Just a few of the many reasons why I am embarking upon my weight loss journey:
For the sake of my health
I know the health risks associated with being overweight, as well as having a high belly to hip ratio (which I do… I am the textbook apple shape, I carry my weight mainly in my stomach and have been mistaken as pregnant before – talk about humiliating).
To have a baby
Speaking of being pregnant… my husband and I are aiming to start trying to conceive in early 2012. It would be so beneficial to my health and that of the baby for me to start the pregnancy at a healthy weight, with a healthy body. I also feel like by being overweight at the start, then adding all the weight I would gain whilst pregnant, once I had the baby I would feel like I was a ‘lost cause’, like I had an impossible amount of weight to lose, so I just wouldn’t even bother trying. I also want to establish healthy habits for life, to be a good example to our future children.
To make the most of my life
So many times I have found myself saying ‘no’ to opportunities because my self-confidence is so low, largely linked to my weight. For example, we are paying a ridiculous amount of rent to have a house right on the beach during our time here in Australia. However, I rarely venture the 30 second walk to the beach and when I do, I would never dream of doing so in a bikini. I want my weight to stop holding me back.
To be the wife that my husband deserves
Cheese alert ahead, sorry! I am sure I will talk about it this repeatedly in the future, but I am so in love with the man that I married. He is so amazing and there has not been a day that has passed since we met that I haven’t felt incredibly lucky that he has picked me to spend his life with. He deserves a wife who is incredible, and I don’t feel that me being overweight is consistent with this.
For my own vanity
I’ll happily admit it – I am vain. I’m the type of person who, when I get a notification on my iPhone that I have been tagged in a photo, I will literally drop whatever it is I am doing, to view it and untag myself if the photo is unflattered. These days, more often than not, the photos ARE unflattering, because of my weight. Being vain and being fat are so at odds with each other. I feel like by being overweight, all the time and effort (not to mention money) I put into making myself attractive is wasted – I cannot be attractive and fat. Therefore something has to give, and I will NOT stop taking care with my appearance.