While the title of this column may give away the question I’m about to pose to you, here goes: What if I told you that there’s a way to get started on your health and weight loss journey, today? What if I told you that it’s extremely simple, and just takes a little bit of willpower and determination?
Look, when a new opportunity presents itself, we often tend to push it off. We humans are not fans of change. We like to stay enthralled in our daily routines, so when a new task or a new project presents itself, we tend to put it off until the “perfect” time arises.
You know—when you’re done with that project at work, or when your kids’ school gets out for summer and they go away for sleepaway camp or when grandma gets out of the hospital.
Here’s a piece of advice I learned and re-learned many times on my personal 100-pound weight loss journey: There’s never a perfect time. You may think that the stars will align for that time to come, but I can assure you, they won’t.
Why won’t it come? Because you’re just going to come up with another excuse, because if you’ve been putting this off, that’s what you’ve been doing in the first place. At the end of the day, trying to legitimize your putting off your weight loss journey is just that: excuse making.
I get it—you have stuff going on. Everybody’s situations are different. But, speaking from personal experience on both my 100-pound weight loss journey and during my time working with others on theirs, I’ve heard every excuse in the book.
So, if you’ve been thinking about starting (or restarting) for a while, but you’re waiting for the stars to align, please do me this one favor: Don’t wait. You’re wasting precious time when the simplest thing to do is start.
There are also recipes that can help you get started. If you’re addicted to grains in the form of bread, pasta and rice, and you’re a sandwich savant, then I have a healthy gluten-free bread recipe that can be prepared in just 40 minutes. Free copies are available at www.weightlossbypete.com/glutenfreebreadrecipe.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Don’t put things off until tomorrow. It can be as simple as going for a walk around the block. It can be as minuscule as going to the grocery store and buying healthy meat, produce and snacks to help fuel you on your journey.
Pete Weintraub is a local permanent weight loss specialist. Visit www.weightlossbypete.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 516-659-0195 to learn more.