Kristy Ackerman Kevitt
July 8, 2011 - 2:27pm
Today I was approached by a woman who feels she has tried just about every weight loss approach known. She losses a portion of her weight initially yet never sticks to a program long enough to reach her ultimate goal. Her frustration continues to grow stronger with each attempt. As frustrated as she may be, I realize she isn't alone!
I believe most people fall short of their goals, whether weight loss or other, because of inconsistency. It is easy to do anything for a short period of time; however, the true test lies in the long term commitment.
People are also hugely influenced by their environment. In 1995, no state had an obesity rate above 20 percent. Now every state with the exception of one does! Given these kinds of statistics, I’m guessing there is a good possibility many of us are surrounded by people, whether at work or in our personal lives, who lead less than healthy lifestyles. It’s very easy to fall into similar habits of those we associate with most. Peer pressures come in many forms and are not eliminated with age. I know I certainly find myself constantly evaluating my goals against my surroundings.
Regardless of my goal, I believe it is critical to surround myself with like-minded individuals who constantly challenge me. Even once I reach a set goal, I find I need that support to maintain or push further. Success, whether defined as reaching short-term or long-term goals, is a continuous process in ALL areas of life!