Immediate, short-term motivation to lose weight may stem from an upcoming high school reunion, swimsuit season, or a wedding. You want to look your best. Maybe you want to attract a mate or keep one interested. Perhaps a boyfriend, co-worker, or relative said something mean about your weight. These motivators may work, but only temporarily. Basing a lifestyle change on them is like building on shifting sands. You need a firmer foundation for a lasting structure. Without a lifestyle change, you are unlikely to vanquish a chronic overweight problem. Proper long-term motivation may grow from:
the discovery that you feel great and have more energy when you are lighter and eating sensibly
the sense of accomplishment from steady progress
the acknowledgment that you have free will and are responsible for your weight and many aspects of your health
the inspiration from seeing others take charge of their lives successfully
the admission that you have some guilt and shame about being fat, and that you like yourself more when youíre not fat [Iím not laying shame or guilt on you; many of us do it to ourselves.]
Appropriate motivation will support the commitment and willpower that will be needed soon.
PS: Iím thinking of how Dave Ramsay, when heís counseling people who have gotten way overhead in debt, tells them they have to get mad at the debt. Then they can attack it. Maybe you have to get mad at your fat. Itís your enemy, dragging you down, trying to kill you. Now attack it!
All matters regarding your health require supervision by a personal physician or other appropriate health professional familiar with your current health status. Always consult your personal physician before making any dietary or exercise changes.