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9/1/12 11:21 P

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i only scored a 12, and none of my individual scores were 5 or higher, so i'm with texan on this one. the article probably helps many people, but i'm not one of them. in response to the scale comments, i honestly have never given my weight much reign over my life. i am currently the lightest i've been since 7th grade, but certainly not my healthiest. if i had let the scale rule my motivations i would have been a very depressed and unmotivated person, weighing in at 199 pounds consistently through high school. what mattered most to me was that despite that number, i was fit, strong, and capable. those are the things that matter most to me, not my numbers. numbers can be a good indicator of progress, but what matters most is how we feel. if i feel sluggish and gloomy, exercise picks me up.

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8/26/12 7:25 P

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Like some of the others have said this article didn't send me to the moon. First I don't think motivation is so black and white, we are responsible for our own motivation but how we find it is very personal. The trick to motivation is when something happens that affects it, whether it's the weekly weigh in, how we see ourselves in the mirror or how we feel about a situation in our life, to not allow those things to take away our motivation but instead use it to feed our motivation to push even harder. One thing that I have learned in the last few weeks is that there is a difference between motivation and inspiration. I find lots of inspiration here on Spark and even in my daily life; but my motivation comes from deep inside, it's my desire to feel better, look better, live better, my desire to find the woman that I buried in over a hundred pounds of fat years ago. As my true self emerges from beneath the mounds of fat I find I get more and more motivated. This doesn't mean that there are no struggles, no temptations and certainly doesn't mean there are no slip ups...what it does mean is I can find the motivation to pull up the boot straps and keep working towards my goal.

So I say, find your motivation for yourself from whatever may inspire you, just keep in mind it is that same motivation that has to pull you through when that inspiration fades.

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8/25/12 10:52 P

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too tired to focus on article, guess focusing on the answere was hard lol

i tend to run hot or cold on motivation. starting something new motivates me but I tend to lose enthusiasm on long runs


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8/24/12 4:07 P

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Becca, I do agree with the article about conflicting goals.... eating what I want and gratifying my senses vs getting to a healthier weight. Even as a "big girl" my cholesterol is 160, my BP is 112/70, my HDL is fantastically high. I don't have diabetes. I very rarely (like once every 5 years) even get a cold. So even at 60 and overweight I AM healthy. If it weren't for my 2x's a year blood draw for my dead thyroid, I wouldn't visit the doctor at all except for mammograms (perfect), bone density (perfect) and other routine health care testing.

So as BHodge said, vanity is more my motivator right now. Fitting into smaller clothes, smaller scale number and getting rid of my extra chin! LOL. At 60+ I do have arthrtis (which I had as a thin person) and I try to REMIND myself that wear and tear of this extra weight is NOT going to be helpful for my arthritis. But since it doesn't limit my activites (YET!) it's easy to ignore that too.

So while I agree w/ the article about conflicting values which influence behavior, I don't feel as if ANYTHING it said, spoke to me about chosing healthy eating and exercise over self indulgence. I had no AHA moment that said, "Oh yeah I need to change this and that."

As for my motivation, currently it's touring Quebec w/ Celine Dione or something, and nothing in that article even slightly nudged me to work on having it return to Texas.
For those that it "spoke to" and encouraged you to change behaviors.... i say... LUCK-Y!! LOL

Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

The definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing all the while expecting different results.

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8/24/12 2:50 P

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The part of the article that resonated with me the most was the part of feeling torn in two between wanting to pursue both the gratification of our senses (eating what we like when we want it) and the psychological gratification of achieving meaningful but more abstract goals (being healthy, fit or attractive). I've always felt like a 'skinny person failure' because I like, as Dr Phil calls it, having a party in my mouth. And I wonder why I still feel that way, even though I WANT to be fit and healthy. Guess I'll have to work harder on balancing those out.

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8/24/12 1:38 P

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Well, I answered true with higher than 5 score on each one... probably not a good thing ;) --- However, in the last few days my motivation has really shot up, and I'd like to think that in awhile I might answer the quiz differently. I think, from looking at the article, and from my own personal counseling and such, my biggest time is often that I feel that external factors have all the control over me - I forget that even though things happen that I may not be able to control, I can control how I think and react. Positive thinking has always been a problem for me, and I am trying very hard to work on that! Overall, I thought it was a good article to potentially bring about some self-awareness.

