I had a patient come in yesterday who is on a weight loss journey. She has been very successful up to this point, but she informed me that the last 3 weeks has been a struggle. She had been very excited 3 weeks ago because she suddenly became not hungry anymore. She was eating extremely little during the day and her family members became very worried. They threatened to take her to the hospital. That was a wake up call!
Luckily, she identified that she was stepping into the world of “disordered eating”, and she immediately made the necessary changes. We discussed the fact that her “why” had strayed from “gaining health” to “losing weight”. We re-established her “why” and she recommitted to making the necessary lifestyle choices to gain her health back.
What’s your why? You may have many “whys” in your life – in your work, in your family, in your faith – identify your whys and make sure they are congruent with your beliefs. If your why is to make a lot of money so you can retire and enjoy life, what happens if you sacrifice your relationships with friends and family and end up spending your retirement alone? Or worse yet, what if you sacrifice your health and end up dying prematurely, leaving your friends and family alone?
Find your why and live life accordingly – you only get one shot at it, so make it count!