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How do you motivate a motivator?

Saturday, February 20, 2010

I just love coming up with "different" titles for blogs!

Y'all motivate me every time I read that I am helping someone.

Everybody's program is different, I am no exception. When I started Sparking for real back on March 27, 2008, I wasn't sure what to expect but I knew I had to give this my all.

I felt so stupid doing all the steps in Stage One and only missed doing the collage. Believe me, I have and had all the motivation anyone could ever need to lose this weight - every time I had to help my dad straighten out his 15 medicines I was re-motivated! When he started Dialysis on February 12, 2009, his 86th birthday, I looked at all the people and if you know anyone needing a reason to lose weight and eat better - visit a dialysis unit.

I have read that maintaining weight loss is difficult. No more difficult than breathing with a respirator or having to sit 3-1/2 hours 3 times each week to have your blood filtered.

I am sorry. I don't mean to sound depressing. This is my motivation. I cannot afford the medicines my dad takes daily and I cannot afford private health insurance - so my only alternative - my best alternative - is to remain as healthy as possible, which also means being at a normal weight.

Goodness me, give me a keyboard and I get on a soapbox! Back to "my program."

My Spark Program is of course, using the Nutrition & Fitness Trackers daily. But my program is also to give back to others what I have received here myself. My program is to encourage and support motivationally any members trying to lose this weight! My program is reading blogs, commenting on the friend feeds and offering a hug or a shove depending on what I perceive to be needed.

So now you know what motivates a motivator. Helping others. Every time I reach out to another member it reinforces my own program.

I never get tired of telling anyone that SparkPeople works!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CATHEITE 2/22/2010 9:19PM

    Thanks for writing this. What you describe about your father's illness is sad but very powerful. Every day I see my mother carefully put out her dose of medications (8 different pills), and I think how I don't want that kind of future for me.

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 2/22/2010 3:56PM

You have summed it all so well. My experience mirrors your comments.Validation. Helping others by deed or example is extremely rewarding. Seeing the hardship many endure (often unnecessarilly) reminds me of how grateful and blessed I am.
You touch so many in ways you will never know!
Best wishes as you continue your journey to health. emoticon

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TERI99 2/22/2010 12:03PM

    So true. I am helping to care for my MIL, who has many health issues, some of which my husbands deals with as well. Watching her struggle because she never took care of her health when she was younger is a huge motivator for both of us. I have a great-aunt who is about to turn 98. If I have to live that long, I want to feel good!

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EMMABE1 2/21/2010 2:08AM

    Interesting blog!!
I find that having to be up beat and positive to others - doesn't allow me to lose motivation. And on the occasions I get a bit overwhelmed - it doersn't last long with the motivation from my many friends in SP!!

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KRISFLOWER 2/21/2010 12:02AM

    Thanks for this post! I'm motivated because of similar reasons, heart disease, diabetes and chronic high blood pressure run on both sides of my family!

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TMCH1512 2/20/2010 9:43PM

    Very good points. Thanks for putting them down. Have an awesome weekend.

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/20/2010 5:43PM

    Great post... I have similar motivation... don't want to be a burden or a worry for my son & his wife... so I'd better take care of me best I know how. And if I don't know how... learn!

Glad you're here!

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POLARBEARSCAT 2/20/2010 5:04PM

    You motivate me all the time! Thanks for continuing to blog even though you have reached your goals. It helps me to see your success both in your weight loss AND maintenance! Have a great day! emoticon

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ASTORRES1 2/20/2010 4:15PM

    You say like it is....the truth is always a good speak the truth.


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LOPEYP 2/20/2010 4:11PM

    Linda - I am motivated by my fear of getting diabetes. My mother has it and it's a horrible disease. In her case it's "under control", controlled with oral medications but the damage has been done to her eyes. She has had numerous surgeries on her eyes and has difficulty seeing print. She's still able to get around and do for herself but she gets frustrated by little things that I take for granted like writing out checks, or checking instructions on frozen food.

It's tough to see our parents deal with this horrible disease and I say to all folks fighting the weight battle to wake up and take care of yourself before it's too late.

Sorry I'm on your soapbox emoticon .


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JENNY888 2/20/2010 3:09PM

    Thank you for publishing this blog. I really enjoyed it. It really puts the feelings of being a motivator in print.

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CICI510 2/20/2010 2:49PM

    You are definitely an inspiration to me :) I love all of your comments and how you continue to motivate me on a daily basis. Thank you for being you!

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WALKINGANNIE 2/20/2010 2:41PM

    Thanks Linda - from one who is motivated by you! I appreciate all your efforts and cheery encouragement.

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MSLZZY 2/20/2010 2:34PM

    You are an inspiration! My problems are minor and yet, you keep on going! Do the best you can and I am here for you! emoticon

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