The Reasons Why

As I was getting my butt kicked last night at the training studio, I had this really defeatist moment when I wondered, Why in the heck do I put myself through this? I’ll admit that my mind was blank for a second or two before I remembered The Reasons Why, a list I made when I first started truly focusing on this lifestyle change. I hadn’t looked at it in a while, but you can bet I made a beeline for it as soon as I got home.

These reasons why were based strictly my own self-perception. Other overweight people may not (probably don’t) share the same experiences or mind set that I had (have), nor should they. It wasn’t a happy place to be.

So without further ado….The Reasons Why I Want to Change My Lifestyle (April 2007)

  • For general health. I’m not getting any younger.
  • To improve how I look (confidence)
  • To change how I’m perceived by others (confident, in control, capable)
  • To shop in “regular” stores
  • To reduce or eliminate blood pressure medication
  • To meet more people
  • To try new things with confidence, or at least a sense of adventure
  • To make my family proud
  • To experience success
  • To be my best self, the one who’s hiding
  • So that I can be rescued, if it’s ever required (I threw this in as a bit of dark humor back then, and left it in when I read this article.)
  • To travel to San Francisco and ride a bike uphill with my friend
  • To help and inspire others to take on their personal demons and defeat them

In reading the list now, I can see one or two that wouldn’t be applicable in today’s mindset, but most of them still ring true for me. I’m proud of the progress I’ve made, and I’m excited for the future. So much so, that I think I’ll just copy/paste this list into a new list: The Reasons Why I’m Sticking With It.

So, what are your “reasons why”? If you haven’t committed them to paper or other medium, may I suggest you give it a try?



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