Ten Reasons To Keep The Fat Away

A fellow blogger friend of mine, Andie, posted her top 10 reasons to stay on track.  Ten Reasons To Not Go Back.

I only read the beginning part of her post (so far).  I stopped right as I was creeping up on her ten reasons because I thought to myself, “I should do that.  I should write a list of reasons why I will *never* let myself go back to my previous lifestyle.”  So, after I compile my list, I will go back and read hers.  I just did not want her reasons to leak into mine (if that makes any sense what-so-ever).

So, here are my top 10 reasons to keep the fat away:

1. I physically feel better and have far more energy.  This leaks into all aspects of my life…even my garden is doing better this year than ever before!  I have more energy to weed and water more often, which will save me money in the long run when I am able to harvest all those yummy veggies.

2. My chicklets are so proud of me (especially my older daughter) and it feels good to know that.  My older daughter tells me all the time how great I look and how happy she is now.

3. I am setting myself up for a longer, healthier, more enjoyable life with my chicklets (and eventually grandchildren).  I never want to become a burden to my children because I am so unhealthy that I cannot possibly take care of myself.

4. My lower back *never* hurts anymore.  When I was over 300 pounds, my back constantly hurt…even when laying down.  Comfort and sleep were nearly impossible.

5. I like the idea of being able to shop for clothes just about anywhere.  Although, the clothing sizes frustrate the begeebies out of me, I can wear *lots* more things than I was able to before.  For the most part, I actually fit into just regular large T-shirts.

6. I enjoy being physically fit.  I like the idea of being able to do physical activity…and sometimes being able to do more than someone else.  That might make me sound shallow or possibly conceited, but I really do not intend it to sound that way.  It does make me feel good when I can last longer than someone else, or lift more weight, or do more reps, etc.  Gives a little boost to my confidence.

7. I love all the new people in my life.  People that I now have something in common with: a love of and appreciation for fitness.  If I decided (for some strange reason) to stop working out, I would miss out on time with Denise, Aaron, Dorsey, Crystal, Mike, Ciara, Ketrell, and lots more people.  Not to mention that the thought of an angry mob coming after me does not sound appealing.  They would not allow me to just “give up” after the progress I have made (and that makes me happy).

8. I am a better role model for my chicklets.  I strive in all areas of life to be the very best mother I can be…to provide my daughters with a well-rounded foundation.  Health and fitness was one area I was failing miserably in before.  Since I have improved *my* health, our life together has changed.  My seven-year-old now knows how to read nutrition labels and search for ingredients on products.  She knows more about the proper composition of a healthy meal (and serving sizes).  My younger daughter will certainly pick these things up as she gets older, too.  I am working to prevent my chicklets from ever struggling with their weight.  I am breaking the cycle.  They will pass these important things on to their children, who will then not have to struggle with their weight.  This is a very good thing!

9. I still have goals to meet.  I have come far from my beginning, but I still have goals…and lots of them.  I still want to *run* a 5K.  I still want to lose more weight.  I still want to complete a specialty race (such as Tough Mudder or Mud Ninja).  I want to prove to myself that I *can* do these things.

10. Embarrassment sucks.  How embarrassing would it be to lose over 100 pounds and then gain it back?!  Terribly embarrassing.  That is something that would be totally unacceptable.

There are plenty more reasons why I would never let myself revert back to my previous life.  The benefits of good health are endless.

What are *your* reasons for changing your life?  What are *your* reasons to never let yourself “go back?”

-Erica

11 responses to “Ten Reasons To Keep The Fat Away

  1. Great post. This sort of list should be mandatory on fridge doors once you’re maintaining, to remind you not to mess it up! Nice work losing the 100lbs too though! 🙂

    • I agree! Everyone should have a list to keep themselves on track (whether that is a weight loss journey or otherwise). It is usually a lifelong struggle to maintain, so there should also be a lifelong reminder of the benefits. Additionally, I must admit compiling the list really made me think about how this journey has *truly* changed my life. Sometimes it is easy to forget these kinds of things when you’re in the thick of it. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!

      -Erica

  2. Dear Erica, Amen, Sister! I agree with all 10 of those reasons. Thanks for the inspirational reminders! Shelby in Montana.

    • Hi Shelby!
      Writing that list did help me to refocus my efforts. Just writing it gave me a reinforced determination to keep moving forward. I have come so far, but I still have some distance to go, too. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!
      -Erica

  3. I just love thinking about what this has done for your kids. I am not blaming anyone, but it is clear, when I look back, how many of my bad food habits started when I was a kid. They will become adults knowing so much about health and fitness – they may still struggle, but they’ll have a tremendous role model who can give them phenomenal support.

    I like #9, as it resonates with me – I have come really far, but I’ve got more to do. This isn’t over, and it won’t end, which can be a bummer when I am feeling sorry for myself but most of the time is an exciting challenge! I’m waiting for fall weather to bag that 5K, but I’ll get it!

    • Hi Andie!
      I agree 110% that unhealthy habits start in childhood. I can say the exact same thing about majority of my bad habits. I notice them even more now when my mother does them, but I just keep my mouth shut. She does not want to hear it – completely uninterested.

      As for my goals still unaccomplished…you’re right this journey will never end. Once I meet all my current goals, there will already be a new list waiting. I want to continue to grow and strive to be better – every single day. There will come a time, though (I hope), that weight loss is not so pressing and I can focus more on different kinds of fitness/health goals. 🙂

      -Erica

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  5. I love this idea. However, my first 5K is set up in august. Yikes! You should try knocking out your 5K and specialty run in 1. I am =] Color run here I come! Something to distract me. Good luck girl~

    • The Color Run is coming to Cincy in October (I believe), and I fully intend to be in that race! 🙂 Of course, I am not 100% sure that I will be able to *run* the race, but maybe some jogging mixed in with some speed walking…who knows.

      -Erica

      • If I can run/jog a 5K, you so can! Who cares how slow you go!? You’ll be lapping everyone else on sitting on the couch. The key is to just keep going. I find the minute I stop running or jogging to take a walk break I have a harder time starting back up so I opt to just slow down for a chunk. But keep up the hard work! Rooting for you.

      • I would *love* to even be able to jog the entire race…even a slow jog. It will all be up to this knee,though. The doctors are still telling me “no jumping or running…at all” and I can understand that. My knee still aches and I can tell it isn’t operating at 100% – maybe not even 75%. I have osteoarthritis in both knees, but left one is the one that is really damaged and giving me problems. 😦 October is still a pretty decent amount of time away, though, so I may be able to pull it off! Here’s to hoping! 😉

        Thanks for the support!
        -Erica

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