My chiropractor got me on the right track. he told me that wanting to be healthy and looking slimmer wasn't enough. I had to think bigger. something that would get me out of bed and want it. It took me several weeks, but i finally came up with it. "doc, I would do anything to have extra seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks and months with my nieces and nephews. I am not doing it for them. i am doing it because of them. They are a very important part of my life and I want to spend quality time with them.
This is not to say that a pretty dress, a cute bathing suit or a nice vacation don't motivate me, but i needed something more than just what i look like. I needed something big and super important to get off my butt.
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3/6/13 4:26 P
Whatever it takes to get the job done is how I look at it. Right now if you are more motivated by fitting into smaller clothes and looking slimmer, then go for it. I think eventually you will simply feel so much better by eating healthy and taking charge of your health (and life) that ultimately better health will win over. Either way, as long as you are successful, it's a win-win situation in my book.
3/6/13 4:18 P
In the past my main motivation was always to look good. I'm in remission from breast cancer now (had chemo, double mastectomy), and I've been told by health care practitioners that cancer recurrence is less likely in women with BMIs in the healthy range.
Given that I have powerful motivation to drop the weight for health reasons, you'd think that would be my number one source keeping me on track. Well it's not. I'm more motivated by the idea of fitting into some old cute clothes I have, and looking better. It is what it is, for whatever reason that's how I'm wired and I'll take motivation where I can find it (of course the huge health issue is motivating). In case you need some more health motivation, higher weight has been correlated with hormone positive breast cancer (the kind I'm in remission from). Fat cells can produce estrogen like hormones, pesky buggers.
3/6/13 4:07 P
So I know the main motivation is to be healthy. I know. But I've spoken with my doc, and due to some previous problems, she wants me to be at the lower end of the healthy weight for my height. I've been trying to motivate with things like being healthy, living longer etc.....but I'm noticing I'm more motivated by being a smaller clothing size, looking slimmer etc. Is this a problem? Anyone else find themselves motivated by something in addition to health?
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