WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS?

Ask yourself this very fundamental question and take a moment to ponder about the answer. Be truthful and honest, ask yourself, “What is the true reason behind this?”

Why do you want to lose weight and keep the weight off?

It is a simple question, but in order to be successful at achieving your goals, you must have a very strong and valid reason of why you are trying to do so! Do you want to look good? Or simply to feel better with each daily activities? Rather, is your goal to drop your cholesterol level, or to change your diet so you don’t have to start taking medications for diabetes? Or again, is it simply because you just want a much healthier body and lifestyle? These are all good enough reasons, but really give it a deeper thought, and answer the question of “WHY IS LOSING WEIGHT IMPORTANT TO YOU?”

Consider the following “WHY-s” or “REASONS” for wanting to lose weight and keep the weight off…

A Healthy Body:

We know that being overweight can be a burden, you don’t feel your best majority of the time, and you do not look as good standing along with your spouse or group of friends. Worst of all, being overweight can cause detrimental diseases that lead to early death! Have you met any diabetic patients who had their foot amputated at a fairly young age? I have. You want to know what is one of their biggest regrets?…

“I did not take good care of my body/health”– One of the biggest regrets I hear either from dying folks or people that had their legs amputated due to diabetes is that they did not find time for daily exercises, they failed to make healthy food choices consistently, they shrug at the idea of attaining the the right amount of nutrition, and most of all, failed to maintain a healthy body!

If you think about it, exercising 30 minutes a day, sticking to a healthy diet, and getting sufficient nutrition are not rocket science. Some may find it easier to achieve compared to others, but is it achievable by the average person? Absolutely! You just need to put in the effort to understand what would happen if you DID NOT take good care of your body.

With that strong reason in mind, challenge yourself to exercise, eat healthy, and get the right amount of nutrition for 3 days. If you managed it, GOOD! Try it for another 4 days! (Just to up the challenge a-bit!) Before you realize it, that was a week’s worth of healthy living! (Now, go check your weight; and if you have access to an equipment that checks body fat, check that too! If you are honest and stuck to the healthy routine, you would definitely have lost some weight!)

Let one-week become two weeks, then three. Ultimately, it becomes a habit that you can’t seem to get rid off; and before you know it, you start seeing the results!

But you travel for work? Or don’t have a set daily routine you say? Check out my tips on “Keeping up with the exercises while traveling”. How do you find time to work-out while traveling for work? How about trying to wake up 30-minutes earlier, why? For a better looking body, for a much healthier and in-shape body, how’s that for a reason! Just 30- minutes a day of resistance exercises, and constantly remind yourself to make healthy food choices, make it into a habit! The pounds will shed and the results will show when you look in the mirror.

One of the conclusions I have reached is that your body belongs to you. It is your responsibility to take charge of it and take good care of it. For instance, if you continuously use and drive your car non-stop, filling it with low quality gasoline and engine oil,  your car’s condition will deteriorate much faster and seize to work much sooner; Compared to someone else who fills up their gas tank with high quality gasoline, adds in quality engine oil responsibly, and changes their engine oil regularly, their car will be able to last and stay in good shape for a much longer term! The same goes for your body, if you do not workout and choose to eat junk-food all day long, you may likely not have a strong and healthy body that will last you through your 40s or 50s, let alone your 60s and 70s! On the flip side, if you exercise regularly (30-minutes of resistance exercise per day), eat healthy (plenty of fruits and vegetables), and obtain the right source of nutrition (through supplements, such as fish-oil, vitamin B complex etc.), your body will be in much better shape for a longer time down the road.

To have a leaner, nicer looking body:

Not to be sounding shallow, but generally speaking, people are more open to interact with good-looking people or at least folks who take care of their body and look fit and in-shape. There are articles that mention about those who are better looking or more attractive, may have an advantage over their peers who aren’t in the realm of job-hunting. People form opinions about each other within seconds of meeting each other. Imagine meeting a person who is overweight and clearly looks like he does not take care of his/her own body, compared to meeting a person who is poised, in good shape and is confident about themselves because they look and feel good. It makes a difference socially and ultimately could translate into a better chance of landing your dream job, or getting a date with the guy/girl of your dreams, and many more.

So, strongly consider your “WHY”, make sure that your reason for embarking on this weight loss journey is a strong and valid reason, write it down on a piece of paper and stick it by your work desk or stick it on your bathroom mirror. Use it as a constant reminder on why you want or need to lose weight and keep the weight off! When you are going through the touch exercises, there will be days that you just-don’t-feel-like-doing-ANYTHING! Look at this note, remember why you wanted this so badly in the first place, go through the exercises or skip that fatty-oil-rich meal… At the end of the day, think about what you did and all that you have accomplished and you can certainly be thankful that you managed to pull-through yet another day!

Stay motivated, figure out your “WHY-s”, and remind yourself of it every single day! All the best and speak soon!

If you have any queries or comments, please leave them below. Alternatively, please send your comments or queries to me at merrell@sustainableweightlosshabits.com

 

6 Comments

  1. NemiraB

    Reply

    Hello here. You a great website which offers insights to these who want to lose weight. Overall if we want to achieve something we must have strong motivation. Without it we will stuck back with old habits. I know by myself. I sometimes mad at myself because things do not rush so fast for me as I would like to be. I use this energy for work but after few days I feel empty. When I know why I need this particular habit disappear my progress is visible and long lasting.
    I wish that visitors would find inspiration in your website and would lose weight using your advice.
    All the best, Nemira.

    • MLim

      Reply

      Hi Nemira,

      Thanks for your inspirational sharing as well. Knowing ourselves is also very important to be able to identify the problem and find solutions for it. You touched upon a great point! Appreciate the time Nemira, feel free to share this site with folks you feel would benefit from it, all the best!

      Speak soon,

      Merrell

  2. FreddieC

    Reply

    I think maintaining an exercise regime is the hardest task ever…for me that is. I start with the greatest of resolve only to stop again after two or three days if I can make it that far. I have a strong “Why” for exercising. It is not to lose weight but to maintain a healthy body. Now I just need to stay focused on the goal.

    Thanks for your suggestions and encouragement.

    • MLim

      Reply

      Hi Freddie,

      Thanks for being open and honest about what seems difficult to your with regards to maintaining a healthy body. I would imagine there are many others that share a similar experience as you do. I believe maintaining a healthy body is a great motivation, the way I added on to this is to imagine myself being overweight, diabetic, with heart complications and being bed-ridden when I am older. I clearly don’t want that, nobody does, so it gives me further drive to workout hard and push my limits.

      Continue with your daily grind, stay focused, and push for your goal! All the best!

      Speak soon,

      Merrell

  3. Joanne Hakaraia

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    Awesome post! Yes, the WHY is so important and most people don’t really know why they want to lose weight and this is the key to focus on. Sometimes I think it has a lot to do with our emotions and perhaps looking into emotions could be part of the solution also. What do you think?

    • MLim

      Reply

      Hi Joanne, I do agree that ’emotions’ does come into play as well. It is definitely part of the equation if formulating your “WHY”. People tend to hide or run from facing their true emotions, pretend they are not frustrated about their weight, pretend they don’t care about what they eat etc. Great point and appreciate your comments!

      Speak soon,

      Merrell

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