Photo Credit: Ariel Pilotto,

Walter Elliot said,

“Perseverance is not one long race. It is many short races, one after the other.”

Losing weight requires perseverance! I gained ten pounds by lying in hospitals for a month, eating regular meals while not doing any regular exercise. Usually, the tastiest thing on the tray was dessert.

This wasn’t the first time I gained weight just because eating was the most entertaining and fulfilling activity available, but it was the most recent. Now that I need to hoist my body up from a bed or chair to use a walker or a wheelchair, it also seems to be the most annoying time.

I’ve already lost (temporarily, I believe) some mobility–and in addition, I’ve lost my wardrobe. Should I buy clothes to accommodate the present girth of my body or return my body to the size that fits into my wardrobe? I know what fast weight-loss plans do. In my case, I just get a severe case of the yo-yo effect. My weight goes down temporarily but since I didn’t change any habits, the body size isn’t sustainable. I need perseverance and a goal plan.


What energetic levels should I call on to achieve lasting weight loss and a stable, healthy body mass index?

Have you ever eaten food you shouldn’t have consumed without thinking about the long-term results?

Have you, as I often have, eaten comfort food to soothe an emotional ache? Do you want to continue that behavior?

I didn’t. I had the seven levels of energetic self-perception to help me find a long-term solution, not only to this situation but to future ones where perseverance is required.


Perseverance, for me, was managing expectations. It was goal-setting. Edwin Locke developed a system of goal-setting, very similar to iPEC’s AIM-smart system.

The systems break down what you want to achieve into high, low, and middle expectations. Then, you can find practical ways to accomplish the middle range of expectations. How could I apply that to weight loss and perseverance? How could I use the seven levels of energetic self-perception to help me feel powerful? The chocolate cookies were always calling!


Succumbing to chocolate was the handiwork of a level two, victim consciousness. To combat that, I’d need to be responsible for my actions (the level three consciousness) and have confidence in what I couldn’t yet see–the level six.

I personified those levels so I could imagine them in food situations and try out what I should do without putting anything in my mouth! Karen, who kept everything on an even keel and knew her capabilities, was my level three avatar. William, the wise level six, would represent hope and faith that I would persevere.


My goal structure would be to aim for a weekly weight loss of one pound that would be lost forever. I’d have to measure food for each meal and plan not only the amount but the type that was best for slimming down my body.

I was an experienced dieter, so I knew that some food plans made pounds melt off my co-dieters and just left me unsatisfied and plump. My friends lost 20 pounds doing the Whole30, while I lost a pound and a half! I’d narrowed down the kinds of systems that worked for me to lean protein, salad, and vegetables. I also knew that I might have to experiment even more to tweak a system that would work for the long term.


Goal-setting means working S.M.A.R.T.

Deciding Specifically (S) what I wanted at that step, how it would be Measured (M) and whether or not it was really Achievable (A). Then, I had to rate its Relevance (R) to my mission or sense of self and the amount of Time (T) to give it.

I wanted specifically to lose one pound a week, measured on my scale every day so I could make adjustments as needed. It seemed to be achievable and the daily measurement would give me feedback to support that. It was relevant because I had a closet full of clothes that I wanted to wear again and I would give myself one week at a time in four-week units until I reached my interim goals of 10-pound losses and my ultimate goal of living in a body 35 pounds less than what it had become.


I’m beginning. Are you beginning a task that’ll take more energy than you’ve had to use before? Will you need to decidedly re-think your self-perception so you have the power to persevere? Contact me. We can work together!

Photo Credit: Ariel Pilotto,