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8/24/12 10:29 A

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I feel pretty "eh" about this article. Listen I'm in this cause I'm vain. I also would like to be healthy, but honestly I'm not "technically" unhealthy. I've never had a bad physical with the doctor and I don't have aches and pains. Well I've got some back/neck pain, but that's not weight, it's stress. I do rely on the scale & measuring tape & way my clothes fit. I also rely on how far I can run & how much I can lift & how I feel when I eat "bad" foods. I am my motivator & I don't think it really matters what is motivating me if the end result is the same.

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8/24/12 8:35 A

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I am just having severe issues in sticking to eating healthy and getting my butt of the couch is like impossible right now. I was doing so good and motivation and want to succeed flew out the window and I am truly having a hard time recapturing it

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Keli,
You are so right, I don't depend on the scale to tell me how I'm doing, I depend on me to tell me how I'm doing!!....and to parrot what you said spiritual balance is as important in this healthy lifestyle as are the nutrition and the fitness!! Once you are at peace with yourself sprirtually you will be able to maintain a healthier approach to to your nutrition and fitness, because you will find an inner peace within yourself!! Harmony allows for change to take place!!


Joy overflows in my life!

I have inner peace!!

I have the power to change myself!

I have faith in my ability to succeed!




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8/23/12 10:36 P

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This was a re-affirmation for me and very enlightening, although I have toted a couple of points. I scored really well, and I'm so pleased since I've worked so hard at this over the years. Bottom line: My progress, success, and changes in my body are my motivator, I've lost 50 lbs, and I've maintained this weight for over 2 years.

I dropped the scale a very long time ago. I'm no longer in a battle. I craved and found balance. Spiritual balance is key, and the rest follows. I crave and want exercise, but I have my days I don't want to, and sometimes I just don't. I need my "me" time, even if it's just for 10 min, and I crave it to be outdoors in a spiritual and peaceful environment. I need my time for spiritual growth, involving bible study and daily devotions, prayer, etc. I enjoy eating healthy and having a clean house, but I find the best shortcuts possible to make the rest happen, and on a night "I" choose not to exercise, "I' choose to clean and/or cook a more in depth meal, and I make some time for planning and prep of simple, quick meals.

I eat healthy about 85/15. When "I" choose not to eat healthy, it's a conscious decision. I don't fall off the wagon and start over and over like I used to. I simply choose to eat the unhealthy food/treat, enjoy it (sometimes a little too much), and move on to lighter meals. I feel like I have control over my life and time by learning to say "no", prioritizing my time, making time for exercise, healthy meal planning, and prepping.

I do well for long periods, but sometimes I just don't want to do all of this, and I have a short break (a day or 2). It isn't long before I crave exercise and healthy foods again, since it affects blood sugar levels, then I get back on track quickly. Never go back and never give up!!

It took a very long time to get here, and there will always be ups and downs, trials and errors, imperfections, etc. But once you form good, consistent, healthy habits, they'll stick if you allow them too.



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8/23/12 10:15 P

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ok i read it. clearly my problem is number 2. i don't enjoy doing what i need to do. that simple.
but i must do it anyway.

keep your EYE ON THE BALL. what is the goal?will this action get you closer?

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“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right." – Henry Ford

slowly but surely.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it's me.

face your stuff. don't stuff your face.

be so busy improving yourself that you have no time to find fault with o


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8/23/12 10:04 P

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heather and newvine, you are right. the scale is not everything.i always say inches are more important than pounds. muscle weighs more than fat.and strength is a worthy goal, too.
now to read the article....

keep your EYE ON THE BALL. what is the goal?will this action get you closer?

zip ya' lip (please see pic)

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right." – Henry Ford

slowly but surely.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it's me.

face your stuff. don't stuff your face.

be so busy improving yourself that you have no time to find fault with o


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8/23/12 9:44 P

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Not really. I have been really busy this week..two 12 hour days. But next week things will be back to normal and I am so looking forward to getting back to the gym Saturday!

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8/23/12 8:55 P

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This was a good reminder to me that in order to make the changes I both want and need, "I" need to set my mind and heart to it and not let externals dictate what I will do. That can happen all too easily in other areas of life too.

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8/23/12 8:29 P

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The article even referenced back to the "I" idea... You guys are spot on!

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but one of love, power and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
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"Are you talking to God about how big your problems are,
or are you talking to your problems about how big your God is?" ~Joel Osteen
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"The moment you give up in your mind, all of h*ll breaks lose and has a party" ~ Joyce Meyer


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8/23/12 8:20 P

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Big Hair Texan and Joyful62, it makes perfect sense to me, I think this is where we have to use the very first section of this challenge...remember back to when we had to use the word "I". Now is the proper time to use this word, we are the masters of our own fate, and only we can choose to change it!! Takes work but it's so worth it!!!

