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JUST-DUCKY Posts: 15,335
5/3/12 10:09 A

So many things really!

My kids, my grandkids, my husband, good health, better clothes, less pain, confidence, hot body!

~~Tina ~~
OLYMPIA_RYE SparkPoints: (13,486)
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5/3/12 10:08 A

My mother has been obese for as long as I can remember. When I was younger, she wouldn't do as many outdoor active things with me and my brother, either because she couldn't, or she was too embarrassed. When we would beg to go to the beach, she would eventually give in, but cover herself in either oversized clothing or beach towels. Being overweight was an emotional toll on her. Now that she's getting older, she is much less able to do outdoor activities because of her weight. A small hill is too much for her. I love my mother dearly, but do not want to follow the same path with lifestyle, weight, and self image problems that she has. I love doing things outdoors, and do not want to limit myself to small mountains or hills because of my weight and lack of fitness ability. I want to feel comfortable in my own skin and not hide, hoping no one will notice that I am there. My mother was also recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, as have many of her family members. This is not a path I want to follow.

NWFL59 Posts: 6,137
5/3/12 9:55 A

seeing the constant improvement in my overall health and feeling once again that I'm not restricted in movement and what is doeable

Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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TPORCHEA1 SparkPoints: (50)
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Posts: 37
5/3/12 9:37 A

To be able to enjoy playing with my grandkids....I love them soo much and I want to be around a long time with them....Healthy and Happy !!

HONEYFLOWER43 Posts: 1,420
5/3/12 9:04 A

to look good and live healthy.

STEVENKEIRON Posts: 1,279
5/3/12 6:55 A

Online Now  • ))
My motivation is to better health and honestly...just to look better

BAMBI31311 SparkPoints: (0)
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5/3/12 6:27 A

Being in good health, having vitality and energy, feeling strong and confident, this is what motivates me daily.

Picking food to nourish my body rather than eating fun foods that for sure taste great while you eat them, but then afterwards make you feel sluggish and want to just sit and do nothing give me the feedback I need to stay motivated to make better choices on a daily basis.

JENNYBAKER247 Posts: 2,624
5/3/12 4:49 A

Quality of life

There are no problems….only solutions!!

The world always looks brighter from behind a smile. ~Author Unknown

A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks. ~Charles Gordy

Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been. ~Mark Twain

A smile is the light in the window of your face that tells people you're at home. ~Author Unknown
EATTOLIVE1 Posts: 706
5/3/12 4:37 A

Heart disease runs in my family, my joints hurt, I want to play with my grandkids, I want to look better, I want to be able to buy non plus size clothes, etc. So many reasons but I still can't lose weight, I do not know what is going to make me stick with a plan. Just to prove to myself I have the character to stick with something.

SPIFFDEB SparkPoints: (27,691)
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Posts: 1,483
5/2/12 9:06 P

My son, my 3 siblings with MS, my sister who had a heart attack at 50 and all the other untimely deaths in my family from heart disease.....plus I'm sick of being fat and tired and wearing bad clothes. ;-)

" You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do. "

"The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up."
DESTDYLAN SparkPoints: (1,056)
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Posts: 24
5/2/12 8:57 P

My motivation.... Well, I am motivated by alot of things but mainly my health and happiness. I want to feel good about myself again. I want to play with my kids. I want to live a long healthy life.

***angie***
MOUNTAINGIRL41 Posts: 139
5/2/12 8:51 P

Almost all of the reasons below but also I am just tired of feeling uncomfortable in my own skin. At my all-time high and my starting Spark weight, I felt like a stuffed sausage.



RACHNC26 SparkPoints: (1,676)
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Posts: 104
5/2/12 8:46 P

Being healthy and my daughter.

FIRESTARINFINI SparkPoints: (27,521)
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Posts: 997
5/2/12 8:06 P

To prove to myself that I can do anything, that I can be anything I want myself to be.

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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SHESMITH1 SparkPoints: (62,153)
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Posts: 3,006
5/2/12 7:59 P

Improved bone health and general overall fitness/health.


Life is like riding a bicycle - in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving. A. Einstein
KARENA228 Posts: 1,833
5/2/12 6:51 P

To lose weight...To be healthy...


LIZ--- Posts: 227
5/2/12 6:33 P

the thought of being healthy again

My new journey starts now, may I never stop learning, improving, growing & changing..... best wishes for success on your journey, as we share ours together. Liz
SPARKY531 Posts: 8
5/2/12 6:27 P

My motivations: My youngest daughter is in college. I want her to be proud of her Mom..but my major motivation was to be more healthy, so I started over again in January..I am already feeling better. I have a long way to go, but it seems more and more possible all the time. I wasn't sure I'd ever get to my goal, because I just kept gaining, no matter what I did. In January I changed my Medicare provider, Dr., way of eating, and exercise dedication. emoticon

CYNTHOFF7 SparkPoints: (10,027)
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Posts: 50
5/2/12 6:25 P

my family is my motivation and the pain in my knees

One Pounds at a Time !!!!!!
TVAUGHAN826 Posts: 2
5/2/12 6:15 P

My motivations: My daughter is 8 months. I don't want her having the same relationships with her body and food that I do. My husband is deployed, and before he left he'd been doing everything but out-right saying he wanted me to lose weight (even though I'm the same weight I was when we got together). I want to feel good about my body, to be able to do things like walk up stairs without issue, and honestly, I'd love to be the sort of mom and wife that other people are like, "Wow, she looks great", ya know? Plus, diabetes, stroke, etc etc run in my family. Laundry list of motivation.

