Have you ever really considered why you want to lose weight?
The first time I was asked that question I was a bit confused. I mean… shouldn’t it be obvious? Look at me! I’m overweight so that’s why. This was in a group setting so the question was supposed to be more reflective. Since then I’ve pondered it quite a bit.
Why do I want to lose weight?
The truth is that some people who are overweight don’t have a desire to change the way they look or eat. They are happy the way they are. I say that if you are happy, more power to you! That’s just not me.
I’ve been overweight most of my life and spent half of it trying to get to a normal weight. But I was never really too focused on WHY I wanted to lose weight. I think that might be part of the reason I haven’t gotten there yet. I’ve allowed my brain to focus on the food, the diet plan, exercising – when, how, how much, etc. Until recently I haven’t been all that specific about why I want to be at my ideal weight.
So here it is, I’m going to lay it all out…
I want to be the very best me that I can be. I want to feel good in my body. I want to be at a healthy weight so that I can live as long God intended. I don’t want to cut my time short on this earth, not accomplish all of the things God put me here to do, people He wants me to meet, things or places I’m supposed to see – just because that donut looks so tasty.
There is more to life than a tasty donut.
Sure, it would also be great to feel confident in the way I look in a pair of skinny jeans or a pencil skirt. However, I think time with the people I love is more important than that. Not that skinny jeans aren’t a good “why” in a pinch, because I certainly have used that when the jar of Nutella is calling my name. It’s just that big picture… it’s more about longevity and the way that I believe being at my ideal weight will feel each and every day.
So, if you are trying to lose weight, have you thought of why you really started your weight loss journey? Has that reason changed or evolved over time? If you are considering starting to lose weight, now is the perfect time to think about your “why”. It helps keep you focused on the goal so that sticking to your protocol doesn’t feel like punishment, but a path to the destination.