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Thank you Laura, but I would say we are all blessed to have found this site and be here together in this struggle. It's hell to feel you are alone at this. Just logging in and seeing what else is going on with others makes you say, "hey I've been there" or 'done that' or "WOW, no kidding, I never would have thought of"... such and such.' You learn something new every time. It's a miracle.

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The disease I have is hereditary. I did NOT know that when I had my girls. They are afraid to be tested. Although they know what they could be doing now to make things easier for them when/if they should get it; they refuse to do these things. So I have to keep fighting to show them that I can still live a worthwhile life, and so can they.
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every time I see my fit colleagues, a very way to inspire myself to be fit and move to do more exercise!

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GRAMDEB1 you are blessed

"There's a difference between knowing the path and walking the path." Morpheus in The Matrix

"Failure is only postponed success...The habit of persistence is the habit of victory." -Herbert Kaufman

Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do."
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I'm with you Erin. I'm just working on not being dependant on the wheelchair all the time and really need to keep constant work on my muscles. I have a debilitating disease so it is a constant battle and one that I have not quit on. The doctors never felt that I would walk again and at one point half my body was paralyzed. I kept at it and day by day, with help, strength from a higher source, acupuncture, and stubburnness, I am walking (okay, it looks funny, but I am walking, LOL). And I am doing more and more every day. That is my motivation. It helps so much to lose the weight that I desperately need to get off too. I'm not quitting, just taking it slowly, one step at a time.

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9/12/10 8:03 P

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I have to try to build up some strength again. I spent too many years in that wheelchair to go back now.
Erin

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I feel better after I work out regularly my health but of late its not working I'm having pain whether I work out or don't

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My exercise is walking and aerobics. My dog is a huge motivator for me. When I see the joy he gets when my sneakers go on, I get excited to hit the trail. Friends also motivate me. I go to the gym and have met some friends that I look forward to seeing 3 times a week. When I don't see one of them there, something is missing and they make me feel like I am missed when I don't make it to the gym. The biggest motivator is how I feel after I exercise. I have more energy and the endorphins start kicking in. When I miss a day, I can tell.
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PIEDAD1964 here is your PUSH! emoticon emoticon

"There's a difference between knowing the path and walking the path." Morpheus in The Matrix

"Failure is only postponed success...The habit of persistence is the habit of victory." -Herbert Kaufman

Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do."
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Ugh! That's da problem getting on a roll! I guess having an exercise buddy 2 push me would help! emoticon

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How strong and fit I feel. And how my clothes feel a bit looser.

You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.
~Robin Williams


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me, myself and I are what motivates me to do fitness.

1 bite at a time = 1 choice at a time.
Choice is in our power; take the power and run.

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Nothing is forever why not live for today and make it the best day ever.

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I am motivated by doing exercises that I enjoy and knowing that exercise helps with a multitude of health problems or preventions. Exercise helps us to stay or get healthy.
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Ha..I know this is silly but SWEAT motivates me to exercise! I like to feel my heart pounding..I imagine the fat burning process in my head and can literally feel it melting off!!! I miss it if I don't get to the gym!

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I am motivated by how good I feel after exercising.

Challenges at SP help me stay motivated too!

Healthy urban living in Chicago (Central Time)--lots of walking, train & bus commuting, CSA freggies in the summer & fall!


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couple of things... having enough points to post in Spark, team challenges to succeed at, and my ongoing need to maintain/increase pedometer steps are chief among them.

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�Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.�

�Even if you are on the right track, you�ll get run over if you just sit there.�


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9/7/10 8:00 A

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Umm - these days nothing! LOL!

Laurie

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Calvin Coolidge

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9/7/10 7:26 A

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My morning motivation is I like to exercise to start my days off right and reap the extra energy it produces.
By strapping on my pedometer as soon as my feet hit the floor it keeps me accountable and motivated to MOVE and not sit.
Once the bus leaves with my son, my 2 furry coaches (Nitro & Bruin) are spinning in circles and my constant shadows until I grab their leashes and off we go for their 1 mile walk or more. This is my warm up session which inspires me upon returning them home to sip a quick bit of water, grab the ipod and off I GO walking to my own beat for a few miles.

For me I try hard not to emphasize on the scale number. This is for the longetivity of my health so I look for results in my health numbers, energy level, stress level, fitness level, and clothing. I push myself beyond my norm on good/great days to see how I fare.

Seeing others around me, actually asking to join me in my exercising is a huge motivation and lets me know by leading as an example I've managed to "Spread the Spark" and I encourage all the way.



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I love to enter my exercise into my tracker and see how many calories I burned and see how many points I get...I am not that faithful to exercise so I need to get better with that!!

