One of the common excuses I hear from people who say they want to lose weight but can’t because of “blah-blah-blah” is because of the cost of eating healthy.
Commonly, this is stated by people who buy their Starbucks every morning, and eat out breakfast, lunch and dinner at fast food joints. There is no way that these people are spending less than I spend on an average day to eat 5 very nutritious meals a day. My average daily expenditure is well under $10 dollars for all my meals total.
Even on a cheap, fast food diet – it would be very difficult to eat 3 meals, let alone 5 meals for under $15.00. The truth is that eating healthy, especially if you prepare your meals at home and take them with you, is very inexpensive. My wife and I figured it out; when we began to eat healthy we were saving $200-400 dollars a month by not eating fast food or low end eating out- we still have occasional date nights at nice restaurants.
The reality is that the cost of eating healthy is just an untrue excuse. Similarly, all excuses like cost of food, no time, bad influences or no-support are just that, excuses.
Excuses and blame are cut from the same mold. Neither one can exist if you are to be successful losing weight. Excuses and blame create a prison within the mind of the person using them. By pointing your finger at things outside of yourself as to why you just can’t lose weight, you are robbing yourself of power you possess. This power - your personal power is the very key to personal freedom and permanent weight loss.
Even when you lose weight on a diet and then gain the weight back; if you blame that diet for your lost result, then you are positioning yourself in your prison as a victim. In my past, I lost and gained weight back on seven different diets, so I know how easy it is to play the blame game.
So how did I begin the process of changing my result? I took responsibility!
Permanent weight loss will never be achieved until you take responsibility for your life and your health.
The second you start to tell yourself that you and you alone are responsible for your health and the weight your presently have, you will get your power back. By taking responsibility for your present state of health, you place the responsibility for action likewise upon yourself and will start actively finding a way to move boldly towards your goal!
When you blame, make excuses or justify – you accomplish the other, weakening your position and shutting down appropriate action!
Taking responsibility for your health and your results are one of the keys to permanent change and successful weight loss!
Here is something that you should begin to say to yourself with emotion everyday!
“ I am responsible for my health, I am responsible for my feelings, I am responsible for my weight loss results!”
Try repeating that 5-10 times each day and see if your life doesn’t change dramatically!