SALGUOD2 Posts: 3,604
5/2/12 6:09 P

my goals

Doug 47 OHIO
PENN20 SparkPoints: (1,889)
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Posts: 30
5/2/12 5:51 P

Getting healthy and my new grandson

SLCFDDISPATCHER Posts: 3
5/2/12 4:54 P

My 40 year class reunion will be next summer. I don't really want to lose weight although I was extremely skinny all my school years. I just want to be able to wear a nice dress without bulging out of it. Right now I'm just trying to eat healthy and then I want to tone up.

2BDYNAMIC SparkPoints: (121,111)
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Posts: 11,352
5/2/12 4:52 P

I think about where i will be six months and one year from now as I stay focused and diligent today ............. Doing all I can daily .............. emoticon Jb *Every day matters)

~Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless." .... Mother Teresa

~ What I do today shapes my tomorrow. ~I will seize the day~

~To gain friends is to first become a friend~
SHERRIE59 SparkPoints: (54,044)
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Posts: 7,527
5/2/12 4:42 P

my walking partners and when the scale moves to the left.

TSINCLAIR1965 SparkPoints: (22,159)
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Posts: 452
5/2/12 4:29 P

my daughter, feeling better overall, and no longer a diet just healthy living.

Friendship isn't about whom you have known the longest...It's about who came and never left you side...I have some really fabulous friends!
TRACYLHOUGHTON SparkPoints: (0)
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Posts: 2
5/2/12 4:25 P

A bit of everything...

- to feel good
- to be healthy
- to look good
- to fit into clothes!
- to go to the beach and wear a swimsuit


KARALEAM Posts: 4,945
5/2/12 4:23 P

wedding and vacation

MAISYDAISY777 SparkPoints: (5,125)
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Posts: 63
5/2/12 4:17 P

To be able to physically do things that God has called me to do and not be held back by being unhealthy and unfit.
To be healthy for my whole life and not have illnesses related to not taking care of my body.
To have healthy pregnancies and teach my future children to be healthy
To overcome turning to food for comfort and instead learn to turn to God and myself to meet my emotional needs
To be proud of myself and see what I can accomplish when I put in the hard work.
To inspire others in my family to become healthy

"Do or do not do, there is no try" - Yoda.
TACDGB Posts: 6,136
5/2/12 4:13 P

I come from a family who's overweight and has a high genetic history of strokes, high blood pressure and diabetes. Don't want that.

Terri
CARRIEME SparkPoints: (15,621)
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Posts: 580
5/2/12 4:12 P

for my cholesterol numbers to be better and get toned enough for bathing suit weather.

Elise

HAPPYERIN Posts: 326
5/2/12 4:06 P

Welcome to the site! I'm fairly new too -- not even a month yet -- but I'm making steady progress, and I'm sure you will too!

PRINCESSMANDIE Posts: 4,820
5/2/12 3:55 P

To feel comfortable in my clothes. To be able to fit back into my smaller clothes. To feel good about myself this summer in a swimsuit. To be able to get married and wear my wedding dress with pride instead of wishing I could hide my arms, or wondering if I look fat in it. I want to be able to look at my wedding photos and remember a fabulous day with friends and family, not cringe at my double chin, or chubby cheeks or flabby arms.

August 1: 145 lbs
Sept 1: 140 lbs
October 1: 135 lbs

"Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence...
You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and stars...In the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul" ~ Desiderata
NOMOREGODDESS Posts: 677
5/2/12 3:51 P

To not be a lifetime fatty.....


TORIAMAE Posts: 1,080
5/2/12 2:56 P

Simple but shallow (at least in the short term):

I'm in a wedding this August and wearing a strapless dress for the first time EVER!

I do not want to be the fat bridesmaid! (Especially since one of the others will still be breastfeeding her twins!)



Tori



"Faith is choosing to be fulfilled before you see the miracle."
LEMONADEFISH Posts: 78
5/2/12 2:53 P

A little bit vanity, a little bit health (wish this was a bigger motivation, but it's so abstract it's hard to keep in mind...), a fair amount so I can go hiking & things with my husband (very important to him), and a good bit so I can better my chances of having a healthy & easy pregnancy (soon I hope!).

