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Comparing REASONS

There are two definitions of “REASON” as a noun:

  1. a cause, explanation, or justification for an action or event.
  2. the power of the mind to think, understand, and form judgements by a process of logic

Let’s bring the concept of “REASONS” to the weight control arena.  If I asked you to delineate the REASONS why you want to lose/control weight, this list may include:

  • I would probably have much more energy
  • I would feel better about my “look”
  • I would fit into my favorite clothes that do not fit anymore
  • I would lower my cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar numbers
  • I would lessen my chances of developing cancers such as colon, pancreatic, breast, uterine and others
  • I would spend less money on medications that are treating weight-related co-morbidities
  • I would be able to keep up better with my kids and grandchildren in physical activities

There are many more REASONS that could be added to this list.

Now. Let’s think of a REASONS list as to why we want to eat a high-caloric dessert or down a bunch of alcohol:

  • I would have an immediate “feel good” reaction
  • I would have a temporary (I repeat, temporary) lessening of stress/anxiety and may sleep better
  • I would have (temporary) fun with the people around me doing the same eating/drinking

Can you think of many more items for this REASONS list?

Now, let’s look at the second REASON definition:  If you allowed your mind to think, understand and form judgements by a process of logic, which “REASONS” list would prevail and govern your behavior?  Clearly the REASONS why we should be steadfast in our weight loss efforts would completely override the REASONS why we overeat and overdrink our way into poor weight control.

Write out your own REASONS list and use this as a motivation to shed that weight.

And here is one of my favorite bands, “Earth, Wind and Fire” singing “REASONS”.

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