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The "Why"

If you follow me on social media you know I post a lot about my journey toward a healthy lifestyle.  I've struggled for years with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and it's made weight loss very difficult.  The battle may be long but I am a warrior and I will fight it until I achieve my goal.

Over the last two years I've lost and gained the same 50 pounds twice.  It's frustrating to say the least.  To work so hard at exercise and to face the same hurdles over and over again can really break a person down.  I'm in the midst of losing that weight again, so far I'm down 30 pounds, and I've learned a few things this time around.

The most important lesson I want to share is this:  Find your Why.

It sounds simple, right?  Why do I want to lose weight?  I could list a number of reasons, but this time I realized I needed to establish my clear, unwavering purpose for becoming healthy.  I needed to be honest with myself.  It's easy to forget (and forget often) the reasons I struggled to lose weight and keep it off.  It's easy to think it's too difficult, and to retreat into my bad habits.

Having a clear understanding of why I wanted to change and what I needed to do to achieve this is the only thing that will pull me through the tough times.  Before I can really do this, I needed to understand why I'm doing it in the first place.

I asked myself a few questions.  First, what would my life look like if I make healthy eating a priority?   How will I feel if I consistently exercise?  How will my new habits impact other areas of my life?  How will my new habits affect the people around me?

And then I asked myself what life would be like if I don't do any of it, and that's when the floodgates opened.

Understanding my why motivated me to push through every obstacle, to overcome every setback.  No one is perfect all of the time.  There will be bad days, but I will not sabotage my goal over one mistake.  Identifying the hurdles I face and determining what I steps I can take to overcome them is absolutely necessary.

If you are craving change and want to become healthy or achieve another goal entirely, ask yourself these questions.  I think you'll be surprised at what you discover.

My journey isn't over, it will never end, but I'm in the right mindset to crush this!

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