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Managing to Maintain Motivation

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Saturday, February 04, 2012

Tomorrow will be my 400th day on SparkPeople. That is 400 days of consistently making healthy choices and building a better ME. Although my journey has certainly not been perfect, my MOTIVATION has never waned.

In fact, Sparkers frequently ask me HOW I've managed to maintain my motivation over time. After all, most people understand HOW to lose weight and to get healthy, but sometimes just end up losing their way, despite their best intentions.

Yet, in order to successfully lose weight and keep it off, you must be enormously motivated! And staying the course seldom means taking the easy route. Counting, measuring, logging, and burning day, after day, after day is really difficult. Such persistence requires a LOT of motivation to succeed!

Well, I believe it is absolutely critical to figure out the REAL reasons you wanted to lose weight in the first place. These reasons are the seeds from which your motivation will bloom.

Motives for losing weight are not the same for everyone. While some people want to drop pounds in order to be healthier, others simply want to be able to look good wearing cute clothes. Still others have an important event like a wedding or a reunion to get ready for.

The point is, you have to bond with the TRUE reason you want to lose weight in order to maintain your motivation over the long haul.

Then, find ways to continually remind yourself why you are working so hard to achieve your goals. Write your motive on a post-it and stick it to your bathroom mirror. Jot it down above the grocery list on your fridge. Even consider repeating your motive out loud to yourself whenever you are tempted to make poor choices. If you genuinely connect with what drives you to succeed, you will be unstoppable!

So, what is MY personal motivation?

The REAL and TRUE reason I wanted to lose weight was to be healthy. I want to be an active participant in my own life and to be a positive role model for my family. And my biggest reason I want to be healthy is my 4-year-old son, Sam. I want to be AROUND to watch him grow up.


My Motivation: Little Man Sam

So if YOU are struggling to stay motivated on your own journey, I challenge you to reflect on what prompted you to begin your weight loss. What is the REAL reason you want to reach your goals? Then hang onto that vision each and every day to sustain your spark.
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INCH_BY_INCH 6/10/2013 3:06PM

  emoticon I kept this in my file and today I re-read it to get me back on the journey. Thank you for sharing and making it available for us who need a quick kick to remember our reasons.

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CHYCHY01 11/19/2012 5:09PM

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DIANITAH 4/6/2012 11:18AM

    Great blog! Congrats on your achievements.

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BSCOTT1122 4/1/2012 10:24PM

  i so appreciate your story. it helps me to stay motivated and I am grateful to all of you! I read Sparks every morning to start my day. I go to the gym and swim 5 days/weekly. I work at eating healthy and I sometimes fall off the wagon. Sparks helps me a lot. You help me.
thank you

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LACE13 3/19/2012 10:32PM

    You just made me cry. My children are my number one reason for doing this. Here I am struggling with my motivation when i see it every single day and just didn't think about it.

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COUNTRYCUZ1 3/13/2012 5:58PM

    Everything you say is so true. If we could only keep the right thoughts in our mind all the time, we would all be a perfect weight! emoticon

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CISCOKID60 3/10/2012 9:25AM

  Congratulations on finding and maintaining your motivation! There is nothing like it! I found it once when I was quitting smoking! Everything just clicked! It was amazing! I've not found it fully yet with my weight but cannot wait for things to 'click' regarding this as well. Thank you for your encouraging blog and for your love for little Sam! He is lucky to have a Mom like you!

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IRON_RESOLVE 3/10/2012 3:00AM

    Great blog, and thanks for posting the "why" that we need to focus on

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JENNAC11974 3/5/2012 6:04PM

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MRSPASSARELLI 3/2/2012 2:02PM

    Wow! You are very inspiring. And you look fantastic!!! Thank you for sharing your story. God Bless!

