Last week I asked for your reasons for losing weight. This week I show you why I wanted them.
A lot of people want to lose weight because of children – either because they want to have them or they’ve had them and want to set a good example for them or because they’ve got them and want to keep up with them. Some people wanted to lose weight in order to feel better about themselves, or not panic when they’re about to go out. Others had a special event like a wedding or an anniversary that they wanted to slim down for.
My reasons are simple – I feel better when I’m slimmer. I’ve been 2-3 sizes smaller than I am now and I liked it. At the moment I keep feeling sad when I look at my friends compared to me, or when I look in a mirror and see the size I am. There is nothing wrong with being overweight but I don’t like it on me, and so I’m trying to change it. Simple.
I think this is a good reason to lose weight. Other good reasons include having been told by a medical professional that your weight is affecting your health, such as if you’ve got diabetes or high blood pressure, or feeling that you’re not particularly healthy at the moment and you’d like to go back to being healthy.
Now let’s look at bad reasons.
- Your mum tells you to lose weight
- Your dad tells you to lose weight
- Your brother tells you to lose weight
- Your sister tells you to lose weight
- Your friends tell you to lose weight
- Your boss tells you to lose weight
- Strangers tell you to lose weight
- You think you’ll be prettier if you lose weight
- You think you’ll be more popular if you lose weight
- You think you’ll be more successful if you lose weight
- You think you’re a bad person because you’re fat
- You don’t think you can wear that/do that because of your weight
When you lose weight, the only thing that’ll change is your weight and the size of your body. Your weight won’t really affect any other part of your life – you can be unhappy, sad, happy, popular, successful and a failure at any size.
Your weight doesn’t have to stop you from doing anything, either. I applied for, got and started a new job at 16 stone. I wore a swimsuit on holiday at 15st 12. I ran a 10km race at 14 stone. I got married at 13 stone. Your weight doesn’t have to stop you from doing anything.
Basically, don’t lose weight because you think you have to. You don’t. Lose weight because you want to.
Love, Amy xxx