How my motivation has changed over the years
Thursday, August 01, 2013
For many, many years, my sole motivation for losing weight was to look good. Very superficial, but that was how I felt. When we are young, we think we are invincible and that nothing bad will ever happen to us, but in 1997, I crushed my knee cap while waterskiing and found myself not able to work out. I also was left with pain and some limitations in my left knee. Suddenly, being healthy was a lot more important than just looking good, although I still wanted to look good.
In 2006, I got another blow to my health, when I was diagnosed with Cervical cancer. This resulted in a radical hysterectomy and 6 weeks of rest. Again, I was not able to work out and was forced to re-examine my motivation for weight loss. It really is true, without your health, you have nothing!
But my biggest motivation of all comes from my parents. My parents never lived a healthy lifestyle. Exercise was not part of their routine, they ate out a lot, and both were overweight. All of this led to Type II diabetes for my dad (my mom now has it as well) and many complications. One of the biggest was the lack of circulation in his feet and legs. When my dad died two years ago, his feet and legs were riddled with gangrene. He was given the choice to have a double amputation or go home and get his affairs in order. He chose to do the later. Type II diabetes seems to run in my family and after spending that last week with my dad, I don't want to end up that way. High blood pressure, breathing problems, failed kidneys, heart trouble. So many of these could have been avoided for my dad and now my mom, had they just altered their lifestyle.
I have dreams of being a really active grandma someday, which means that the choices I make now are so important. My health is what motivates me.
What motivates you?