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How to Determine Body Frame Size

Sunday, August 16, 2009

How to Determine Body Frame Size
by eHow.com

Step 1 Wrap your thumb and longest finger on one hand around your other wrist. Be sure to wrap around the smallest part of the wrist.
Step 2 Compare this measurement to the following test. If your thumb and finger overlap, then you are small-framed. If they touch, then you are medium framed. If they have a gap, then you are large framed. This is the first body frame size test.

Step 3 Use body frame size test two: measure the smallest part of your wrist, using a tape measure. You might be able to do this on your own, or you might need help.
Step 4 Compare this measurement to the following chart for women: if your height is under 5 feet 2 inches, then a small body size will have a wrist measurement of less than 5.5 inches; a medium body size will have a wrist measurement between 5.5 and 5.75 inches; a large body size will have a wrist measurement over 5.75 inches. For women whose height is 5 feet 2 inches to 5 feet 5 inches, then a small body frame will have a wrist measurement of less than 6 inches; a medium body size will have a wrist measurement between 6 and 6.25 inches; a large body size will have a wrist measurement over 6.25 inches.For women whose height is over 5 feet 5 inches, then a small body frame will have a wrist size of less than 6.25 inches; a medium body frame will have a wrist size between 6.25 and 6.5 inches; a large body frame will have a wrist measurement over 6.5 inches.
Step 5 Compare this wrist measurement to the following chart for men: if your height is over 5 feet 5 inches, a small framed body will have a wrist size between 5.5 and 6.5 inches. A medium body frame will have a wrist measurement between 6.5 to 7.5 inches. A large body frame will have a wrist measurement over 7.5 inches.
Step 6 Compare the body frame chart for ideal body weight for medium frame women: 100 pounds for the first 5 feet of height, but 5 pounds for each additional inch. Add 10 percent for a large frame and subtract 10 percent for a small frame. So, for example, a medium framed woman who is 5 feet 6 inches would have an ideal body weight of 130 pounds, while a large framed woman the same height would have an ideal body weight of 143 pounds and a small framed woman the same height would have an ideal weight of 117 pounds
Step 7 Compare the body frame chart for ideal body weight for medium frame men: 106 pounds of body weight for the first 5 feet of height, 6 pounds for each additional inch. Add 10 percent for a large frame and subtract 10 percent for a small frame. So, for example, a medium framed man who is 6 feet tall would have an ideal body weight of 178 pounds, while a large framed man the same height would have an ideal body weight of 196 pounds and a small framed man the same height would have an ideal weight of 160 pounds.

The first method is not always the same on me - sometimes my fingers meet, sometimes they won't. But my wrist size is consistently 6" making me a Large Frame.

Using the calculation in Step 6 and being 5'1.5", 100 + 7.5 = 107.5 + 10% = 118.25

This plus the information at
is how I came up with my goal weight of 117 lbs.

**edit: 8/17/09
Don't obsess over a number. Your frame size is just a tool to help determine a range of your proper weight.

If you're feeling great at 150, stay there. If 145 sounds like it is doable, try for it.

As you get closer to goal weight, go slowly to allow your body to adjust.

It took me "forever" to be able to stay at 120. My body kept going into panic and causing me hunger pangs. So I ate. Always listen to your body. It took me 3 tries before my body accepted 120.

For me it is good to have a goal to try for. But I am happy where I am and learning how to adjust my regular calorie range according to my exercise.

One day at a time will see you to your goals.

Hugs, thanks for reading my blog,
Linda emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

**Oct 17, 2009 - I am now maintaining 120-122 lbs and am very happy here!

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GINGERMACC 3/16/2011 5:34PM

    Thank you for posting this information. I am 5'5" and a small frame. I am well within my healthy weight range and know that it won't hurt to be closer to the low end of that weight range. Thanks!

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DAWNFIRE72 10/17/2009 4:44PM

    According to this if I did the math correctly I should weight 103-104 lbs?? I don't think I've weighed that little since I was about 12 or 13.

I am 5'3" (115 lbs) small frame (fingers overlap slightly and wrist measures at 5.75 inches) so 115-11.5= 103.5. I was about 110 when I got married 17 years ago and I thought I looked pretty good then. Don't think I will shot for the 103-104 range but I think that maybe 115-120 would be better.

