I almost blogged about this very subject, great topic!
I am with Stevie, I want both. I am 6'1 so I have been fortunate enough to carry my weight fairly well over the years, but now I am 85 lbs over my ideal weight and 85 lbs doesn't look or feel very good. Between varicose veins & acid reflux, health is number 1, but I sure would love to be an 8 again...
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Great discussion topic. When I was younger, it was all about looks. Now that I am older and have gone through some health-related things with my Mom, I've changed my priorities. My health is NUMBER ONE right now - anything else is just an added plus!
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I have to admit that it is both! I want to have better health and feel sexy at the same time! I know in times past I felt better in my clothing and dressed a particular way when I started to lose weight. Also, I wasn't having chest pains like I do when I gain weight! So, I love both benefits! So, my main motivation is the looks, because I am working on getting toned and muscular!
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I always wanted to be thin (even when I was what most people would call 'average'). But now that I am a wife and a mother, my health is of more importance to me. Yes, it will be nice to turn a few extra heads when I'm done, but that's not my goal, hehe.
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Good question! For the longest time my motivation for weightloss was looks - to be thinner and have people comment "WOW! You look like that and have 4 kids!" I never made more than 10-20 lb loss and didn't keep it off for long. It wasn't until I went for help because my sleep was horrific (hormones) and asked about weightloss. He told me to focus on health which I did and started losing right away. My focus has to be on health. If I focus on weightloss I start thinking what can I have to eat and still lose weight, impatience, etc. I believe focusing on health is the way to go and weightloss and all that entails (looks, wearing smaller sizes, etc) is a side benefit!
I just had a stalk of celery, 1 slice toasted Ezekiel Bread w/canola mayo, lettuce and turkey breast. It was so good tasting and knowing how good it is for me made me just feel good! patty
Hello team. I wondered what motivates you more in your weight loss - gaining better health or looking better? I have to say that all of my previous attempts at weight loss over the years involved my dream of becoming "skinny," and finally being considered attractive. That quest for acceptance really kept me motivated, but it obviously didn't make me change my habits long-term because I'm still trying to lose weight.
As I've gotten older, I've shifted more towards wanting to be healthy. Feeling better and working for longevity motivates me to do healthier things to GET healthy, and that seems to involve more sustainable practices that will help me reach goal and actually stay there.
So - what is your motivation right now? There is no right or wrong answer, I am just interested in where you're at in your journey. Thank you!
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