A Little More Each Day

One working mama learning to run & to maintain my 100+ pound weight loss!

Reasons to Lose . . .

on August 16, 2013

A book I found really helpful, from addressing the mental parts of weight loss, was The Beck Diet. I read this as I was starting Weight Watchers and while I didn’t do all of the activities in the book, I did find a few things really useful. Most helpful has been writing down the reasons I wanted to lose weight. I kept this list on my phone and reviewed it monthly, to add new things as I thought of them, and any time I was particularly tempted, like when presented with unexpected cookies! I think I now need to work on a Reasons to Maintain list, right?

1) Decrease my risk of diabetes – A real concern for me given my history of gestational diabetes and strong family history of diabetes. My fasting blood sugar is still a little high, but not in the diabetic range. Hopefully that risk will continue to decrease the longer I maintain my weight loss and keep up the exercise!

2) Live longer for my 2 favorite guys

3) Get off medication for my high blood pressure – Done!

4) Have more energy – Infinitely! I didn’t realize how much the extra weight was literally weighing me down until it was no longer an issue.

5) More self confidence – Getting better, but still lots of room to improve

6) More options / fun shopping for clothes – This is absolutely one of my favorite improvements. I haven’t quite figured out what looks good on this new body, but I’m enjoying experimenting. I love being able to shop in mainstream stores. I took a picture to send my husband the first time I put on a pair on non-plus size jeans at Target and wanted to cry the day I realized in J Crew that I was a size 6 (Easter weekend, 2013).photo(15)

7) Wear tall boots – I can do this now! Before my calves were too big for even the “wide calf” boots but now I have a wide calf pair that I can wear easily and I love them! I can’t wait for fall so I can break them out again (and get a pair in brown!)

8) Be light enough for my husband to carry me like Rhett Butler – Not quite there yet but maybe if I get D to work out!

Do you have a list?

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14 responses to “Reasons to Lose . . .

  1. […] Victory   This weekend I actually sort of checked something off of my list of reasons I wanted to lose weight. My husband was picking O up and swinging him in a circle and O then asked “Daddy swing […]

  2. […] yourself about why you are making these changes and why you are eating. Early on, I made a list of reasons to lose weight that I updated frequently when I was trying to lose weight. I reviewed that list any time I was […]

  3. […] enough to wear regular boots yet, but still progress. Wearing tall boots was on my original list of reasons I wanted to lose weight, so this one is big for me. […]

  4. […] made a “Reasons to Lose” list when I first started Weight Watchers thanks to the advice in the Beck Diet (seriously […]

  5. […] is associated with greater long term success. This is definitely a mark in my favor, as my biggest drivers for losing weight in the first place was my blood pressure and my brush with diabetes. I am still grateful every […]

  6. […] psychologically, to really think through and spell out exactly what you want to change and why. Remembering your why is a powerful […]

  7. […] I remind myself of the reasons I wanted to lose weight, and the reasons I maintain, and how far I’ve come in those regards. I also look at all of […]

  8. […] me. It always helps to know that others have these struggles too and the reminder to pull out my Reasons to Lose and Reasons to Maintain lists again was a good one. Maybe I need to re-evaluate those this month to […]

  9. […] shown you guys my lists of why to lose and why to maintain in the past, but it’s a good time for me to think about those […]

  10. […] I first started losing weight, I made a list of reasons to lose weight that I kept on my phone and looked at frequently when I got tempted, so that I could remember WHY I […]

  11. […] I also like the advice about re-evaluating your why, because that definitely changes over time. My “whys” for losing weight weren’t necessarily the same as my “whys” for maintaining and that’s […]

  12. […] your list of reasons to lose updated and readily at hand, so you can remind yourself why you’re doing this. I need to […]

  13. […] of writing things down so you can re-read them). I did this early on when I first lost weight and looked at the list over and over. I even updated the list when I was in maintenance. I haven’t thought of that list […]

  14. […] first time around, I kept my list on my phone so I could always see it and it really helped. I haven’t looked at my original […]

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