My motivation to be healthy
Weight loss weekly is a collaboration between me and three other bloggers where we ask ourselves questions relating to weight loss, and discuss our successes and failures. Join me every Monday to tune into this ongoing collaboration. This week's question is: "Why do I want to lose weight and what I'm going to do about it". Have you ever thought about it?
Have you ever asked yourself, "Why do I want to lose weight?". In our culture, it's just assumed that most people could stand to lose a few pounds but have you ever asked yourself that question? For me, I have tons of responses, most of which have to do with vanity (which aren't motivating in the long run believe it or not) and a few which really get to the core of why. It is for this reason that this week, I've decided to separate my answers to "Why do I want to lose weight" into two parts, vanity reasons and real reasons.
1. I want to be the most smokin' hot wife at all of my husband's work parties.
2. When my sons become teenagers, I would like one of their friends to gross them out by saying, "Dude, your mom is HOT!"
3. I love to shop. Ever since losing the initial 34 lbs, I am now able to shop at so many stores I couldn't shop at before.
4. I like being able to fit into a standard airplane seat.
5. I just bought THE CUTEST spring dress on super clearance (4 sizes too small) and I want to fit into it before mother's day.
6. I'd love for my husband's clothes to be a little big on me.
1. The risk of developing all cancers increases dramatically the more overweight one is.
2. The risk of developing Type 2 diabetes increases dramatically the more overweight one is.
3. I want to be healthy enough and have enough energy to play with my sons.
4. I have one life to lead, when I go to heaven, I want God to tell me, "Well done, good and faithful servant." Not to look aghast at me and say, "What have you done to yourself?"
I want to live a healthy, active life and to be around to watch my children and grandchildren grow up. Yes, the vain reasons are perks of losing weight, but surprisingly have little motivation over me in the long run. In the short run, the vain perks can help me get through a meal or a day, but when I think of the real reasons, they are enough to take me through the long haul.
Have you ever thought about it? What are your reasons?
Now that you've decided WHY you want to lose weight, what exactly are you going to do about it? I was at my low point (or perhaps high point) last January when I came across the book French Women Don't Get Fat. The simple approach to looking at eating and life has helped me to lose 34 lbs. so far. For information about the book, check out my French Friday posts, but I will summarize the points from the book that I have incorporated into my life that have helped me to lose weight and to live healthier. These changes are not profound, but for me, they were the biggest changes I had to make on the road to weight loss and what I still struggle with.
My secrets to weight loss and my plan for continuing weight loss:
1. I drink at least 8 pints of water a day. I drink a pint of water before every meal and another one with it. I drink in between meals and I drink a pint of water before bed. Staying hydrated helps me to feel full and keeps me from confusing hunger with thirst.
2. I eat smaller portions of many things rather than one big portion of one thing. I consciously think about variety, therefore I plan my meals better and am eating more fruits and veggies.
3. I eat one to two 8 oz. servings of plain yogurt a day. This is helping to keep my digestive system happy, gives me extra calcium, and helps my stomach feel full.
4. I incorporate some activity into most every day. My choice of activity is a daily walk, but I also try to park farthest away at the grocery store, am aware of bending over to pick up kids toys, and do housework daily. Basically, I try to move and limit the time I spend on my duff doing nothing. I may not have time to go to the gym daily, but I do have time to vacuum, do the laundry, dust and go for a walk.
5. I chew my food thoroughly. This is new for me but is really helping me to slow down while I'm eating. Slowing down gives my stomach a chance to catch up with my consumption. How thorough is thorough? I chew until it's liquified. Gross, but effective.
6. I eat my main meal at lunch. Eating my main meal at lunch enables me to eat a small dinner without having screaming hunger. Since dinner is when I often make the most high fat/high calorie foods of the day, not being too hungry for dinner saves me tons of calories. Also, I know I have finished digesting by the time I go to bed.
7. I wind down in the evenings with a glass of water, a cup of herbal tea, or hot water with a tablespoon of lemon juice squeezed in it. I used to be a nightly dessert eater. Not only am I saving calories now, I sleep better since I'm not hopped up on sugar.
8. I journal my food intake. You can follow my food journal on Twitter. This has really helped me avoid the snacking temptations knowing that I have to write it down. Also, if I have a bad day where I have eaten way too much and have eaten mindlessly, having to write down what I've eaten helps me to be aware of foods that I habitually overeat and the act of writing down a bad day forces me to recommit to a healthier lifestyle.
These are not hard habits to adopt. I am not depriving myself of anything, yet making these simple changes allowed me to lose 34 lbs. and is helping me to lose the rest of what I need to. If you are interested in following my French Friday posts where I review French Women Don't Get Fat, or reading last week's "Weight Loss Weekly" the links are below. Also, don't forget to check out the other "Weight Loss Weekly" posts from my fellow "weight losers"!
My Fellow "Weight Loss Weekly" bloggers are Sunny, Nurit and Giyen. Check out their posts below!
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