Thursday, January 24, 2013
I already have a recent blog on the 'why's of my weight loss, but the Sparkcoach program challenged me today to revisit the 'Whys'- the suggestion is that you dont ever 'just' want to loose 20lbs or what have you, but that you expect some sort of pay-off in your life from doing so.
So what pay off di I expect? What is the REAL motivation that bubbles up out my bones?
In my previous blog I listed:
1. A desire for more children- where loosing the weight from one pregnancy before moving on the next protects my health in the long term
--- So there it is, why number 1--- I want to be fit and active into my old age! I always admired those 75 year olds out pacing me on runs on the Illinois prairie path. Mobility in old age IS possible, and you invest in it NOW, when you are young. I like this reason because it goes beyond the superficial of how I look (since that WILL change with time) and focuses on my health and a desire to have a strong body capable of childbirth and beyond for many years to come.
2. I also listed my closet of clothes
------So there it is, motivation 2------ I enjoy having the freedom to put on whatever outfit I want and liking how it looks. :)
3. This third one needs some greater honesty. I pointed out that I dont just want to loose weight, but I want to be fit, strong, and with buckets of endurance... Why? Because I have a dream... I loved my days teaching Pilates, and incorporating Barre. I loved the feeling of walking in to the studio, up to the barre, wearing leg warmers and leading the class. I want MORE of that. And I want MORE dance in my life. Anything, even small things. This really does take a seriously strong, lithe body. This dream focuses on being able to DO the exercises for real. Its more than appearances- its understanding, muscular intelligence, and poise that I would LOVE to pass on to others. In other words, I want to be VERY FIT so that I can in turn help others achieve their fitness goals. I was SO very satisfied by the women who told me about their improved posture, greater confidence and shrinking waist-lines as a result of sticking to my class. I want to be back there are FOR SERIOUS- my class was just through a college gym. I want to build on this- I want to make this DREAM happen. I LOVE to teach and to help others be the best they can be. There thats a pretty BIG WHY- and one Im scared to admit, because of fear that others might laugh or doubt that I can do it. But I have done it- and I want to do it again, but even bigger and better.
4. THe final 'why' I listed was that I want to inspire my son (and future children) to love their bodies and to pursue good health. This is pretty straight forward.
---By loving physical activity and good food I teach them to love those things too---- And thats why a healthful, non-perfectionistic attitude is so key. Its about love, not perfection. Its about relishing life, not controlling it. Ill be delighted when my son will down broccoli and hummus, and enjoy a cookie too. Ill be thrilled when my son is eager to get outside and move, but will sit back and enjoy a movie with his friends... I will love to see him be proud of his body and what it can do and eat well and move for their own sake, and not make himself fit some standard of perfection.
So there you have it. This is what motivates me. This is what moves me. This is what gets me up and moving- this is what 'Sparks' me.
Do you relate?