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QUANYIN1 SparkPoints: (25,735)
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2/7/12 5:44 P

Fear of regaining what i have released and it makes me feel better.

GAYEPB SparkPoints: (4,892)
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2/7/12 5:26 P

My daughter. She is my constant cheerleader and I almost feel like I am failing her when I don't get up to do something. She cheers me even if I haven't lost a pound (she cheers for maintaining). She cheers if I lose an ounce. She is my motivator.

IKIRSTEN SparkPoints: (19,753)
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2/7/12 4:55 P

I have 2 workout partners who hold me accountable for working out whether it's Zumba, Kickboxing, or Body Pump. We encourage each other.

BDEVILLE3 SparkPoints: (5,227)
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2/7/12 4:21 P

When you don't want to exercise take a moment to think about how hard it would be for your loved ones to lose you. Morbid, ain't it? But it works for me! My dad died too young because he didn't eat right and exercise and it was so, so difficult for me and my whole family to lose him so early. I learned from his mistake and it's him that I think about when I need the motivation to get up and get movin'.

JERRYB56 Posts: 48
2/7/12 3:09 P

I want to look GOOD in my coffin! But seriously, folks... My father had heart problems, COPD, Parkinson's, and Alzheimer's. Mom died of pancreatic cancer. I feel like the cards are stacked against me, and I want to do what I can to live a long and healthy life.

MJPLOWER Posts: 19
2/7/12 3:09 P

I try to only do exercise I enjoy. Whenever I have gotten out of the exercise habit and lost motivation, I always start at a slow pace and find that as I go I get bored and want to up my pace. I love walking. I have a treadmill and I use it daily. I watch a show I enjoy while I'm on it. I look at it as my "me" time. When I had to start over with exercise over a year ago I started out walking at a slow speed. Over time I increased it. Now I run the entire time some days and I switch between walking and running other days. If I am feeling tired or unmotivated one day I'll walk at a comfortable pace and enjoy watching my show. I don't have too many of those days though. If you enjoy what you are doing you will be more likely to stick with it. Look at it as "your" time, find something you love to do, and enjoy it. Don't push yourself too hard. Over time you will increase the intensity and time naturally because you'll want to do more. Good luck!

KYJO2000 SparkPoints: (7,491)
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2/7/12 3:05 P

My health and family...

HEATHRANGER SparkPoints: (2,751)
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2/7/12 2:59 P

I hated doing cardio at first, but I needed to lose weight, and started getting up at 500 am, and hitting the gym before work to get my cardio done (that way I just needed to lift after work). I love the way I feel about 5 minutes after some intense cardio. My mind is sharp, and I come to work in the best mood. And, I've lost 18 lbs, and still losing. It's a pretty awesome feeling.

REDPEPPERS Posts: 18,862
2/7/12 12:53 P

Being healthier. Even when your scale doesn't move, you are still gaining health/making progress. I have a strong family history of high blood pressure and high cholesterol. And in wintertime when it's cloudy and gray outside, it's a mood elevator.



JEANNINEW1 Posts: 398
2/7/12 12:39 P

I am adicted to the scale, so when I excercise it goes down, Mentally it helps clear your head after a day of work. On the weekend I do some morning and evening.

KATYDID! Posts: 1,805
2/7/12 12:36 P

I'm getting back into a routine mainly because I know it will help my mental and emotional outlook. Sometimes I really don't feel like doing it but I always am glad I did afterwards...

DDAURIA Posts: 12
2/7/12 12:33 P

What motivates me is that my gym membership costs $30 a month, and if I don't go then it's like throwing money in the toilet =P

LXMOSS Posts: 2
2/7/12 12:29 P

A dog.... Before I got my dog a year and a half ago I didnt excersize all that much. But for the last year and a half I have walked him everyday at least and have lost 30 pounds doing it. I feel more guilty about not excersizing him than I do about not excersizing myself... Funny enough!

LESLIESENIOR SparkPoints: (102,677)
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2/7/12 12:13 P

Having private time and feeling good

WADINGMOOSE Posts: 1,044
2/7/12 12:07 P

I found something I enjoyed doing - swimming. Something I could look forward to doing. And I do, when I go. I don't swim as much anymore because I don't have a convenient pool, but once I got some fitness built up with that, I got a bit more confidence about going to the gym. I also realized that if I wanted to go at lunch, the pool wasn't always viable. So I started hitting the treadmill and I discovered I really liked runing.