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You never know how strong you are until strong is the only choice you have...

Trust in God with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding...in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight...

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I'm motivated to exercise because it makes me feel so good.

“The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not.”
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I got a dog a couple weeks ago and she loves to go for walks. That motivates me to go for walks 3 times a day.

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Right now my goal is to be able to get up off the floor. It's such a simple goal, but it is a HUGE factor. I remember once I fell a few years ago on an uneven sidewalk. I couldn't get up. I took off my backpack...nothing. I took off my coat...nothing. I was about to panic when a man came by (I now think it was an angel) and lifted me up. that's the only time I ever saw him in that particular place. I am being faithful to Curves to achieve that goal.

If the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence it's probably astro turf.
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It depends on how I feel in the mornings. Motivation can be from nil to overdoing and then I go down for a couple of days. "All things in moderation."

Eileen

Slow & steady makes a winner of us. Even if we hit pitfalls, get up. Know that a new day is right around the corner.
Try to be all that you can be. Work at it a day at a time.

"Be not afraid of going slow; be afraid if standing still" (Chinese Proverb)

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If you have the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed.
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What Motivates you to EXERCISE?

The scale and the fact that unless we win the Lottery I'm going to have a lot of extra skin WHEN I lose that 143 pounds I'm shooting for because surgery is out of the question.

This week I'll begin looking for articles that address the proper exercise to help reduce that flab, for lack of a better term. I read some where that eating lots of papaya helps the skin cells shrink. I guess I'm going to have to start holding my stomach in again too emoticon

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Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.


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After I exercise 30 times I am rewarding myself with a massage.

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I need to do this to stay healthy. I'm worth it!

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I'll keep working at it. I'm worth it. You're worth it too.

Every day is a new day. Gotta keep on keepin' on, no matter what!

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I like the way it feels when I am done. It is also time when I don't have to answer to anyone and I get to listen to my favorite music.

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Stress. I could have walked 100 miles in the last 2 days. Why is it when I need to walk the most I'm in a situation where I'm trapped inside?

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several things seem to be my motivators - the first is how my hubby seems to lose twice as much as I do, the next motivator for me is my sparkstreaks (I set my swim routine for 3 times a week and if I don't do that, I seemingly don't lose wt that week) and 3, if I don't do my swimming laps, then I have to do something else and I hate other stuff, swimming is a love for me. hugs, cheryl

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to be very honest...at present it is the points Spark gives me if I go and do it.....lol

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Variety and seeing some changes in my body, my lifestyle, my mood. Not having variety is boring and I will lose motivation quick.

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You only fail if you quit trying.

I can be brave when learning or trying something new
I shall be bold by pushing myself to the next level
I can be fierce by being determined in setting my goals and reaching them
I shall give a full 100% of me and feel FABULOUS about the woman I am


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The changes in my body helped motivate me, and now I really do like to exercise and feel better when I've done it.

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I hate strength training. Period. I do it because I want to get rid of the bat wings and build muscle.

The cardio is the easy part - I walk my dog because it just makes him so darned happy, and I work out on my ski machine and mini elliptical because I love books and I only let myself listen to certain audio books when I'm working out!

Leslie

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Exercise is now a big part of my life. I feel strange if I do not do something during the day. To me it is a very natural thing to do now. Now if you would have said 10 years ago I would say this - I would think you were crazy!

In the beginning I was motivated by the thought of losing weight.

Now it makes me feel so good and in control of my life. Find something you love to do - or several things you love and it will make it so easy to become a part of your day.

You may learn to love something you never thought before.

"There's a difference between knowing the path and walking the path." Morpheus in The Matrix

"Failure is only postponed success...The habit of persistence is the habit of victory." -Herbert Kaufman

Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do."
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Until recently, I had a walking partner and I see how hard it is for me to get up and do it on my own. Even on the days when we didn't walk I was doing more exercise.

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The results I see in my body motivate me. And as someone else has said, the Spark points.

The will of God will not take you where the Grace of God cannot protect you.

Give me a sense of humor, Lord,

Give me the grace to see a joke,

To get some humor out of life,

And pass it on to other folk!


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someone to exercise with. something challenging to do such as climbing.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all they ways, acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6


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What motivates me is the scale. Also wanting to get get my weight down and knowing that to do that I need to exercise.



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I often wish for a swimming pool too! I forgot to mention earlier that I named my elliptical Phillipe. It is so much easier to say I'm going to spend 30 minutes sweating with Phillipe than "doing my workout"!



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I exercise because I will never give up on my goal
to get healthier. Even though I hate exercise.


I wish I had a indoor swimming pool...LOL....it would
be so much easier on my joints than the treadmill...
Do you suppose my landlord would object to putting one in the back bedroom????

