They say it's important to stay connected to your "why" when trying to accomplish something such as losing weight and then keeping it off. I couldn't agree more. Most of us get serious about changing our ways when the pain of not changing becomes more painful than the pain of changing. The pain threshold is different for everyone.
I still remember the New Year's Eve photo that awoke me from my denial and spurred me to join Weight Watchers over 20 years ago. Though the picture was torn to bits long ago it's memory is deeply embedded in my brain.
Do you remember what first brought you to Weight Watchers? An upcoming wedding? A hurtful comment? Medical/health issues?
Keeping a list of your reasons for wanting to lose weight front and center can help keep you motivated when the going gets tough and help spur you on when you're tempted to throw in the towel.
Now that I've lost the weight, here are my top reasons for wanting to keep it off and remain under goal:
My Top Reasons for Wanting to Maintain My Weight Loss
- Feel good and have more energy.
- Like what I see when I catch a glimpse of my reflection in a mirror or window.
- Increased confidence.
- Increase my odds of aging gracefully.
- Serve as a role model for others.
- Be able to travel easily.
- Enjoy life more.
- Sleep better.
- Better digestion.
- Avoid that the feelings of being "stuffed," "too full" and/or "bloated."
- Easily and comfortably do yoga, especially "plow" pose without my belly getting in the way.
- Improved intimacy.
- So I can savor and enjoy my food.
- Easily fit into my clothes.
- Feel good in my clothes and (more importantly) my own skin.
- Live healthier for longer (like my 90+ year-old grandmother pictured above did).
- Be in a better position to manage menopause.
- Build a healthy relationship with food and my body.
- To use what I've learned to help others.
- Improved mood, mental focus and clarity.
- Enjoy food freedom and freedom from food cravings.
What are your reasons for wanting to lose weight and/or keep it off? Have you written them down and put them someplace where you can see them? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
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