Top Ten Reasons Why I Want to Lose Weight

Me BeforeI’m going back to basics, starting over again with WW. While this hasn’t been a perfect week, I’ve done much better at planning and logging my food, managing portion sizes, and even trying to get in my healthy food groups – which oddly enough does not include chocolate. Someone was asleep at the switch there. As the Sweet Potato Queens have said, the basic food groups are sweet, salty, fried and au gratin.

But I digress.

I’ve been coasting along at this for a while now, having lost track of why it matters in the first place. It’s very easy for the foodplan to be come an end in and of itself, instead of being the way to achieve other things. So I decided it was time to sit down and think about it again and make a new list that I can put up on the fridge to remind me when my energy level flags.

I want to lose weight in order to:

  1. Improve flexibility and ease the load on my knees
  2. Have more energy and stamina
  3. Improve my sleep apnea
  4. Fit into a greater variety of clothes
  5. Fit into seats on planes without needing a seatbelt extension
  6. Be less self conscious about my body when I’m with other people
  7. Avoid knee replacement surgery as long as possible
  8. Enjoy traveling more
  9. Be comfortable in my body
  10. Be able to buy classic clothes in only one size range

These were in no particular order; they all matter. Notice that one thing that isn’t there, deliberately so, is “Like myself better” because I already do like myself. I just don’t like who I am in the larger body because the body needs paring down and I’m physically uncomfortable in it.

When I joined WW in 2002 (see picture above), I was pre-menopausal and now I’m definitely post- with the metabolism that goes with it. Losing will probably go slower – but it will not happen at all without drawing the line in the sand and getting on with it.

I Can Do It RingI am not declaring a goal weight, though I have something in mind. My first goal is 5 pounds and when that is achieved, I’ll set the goal at another 5 and string them together little by little. I bought myself an “I can do it” anchor, a pretty ring to wear on my right hand, which is the one that brings the food to my mouth. It’s a different motivator – instead of just waiting and rewarding myself after the fact, it will serve as a reminder of what I want to accomplish.