I’ve heard that successful weight loss is more dependent on behavior change than knowledge of nutrition, and I believe it. You can know everything about calories, types of food, and how many minutes of this type of exercise will burn that many calories – but at the end of the day, if you make the wrong choices in impulsive moments, you won’t lose weight. The most important thing we can do to successfully get healthy is to stick with a plan.
When I get tempted to stray, I remember my three reasons I want to lose weight. I’ve written them down, and I carry them in my purse with me for the times when a slice of chocolate cake is calling my name, or I smell pizza wafting through the room. Having this list with me reminds me why I’m making these sacrifices now, and you can make one too!
Here are my reasons I’m getting healthy:
1. To be there for Chris and Troy. I want to grow old with my husband, and watch Troy hit his first baseball, drive his first car, and graduate from high school. I want to dance at his wedding someday.
2. To be a good example for him. I’ve picked up some bad health habits throughout my 31 years, and the last thing I want to do is pass them on to my son. I know that he will follow my example – he will do what I do, but he won’t necessarily do what I say, especially when what I’m saying and what I’m doing don’t match.
3. To be able to wear whatever I want. That doesn’t mean super-revealing mini-skirts of course – that’s not my style – but it would be amazing to go into a clothing store and try on anything I wanted to without worrying about how it would look on my figure.
What are some reasons that you are motivated to take care of your health?
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