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3/21/13 10:29 P

I am definitely inspired when I find an old pair of slacks that I should have already donated and now they FIT!!
I was also so happy and inspired to really work on maintaining my weight loss when a friend said "you don't need to lose any more weight, you've lost enough". emoticon emoticon

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3/21/13 9:06 P

My next tattoo!! When I reach my next goal =)

Thanks for the good question!

GRANDMAFRANNY SparkPoints: (383,632)
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3/21/13 8:32 P

DIET PILLS ? That is a NO-NO. I did that when I was younger and guess what you will gain more. STOP spending the money on those pills and get the nutrients from the basic foods. Don't skip breakfast for that is the most important meal of the day. While eating sip some water that will fill up faster and while you are eating any meal I use a timer to eat my meal. About 20 min. GOOD LUCK ON YOUR let's emoticon do it.

3/21/13 7:22 P

Before and after pictures of people who have lost weight and tips on how they did it.

CHARLIESGIRL10 SparkPoints: (0)
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3/21/13 4:14 P

I am fortunate to have a sister who struggled with her weight for years and has now lost 78 lbs. and counting. Watching her do that made weight loss seem attainable for me too. I am so lucky to have her support and encouragement. I hope to be able to do the same thing for someone else on day!

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3/21/13 9:39 A

BOUTTIME24 I am encouraged by all the posts you have received. And we are all behind YOU 10000% KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND NOW "DO IT" emoticon

GRANDMAFRANNY SparkPoints: (383,632)
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3/21/13 9:35 A

ENCOURAGING!!! That is "FANTASTIC" . GOOD JOB. To find something you wore is fitting you "is a real accomplishment". GOOD LUCK.

SPROCKETS1 SparkPoints: (69,158)
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3/21/13 9:17 A

As I'm losing weight once and awhile I'll discover an old piece of clothing that used to be too small that now fits. I find that super encouraging!

JPGRAMMA SparkPoints: (7,345)
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3/21/13 9:11 A

I have been inspired by reading the posts on message boards. I find encouragement, humor, people with similar problems and goals. All of it has been inspiring.

HAPPYLISA17 Posts: 213
3/21/13 6:17 A

I am inspired by women over 40 that lose weight. The reason being is that perimenopause is awful and when our hormones are whacked out it makes it that much harder to stay in shape or lose weight let alone function properly. I am 47 so when I see someone in my age bracket or even a little older, I know I can do this.

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3/20/13 11:49 P

Good for you! As a nurse I see people everyday who continue to happily sabotage their own health because there's a "magic pill" for their problem(s). I wish more people would approach health issues like you. People don't realize it, but one day those pills will stop working. You will be significantly healthier in the long run by taking that initiative now.

ALILOWE1 Posts: 104
3/20/13 10:16 P

great job............................. friend and family has kept me going

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3/20/13 8:42 P

HI !! You mentioned your legs. While exercising have some tried ankle weights. I bought a pair from 1.5 lb. weights. When I started my diet & exercise program my thighs were 20 they are 16 in. Even wear them while walking around the house. And also give you more strength, too. GOOD LUCK

FITWITHIN Posts: 25,650
3/20/13 8:37 P

I totally agree with you on Danni. She needs to be feature in a fitness magazine. Her body was beyond amazing. I'm working on having strong legs like her.

IAPHOTOGIRL75 Posts: 560
3/20/13 8:30 P

Danni, the winner of this season of the Biggest Loser inspired me. I have her before/after photo on my fridge!

KKLENNERT809 Posts: 10,742
3/20/13 8:22 P

My sister--she is such a kind, intelligent person--rubs off on me and I want to be a better person

BOUTTIME24 SparkPoints: (14,810)
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3/20/13 8:19 P

My five year old daughter told me I was fat. That was my jump start! Now, I'm inspired by my own success :)

SCAREWALDORF SparkPoints: (0)
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3/20/13 5:10 P

Taking part in races. I have a competitive streak that was lost in my P.E classes

CYND59 Posts: 7,691
3/20/13 4:25 P

The deep down feeling that I want to be around for my kids and grandkids!

JOANPHIL1 SparkPoints: (0)
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3/20/13 4:24 P

The need to improve my health is my motivation. I have friends and family that spur me on. Spark People are my biggest inspiration it is great to read other people's stories. Thank you

RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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3/20/13 1:22 P

People who stick with a plan even when they fail or when it gets hard.

