1) I want to be healthy, yes. 2) I want to look good and be comfortable in my skin 3) I want to set a good example to my darling daughter. Already she is off to a good start, because she looks forward to our evening walks and loves fruits and veggies. I do't want her to be a junk food addict. 4) I want to be around to see her grow up. I didn't have health issues, but I want to continue that. Diabetes is in my family, and if I don't control myself, I will have it eventually. 5) I want to be fit when I'm old. I want to be a grandma that can play with her grandkids, not just sit and do nothing
I have been working out, eating right doing everything that I need to do to lose this weight.
Here is the best part.
Eating right, after 1 week, I felt amazing. I hadn't really lost much, (of course, it was 1 week) but after 2-3 weeks, I noticed more and more that my feeling better wasn't just the working out rush. It was how much better my body (and mind!) felt by getting better fuel in my body!!!
You can do this. I keep seeing this pictures that say, 1 year from now you will wish you started today. It is true.
The best one I experienced recently is that I was exhausted and didn't really feel like working out or anything. I wondered if how much time this would take would be worth it. Then I realized, at that end date (whenever it is) I can give up now and WISH I was there, or actually be there. You see, the time is going to pass no matter what. What you do during that time will make your life better, or worse.
My reasons: ***I want to be able to spend quality time with my nieces and nephews. My brother will have two under the age of 2 and I want to be able to run around with them.
*** I want to be off all meds. So far i am only on a water pill, but it is still a toxin to my body and i don't want it anymore. If getting myself healthy is the only way to get off them and stay off them-- I am going for it.
***I haven't been sick in three years-- no cold, no flu, no funk. Allergies but those are controllable without meds. I need to keep that streak going.
***I don't want to live in a nursing home. I want to take a cruise or a bunch of cruises in my old age. Sitting on my butt now and eating garbage will not get me there.
***Death is not an option. When I die, I want it to be of old age. I don't want to die because i didn't take care of myself.
Losing weight, getting fit, fitting in a swimsuit are not big enough for me. i am going to go past the moon, past the stars and into new universes to get what i want.
"My reasons are to be fit enough to do things without being tired and because i want to look good. "
Hey, these are pretty much my reasons! These are good enough reasons!
I know it seems overwhelming (my starting weight, 245, is 91# above a "normal" BMI - yeah, that's hard to look at when you look at it from the starting line!). But what I can tell you about my progress so far (about 35# down), is this:
- I can walk, even rush, up a flight of stairs, without embarassingly being red-faced, sweaty and barely able to catch my breath. 35 pounds ago, I almost caused myself to pass out once, when i got to the top of a stairwell, ran into a co-worker who stopped to chat, and I was so embarassed by my huffing and puffing that I tried not to take the deep gasping breaths my body needed, and i ended up dizzy, lightheaded, and ended up getting an "are you alright?" from the co-worker. Gah. Yeah. THAT doesn't happen anymore.
- I went shoe-shopping last weekend, normally there are very few shoes for me to choose from because I need a wide width.... or, I USED to need a wide-width, 35 pounds ago. Suddenly, a whole array of options have opened up, because my FEET have slimmed down. Oh, and I can walk in heels comfortably, without so much weight bearing down on my toes.
- My blood pressure is way down! Last time I got it checked (at around 30# down), it was "desirable" - instead floating around that borderline of "maybe you need meds to bring that down."
- I feel like walking! I actually FEEL like walking around. At 245, I was a) embarassed to be seen lumbering around and b) uncomfortable and easily tired. Now, I go outside on my lunch break and wander around. Instead of driving to the fast-food place. And I feel GOOD.
Now - all these good feelings and health improvements, and I'm not even halfway to goal. I'm not even under 200# yet! But I feel like a whole new person. I know I will keep going now, because even though I feel GREAT, I keep wondering, will i feel like a whole new person over again, once I've dropped 35 more? I don't know if I will ever get all the way to "goal" but the huge benefits brought about just by getting PARTWAY there, have been so immense! No regrets, glad I did this... and you will be, too. No change too small, you know!
I don't reckon I'd consider myself a failure.... unless I quit trying. I don't have to be perfect, I don't have to do everything "right" every day... I just have to keep trying. Every time I fall, I get back up. Every time I mess up, I look for the lesson to be learned.... and I keep right on going.
I didn't have any big health issue staring me in the face, when I decided I was ready to really make a lifestyle change. It wasn't for my kids or my DH. It was pretty much what you said-- it was for me. I wanted to be fit and feel comfortable in my own skin. I wanted to fit into a "medium" in clothes. I wanted to stop having to buy bigger and bigger jeans. I wanted to be able to climb the hill at work, to the parking lot-- without feeling like I needed paramedics to meet me with a gurney and oxygen at the top. And even though I didn't have high blood pressure or pre-diabetes or anything.... I knew if I kept going the way I was, putting on a little more weight every year-- well it would've only been a matter of time til I had a health problem.
Only YOU can decide what motivates YOU. Just as other people will decide what motivates them. The thing about motivation is that it comes from inside each person. Someone else can say something that strikes a chord within you, and "sparks" your motivation. But it's something that's already in you, the reasons you want to make a lifestyle change are already in you-- or I daresay you wouldn't be on Sparkpeople.
Let go of the idea that you're a failure, and rise up and keep going. Start like I did, and like so many others here did-- with a few small changes at a time. Rome wasn't built in a day, and the weight didn't come on overnight. Be patient with yourself. And just keep trying.
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You are worth it! You can do this!
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I think you have the perfect motivation. Doing it for yourself is probably one of the best things you can do. You just need to look in the mirror each morning and say I do not have to be the "big girl" I can be a fit healthy version of myself. You just need to remember even if you miss up once it is not the end of the world and that you can still do it. Say you are having a bad day then you eat something bad. Just make the rest of the day good, you don't have to always wait till tomorrow. I know you can do it, everyone has a fit person inside of them. Good luck you will get great support here
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So i have tried before to lose weight. I have about 60 lbs to lose now. I am so sick of being like this... i feel so bad about myself I often get depressed. I'll try and start doing good, and just go "Whats the point?" i think that i'll be like this forever. that im just a "big girl". I always shoot myself before i even try.... I look at success stories and see things like "I did it for my kids" or "i did it for my spouse" or "i did it because i was told if i didnt i would die" Well i dont have any major reasons like that. My reasons are to be fit enough to do things without being tired and because i want to look good. For myself and me alone. So i think "Well thats why they lost, cuz they had such good things motivating them. They had loved ones and health reasons." i just need a little push :/ some motivation... A way to get it out of my head that im NOT a failure.
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