What’s Your Why?

19 07 2011

Jessica Peacock

I’d like to ask those of you who have been engaged in the program and a healthy lifestyle for at least 6 months or longer a question:

Why are you still going?

You see, it’s common for one’s motivation to change over time. Many of us started out because we were unhappy with our appearance and wanted to lose weight, or because we wanted to go off of a medication or two. But why you start isn’t always why you continue, and weight loss and weight loss maintenance are two very different animals! After you reach your goal, what will keep you going in order to keep the weight off? I believe for most people, the reason you stick with a healthy lifestyle and exercise is as much because of the way it CHANGES HOW YOU FEEL as it is for weight maintenance and health benefits.

The first few months of new habits and weight loss can be tough – the weight almost always comes off slower than we’d all like and we learn quickly that success is going to require maybe even more hard work than expected. So I’d like to provide some inspiration to those participants out there who are just getting started or are struggling as they go through the first few weeks or a plateau period. Let’s help them out and tell them what they can look forward to over the next year – the things that provide motivation and meaning for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Why are you still going?




2 responses

19 07 2011

I am new to this program, only a couple weeks into it. Unfortunately, I am GAINING weight rather than loosing! How is this possible? I am working so hard and I feel so discouraged right now. I had a complete hysterectomy about a year ago and never did go on hormone therapy. Could this be part of my problem? I’m at a loss here. `

19 07 2011
Jessica Peacock

First of all: wecome to the program, and congratulations on taking the first step towards better health!
It’s not uncommon at the start of your weight loss journey for the scale to stay the same or even go up – this has to do with the changes that can occur in your body composition. While you might lose body fat, you could also be gaining muscle, which will cause the number on the scale to fluctuate (muscle is denser than fat is). This is why it is SO important to find the other motivations that can help keep you going and prevent discouragement! Have you noticed changes in how your clothes fit? Do you have more energy? Are you feeling better? Those are sometimes better indicators of progress than the number on the scale!
300 minutes of exercise per week is recommended for weight loss, and most people who are successful keep a daily food diary. If you haven’t begun working towards those goals then now would be a good time to start.
Give it time, and remember – nothing will work unless you do!
How have others of you found the motivation to stick with it?

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