Friday, January 2, 2015

The Power of Asking Why

During the first few days of this new blog and new year, I want to do everything I can to set myself (and you) up for success when it comes to eating healthier and losing excess weight. Yesterday, I wrote about what hasn’t worked for me in the past and what I believe can work in the future.

Today, I want to add another tool for success as I/we go forward. I’ve heard that it helps to write down and regularly review the reasons we want to eat healthier and lose excess weight. Proponents say it helps us to be more focused, more committed to our goals. I’m ready to give it a try. I hope you will too. Feel free to share one or more of your reasons to energize and get fit in the comments section below.  

I felt pretty clever learning to cut a mango like this.
Why I want to Better Nourish Myself and Lose Excess Weight  
  1. I want to feel more energetic on a daily basis (as it stands now, on the days I eat more nutritiously, I feel better). I want to know what it's like to feel consistently more energized.
  2. I want to look great and feel more confident in my clothes, especially in a bathing suit. 
  3. I want to feel better about buying new clothes and building a wardrobe, instead of always putting it off, saying, "When I lose weight." 
  4. I want to reduce significantly the the unhealthy food cravings I experience. I want to feel more satisfied between meals. 
  5. I want to feel more even-keeled emotionally, experiencing fewer roller-coaster mood swings. 
  6. I want to lower my LDL cholesterol. Thankfully, my HDL and Triglycerides are in great shape. The more I read, the more I'm convinced LDL cholesterol can be lowered by positive dietary changes. 
  7. I want to reduce my risk for a recurrence of cancer. Bring on the cancer-fighting phytochemicals fruits and vegetables provide. 
  8. I want to increase my bone density, especially in my lower back. I have some bone density issues, in part, because I had a hysterectomy at a young age due to cancer and I no longer have some of the hormones that drive bone building and retention. From the research I've done, eating more leafy greens and more nutritious food overall might be the ticket to greater bone density. 
  9. I want to experience fewer aches and pains, and I've noticed that when I eat healthier overall - less fat, salt, sugar, etc. - I feel less aches and pains due, I'm guessing, to less inflammation. 
  10. I want to have success eating healthier because I believe that such success will have a positive ripple effect in more areas of my life than I can imagine right now. Success begets success.  

I commit to reviewing this list every day for the next week (at least) and adding to it when I think of something new. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Why would you like to eat healthier and lose weight? Thanks for joining me on this journey.  

Sneak Peek at Tomorrow’s Post:  Get Ready to Set Your First Week’s Goal (for Monday, January 5th to Monday, January 12th).


  1. Your reasons are my reasons, too! I would add that I also want the hot flashes that arrived full-force with my surgical menopause to diminish (who knew that those TV sit-com writers weren't exaggerating?!!). There is research to support the idea that diet can impact a woman's experience of this for better or worse.

    Also, I just want to look younger ;) The cleaner I eat, the better I'll look!

  2. There is nothing quite like surgical menopause is there? I agree that diet can have a positive impact on that as well as many other aspects of our physical and emotional well-being. One of the main reasons I started this blog is to do a better job of practicing what I know is good for my health. I think it will help me feel more accountable (hopefully readers will experience the same as they participate) and so more successful at taking good care of myself. I really appreciate the inspiration and motivation readers like you provide for all of us. My 50th birthday is in June and I plan on hitting it with much energy and gusto as possible! And yes, I want to look younger. We can do this together. We can take exceptional care of ourselves and reap the rewards.