Originally written: August 1, 2016
I want to lose 30 pounds by the time I turn 33 years old in July of 2017. I had this narrative in my head with all the reasons I wanted to do this. But I thought it worked perfectly for me to just start with a list of 30 reasons I’m choosing and committing to this goal.
1.) I don’t want to be sick for a week again. (I am literally on my 7th day of a cold-turned-sinus-infection-turned-cold)
2.) I am tired of waiting for the day when I’ll be fabulous. Don’t we all think there is this this fabulous sexy goddess inside of us?
3.) There are certain clothes I’d like to wear. I see outfits that I would love to wear but would not be caught outside with it on for fear my “flaws” would be on display.
4.) I’m still young. I have the energy and the motivation to get back on track and stay there!
5.) My family’s health will benefit. Meal planning means that my children and my husband will also be eating the healthy and nutritious foods that I am. I love the idea of teaching my children to eat their veggies!
6.) I do believe that food is either healing us or making us sick, it can be our medicine. I just need to act like I believe it.
7.) I want the challenge. There are plenty of things I want to do in life, this is one of them. Who doesn’t love completing their goals, big or small?
8.) I’m doing it because I love myself NOT because I hate myself. Later I’m going to list qualities, more positive than negative. For every negative thing I say about myself I am going to match with a positive. Honestly, sometimes, I am my worst body-shamer.
9.) Teach my children healthy habits. Routine, exercise, heathy cooking, discipline.
10.) I want sustainability. I want this to last. Those super restrictive diets don’t last. They don’t last on me anyways. Heck, sometimes they are so restrictive I BEGIN with a cheat day!
11.) I don’t subscribe to the shakes, drinks, unnecessary supplements and fad diets. I am a strong believer in eating real food and working for results.
12.) I want control over my eating. With me one Friday night binge leads to binging 3 days straight. You know like a couple handfuls of Salt & Vinegar chips on Friday leads to a ½ pint of Mediterranean Mint ice cream on Sunday. #truestory
13.) I am happier when I a healthy – I felt best when I was clean eating and when I wasn’t stressed about what to cook because my meals were planned.
14.) The way I see it, I’m either gaining or losing. I’d rather be losing when it comes to weight. Do I want to weigh another 10 pounds next year? No.
15.) I’ve gained at least 25 in the past 2 years. And I haven’t been pregnant. Bleh. I kind of carry it alright, so it’s not like I’m huge. But that’s not something I want to repeat again.
16.) I need some routine and consistency in my life. Getting this area down pact can give me some confidence and peace of mind to work on my other goals!
17.) I want it to come off slower so I will work at it longer – developing real lasting lifestyle changes. And 2.5 lbs. a month doesn’t sound as daunting as 2 pounds a week!
18.) Quick loss diets always see me gaining the weight back, this last quick-loss diet I’ve gained more weight back then I lost.
19.) I want to regulate my metabolism before I screw it up. I’ve heard that’s the worst!
20.) I want the REAL motivation and reward to be intrinsic and about my health. Rule: No selfies. Because, really, it’s not all about the outside.
21.) I have a family history of diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
22.) Emotional balance – the poor, rollercoaster diet contributes to my mood swings – I believe it!
23.) Did I say that I really believe I can be fabulous? Who doesn’t want to be fabulous?
24.) I want my body to be as healthy as it can be should I have another baby, and I want it to bounce back.
25.) I want to do everything I can before getting any plastic surgery to repair this child-bearing body. Don’t act like I’m the only one ladies!
26.) I want to be physically strong.
27.) I want to mentally strong.
28.) My 33rd birthday is a good marker and goal.
29.) I’ve never pushed myself as far as I can go physically. I’ve lost baby weight, and I’ve felt good about my body but I want to be stronger, leaner, quicker, and healthier than I have ever been.
30.) I believe I can!
31.) Bonus: I want to sleep better and wake up with clear, healthy, glowing skin. See: Fabulous
Well there seems to be plenty of reason to get after it, right? Yes!! Even if my list stopped at 15 it would be plenty. BUT just because there are plenty of reasons to do it doesn’t mean it will be easy. I mean a whole year-long commitment – is that necessary? Yes! You look at any fitness coach or healthy lifestyle teacher and one of the markers of success is the real lifestyle change and the sustained weight-loss after the initial weight loss. Longevity is the key! This will give my body, brain, and family (it will take them awhile to love clean eating as much as I do) time to adjust while not being too drastic of a goal that I burnout or follow it with binging.
I hope you will follow me through this and stay in touch after we BOTH reach our goals! Since I’ve been on this journey for a few months before making it live I can tell you … I have some cool things in store!
One more thing. What would you add to YOUR list of why’s? I look forward to reading them!