There is one thing that I have not done before and I feel may be a necessary part of succeeding.
I have never made a list of reasons why I want to get in shape and be healthy. It's always just been something I want because I don't like the way I look, but it's so much more than that. So much more.
I realized I wanted to make a list shortly after Patrick asked when we could start to get in shape. In normal circumstances I may have been irritated at the assumption that he thinks I need to get in shape, however being so open about my weight loss (and more important, my negative self talk) gives him pretty clear insight into what I may need on my journey.
I've asked Patrick quite a few times if he would join me with working out and eating healthy. Every time we tend to make it a few days together we both end up falling off the wagon.
But this time it was his idea, and I think that's what might make this stick this time around. He gave himself a start date of May 1st, but I knew I needed to start sooner rather than later.
So I started last week by making a list of reasons why I'm doing this and this week by going to my Weight Watchers meeting and I've tracked for the last two days, which is a good start.
Reasons Why I Want To Get In Shape:
1. To have more confidence
2. To be more comfortable with my body
3. To be prepared for and complete The Dopey Challenge
4. To have more energy
5. To be a better influence on my children
6. So my husband will find me attractive
7. To feel good in a bathing suit
8. To feel strong
9. To reach my goal weight and maintain it
10. To spend at least one whole day without thinking about my body negatively