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BESTMENOW70 SparkPoints: (2,137)
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12/14/13 1:32 P

I am already retired. I've been obese for many years but have managed to keep active. My work has always involved lots of physical activity. Now it's harder to keep me from gaining weight. My husband and I want to travel and have an active lifestyle which the health issues from being overweight are putting the brakes on our retirement goals. We would both like to have more energy, less pain, and much better health. We would love to be like your mother MaryJ1959

MARYJ1959 SparkPoints: (11,385)
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12/14/13 1:00 P

I want to have a good retirement when I'm done with work in about 10 years. My mother is 83 years old, belongs to a gym and goes M-F every morning and rides her bike there when the weather is nice. She is the oldest gym member and also one of the healthiest. She also has said what you do when you are young will pay off when you are old, and she is right.

I am a physical rehab nurse and most of my patients have never exercised and have had very bad diets. Some are younger than I am, but look and act like they are much older. Many pts are shocked when they find out I became an RN at 50. For many of them it is too late to reinvent themselves because they have so much damage done to vital organs.

At this point in my life my only health problem is obesity, so this is what I am working on for the 50th decade of my life. I am now wearing clothes I have not fit into for 3 years, I can tie my shoes without any problems, I can bend down and pick things off the floor, I can sit on the floor and get up without rolling onto my knees and pulling myself up with the help of furniture. I can climb up into my husband's Jeep. I can, I can, I can....

This is my decade of settings goals for "I can't" and turning them into "I can" . All these goals are S.M.A.R.T. goals because they have to be achievable.

12/14/13 12:40 P

I want to feel less pain and more energy. I also want to feel sexy. lol emoticon

LAURIEANDBLUE2K SparkPoints: (50,014)
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12/14/13 12:31 P

I'm going to turn 50 in 2014 and want to feel and look my best!

ALICEART2010 SparkPoints: (61,885)
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12/14/13 12:29 P

I want to feel better about myself and stop the negative self talk.

TRICEY74 SparkPoints: (1,133)
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12/14/13 12:25 P

Hi!! I just wanted to let you know I love you just the way you are!!! This process starts with the inside of you. Love you, no matter what size you are. Choose to feel beautiful! Choose to love your face, your shoulders, your entire self! Choose to put better things in your body!!. And my clothes don't fit, either.

I am giving you hugs right now!!!

TRICEY74 SparkPoints: (1,133)
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12/14/13 12:17 P

I want to be healthier and I want to loose weight!

TINA8605 SparkPoints: (98,676)
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12/14/13 11:58 A

To be healthier and strengthen my back

MELMOMOF4 SparkPoints: (7,311)
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12/14/13 11:45 A

this is a great idea. my main reason is my health. if I am not in good health I wont be around for my kids. second reason is my kids.

AUNTCHELE SparkPoints: (16,654)
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12/14/13 11:37 A

Because I am uncomfortable and unhappy with my body. I want to be able to do all the things I used to do like hike and play with my kids.

KKKAREN Posts: 12,753
12/14/13 10:34 A

to stay healthy for a long life and to look great while doing it!

ELLE657 SparkPoints: (11,221)
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12/14/13 10:01 A

Amazing and wonderful story. Thank you for sharing. and CONGRATULATIONS!

Merry Christmas and and Happy New Year.

CARRIELYN56 Posts: 2,260
12/14/13 9:42 A

Improve quality of life. emoticon

THEVOW2013 SparkPoints: (74,801)
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12/14/13 9:27 A

