When I made the decision to lose weight, it wasn’t just because I wanted to look good.  I mean, okay, it was mostly that I’ll be honest.  Who doesn’t want to look and feel beautiful right?  But being overweight is a lot more serious than not being able to wear Abercrombie & Fitch or wanting that popular boy to finally notice you.  Obesity is dangerous.  It can lead to unhealthy and life threatening diseases and illnesses.  Not to mention you will miss out on a lot of fun things  you are just not in good enough shape to do.  I knew this, even at the shallow age of 14.  I knew that it wasn’t normal for a 14 year old to feel winded after less than a minute of exercise.  I knew that a lot of my dreams wouldn’t be possible if I continued to be overweight.  Surfing, running, climbing the great wall…all things I’d dreamed of doing or trying someday.    I wanted to live out my dreams more than anything.  My dreams were important to me, more so than just wanting to be pretty.

Wanting to lose weight to look good is a great motivator for sure, but I don’t think I would have been successful if that were my only reason.  The problem is, no matter how much weight you lose you will never have a “perfect body”, because a perfect body doesn’t exist.  No matter how pretty you are, not everyone is going to think you are.  Searching for approval from everyone you meet will only leave you feeling disheartened, like you failed.  If you approach weight loss for the sole purpose of wanting others to accept you, then you will fail.  The truth is that not everyone is going to like you no matter what you look like.  But honestly, who gives a s***?  Why lose weight for others?  Do it for you.  Do it because you want to.  Do it to feel strong.  Do it to feel confident.  Do it so you will lead a long and happy life.  Aren’t your dreams more important than a seat at the popular table?

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