Did you set some weight loss goals for the New Year? Good for you. Many people seek ways to improve their lives after the holiday revelry has passed. The prior month was a celebration of life and relationships. It was a time to be indulgent, abundant and benevolent. Now that the celebrations have come to an end, you may have a sense of renewal, that it’s time to initiate positive changes that have the potential to change your life in an amazing way. The resolution to lose weight, get healthy and improve your level of physical fitness should certainly be among your goals for self improvement.
Do you need a bit of a pep talk to get going with or to sustain your weight loss goals in the New Year? Next time you feel like throwing in the towel on your resolutions to eat healthier and smaller portions and get that daily dose of exercise, remember these motivating thoughts to help you stay on track.
You’re going to look so hot by the time bathing suit season comes around!
If you start now and make a concerted effort to put weight loss and fitness goals in place, you should be in good shape (no pun intended) by the time summer comes and your body is on show in shorts, midriff tops and a bathing suit. While body shaming has become a “thing” of late, there is absolutely nothing wrong and in fact, everything right with wanting to tone and shape your body, get rid of excess fat, and look and feel better.
You may likely enjoy more and better sex.
When we tip the scale into overweight territory, everything becomes more difficult, including romantic time with our partner. You may feel more lethargic, lose your stamina, and know the uncomfortable feeling of laborious breathing and extra effort expended during an intimate moment. But when we’ve been exercising on a regular basis for an extended amount of time, suddenly every physical activity becomes easier, and that includes sex. So if more frequent and better quality lovemaking is
You’ll have more energy to do the things you love to do.
Being overweight often becomes a slippery slope. The more high sugar and high calorie, low nutrition foods we eat, the more we seem to want. Portion sizes and waist measurements continue to expand. We overeat, then feel drowsy and moody, so we look for something to take away the feeling – which often is more of the same, addictive foods that we should not have had in the first place.
One you start to see results from your weight loss effort, you’ll find that you’re able to sustain your energy for longer periods, with fewer cravings and more balanced blood sugar levels instead of that addictive and unhealthy pattern of the daily blood sugar spike and drop. Being a healthy weight also means that you’ll sleep more soundly at night because your pancreas, liver, kidneys and other organs won’t have to work as hard to process whatever you’re putting into your body. This means more energy during the day to accomplish whatever you set out to and simply enjoy yourself.
You’ll be more physically independent.
When we start to pack on the pounds, we may find that our physical strength wanes and our ability to do things that healthy, able-bodied people can accomplish with ease begins to dwindle. For example, we might start to notice that we’re winded after going up a flight of stairs, or that swimming in the wave pool at the amusement park leaves us feeling completely wiped, weak, and maybe even puts us at higher risk of drowning.
Once you get going with your exercise routine, you’ll become stronger, fitter, and able to enjoy greater endurance in all physical activities. This means keeping up physically with kids and people who are younger than you, not running out of steam for things like taking a hike through the woods, hoofing it down the boardwalk in summer, chasing toddlers or doing all the things that you love to do.
You’ll likely stay healthy into your senior years.
The link between obesity and chronic disease has been long established. Even if you know that your genetics have passed down predisposition for certain illnesses, this doesn’t mean that you’re destined for the same fate of early passing as was the case for prior family generations. In fact, if doctors didn’t believe that we have the power to make a difference in our health and increase longevity for ourselves there wouldn’t be such an emphasis on eating a healthier and more balanced diet, exercising and staying fit and active.
Just imagine all the fun you’ll be able to have in your retirement, when you’ve enjoyed lifestyle changes that have made it possible to live your life to the fullest simply because you’re able to move around freely and do the things you’ve always wanted to do.