Saturday, 21 February 2015

What is your WHY?


I am really enjoying reading "Body Confidence" by Mark Macdonald.

One of the things he talks about is What is your Why?

Why do you want to lose weight? Why do you want to get healthier? Why do you want to learn how to maintain your goals once you reach them?

So here are the 5 questions he says to ask yourself.
1. "Why" do I want to achieve my goal(s)?
2. What will I "get" from achieving my goal(s)?
3. What happens once I achieve my goal(s)?
4. Is my "why" strong enough to keep me focused on my health during life's challenges? (ex: moving, a new job, illness, traveling...anything that throws a wrench into your daily routine)
5. Is the "why" I've chosen only short-term? If so, what is my long term "why"?'s good to have a "short-term" why and a "long-term" why.

My short-term WHY is easy:

Most of my adult life I have pretty much DREADED summer!! Short sleeve tops, no layering, shorts and bathing suits....ARGHHHH!!!! It's so hard to hide your body and be comfortable in the summer when you are uncomfortable in your own skin!

The last 3 years (summers of 2014, 2013 and even 2012 to a certain degree) were so wonderful! I actually enjoyed summer for the first time in years! But I knew, heading towards this summer, 2015, that I was already dreading summer because I had once again lost control and the scale was climbing higher each week. So my short-term why is to be back in to my size 12 (or smaller) clothes for this summer, to be active and happy and more comfortable in the heat, not being concerned about "hiding" my body.

Whooooohoooooo for summer! my long-term WHY!

I want to look and feel healthy for the rest of my life! My husband, children and grand-children are a huge reason for this. I want to start setting a good example. I don't want to be the fat gramma who never wants to go to the beach, or the pool or for a bike ride. I want to be an overcomer in every area of my life!

 I want to go out for dinner with my 3 beautiful daughters-in-law and not feel like I stick out like a HUGE sore thumb.

Sooooo....what are your "WHYS"?
We all have them!!

1 comment:

  1. My short term "why" is definitely summer! I agree, I want to feel good in my own skin again. My long term..... I would love to feel better and have more energy. I too want to be a good example for my kiddo's! It's important to me that they know what good health is and looks like. :)