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?”