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GRANDMAPATTYV 3/2/2012 9:35AM

    Thanks for sharing.... we all need to remember those who motivate us, and you are one of those people for me! emoticon

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CIERAPOET 3/1/2012 1:06PM

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Thanks for sharing and making me think back to exactly WHY I started this journey and How it has changed during these years I've been going on. Health is the main reason for sure and it's still at the top of my list. May you enjoy your son Always and Forever!!!
Many Blessings to You!
Deb

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NORASH3 3/1/2012 7:24AM

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SHES2FAT4ME1 3/1/2012 12:52AM

    What a wonderful attitude you have! Your blog is truly inspirationsl, so PROUD of you! Seen so many blogs that describe on/off. in/out, determined/discouraged and that does happen to all of us sometimes, but I have seen some of these people repeat these over and over, they just don't appear to be truly commited! Easy to see that you ARE! Continued success!

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LORRIES4 2/29/2012 11:11PM

    What a great blog! Thank you for inspiring me and reminding to refocus and recommit to the "why" of weight loss.


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WYNDWOOD 2/29/2012 7:46PM

  Great job!

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MRZDRWILL0504 2/29/2012 11:43AM

    I really needed to read this today. I have not been on Spark People for almost a month because of some personal issues that had been going on. Thankfully, I have maintained my weight (only gained back 1.5 pounds), but I still felt so guilty about losing focus.

Reading your post made me examine why I am doing this, and encouraged me to get back on track. Thank you for being transparent and willing to share your journey with others!

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REBOFKELDON 2/28/2012 8:20AM

  Thank you for sharing. You have encouraged me to tell myself the truth about why I want to lose this excess weight. Rock on Girl! emoticon

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MONANISA 2/27/2012 11:33PM

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IZZYMOR2007 2/27/2012 7:07PM

  That is so admirable. Congratulations. I'm trying to lose weight but it's very difficult will keep trying!

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THAISAMUSED 2/27/2012 4:11PM

    Thank you for your inspiration and you are absolutely right!!!! You must constantly remind yourself of your personal motivation to be successful.

I really needed to read this today.

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GJIDEOFOR 2/27/2012 2:53PM

    emoticon congrats on your milestone, your achievement and your blessed reason for moving forward. I hope to keep viewing other success stories to fuel my forward pull.
I can only pray the force of the past will soon let go! emoticon
again, Congrats and a big WOOOoHOOoo! from those comming behind you.

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TIGERMANIA1 2/27/2012 2:13PM

  THANKS FOR THE HELP OF WHY I IN THIS

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MONEIL2245 2/27/2012 11:44AM

  Fantastic!

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RAJYABO 2/27/2012 11:25AM

    Congrats on reaching such a mile stone in your spark-journey. Your blog was truly interesting and note worthy. I especially mentally highlighted the points made as it related to my reasoning for losing weight and reaching my goals. You made me re-examine “THE ME and THE WHY”.

Thank you!
I’m refocusing my mission and re-energizing my vision.


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SUPERSYLPH 2/27/2012 10:00AM

    emoticon on reaching your goal, and great blog!

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FIXKIDS 2/27/2012 7:58AM

  Thanks for sharing. I was very encouraged. You helped me examine my real motivation as well. Congratulations.

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ILOVEROSES 2/27/2012 6:44AM

    I needed to read it today. Thank you for sharing your motivating story! emoticon emoticon

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WATCHINW8 2/27/2012 6:43AM

    Thanks, I need to focus on my motivation.
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MSILVAREI 2/27/2012 1:01AM

    Congrats!! Thank you for sharing!!

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HEYWARD5 2/27/2012 12:54AM

  http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource
/motivation_articles.asp?id=349Hi Jenn245,

Thank you sharing your thoughts. I have started to gain weight after reaching after getting down to 225 lbs and I think that is because I have forgotten what i want to accomplish. Reading your post reminded me that I want to be healthy and make my wife and family proud of me as well.

I have decided that I need to do a better job of managing my food in take and make exercise a daily habitat.

