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Mission 2: Take A Reality Check

It’s just as well we spent the first mission finding and unlocking your true motivation, because in this mission we’re going to come face-to-face with some harsh realities.

Don’t worry, I’m not trying to put you off – I’m simply making sure you’re prepared for what it takes to lose weight.

The truth is that losing weight is both harder and easier than most people think.

The bad news is there are certain things you must do and have to lose weight. Non-negotiable.

The good news is that some of the things you thought you’d have to do or to give up don’t really matter.

Let’s see which is which…

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118 thoughts on “Mission 2: Take A Reality Check

  1. Hayley Waterhouse says:

    This has been a hard mission for me. I always feel enthusiastic at the start of making health a foreground goal and then life crowds in and the only way I can stop the guilt and failure is to remove the expectations. I know to succeed I need to overcome those hurdles and keep going or I will forever be in the weight loss/weight gain cycle. Time and money I can handle. It’s attention, focus, determination and persistence that I need to develop.

    • Kylie B says:

      Hi Hayley,

      Losing motivation along the way is a common roadblock. Some of the strategies that other members use to stay focused include:
      – setting alarms on their phones with reminders
      – using apps like Fitbit or myfitnesspal (there are lots to choose from)
      – referring to previous pics of you at your ideal weight (in your diary, on your phone, on the fridge)
      – leaving little post-it notes in places where you tend to lose focus (in the cookie jar, on the sugar bowl) or leaving inspirational post-it notes to keep motivating you (on the bathroom mirror, on the fridge, on your car’s dashboard.

      Eventually you won’t need these prompts to help keep you on track. Once you gain momentum you’re natural motivation will kick in and your new mindset will be in control. Better still, once you start seeing RESULTS you will NOT want to look back! 🙂
      Kylie, Community Manager

  2. Jane Spruill says:

    The phrase “you will have to make room for the success” finally cracked through something inside. I make time (room) to take care of my kids, go to work, read, laundry, clean house, check Facebook, etc. but when do I focus on ME and my health? No more! I am determined to put myself first – I can’t effectively take care of others if I don’t take care of myself first.

    • Kylie B says:

      I’m glad you had that break through, Jane. Make specific goals about what you want to do for you. For example, I will go to Yoga three times a week. Specific goals with a specific timeframe will help you keep on track when unexpected things pop up (as they always seem to do!). You don’t have to share your specific goals here, but I think it’s good to write them down or put them as tasks in your phone for easy reference and hold yourself accountable. 🙂 Kylie, Community Manager

  3. Terry Currie says:

    Our group responses are: Time 3 times a week 15-30 minutes
    Money you can exercise free at the RC
    Determination to exercise to lose weight and better health
    Willingness to take action commit to what it takes to lose weight
    Get clear in your mind that you will have to make room for the success of this goal
    in your life
    Positive Statement: I will lose weight for my heart and healthier body.
    Our bodies must last a lifetime: Health Maintenance of weight loss & exercise.
    Our focus must be on daily exercising: I.e. walking up and down my street twice
    a day and then increase each week. In bad weather walk your hallways.
    Take a Reality Check Group Feedback:
    Losing weight takes the following: time; free exercise at exercise room at RC
    for members; attention; focus; determination; persistence; willingness to take
    Losing weight by exercising every morning & exercising in the exercise room
    at RC Monday through Friday!
    Breakfast menu for my group consumers:
    Breakfast: four eggs and make scrambled eggs with cheese; cheese omelet
    Breakfast: one egg, cup of yogurt, glass of juice, cup of coffee.
    2 hardboiled eggs; glass of orange juice and a glass of milk!
    Bowl of cereal and glass of orange juice – high fiber cereal.
    Pop tart and coffee!
    Cereal at night before I go to bed!
    Bowl of cereal; coffee or juice!
    Desired weight loss: maintain your weight as you’re thin already; lose 12 – 40 pounds!

    • Kylie B says:

      Hi Kathleen, congratulations on completing Mission 2! I’ll be checking in on you to see how you’re working through the program. We’ve just moved our program over to a new system which means you won’t be able to see any comments I’ve made to other members who have done the program. Please let me know if you have any questions. 🙂 Kylie, Community Manager

  4. Shereen Shoulders says:

    This is a challenge and a definite mind shift. Even now I struggle with moving my goal to be slimmer in the foreground. This mission reminds me that there are cost. Read my motivation page daily to

  5. Lisa Stanley says:

    I’m committed to making this new lifestyle a main focus – what I need to be careful of is not hyper-focusing on the weight loss only (it’s been a downfall before). I have my exercise scheduled 4x a week, and my Zumba friends are such a great support system and also companions on the same journey. My challenge will be getting variety in my foods and making better choices.

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