In my 20′s it was about how I looked. Now that I’m in my late 30′s I realize it’s about my life – my health, my quality of life and my ability to give what I know I’m capable of giving. Would I rather eat pastries for breakfast than oatmeal? Yes! Would I rather have French fries than steamed veggies? Absolutely! But there’s a price to pay if I do that all the time, and it’s not worth it. So I do it sometimes, and I make other choices to make sure I’m not over my calorie budget by moving more or controlling calories at other meals. And I can do that because I understand the “big picture” of weight control – and it isn’t about dieting. Dieting equals deprivation in my eyes and the eyes of everyone I know. But before we talk about that, you need to answer the question “Why do I want to lose weight?” You’ll have to find your reason for losing weight. When you find your reason, you’ll have the motivation to make the changes you need for lasting success. (And no, you don’t have to diet and you don’t need “willpower”). Think about it. Figure it out and write it down. And when you do, share it with me (firstname.lastname@example.org ) or a close friend. We need each other so don’t go at it alone – and stay tuned, I’ve got a game plan for you.