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Who are you doing this for?


Thursday, July 18, 2013

You may be trying to lose weight, whether it be 10, 100 or 1000 pounds. You might be trying to gain strength by working out more. You may just be trying to change your eating habits to make sure you're getting more nutrients than calories.

The big question is why?

Why are you doing it? Are you part of an office pool to see who can lose the most weight? Are you trying to fit into a wedding dress? Do you think that your spouse will like you more if you lose the weight? Are you simply training for a marathon?

If those are the reasons, then what happens when you hit the end result?

The office pool ends, you go back to your old habits and gain more than you lost. The wedding is done, the stress is over, the pictures have been taken, now you're married, so you start eating again and gain 2 pants sizes. You discover that it wasn't your weight causing the marital issues, so you end up broken up and eating to cover those feelings of depression. You finished the marathon, it was the peak of the season, you're done running, so you're done for good and go back to the way you were afterward.

Sound familiar?

If you're not doing it for you and your long term health, then you won't continue to keep on doing it for life. You need to find the things that keep you going. You need to find the eating patterns you will stick to for life. You need to find the activities you enjoy for life.

Health does not end after a short challenge. You need to keep on doing things that will keep you healthy for years. You need to focus on you. You need to be a little selfish about your life. You will live with you for as long as you live, no matter what else happens.

The best reason for the question why is because you want to be healthy. You want to live the fullest life possible. You want to make your end years as easy as possible. You want to be happy, truly happy in your life.

Do it for you! You're the most important person in your life!


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DEIDRESH 7/19/2013 8:52AM

    Thanks for the blog! First and foremost, I am doing this for me. But then I am doing it to be a better example to our "future" children. I can't expect them to be healthy if we are not healthy. :)

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FRAN0426 7/18/2013 11:40PM

    Wonderful blog, and we do need to do this for ourself definately.

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COREY195 7/18/2013 11:18PM

    That's true you do have to do it for yourself .

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DESERTJULZ 7/18/2013 6:05PM

    Love this blog! You and I think alike in many ways, I've noticed. My very first blog was focused on the question "Why?" ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_p
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CLESHER 7/18/2013 5:51PM

    Great post and great advice....

For the first time in my life I am doing this for nobody else but myself so I can be as healthy as possible....

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GRAMMY7070 7/18/2013 3:03PM

    I am doing this for Me. I want to grow old, live healthy and be there enjoying my family.

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HOLLYM48 7/18/2013 1:37PM

    I know I am doing it for me to be the best that I can be and the healthiest. Working out makes me feel strong and has reduced my headaches tremendously.
Energy begets energy!
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CAROLJEAN64 7/18/2013 1:30PM

    I decided when I began my weight lost journey that it wasn't a temporary event. I was changing my lifestyle to regain my energy, avoid diabetes and live the life I knew I could. Eight years later I am still maintaining that attitude and my weight loss.

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1MANKNEY 7/18/2013 1:29PM

    I am doing this for myself. I plan to be around for a long time and I want a healthy body to be around in! emoticon

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MPLSKEN 7/18/2013 1:23PM

    This is so true, and why you need to be careful with your goals and how much emotional attachment you connect with them. It's probably also why so many people struggle with maintenance. Goals will always come and pass. You need to make it about yourself and about the journey rather than the end result. Because, until you're dead, there really is no "end".
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