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MissVitality
12-08-2008, 12:39 PM
Okay so on the 101 theme.......

how about we try to find 101 benefits of losing the excess weight? I know it helps to keep me on track when i remind myself WHY the effort is worth it!

I will start!

1. We are worth it!
2. We owe our bodies the opportunity to be as healthy as possible
3. We want to set good examples of healthy eating for our children
4. We will reduce our risks of heart disease


McKenziesmomma
12-08-2008, 12:43 PM
5. So you can look back at pictures of yourself (during holidays, etc.) and not cringe. (I'm going through this currently)
6. So you will be more self confident!
7. So you can shop for clothes in any store you want to (except plus sized ones.... ;) )
8. So you aren't too tired to do things with your family!

PhotoChick
12-08-2008, 12:48 PM
9. So you can continue working at a very physical job w/out feeling wiped out.
10. So you can wear that sexy little black dress to a party
11. So you can want to have sex with the lights on - and even be on top!
12. So you can enjoy the occasional treat without feeling guilty

.


lumifan4ever
12-08-2008, 12:50 PM
13) So we don't have problems moving around when we get older.
14) So we don't get diabetes
15) So we don't have to wear spanx or "tummy control" anything
16) So our legs don't hurt carrying around the excess weight.

lumifan4ever
12-08-2008, 12:51 PM
Oh photochick...you read my mind. Number 11 is very near and dear to my own heart!!! lol. (But i'm getting better).

Jen415
12-08-2008, 12:52 PM
13) So we can ride the go-karts at the go-kart track
14) So we can be more comfy in an airplane seat
15) So we can be able to help our patients better

MissVitality
12-08-2008, 12:54 PM
Lol, i like number 11!

20. So you can feel sexy and attractive and turn heads!
21. So you can feel 'normal' and not be the one that sticks out like a sore thumb in family photos
22. So you can meet the weight restrictions to do a tandem skydive to raise money for charity
23. So you can go horseriding without worrying you are going to kill the poor horse!
24. So you can fit into rides at the funfair!

Thighs Be Gone
12-08-2008, 12:55 PM
Because looking at a size 8 tag beats seeing the 18 when I put on my pants.

kelly315
12-08-2008, 01:01 PM
Miss vitality-I was just going to write that (24)! I've never been on a rollercoaster in my whole life.

MissVitality
12-08-2008, 01:07 PM
Kelly, you definitely need to try it! I love rollercoasters but remember an embarrassing incident when the attendant really struggled to get the safety barrier in place - because of my chunky thighs! :(

26. So I can no longer use my weight as an excuse for not setting out to achieve other goals and ambitions!

horsey
12-08-2008, 01:08 PM
27. To wear my Seven jeans again
28. Because our bodies are Temples (if you are Biblical about it)
29. To feel better about self

MissVitality
12-08-2008, 01:26 PM
30. So I can feel proud of my achievements
31. So I can learn more about myself along the journey
32. So that beautiful rings, bracelets and necklaces don't feel too tight around my fingers, wrists and neck
33. So I can have a fit and strong body
34. So I can look everyone who ever made a derogatory comment about my weight in the eye and know that I did it!

WormwoodDoll
12-08-2008, 01:39 PM
35. So when we have children we won't have to worry about being exhausted after 5 minutes of playing
36. So we can look absolutely amazing on our wedding day
37. So when we look back we can see how far we've truly come and it was worth the struggle

Nixie
12-08-2008, 01:40 PM
26. So I can no longer use my weight as an excuse for not setting out to achieve other goals and ambitions!

Seconded!!!! :D

kestrel
12-08-2008, 03:19 PM
38. To not always want to be the one behind the camera.
39. To be able to walk into a store (like Old Navy) and not have to worry if they'll have a size big enough to fit me.
40. To maybe, hopefully be comfortable wearing a bathing suit in public again.

MissVitality
12-08-2008, 07:58 PM
41. So I can reduce/eliminate the symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
42. So I can see my toes when I look down!

WebRover
12-08-2008, 08:16 PM
43. So my blood chemistry gets and stays healthy.
44. So my blood pressure stays healthy.
45. So I can climb 2 flights of stairs without effort.
46. So I can bend over without effort.
47. So I don't have to tug on a normal sized towel.
48. So I can fit in the small booth I was offered at lunch today.
49. So I don't have to think about fitting when walking behind chairs in a conference room or in front of chairs in the movie theatre.
50. So it's worth buying a classy wardrobe cause I know it will fit next year.

ronni62
12-08-2008, 08:33 PM
51. So our backs won't hurt anymore.
52. So we won't wonder if people are asking why that handsome man is with that ugly, fat woman.
53. So that we'll be around when our kids get married and start giving us grandchildren.
54. So that we'll feel as if we've done one of the most important things we could ever do-taking care of ourselves and becoming healthy.
55. So we'll weigh less than our husbands!

