Why do I want to lose weight??

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

I have joined a challenge group, and my assignment for today is to list why I want to lose weight. A little introspetion is required here, folks... I mean I know I want to look better, feel better, and be healthier, but that's not quite specific enough.

The first reason is health - I do not want to end up with heart bypass surgery like both of my parents. I do not want to become a diabetic. I don't want to be the one puffing up the stairs! I don't want to lose a limb, like my grandmother, nor have conjestive heart failure like my parents. If I have to have knee replacement surgery, I want my suregery to be safer and my recovery easier. I don't want to end up in a nursing home alone because I can't care for myself.

Wow! That was quite a list when I got started... Next - what I want to be able to do:

I want to be able to fit into any seat comfortably. Not just airline seats, but theatre seats, those little folding chairs at the front at the TSO concert. I want to fit easily in the seats of theme park rides. I don't want to squeeze through turnstiles. I don't want to go into one of those really tight ladies rooms and get stuck! I don't want people to groan if I fall into their lap when standing on a bus or tram. I want my luggage to be lighter, because, let's face it- smaller clothes weigh less than larger ones. I want to hike up a mountain path and not be winded. I don't want to be mortiied when they ask me how much I weigh before the helicoptor tour or the zip line (yes, both times...)

The third point is vanity... Yup. We all have some, although some have more than others. I want to walk into the misses section and not have people look at me like "perhaps you would be more comfortable in the women's section". I want to - just once - buy something that says "small" on the label. I want to look in the mirror or look at a photo and be happy. I don't want to always try to stand in the back so I can hide my fat. I want to have people say to me "you are pretty" instead of "you have such a pretty face".. (I have given instructions that if anyone says that at my funeral, my BFF is to deck them!) I don't want to see that face that people have when heavy people eat normally... the "you should be eating fish and plain lettuce" face.

Do any of these reasons resonate with you, or are your reasons totally diferent? Give it some thought. It might spark a little more committment!

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  • SHARON10002
    You definitely gave a lot of thought to this blog. All of your reasons resonate with me, too. I just want to be healthier, and be able to keep up with my granddaughter. To me, that would be two good reasons to lose weight. Here's to losing 5% emoticon !
    1877 days ago
    Hi Patti.........
    What a great blog. You certainly hit on several of my concerns. All are good reasons for wanting to lose weight. I could add to that list, the fact that keeping up with my two grand-daughters is so important to me. I remember my grand-mother being so much fun and I hope that my grand-daughters will refer to me as the fun-Gramma who did lots of activities with them.
    emoticon for reminding me to keep active.......
    1899 days ago
  • FLAME42
    You certainly did some real thinking and put your thoughts in order. Many of your reasons strike home with me too. Wishing you the best of luck meeting all your goals, I know you can do it!
    1899 days ago
  • TERRYT55
    All of your reasons resonate with me! Terrific list.......The helicopter tour brought back a memory.

    When I was a kid my folks splurged and we all went on a helicopter ride at a fair. I remember seeing a sign with weight restrictions, knowing they would ask our weights. I was terrified the whole time we were in line and on the ride.....not of the ride but of my weight. Today I'm sure they only asked for the weight of the adults but I was already a wreck about my extra pounds at eight years old. Too bad it took be 50 years to do anything about it.

    Thanks for a great blog
    1899 days ago
    Loved this Blog!!

    Those are all my reasons and then some. I don't want to pass away at age 66, first year of retirement, as my mom did. That was 13 years ago, and finally at age 52, I'm doing something about it, and realize it has to be forever this time. Life Change! Thank you for posting this. I'm going to work out a little longer and harder today!

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    1899 days ago
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