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Why do you want to lose weight? Think about it. Is it only because your doctor told you so? Is it because of a nagging spouse, “you were thinner when we met in high school”? Or a relative who wishes well, but finds just the wrong way to show their concern?

Let me tell you that weight loss won’t work unless you do it for you. You have to be the reason that you’re losing weight. You’re not doing it to make anyone else happy. They might be pleasantly surprised as a side-effect, but you need to be the primary reason for your weight loss, right? You are worth losing weight and taking care of yourself!

Since Day One, I’ve always realized that I am most important in the weight loss game. Even so, back then, my motivation was superficial: when I was a teenager losing weight, I was thrilled to be able to wear cute clothes, just like my friends did. So, I kept myself in mind while losing the weight, but with vanity as a higher priority (hey, I was a teenager!). Now, while I’m still the focus, it is for different reasons. I keep my weight in a healthy range because I have had a few knee surgeries, and I wouldn’t think of putting too much weight on that leg. Nor would I think of eating too much junk after a health scare early this year.

Whatever your motivation, make sure that you make your healthy changes with you as your top priority. What are you doing for your health today? (Me, just like most Tuesdays, I’m eating all vegan/no processed food.)

Have you ever had a day, an hour, a moment that you were having so much fun, you didn’t want it to end? Wouldn’t it be great to experience a lot of these moments? (Oh, and best yet, if we could get paid for them!)

I’ve been reading a lot of goal-setting blogs and books recently, including Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi. Ferrazi’s focus is more on networking, but he writes a great chapter on goals and finding your mission in life.

You might be thinking by now—wait, isn’t this a health and wellness blog? But think about it: if we aren’t mentally fulfilled, it’s hard to get started on improving our physical health. I believe the body and mind together need to be healthy!

That said, how do we “find our dreams”? I’m still working on fine-tuning my own, and I’m afraid to say that you won’t read a book, wake up tomorrow morning, and find instant clarity. But here are some things to get you started:

First, try to let go of any expectations of what you “should” be doing. Several of my college classmates grew up in families of physicians, so it was expected that they would earn an M.D. as well—even if they were not interested in pursuing medicine. Yet, there they were, sitting next to me in organic chemistry class. Sometimes, even if you excel in a field, if you dread the work, maybe it’s not work you should pursue.

Now that you’ve cleared any expectations from your mind, sit in a quiet place with your favorite writing implement and a piece of paper. Write down anything that comes to mind that excites you, no matter how silly it may seem. Include in that list any activity (remember, we’re including the abstract and ridiculous) in which you’ve totally lost track of time.

After you’ve been writing for half an hour or so, look back over your list. Do you notice any themes? Any common threads? Hey, you’re hopefully closer to identifying your passion!

Now, go for it! Do you have any contacts or friends in that field that you can talk to, about how to get started? In the end, their advice might fine-tune your route slightly off your initial path, but you will undoubtedly learn a lot along the way. And whatever you do, it’s far better than sitting around with unrealized dreams! (Yes… even the silly ones.)

So, what are the dreams that you are pursuing? I’d love to hear about them!

Some days, it seems like life is a never-ending to-do list. And when you look at that list, it feels like we get farther and farther underwater. Worse yet, you’re trying to fine-tune your healthy choices, adding more exercise and fresh veggies into the mix. Doesn’t it just make you feel so far behind the curve?

Hang on! Before you drown in a pint of ice cream, I have a better exercise for the soul. Take out a piece of paper and a pen. Or pencil. Or crayon – whichever you prefer. Think back over the past six months, and write down all of your accomplishments. Come on… we all have them! I’m not just talking about health and nutrition-related accomplishments – anything that just makes ya feel good. You were the best salesperson in your department last quarter? Hey, awesome! You drank two of your big waterbottles every day last month? Rock on! Anything that makes you feel good about yourself, just write it down! Now, look back over your list and realize… hey, I have accomplished a lot of great stuff over the past several months!

This is a great tool for any of us when we’re feeling stuck in a rut, worthless, and gloomy. It just might provide you with the boost of positivity you need to get yourself going on the right path again!

Now, it’s your turn: if anyone wants to brag about their spectacular accomplishments below, here’s your space!

I’ve always wanted to lose 30 pounds. I just don’t know where to start…

Is this you? How many times have you said this to yourself? I’ve been there, more than once. Okay, more than twice.

Think about this: if you have 500 emails in your inbox to reply to, do you run away in fear? (Hm, maybe you do.) No, generally, you set a goal of replying to 20 before the lunch hour, then another 20 before the end of the day, and another 50 the next work day… Are you getting the picture, here?

The idea is to set small intermediate goals, that will help you reach your overall goal. Say you want to lose 30 pounds in the next 6 months. So, why not split that up evenly, and lose 5 pounds each month? That makes it a heck of a lot easier to hit your target.

And if it helps, you can give yourself rewards – preferably not food-oriented – for reaching each of your milestones! I like to give myself something really nice for the big goal at the end, but it’s also nice to incent ourselves for the smaller pitstops along the way. It doesn’t have to be anything expensive, either; just think of something you consider to be a simple luxury, such as a long bath, or a few hours to yourself away from the kids. Our rewards don’t have to cost a lot!

Keep on keeping track of the short-range goals, and before you know it – you will have reached the end! Just break it down into manageable chunks!

P.S. I’m back on the Vegan Tuesday bandwagon… and much more successfully, this time!

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