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1/1/13 6:05 P

I agree with Coach Nancy on this one as far as motivation is concerned. If your motivation comes from anything or anyone other than yourself, it's possible that the motivation will fizzle. I haven't been at a healthy weight since I was about 13 years old. I'm 26 now.
It's been 3 years since I started moving down from 330 pounds, and in that 3 years, I've learned that no one cares if I lose weight or not. I've heard "You're fine the way you are, you don't need to change a thing" so many times I can't even count. My point is, this is something you are doing for yourself and it's because of that that only you can find what drives you. I have no doubt that you can achieve your goals but the only way that can happen is if it starts within you.

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1/1/13 7:00 A


One thing I have learned over the years is that motivation does not come from others, but actually from ourselves. And remember too, that dieting and healthy living are two different avenues. Diet is a temporary fix to lose weight, which for many once they reach their goal, they go back to their old habits only to gain the weight back. Healthy living on the other hand is a process of making permanent healthy changes to your lifestyle which will allow you to lose the weight and incorporate life-long habits.

Taking time to discover your motivation, whether that is to fit in a bathing suit by summer or compete in a 5K will have more meaning to you than it would be for others to motivate you. As my former running coach once told me, "Motivation is a gift we give ourselves, whereas inspiration is a gift we give others!"


Coach Nancy

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1/1/13 5:59 A

Hi, fellow sparkpeople!

I'm female in my twenties, and I've NEVER been skinny in my life...

It's kind of sad, because I travel a lot. My family is always on the move, from city to city. Well, now my birthday is coming up, and I'd like to set this benchmark in order to motivate myself. I've had the pleasure of being on spark people for two years, on and off. I've lost weight, gained it back, etc.

And now I'm about to travel internationally (hopefully) for the last time. Which should help. Except, down in Canada, the LAST thing you want to do is move... especially when you're in danger of getting frostbite or freezing in the -30 degree weather.

I am very low on the motivation spectrum, and I'd like a push from my fellow sparklers..... Even if its something along the lines of "get yerself on the move!" ;)


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