It is nearly 8 months ago when Dr Ellsmere asked those words “Are you committed to this?”. I was taken aback when asked that, for I had already lost 169 pounds, surely that must show commitment? I hesitated in answering him and gave a very weak “yes”. But after going home, reading and seeing that there was a lot more I could do… the word commitment took on a whole new different meaning.
“Commitment is what transforms the promise into reality.
It is the words that speak, boldly of your intentions.
And the actions which speak, louder than the words.
It is making the time, when there is none.
Coming through, time after time after time, year after year after year.
Commitment is the stuff character is made of;
The power to change the face of things.
It is the daily triumph of integrity over skepticism.”
It is said, “There is a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.”
I needed to be committed to me.
I dug in, did what needed to be done, stuck with it even when things were real hard… and today as a result in learning what I did, I continue on this journey stronger. Losing weight is hard work, and many do not see that part, or hear the conflict within…. they see the weight loss, not the doubt, sweat, tears, uncertainty and alone-ness one can feel on this journey at times.
8 months later and with 155 more pounds gone, I can say with no hesitation or doubt, yes I am committed. Of all the times I have dieted, lost then gained again and then some…. those days are gone. I realized I never changed my lifestyle or my behaviors; I just followed a diet only to return to the way I once was. I was not committed. I can say, without a doubt the pounds gone are gone forever…. I did not lose them, I will not be trying to find them EVER AGAIN.
For those of you struggling with a lifestyle change, I ask you “Are you committed to this?” I hope for your own health you will examine yourself honestly and make those changes.“

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