I'm not self-motivated. I need goals. I need accountability. What's more, I need to do stuff for people. I know all the televised weight-loss gurus say, "You've got to do it for YOU. You are SO worth it," before everyone dissolves into tearful puddles. Frankly, I don't have the patience to be that self-focused. Don't get me wrong, self-centeredness was a major part of my life and philosophy at one sad and sorry point, but I've since discovered that there is a world beyond my own belly button. Navel gazing only took me so far. Others may still need to plumb those depths, but I have found other people and the world so much more interesting to me than me!
This goes for weight loss and maintenance. I'm in the "overweight" category of the BMI charts. I'd much rather be in the "healthy" one, but if it were up to me alone, it wouldn't happen. However, you add in two motivators--one for that dear, sweet hubby I've got and one for an on-line friend--and I'm ready to roll. Or rather, I'm ready to un-roll, as in to get rid of a roll or two at dinner or a roll (or two--yikes!) around the waistline.
The promise of losing weight for my husband happened like this: One evening while he was admiring my...pajamas...rather emphatically, I, in a fit of unthinking appreciation, said, "You like that? Well, I'm going to lose 20 pounds or so and see how you like that!" He, being the excellently smart man that he is, responded, "I like you just the way you are, honey," but the words were out and the promise already made.
To top it off, within the week an on-line friend asked for help keeping herself accountable for weight-loss and exercise. A whole group of us have taken her up on it. That has pretty much sealed the deal for me--I'm losing the weight. Twenty pounds is going to put me right around my weight in college, which is pretty svelte if I do say so myself. I know that first 10 will be fairly easy. That last 10 is going to be pretty darn tough. That's where I'll need the accountability and the weight of the promise to keep me on track.
Goals: Exercise with Leslie Sansone every day, watch the food intake, and lose those 20 pounds!