Joy overflows in my life!

I have inner peace!!

I have the power to change myself!

I have faith in my ability to succeed!




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8/23/12 8:01 P

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It does make sense Texan. And I agree. All of my friends here help to give strength when I am feeling weak or tired, but I have to want to gain strength and make good choices for them to be able to help. It all comes back to ME. I did find some of the info in the added articles linked to at the end. I do sometimes tend to think of myself is ineffective, and a victim of my circumstances which makes me lose hope that I can accomplish this. I really need to work on that mindset. Its all up to me.

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8/23/12 7:35 P

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I agree 100% with you Angie. No one else can motivate me. I know it. All the articles in the world can't make me focus when I'm not focusing. And NOTHING can stop me when I'm 100% "in the game." I just need to make my health my focus. Just me.
I love the empathy and the good ideas on Sparkpeople.... articles and message boards. They are great support but FOR ME they aren't motivators. When I get myself in the proper frame of mind, I feel as if the message boards help buoy me up and keep me afloat. But they can't get me on the boat in the first place. That probably doesn't make sense.

Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

The definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing all the while expecting different results.

Timing has a lot to do with the success of a rain dance.



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Okay everyone, I know you are going to hate me on this one, but my motivation has to come from ME and ME alone!! I guess your all saying there she goes tooting her own horn, but really I'm not!! I have Type 2 Diabetes, and for some reason, this disease really scares me, it can ruin my kidneys, my eyes, my pancreas, and cause loss of limbs, if you don't take your medication, eat healthy, and exercise. So you see, I have to be my own Motivator, or should I say Diabetes is my motivator, it could be my arch enemy, but I want it to be my friend and let it know that I will take care of me nutritionally, I will perform all the fitness minutes I can, and take my medicine to take care of this friend. The article was okay, but I did get a clear insight from the comments on here as to who my true motivator really is!! I don't rely on a scale or a tape measure I rely on how good I feel that day, and how healthy I will eat and exercise!!!

Joy overflows in my life!

I have inner peace!!

I have the power to change myself!

I have faith in my ability to succeed!




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8/23/12 6:39 P

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I am also motivated by the scale. I don't feel like it rules me, but I definitely rely on it.

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but one of love, power and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
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"Are you talking to God about how big your problems are,
or are you talking to your problems about how big your God is?" ~Joel Osteen
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"The moment you give up in your mind, all of h*ll breaks lose and has a party" ~ Joyce Meyer


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I still find myself relying on what the scales show. Why isn't the fact I am down 2 pants sizes, feel better and have more energy enough? The numbers on the scales haven't moved in 2 months. Time to put the scales away and live happy.

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TEXAN - sounds like you know exactly where your motivation is. :)

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but one of love, power and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
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"Are you talking to God about how big your problems are,
or are you talking to your problems about how big your God is?" ~Joel Osteen
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"The moment you give up in your mind, all of h*ll breaks lose and has a party" ~ Joyce Meyer


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Well, that was an eye-opener. My goal is to stop focusing on the scale and start focusing on changes in my functional abilites (walking, bending, etc.) for now. Good article.

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OK now I KNOW I'm going to be in the minority on this one. I read the article and did the quiz and honestly I feel it was a lot of yadda yadda yadda, blah blah blah and I just didn't see a lot of assistance for me with my weight loss struggles. Kind of psychobabble.

Usually when I read a SP article I wind up emailing the links to other people because I see so much value in it. This one... not so much.

By far most of the articles I read on SP kind of "speak to me". This one didn't.
That being said, what is relevant for one person isn't necessarily for someone else, so I bet it helps most of the rest of the folks that read it, and that's a "good thing" as Martha Stewart used to say.

Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

The definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing all the while expecting different results.

Timing has a lot to do with the success of a rain dance.



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8/23/12 3:33 P

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A common phrase we see here at sparkpeople is "I have fallen off the wagon..again!". Does this sound familiar to you? Are you frequently feeling like you are starting over..again?

This topic will challenge us to look at our motivation. We will also be given ways to help cope with the feeling of starting over all the time.

Personally, I really liked the attached articles to this topic. Please take a few minutes to look at them too! They are very helpful.

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"I"

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"Weigh In Stress You Out"

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"Are You Guilty"

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"How Big is your Beast"

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For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but one of love, power and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
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"Are you talking to God about how big your problems are,
or are you talking to your problems about how big your God is?" ~Joel Osteen
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"The moment you give up in your mind, all of h*ll breaks lose and has a party" ~ Joyce Meyer


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