I can tell you right off the bat, I'm not losing weight to fit into a bikini.
I've never worn a bikini.
Not even when I weighed just 100 pounds.
But I do want to lose weight for two very good reasons.
- I want to experience life comfortably.
- I want to do what I can to live as long as I can.
Experience Life Comfortably
Bottom line, I'm not physically comfortable in my body at the size it is.
I sweat in places I didn't used to sweat when I was thinner.
(Thanks to extra rolls and such)
My body feels heavy.
My chest feels heavier when I'm breathing.
My legs feel heavier when I'm walking.
I don't fit clothes I have.
I go to put on clothes, and have to try different shirts, shorts and pants until I find an outfit I can wear comfortably.
Most of my clothes are tight when I put them on.
Yes, I could go buy bigger sizes.
But honestly, I don't like clothes shopping and I'd rather spend my money on other things.
I get worn out or winded trying to do regular life things.
Like walking around a store or some place with my family.
I get winded and tired.
Live A Long Life
I know I can't change my DNA.
The various health issues that run in my family are long.
When I fill out that paper at the hospital that asks you to check all the boxes for health issues that run in your family -
Heart disease. Check
Breast cancer. Check
Immune disorder. Check...
I know I can't change that.
I've also gone through Early Menopause.
The effects of early menopause on my health just adds to the list.
Osteoporosis, dementia, increased overall mortality.
What Options Do I Have?
I know I can't change what I'm genetically set up for.
(Thanks Mom and Dad!)
But I can do things to possibly delay or maybe even offset some of what is genetically in my cards.
So I turned to my trusty provider of information - Google.
I typed in how to prevent...
- heart disease
- immune system diseases
- menopause symptoms.
The results for all of them were similar.
What stood out -
Be more active. Maintain a healthy weight.
I may never have any of those health issues my family has.
I may be perfectly healthy the rest of my life.
Regardless, I want to know (and I want my family to know) that I did EVERYTHING I could to be as healthy as I could to possibly avoid these issues.
And for me - that's a good enough reason to lose weight.