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MISSPJ 8/23/2009 9:40PM

    If I calculated right, then I should weigh 184lbs, my wrist is 7.5 inches and I am 5'9", well I always said I wanted to get between 160 and 180 so I guess that is the weight to shoot for. Thanks for the info


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CALLISTOPHELIE 8/19/2009 10:49AM

    wow! this means I need to lose much more!
I'm almost 5ft 5in, my wrist is 5.9 inches, my fingers overlap, which means I'm a small frame and my ideal weight should be 112lbs. HEEEELP!
I can't remember ever weighing that little. LOL.

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_VALEO_ 8/19/2009 4:48AM

    Thanks for the tips!

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SUNNY1432 8/17/2009 9:38PM

    This was an awesome blog, full of things I haven't every put together. Thanks for the info!! emoticon

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MSLZZY 8/17/2009 5:30PM

    Such a wealth of information! Thanks for sharing!

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IAMLOVINGIT 8/17/2009 3:25PM

    Thank You so much for the info. On your P.S. You are so right one day at a time. and listen to your body. We know this is doable. We just have to keep trying.

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IVMAR1 8/17/2009 3:07PM

    Thanks a lot for sharing this info! It is great!


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NEW_CHAPTER 8/17/2009 10:33AM

    Thanks Linda,
When I was very heavy, I kidded myself that I was large framed. Now I know better -and your three-way calculations have confirmed that I am somewhere between small and medium. Thanks - great blog!

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ELIZ181 8/17/2009 7:59AM

    Thanks for sharing this. I'm glad that you included different ways to come up with your frame size.

I know that I have a small frame but that I actually look and feel better at the scale for a medium frame for my height. As you said it is where you feel you look best and feel best at is what we should strive for. I would never want to get to that "ideal" weight again.

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LIVNFITNHAPPY 8/17/2009 7:28AM

    Thanks for the info Linda! You always find the best stuff!

This was enlightening for me. I have very small wrists but always assumed that I had a medium frame. I have a big ribcage for my size.
Anyway, it is good to have another measure that says I am currently at an appropriate weight for my frame. I feel great!

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MSCANDICE25 8/17/2009 6:45AM

    thanks for the info!!!

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MONGO2TEN 8/17/2009 4:52AM

    Thanks for the article. It was good. I'm small framed and right now at 110 and 5' tall. I'm happy with that. Looks like I could weigh less, but I've no desire to lose anymore weight!


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DEBIPOGUE 8/16/2009 11:42PM

    Great information Linda. I'll use this in the morning to check out my frame....instead of waiting till I can actually see one!!! LOL You are ALWAYS so informative...again thanks!!
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DIGOOD 8/16/2009 10:46PM

    Awesome article!

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WATERMELLEN 8/16/2009 8:54PM

    Actually, having looked at this again, with a small frame I should be subtracting 10% from 145 which would mean more like 131! Yikes!! I think that would be pretty lean -- and also pretty much impossible to maintain. Food for thought, though -- and food for thought has way less calories than the other kind!!

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WATERMELLEN 8/16/2009 8:50PM

    Fascinating stuff -- you know from some of the message boards that I'm really interested in this issue of "how much should I weigh" -- So according to these tests (and DESPITE my size 10 feet which I thought for sure meant "large frame" ) I do have long long fingers and a wrist less than 6.25" so I'm a small frame meaning at 5'9" I should weigh 145 pounds: not the 155 generated by SP on initial sign-in OR the 158-160 of the other tool I'd used.

I'm thinking that 145 would probably feel pretty good -- or maybe a maintenance range of 145-150. It would be psychologically satisfying to try and get that middle number to a 4 instead of a 5!

If you could cut and past your blog to a message board, I'd really like to save it -- will bookmark the site in any case!

Thanks very much!

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Thanks for the info, I nearly choked myself.

I took my right hand and placed it around my neck and tried as best I could to get my thumb and finger to touch, with persistance, I finally did it. LMAO

The second test was even better.
I thought that I read that I was to measure the slimmest part of my WAIST and the number was to be over 7, LOL, MINE WAS

Of course, I'm ROTFLMAO NOW.

