An African Proverb Holds the Answer to Weight Loss, By Robin Mungall

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There is an African proverb that says, “If you want to go fast, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together.”

The journey of getting healthy follows this quote beautifully.  I know a lot of people who have decided to start a diet and plan to lose 10 pounds in 7 days or whatever. These people are going at it alone. They’ll see results too.

What, you didn’t think I’d say that?

I’m sure you’ve heard of water weight. Almost anyone can lose a noticeable difference on the scale when following an extreme diet.

And honestly, most of us have been there. Almost everyone I know has gone on a diet like this.  The end game is always to lose weight fast.

They go it alone to get fast results.

But we also have all been on the other side of that 7 day sprint or 30 day crash.  And we know that weight comes back on plus a bit more – just to teach us a lesson (that some of us never learn).

I wish I could tell you that losing weight, getting fit, and eating healthy was a quick flash in the pan that you just had to do once and you’d be good to go forever.

I really wish I could. I’d be rich and famous beyond belief.

But the truth is that getting fit is a long game.  And just like the African proverb says… when you want to go far, go together.

The reason here is simple: when it’s a long game there will be up’s and down’s.  There will be periods of motivation and exhaustion.  There will be triumph and defeat.

It’s critical that for a long game, you have a team that supports you and gets you.

It’s why golfers have a caddy.  It’s someone that helps them navigate the course and offers sage advice.  The caddy also helps keep the golfer mentally focused.

It’s why business executives have mentors.  It’s why college students have advisors.  It’s why lawyers have the Bar Association.

Together, we are held accountable.  We are pulled through the bad times.  We have someone guiding us that we trust and that we can follow until we reach our goal.

This is why “together” we always go further.

So I invite you to try something different than going at it alone. I invite you to seek support from someone that can take the journey with you. A loved one, friends or a professional like me or someone else you trust to keep you accountable and moving in the direction you want to go.

- Robin Mungall