If I Can, You Can!

Unfortunately, for over twenty years I made that familiar negative claim: “I can’t do it.” I’m sure many of you reading this can relate.

I know what it feels like to be overwhelmed, when a goal is almost to the point of impossible. This doesn’t only pertain to weight loss, but many other goals too. There was a time when I didn’t feel like we could save enough money for a down payment on our first home, but we made the decision to focus on that goal and we did it. There was also a time when the thought of being a stay-at-home mom, living on only one income, was totally impossible, but I made it my goal, told myself I could do it, and did it! I’ve never been a smoker, but my father smoked for many years. When we were little, my sister and I begged him to stop, but he said it was just too difficult. We began to believe the same as he did, it was impossible. Then he had a health scare which gave him some things to really think about. He made a goal for himself and claimed that he would stop smoking, and he did. He hasn’t had a cigarette since my children were born.

Each one of these goals were difficult but were made possible by believing that they would happen. If these goals were set, but I continuously claimed that they just couldn’t come true then they wouldn’t have. If you feel you NEVER WILL, then YOU WON’T. Those are words worth repeating:

If you feel you NEVER WILL then YOU WON’T.

And that’s how I felt for all those years when I was struggling with my weight. I may have told others I was on a diet and I was “going to do it this time!” but I always felt like I just wasn’t meant to be thin, I was forever going to be the fat girl. This was a thought that I repeated to myself over and over. And so I remained the fat girl.

But I remembered how I felt when I knew we wanted to buy our first home. I didn’t tell myself “you can’t do this, saving thousands of dollars is impossible.” I did what the majority of us do when we want to reach a goal like thisââ?¬Â¦make the claim that “I will do this because I want to own a home” keeping that goal as a main focus. When we eventually achieve this goal, we acknowledge it wasn’t always easy but well worth the effort.

In January 2001, I believed that my weight loss goal could also be achieved. No more feeling as though it was impossible no more feeling as though it will never happen NO MORE NEGATIVE THOUGHTS. They only make us sad and upset with ourselves anyway. Is that really, truly how you want to feel each day? I don’t think so.

Just like any other goal in your life that you have achieved, you can achieve this one, too! But remember, you have to believe it! Make the claim that you WILL DO THIS, stay positive, and focus on this goal! Let me know your results and hopefully we can celebrate our goal “anniversaries” together. I’m no different than youââ?¬Â¦if I can, you can!

 

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  1. Jon Stanton 7 years ago

    Congratulations Jodi! Wow, six years! I truly hope I’m able to say the same thing six years from when I reach my goal weight!

    I’m going to try to come to the Capitol tomorrow at some point, so I’ll see you then. I’ve been sick the last day or so and still feel pretty yucky today, so I’m not sure I’ll make it over there tomorrow, but I’ll try.

    I actually did not walk at all yesterday for the first time in MONTHS – but I just had no energy and was having trouble breathing because of whatever this bug is that I picked up. I’m anxiously awaiting its exit from my body so I can get my walking routine back on schedule! :-) Jon

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  2. Jodi Davis 7 years ago

    Jon – I hope you feel better very soon! I know you haven’t been sick for a very long time but there is a nasty “bug” going around… 2 of my family members have caught it. I’m taking many vitamins, taking longer walks, and getting plenty of rest to help me stay healthy but I’m still nervous about getting it! Don’t feel guilty about not walking as it may have hurt you more than help you recover. (These things happen ya know!) Thank you for the congrats for my six year anniversary – and you WILL be able to say the same thing! This summer will be very enjoyable for you since I know you enjoy walking so much and Michigan will provide beautiful scenery (hopefully warm temps) to walk in! Take care of yourself and I hope to see you tomorrow in Lansing.

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  3. Dianne D 7 years ago

    Jodi,
    Your stunning smile was what I saw in the “Living Healthy” magazine from BCBS of Michigan…..Thank you for helping me with motivation. I hadn’t realized how negative I have been….today I am going to begin saying: “I can, I know I can lose weight and keep it off”…….two yrs ago I pulled a ligament in my rt leg and haven’t exercised very much since; consequintly my weight is up about 25 lbs…..I used to love to walk and now, even when my leg is painful, I am going out for a walk. Thank you!
    Dianne Doughty

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  4. Jodi Davis 7 years ago

    Dianne – Thank you for your kind words, they mean so much to me! I am very happy to know that you are ENDING your negative attitude that you recently realized you had…and are beginning a NEW POSITIVE ATTITUDE -one that I LOVE- and stating that YOU CAN DO IT! And you know what, Dianne? YOU WILL! Please keep me posted and let me know how your walks go ~ just be careful if your leg starts to cause you any pain (I hope you have talked to your doctor about this?) Remember, I am here for your support and I believe in YOU, Dianne! Congrats on your NEW POSITIVE ATTITUDE and saying “goodbye” to the negative one! Your new healthy lifestyle has begun! Jodi

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  5. Mary Anne M 7 years ago

    Jodi,
    You are a real inspiration! I had been walking faithfully for about 4 months and was beginning to see some positive changes, when I took a tumble and tore ligaments in my foot. I’ve not walked for 2 months but am ready to get back on the treadmill and start moving the needle in the right direction. Your story is remarkable and encouraging. How far do you walk each day? How far did you walk as you lost the weight? Did you plateau at any point? Any suggestions for success?

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