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Weight Loss Motivation

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

I read an article today on titled Weigh Loss Motivation 101.

I definitely need this right now. Part of our challenge this week is to remind ourselves often of why we are doing this. This article helps to guide you to that why. Not just "I want to lose 40 more pounds", but "Why do I want to lose 40 more pounds".

There are 2 categories to consider:

1. Towards pleasure:
To feel good in the clothes I am wearing
To feel strong
To feel proud of myself
To stay in a jeans size long enough to wear them out
To travel and enjoy my retirement years with my husband

2. Away from pain:
Less pain in my knees and hip!!!!!!
Avoid the pain and complications of diabetes!!!!!

This is my list. While there are more items on the Pleasure list, I am more motivated by the Pain list. Diabetes scares me to death. The hospital unit where I work is filled with diabetic people and I see what happens. A work friend recently went blind because of her diabetes. I will not allow that to happen to me when I can do something about it!! I know that there are thin people with diabetes but they are the exception. That is my compelling reason to get off the couch!

Now that I have gotten to the root of my "WHY" I can work from there. I only need to go into the patients rooms to see my motivation.

I will enjoy all the pleasure reasons for losing weight but more than that I will enjoy the freedom of being healthy!

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    Love your clear motivation. This blog helped me think. Thanks!
    2292 days ago
    Great article! I especially liked the category "To stay in a jeans size long enough to wear them out"! Thanks for sharing that!

    2294 days ago
  • SINGER73
    They are very good reasons to stay motivated. My sister found out she had diabetes and my mother got tested and she had it too. Now my brother has it and my one skinny active brother is per-diabetic. I get tested all the time and I definitely want to avoid it at all costs.
    2294 days ago
  • STHOMAS1009
    Thanks for writing this blog and sharing the link to PeerTrainer. I have been diagnosed with Diabetes. My doctor says if I can lose 25 pounds, that I can turn that around.

    Why I haven't, I don't know.

    Good job for you though. emoticon
    2294 days ago
    I think that's one of the reasons it's sometimes tough for younger people to find long-term motivation. All those ailments can seem so far off. Once I hit my 40's I started to see people around me becoming debilitated and it got "real" very quickly.

    I've said it on numerous ocassions, but I would keep eating the way I am now even if I never lost another ounce, because it's so good for my health otherwise.
    2294 days ago
    These are GREAT reasons to get fit and healthy!! I especially agree with avoiding diabetes - that's what got me started with exercise over 30 years ago. My mother had type 2 diabetes and back then she didn't know nearly enough about all the medical issues it could cause so didn't really do a lot to change her lifestyle. She became legally blind and had a leg amputated 3 years before her death at age 76. Diabetes was her ONLY disease - but it caused many, many health issues. It breaks my heart when I see those with the disease not doing everything in their power to control it. So I'm with you - let's get healthy BEFORE we get the disease!!
    2294 days ago
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