Rewards:
-fancy masking tape all for me at 175 lbs -achieved!
-adorable new gym outfit at 165 lbs
-facial at 155 lbs
-laser hair removal at 145 lbs
-fabulously extravagant outfit including some Fluevogs after 3 months at 145 lbs!
-being fit and fabulous forever after!!!
HUGHJMFAN SparkPoints: (0)
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5/2/12 2:44 P

Hello everyone. My name is Shelly and I am new to this site. I have had different things that I focused on to motivate me. But the one that has seemed to stick was the fact that I was not able to fit into the shorts and capris that I was able to fit into last summer. They wont even zip! So I kept those garments instead of giving them away. I will fit into those clothes again even if it isnt this summer.

ASILHTEB Posts: 470
5/2/12 2:41 P

to live as long as possible

ALEBOEUF Posts: 523
5/2/12 1:52 P

To feel good in all of my clothing, never avoiding activities because of the way I look in certain garments.

JANEKGETTINGFIT Posts: 203
5/2/12 1:48 P

I think of it like this.......Being in shape allows me to work and be active with my family and friends. I am able to participate actively and really enjoy the outdoors.

CAMEOSUN SparkPoints: (85,028)
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Posts: 10,401
5/2/12 1:40 P

Better health & family.


~ Do what good you can, and go in peace ~

PVILLAGO Posts: 1,170
5/2/12 1:06 P

To live a long life despite the disease I have

LOSE4LIFE47 Posts: 56,529
5/2/12 1:04 P

To get healthy so I can take care of my husband who has cancer.

Peggy (Colorado)

Please check out the teams I am on: DO IT FOR LOVE! (co-leader), Keep it Simple & Make Life Happen!




HARDWATER Posts: 53
5/2/12 1:02 P

for me, myself and I. to improve my health and self-esteem. to take the pressure off my knees.
i want to hike the Chilkoot trail next year and see for myself how those Klondike gold rush folks made it over the pass.

-THENA- SparkPoints: (20,382)
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5/2/12 12:32 P

My motivation is me wanting to feel good and look my best for me, my husband, and my children. I want to be able to keep up with my children and do the things they love to do as a family. I want to be able to have the energy and strength to ski again. If that isn't enough, I bought a bathing suit in the size I am determined to be again and it is hanging on the wall in my basement. I have to see it every day when I work out. I am taking a before picture of myself today and hanging that on the wall as well.

"Never compare your beginning to someone else's middle. Comparison is poison." --Jon Acuff

EXERCISE BECAUSE YOU LOVE YOUR BODY,
NOT BECAUSE YOU HATE IT.

Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still.
~Chinese Proverb

When the world says, "Give up,"
Hope whispers, "Try it one more time."
~Author Unknown

You are not fat.
You have fat.
You also have fingernails,
But you are not fingernails.
MLMEYER98 SparkPoints: (61,529)
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Posts: 396
5/2/12 12:27 P

My Motivation is seeing my progress...
It motivates me to make healthy choices & drinking my water.
Even on those difficult painful days when my brain wants to be as slow as my body, I look to the positive, read a SparkPeople email, take a walk (even if it is around the office, up & down the steps) & pump myself up mentally, spiritually and physically!
SparkPeople has been the best motivation for me in all of these areas.

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Mary
MEWHENRYSMAMA Posts: 7,991
5/2/12 12:27 P

Very simply ME and my health

BRENNAGIRL Posts: 309
5/2/12 12:15 P

Turning 50. I've lost and gained weight so many times I've lost count.

This time I have said enough. I am tired of wasting my time thinking about my weight. Counting calories. Worrying about how I look. What others think. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. What a complete waste of time. It's not living. Now I am turning 50 and all those years were spent on that! I've had enough. I'm taking care of myself. Not dieting. Living my life. Losing the weight is just a bi-product of my decision. It feels good not to give a rip anymore.

Edited by: BRENNAGIRL at: 5/2/2012 (12:15)
"You're never to old to become the person you've always wanted to be."

My blog if you're interested ramblingonandon.weebly.com/1/categor
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ONTHEPATH2 SparkPoints: (75,523)
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Posts: 3,974
5/2/12 11:56 A

Motivation? To walk the stairs without being winded, to bend over and tie my shoes without that pinch, to feel good on the beach in my bathing suit, to have all my pants be my fat pants, to cross a finish line, to feel better, to look better, to prove all those who said I can't do this wrong, to have my pant size be smaller than my shoe size, to be able to run with my granddaughters in Girls on the Run, to get one of those slick cycling suits and join a cycling club, to not stand in the back row in photos . . . . . . . and on, and on, and on . . . . . .

Barb
Grand Rapids, MI
EST

PURECOUNTRY29 Posts: 866
5/2/12 11:37 A

I always feel like if you know why you are doing it, it makes it easier to get started. I have to say my motivation is that I dont want to be overweight, I have family that never worked out and I have watched their health deteriorate so rapidly it is scary. I dont want to get older and not be able to function because I didnt take the time to excersize and take care of the body the lord gave me. Its not a car, I cant trade it in when it breaks down and no longer works.

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