MissVitality
12-09-2008, 06:32 PM
56. So I won't cringe when I need to strip off at the beauticians or doctors

57. So I don't need to worry about the spare tyres flopping up and down when I am jumping about in my aerobics class

58. So I can teach Exercise to Music classes and feel like I am inspiring others and am a role model to them

59. So I can stop comparing my weight with that of other people and feeling like I am less worthy of love/success/happiness than them

60. So I can run a 10k race in a respectable time and raise lots of money for charity

better health3
12-09-2008, 07:24 PM
61. To be able to sit in public seating at theaters, concerts, sporting events, on buses, and on airplanes without the sheer embarrassment of being huge and spilling over or breaking the chair.

62. To take the time we spend on agonizing, fretting, and other unproductive time(due to being overweight, obese) and spend it on positive productive activities and/or projects.:carrot:

63. To walk into a room and realize we are no longer the biggest person in the room.

64. To decrease our risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, osteoarthritis, gallbladder removal etc as a result of our unhealthy choices.

65. To have a wide array of clothing store choices instead of 2-3 options.

66. To look into the mirror and know that we are putting forth the effort to be our best possible selves, thereby reaching one step closer to our full potentials.

67. To no longer being the target of all the fat jokes or feeling uneasy whenever someone says the word 'fat' in a derogatory way...

68. So we no longer use eating as a recreational activity, rather, use food as fuel to feed our cells.

69. To not cringe as we look into the mirror, picture, or video of ourselves.

69. To not dread the job interview, date, seeing family, friends, and/or running into old acquaintances...watching their faces drop when they see how we let ourselves go.

70. To be able to engage in most any physical activity on a whim and know you'll be up to the challenge...:D

71. To be able to let go of the baggage that our weight represents for some of us...

72. To break the bondage, that for some of us, the extra weight truly represents

73. So we can look into our closet knowing we have dresses, skirts, and pants not the size of circus tents

74. So we do not have to endure the condescending salespeople or others in our lives in regards to our weight

75. So we can have a 'pretty body' too and not just our face

76. To be able to fit into the appropriate BMI range for our height and weight

77. To wear that one outfit or plenty of other outfits that we would love to wear, but don't look quite as polished being bigger.

ronni62
12-09-2008, 08:37 PM
78. So we can spend less $$$$$ on our clothing, because we all know that fat clothes cost more than skinny clothes.
79. So we'll also spend less $$$ on food because we're cutting out all those expensive snack foods.
80. So we'll set a better example for our kids and grandkids about healthy eating.

MissVitality
12-14-2008, 10:50 AM
81. So our thighs don't chafe when we wear skirts or dresses

82. In fact, so we can feel confident enough to wear skirts and dresses!

83. So we can stop feeling as if we are being judged by others according to our size rather than who we are as people and we will blow their assumptions away

84. So we won't keep being told to sit in the front passenger seat of cars when travelling as we require more room! And no longer be the person people won't sit beside on the train or aeroplane because they don't want to be squashed.

85. So we have no fear that chairs, beds etc. will be unable to bear our weight and will break

86. So we can slip back into those special outfits hanging in our wardrobes!

87. So we can confidently wear sexy lingerie

88. So we feel better about ourselves and start to treat ourselves better - more me-time, more pampering, less stress!

Star2Be
12-14-2008, 03:30 PM
A lot of these things have been repeated, heh, but I don't think this one has been mentioned yet:

89. So we won't be HOT all the time! So we can be comfortable in the summer time without sweating all over the place (and, alternately, feeling comfortable wearing the clothes that summer weather requires--shorts, tank tops, etc), AND be comfortable wearing cozy sweaters n' such in the winter without having to deal with irritating sweatmarks/pitstains! I HATE those, hehe.

Ps. I can completely relate to the roller coaster thing... I live ~45 minutes away from the best amusement park on the face of the planet (Cedar Point!!), and I had a really embarrassing experience the first time I tried to fit onto the best roller coaster there... Which was also the last time. I had a season pass there for a couple years, and I never once got to go on the 2 very best rides, because I couldn't fit on them. :( I still have a long way to go, but I'm sure I'd fit now, and I really want to go back and FINALLY conquer those coasters!!

