Have you ever looked at yourself in the mirror and find someone looking back at you that you didn’t recognize? You check around to see if someone was playing a practical joke on you? Then, you slowly realize you are looking at yourself?
That happened to me, I was looking at my reflection and saw a person who slightly resembled me but was nearly 100 lbs overweight. My inner radio station kicked in and played the Talking Heads lyrics “And you may ask yourself – Well, how did I get here?”
Instead of jumping into action and do something about my weight, I actually started to defend myself with excuses:
“I had surgeries not long ago, how can I exercise when I can barely walk?”
“I can’t exercise, it’s too painful!”
“I have to care for my family members and too busy”
“I’m not as young as I used to be and my metabolism is slow”
Find a Way, Not an Excuse
Begrudgingly, I decided those obnoxious quotes about excuses where probably right. I realized it was time to stop the excuses and to do something about my health and weight and make a plan.
There is no one right way to diet and so many ways to go about it. I found the key is to find something that works for you and stick to it. Since I am a trained Project Manager, I decided that I would tackle this the way I knew best – as an improvement project for myself! I drew up my own personal Weight Loss Project Charter and outlined my DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control) steps to get ‘er done!
Next time: The “Healthy Me Project”
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