RENATA144 SparkPoints: (207,563)
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3/20/13 1:17 P

SPARK PEOPLE's success stories !

SCHEALTHNUTT SparkPoints: (49,055)
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3/20/13 1:01 P

My hubby who has jumped aboard the fitness wagon!! emoticon

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3/20/13 12:55 P

Seeing pictures of myself and knowing that I was once very athletic.

MOM2ACAT SparkPoints: (190,535)
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3/20/13 12:34 P

Not "what" but "who" for me. The first time around I had cancer, back in 2003, I didn't even think about trying to exercise while going through treatment.

Then in 2006, I joined Spark. When my cancer returned in 2007, I joined a Surviving Cancer Spark Team; the ladies on that team who continued to exercise while undergoing treatment really inspired; I knew if they could do it, I could too!

CHARDY0125 SparkPoints: (13,037)
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3/20/13 11:57 A

Dropping another pound keeps me trying

MOMMA2SKI SparkPoints: (35,527)
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3/20/13 11:55 A

I watched Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead - immediate motivation.

RICHARJ SparkPoints: (4,619)
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3/20/13 11:39 A

My inspiration comes from knowing what I used to feel like and look like when I was a size 12 and not a size 22. I was so at peace with myself. I want to get back to that.

Currently I am meditating with Oprah and Depak on the 21 day challenge and it is focused on self awareness. and yesterday they talked about what you see on the outside is reflective of what is on the inside. How true is this journey is about a whole new level for me. I am self aware suddenly of what goes into my mouth. This has bought on a new found freedom but one that I hope and pray will end up lasting a LIFETIME. so meditation is motivating me.

I have to say Sparkpeople sucess stories and being able to blog when I am frustrated with my efforts motivates me as well.

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GRANDMAFRANNY SparkPoints: (383,632)
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3/20/13 2:42 A

To see ALL OF YOU SPARKPEOPLE have the need and want for yourselves. This is going to be a NEW YOU. IF YOU WANT SOMETHING BAD ENOUGH DO IT. I am 72 1/2 yrs. old and have lost 59 lbs. in a year and total of 28 in. . Had 2 heart attacks for trygleceride level was 229. My last visit was 200. I haveblood work to be done & Dr.'d appt on April 15 th and last time he didn't recognize me. and dropped 8 dress sizes. i am not the BIGGEST LOSER BUT YOU ALL CAN BE. THIS IS YOUR WEBSITE TO SHOW WHAT YOU HSVE DONE. LET'S GIVE IT ALL WE'VE GOT AND WE ALL CAN DO IT. GOD BLESS ALL !!! emoticon

3/20/13 2:05 A

It inspires me to see the progress I'm making not only in dropping the weight but in regaining my self-confidence to get back out into the community following a long illness and start making friends and doing fun things again. Thanks SP.

BONNIEPIERCE SparkPoints: (1,019)
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3/20/13 1:45 A

way to go Terri keep it up.......................

BONNIEPIERCE SparkPoints: (1,019)
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3/20/13 1:44 A

Way to go............yes and you be proud of you............this is not as easy as saying I'm going to get healthy it takes work and dedication but we can do this ................

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3/20/13 12:58 A

My best friend recently died and I promised her beforehand that I would make my health a priority, because for me I had the luxury of choice. I know she'd be proud that I am following through. I'm proud that she believed in me.

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
3/19/13 11:18 P

seeing the muscles building on my body. also I am working real hard at keeping out of a wheel chair...........the kind of arthritis I have can put me there if I let it.

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
3/19/13 3:36 P

A co-worker who celebrated 50 pounds lost over 2 years.

It's funny, somehow that expanse of time stretching out in front of you can seem like some impossible insurmountable goal ("omg, it's going to take me 6 months, or a year, or two, or more!!!! to lose all this weight!").

But when SHE told me, "well, it has taken me just 'bout 2 years now, but - 50 down!" I was so surprised - it didn't SEEM like two years ago that she had her "snap" moment and started to change her life. It didn't seem long at all! I'm sure to HER it felt like "forever" but to the envious third-party-looking-on (me!), it seemed to have happened almost overnight. Made me feel more like if i would just START TODAY, i'll be healthier and fitter "in no time at all."

