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Why Do I Want to Lose the Weight?

Monday, July 10, 2017

For better or worse, the following are my motivations for losing the last ten pounds and getting back into my maintenance range:

1. I have about seven pairs of size 8 pants for work -- really cute ones! -- but none of them fit me without looking incredibly inappropriate.

2. I want to show up my co-worker who said to me last year, "I love you, but your a$$ is huge in those shorts." (This co-worker is getting married next month, has talked all year about how she needs to lose thirty pounds, but has done nothing about it. Yet, she had no qualms about tossing weight-barbs at me.)

3. I want to feel super-confident at the pool.

4. I love being able to be active, whether it's literally running back to the car for something the kids forgot, jogging with the German Shepherd, taking taekwondo classes with the family, or even stretching far enough to reach beyond my toes. Having the extra weight makes these harder.

5. I want the rest of my years to be healthy ones.

6. I like how nutritious food feels like fuel and how my body can feel like a machine.

7. I want to be a role model for my children. My husband is a zero-percent body fat martial artist, my daughter is a competitive dancer with a lean body of muscle who can run a mile in seven minutes, and my son is already developing muscles on his ten-year-old frame and aspires to be a physical therapist. My extra pounds make me the least fit person in the family. I'd like to be on their level.

8. I want to prove to myself that I can do it.
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