Who Can Win at the Weight Loss Game? You, Dat’s Who!

by Anne Bennett on February 9, 2010

Lately I’ve read so many self-help books that they’re all beginning to sound alike. The most recent, and a New York Times best-seller, is “The Happiness Project”.  One of the author’s suggestions is to tackle a new happiness challenge each month (a variation of the “one small step at a time” theory). The February challenge is love.

Since I’m not that nice, I’m going to skip this month’s challenge and wait for the one where we get to find happiness by gossiping about others. That sounds like way more fun to me.

Getting back to the subject of self-help, I read a lot in an effort to discover how we can make lasting changes in our lives, such as losing weight and keeping it off. I’ve come to the conclusion that the answer doesn’t lie in books. Yes, books can provide philosophical guildelines, such as finding our true selves and staying positive,  as well as practical suggestions, such as eating healthful foods and using smaller plates.

But unless you’ve been stranded on a distant planet and just made it back to earth, you already know that. You also know that losing weight isn’t easy. Neither is keeping it off. Take it from me, there is no book that will make the proverbial light bulb go off in your head and render the process effortless.

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A dyed-in-the-wool Saints Fan!

So where do we turn for inspiration? Real life. And I can think of no better example of the improbable becoming the inevitable than last Sunday’s Super Bowl.

The New Orleans Saints had been reviled as the worst team in football, so bad that fans came to their games wearing paper bags over their heads and chanting,  “Who dat? Who dat? Who dat say dey gonna beat dem Saints?”

Four years ago, when Hurricane Katrina submerged 85% of the city in water and turned the Saint’s super dome into a homeless shelter, the team seriously considered leaving town and going to a more profitable venue. But they stayed, because they loved their city and they had a crazy–some would say foolhardy–determination to try, try again.

This year they made it all the way to Miami for their very first Super Bowl appearance ever, albeit as the underdogs. (Love those dog analogies.)

A sign of what believing in yourself can do.

A sign of what believing in yourself can do.

The rest, as they say, is history. This team’s improbable victory is a great example of what it takes to win. Forget about past failures. They’re history. Ignore the naysayers (including yourself). Negative talk goes absolutely nowhere.

Believe that you can accomplish anything you set out to do. Be stubborn about it if you have to, but do not take no for an answer. You know what you have to do, and you can do it.

Do I sound like a cheer leader? I am, sort of. Go, team, go!

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