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CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
12/19/12 11:42 A

There is a "motivated" section that may help.

I am determined to continue because of all the bonuses I've experienced (ease of walking the dog, for instance).

Each person actually has to find their own oomph

THOMASINA57 SparkPoints: (237,582)
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12/19/12 11:34 A

Hi KJFitnessdude... Your page is private so I couldn't look at the fat guy in your gallery.. but congrats..

12/19/12 11:17 A

Look at the hideous fat guy in my gallery, that there is TOTAL motivation for me. I am NOT kidding you, I turned the clock back with my looks about 15 years.I am not going back to that look.

THOMASINA57 SparkPoints: (237,582)
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12/19/12 11:12 A

I want to live as pain free as possible and this really motivates me as exercise really helps with many illness and joint problems. I make it a daily routine and treat it as my "medicine".. I don't like to take too many anti inflammatory drugs as they are hard on the body.

RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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12/19/12 10:30 A

I try not to play mind games of should I or shouldn't I as if there were an option. Right now, there is no option of not tracking, or exercising.

WESTCOASTATHRT SparkPoints: (902)
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12/19/12 10:26 A

Hey Sunshine! You are almost at your target weight! Congrats :)

LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 4,690
12/19/12 9:36 A

Tell yourself that it's just not optional. Treat it like a job or a household chore that you do even though you'd rather do something else. All of us do things that we'd rather not do...laundry, dishes, going to work every day. Just tell yourself it's like these things and that it has to be done. At least that's what has worked for me when I'm just not feeling it...

SUNSHINE99999 Posts: 17,683
12/19/12 9:18 A

My two sons (21 & 23) and my alarm clock. I know that if I'm going to be able to compete on the basketball court with them and their friends that I need to get out of the warm bed when my alarm goes off and get moving.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
12/19/12 8:41 A

My sisters and brothers kids are my motivation. I want to be the best aunty in the world and I can't do it if I can't go upstairs, can't play in the yard, don't feel good, and can't attend important functions.
Determine your big why and you won't need further motivation.

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,939)
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12/19/12 7:01 A

My sister was my motivation. She lost over 100 lbs on Spark a couple years ago. She's struggled with her weight her entire life. I didn't have as much to lose but when I saw how much she had lost after not seeing her for 6 months I realized if she could lose that much, I could lose what I had to lose. So I joined Spark.

Then I became pregnant with my daughter (after nearly reaching my prepregnancy after my son) and it took me 2 years to finally get motivated again. I had given away my elipitical because I couldn't fit it in our new place so I always used that as an excuse for not attacking my post pregnancy pounds. After 2 years of feeling defeated, gaining 8 lbs, feeling unattractive to my husband (who always stays in good shape), a vacation where we spent a lot of time on the beach with me covered up and self-conscience, feeling tired all the time, having difficulting bending over or doing things I used to find easy, getting out breath, spaining my wrist every time I tried to get up from the floor etc. etc. I finally decided to rejoin Spark. I think it really was that vacation that was my turning point, where I just said "enough is enough. If I don't do something about this now, it's just going to get worse and even harder to get the motivation to do something about it".

So here I am, I changed my diet in July, joined Spark in August and am now 8 lbs from my goal weight. It was way, way easier than I had built up in my head. Getting into exercising again was hard, it took awhile to get used to it but I started doing fitness videos which are a lot more fun than the elipitical. Now they're just part of my day and although some days I still would rather being doing something else; I love, love, love how I feel after a good workout and all the benefits to my healthy they've given to me. I am become more sculpted than I have ever been in my life, even more than when I was 20 and thin.

I love the way Spark is set up; to make small goals for yourself that snowball in to a huge lifestyle change. It really works. It can all seem so overwhelming at first but I promise you, if you make small changes overtime you will wonder how you ever lived the way you did before.

My sister has since gained back all the weight she lost and maybe more. :(
Now, I'm the one trying to motivate her.

KELLIEBEAN Posts: 6,358
12/18/12 9:58 P

I read the blogs on spark people. There are so many people with much greater weight and health challenges than I face and they are making themselves healthy. They get me out of my chair at work for a quick walk break and off the couch in the evening.


YLLWROSE86 SparkPoints: (976)
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12/18/12 9:56 P

I have two coworkers that meet me at the gym 3 days a week after work... we keep eachother in check! It is much harder to back out when you know you have someone else waiting to meet you!

WESTCOASTATHRT SparkPoints: (902)
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12/18/12 9:24 P

Does anyone have any tips on how to become more motivated?

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