I totally wanted to lose weight to live a more authentic Christian experience!
I was 36 years old and loved God with all my heart, but I was grotesquely obese and did not admire myself.
I wanted to LIVE the abundant life I heard preached about and be able to say I knew about.
2008, I went to NYC to live my American Christmas at Rockafella Center with my TREE. I paid for and reserved ice skating lessons, my first ever! What's more nostalgic than Christmas in NYC at the famed Rockafella Plaza, skating! Well, I got there and the swore I did not have a reservation. I scuffed, I traveled two and a half hours to make that reservation...the clerk told me I would have my lesson in one hour so grab some skates and skate. So I was like great I paid for an hour of instruction and got one hour I skated and loved being able to glide on ice at over 270 lbs. I never fell while skating for an hour!
When my instructor came I skated another hour and I loved it! So two hours later I was in love and found myself thinking; "if I could do all that with this body...what would happen if I was in shape....I don't even know what I look like...I got see what I look like before I die....and on and on my private conversation went on. December was my crossroads...January 2009 was my epitome of my fierce, fit, never looking back conquer the obesity mountain of it all....and I did today I stand at another crossroad
thank you sparkpeople

TENNISJIM Posts: 11,750
12/14/13 6:38 A

For my health.

ELLE657 SparkPoints: (11,221)
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12/14/13 6:33 A

My main reason is to help with my health issues but I believe that I need to lose weight and tone up in order to be me again. To have the confidence back that I have seem to have lost.

MCCC75 SparkPoints: (25,022)
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12/14/13 6:24 A

Main reason is to get my health back....I think I took being healthy for granted and now as I have gotten older, I realize I need to do right by me! Also, I want to enjoy my family more and I know I have been in "hiding" due to my weight and not living life...turning down many invitations because I was embarrassed as to how overweight I had become.

JEFFGIRL Posts: 10,634
12/14/13 5:58 A

Betteer health, look better, feel better and look better in clothes.

SUSANK16 Posts: 2,382
12/14/13 5:57 A

Good health - long life!

RITZIBROWN SparkPoints: (81,517)
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12/14/13 1:31 A

To have more energy and help my body heal.

JASMINASIN SparkPoints: (34,685)
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12/14/13 1:03 A

started for health reasons, maintaining for vanity reasons

ANN1KPP314 Posts: 9
12/14/13 12:06 A

To feel good. Also, I have some immune system issues, and taking off the weight will alleviate those problems. Getting older (i.e. retired) and not feeling well stinks.

ETROYER12 Posts: 10
12/13/13 11:05 P

For me, it's two fold.

1- I've never been "in shape", or at least not since I was a kid, and I'd like to experience that lifestyle and have my energy match my ambition.

2- My husband and I want to have a child and I know taking the weight off will help with that process.

Great Question!

HARPIE Posts: 279
12/13/13 9:32 P

To be as fit as possible

DEPTYDAWG Posts: 111
12/13/13 9:22 P

to feel good

EMPRESSAMQ Posts: 5,077
12/13/13 9:17 P

I don't really want to lose weight. I want to maintain where I am now and continue to exercise and get fitter and fitter.

There are a thousand reasons.

SARAHSTEELIO SparkPoints: (4,035)
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12/13/13 9:12 P

I want to see pictures of myself and think "damn! looking good!" I'd also like to go to bed thinking something other than "jeez, I wish I hadn't eaten so much today. What is WRONG with me?" I want to see healthy, fit women and feel commeraderie instead of jealousy!

Edited by: SARAHSTEELIO at: 12/13/2013 (21:13)
LISALAREAY SparkPoints: (5,346)
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12/13/13 8:36 P

I want to feel GOOD, feel healthy and be able to stand up easily when sitting on the floor.

MJEAN77 SparkPoints: (4,155)
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12/13/13 7:20 P

I feel horrid
I hate the way I look
I am sick all the time
My clothes don't fit

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
12/13/13 6:54 P

So when I'm ready to start dating again I look smokin in a pair of tight jeans or miniskirt!!!

Plus, I was just tired of the way I looked, and knew I could do better.

JEFFGIRL Posts: 10,634
12/13/13 6:17 P


TACDGB Posts: 6,136
12/13/13 6:05 P

my reasons are to be myself in my own skin and to build serious muscles..........