If you always do what you've always done,
You'll always be who you've always been!!!!!!

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end of the day saying "I
will try again tomorrow!"

Mary Anne Radmacher

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A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book.

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Having a goal
I signed up to walk a half marathon in October. My exercise usually wanes in the summer months as I find more interesting things to do with my time. But this summer, because I am on a training schedule, I have been exercising 3-4 times a week. And I'm proud to say that I am now up to 10 miles. If I didn't have the weekly goals and the 13.1 mile end goal, I doubt I would have exercised much at all this summer.

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. Anais Nin


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I agree with others here. Exercise motivates me. The more consistently I do it, the more I find myself craving movement. I think that deep down I am an athlete at heart..

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Routine. Sounds silly enough and I never would have believed it before, but when I put myself on a schedule and stuck with the schedule for a good month or two, I find myself literally unable to skip a workout.

For instance, today is Monday and Labor Day. I have been able to squeeze in walking 2 miles during breaks at work, but am not working today. After the family and I went to the grocery store this morning, I came home, changed clothes and hopped on the treadmill before I knew what happened. Apparently I have hard wired my brain to expect and initiate exercise as per my normal routine.

Can I do it? YES I CAN! (Thank you Bob the Builder!)





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I love listening to my ipod when I exercise. Also, I like improving a little each day. Although I find it hard to motivate myself to get started, I enjoy the way it makes me feel.




Dress the part, act the part, suck it up!
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I feel so good when I exercise and my body feels strong and healthy!!

Exercise to be fit, not skinny.Eat to nourish your body.and Always Ignore the doubter, haters, and unhealthy examples that were feeding you. YOu are worth more than you realize." From the Fitness Facebook page..

There is always reason to Dance!!
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I don't like to exercise at all. All the normal things that should motivate me don't motivate me. I know that exercise makes me feel better, moves me closer to my goal, keeps me healthy for my husband and children, but all of those things won't get me off my rear and out the door. The two things that have kept me consistently exercising are (1) sticking with walking, which I really enjoy, and (2) using my pedometer. It helps me to have step goals, and I increase my goal by 500 steps each week. The challenge of trying to find ways to walk more is keeping me enthusiastic and motivated now.
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The idea of getting down to my ideal weight


Life is the future, not the past.


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Exercise gives me more energy and I feel healthier.

Gretchen Muller
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“There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.”


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9/6/10 9:50 A

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I do things I like and avoid things I don't like. I love karate and I like some of the classes at my gym, swimming, the elliptical, walking the dog and gardening. I'm actually happy that the weather has cooled down because now I can take my dog for longer walks again. He doesn't tolerate the heat very well.


It may seem difficult at first, but everything is difficult at first.
-Miyamoto Musashi

Laughing 100 times is the equivalent to 10 minutes on the rowing machine or 15 minutes on an exercise bike!
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9/6/10 9:30 A

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Exercise doesn't seem to help me lose weight. Eating less does that. Exercise simply makes me feel good. Once I get past the first couple of weeks of a new exercise program, I need to exercise. It's good for my heart. It's good for my body. It perks me up and makes me feel I've done something for ME!

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9/6/10 9:23 A

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When I look at myself in the mirror.



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9/6/10 9:10 A

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Fear is a great motivator for me.

#1. Without exercise my back will stiffen right up

#2. I can't keep weight off with food reduction alone

#3. My body looks much better with exercise, more definition and less lumps and bumps

Every day I am on the verge of making slight changes that would make all the difference in my life.

Don't make todays choices be tomorrows regret

Carol
Southern CA - Pacific time zone

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9/6/10 8:37 A

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I exercise because it is good for me. Not particularly motivated to do it but don't want to be older and not be able to move. My source of motivation right now is my three golden retrievers who all demand time outside to walk, sniff and play. We try to go every morning as I love being out with them.


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9/6/10 8:37 A

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Exercise is not easy for me.....HOWEVER, I need to do it because the fear of immobility looms. I need to do it because I need to get healthier. So, I do what I can for now and try to increase my time and build my stamina. emoticon

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9/6/10 8:28 A

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In itself, I do not like to exercise. I am motivated to exercise though when I have a buddy to do it with. I walk as exercise and I am much more regular at walking when I can walk with someone else.

I am motivated to exercise/walk because I know that it will help me loose weight. I know that it will strengthen my heart and help my blood pressure to go down. I also exercise/walk so I can keep up my SparkStreaks!

What motivates you to exercise?

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"Not Perfection but Progress" in my lifestyle changes.

Left Knee Fracture: 3-5-12
Left TKR 6-19-12


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