I do have a couple of serious ones:
First, I saw a man finish a marathon with two prosthetic legs and it stuck with me. Not the first time I'd seen that, but I felt that if he was able to dedicate and push himself to do that then I, having no health issues, could put in a couple of hours on two good legs to keep the health I've been given and not take it for granted so much.
Second, we had a safety briefing earlier this year (right around the time I started cleaning up my health) and a guy with a badly mangled leg spoke.
He admitted that he'd made some poor decisions surrounding the accident, but when he finally woke up three days later the doctor told him that he had his previous physical fitness to thank for his survival....and keeping his leg.
Had he not been exercising, eating right, keeping his muscles in the shape they'd been in then his chances of being able to have kept his leg would have been greatley decreased. Not to mention the fact that his whole system was able to keep him going while waiting for emergency treatment.
He'd been in terrible, terrible shape after being shot through the propellers of a largish boat.
This of kind of sent home a message to me.
I know the chances of something major happening to me accidentaly are somewhat low (fingers crossed), but my health is largely IN MY CONTROL and I want to be able to say I pulled through whatever may happen and be there for my son because I took the time to make exercise and diet a priority.
Thirdly, setting a healthy example for my son and burning his energy are high priorities.
Fourthly, I don't want to spend money on a home video game system.
If we sit inside together in front of the tv I almost always get the question, "How come WE don't have a Wii?"
That never comes up if we're outside kicking a ball or bike riding.
The weight loss, smaller clothes, clearer skin, better hair are all niiiiiiiiiiice reasons (i totally agree!!!), but those up there are more of the profound inner reasons I keep fighting to make this of a long-term, on-going committment.