When you take inconsideration my silly attitude, and goofing around, this really was an educational / informative blog.

Thanks for sharing

Have a great week
I know, you want to re-test YOUR grasp around my NECK too. LOL


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MARIAHGEM 8/16/2009 7:45PM

    This is perfect! Thank you for posting this! It told me what I always assumed! Both body type tests said I was a small frame! (My fingers overlap, and as I am over 5'7' and have 6' wrists)

And when I do the math in part 6, I am "supposed" to be 135 lbs! I used to be 135 for years, and even though I looked good, the number 135 always sounded like too much! (Although now I'm 175, which is WAY too much) but people forget to take into account height! I'm tall, so I shouldn't worry so much about the number, I should think about how I look and feel!

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PALESEPT 8/16/2009 4:00PM

    Hi Linda!

I had been wondering about this! Apparently I have a small frame??? I had always assumed that I had a medium frame. Thank you for this blog!

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MARTY19 8/16/2009 3:40PM

    I am either a small frame or medium fame depending on the doctor. But for 5'2.5" even weight watchers says that that weight is too low. They say about 130 pounds. I guess I'm not worried. I'm happy so that is what counts. LOL

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Blog Prompt: How do I deal with setbacks?

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

By trying to ignore them.

My weight bounces around - right now I am dealing with a very very old "Set Point" and my body and brain are dealing with it the only way they know how. Resistance.

But "resistance is futile" (sorry, I am a trekkie after all!) and I will persevere!

Today is a new low weight for me if only by .2 lbs. When I finally break 120 I will be in 7th Heaven!!

Instead of dealing with a setback, I am just dealing with a set-point.

**Aug 13, 2009: A day that will live in infamy! I broke 120 today for the very first time!
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_VALEO_ 8/19/2009 4:52AM

    "Strength is irrelevant. Resistance is futile. We wish to improve ourselves"

Congratulations on being below 120! emoticon

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IVMAR1 8/17/2009 3:11PM

    Great blog! Congratulations on your weight loss, which is fantastic. You must have worked hard, so I congratulate you again and again. You must be very, very proud of your fenomenal accomplishement.



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WATERMELLEN 8/12/2009 8:48PM

    Wow: you offered some encouragement on my blog so I had to check you out -- and your progress is totally amazing! Love the "set point" "set back" asociation which I will remember . . . and of course "resistance is futile"!!

Thank you!

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MSLZZY 8/11/2009 8:45PM

    emoticon You are awesome!

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GINILEE4 8/11/2009 2:34PM

    Darlin' you just do whatever it takes for you to be happy! .2, I'll take it!!! Yes me!! That's right the big one over here. Every loss counts, as long as it's not your spirit. emoticon


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LIVNFITNHAPPY 8/11/2009 12:20PM

    First of all, I do what you do and look at it as a "set-point" rather than a "match-point"! Then I reexamine what I have been doing to see if there are any flaws in my program. If there are, I learn from them and readjust.

If I can find nothing that needs improving, (AND THIS IS IMPORTANT)
I find another way to MEASURE SUCCESS and CONGRATULATE myself for my progress. That keeps me pumped up and moving forward in a positive way.
At one point in my journey I was measuring success 1/4" at a time as my waistline was shrinking even though the scale did not tell that story.

CONGRATULATIONS, LINDA on your .2 lb. weight release. As you would say, "It's gone forever. Released back into the wild!"


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    I'm not really a Gambling Man,
but I'll put all my eggs in one basket betting that you will succeed!
You are persistent and determined, just look how far you have traveled. You can do it!!


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MARTY19 8/11/2009 8:40AM

    Pretty soon a strong wind will blow you away. How low will you go? I really wish I had you determined mind-set but I am OK with mine.


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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 8/11/2009 8:06AM

    You'll get to your goal Linda. You're determined and dedicated. emoticon

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MAHITCHEN 8/11/2009 7:04AM

  If things don't work out how i want, i go for a nice walk down by the ocean, and count my blessings. Then i go home, check what i've been eating, check the sodium intake and start all over again. Just go at your own pace.

