Me said in her comment to me about mentioning her comment as a blog topic (does that even make sense?:-) that we should find another reason to lose weight. Health doesn't work (unless it's life or death and then sometimes that doesn't change behavior). I remember my uncle and my dad, both diabetic, eating what they wanted and then depending on extra insulin to take care of it.
The motivation can be something as insignificant as a marble. Here is Pam's idea for short term motivation. That makes a lot more sense than better health don't you think? :-) Works for me. I am doing it.
OK - we've established that better health doesn't really do it for us so let's think of some other things. How about buying yourself something one size too small - something really great that you cannot wait to wear? Getting off the necessary weight to wear those new jeans would motivate some of us.
Maybe a massage with a 10 lb. loss.
Would you like to have a toe ring? New ear rings?
How about some fresh flowers for the kitchen table when you reach the next digit?
It can be something as little as bubble bath, nail polish, or lipstick.
Avoiding surgery, amputation, or blindness? We think about those things but it won't happen today will it? Is that what's in the back of our minds - it won't be today? I want a toe ring.
This is all for fun but there is a grain of truth here.