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JEANNINEW1 Posts: 548
5/14/13 9:30 P

I keep making bad choices and yet I get back on track and keep going. Tracking really works for me . I just retired and I want more now than ever to be healthy and enjoy my retirement.
Just got back from 2 weeks vacation and gained 5 lns and right back on the program. I feel so much better when I eat well.

Have a good night all. emoticon

Edited by: JEANNINEW1 at: 5/14/2013 (21:31)
GRANDMAFRANNY SparkPoints: (383,477)
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5/13/13 9:21 P

Hi !!!It's me and well I try to motivate all of you and I know I have tried. But like I said before. ( I am only Grandma Franny ) but from a lot experiences " you have to do this for you. If you get a chance check out your " spark page" Good luck toward's your goal.

BLOOGRL SparkPoints: (10,382)
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5/13/13 9:10 P

GrandmaFranny - that's it! Wii! Wii Fit! I forgot about that! My brother and sister hate the wii since they got a ps3. I tried the Wii Fit/balance board game several years ago at an old friend's place. I need to get that for my house! It'll be great for after work. Right now I'm only mimicking the strength training exercises on here and going for walks. That'll really help a lot - ya know - spice things up. :) I'm glad I viewed this board.

Also, to the original poster - what motivates me is...even though I'm still really big...eating healthy 6 1/2 days out of the week (I do have a cheat meal once on friday night or saturday night, depending), I notice that...I FEEL better. I don't get as many GI upsets and I can see I'm gaining muscle under my "wings". My collar bone's showing more regularly "will" to try something new, even when I hate change is even different. I haven't lost much yet, but I already have more a touch more confidence in my abilities.

GRANDMAFRANNY SparkPoints: (383,477)
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5/13/13 8:27 P

No-no don't lose that "motivation" We all need that. This is the only body you'll have and I have an old saying, "if you want something bad enough You Wii Do it" Good Luck toward's your goal.

QUOOTIE SparkPoints: (35,228)
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5/13/13 8:23 P

Try not to worry about why you are doing it. Or why you don't feel like doing it, treat it like a chore for a while that you don't necessarily enjoy but HAVE to do. In a while the great feeling comes back

TALKIEBARBIE46 Posts: 6,357
5/13/13 8:17 P

Today is the first day of the rest of my life, and today I am back on track. I'm not sure why my motivation left, for me it has been off and on for about 2 months.
Today I ate healthy, did a 1 mile walk away the pounds DVD and a functional fitness DVD.


THEMUDBABE SparkPoints: (2,025)
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5/13/13 8:11 P

I've been doing SparkPeople for 2 years now and it turns out that everytime I feel good about progress I've made, I get sick. Then I eat to make myself feel better about being sick. The cold or injury goes away and I"ve got a few extra pounds to show for it.

This time, I have the motivation it takes. I'm doing it for myself and, also, to make the world a better place. All of the obesity talk on the news and stuff seems to indicate that it's bringing the world down. Life expectancy is decreasing in the US for the first time ever. People are sicker and getting less done. My motivation is to make the world better just by being in it - on all accounts. Does that help you? I don't know. Maybe. You definitely have to find your OWN motivation towards weight loss or it doesn't stick. That's for sure.

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5/13/13 6:47 P

Following yo.ur lead, Nancy

NANCYPAT1 Posts: 58,265
5/11/13 10:17 P

You can simply try to simply DO your plan. Ask yourself if you have made yourself only accept perfection and thus making this harder than it has to be. Try to find ways to make it easier on yourself instead of harder. If you truly want to make lifestyle changes, you will find a way. You can make small changes and don't have to make it too hard. Hang in there and you will find your motivation again.

5/10/13 9:40 P

Just take it one day at a time. Usually when I start, I get all gung-ho and I am eating healthy, exercising how I want, and after a few days, it wanes. It's normal.

I do agree with another poster that you may not be ready. I have been on this journey MANY times and I am hoping that this is it.

Like I said, one day at a time. You don't have to eat perfect or exercise perfect. Maybe as far as food goes, find some recipes that you want to try for the week and plan accordingly. If you don't want to try anything new one day, that's fine. If you like to be outdoors, plan your exercises accordingly and if you miss a day, it's ok.