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I have Cellulite too but I earned my jiggle!

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Today's blog idea comes from Coach_Nicole's Blog, "Confession: I Have Cellulite and I Won't Be Ashamed Anymore!

My response/comment?

I'm proud of my jiggle! Last year my skin was full of fat! I have earned every inch of my jiggle!!

I'm coming out of the "cellulite" closet!

**edit: I don't "like" my jiggle - but I am not ashamed of it. Maybe a bit embarrassed at times but it too is a part of me and I embrace the bad with the good.

Have an awesome day y'all!!

@ONEREALLYBIGDOG - actually it was me stealing from Spark, but I prefer to call it borrowing since I did give them the credit. I love the Duct-tape idea! I never thought of that, "if it moves - Duct It"

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 8/10/2009 8:14AM

    emoticon You're awesome Linda!

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SOPHIADARE 8/9/2009 3:08PM

    Congratulations on the progress, Linda!

The skin won't shrink until the body doesn't need it. I can't say I prefer today's droopines on my own body to the firmness of my twenties, but I can say that I prefer to have the jiggle of having lost weight to the tight skin of a new gain, or even the smaller jiggle of a regain. Our health is the thing, and every signal of improvement along the way is something to be proud of.

Congratulations on your jiggles! They're a necessary step, and you're entitled to be proud of them!

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    I have cellulite, and I don't like the sight of it. Thankfully hubby makes no comments whatsoever (how did I find this rare specimen!).LOL.
My cellulite is all over my bum and thighs, and nothing will get rid of it, no cream lotion or potion, no massages, NOTHING. Oh well, I'm wearing jeans all year round anyway... but I wish I had firmer, toned legs, thighs and bootie.
Can't a girl dream???

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DAISYDIETING 8/9/2009 1:21AM

    I noticed more cellulite on my stomache as it's getting smaller and I hate it. I'm glad that it's covered. I hope that I can say that I like my jiggle pretty soon though, the same way you do. But the one thing I do like now are my leg's because their starting to tone up, and that's another place I have lot's of cellulite. But you do look good in your pic's though, I'm wishing I had that body, keep it up girl!

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Did you notice after your post on Friday, SP had a story about Lazyness?

Watch them, they are stealing your material, LOL

Anybody would be smart in watching you.
That's my story and I'm stickin to it.


I agree with Marty19 on the jiggle.
I don't like mine either, but instead of liposuction and/or tummy tuck
I'd need hiposuction and/or tummy DUCT-taped,

You know me, always a play on words

If I don't get rid of my jiggle, I'll have a great chance to be the next spokesman for "JELLO", you know the commercial, have some Jiggle room. LOL

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MARTY19 8/8/2009 8:53AM

    I wish I could say that. When I was fatter I didn't care and I worn shorts. This year the only time I wear them it to go to the gym. I hate my jiggle. If I ever won the lottery, I would have liposuction. LOL!

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I AM lazy! I DO procratinate!

Friday, August 07, 2009

Do you succumb to laziness?

We commonly procrastinate or put off an activity altogether by saying "It will get done eventually" or "Someone else will do it." Wrong! Being lazy and not taking responsibility are wastes of time. Often the power for change is within us, but without our efforts things would fail or go awry. You cannot rely on help from others, only what your own two hands accomplish on their own. Hard work is a habit that needs constant attention. But be mindful that you are giving your full effort to a project. Apply yourself, value your time, and don't squander it hoping for help.

This is from the Healthy Reflection email 8/7/09 since I am lazy and do procrastinate.

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BLUESKY104 8/7/2009 4:17PM

    Procrastinator -- definitely for me --maybe you -- but lazy -- feel that way but know I'm not really and the little bit I have seen here -- I feel strongly that does not describe you at all.

You have a great blog here


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    yup, I'm lazy and a procrastinator too. But that's ok, I get things done eventually.

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Oh wait, I'm looking into a mirror, LOL

I agree with Debi and Tammy and their comments about you. Lazy and Linda do NOT go in the same sentence
Lazy and Tony go hand in hand though.