So I set some goals around that - increasing mileage and running a race - and it's been good for staying motivated with it. And helped me stick with it long enough to discover the love.

BETSYPASS Posts: 35
2/7/12 11:29 A

It puts me me in a great mood!

JUSGETTENBY42 Posts: 7,532
2/7/12 11:26 A

Keeping me flexible as I'm aging, and it also helps me keep my weight in check. I do now feel the need to keep moving so when I don't do it I feel like a slug.

SUSANK16 Posts: 490
2/7/12 10:25 A

Keeping a certain time of day scheduled for exercise. Knowing that I often start slow with a little hesitancy but by the end have a wonderful feeling of accomplishment. Knowing that I am getting stronger and healthier.

KHOOLAN Posts: 51
2/7/12 10:20 A

My motivation is my children, I want them to have a healthy fit mommy. Also I feel better all around when I workout. I sleep better. I have more energy. I used to battle headaches more often.

Lastly signing up for races keeps me going, I have a 5k on 3/18 so that keeps me going right now. I have another race in June. That will be my first obstacle style race.

Good Luck finding what works for you!

BLESSEDTOBEME1 SparkPoints: (3,770)
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2/7/12 10:13 A

I want to get in shape so I can walk again.

VICSAC Posts: 418
2/7/12 7:53 A

I can't say that anything motivates me to exercise. It is something I have always liked to do so it has never been an issue. Eating has always been the struggle for me, not exercise.

LULU8278 Posts: 313
2/7/12 7:46 A

These are all great and thanks for sharing :) I love hearing all the various reasons. Oh, and I do have my skinny clothes set aside (plus pants and skirts in various small sizes). I found an old favorite size 12 pant that I want to get back into. So, I will take the suggestion to work my way back into those!

While I did not work out this morning, I got a killer workout last night. Think scrubbing the bathtub (oof was that overdue!), floors, carrying multiple loads of laundry and boxes up and downstairs. Vacuuming two floors of carpeting. Lots more lifting etc. =) I realized part of my issue is my house is cluttered/messy and it makes me depressed - and just keeps me sitting on that couch. Unfortunately, I slipped a tad on ice carrying out two bags of trash to the trash shed and tweaked my back. It's still a bit angry with me this morning emoticon I think tonight I will rest and see how the back feels in the morning. If it's still not up to par, maybe I can still handle even 10 minutes on my manual treadmill versus more intense cardio or lifting weights.

Just looking at my cleaner (and less cluttered) house this morning, made me feel so much better and want to do healthier things. Perhaps odd, but eh whatever gets me there!

My arms and shoulders are sore this morning from all that lifting and scrubbing!

MPLANE37 SparkPoints: (65,165)
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2/7/12 7:30 A

- stress relief,
- clearing the mind,
- entertainment,
- improving the health
- improving the looks

AMOREMOREE SparkPoints: (4,800)
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2/7/12 4:53 A

Thanks to Sparkpeople I discovered I CAN exercise easily and it is the only way I can shape up and lose weight since I am not fond of starvation diets.
Two month of exercise and everyone was congratulating me on losing so much weight (only 4 kilos). I stopped for a few weeks, gained 2 kilos but the muffin top bulged again :(

Guess I am stuck with exercise for life, not bad with Wii Dance & Zumba emoticon

BAMBI31311 SparkPoints: (12,357)
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2/7/12 4:39 A

The feel good endorphins keep me going. I am peri-menopausal, and have noticed huge differences in my moods and sleep patterns by doing regular exercise. Highly recommend.

KICKBOXER75 SparkPoints: (2,157)
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2/7/12 2:43 A

After years of smoking, eating whatever and just being inactive, I finally found an activity that I'm passionate about: Muay Thai (Thai Kickboxing). I love it so much that it doesn't feel like exercise. I train many hours a week to get better at it. And that is now my motivation. It doesn't feel like exercise, but I know I burned tons of calories :)

GOSPELCLOWN Posts: 5,277
2/7/12 12:00 A

My co-worker invited me to her full body shaping workout. It was great and lots of fun.

