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FITNESSGIRL1020 Posts: 956
4/29/11 1:15 A

Because exercise helps me de-stress
It keeps me strong for my job (spinal cord injury physical therapist)
Because I CAN (which I'm reminded of daily at work)
It's fun
It keeps me looking and feeling young
I love it!!!

BERRY4 SparkPoints: (243,890)
Fitness Minutes: (106,677)
Posts: 12,136
4/28/11 7:17 P

* because it feels good
* it keeps me off medication
* it keeps me out of the doctor's office
* it helps me keep up w/ my kids
* it helps me set a good example for fitness for my kids (whether they are listening right now or not--teens!!)
* because it's good for me...mentally, physically, emotionally!

HONORINGGOD Posts: 2,077
4/27/11 9:57 P


FIT2FIGHT1970 Posts: 14
4/27/11 9:50 P

1. I’m tired of feeling self-conscious about my weight.
2. The closer I get to my fitness goals, the happier I feel about myself and my life.
3. To avoid future health problems.
4. To live longer for myself and my family.

MARCH_ SparkPoints: (22,934)
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Posts: 472
4/26/11 3:54 P

Geesh. I just want to feel better.

BOWERMJA Posts: 225
4/26/11 10:45 A

To get myself into a normal BMI range

MUMMYUK2 SparkPoints: (0)
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Posts: 763
4/26/11 10:31 A

I set myself a goal to run a marathon by the time I turn 40 and I'm too stubborn to fail. emoticon

LUVS2WIN67 Posts: 1,060
4/25/11 12:38 P

My dad died at the age of 44. That's the same age I am going to be this year on my birthday. I have 4 wonderful children and an amazing husband he will never know, and they will never know him either. He died 22 1/2 years ago. He never go to see the woman I have become, or the women my sisters are.
I want to be there for my kids, grandkids, hubby but mostly I want to enjoy life with them.
I do it for me. I have so much I want to do in life I refuse to give up and roll over and play dead! So even if I start over (and over and over) here, I am at least going in the right direction!
I hope you find something that truly motivates you.

BILL60 Posts: 849,946
4/25/11 8:12 A

Simply because I want to.

ELLEKTRA Posts: 2,911
4/24/11 4:16 A

Sounds to me like you have it figured out.

Theres going to be days when you just can't be bothered to go to the gym, etc. There is only one way to work thru that, and that is just go because its those days that you feel most amazing that you have.

Good luck! If I did it, and I was overweight by entire life (even as a child), then anyone can! I am healthier at 42 then I have ever been.

DEEJ11 Posts: 22
4/24/11 12:50 A

It helps to know there is someone else out there though that has come across the same question. And actually the way you put it, it has to be something you want bad enough, makes a lot of sense. Maybe even if it doesn't it make a lot of difference, I should find it inside myself to want it no matter if it makes any difference at all. I was thinking today even if it doesn't change my life, I'm sure it would ward off diabetes, heart disease or high blood pressure, maybe even all three. I tend to forget about those things and the day might come where I'll be like, man, why didn't I do something about it when I could? So yeah, if nothing else, I might just jot that down and go with that and see what happens with the rest of it. I think this website does have a lot of motivating information too and that helps a lot. Thanks for your input.

ELLEKTRA Posts: 2,911
4/23/11 4:51 A

I have been motivated for a year now, after I quit smoking and lost 50 pounds. I have asked myself this question too many times in the last year and wish I could find the answer so I could help those who are struggling.

I think its just something you have to want bad enough and go for it??

Edited by: ELLEKTRA at: 4/23/2011 (04:52)
DEEJ11 Posts: 22
4/23/11 3:25 A

I’m new here and struggle with the idea of weight loss it seems like more than weight loss itself. I’m 5’7, a 46 year old female and around 210 lbs I think. I’ve been around that weight for most of my adult life but did yo-yo here and there but have been up more than down. Now though I have a gym membership that’s just wasting away and even though I wish I would get motivated and at least work out some, it’s not really happening. Lately I’ve been asking myself what the point is of getting in better shape or losing weight anyway, especially at my age. I can come up with the typical answers like…it’s healthier, I’d feel better, look better and all that, but I still wonder what difference will it make, if any really. I don’t want to discourage anyone but am I hoping by putting my thoughts out here it’ll help me, and maybe others, see it all from a different perspective and become more encouraged.
So how do others approach it? What’s your reason or what drives you to want to get healthier and/or lose weight? Is it just for health reasons or to be sexier or is there a deeper cause or reason?

I sometimes think about looking into what kinds of marathons there are for raising awareness or funds, especially for kids, are out there that I could work towards. So if anyone knows of some right off please let me know. Thank you.

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