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Why I Want to Lose Weight - 5% Winter Challenge

Friday, February 08, 2013

I don’t like to talk about my program as losing weight. I like to focus on the health benefits. I joined the 2013 5% Winter Challenge and one of the countdown assignments is to list the reasons why you want to lose weight.

I offer my reasons here.

1. Most important, I want to improve my health. In the last 10 years, I have developed some health issues. I have to take high blood pressure medicine. Because of the high blood pressure medicine, I have to take potassium. This year I had an episode of gout.

2. I’m pretty sure I’m the oldest person living in my building. I don’t want to be the fattest person, too.

3. I would like to not have people wince when they have to sit next to me on the bus or an airplane.

4. I didn’t like living in fear that the airplane seatbelt wouldn’t fit me and I’d have to ask for an extension.

5. I am sick of scanning every room I enter to see if I’m the fattest one.

6. It has never been easy for me to buy clothes. I would like to be able to wear a normal size (16 or under) so I can at least get petite clothes. When I was in high school (back in the Stone Age), a size 14 was pretty hard to find. And there were no larger sizes in women’s petite. I didn’t get thinner, the rest of America got fatter.

7. I don’t want to look like such an _____________________ (fill in what you want here, an American, a gringa, old lady, helpless target for a robber) when I travel.

8. I don’t want to be weak or helpless.

9. I don’t like feeling like I’m out of control. I don’t like my addiction being so apparent to anyone who sees me.

10. I got sick of wishing harm to my body . . . like wishing for a medical condition being the reason why I am fat.

11. I want to enjoy robust good health as long as possible. There is a history of longevity in my family. I want to be mobile for as long as I can.

12. I want to enjoy walking and exploring my city. With each increment of weight loss, I’m able to go a little further and enjoy a little more.

13. I want to enjoy my reflection in the mirror.

14. I want to have energy and vitality.

15. I want to release myself from this prison.

16. I want to have the health benefits that come with a healthy weight.

17. I want to have increased self-confidence.

18. I want to be able to buy clothes that look good on me.

19. I want to enjoy shopping for clothes.

20. I want to improve my workouts and my yoga practice.

I add the Mona Lisa for your inspiration (and mine) because she is unique in her beauty. I want to feel unique in my beauty and working on my healthy goals is helping me do that.

Artist: Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519)
Title: The Mona Lisa (or La Joconde, La Gioconda).
Date: between 1503 and 1505
Medium: oil on poplar wood
Dimensions: 76.8 × 53 cm (30.2 × 20.9 in)
Current location Louvre Museum, Department of Paintings: Salle des États
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    emoticon Good luck with the challenge
    1735 days ago
    Track our food, run reports, make small changes for improvement, making fitness deposits, you are doing things everyday now to make you reach your goals. Each goal you have listed is very achievable and you have already found the right path, keep going!!! We Can Do This Thing!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1743 days ago
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    1745 days ago
    Wonderful focused reasons! I support you in achieving your goals and going to adopt some of yours for myself as well. Thank you for posting. I see Mona Lisa has a secret smile that knows your are going to reach your goals and get great new clothes as well! WTG!!
    1745 days ago
    emoticon You have posted 20 reasons for you to stay motivated when things get tough. During those times, go back to this list and read it aloud...then get going again! You'll get their and I will too, if we do not give up!
    1745 days ago
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