I've been thinking a lot recently about what caused the diet and exercise changes to stick this time. I've tried a few times before to lose weight, and did for a few weeks. Then went back to old habits. So what was different now?
I really, down to the core, wanted it. The other times I tried, I didn't really want it, it just seemed like it would be a good thing to do. So I played at it. Didn't take it seriously. Just played at it.
This time was different. I started snoring. I had sleep apnia. My BP was much too high. I went to the ER thinking I had a heart attack 16 months ago (turned out to be anxiety). I had heart palpitations. To be blunt, I was scared. This time, I really wanted to lose the weight. Need had nothing to do with it. Knowing it would me me healthier had nothing to do with it.
I wanted it. Badly. So I did it. I made all of the changes that needed to be made for the weight loss to stick. I woke up in the morning one day, got on the scale, and made all those changes. No going back, no scaling down. All at once.
On reading some of the posts on this forum, I question whether some of you have the commitment required, have the want required. Are you playing at loosing weight? Or are you going to do it. Now. Cut out the junk, cut out the soda, drink lots of water, scale back the intake, get on the bicycle or hit the gym at a minimum of 4 days a week for an hour of exercise each time (wandering from machine to machine at the gym isn't time spent exercising!). As they say in the ad, Just do it!
For those of you that want to lose weight, good luck. Make the changes you need and do it. But you have to really want it. No excuses.