I’ve tried everything and I can’t lose weight. And when I do lose weight, I gain it back.

How many times have I heard these words? How many times have I actually said these words.

women legs with overweightThe truth is you and I can lose weight and we know it. Most of the time, though, we go for easy. It’s just easier to give in to our cravings than it is to set a standard of excellence in our lives.

Each person has a different standard that works for maintaining optimal health. To me there are several categories I’ve discovered. See which one you fit in.

A. I need to lose over 200 pounds.

I was here and beyond at one time in my life. For those of us in this category, I firmly believe we have issues with specific foods.

To get to health, we have to give up these foods. For me it is processed sugar and flour. For you it may be different. You must change your lifestyle completely. For you, this is not a choice you can put off.

You are in danger of losing your life. You do not have time to sit around and contemplate. You need to start and start now.

B. I need to lose 100 pounds or so.

You are not as bad as category A but, alarm bells should be going off. Just because you are not in the same situation as category A, don’t fool yourself, your issue is the same. The good news is if you get a handle on it now, you can reverse any damage caused relatively quickly.

With determination, you can turn this around in a year or less. Focus is extremely important for you. Don’t starve yourself, but eliminate your trigger foods. Determine you will do this for the rest of your life.

C. I need to lose 50 pounds or less.

Your weight is disconcerting to you, but you feel you aren’t really at a health risk yet. With the extra weight you are in the obese category and maybe even morbidly obese. If you don’t have health issues now, you are putting yourself at risk for them down the road.

The good news is if you can get a handle on this now, you can look and feel better within six months easily.  You need to put yourself and your health first. Make an eating plan that works for you.

D. I hate to exercise.

This is probably true of most everyone in the above categories. Exercise, though, needed be an obligation or a drudgery. Find an exercise that is fun and enjoyable. Ask yourself what you like to do. Does being in the water sound like fun? What about bowling or roller skating? Maybe you like dancing. Perhaps you want to move with a class or maybe you just like to take a walk alone.

Make a date with yourself to do that. Put it on your calendar like you do any other appointment. And keep it.

You are worth the effort it takes to make your health a priority. Take your health seriously. You want to be around for awhile, don’t you?

You can extend your potential time here on earth by taking care of yourself first so, you can be the best you possible to love others.

In actuality, you probably do know what to do and you know you can lose weight. However, finding the motivation to do it may be the problem.

How important are your health goals? How are you doing keeping them?

Teresa Shields Parker is a wife, mother, business owner, life group leader, speaker and author of Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God’s Favor and Sweet Grace Study Guide: Practical Steps to Lose Weight and Overcome Sugar Addiction. Get a free chapter of her memoir on her blog at Teresa Shields Parker.com. Connect with her there or on her Facebook page.