I woke up this morning with a major V8 sort of epiphany. My motivation has been flagging for a while, I’m not exercising like I was, and not being as food vigilant as I should. I have been struggling to figure out why, beyond the general concept of the honeymoon being over and it being hard to sustain attention on something like this for such a long time (which is still a major factor of course). Another factor is the slowdown overall in weight loss speed. I mean, its really hard to get excited about continuing to eat only 800 calories a day and exercise every day and lose weight at the same rate when you are eating 1200 calories a day and not exercise every day.
Anyway, I woked up realizing that another factor is that I have achieved MOST of the reasons I originally set out to lose weight by reaching where I am now. So I need to come up with new reasons. The original reasons were:
Original Reason #1 — I will be healthier. I am dramatically healthier now. I am no longer actively diabetic, my CPAP is down to on average 4 cm H20 per night rather than 14. My knees feel better.
Original Reason #2 — I will be more confident. I already feel this. I definitely have more swagger and know that I no longer stick out in the crowd. That is a great feeling!
Original Reason #3 — I can buy cuter clothes. I love this! I can now buy clothes in the “regular” sizes and have soooo many more options. Its rather unreal. The only store of interest beyond my reach at this point in Victoria’s Secret.
Original Reason #4 — I will have more energy. Jury still a bit out on this one. Because I traded the lack of energy of extreme overweight for the lack of energy from low iron and low calorie intake, I haven’t really seen much boost on this one yet.
Original Reason #5 — I will be a better role model for my kids. Oooh, this one is one I can still retain as a goal. I was definitely being a better role model when the hershey’s bliss were out of the house and I was exercising more.
Original Reason #6 — Travel will be easier/more comfortable. I am definitely feeling the benefits of this one. I can travel without being exhausted and sweaty, I can fit comfortably with room to spare in airplane seats without feeling like I am spilling over into someone else’s space any more than the next guy. This is an awesome benefit.
Original Reason #7 — Diabetes might go away. This has happened. A1c is normal without meds. Yay!
Original Reason #8 — Maybe I can get rid of the CPAP. While my average pressure has gone down from 14 cm H20 to 4, I haven’t been able to ditch it yet, and doc says I may not be able to do without an operation to correct severely deviated septum. I am close to being able to ditch it, but no cigar.
Original Reason #9 — I will be able to move easier. This is definitely true, but I am sure there is still room for progress. My knees feel better and I can walk or exercise for extended periods of time without feeling like I am going to die. I still have knee instability and fear of going down stairs because of my knees though.
Original Reason #10 — I will be able to try different types of activities. I have added some things, like Zumba, to the bag of tricks. I still haven’t tried things like water aerobics or things outdoors that I have avoided, like hiking, skiing or snow tubing or water skiing.
Original Reason #11 — I will feel less self conscious about my weight. This is definitely true. I have always constantly polled the people around me to see where I fit in weightwise, whether i stuck out as one of the fat ones. That isn’t true anymore. There are usually plenty of larger people in a room. This is a ridiculous one, but its just how it is.
Original Reason #12 — I will feel better about myself. This one is still one to keep on the list. Because I am not engaging in all the habits I know to be the right things to do, I don’t feel as good about myself as I could.
Original Reason #13 — I will feel sexier. I am not sure that losing all the weight in the world could fix this. Sexy is a state of mind that is wrapped up in so many other things, not just weight.
Original Reason #14 — I will enjoy amusement parks more. I know this one sounds silly, but I really love amusement parks. And it was a great loss to not feel comfortable in them. I know that because of the airplane progress, its logical to figure I’d feel ok on rides now. No chance to test this out until the state fair in August.
New Reason #15 — I will have a BMI in the normal range.
New Reason #16 — I will weigh less than my hubby.
New Reason #17 — I will achieve a new physical goal (need to pick something here0
What else can you think of that I should add to the list? What did you focus on to get yourself to go the final distance that I should consider for myself?