Have a great day my friend
Maybe I'll get off my lazy but and get back to work, LMAO


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DEBIPOGUE 8/7/2009 9:51AM

    Linda and lazy do not go together.....sorry try another blog!! LOL YOU are
a better example of success or accomplishment, but I would never pick you for lazy. I do understand though what message you were conveying...we ALL, success or not, have within us the ability to quit or put off till tomorrow. Thanks for the blog.
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THAMLEY 8/7/2009 9:34AM

    I agree with Marty---You are far from lazy! Look at your accomplishments! Thanks for the post--I'm procrastinating right now! I should be outside doing yard work and I just can't seem to get myself psyched for it. I gotta get out there before the heat gets too bad. Well, this post boosted me out of my seat! Bless you for being a constant inspiration. If you choose to be a little lazy, you probably earned it! Have a wonderful weekend. On my way outside now! Tammy

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MARTY19 8/7/2009 9:14AM

    I think you are nuts. You are not lazy. A lazy person would not have lost 90 pounds and motivated so many of us to continue on this journey. You stand as a role model of what can be achieved.

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    Great Words of Wisdom!!!
I'm a bit of a procrastinator, but when I get going I'll finish whatever it is and I'll do it right. I value my time and I hate wasting it on re-doing something that didn't get done correctly the first time. Somethimes, that's just unavoidable though. Thanks for your blog! We all need a little reminder now and then. JUST DO IT!!!

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MEADSBAY 8/7/2009 7:49AM

You're funny, Linda!
I am not lazy and never have been one to procrastinate but I do always look for the quickest easiest way to get things done and just DO IT!

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MSCANDICE25 8/7/2009 7:24AM

    yep this is me and since I've been here I have been working on that I always say I do it in a mintue but dont until 3 hours later so now when I think I just do it!!

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MSLZZY 8/7/2009 7:13AM

    Apply yourself and value your time-great advice! Thanks!

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ANGEL1990GIRL 8/7/2009 6:25AM

  I've been very lazy now for months so I liked this blog post. Thanks for the encouraging words.

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What is motivation??

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

I read motivating articles, blogs and posts all the time.

I am confused.

These articles, blogs and posts do not motivate me. I motivate me.

I lost 90 lbs because I shut my mouth sooner and move my body more often. I really don't shut my mouth sooner - I make smarter choices with my eating. But I do this because I choose to do this. No one is motivating me to do this.

So I am asking, what exactly is motivation? Am I missing something here? If so, I guess I am glad I am missing the point because I have been successful with my chosen program of weight loss.

But I still wonder what it is that everyone seems to be looking for it?

**edit: Thank you! I wasn't trying to be funny or clever - I found myself sitting here wondering "what is motivation?" So this was the best way to find out what others think of as motivation or as motivating.

I didn't compete with anyone but some people need competition to be motivated? I have a friend that has to make it a contest for her to lose weight. I just never understood that. I know people that were motivated by presents and money from family - but it rarely worked either. It just wasn't a strong enough motivation?

I did get the idea to push myself further with my walking this month from another walker at By The Numbers; I didn't think she motivated me though. I just thought I would like to reach a higher daily step count - really it all started with my daily average at Walker Tracker - I dearly want my daily average to reach 20,000 (as a personal accomplishment) but it is still 19,400 so far.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me!

**2nd edit: I want to thank all that consider me to be motivating them. I am happy to be here and eager to assist in any way that I can. To watch others reach their goals is very satisfying to me. I wish everyone could reach their goals - and we all can by believing One day at a time does work. Little setbacks need only be little setbacks if we just keep trying.

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 8/6/2009 10:35AM

    I find motivation in knowing that there are others that have been where I've been, are going where I'm going and have arrived at my destination. Knowing that others are / have takend this same journey is comforting and helps me to continue pushing on each day. That's what works for me.

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JJJ1226 8/6/2009 9:58AM

    Motivation is the fuel or the spark that drives people towards achieving their goals.

All of our behavior, actions, thoughts are influenced by our inner drive to succeed. This is how we motivate ourselves.

We call you, and many people here in spark a motivators because you are a person that reinforces positive actions, with positive actions that you share with us. Your journey...this is how you and all the others motivate all of us.

