Understanding your ‘why’ is the fuel that’s going to keep you fired up and motivated throughout your weight loss journey.

It’s your reason for doing what you do each day and the reason you commit the time to exercise and taking care of your body.

It will keep you going back to God as your source of strength when you’re feeling weak.

Without a compelling ‘why’ your dreams will just remain dreams. You need a compelling ‘why’ that will drive you to take action day in and day out.

When you get clear on your ‘why’ you will:

• find the courage to take risks and try new things

• stay motivated even when you don’t feel like it

• keep moving towards your vision

• not cower when the enemy tries to whisper lies in your ear

We can’t look to the world to tell us what our ‘why’ should be. As Christian women, we are called to not be conformed to the patterns of this world. (Romans 12:2)

Your ‘why’ must go deeper than:

I want to be thin/skinny

I want to fit into a pair of jeans

I want to weigh 150 pounds

I want more energy

As much as you may want these things, they are not inspiring enough to keep you motivated— at least in the long run.

it might seem obvious but have you ever asked yourself why you want to lose weight? If so, what did you answer?

Usually it’s to feel better, have more energy, feel better about yourself. Unfortunately, those reasons are not strong enough to keep you motivated to lose weight.

When writing your why, be sure to address these criteria:

  1. Be spirt- focused instead of behaviour -focused. Focus on renewing your mind instead of changing your behaviors. Romans 12:2
  2. Be solution focused instead of problem focused.
  3. Focus on long-term success for your body, mind, and spirit instead of on quick fixes. 2 Corinthians 10:5
  4. It’s bigger than yourself.
  5. It ties into your purpose.
  6. It draws you closer to God and causes you to rely on Him more.

When you can focus on the above criteria, your motives will become clearer and your chances for success will be greatly increased.

Here’s an example of my ‘whys’ for being in excellent health:

  • Because I know that my body is God’s temple
  • To reflect God’s glory
  • To change and affect the lives of other women around the world
  • To leave a legacy for my family
  • To live the abundant life that God has called me to live

What are yours?