I just visited a life expectancy calculator to see, statistically, how much longer I'll live. First I put in the information as I am now. 27, male, non-smoker, 0 drinks per day on average, 243.7 pounds. The calculator determined I would live to be around 76 years. Then I changed my weight to the weight I was when I started my blog a year ago. It said I'd live to be around 72.
Now I know there are limitless confounding variables in estimating lifespan. I could get hit by a bus tomorrow or I could live to be 100. The bottom line, however, is that over the course of one year, I theoretically lengthened my life by four years. When I reach my goal of 196 pounds. The calculator predicts I'll live to be 85.
Losing 100 pounds could add 13 years to my life. It puts the sacrifices I'm making now into perspective.
My motivation to lose weight is to live a long, healthy, and happy life. What's yours?