Group Forum: Why do you want to lose weight?

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Posted: 18 Jun 2013, 00:59
Just curious... What are your top 5 reasons to lose weight? I hope that by making this list I will mentally prepare for the days ahead. I'm starting Atkins again as it has worked in the past and I have 50 lbs I want to lose.

1) to feel better about myself, to like what I see in the mirror
2) to have more energy and be able to do more
3) to be a healthy weight so my body doesn't have to work so hard
4) to be more attractive to my husband though he can stand to lose a few too Laughing
5) to wear my skinny clothes again

How about you?
Karla Childs

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Posted: 19 Jun 2013, 10:43
Pretty much the same reasons...hehehe... But I will add to keep diabetes out of the picture, as it seems to be a popular illness in my family (two grandparents and a sister).
My success is achieved by reaching failure. When I fail to do one more rep, that's when I know I've succeeded.

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Posted: 22 Jun 2013, 15:44
1. To keep my job (The Coast Guard is threatening to kick me out)

2. Prevent diabetes

3. To look better
A world without cats is a world I chose not to live in.

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Posted: 22 Jun 2013, 18:01
Diabetes also runs in my family. It seems there are more families with it than without. Keeping a job is great motivation! I was just laid off and miss all that money Smile I'm on Atkins, you? I too love cats...

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Posted: 22 Jun 2013, 22:19

For most of my adult life, I've been chubby. People kept telling me, 'You better lose the weight before you get older and get diabetes.' It went in one ear and out the other until my Mom just had a toe amputated in Oct. and is suffering from complications with diabetes. Now I see, first-hand, how important staying on top of your health is. She was 5-4 and over 300 lbs most of her adult life. I'm 5-8 and peaked at 246 lbs but now at 215 lbs. I have a good amount of muscle but have also fooled myself into thinking I'm just muscular and not fat.

I've done the Atkins and have achieved great short-term weight losses on it. I went from 230 to 195 in 40 days one time but each time I did Atkins, I gained it all back (and some!) once I came off it. But my cholesterol levels went through the roof on Atkins, be careful about that.

I consulted a nutritionist/ trainer and I am on a balanced-diet.

Breakfast: 4 egg whites, 1 multi-grain whole wheat toast (plain) and a multivitamin with 16 oz. water

Snack: An apple

Lunch: A salad with 4 oz. chicken, 5 cherry tomatoes, 1/2 a cucumber, lettuce and spinach. 16 oz. water

Snack: An apple (or a protein shake on days I workout with weights - one scoop WHEY protein - skim milk or 1% cut with water and 1/2 a banana)

Mid-Afternoon Meal: 4 oz. chicken, 1/2 cup broccoli and 1/2 cup long grain rice. 16 oz. water

Dinner: 5 oz. fish, 5 asparagus spears and 1/2 a sweet potato (no skin and plain) 16 oz. water.

I am allotted 5 meals so as a 'Wild Card' I can eat another 300 cal. small meal (maybe 4 oz chicken and broccoli with a slice of toast) if I get hungry before bed. I try not to eat after 8pm but my work schedule changes.

The basis of this diet is 1400 cal. (give or take 100) and eating small meals regularly to keep the metabolism going while providing my body with a balanced diet.

I strive for 64 oz. of water. I make it easily when I work out, on off days it's more difficult.

And for cardio, I do 1 hour total cardio (usually 30 mins two different times a day) Usually it's just putting my headphones on and hiking or walking.

A world without cats is a world I chose not to live in.

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Posted: 23 Jun 2013, 19:52
My reason is because I gained all of the weight while I was pregnant. I was very ill and had to be put on Prednisone along with several other meds to keep me and baby alive. Now, 5 years later, I am more determined than ever to get my "thin" body back. My motivation was going to Myrtle Beach and seeing all of the beautiful bikinis & dresses to buy and I couldn't... because I don't fit. lol AND because I want to be fit again... before I was pregnant, I was a figure skater & coach.... I miss being so active!

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Posted: 10 Jul 2013, 14:50
My reason is my husband and i are going to Florida for our 3rd anniversary and i want him to think his wife is hot. My husband has a very active job and he's lost over 30 pounds. I worry because now a days marriages have a way of fizzling out because people get into the "comfortable routine" I don't want to be that kind of wife.

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Posted: 31 Jul 2013, 13:29
1) to feel better about myself, I want to look awesome again! To like what I see in the mirror
2) to have more energy and be able to do more
3) to be a healthy weight so I can stop taking my meds!
4) Prevent diabetes... insulin resistant right now
5) if my husband sees the results maybe he'll be motivated

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Posted: 08 Sep 2013, 08:34
I only have one reason: Athletic performance.

Just for myself. Smile
Get Fat and Die Trying.

I don't eat that meal to feed my 'temple', I eat it to FEED MY FAAAACE!

Only 105000 Calories to lose you say?


