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Why are we doing this anyway?

I woke up this morning to start logging my food and realized that it's been a while since I thought about why I want to lose 20 pounds. Why I want to look good, when I'll be in winter clothes for the next 6 months anyway (not that extra layers hides anything. It actually makes me look bigger than I already do).

Am I doing it to get compliments from my husband? Do I want to hear my friends say you look GREAT! how did you do this? To go to the store and look at a particular size jeans? To know that I can set my mind to something and achieve it? To finally look as good as I've always known I could look?

It's all of the above. This is the year that I'll go to all of the holiday parties and LOVE doing it.

Mon. Nov 7, 7:03am

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Don't forget about how good you'll feel! While looking great is important it's just as important to take care of yourself and be as healthy as you can be and take care of your body... you only have one! And as for wearing winter clothes, what a better way to shock your friends and family at the amazing job you've done when it come swimsuit season. You'll be ready for it!

Monday, November 07, 2005, 7:11 AM

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This is a great exercise. Thanks for starting the thread.
My reasons for wanting to lose weight:
- A nurse recently mentioned that my blood pressure was getting close to the range where we would really have to watch it.
- My waist has become too big for some really expensive clothes in my closet, and I want to wear them again.
- I saw myself in a photograph!
- I'll be seeing my skinny sister this Christmas, and don't want to invite any comparisons.

Monday, November 07, 2005, 8:25 AM

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My reasons may seem a lot like those the poster above mentioned. But they are real for me, and it is important to remember them.

1) My clothes were getting tight, the fat clothes that is. The nice ones that I can't part with didn't fit at all.
2) I saw myself in a picture and thought that I looked terrible and fat. I don't want to be remembered like that.
3) My dr. suggested that I lose weight. It was SO HARD to hear him say that, but I knew he was right.
4) I never want to shop at a plus size store.
5) My mom is much skinnier now, and we were always the same size.

Monday, November 07, 2005, 8:38 AM

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1) I'd like to feel comfortable in social situations instead of trying to disappear into the woodwork.
2) I really want to date.
3) Plus-size clothes suck, no matter how hard Lane Bryant tries.
4) Extensive history of bad back problems in my family and mine started even before my aunts' and uncles'. I think the extra weight might be accelerating it now.
5) I'm an alternative health care provider, so I've got some nerve not being the picture of health.
6) Jeans!! I miss them so much.
7) Losing weight gets harder as you get older. I'm 35 and running out of time.
8) Because if I don't do something about it now, it's only going to get worse.
9) Did I mention that I really want to date? lol.

Monday, November 07, 2005, 11:00 AM

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1) I feel a lot better when I weigh less than I do now. I have more energy and a more positive outlook on life. I have more fun & I'm more fun to be around.

2) My health is important to me and there are a lot of problems i can avoid in the future by incorporating regular exercise now.

Monday, November 07, 2005, 12:50 PM

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Oh, thank you. What a good way to remotivate ourselves!

a) I can wear my cute clothes (not the ratty ones that are falling aparts because the seams are being pulled).

b) So I can run a half marathon! (WIthout destroying any joints)

c) This may seem counterintuitive, but,,, So I don't feel guilty when I eat pie or cake *and therefore, I only eat one slice and don't hide somewhere and sneak more.*

d) So I am more comfortable around my boyfriend when we are intimate--so don't ever worry about crushing him, just about being happy.
(Don't worry he isn't pressuring me at all.)

Monday, November 07, 2005, 2:01 PM

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I am doing this for

1: my health, I am going to be going to nursing school and want to be a helathy active nurse

2: my kids and future grandkids, I want to be active with them like my nana was with me

3: I'm getting married next year and want to get a drop dead sexy dress for my fiance to have his jaw drop and say I knew I was lucky before but damn she's HOT .... this is my one and only total vain thing .... ohhh and I don't want my ankles to beg me to take my heels off cause of all the fat I'll be carrying on 2-3 inch "sticks"

Monday, November 07, 2005, 2:03 PM

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Yes - thank you!

#1 - my back. I just found out I have 2 herniated disks and osteoarthritis. Even though the 20 pounds doesn't seem like that much it's a constant weight on my back and every bit of it that I can lose will lessen the burder that my back has to support.

#2 - looks. Yeah call me shallow, but I want to feel better about the way I look. I've already lost some weight and the extra confidence pays off at work, in my relationships and expecially in my sex life :D

#3 - old age. Having already established immediate health issues I know there will only be more if I don't keep myself fit and healthy, and the ones I do have will be less severe.

Thanks for this thread.

Monday, November 07, 2005, 5:38 PM

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What a great thread. Thank you

1. I want to be comfortable shopping, dancing, hiking, playing tennis, doing all the activities I love to do.
2. I want to be able to wear all the clothes in my closet that I love but no longer fit in.
3. I want people to tell my boyfriend how lucky he is like they used to do.
4. I want to prevent the health problems that will inevitably start to creep up on me if I don't lose weight.
5. I want to look like my mom. (She lost 80lbs about a year ago, and looks great!)
6. I want to lay by the pool and not feel so self conscious that I don't enjoy it and don't want to be there.
7. I want to be able to have fun trying on clothes in the store.
8. I want to buy something horribly expensive at Victoria's Secret and have it look amazing on me.
9. I want to fit into those little english riding pants that I've switched for sweatpants. I want to be able to wear my nice riding boots instead of the ones with elastic in the calves.
10. Most of all, I just want to be comfortable with my body. I remember what it used to feel like when I was, and it was a great feeling. I want that more than any of the other things in this list!

Thank you so much for starting this thread. I hadn't sat down and put my reasons together in any solid form. I'm going to print this out and hang it up at home. What a great motivation!

Monday, November 07, 2005, 9:05 PM

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I'm doing this for all the above mentioned reasons (I swear you read my mind). Well, except #9 - I don't ride... but I would love to look hot playing outdoor volleyball in my cute little shorts and sports bra!

Thank you for such a great thread... we need these every once in a while :)

Tuesday, November 08, 2005, 12:09 AM

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