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SARALYN09 8/6/2009 9:56AM

    I agree with Marty19. Everyone is wired differently! Some life issue or streak of bad days, may get us off-course, and then it's hard to get "moving" in the right direction again!

One of my motivations is motivating others too, like you, Linda. If I'm not doing well, I don't like to drag others down, so I wait until I've got the umph from within to lift others up again. Funny. I think it's probably just a pride issue for me.. which is both positive and negative in my life. When I truly need help, I rarely ask for it.

Even my daily status expresses this though.. LOL..

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MSCANDICE25 8/6/2009 9:36AM

    You are right what is it It has to come from within yourself to do what you want you can have all the cheerleader inthe world but if you not trying to make the change then they are doing you no good!! But I understand you and see were you are coming from

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JERSEYGIRL24 8/5/2009 10:46PM


You are right, the motivation has to come from within. When you are ready (which clearly you have been for some time), it is time. Before that, there is little that anyone else can do or say to help.

Why do most of us recall that proverbial "aha" moment. In my case, it was very mundane. There was no health scare or any particularly embarrassing moment. I just decided that I had enough of being so fat and that I was going to do something about it. Of course, the journey has morphed as it has gone on.

I do find it to be very motivating and inspirational to read other people's success stories. It makes me feel that if they can do it, so can I. This is especially the case when the person seems to similar to me and also if they have overcome unusual adversity to win the battle.

As for other people as motivators, I am not sure myself. Please let me know if you figure it out and can give me great tips LOL. I think that other people can help you with coping strategies, but it seems like you have that under control. As for the push to walk more, that probably has to come from within also. Not that 19,000 plus steps is anything to sneeze at!

I feel like I am starting to ramble here.



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    I kinda feel like you Linda.
I'm my biggest motivator. Comparing myself to other has never worked for me, I would just get mixed feelings (WOW, great for her/ouch, I'm jealous/how the hell did she do it?) and get frustrated and feel bad about myself for being stuck in the same fat body.

I don't know what happened to me, I guess I was lucky this time that the approach I tried worked out for me.
As for motivation? Living in Japan where a size 24-25 in jeans is normal, I guess wanting to be able to buy clothes without struggling to get them over my thighs and butt is a good motivator. LOL.

I also love seeing the success people on SP have had, It just shows that it IS possible, and it keeps me going.


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GINILEE4 8/5/2009 8:55PM

    I just LOVE you Linda. !!!! You are so honest and so unassuming. You are motivation in 1 tiny ( now) package. You continue to tell your story and what you do and ideas and on and on. Sweetie, you are the most motivational person I know. emoticon emoticon emoticon


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MEADSBAY 8/5/2009 7:19PM

I am a very self-motivated person, too, but I still love to read your story and blogs and the stories of other success stories here on SP.
It's encouraging for me (if you did it, so can I!) and I get ideas of new things to try and other changes I can make to follow you on the path to better health.
I click quickly away from any whiny or negative people.
I don't want to hear it!

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    Very well said Marty. I agree and I always learn something from other people's stories even if their choices would not be appropriate for me.

But the most motivating thing for me is seeing the success of others. Others who appear to be very similar to myself. When I started this journey on Spark People I was really unsure at my age and given my exercise limitations if I could achieve the goals I so desired. Seeing members like yourself, Linda, who have achieved tremendous success and continue to amaze gives me added strength (you can call it motivation if you like) to reach farther. As a result, I have exceeded my dream goals
and replaced them with new goals to carry me into the future.

The goals themselves have always come from me. And the hard (and yet fun) work has been mine as well. But credit for the extra "juice" to believe I could do it, goes to wonderful members just like you!


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MARTY19 8/5/2009 6:22PM

    I look at the articles as "wake-up" calls. Lessons to be learned, info to be digested. I agree that motivation comes from within, but these articles help some people realize what they need to do, encourage them when they have had it, and teach new ways of doing things. Some people (like you) are strong and self-motivated. You have specific reasons to lose weight and you go for it. Others need more hand-holding. I think whatever gets you to the finish line is terrific.


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