2005-01-07 / Columnists

Eye On Physical Therapy

By Dr. Tim Rohrs


Happy New Year!

After completing the first week of the New Year, conversations, as usual, are preoccupied with resolutions.

Television and radio commercials are full of weight loss aids, exercise programs and even hypnosis seminars. Newspapers have ads for smoking cessation programs, weight loss, gym memberships and personal trainers. They are all ready to cash in on our enthusiasm and resolutions. I heard one particular ad on the radio on the way to work today which piqued my interest.

It was for a weight loss pill.

The announcer explained how he had tried other plans and pills which were unsuccessful.

I thought to myself “Is it possible that a weight loss plan can be unsuccessful?

The key is to eat fewer calories than you use and force your body to burn fat to make up those calories that you didn’t ingest.”

After further contemplation I realized that every plan should work, must work. If you stick with the plan and follow the plan it will work. It is not the plan that is unsuccessful, but us/ (me).

We all fall off the wagon at times. Whether we are trying to quit smoking, lose weight or start an exercise program, we all lose that initial enthusiasm and stop. I think the best we can all do for ourselves is to realize we will fall and be ok with it. Once we have realized, right from the very beginning, that we will fall, and have a plan to pick ourselves up and start again, can we be successful. Entrepreneurs know this when they start a business. They know not every quarter will be profitable, so they have a backup plan.

So as we progress thru 2005, resolve not only to lose that weight or stop smoking, but also to get back up after we fall. You don’t have to wait for the new year to start or restart that program. They say Edison invented over 200 light bulbs before finding the right combination that worked. If he had given up after 199 tries, someone else would be in the history books. Good luck and don’t give up!

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