WHY DO I WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT (AND WHAT WILL I DO WHEN I ACHEIVE THIS GOAL)
Tuesday, September 04, 2012
On SparkCoach today Coach "SparkGuy" Chris ask the question - to ask ourselves - What is my real goal, or why do I want to lose weight? And what will I do when I reach this goal?
My automatic response has been for years, that I want to lose weight so that I can be healthy and live a healthy lifestyle. The why would be because I don't want to live my "golden years" with diabetes, heart disease, or other dis eases that are preventable when eating a good diet and following a regular exercise program. And the what would I do when I reach this goal, was always, well, I will just keep livinig the good life. That seemed to be a pretty lofty goal for me since it is something that has alluded me all of my life.
But today I started thinking deeper into the why? What other why could there be? I thought about the big ego reasons. Well, I want to go to my 45 year high school reunion and look slim, in shape, sexy, and young. Since I grew up in a small town and know all the people I went to school with since I was 6 years old, it would feel really good to knock their socks off, strutting in to the reunion as a small size 6, and flaunting a body that any of the other athletic women would be proud to have. -- That seems like a nice goal, but not quite one that has ever moved to to keep up the weight loss and exercise before.
Then I started thinking of the dreams that I had given up 10 years ago. Exactly 10 years ago, I spent a year of my life becoming certified as a life coach. At that time I was ready to take on the world. I put together a seminar that I led twice and had a few coaching clients, but I just never had the self confidence to go out an build up a practice that would pay as well as my day job. So slowly I gave it all up.
Now that I am nearing retirement age, the dream of doing coaching again has surfaced. I would love to coach people through their weight loss journey, or also coach people who live with a chronic disease and are going through treatment for a disease such as cancer. I think that in the past I did not feel that I was a good enough example in my own life as far as health goes, and therefore I gave up my dream.
So now that this has surfaced again, I see that buried deep inside of me are still dreams that I have dropped because of my weight. I am going to take them out and dust them off, and try them back on, and see where this will lead me.