At one time my body was a mess as far as fitness was concerned. The most exercise I got was walking up a flight of stairs each morning so I could get to my office and sit in front of a computer all day. I was relatively young with a young child at home but I was about 50 pounds overweight.
Each day, climbing that one flight of stairs got tougher and tougher. Some days I took the elevator if no one was looking.
Then one day, I felt it: The dreaded CHEST PAINS. Holy crap did that scare me! But it was just the push I needed. I started exercising shortly thereafter, moderately and following my doctor's advice, and in time I was able to drop the weight.
Twelve years later and having re-gained some (but not all!) of that weight, and looking for a little motivation to get back on track, I began to reflect on my Top Ten Reasons for Getting Serious About Weight Loss.
1. Poor Sex Life
That's right, I said S-E-X. Who wants to have sex when they're feeling like a bloated whale? And who'd want to have sex WITH that bloated whale? If you're single and you can go home to your couch and Ben & Jerry's in peace, so be it. But if you're in a committed relationship (or hoping to be!) then the extra weight can definitely effect how you, and sadly, your partner feel about sex. And that ain't good for the relationship.