VKKESU Posts: 1,000
12/13/13 4:31 P

I didn't like the way I looked anymore. When I started lifting weights and watched what I ate, I realized I felt SO MUCH BETTER. I had much more energy once I exercised.

Now I do it because I feel much better when I do. My body is aging so not taking care of it now will be a huge mistake. I don't want to wait until it's too late.

ACACIA21 SparkPoints: (83,002)
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12/13/13 4:06 P

I am 56 years old and I hate to feel poorly. Can't see living a good life in poor health!

MLEHTO Posts: 734
12/13/13 2:36 P

Feel better, look better. I'm not getting any younger and I am getting to that age where my health habits can make a huge difference in my quality of life.

AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (66,733)
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12/13/13 2:35 P

I gained weight due to an illness and now I have to get it off to be healthy again. Actually, I am pretty much back to where I started--a little plump but not really terribly fat.

I want to feel good and look good, but I also want to control the aspects of my body and health that are within my grasp. I have some terrible health problems that are not my fault, but there are other things that I CAN do something about and take responsibility I do.

JRRING Posts: 1,534
12/13/13 2:24 P

to be healthy

RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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12/13/13 2:22 P

Health and looks

RUBENB2003 Posts: 14,837
12/13/13 2:04 P

I want to be here for my kids

VASHLUVER1 Posts: 983
12/13/13 1:21 P

I want to feel healthy and confident!

FAITHP44 Posts: 8,044
12/13/13 1:20 P

Good question because it makes you think beyond the 'ought to' and 'need to' and get to the 'want to'. I've already lost about 50lb and discovered that I'm loads more agile and fitter than I was 3 years ago. (Well, that's not difficult as I'd just finished chemo and was half way through radiotherapy 3 years ago, but I'm sure the weight loss helps too!) I also know I look a whole lot better and no longer look in the mirror and see an obese person. I have a lot more confidence too - joining aquafit and getting into a swimming costume was a huge step for me. If I can feel this much better going from 'obese' to 'overweight' I can imagine I'll look and feel a whole lot better still when I lose another 35lb.

TENOR4COUNTS SparkPoints: (80,528)
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12/13/13 12:13 P

To improve my health.

SONOFCZAR SparkPoints: (7,360)
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12/13/13 11:59 A

To looked ripped at the beach this summer. Added bonus - the skinnier you are, the bigger your wiener looks!

MJEFFERSON23 SparkPoints: (32,691)
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12/13/13 11:54 A

I've already lowered my A1c, my blood pressure, and cholesterol, I think I will keep losing!

BABB2222 Posts: 72
12/13/13 11:25 A

To keep my blood sugar count down to normal

MELLYDIVA Posts: 1,039
12/13/13 11:08 A

to feel better

MI-ELLKAYBEE SparkPoints: (228,262)
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12/13/13 10:45 A

To look great, feel great, and never, ever look my age!

12/13/13 10:39 A

My "noble" reason: to live longer for my family
My SP reason: to be healthy and live a healthy lifestyle
Real reason: To look as hot as I can at 51 and the rest of my life!

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (221,382)
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12/13/13 10:32 A

I feel better when I'm at a lower weight than my current one.
I just want to live a HEALTHY long life, and be able to walk (maybe even run!) to the end of my days.

MIZZFIT2 SparkPoints: (35,425)
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12/13/13 10:20 A

I watch Biggest Loser every time it comes on and every episode the one thing that I always see happening is people talk about why they want to lose weight, then whomever is the coach for that person will use that topic to motivate them to exercise and keep pushing.

I have been using this practice for the past month when it comes to picking my food, staying on track and not over indulging. It seems to help me, so I thought it may help others to think about not how much weight you want to lose, but why.

My reason is 2 fold:

1) I have a few people I will be seeing and I want to surprise them with my weight loss.
2) my son. He is an only child and depends on me as his playmate. When I'm too tired or I hear him complain like I do about his legs, it hurts me and i don't want him to think of me as always too tired or in too much pain to play.

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