I am incredibly reluctant to post this out here, in public. All of these "reasons" point to things I can't do now, or, at least, can't do very well. They point to things I don't have, pleasures and activities I have had to give up as my body has become larger, my joints weaker.
I feel ashamed of my size and weight like never before--and I want the shame to end. I want to be proud of my body and what it can do. I want to be strong and free.
The recommendation to create a list of reasons comes from Judith Beck's book, The Beck Diet Solution. Beck uses her training in cognitive therapy to address issues surrounding dieting. It is a bit disappointing, in that way. I had hoped she would use cognitive therapy to deal with food issues more generally--but perhaps she will. I'm not too far into it, yet.
I was introduced to cognitive therapy when I was in high school, if you can believe it. I used it fairly successfully to counter catastrophic thoughts. I was in therapy a lot in my twenties!
Nonetheless, others recommend making a list of advantages, or reasons when setting out to change. So without further ado, here's mine.
Reasons to Lose Weight:
1. I'll be more mobile--better able to ride a bike and walk.
2. I'll be able to stretch and reach my feet to tie my shoes and clip my toenails.
3. My knees won't hurt as much.
4. My back won't hurt any more.
5. I'll have more energy.
6. I'll enjoy sex more.
7. I'll be able to do my business better.
8. I'll be in better health.
9. I'll look better.
10. I'll be more attractive.
11. I'll be able to wear smaller clothes and thus have more options about what to wear!
12. I'll be pleased and proud when I look in the mirror.
13. I'll get joy out of shopping for clothes.
14. I won't feel so self-conscious everywhere I go.
15. I will enjoy swimming again.
16. I'll be able to set an example to my children of self-change and empowerment.
(Beck recommends I read these 2x a day. I have set the site 43things to send me an email with this list every day.)