IAM_1979 Posts: 41
2/6/12 11:47 P

Exercise gives me the chance to do something for myself. I focus so much on everyone else, this is the one thing just for me. My motivation is that exercise is my moment to be first. When I finish a workout, it's like being in first place all the time.

CICELY360 Posts: 2,827
2/6/12 11:46 P

I have a family history of heart disease.

TIKAANIDOG Posts: 11
2/6/12 11:28 P

I think sometimes you just have to be in the right 'moment' to get into exercising. I've done the exercise bit in the past, but only so I could have a 'goodie' that day. It didn't last, and the weight all came back. This time I'm exercising because of how it makes me feel (so much more energy!!), and to become overall healthier - the exercise is a reward in it's own right, and that's making all the difference in my consistency.

JADOMB SparkPoints: (98,470)
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2/6/12 10:37 P

Very good topic. There is no magic bullet. What works for one, won't work for another. It's like anything else, one needs to have a reason THEY are serious about before it is enough to drive them. That is why there are still cigarette smokers in this world. They KNOW it will kill them or shorten their lives, but most just don't think losing 10 or 20 years is a big thing. I didn't when I was young and smoked. But when my little 6 year old nephew (twice) ran up to hug me when I arrived at their house and said, "you stink", that got my attention and I haven't had a cigarette in over 36 years. Death didn't scare me, but being known as the stinky uncle did. ;-)

It is no different with anything else and especially with exercise and dieting. One has to have a reason that means something to them. My "excuse" for the last 22 years for NOT having an exercise and diet plan was I was too busy raising our children. My focus was on them so much that I forwent any grand job ladder climbing and personal wants and even needs. They are grown now, and so I no longer have that excuse. Furthermore, my daughter is getting married next Jan. and not only do I not want to be known as the stinky uncle, I don't want to be known as the fat daddy. That's my motivation, plus, I want to live long and healthy so I can spoil any future grand-kids to sic back on my kids for plain orneriness. LOL

TWOOFSWORDS Posts: 73
2/6/12 10:18 P

I love the way I feel after exercise!

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RBROOKS210 Posts: 17
2/6/12 9:31 P

The way it make me feel after. I'm usually sore but it's a no pain no gain sore.

ZILLA75 SparkPoints: (86)
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2/6/12 8:44 P

What motivates me is the way I feel after a good workout, and how that sets the mood for my day.
I also love seeing muscle form.

STAYFIT2DAY Posts: 43
2/6/12 7:45 P

I made a New Year's resolution to work out 3 times a week. Right now, just keeping that going without breaking it, is keeping me motivated to exercise.

SMCS28 SparkPoints: (5,745)
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2/6/12 7:12 P

Immediate motivation: just received a wedding invitation in the mail (my fiance's cousin)...

Longer term motivation: my own wedding (Found a great dress that I right now look great in, can't wait to lose 15-20 lbs and look even better)

LONG TERM: My family has a history of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, various degenerative disorders and I would much rather be able to do things for the REST of my life than end up sitting on my butt (like so many of my immediate family)

THEVANJE Posts: 533
2/6/12 7:00 P

Nothing!!!! HELP! emoticon

SNATION88 SparkPoints: (1,450)
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2/6/12 6:18 P

I don't know if this applies to you, but my husband and I want to have kids in a year or so and I really want to be healthy for that. I figure if I get rid of the 50-60 pounds I have now then the 20 I'll have after having a baby won't be so hard. Now, losing 80 pounds with a newborn-that'd be tough. Plus I don't want to risk having issues like gestational diabetes and a whole host of other issues.

Not to mention that I have a sort of expensive wardrobe (I'm an Ann Taylor junkie) and a lot of it doesn't fit well anymore. I will NOT waste all that money!

RENAEFARR SparkPoints: (4,357)
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2/6/12 4:59 P

What motivates me to go to the gym is when I've gone for one day and I'm hurting soooo bad, but I love it because it means I'm doing something right. What else motivates me? Those pair of shorts I want to get into by March 3rd. You should try that. Find a pair of shorts, skirt, shirt...or whatever it is you really like but is too small for you. Excersice a week, then try them on. Excercise another week then try them on again. It really has motivated me. Every time I try them on, my legs look better in them. I love the feeling, and you will too!

