Today I started Stage 3 - Healthy Diet Habits. Chris (Spark Guy) focused on a good question. He said we all want to lose weight. That's why we're here, right? But what is your BIGGER goal? To stick with it, it isn't just a matter of WANTING to lose weight; The real question is: WHY?
Here are a few reasons I want to lose weight... make that - why I WILL lose weight:
I want to be able to take a walk with my brother and sister (who walk an hour together every day) without slowing down their pace. They always assure me that they don't mind, but I mind.
I want to fit in my bathing suit. I have bathing suits in sizes 24, 22, 20 and 18. I need to lose another 10 lbs, at least, to wear the biggest one. My brother goes for water aerobics and a swim almost every day. I look forward to joining him there.
I want to be able to get in and out of any car without difficulty, and to wear any seat belt. The only perk, if you can call it that, about being this weight is that the front seat is always reserved for me. It's embarrassing, is what it is, and it has to stop. I am going to change it!
I want to be able to climb stairs, without being winded. When I visit my daughter, about 1.5 hours away, I stop at McDonald's to use the washroom before going to her house. Why? Because it's an old house, and the stairs are steep. The bathroom is upstairs. I want to climb those stinking stairs without pulling on the banister like it's a tug of war.
I want to wash my floor on my hands and knees. I use a Swiffer Jet Mop regularly, and most times it will do, but I'd like to do a really thorough job on my hands and knees every now and then, without a) feeling like I'm kneeling on broken glass, and b) wondering how I am going to get back up.
I want to climb on a chair, instead of pulling out my step ladder. The big thing is that I'm afraid of breaking the chair to start with, let alone hoisting myself up and then down again. But you know what? I think I'm almost there on this one. Yay me!
I want to ride a bike again. The last time I rode one, I ditched it. Literally. I fell off and rolled into the ditch. My daughter was mortified. She was so worried about me, and we walked the bikes home. I've never had great balance on a bike, but my balance is improving every day with exercise. I will ride one again.
I want to hike in nature trails. I LOVE walking through rutted paths in the woods, but I just don't have the stamina to do it at this weight. I picked blueberries this summer with my brother, and I had to push brush aside and walk over tree roots and so forth to reach the berries. I did it, but man it was hard. Next summer, I am going to pick blueberries and raspberries. I will hike and have a blast!
I want to play with my grandchildren. That means playing on the floor, building with legos, making puzzles, and building sand castles on the beach. They deserve a flexible, fun Grammy. Our time together will not be spent sitting. I will always love to read to them and sing with them, but I want to crawl into their playhouse, too.
I want to dance. I have always loved dancing. I love music and good rhythm. On the inside, I am shaking my booty to the beat, but I get so winded and have so little energy. But that is changing. I have been exercising on average 60 minutes a day, and I am getting better. I can't wait to dance for hours again.
I have many more reasons, but I think I can sum it up in fIve words: I WANT TO LIVE AGAIN!
What are your reasons to lose weight? Have you really thought about it? According to Chris, what you will discover will push you to succeed. WE CAN DO THIS!