The importance of your “why”

by Megan on · 5 comments

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 The importance of your whyEveryone needs a “why” in life and not just for weight loss.  You “why” is defined as what motivates you and what keeps you going to reach your goals.  Without a why, most people fail.  You need motivation and you need inspiration.

When I first started my weight loss journey, I just wanted to look like I did in high school.  My why was weak but I didn’t know it then.  I started to lose a little bit of weight and then I would go back into my old routine of eating fast food and not working out.  I couldn’t for the life of me understand what was causing me to be so wishy washy.  I then realized my why was wrong.

I shouldn’t want to look like I did in high school simply because it was impossible.  I had two kids, my body had changed.  My life had changed since high school.  I then began soul searching.  I didn’t find just one “why” but several.  My most important why was my kids and to be able to live long enough to see them graduate high school.  Now that’s powerful.  That was motivating.  That was the beginning of my weight loss journey.

What is your why?  Don’t make it too vague.  You can say “my kids” but define what about your kids makes them your why.  Maybe you want to be able to play with your kids more or be around to see your kids have kids of their own.  Make sure you are very specific about your why.

Write your why down and place it everywhere.  Put your why on your bathroom mirror, on your refrigerator, in your closet, on your desk and anywhere you look often.  A constant reminder of why you want to lose weight or reach a certain goal will keep your mind on the prize.

Share your why with others.  If you have a personal trainer, friend or mentor, let them know what your why is.  Telling other people your why will help you hold yourself more accountable and make it mean that much more to you.

So, what is your “why”?


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Jenn May 24, 2012 at 9:38 am

Great idea. Your “why” can keep you going when you’d otherwise fail!


Canadian Mom Blogger May 24, 2012 at 10:49 am

You are so right. I’m going to write down my “why”.


Jenn @therebelchick May 24, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Someone brought this up to me last week and I’ve been thinking about it ever since!


Stefani May 24, 2012 at 2:35 pm

One of my daughter’s used to ask “why” so much I asked her why she is always asking why. She told me if she didn’t ask, she wouldn’t know.


Courtney May 27, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Wow, very deep.


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