Monday, August 26, 2013
Today's coaching session discussed finding the underlying motivators for weight loss. A lot of people say they want to loose weight. While that's a great reason to loose weight, that's not exactly a reason to keep the weight off once you reach your goal. By identifying the actual reasons for wanting to loose weight, those reasons can then become the motivating factors that will help to maintain a healthy lifestyle once all the weight has disappeared.
My underlying factors may seem a bit abnormal (and maybe even a bit insensitive) to most folks, but I'll put them out there anyway.
First and foremost: I was underweight, malnourished and painfully ill for 13 years of my life due to a failing gall bladder. Food became the enemy; the trigger that set off my pain. After the surgical removal of my gall bladder, food became a wonderland for me and I indulged to the fullest, like I had been unable to do previously. Along with the joy; however, came the pounds - something I had never had to worry about before. I definitely needed to gain some of the weight, but I went about 13 pounds past a healthy BMI. Even though I wasn't technically overweight, I felt uncomfortable. So the first reason for my weight loss is to achieve a healthy weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle, since I haven't been able to do that for the past 15 years.
The other reason why I was able to pack on 30 pounds in a month has to do with my family genetics. A large majority of my family members average over 300lbs and are very unhealthy. I do not want to end up like that and that motivates me to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle.
And finally, my husband and I haul high end special products, which means we live over the road and our down time happens in truck stops most of the time. If you have ever spent any time around a truck stop, you know that truck drivers face a lot of challenges when trying to eat healthy or get in some fitness time. As such, a lot of the truck drivers are very unhealthy and very over weight. So, my final underlying reason for weight loss is so that I don't become an overweight unhealthy truck driver.