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What Motivates Me

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

I've had to think about this for a bit. A lot of things motivate me to make healthy choices, but my motivations have changed substantially since I started my journey in January 2009.

1. Feeling Fitter
I was never heavy until I got sick and had to come back to the USA. But, away from family and the life I loved, unable to be active, I used food as comfort. Now that I am slowly getting fit, I like the feeling of being more like the old Carrie.

2. Buying Clothes
When I gained weight, I started living in navy and black sweats. They fit (sort of) and were easy to care for. Since I was never into clothes and spent most of my worklife in jeans, workboots, workshirts, and a hard hat, it is still a source of amazement to be able to walk into a store and find nice clothes that fit.

3. Dancing at my Daughter's Wedding
When I got sick, my children were both in high school. All I wanted was to see them graduate. Now, I want to dance at my daughter's wedding, and that's not even on the horizon. But, when it is, I want to be there, laughing and giggling.

4. Sleeping
Since I stopped binging on sugary treats and started moving, I fall asleep easier and sleep deeply. I had forgotten the beauty of falling asleep within 10 minutes of putting my head on the pillow.

5. Not Feeling Weak
I had become the person I never wanted to be -- someone who could barely walk to the recycling without huffing and puffing. Forget things like lifting and toting, all things I had once taken for granted. Now, I can do those things again.

Go Jade Dragons.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PAPELBON58 3/8/2010 1:30PM

    love your motivations.urs and my wifes are somewhat close on things. we all can do it. go jade go.

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MOMFAN 3/5/2010 1:19AM

    You are an amazing lady you has overcome so much and will accomplish what you set out too! Congratson cardio minutes this week, you are unbelieveable.

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SMILE-AWAY 3/3/2010 7:42AM

  So true, thats the way I feel sometimes.

Great to see its all going well for you.

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    You've accomplished so much and are such a motivator for so many. I love how you've taken it back to basics. I had an ah-ha moment just as LisaDivi did. Even after all the success it doesn't have to be complicated. I am seriously in need of getting back to basics.


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  Kudos, Carrie,
You've attained much this past year and your list of motivators is well done. I especially like that you've included sleep. In the hectic lives we lead, it is easy to forget the importance of good sleep in maintaining the healthy body, mind and spirit we aspire to. Sweet dreams, my friend, as you continue your amazing journey. I can see you now, dancing and giggling at your daughter's wedding, the second most beautiful woman in the room!

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LISADIVI 3/2/2010 5:58PM

    I love your blogs. There is always something there that will give me an ah-ha, or move me in a new direction.

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JENSMOM03 3/2/2010 5:19PM

    Wow, Carrie, I know you've had quite a year. And I know all the work, determination and dedication you've put into your life changes; you are to be admired -------- and I do !! emoticon You truly are.

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