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CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
3/12/13 6:11 A

very good answers.

Definitely, you have to find your own personal motivation.
For some, it's being there for their family
For others, it's being able to move without feeling like you'll never breathe again

For me, I think it was a combination of both of those items. I focused firstly on getting healthy. Then, the weight loss was a bonus, and the exercise was added once I could do a bit, and I just went from there.

3/12/13 5:43 A

I agree. The scale can be very demotivating. I like to focus on things i have control over like effort. I can control how much i eat and exercise so right now my goal is to have one full week -including the weekend - that i stay within limits eating and exercise. I want to be able to put my shoes on and tie them without a struggle!

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3/12/13 1:34 A

There is no simple, easy answer, because what motivates everyone is different. The main thing to understand is that if you want to stay motivated, your motivation has to come from within you.

You can't rely on others. You can't count on others. No one else can inspire you but YOU to succeed.

What works for me won't work for you.

I've found that the best motivation comes from things that don't involve how you look, or what the scale says. You need to set measurable, attainable goals that don't involve the scale.

My first goal was to walk a 5k.
My next goals are to do 100 pushups, do a pullup, and RUN a 5k.

If your primary goal is "to look good in a bikini" you may never reach it. How do you quantify that?

My goals have nothing to do with the scale. I do one day kinda want to weigh less than 160 lbs, but that's a side effect I'm hoping to reach through healthy living.

And my most important motivation of all? Doesn't involve me at all. ;) It's my kids. I want them to grow up seeing what healthy is, not obsessing over the scale or dieting all the time. I want them to naturally choose the right things to eat, and be active without having to "work" at it.

I think they're getting a pretty good start.

You have reasons... but what about goals?

3/12/13 12:42 A

So how do I find that motivation that sticks? Ive got lists and lists of reasons to lose weight and get healthy, but I havent found that one reason that makes it stick. Help?

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