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Posted: 11 Sep 2013, 11:48
Top 5:
5) physical strength
4) disease prevention
3) lookin' fabulous for my future husband
2) emotional well being
1) finally being happy when I look in the mirror

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Posted: 22 Sep 2013, 13:10
Nice! Thanks for posting Smile good luck everyone!

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Posted: 11 Oct 2013, 12:02
1. To conquer your dreams, You should first conquer yourself and I am up to it.
2. This Generation should start taking care for themselves from now. I do not want be a sick man for my own mistakes.
3. Staying fit keeps us more active; through which we can work more actively.
4. I can be an inspiration for my wife to start her workout and leave the reasons behind.
5. Stay Healthy; Live Happy

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Posted: 25 Oct 2013, 14:26
I really only have one goal that's two pronged: to feel better both physically and mentally. I realized today and over the past year I've put on close to 40 pounds! I don't know how it's gotten so out of control, but I'm determined to get on track and exert some control over my own health and life. Very Happy

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Posted: 25 Oct 2013, 15:39
Lindsay, congrats on your decision to lose weight. Trust me, it's easy to put on 40 lbs and let things get out if control without really noticing. I went from 214 to 247 from Oct. 2012- March 2013. Stress of my Mom being in and out of the hospital with me living on the other side of the continent in Alaska contributed.

But now at 202 so been making strides. Best of luck on your goal!

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Posted: 27 Oct 2013, 19:15
Hey Mark.

Thanks so much for the encouragement! It's really nice to know I'm not the only one who uses food as a coping mechanism...I'm hoping I can replace that with the gym or at the very least walking Smile

Congrats on all of your progress!


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Posted: 04 Nov 2013, 11:22
Good question - 5 reasons... hmmm...
1) Had some very odd health problems in the last year and a half... while no doctor has mentioned weight - they have no diagnosis after several tests/MRI's/EMG's/stress test and blood work -- since no doctor has provided an answer, I'm hoping a more active lifestyle and better eating habits will help fix me.
2) I want to FEEL SEXY and reinvigorate my sex life
3) I have a 14 yr old, a 2 yr old, and hope to have one more in the upcoming few years... knowing it will be a third c-section, I need to know I can once again recover
4) I want to live to see my GREAT grandchildren grow up and wouldn't it be great to be able to give them a piggy back ride?
5) I would really like to see a picture of myself that I can be proud of...

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Posted: 02 Jan 2014, 12:20
My 5 reasons:
1.) avoid the strange health problems I had in 2013 that resulted in surgery and meningitis- what a horrible 8 months (I too had the prednisone weight gain)
2.)Pre-baby weight loss jump start - TTC this year and dont wanna add on the "baby weight" to my existing poundage
3.) To have more energy and enjoy exercise and physical activity
4.) To fit in my clothes better
5.) To get a 2 year jump on being "40 and Fabulous!"

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Posted: 11 Jan 2014, 05:52
My 5 reasons are easy:
1) Lose the weight I also gained following a strange illness in 2013 which was stabilised (not cured!) by various medications, the evil one being industrial doses of Prednisone! Sad
2) Finally lose my baby weight - my daughter will be 5 this year so I think its about time!
3) Feel better about me! Not constantly judging my size and how I look against others!
4) Be sexier for my husband - although he will always claim that I'm sexy just the way I am (bucket please! lol)
5) Going on holiday with my family and my 3, very skinny, gorgeous sister in laws in August. Don't want to be the whale lying by the side of the pool! haha

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Posted: 14 Jan 2014, 10:11
My 5 reasons in order of importance.
I am 33 years old and started off at 123kg, I need to lose 70 pounds and I have given myself a year to do it.

1. I want to be around to see my 4 year old daughter (angel in my life) to be a mother and beyond.
2. I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes just after Christmas
3. I have been fat since I was 11, I have 23 years of my life not known any better, things need to change
4. I want to be able to sit in economy and pull the seat tray down in front of me without worrying
5. I want to be healthy, fit and fit into clothes not made for my size of man.

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Posted: 17 Jan 2014, 10:55
1. I had gestational diabetes while pregnant with my 4th daughter and was told if i do not watch my diet and lower my weight IT WILL come back. UH NO THANKS!!
2. I would like to be able to have the energy to keep up with my 4 kids.
3. I hate me!! I hate not being able to look cute! I WANT TO LOOK CUTE!!
4. I don't want my kids to be embarassed to have a fat mom
5. I am very much over being on the obese side of the BMI chart. I want to be healthy, fit, and active as i journey through my 30's. My kids will be grown soon and it will be my turn to live again. I want to make it there. Smile

I am 12 pounds down from my pre-pregnancy weight of 242. My baby is now 2 months old. i am giving myself until her first birthday to get a majority if not all of the 80 pounds i need to lose!! LETS DO THIS! Smile
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