Ponytail
12-15-2008, 10:53 PM
90. So that we can climb a ladder, a fence, a mountain.
91. So that we can run faster in case of an emergency.
92. So that we can spend more of life smiling.

murphydoodle2
12-16-2008, 10:36 AM
93. So we can run cross country with our kids when they ask us to go along.

Ija
12-16-2008, 02:09 PM
Ps. I can completely relate to the roller coaster thing... I live ~45 minutes away from the best amusement park on the face of the planet (Cedar Point!!), and I had a really embarrassing experience the first time I tried to fit onto the best roller coaster there... Which was also the last time. I had a season pass there for a couple years, and I never once got to go on the 2 very best rides, because I couldn't fit on them. :( I still have a long way to go, but I'm sure I'd fit now, and I really want to go back and FINALLY conquer those coasters!!

Meredith, two years ago I got kicked off the Magnum XL at Cedar Point because I was too big for it. When I go home next summer (I'm originally from Cleveland) I'm planning to finally get the ride the darn thing!

flatiron
12-16-2008, 03:10 PM
94. So I can fit back into my red leather Speedo!
96. So my gold chains will fit around my neck again!

AND finally

97. So my feet will get wet once again in the shower! :D

gymlee
12-18-2008, 10:10 PM
98. To be at a healthy enough weight to get pregnant without the use of fertility drugs and have it be a healthy pregnancy.

99. To be able to touch my flat stomach to my legs when I stretch forward to touch my toes.

100. To run faster than my dog

101. To feel the pride when I look in the mirror because I know what I've accomplished and that there is nothing, and I mean NOTHING that can't be done

TheTinGirl
12-18-2008, 10:26 PM
I liked 100 best...to outrun my dog. It made me smile.

102. So I can prove to myself that I can (And maybe give up smoking next!)
103. So I don't feel embarrassed meeting my boyfriend's friends.
104. So people will stop asking me when I'm going to have the baby even though I'm not preggers. (Sorry if any of those were dups.)

Nancy7189
12-18-2008, 10:37 PM
41. So my legs don't rub together when I walk/run. And I can sleep comfy without a pillow between my legs so they don't stick together.

roobear
12-18-2008, 10:39 PM
I hate to put everyone off cos i think you are all doing a great job but i can't be the only person who looks at half of these 'So i can do this' reasons and thinks but i do that anyway regardless of my weight.

Nancy7189
12-18-2008, 10:39 PM
wow...i was off with number 41... SORRY. I don't know how I did that.

gymlee
12-18-2008, 11:01 PM
I hate to put everyone off cos i think you are all doing a great job but i can't be the only person who looks at half of these 'So i can do this' reasons and thinks but i do that anyway regardless of my weight.

Some people can't physically do the things they put down or they're not mentally there yet to do it. It takes different people different circumstances so they can do what it is they want to do. Plus this is supposed to be something to motivate them to keep going with their journey and if that's what it takes for them to do it then by all means. Maybe you're one of those lucky ones that don't need this kind of motivation but some people do and there is no need to dampen their spirits and making them feel bad about it when you yourself can do without it.

MissVitality
12-19-2008, 11:31 AM
I totally agree with Gymlee - although many things listed could technically be achieved now, psychologically weight can be a barrier to doing so much. Having already lost 5 stone I know that weight loss has brought many benefits to my mental wellbeing. The list is meant to motivate people and remind them at times where they may be tempted to stray from their healthy lifestyle that much is to be gained from sticking to it. Many will experience this and will need some positive encouragement at such times. Roobear, I am pleased that you don't but I think you are in the minority.

shelbysmom
12-19-2008, 01:13 PM
I totally agree with # 52 that's perfect for me....
105. To be at a restaurant or just out anywhere and assume that when someone is staring you down, it's because they think you're beautiful,not soo fat they can't believe you actually come out in public looking like that in the first place because they just couldn't bring themselves to do it....
Some of us don't weigh 156..and some of us that use to weigh 156 once upon a time still probably thought we were the fattest cow on the planet(talking about myself).gosh I haven't weighed 156 since after I got married!!LOL and I can't wait to weigh 156 again!!!!,roobear,I'm not picking on you...obviously you want to lose weight,or you wouldn't be on this site....and that's what this site is for and all about...just like this thread...it's for support.....this weight loss support thread may not be for you,but you know what? then again,maybe it is because it's all about SUPPORT......we are all in the same boat,maybe some are treading the water a little more than others but we are all here for one reason and one reason only,to lose the weight so we can ALL feel better about ourselves....and I definitely want to do that don't you?