You will have days when you will 'mess up' (it means different things to different people). It's ok to have that slice of pizza or candy bar, as long as it doesn't start a downward spiral.

Remember, nothing has to be perfect! I am averaging one pound every 10-11 days and trust me, I am EXTREMELY frustrated! But I also know that if I give up now, I will go back to the shape I was and I will be miserable because I was always hiding my body with the same clothes-I don't have money to shop; I've been wearing most of the same clothes for 10 years and I don't have an extensive wardrobe. I know I will have an attitude with people and I will get lazy and more than likely, go back to being in a severe depression. Anyway, enough about me!

You can do it! If you have to, think about what you want to do this for and ask yourself if you are truly ready. Your time will come. :)

DIACRAIG19 SparkPoints: (1,270)
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5/10/13 9:18 P

I've been working on this new lifestyle for eight months and up until two months ago I had lost 38 pounds and then suddenly I lost motivation due to minor health issues that prevented me from continuing with yoga and my running clinic. In those two months I've gained back 15 pounds and each day I have less energy for any type of fitness and keep seriously sabatoging my diet. I'm determined to keep fighting back and I was looking for new motivation when I found this message board. Somehow, your responses, especially the one about focussing on a year from now, gave me back my spark. How could I have forgotten that simple idea? I'm putting on my runners right now and going for a 30 minute uphill walk and I'm excited to go! Thank you everybody, I really feel like I've turned a corner for the first time in the last two months.

HAWTLIKEME SparkPoints: (21,813)
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5/10/13 1:52 P

Specifically what are you tired of? If you can target the things that are feeling to difficult to do right now, maybe there is another way. Maybe you've taken on too much too quickly. If you're only in your first few weeks of a new lifestyle, you'll want to have taken on small changes, one at a time. Take a look at what you're trying to accomplish right now and if it is feeling overwhelming, maybe it is. Maybe rather than giving up entirely, you could just take a few things off your plate and focus on one small change for this week and congratulate yourself for accomplishing it before adding something else.

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5/10/13 9:06 A


Congratulations on taking steps toward a healthier lifestyle for yourself. I see that your ticker shows that you've lost 11 pounds!! That's wonderful. It's been my experience that when someone puts too much emphasis on the number on the scale instead of just focusing on the healthy habits, it can be a little over whelming and lead to quick burn out.

Take it slow and don't be so hard on yourself. Little changes add up to big results.

Be well,

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
5/10/13 8:54 A

Not to be mean, but with the below thoughts you are not ready to partake this journey. Though I agree that motivation ebbs and flows, you really need to determine why you are on this journey. Why do you want to get healthy? If it is for vanity reasons, then i really believe you are setting yourself up for failure. If it is to look good in a bathing suit or lose a little weight, you are setting yourself up for failure. Look at the big picture-- how about being able to spend quality time with family, not huffing and puffing up stairs, not being on meds, having 100% function of body, mind, and spirit without the evidence of disease, not spending your old age in a nursing home, not dieing.
So I agree that superficial modes of motivation ebb and flow, but if your reasons are big enough they can carry you through anything. All i have to do is look at a picture of my nieces and nephews and I can keep going. I am doing this because of them. I am doing this because i want to live to a ripe old age and be healthy. My weight and fitness are important but not as important as being healthy.
So sit down and really think why you are on this journey. What do you really want? Then nothing in the world but death should stop you.

JENSTRESS Posts: 5,403
5/10/13 8:35 A

Motiation is something that ebbs and flows. Some days it will be great, others, not so much. I want you to think about the weight you want to lose, and where you want to be in 1 year.

Will you have reached your goals by then? Not if you quit.

You see, in a year, you can either be happy that you had a crisis but overcame it, or pissed off that you didn't. I know. I've been there. I almost gave up again a week or two ago. Instead, I remembered that this time, in a year, I want to be done with the losing, and working on the maintaining. That I want to be the person I'm working so hard to get back. And in a year I want to celebrate. What I am saying is, the year is going to pass no matter what. Where do you want to be when it gets here?

AMYXGEE SparkPoints: (889)
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5/10/13 7:15 A

It's been 2 weeks since I started my new lifestyle and the past couple days, today more so, I've lost all motivation. I've sat and remembered why I'm doing it and looked at my inspiration but to no avail. I'm just tired and can't be bothered now.

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