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What motivates me

Sunday, July 28, 2013

What motivates me:

A woman at work complimented me recently on my weight loss. She said that I was really looking good and then quickly added that the most important thing is to get healthy. I thanked her but later I started to think that neither of those reasons are what motivates me.

I am not doing this for vanity because I am NOT going to look cute no matter how much I lose. I am not young and then there is the skin (sigh). In some ways this is freeing because I don't have to worry about being perfect because it is not physically possible.

Health is important but it isn't like I had some urgent medical condition that motivated me. In fact, I was a relatively healthy obese person. Despite being over 300 lbs, my blood sugar, cholesterol, etc. were ideal. My blood pressure was borderline but that quickly went back to normal after I lost only 25 lbs. (This sounds a little bit like bragging about something I have no control over -- sorry about that.)

The biggest thing that motivates me is being able to do stuff. There are so many things that I won't even try because of my size. I would like to go kayaking but I know I wouldn't even fit in the kayak. I used to think that I didn't have the upper body strength to paddle but, after working out consistently for 7 months, I feel a lot stronger now.
As I get closer to goal, this is becoming even more important. As I work out, I find other things that I would like to try and now I feel like I am "training" for those things. For example, I would like to try a boxing cardio workout (you get to hit a bag but no one hits you back). I don't feel like I am ready to start yet because I know that the first thing they will gave you do is jump rope. So now I have to practice that. (By the way, I HATE how my stomach flops around when I jump but I guess that I will have to get over it.)

THIS is what is driving me lately. I know that I will continue to lose weight if I keep my calories between 1200-1600, but I continue to workout because there are things that I need to do. For example, I have to workout to a certain DVD so that I can return it to Netflix and get another DVD that I am interested in.

Start weight: 324.4 lbs
Current weight: 235.2
Goal weight: 210 or lower?

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    That clarity of your motivation is surely what helps propel you forward. I like the tone in the approach you have - not frenzied, but calm and determined.

    The boxing cardio workout sounds like a great stress reliever! I've long thought about getting a punching bag to hang in my basement. Maybe I need to make it happen...

    1659 days ago
    Awesome! It's great that you started before health problems set in. Same for me.

    1664 days ago
    Awesome! I find being able to do things I can't now because of my weight a huge motivator too. Keep it up! emoticon
    1665 days ago
    Go you :) You know there is nothing like a bit of a brag about what you have been blessed with. It can remind us of how lucky we are and also remind others that things do not always follow the same pattern as we are all individuals.

    I can relate to your motivations - in some way my reasons are similar, I just haven't worked out what to aim for yet. Maybe a ride on that big monster roller coaster at Alton's Towers (the Smiler) or wing walking. Choices choices

    1666 days ago
    It is great that you are motivated for healthy reasons. i know when i eat better and am active i have more energy and sleep better.
    1667 days ago
  • OKIE2006
    I love that you found what motivates you. emoticon

    1667 days ago
    I love this blog! You're awesome. My motivation is that I don't want to be a person who can't get in and out of the back seat of a two-door car -- for that I've got to maintain my weight, strength and flexibility. It may sound stupid, but it works for me.
    1667 days ago
  • JUSTA123
    You are awesome! emoticon
    1667 days ago
    You are doing wonderfully and are an inspiration. Thank you so much for this blog.
    Your fellow Sparker,
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