Regards
Heyward5

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ANGIE19431 2/26/2012 11:17PM

  you make me rethink my "poor me" thoughts
all i have to do is buckle down and lose the same 15 pounds i have lost numerous times
and then determine to keep it off
perhaps paying more attention to the why question--my motivator--will help
anyway, you should be very proud of yourself
i pray God will bless you will many years of health and happiness with that adorable son of yours

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BRUNELLIA 2/26/2012 3:35PM

  It makes me thinking ....
Thanks !
I had a look at your pictures before and after.
What a difference !!!
Congrats !

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ANYCHKAJANE 2/26/2012 2:34PM

    Great blog post! I'm impressed by your determination and drive. Your last question, asking what was the real reason behind one's goal to lose weight, has me examining what my own motivations are. That's a good thing, and your wisdom was a big help. Thanks!



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MARGENE13 2/26/2012 2:02PM

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You have motivated me to continue my consistency in what I am now doing to lose my weight and be healthy. Your before and after pictures are also motivating. My reason for taking on this life changing weight loss journey is to look like I did when my husband met me. I remember the day we moved in together. My daughter was helping and we got silly and ran up 3 flights of stairs just to see who would get to the top first. It was a tie. I want to be able to have fun again!

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SUNNY742 2/26/2012 11:58AM

  You have won the race and now all life has to offer is open to you. I am still taking my first wobbly steps, but intend to reach the finish line. God Bless

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CAMAEL100 2/26/2012 8:41AM

    Fantastic story - I also am motivated to be a positive role model for my young children age 6 and 8. I used to hide it from them that I had a problem but now I share my healthy eating and exercise ideas with them ie I try to incorporate them into every day life - hoping to make good habits for them emoticon emoticon

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RJRAMJET 2/26/2012 6:34AM

    Thank you for sharing

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OMIFRANCO 2/25/2012 10:55PM

    Thanks for sharing, you are very motivating! emoticon

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DEBBIEDMAR 2/25/2012 10:08PM

  WTG I needed to read this and you are an inspiration. You also have a real cutie too.

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MADELINE2162 2/25/2012 9:50PM

    Good for you. Great job emoticon

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ONUTHIN125 2/25/2012 9:31PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Spark On! emoticon

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RODYANNE 2/25/2012 6:13PM

  Congratulations! I needed to read this today.

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MELLONRN 2/25/2012 6:05PM

    You go Girl!! You knocked my sox off with your discipline & motivation...feel free to share those feelings anytime!! Congrats to you..you are an inspiration to the rest of us!!

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SMARGED 2/25/2012 6:00PM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing!

My motivation is to be healthier, also! We can't avoid all the aches and pains and limitations of getting older, but maybe we can delay them! LOL!!

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ANAJACOBO1 2/25/2012 5:59PM

  Thank you for those words. Every week I say I'm going to start eating healthy on Monday, So I eat all the sweats before monday, then Monday comes around and I don't start. HELP, I can't do this, It's to hard. I have 3 kids to stay healthy for, the smallest it 6 months. But I can't leave all the junk food, and I eat huge portions of un healthy foods. I think I will never be able to do this. emoticon

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MICHELELYNN777 2/25/2012 3:37PM

    You are truly an inspiration! Thanks for sharing!

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LESCANTOONOW 2/25/2012 2:13PM

  Hi! JENN245,

WOW! YOU REALLY KNOW HOW TO MOTIVATE PEOPLE! I LOVED YOUR STORY!
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR SHARING IT WITH US! AND KEEP UP THE FANTASTIC WORK YOU ARE DOING!

ALL THE BEST TO YOU,
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MUFFY23K 2/25/2012 2:00PM

  Your son is adorable!
Congratulations on your journey to success! Remember you did this! emoticon

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MDGHRLY 2/25/2012 11:43AM

  Thanks for sharing...my daughter is 10 and I have to remind myself ALL the time why I need to stay motivated. Right now it's not about me, but about her...later it will be for me.

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