After reading many books/magazines/blogs and watching many television programs/documentaries/YouTube videos about weight loss, a common theme in losing weight is identifying the why. WHY do you want to lose weight?
The question of why I want to lose weight is interesting because of the range of possible responses. Everyone has their own reasons for doing it. Some may be doing it for health, some to look good (which isn’t a bad thing – we all want to look good), or maybe it’s a combination of both. I would say I fall in somewhere in the middle with a combination of both. I want to be healthy, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t dream about shopping for cute clothes that don’t have a two-digit number on them.
So my friends, without further ado…my top ten list of why I want to lose weight (cue the David Letterman music):
#10 If I have to hear “but you’ve got such a pretty face” one more time.
#9 Two words friends: chub rub.
#8 I reprogrammed the Poison Control button on my phone to Dominos Pizza.
#7 Even though I hate television shows/movies about zombies, I’ve seen enough of The Walking Dead to know I’m going to need to move my ass in the event of a zombie apocalypse. Right now I would for sure be the first to get it.
#6 So people will stop offering me their seat on the train because they think I’m pregnant. Seriously, this is how you make a fat girl cry.
#5 So I won’t need my CPAP machine for my sleep apnea anymore. Breathing from a tube, while trying to be intimate with someone is the definition of unsexy.
#4 A lot of plus size clothes are awful…I’ll dress like a 96-year-old. When I’m 96.
#3 I could run for something other than a bus.
#2 I could run for a bus.
These are all humorous reasons for losing weight, some of them true, some of them embellished, but my number one, real reason is this: I want to live. I want to live my life and I want to live it for a very long time. Right now, I might as well be dead, because I’m not living (there are I’m sure a few people who just gasped at that last sentence, but I’m not going to sugar coat it). I let my weight hold me back from doing so many things. I can’t do that anymore. I won’t do it anymore! I can’t continue to live this life anymore because it is a total lie. This is not who I am. Being overweight has eroded my confidence and chipped away at my self-esteem. The common denominator in all of this is my weight. For me, it is connected to everything (I think I just had my Oprah a-ha moment there).