Potty Training….UGH!!!  I know this is only a temporary discomfort, but WOW…it is driving me nuts.

As I was reflecting on the last couple of days of potty training with my three year old son, I realized that he may very well be reacting to the potty training pressure like I used to react to weight loss pressure… by running as far in the opposite direction as he can. 

I have been uncomfortable with the whole process of asking him every 20 minutes about going to the bathroom and pressuring him to do it.  Now I know why….

When I got home from work yesterday, I asked him if he needed to go and he said, “NO, I don’t want to!”  I decided to tell him that was fine and I didn’t want him to either.  Then I walked away.  Later when he wanted to play an Xbox 360 game, I told him that only big boys could play that game, so if he wanted to play, he would have to use the potty like a big boy.  He immediately ran to the bathroom, took off all of his clothes, and sat on the potty. 

I have mentioned a couple of times that weight loss and the decision to become healthier must be the individual’s idea and no one else’s.  I have also mentioned quite a few times in my blogs that if you are not ready, you are just not ready.  Weight loss takes a lot of determination and focus.  If you are not ready to put in the hard work, it won’t work. 

I think that Drew has been rebelling under the pressure and, only when he has a strong motivation, will he decide to cooperate with the process.  Unfortunately, this is where we are having a problem.  I haven’t been able to find a strong enough motivation.  It seems that the Xbox game might work temporarily, but we will have to see…

My motivation to begin my weight loss process had nothing to do with weight loss and everything to do with not being incredibly out of shape when I walked in The Promise Walk 5K for Preeclampsia.  Once the 5K walk was over, I found another walk to participate in (and many more walks after that) and I focused on continuing to exercise to keep up my new energy level and general “good” feeling.  187 lbs later, I still feel great and am looking forward to my next 5K, the Light the Night Walk benefiting The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  (If you are interested in making a donation or joining our team, please click here.  Any amount, no matter how small, will go a long way!!)

I am done with pressuring Drew.  It has to be his idea and he has to be independently motivated.  I will continue to help him find his motivation, but the constant pressure is done.  We will see how long it takes for it to “click.”

If you know someone who could stand to lose some weight or become generally healthier, stop pressuring them.  You can motivate them through healthy changes in your own life and supporting the healthy decisions that they make, no matter how small they may be.  After all, YOU CONTROL YOU and no one else!!

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