This is all about creating some calendar pressure for yourself. If you remember back in step 23 I bought the shirts. The money was gone and I either had to get the work done to wear the shirts or they would collect dust, or be given away. Now the reason it took so long was due to the fact that I had a successful consulting business so there was no pressure to get into those shirts. Unfortunately,(or fortunately depending on how you look at it) for me the business went south and I couldn’t just go down to the store whenever I needed a new shirt anymore. That was the catalyst for me. I needed new clothes. At the same time, my girls wanted to go to The Dells. So let’s back up. When my beloved Michaela was born I used to love to hold her close to me as often as I could since I traveled so much. One day I was holding her on the coach without a shirt on and my son Noah walked up to me and said in his best grovelly voice “ Hu Hu Hu Hu, Ya coo tacha, cap u nu nee sa,” and then proceeded to die laughing. We’re big Star Wars geeks so I knew exactly what he was talking about. The lil’ bastard was saying that I looked like Jabba the Hut sitting there with little Michaela on the couch! Fast forward a couple of years and I was mortified at the thought of being seen out there like that. We booked the vacation, but I was determined to lose some weight before it happened. It was then that I realized that I had been depriving my family of quality vacation time because I was ashamed of how I looked. I didn’t want to look like the typical Wisconsinite tipping the scales at almost 400 pounds so I got busy making the changes necessary to feel a little better about myself. I didn’t go on a crash diet but I had very specific goals about how much I wanted to lose by the time we went. Guess what, I didn’t make the goal, but I was close, and we had a great time. Book that vacation even if it is just for yourself. Call it part of your Step 15 regimen.