There is something about the unknown makes us want to discover and overcome challenges most would think are unattainable and perhaps even downright crazy. Think about great conquerors of history. I bet the first men to climb to the summit of Mt. Everest, New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Tenzing Norgay, and the first man to fly around the world, Wiley Hardeman Post, and others such as Amelia Earhart, Christopher Columbus, and countless other courageous souls did not sit around lamenting about needing to lose weight. These men and women were adventurers, curious risk takers ready to take on the challenges before them and change the mindsets of the entire world. The last problem they would allow to get in their way was their weight.
So what motivates these great pioneers and adventurist to take on these challenges and not stop until they succeed? I am not sure, but I do remember George Mallory, a Brit who took part in the first three British expeditions to climb Mt. Everest, and when asked why he wanted to climb Mt. Everest, he answered, “Because it is there.”
Could it be these brave people took on these challenges because the challenges they were working to meet were tangible? You can see Mt. Everest, and you know where the start line is and where is the finish line. Maybe deep down in their souls, when a challenge came before them, their souls could not allow them to pass up a moment to be great, a moment to see what they are really made of.
So how courageous are we when it comes to meeting the challenges of losing weight? How badly do our souls yearn to know what good health feels like, and the effects of being a normal weight? Are we brave enough to change our mindsets to make us the best version of us we can be?
We may know the benefits of losing weight, and we may know we will look and feel better, but do we have the patience and perseverance stick to our plan of action to reach our goals. In other words, if we could visualize in our mind how terrific we would look at a healthy weight, then maybe we could sustain our motivation to reach our weight goals, regain our heath and vigor, and change our mindsets.
Sometimes we can physically see the obstacles before us such as in climbing
Mt. Everest. And sometimes we have to trust that even though we do not know what we may face on the other side of the mountain, we just know our lives will be forever changed. Like the pilgrims who left the lives they knew well behind for a life they envisioned to be so much better, or the pioneers that crossed our nation seeking to create the life they felt they deserved to have, we are no different in our journey to lose weight, be healthy, and forever change our mindsets especially when it comes to the relationship we have with food and our bodies.
It takes courage to change our lives. It takes a fighting spirit to not give in to the bad eating habits, old mindsets, and old unhealthy lifestyles. Be brave enough to cross-uncharted waters into the world of health. Let’s think of ourselves as great conquerors, pioneers, and adventurers, knowing there will be great reward, even treasure, at the end of our journey – the reward of health, the treasure of feeling the vigor and energy of a beautiful body, and knowledge that the mindset we change today will lead us to peace in our mind, body and soul because our relationship with our body and mind will be treated with the respect it is due, and this is sacred to us.
Until we meet again, this is Linda Misleh Wagner, Future Former Fatty.
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