4 Questions You Need To Answer

4 Questions You Need To Answer

4 Questions You Need To Answer

by Diana Rissell

Afriend, lets just call her Josie, asked me to meet her at Chick-Fil-A. After an hour and a half of talking through what she could be doing to lose weight and improve her overall health she looked me in the eye, sighed heavily and said, “Isn’t there just a pill I can take?”

She stopped taking my calls after that conversation.

Losing weight is hard work, like any change. Even when we want to change and know we need it, we still resist it. We get stuck in what the change will do to how we live – and it’s scary. We side with familiar over fear, as Josie did. She didn’t see possibilities. She saw disruption and didn’t think it was worth it.

For so many of the people I have worked with, and for me, losing weight is more mental and emotional than physical. That probably explains why it’s so frustratingly hard. Most of us already know what healthy is and what needs to change, but none of that makes it any easier. We have to “unpack our stuff.”

All of the people I’ve met who are holding a healthier weight after losing weight have done the really hard work. Maybe the weight loss came fairly easy – and lots of diet programs are successful with this part – but staying the course and maintaining the healthier weight long term surely isn’t.

Here are the four important questions to start the mental and emotional prep work. Keep them handy, because you’re going to need to answer them regularly.

  1. What do you want? Lots of people talk to me about eating healthier and then are frustrated when a month goes by, and they haven’t lost any weight. Those are two different goals – lots of overlap but different.
  2. Can I do this for a long time? Whatever eating plan you choose, can you “live” it? Will it help you lose weight? Many programs out there do that, but then … nothing. Can you see your future in what you are doing, and are you OK with it?
  3. Do you have support? It is said that we are the five people we hang out with the most. So, who’s in your circle? Are they with you on this journey to eating healthier? Or are they dropping by on Friday night
    with chips and mojitos?
  4. Why? Yes, finding your why has become a cliché … but it works. When the changes you are making get tough – and they will – what do you call to mind to push past the perceived pain? What keeps you in the game while staying patient and being consistent to get to your goals?

Do the hard work to answer the questions. Accept that you may not be ready yet. But know that the disruptions and changes to your life, your routine (maybe even to your friends!) are worth it. Not a single person I know who has done the hard work and is living at a healthier weight has ever said, “Gee, I wish I hadn’t done that!”


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