This assignment is to list all the reasons I want to lose weight, what I want to change, how I want to look, feel and be able to do in future.
At the moment my weight is ok but the scale has been edging up lately so I would like to lose just a few kilos to give me a bit of leeway for the inevitable ups and downs, which in my case are generally ups! :( My team runs a maintenance thread which I post to although this time the 5% is a realistic goal for me. Overall, I aim to remain within the range I've set myself of 68-64kg.
The weight, however, is merely the tip of the iceberg. It is the first step on the way to maintaining good health as I age. I would like to be A TOUGH OLD LADY!
I have osteoporosis, a result of lactose intolerance and hereditary factors, so being able to exercise is important. It's harder to do, and motivation becomes a problem, when I'm overweight. I'm also conscious of a family history of heart disease, which a healthy diet can go some way to ameliorate or delay (something has to get you eventually!).
The other thing that worries me is loss of mobility.
I've seen the result of this in a couple of cases and want to avoid it if at all possible. I don't like communal living or being dependent on others so want to remain in my own home as long as is feasible. Fear? Being realistic? Whatever it is, these are my fundamental concerns about weight.
However, I do enjoy looking thinner in mirrors and shop windows, being able to buy less tent-like clothing etc. These things make me feel more confident in myself.
Other desirable changes?
Better organisation would be nice! I used to be very organised but I think the pendulum has swung too far the other way! I know that once I clear up the clutter I'll be able to make much better use of my time. The last two years have been chaotic throughout the area but that's no excuse for not getting on to it inside my own house. Perhaps I'll set myself a weekly goal, alongside the Living the Good Life challenges. How about CUDD Clear Up Detritus Daily? Bears thinking about. Now I'll break it down into 8 weekly challenges. Fodder for the next blog!