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The word “promise” us used as a verb: assure someone that one will definitely do, give, or arrange something; undertake or declare that something will happen.

And, can be used as a noun: a declaration or assurance that one will do a particular thing or that a particular thing will happen

We all would like to think of ourselves as people that live up to our promises.  If we promise our children a trip to Disney World and this does not happen, we most certainly let them down in a big time manner  During a wedding ceremony vows (promises) are exchanged and with the divorce rate being far greater than 50%, these promises are often broken.

How about promises made to yourself?  How “good” are you at being a person of your word and following through with those promises?  Most people (including me) are not very good at keeping self-promises and are far better at following through on promises to others.

Long-term weight control requires focus, discipline, attention and the trade-off of  defraying lots of immediate gratification for the sake of long-term gratification.  When we make “New Years Resolutions” or similar self-promises at other times of the year to live a healthier lifestyle, what is the likelihood of keeping those promises?   Well, with the U.S. overweight rate of clos to 70% the answer is that we are not very good at all at keeping those promises.

Look in the mirror and ask yourself whether you are a person that keeps your promises.  If the answer is “yes” (and I hope it is) then be steadfast in following through on the action items needed to bring you to a much healthier and happier weight.  I promise you that you will be happy you kept those promises.