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The real reason why you don't lose weight

We are completing week 1 of the New Year. How many resolutions have you given up on thus far? According to Jonathan Roche, the owner and lead coach in the NO EXCUSES WORKOUTS company and program, by the second week of January, 80% of people will have abandoned their resolutions, and by the end of January, 98% will have called it quits entirely. Will you be in the 2% who decide getting healthy is truly a passion of yours? Because if it isn't, losing weight will be a lost cause for you and you will never succeed because it is not your priority.

Do you huff and puff when playing with children? Can you make it to the top of a stairway without gasping for breath? Do you have clothes in your closet singing that “just in case I do lose weight permanently” mantra? Is walking from a parking lot taxing your entire body? Are you constantly tired because you are carrying around an extra 20+ pounds? (Of course you are!) Did you once have a gym membership and have not used it in months? Finally, is your excuse that you don’t have time? Really? You have time to watch TV and play on Facebook (as Jonathan repeats) and spend hours on the phone, but you don’t have time, so you say, to exercise. The list goes on and on.

If any of these ring a bell with you, the question you really have to ask yourself is: How important is it for me to be healthy, to be around to see my children get married, or my grandchildren graduate from high school? How important is it to not lose a foot to diabetes or go blind with it? To not have to constantly worry about getting the many diseases and conditions directly related to being overweight and obese?

We know one thing for sure: WE WILL ALL DIE. The question is: How much do we want to rush that date forward because of bad habits that have resulted in an unhealthy and dangerous weight?

Is it a matter of willpower? The jury seems to think not. It is a matter of PASSION and FOCUS on what is MOST IMPORTANT to you. Face it, some people find watching TV more important than exercising. In her book, 168 Hours – You Have More Time Than You Think, Laura Vanderkam, says in her rather interesting approach to time management, that people need to identify their core competencies, just like companies do, and examine where they are spending time that is wasted or better spent elsewhere. In short, you need to look at where you are allocating your time. We all have the same amount—168 hours a week—so why are some people way more productive than others? Why do some manage to exercise daily, and you cannot pull yourself away from the TV or computer?

We all have a choice in how we spend our 168 hours each week and, as Vanderkam says, you have more time than you think you do. People who get the most out of life, she says, spend as much of their time as possible on their core competency activities, and as little as possible on other things.

Her book is in the Albuquerque library. Check your local library for it.

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