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Waiting For A Wake Up Call?

With everyone carrying smart phones having alarms/alerts as part of the their features, I am not sure if the old-fashioned “wake up call” exists anymore at hotels.  I do know in the past you could alert the front desk to place a call to your hotel room so you wouldn’t be late for a flight or business meeting.

The term “wake up call” I am referring to is this: something that serves to alert a person to a problem, danger, or need.  Perhaps in certain circumstances, a “wake up call” is akin to “hitting the bottom”.  As an example, the person drinking far too much alcohol may receive his/her “wake up call” by getting arrested for a DUI.  Unfortunately, in this example, it took a major, negative life changing for the person to realize that a major problem exists.

Now, to the weight control arena:  What can be examples of “wake up calls” for  overweight/obese people to become very serious and steadfast in their weight control efforts?  Based on stories patients relate to me, here are some examples:

  • Receiving a diagnosis from their doctor about some life-threatening medical illness tied to their poor weight control, such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer
  • Going on a family vacation and not having the energy to keep up with everyone else.
  • Seeing a picture that was taken and being appalled about how old/in bad shape they look
  • Finally realizing that the daily pain requiring anti-inflammatory or other meds can be alleviated by losing weight

These examples, and more, are the “wake-up calls” that produce a definitive action such as calling the SP Program for help, joining a gym, starting a “diet” etc.

Clearly, when looking at the various “wake up call” reasons, none of them seem to be a “good” thing other than serving as motivation.

So, the point:  Do NOT wait for a “wake-up call” to become very serious and focused on your weight control efforts.  Sometimes, a “wake-up call” can be so serious that it is too late to be awakened.

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