LUV2LOPE Posts: 393
2/6/12 4:34 P

This sounds really bad...and I am so sorry.. but revenge makes me keep going. Showing the ex that I am a beautiful person that cares about me and the way I look and take care of myself... he has went to crap since I left.. but me.. I am getting stronger.. sorry it is a bad thing and I know it.. but it keeps me so strong by knowing I look good , feel good and am healthy!!!

THEREIAM SparkPoints: (7,753)
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2/6/12 4:31 P

My own jiggle

JACKIEO1984 SparkPoints: (562)
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2/6/12 4:17 P

Knowing that when I exercise I can move easier and my joints and muscles hurt less. emoticon

VRS8440 Posts: 4,016
2/6/12 3:39 P

Good for your overall health

CHEETARA79 SparkPoints: (75,623)
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2/6/12 3:19 P

I enjoy exercise. Even if I'm not having so much fun while I'm exercising, I always feel GREAT afterwards. I use exercise for stress relief.

LULU8278 Posts: 313
2/6/12 3:16 P

Hi Scooter - Believe me I know :) lol. I was more just curious to see what keeps you all going, as reading other people's success stories does inspire and motivate me. Right now I keep thinking about how good I felt the day I realized I was a size 8 jeans (literally cried a bit in the dressing room from happiness/excitement (when I had started I was a TIGHT 16). Now I'm back down to a 14 pants size - and I want that feeling again of being thinner, but more importantly the energy and confidence I had.

Thanks for sharing; I really do love hearing what keeps others going. It reminds me I'm not alone out there :)

Tomorrow I will NOT reset my alarm for 6am (like I did this morning at 5am) and just get up and exercise. I have come to the realization I'm just too busy with other stuff after work and tired at the end of the day to make a regular go of it.

SCOOTER4263 Posts: 1,969
2/6/12 3:02 P

Sweetie, there is no magic button to push. (Believe me, I've searched.) You just have to do it. For me, the hardest part is starting - once I've got my shoes on and the DVD is in, I can carry on pretty well. I just have to ignore the siren song of the sofa. It's like going off the high dive - just jump.

JESSAUSMC Posts: 261
2/6/12 2:48 P

The Marine Corps height and weight standards motivate me to exercise. It's a love/hate relationship. lol

KAUDREY318 SparkPoints: (5,672)
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2/6/12 2:36 P

Well, for me, several things. 1) My main "hobby" IS exercise - I play racquetball competitively (i.e. in tournaments). So, I want to cross-train to be better at that. 2) I want to lose some weight, and know I need to exercise to do so. 3) I want to see better muscle definition, so it motivates me to strength-train harder (and after doing it since January 1, I can really see a difference already). For me, wanting something is good enough motivation, so I am not sure really what to tell you.

If you want something, you have to work for it! (Does that help?) How about - no pain, no gain? :)

It's a little harder in winter, because the cardio involves more gym time vs. just playing sports, but in the nice weather I love to bike ride, swim, play beach volleyball.

So, basically, I look for fun things to do that involve being active, and I change up my workouts to keep myself from getting bored.

JENMC14 Posts: 2,707
2/6/12 2:34 P

I knew it would supplement my weight loss that I was starting in the kitchen, eating less and at a caloric deficeit. I also don't want to be "skinny fat", I want muscles, I want to be strong and healthy. Now that I'm pretty much at my goal weight, give or take a few pounds and an extra layer or jiggly belly, I continue to workout to keep challenging myself, and, honestly, to never go back to how I was 45+ pounds ago.

LULU8278 Posts: 313
2/6/12 2:29 P

I know ultimately, I just need to do it (exercise), but I'm curious to see what keeps people motivated to continue or even to start an exercise regimen. I have everything I need at home to get a good workout (DVDs I like, dumb bells in various weights, exercise mat, manual treadmill, exercise ball, resistance bands etc...). I have the know-how to work outbut I lack motivation/willpower to start. Maybe reading what keeps you all going will give me a swift kick in the behind to get moving myself.

I really do want my fitness level back to where it was about 5 years ago. Everything was more enjoyable when I wasn't carrying the extra weight and not constantly out of breath! But wanting this, just hasn't translated to getting my butt in gear!

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