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3/19/13 3:20 P

Myself. I recently decided that I wanted to be the best version of myself that I could be, that meant overcoming a lot of obstacles and losing the weight and getting healthy was at the top of the list. emoticon

JLTRACY Posts: 462
3/19/13 1:30 P

Sounds superficial but a hoody. I bought it believing it should fit and it didn't. It made me realize I had let my weight get out of control and I am taking it back.

QUEEN_CEE Posts: 3,489
3/19/13 1:17 P

What inspires me is the desire to enhance my quality of life. I'd lost weight before and I know I can do it again!

MIZZKINS Posts: 120
3/19/13 1:11 P

These are fantastic replies. I love the variety of places we find our inspiration.

TURTLESDOVE you go girl! emoticon I love how you are taking care of yourself! Awesome!!

I was surprised when I finally saw The Biggest Loser. There's a lot of good inspiration you can take from that show.

JGRAY55555 SparkPoints: (18,085)
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3/19/13 12:58 P

Very simple for me. My doctor wanted me to take diabetes medication. I said NO, and then had to back it up. 7 months and 68 pounds later, I should be dropping or cutting other medications as well.

NCWINECHICK SparkPoints: (8,378)
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3/19/13 12:21 P

I recently found Sparkpeople, and I have to say....I am inspired by all the success stories and motivational pages! I also love how people on here are helpful, friendly and genuinely show support for each other. That is so refreshing and very helpful when you are starting a journey for yourself - especially one that involves weightloss!

SASSYBRUN Posts: 192
3/19/13 12:08 P

I find inspiration in weight loss stories, including The Biggest Loser.

For myself I don't have a compelling "it" moment - I do hate my fat clothes (and was starting to not fit them), dont like my picture taken, need to have a BMI under 25 for my health (less of a chance of breast cancer recurring). But an article I just posted, which is about obesity myths, reads that being ready or not doesnt matter fr weight loss (is that the same as motivation?).

3/19/13 11:57 A

A Motorcycle

MUFFINK1 Posts: 14
3/19/13 11:54 A

Clothes not feeling thight and uncomfortable inspire me to keep working toward my healthy goal.

TIG123GER SparkPoints: (77,547)
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3/19/13 10:10 A

Right now, I'm inspired by Spark Guy's discussion about streaks - I've started a 30 day exercise streak to try and get myself into the habit and to hate it less.

CATHY3MARSHALL SparkPoints: (4,059)
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3/19/13 10:08 A

My husband and I started watching Biggest Loser this season. As I watched, I realized that I wanted to be a part of the Biggest Loser challenge to America. I am also inspired by Danni, my favorite contestant from this season.

MELMOMOF4 SparkPoints: (7,311)
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3/19/13 9:50 A

I was inspired by my husband. he found out in January that he is diabetic. so since he is sick we are now a healthy household

TURTLESDOVE Posts: 1,067
3/19/13 9:35 A

For me, I have had low self esteem all of my life. I used to get bullied in high school because I was ugly. I have built my self esteem up over the years, but I am co-dependant. I am working on that. What gives me inspiration is to know that I AM somebody, and I deserve a happy life. I was married to a criminal and then to a lazy unsupportive stay on the couch all day guy. Now I have a wonderful husband. I want to look good for him and have a nice body for him, because I love him and I want to please him in every way. Well, I don't know what else to say. Thanks.

SDAVIDSON33 SparkPoints: (5,501)
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3/19/13 9:18 A

My sister-in-law who went from having beautiful curves on her wedding day, to a black dress body with a face full of *spark*. I didn't even know she was investing into her health like she was until I saw her at Christmas. So proud of her!
.... that, and my other sister-in-law who took a picture of me 2 christmas' ago that shocked me! I will be using that as my 'before' picture LOL.

MIZZKINS Posts: 120
3/19/13 8:50 A

My aunt recently quit smoking after trying over and over. I was trying to lose weight along side her, and something she said motivated and inspired me. She said,

"For the fist time in my life the New Year is coming and I don't have to resolve to quit smoking... again. Because I already have!" The joy in her voice and sense of accomplishment was truly contagious and motivating!

Is there something you heard or saw or experienced that you're hanging onto as inspiration to lead this new healthy lifestyle?

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