You know what's amazing? We, as human beings, hold so much power over our future. As autonomous creatures, we have the power to make thousands of choices per day that impact the outcome of the day, the week, the year, a life, others lives.
I was at the grocery store today waiting on my prescription (2nd round of antibiotics for “the funk“) and saw a lady in one of the stores motorized scooters that was carrying 4 cases of soda in the front of the basket, along with some other sweet baked goods and candies. I originally noticed her because the soda cases looked like they weighed more than the lady behind the basket, and she could barely see around them. She was also waiting for a prescription and tore into a box of cookies and shrugged at me and said “there goes my new years resolution!”
I smiled and nodded, but in my mind, I wanted to say back to her: “Why is this the end of the resolution? You can restart at any time!” Before starting this weight loss journey, my mind probably would have screamed: “LADY! PUT THE SUGAR DOWN, OR ELSE!”
So why the change in my reaction? I don't have the power to hit her reset button. Just as The Biggest Loser can't make someone keep the weight off or your mother can't shame you into working out, no one can make a decision for you that will help you make a life change.
Awesome things about the reset button:
- It's always available (even if it's not 1.1.11)
- There's no limit to how many times you can push it
- You have all the power you need to push it
I write a lot about making choices, and how weight loss and fitness success comes from making a succession of proper choices. So if you find yourself struggling after losing the momentum of the new year, remember that you always have the choice of hitting your reset button.