Cut the Fat in Your Life
People look at me funny when I tell them I need to drop 10-15 pounds. “You look fine, you don’t need to drop weight.” That’s when I know they miss the point. They assume I’m trying to “look” good, when in fact I have a purpose.
My goal is to qualify for the Boston Marathon. It’s not been as easy as I hoped as I struggle to balance my training with my life at work, as a father and husband. I’ve struggled with injury the past few training seasons and realized that I needed to drop weight, 10-15 pounds, in order to keep my body injury free and to run faster.
My weight loss serves a purpose and will help me meet a goal that is important to me. In order to meet that goal I will shed pounds over the summer and as a result become leaner, faster, and healthier. This will allow my body to take on the challenge of running 26.2 miles over the course of three hours, more importantly, it gives me a better shot of staying injury free during the four months of training leading up to the race.
How about you? What is “weighing” you down in your life? To the world you “appear” fine. You look the part, but deep down you know you’re injured. Something is holding you back and stopping you from being your best. You know what it is, but do you have the courage to cut it out of your life?
The truth is, we all have a “weight” problem. These are issues in our lives that we allow to hold us back. We give those issues permission to weigh us down, when in fact it truly is a choice and we are in control of it all. To lose 15 pounds, I must choose to walk away from certain foods and habits in order to become leaner and faster. I stop eating for taste and satisfying my taste buds in pursuit of a greater, more important goal.
If you truly want to elevate your life, then you must let go of something in order to get lighter, leaner and faster. No one is an exception. We all must cut some “fat” from our lives and give up something that we are holding onto in order to make our lives better.
Do you have the courage to turn away from a certain habit or issue in your life? If so, then implement these four things:
- Set a goal. I need a race to train for and so do you. It may not be a marathon, but it’s something you desire and is important to you. A worthy goal will require you to give up something to obtain it. What is your goal?
- Give up stuff. We allow too much junk to creep into our lives. It feels good to shed bad habits from our lives. It’s not easy, but it feels good. Make a list of habits that you will need to give up in order to reach your goal, then pick one and give it up today.
- Write it down. Take out a 3×5 card and a big, fat, obnoxious black marker and write the goal and what you will give up to achieve it. Then post it on your wall so you can look at it every day. It will be a constant reminder of what you desire to accomplish.
- Tell someone. Don’t make a big announcement on your Facebook page. Instead, tell someone close to you about your goal and ask them to check on you and hold you accountable. Accountability is a great tool.
This is your year. I don’t care where you’ve been or the obstacles that lie ahead in your future, you were created to accomplish something great. Shed the fat and start moving towards that goal. What is stirring in your heart right now? What are you going to do about it? Start by writing it down!