At my weigh-in last night during my weekly Weight Watchers meeting, I was a little surprised to find that I had lost another 2.8 pounds! I find myself being quite successful on this program. Maybe even a little TOO successful as I don't want to lose at an unhealthy rate. You know what they say, "the faster you lose it, the faster it comes back!" I don't plan on it ever coming back, but I want to stay consistent and take enough time so that I don't look weird or gross when I reach my weight loss goal. My in transit goal is about 2 pounds per week, so I need to be a little more careful. It seems, however, that I am extremely motivated!
What motivates us to lose weight? For that matter, what motivates us to do anything in life? There are so many different motivators, but I find myself looking at my life and what changed in me that all of a sudden is not only motivating me to make some changes, but is a strong enough motivator that I'm really doing this, not just talking about it!?! I'm not sure I can answer why I was all of a sudden ready to make this change in my lifestyle, but I can look at the reasons why I wanted this.
While I can list many reasons: I want to look good. I want to be healthy. I want to wear cute clothes. I think there really is a single reason that encompasses all of them. I want to feel good. I want to feel good emotionally, physically, and mentally. Every small success is a new motivator to me. I DO feel better than I have before. When I'm doing my Curves workout, I can stretch a little further and kick a little higher. When I'm getting dressed for work, I have a few more options as I can now fit into that skirt or blouse that was just a little too tight the last few months. Most of all, I feel empowered. I have taken control of a piece of my life and I AM in control. I am making plans, I am making decisions, and I am following through towards my goals. I guess that empowerment makes me feel best of all and that is my strongest motivator.
What motivates you? How does success or lack of success effect your motivation? I'd love to hear others' stories.