In a mountainous country, a town in the lowlands constantly feuded with bandits living on a high peak. One dark day the mountain bandits came down and attacked the lowland town, kidnapping a baby and escaping to their hideout high above.
The lowlanders had to rescue the child, but none of them had ever climbed the mountain before, knew what trails the mountain people used, or were sure of where the bandits lived. Nonetheless, they sent out their bravest fighting men to bring the baby home.
The band tried to climb the mountain for days, but after many days of futile attempts, they reluctantly had to admit defeat. Dejected, they decided to return to their village below with the sad news.
But as they were packing up their gear, they saw the baby’s mother walking down the mountain—the mountain they hadn’t been able to climb more than a few hundred feet—with her child strapped securely to her back.
The leader greeted her joyfully. “How were you able to climb to the peak when we, the strongest and most able men in the village, couldn’t do it?”
The woman shrugged her shoulders. “It wasn’t your baby.”
You might be thinking, “Why is Florine sharing this anecdote? What does this story have to do with me trying to lose weight?”
Well, when it comes to taking care of your health, you are your baby! No one can do the job for you.
Sure, you can have help and support and that means a lot. But, if you’re relying on others to get the job done for you, you’re not going to see the results you want. You’re the one who has to ultimately decide what to eat and how much. You’re the one who has to determine the frequency and intensity of your exercise workouts. You’re the one who has to make sure your weekly Weight Watchers meeting is a top-priority.
Don’t stand on the bottom of any proverbial mountain, watching, hoping and praying that others will get you what you want out of life. Be an active participant and take charge. This is how you’ll get the results you want and deserve.