I have a question for you.
If a doctor told you today, “You need to lose 40 pounds or you’ll be dead within a year”.
What would you do?
Hubs reads sales and marketing books FOR ENTERTAINMENT. Mostly, I find him funny and entertaining and witty and intelligent. The reading of marketing books for fun? Well, we all put up with little idiosyncrasies, right?
Anyway, you can’t live with someone for 16 years and NOT learn at least a little bit about what they love, even if it doesn’t hold much interest for you.
This is what I have learned: We humans are motivated in one of two ways. Desire of gain and fear of pain. Of the two? Pain is the stronger motivator.
How bad does your pain have to be before you are no longer comfortable with it?
I’ve been at my halfway point for the past six months. I would REALLY like to drop this next 40 lbs. I would LIKE for stress to not be so detrimental to my goals.
I’ve been having some tests run for a little physical weirdness I have going on. The first thing they wanted to rule out was type 2 diabetes. And they did. I am NOT diabetic.
I KNOW how crazy this sounds (but we’ve established that I’m a bit insane, right) But a part of me WANTED the results to come back high. Not scary high, like I would need insulin or I was in danger of losing my feet. But high enough that I would have NO CHOICE but to get back on the straight and narrow. Finding out that I am diabetic would have made my pain great enough to motivate me.
Disclaimer: To any readers who have Type 2 diabetes. Try not to be TOO annoyed by this. I understand implicitly that I don’t understand what you go through.
I’ve been reading some motivational material. Both in book form and on blogs. They have GREAT ideas and if I put them into practice I’m sure I would benefit. But I’m not feeling it.
I TRIED envisioning myself at the weight I want to be. I just get distracted and start thinking about important stuff, like paying bills, car repairs and ruling the world.
I have good intentions when it comes to positive affirmations, but then I just think about Stuart Smalley and how he’s a senator now and then that morphs into thinking about other former Saturday Night Live cast members and before you know it, me and the baby boy are shouting “More Cowbell”! Sooo…you CAN’T motivate yourself to lose weight if you’re thinking about cowbells. It’s scientifically impossible.
Go ahead, find the science to prove that statement false. I can wait.
So, what I’m going to do is EXACTLY what I would do if a doctor told me I need to lose 40 pounds over the next year.
I’m gonna lose 40 pounds.
How about you? What do you need to get you motivated? Pain? How much pain?
How much pain are you already in? Isn’t it time to stop?
Wouldn’t it be nice to be free?
For a small fee, I would be willing to pretend to be your doctor and give you the dire news if that’s what it takes to light a fire under your ass.
I’m sweet like that.