500 Fans and my 50 Reasons to Lose Weight


It has been an exciting week in my little world. Not only was my fourth grandchild born on Valentine’s Day, but I also put a goal out there to hit 300 “likes” on my Facebook page to celebrate her arrival. It was a truly emotional day for me since I was unable to fly to be with her for this occasion so I made a comment about how nice it would be to reach 300 followers on my page to commemorate the occasion. I had no idea what was in store for me when I did that. With a little help from my friends, one day later I now have 507 followers.

To mark the moment, I was trying to think of the best way to thank everyone for having faith in my ability to reach my goals. I have seen many pages do 500 reps of a certain exercise to celebrate 500. Well, I am not even close to being in good enough shape to do 500 reps of anything. So I mulled it over all night to come up with a way to mark the occasion in a unique way.

I know! I will write a blog listing my 500 reasons to lose weight and my inspirations for not giving up. Now, before you close this page out, I can tell you that not only will I have the hardest time coming up with 500 reasons (who could really?), but I am pretty sure that you do not want to spend half your day reading my list. So, what I decided to do was my list of 50 (10% of 500) reasons to lose weight. I am also planning on printing several copies of this and posting it everywhere in my house. So, here is the much-anticipated list:


  1. To be healthy
  2. To watch my grandchildren grow
  3. To play with my grandchildren
  4. To make my children proud
  5. The sense of satisfaction that I actually did it.
  6. To walk without struggle (or as my friend Shannon would say, without the waddle so I can strut my stuff. LOL)
  7. To fly without a seatbelt extender
  8. To be able to use public restrooms effectively. (Come on, you know some of those stalls are too small even for very thin people)
  9. To be able to sit in ANY seat without fear
  10. To be able to buy clothes because I like them, not just because they fit.
  11. To be able to walk into a room and not feel all eyes on me
  12. To be judged on how I am as a person, not my pant size
  13. To climb stairs without pulling myself up and feeling out of breath
  14. To not feel like my stomach is there for an armrest
  15. To ride a roller coaster again
  16. I want to shop in Victoria’s Secret
  17. To tie my shoes without feeling like I just had a full workout
  18. To wear shoes that don’t look like “old lady” shoes
  19. To get out of bed and not have every bone in my body ache
  20. To get in and out of the car effortlessly
  21. I would really like to be able to clean my entire house without discomfort. (right now there are areas I just can’t get to due to my weight)
  22. To paint my toenails
  23. To cross my legs
  24. To drive without my stomach rubbing the steering wheel
  25. To sit in a booth without sucking in my stomach                             
  26. To go through a turnstile
  27. To be able to utilize the bottom two drawers of the filing cabinet
  28. To not have to say “I’m sorry, Mom/Grandma can’t do that. I will just sit here and watch”
  29. To be an example to the rest of my family, most of whom have the same horrible habits I have had for years
  30. To want to leave the house
  31. To pose in family pictures without hiding behind everyone
  32. So hopefully I can inspire all those who inspire me
  33. So my ex-husband regrets what he gave up for what he no longer has (purely for self-gratification. Mean, I know, but it is MY list)
  34. So my current husband can continue to love me and not become a widower
  35. So I can pursue employment with confidence (I have a job that I love, but it just is not paying the bills)
  36. To wear boots
  37. To live (I know I already said this one, but it IS a pretty important one)
  38. To wear a bathing suit again
  39. To wear bracelets without my arms looking more bloated than they already are
  40. To help with my back pain
  41. To sleep better
  42. To walk without my thighs making that “swishing” sound
  43. To dance with my husband with confidence
  44. To spend a day running errands without paying the price of pain
  45. To put my pants on “one leg at a time” without holding onto something for balance.
  46. To pull my “someday” box out of the back of the closet and actually fit in some of my clothes
  47. So my doctor does not, once again, suggest surgery
  48. To be able to sit up straight (some of you know what I mean)
  49.  So certain members of my family no longer consider me the “black sheep”
  50. Did I mention I don’t want to die?!

Well, as you can tell, I started to run out of ideas towards the end there, but you get the point. I have allowed my physical condition to be an excuse to avoid life for as long as I can remember, and please do not read this list as me being negative about myself or down on life. I am actually in a pretty good place right now where I realize that I should not depend on people and circumstances to make me happy. I am ready, willing, and able to take responsibility for my own life and future. My first step is this wonderful community of people who have all clicked the “like” button in support of my journey and others like me. I realize that this is something I need to do on my own, but I am not alone.  


About Diana

At 43 years old I have missed out on so much in life because I was too busy obsessing about my weight. Having spent so many years on the weight roller coaster, I have decided to just live and enjoy the journey instead of putting everything on hold for "someday when I am skinny". I am applying a few priciples that will allow me to just enjoy life: 1~ Drink my water. 2~ Enjoy my food 3~ Don't deprive myself of anything- portion control is my motto 4~ Throw the scale away (OK, I can't bring myself to throw it away,but I am giving it to my teenage son to hide from me) 5~ This one is the most important: LIVE LIFE!

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