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17 oct

Are You Diet Ready?

LauraFenamoreFor that matter, are you even exercise ready? Americans spend $61 Billion supporting the weight-loss industry but often fail because they are not diet or exercise ready. They may be sustaining the industry, but are they really supporting themselves in permanent change?

How many of us have homes littered with failed attempts at losing weight or attempted exercise plans guaranteed to take the pounds off and give us new bodies?

You know what I’m talking about:
• the dusty food scale stored on the top shelf of your kitchen cabinet
• the specially designed measuring cups to count every morsel you eat
• cookbooks and low-calorie recipes torn from magazines and piled in a drawer
• special elastic bands, so old that they’ve lost their elasticity
• that piece of equipment to shrink your abs, butt and core now draped with clothes in the corner of your room

It’s embarrassing to look at this stuff because we see reminders of failure, reminders of money spent with no results to show for it. How many of us will beat ourselves up today for failing and not being strong enough to lose weight or exercise? Ironically, this negative self-talk creates a negative state of mind which may cause us to eat more, to sit lumped in front of the TV or computer, and to comfort ourselves from the mental stress of defeat with other destructive behaviors.

It’s time to forgive ourselves and realize that we simply were not ready for the changes we wanted and attempted to make.

How do you know when you’re ready? You are ready when you are willing to change the story about yourself that you have believed all your life up until now. It boils down to one fact:

Are you willing to create a new story for your life?

Forget the excuses, let go of the “shoulds,” move beyond the “if onlys,” and ask yourself this one question: Am I willing or not?

All the many things that go into any achievement can be reduced to one clear and simple factor. And that is: Am I willing?

When you are willing to do what it takes, you’ll find a way. When you are willing, though circumstances conspire against you, you’ll get it done anyway. When you’re truly willing, the problems will have a way of transforming themselves into opportunities. When you’re really willing, the disappointments will have a way of giving you even more determination.

If you’re willing, that’s great—go for it with everything you have.

Yet if you’re not willing, there’s still a way to become so.

For those of you reading this who are unwilling and know it, consider it a gift. To be honestly awake to that fact is great news. There is hope. Step one is being aware that you are unwilling. You can begin to seek internal and external guidance to get you to willingness.

If you are aware of your resistance, then most likely you have the courage to ask for assistance. There are gifted people to support you through this journey. I know. I am one of them.

I have been where you are. Now being on the other side and looking back, I have so much love and compassion for wherever you are on the path to willingness. More importantly, from this perspective, I see what is possible for you and know that, as you become more willing, doors will open and people will appear to guide you easily and effortlessly.

You don’t have to know the way or have any answers. You just have to take the first step!

Laura Fenamore has a free report and other resources about becoming diet ready at

Posted by Laura Fenamore on October 17th, 2009 in Diet and Fitness | 0 comments

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