When your ‘why’ is bigger than your ‘but’

A note from Doni: Readers, join me in welcoming Jamie Weil and her healthy-living posts that also appear on her website, gethealthywithjamie.com.

Motivation. What is it? Where do you find some when your go is gone? When your “why” is bigger than your “but”, that’s where.

I want to get healthy BUT I don’t want to give up dessert after dinner.
I want to lose weight, BUT I don’t want to give up chocolate chip cookies.

So how do you get your “why” bigger? You reframe your emphasis. Don’t think about what you’re against (like giving up cookies–or frothy coffee drinks or cocktails or…) think about what you’re for (like reaching a healthy weight and staying there or like hitting your optimal health mark).

Let me give you an example. When I discovered TSFL, I was not looking for it. In fact, I was dodging all talks of weight loss because I didn’t have the energy to go down that road and quite frankly I’d rather obsess on brie. (My but/t was definitely bigger than my why.)

But when I finally caved and got on board, after the first week I felt so hopeful and empowered, my “why” started to grow. And it got bigger, and bigger, until finally, it outgrew my but/t.

My “why” became about doing things like ziplining which I never would have done before because it involved a scale and not even my husband knew my weight.

It involved educating myself on how to STAY at a healthy weight and help others reach their goal weights and stay there. Seeing myself and others at the healthiest weight made my why  ginormous.

Is your “why” bigger than your “but/t”?

After dropping 85 pounds in six months, Jamie has helped over 60 people drop more than 2,600 pounds over the past 3 years. Her goal is to get Shasta County–and America–healthy! Learn more by visiting her blog. She may be reached at jamieweilwrites@gmail.com.

Jamie Weil
Jamie Weil lives in a small town in Northern California. Her favorite things are her husband, two kids, and a lab puppy, Kai, who sits by her feet while she writes. She's training Kai to be a therapy dog so he can go out and do community service with Jamie in classrooms and libraries (to help readers), in hospitals (to help patients), and in retired homes (to bring joy.) Jamie is currently in her third year of metaphysical studies geared toward becoming a spiritual practitioner. She may be reached at jamieweilwrites@gmail.com, and you can check out her blog at http://jamieweil.net/health-coach-blog/
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7 Responses

  1. Avatar Canda says:

    Congratulations, Jamie! I love that you not only dropped 85 pounds, but have kept it off for 3 years and counting. You're an inspiration for sure! Wondering, what is TSFL?

    • Canda, I can answer that question. TSFL is Take Shape for Life. 🙂

      • Avatar Canda says:

        Cool. Thanks, Doni.

        • Thanks, Doni. Canda, Take Shape for Life is the amazing program that I did and have helped over 60 others lose more than 2,700 pounds in the last three years. It was started by a top critical care surgeon (Dr. Wayne Anderson) ten years ago and is currently used by over 20,000 medical professionals. Simply put, it's incredible, and changes lives. Thanks for the kudos! I do so appreciate that.

          • Avatar Canda says:

            I just love that your program is a lifestyle change, and not a diet. We all know diets only work while you're on them, then the weight comes right back on. The fact that you've kept your weight off for 3 years is evidence that focusing on what you're FOR, really works.

  2. Joanne Snyder Joanne Snyder says:

    This program sounds wonderful. The research I've done on TSFL looks promising. What does it cost to get started?

    • Hi Joanne,

      Sorry for my delay. The program is actually cost neutral if you use the meal replacements at 14.00 per day, the least expensive program on the market all things considered. Many people spend much more at the grocery store. You get me a free health coach when you purchase the food (which most people do by the month.) There are several ways you can go, and I'd love to talk with you about it: (310) 508-9366. It's best to see what your goals are and how the program lines up with those.