What were my motivations to lose weight? Let me jump back a few years.
As I reached my mid-forties my weight had just gone up and up. I don’t exercise much. Scratch that. Apart from walking I don’t exercise at all. I am very lazy in that area and really have no desire to go to a gym.
Even with my gradual, unacceptable, weight gain I would rather just put the pounds on than doing anything about it. Then a few visits to the doctors over the years mildly forced me to reconsider things.
3 Signs that I should lose weight
- High blood pressure
- High Cholesterol
- General well-being
A couple of years prior a visit to the doctor recommended that I should change my lifestyle a bit. High blood pressure and cholesterol levels meant that I did have to watch a bit what I was eating. Sunday brunch and packets of crisps went out the door.
Then general check up suggested that the (minor) ailments that I had at the time would probably not have occurred if I was lighter. So 3 times it was intimated that I change my lifestyle. Or at least lose weight.
The final straw
I had always said to myself, and a few others, that I would kill myself if I ever got to a certain weight. That is very extreme and I probably wouldn’t have gone through with it, but my deadline was 100 kg in my case (almost 16 stone or 220 lbs). That is a lot when you consider I am 172 cm (5′ 8″).
What I am not
- A weight lifter
- A body builder
- A rugby player
So that was it. I couldn’t look at myself in a mirror, I had no self-confidence. I had to lean forward to see my penis when urinating for goodness sake. It was time for a change.
What motivation do you need to shed some of those extra pounds?