fat family will see my success and hopefully feel bad about themselves and their unconscious indoctrination around food.
Something to prove. I need to prove this to myself!
Better sex. Undeniable.
Walk the talk. I teach people how to get what they want for crying out loud!
Are all the above benefits worth it?
This is interesting because I am not in shape right now. Therefore, all the above bennies have NOT been worth it in my mind. I am opting for the opposite of the above in my life, every single day.
Maybe this is the reason.