Tip: Lose Weight for Somebody Else
This is a post from my continuing series of Tuesday weight loss tips.
We all have our reasons for losing weight. Most start with ourselves.
We want to look good at the beach. We want to fit into normal clothes. Most of us would like to have more sex appeal for either our spouse or to find one. Some of us, as was one my motivating factors, want to lose just enough weight to be able to walk into a restaurant and sit in any seat in the house.
Ultimately, our reasons for losing weight typically focus on ourselves.
Eventually though, our motivation depletes. A simple analogy is to think of our level of motivation on any given day like gas in a gas tank — after a long trip, you’ll run out. Our motivation typically runs out on a random Tuesday afternoon at lunch. It’s cold, freezing outside, and work is dreadful. A fellow co-worker will come into your office/cubicle and invite you to Mexican food.
Chips. Salsa. A fun atmosphere and time to get away. How can you resist?
Unfortunately, unlike gas, motivation isn’t easy to replace. It’s hard to resist Mexican food for the same reason for 5 years. The reason most people regain the weight they lose (sad statistic) is because the motivation just isn’t there after the initial weight loss. You can’t have use the same old motivation for years, just like I can’t use the same workout music for over a few weeks.
My reasons for losing weight and transforming myself have changed since early 2009, as I can sit in normal seats now and I’ve saved my life and no longer have high blood pressure (it was 119/70 last Thursday when I visited the doc). These are no longer valid reasons for me to keep losing weight.
I constantly need new reasons to keep working hard. They include:
- Running in the Georgia half-marathon
- Looking good at sister-in-law’s upcoming wedding
- Being a better dancer (even if it’s just on the Wii)
- Increasing sex appeal
And, lastly, I want a body my wife and daughter can be proud of. I want a body you can be proud of. Even if I don’t owe it to myself, I owe it to you. I owe it to them. On my original about page (the old version of this page) I talked about how I’d let all my friends and family down before and “this” time (now!) and this blog, this journey, would be the time I finally lost weight and saved myself from a certain early grave. My appearance might have changed drastically over the last two years, but I have a long, long way to go.
I saved myself. My weight is no longer killing me. Now it’s time to get serious about transforming myself. Whether you’ve been reading this journey for two days or two years, we’re just in the beginning stages.
We’re going to go through another big transformation in 2011.