What happens when your WHY changes?

We all have a WHY when we start losing weight.  There is an initial reason WHY we go all gung ho and full speed ahead.  For me, my initial reason was because I wanted to start a family and I thought my weight was hindering me from getting pregnant.  That was my WHY when I walked through the doors of Weight Watchers in January of 2009.

The other day, I told you that my WHY had changed.  Don’t get all crazy on me and think I don’t want to start a family…not true.  I have just learned over the past 5 1/2 years that the reason I CAN’T get pregnant is NOT because of my weight.  Through tests and things, I learned that my body CAN make a baby when the time is right.  Right then, my WHY had to change.

The other night when I went to my Sparkle group meeting, the whole topic was what sparks you to lose weight.  Basically, what is your WHY?  For me, that WHY changed a while ago but I never really sat down to formulate a new list and go over the main reasons why I wanted to lose weight.

Why is it important to have a WHY?  Well, for anchor mostly.  When you are reaching for that cookie, you can hold onto WHY and not eat it.  For me, it used to be, “Nope!  I want to get pregnant and having a child is more important than the taste of [insert bad food here].”  Well, I can’t really say that anymore so I need a new anchor.

First, I need to just spit out all my why’s.  Here goes:

  • To live longer
  • To be healthier
  • To run farther
  • To have more energy
  • To be an example
  • To feel good in my clothes
  • To look good out of my clothes
  • To not have a big belly that my husband can grab
  • To look younger
  • To feel younger
  • To live my best life
  • To fit into clothing in any store
  • To enjoy shopping for clothes instead of dread it
  • To lose my muffin top
  • To lift heavier weights
  • To NOT have to go to the doctor (except once a year)
  • To grow old with my husband
  • To have better self esteem
  • To be an example to others
  • To never be called “fat” again
  • To fit into all the clothes in my clothes unless they are too BIG!

Ok…I think that is all…for now.  Now, I need to pick the biggest one and focus on that.  The WHY that will keep me going when it is a kid’s birthday and the most delicious looking cupcake is staring me in the face.  The WHY that will make me go to the gym after school when I am super tired and I don’t want to go.  The WHY that will get me to cook dinner instead of going through the drive-thru.

Drum Roll…

I think I am going to go with, “To Live My Best Life!”  You see, I am not living my life for ME.  I am living my life so that one day, when I enter the gates of Heaven, Jesus will look at me and say, “Well done my good and faithful servant.  Well done!”  I know weight does not determine if that will be said or not.  I know my character counts the most.  However, I want to reach people.  I want to make a difference.  I want someone to say, “Because of her, I did this or didn’t do this.”

I want to inspire people.

I want people to say, “Wow!  If she can do this, so can I!”  Then, in turn, they will live longer and live better while I am living longer and better.

Not only that, I want to inspire children and continue to teach as well as I can.  With the start of a new school year on Monday, my brain is ALL school.  I am thinking of how to reach children this year to the best of my abilities.  When I don’t have energy, I can’t do as much as I want to.  I can’t get on the floor, stand up, move around, get back on the floor, jump up, run around, and on and on and on.  I want to be healthy, vibrant and energetic and live my best life now.

Of course, it would be nice to wear really cute clothes and look good in them!

I think over time, people’s WHY’s change.  The high school reunions come and go.  The weddings come and go.  The weight comes and goes.  WHY are you losing weight and if it has changed, have you decided on a new why?  Share in the comments below!

Coming up at the beginning of next week…August goals.  You don’t want to miss them!

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About Jennifer Swafford

Jennifer is an elementary school teacher who is trying to lose 100+ pounds. She has certainly learned how much It Sux To Be Fat and is here to motivate you to live a healthy lifestyle.

  • Shelley

    I’m a new reader so perhaps you have explained before . . . But what is a Sparkle group meeting?

    • https://plus.google.com/102759056526029167079 Jennifer Swafford

      Sparkle is my wellness group. I quit Weight Watchers when my leader left and I joined an accountability group for more of a one on one approach.

  • The magic baker

    You are inspiring all of us just by writing your blog. I check it every morning before I start my day. Keep it up!

    • https://plus.google.com/102759056526029167079 Jennifer Swafford

      Yeah! Thank you!

  • Toni Reyes

    Thank you so much for this and you are certainly succeeding. I’m inspired!

  • Jessica Hartman

    Good for you for recognizing you need to pick ONE as your anchor point!!! Mine is to be a mommy that can run around with my kid – but I realized that is way too vague…my sister just got engaged and asked me to be the matron of honor. That has been a good WHY for me this week!!!

    • https://plus.google.com/102759056526029167079 Jennifer Swafford

      That is a great Why!

  • Simon Young

    I took up cycling as a motivation to lose weight and get fit. It’s working, but hard work up those hills…

    http://www.suffolkcycling.com/cycling/cycling-hills-weighty-issue/

  • http://www.fit2balive.com G.A. Page

    Stay motivated! Its not a sprint…its a marathon. First time here and your site is awesome!

    • https://plus.google.com/102759056526029167079 Jennifer Swafford

      Thank you! I agree…marathon!