UPDATE: An interesting article on this very topic was on MSN. Turns out we should all be a little nicer to ourselves.
Remember in June when I was talking about how I needed to lose weight and then did next to nothing about it (short of making some low-fat chocolate cake)? Well, I am finally getting serious--getting up early, walking outside in the heat, hating every minute of it. But I am doing it. Because I am so tired of being fat, so grinning and bearing it is all I have.
I've often thought about what motivates me. The answer is not much. I'm not inspired by The Biggest Loser. (As it turns out, fat people crying about their drama and leaving their own lives with personal trainers isn't that inspiring.) The latest books or fad diets don't interest me. The thought of Zumba terrifies me. (I'm serious about the lack of dance skills people!) I have a closet full of clothes I want to wear and can't. Even knowing that I need to do it for my own health doesn't get me going. But, the conclusion I've come to is that my will can overcome the missing motivation. It's not about the why, at least for now, it's about just putting one foot in front of the other and doing it. Maybe the motivation will come, maybe it won't, but I shouldn't let that be one more reason not to do it. I'm lucky that I'm not doing it alone. It seems like many of those around me, including real-life and blog friend, Crys, are buckling down. (Don't expect to see me running just yet, though!) And like everything else, it's easier if you aren't having to go it alone.
So what about you? Are you trying to lose weight? What motivates you? Tell me all about it, friends!