My motivation has changed. While my prior motivation (of just feeling better over all and for my children's health) is still there it has grown and I have a strong motivator ---- my niece is getting married and I WILL have lost more by then (as of yet don't know when but I have until at least May I believe---possibly next Fall or into early 2014). It's helping that I'm setting small achievable goals for myself and once I reach those I get that proud feeling that boosts me toward the next one.
My husband and my friend are my motivators. My husband is on the 17DD with me and he has lost 20 lbs and I have lost 14 lbs. I feel I can not let him or myself down. I say to myself, can you walk the talk? I say, you started the ball rolling how would it look if you gave up. My friend and I have set exercise goals together so I can not possibly let her down. This is new for me, I usually just go it alone without support or accountability. I guess that is why I failed so many diets ago.
......and.....at the other end of the spectrum - when I feel under-motivated or really exhaused - a brisk walk/jog with my dog gives me back my energy!! And believe me, there are some days I come home so tired I just want to cry!!!
Kathymag Island of Kaua'i, HI Co-Leader 17 Day Diet Team "Know your limits...but never stop trying to exceed them......." Anonymous
Today's motivation is low! I'm trying to figure a way to feel more motivated today, but so far it's just not happening. I think I need to take a short afternoon nap so that I'll have stronger motivation during the week. Sometimes our bodies just want us to slow down and I think that's what I'm being told. So right now I'm motivated to take a nap :-) Hoping for more energy tomorrow!
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I have to agree that this good feeling is a great motivator! Eating healthy and regular exercise does stuff not only to your body but your mind and spirit too! I'm at the point now that if I go of track and that feeling goes away, I miss it and I am motivated to get back on track to feel good again. its not a guilt thing, there is this optimism and energy that is lovely! That's the biggest thing to keep me on track right now. The non- achy joints, the ability to walk stairs without being winded, etc.etc. are all well and good too.
'To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.' - adaptation of a poem originally published by Bessie Stanley
Right now what is keeping me motivated is my food tracker app on my iphone, it's just really fun to use. When I think about having something to eat off plan I type in what I want to eat and it tells me what the nutrtion content is and what it would add to my calories for the day. It makes saying no a much easier decision. I also have a trip coming up that is keeping me motivated as well. Inspirational quotes keep me motivated too, like this one: Face the difficulties: "The sooner and more willingly you face the difficulties, the sooner you'll get beyond them." ~Ralph Marston www.greatday.com
My biggest motivator is how good I feel. I've lost about 40 pounds over two years and have about 15 to go. I know that doesn't sound like that much but I've gone from a size 18 to a size 10 and feel like I'm the most fit I've ever been which says a lot for having turned 60 this year. I guess I just feel like a new person. I added strength training and pilates to my workouts and that along with the weight loss has made me able to do things I haven't been able to do in years, exercise without getting exhausted, walk and even jog a little if I wish, get up from a stooping position gracefully, get into a kayak, I guess just feeling in control of my body instead of the other way around. For anyone who feels like they have a lot to lose, you will find that 40 or 50 pounds will make an amazing difference in how you feel, the biggest non scale victory you could have so I'd recommend breaking down your weight loss and concentrating on manageable pieces at a time. Someone on here once said they couldn't imagine losing like 100 pounds but they could imagine losing 10 pounds 10 times. Hope this helps someone. I should mention that one of the reasons I've had to use this as motivation is because the scale moves down so slowly for me that if I had just been watching that, I would have quit a long time ago.
Edited by: KTISFOCUSED at: 9/1/2012 (09:22)
KT from Erie, PA
"A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse." Stephen Dolley Jr.
"To get something different, you have to do something different."
Pounds lost: 8.0
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This is a great topic for me. But, for a weird reason. I do not know what motivates me. Maybe that is why I have stalled. So, I will have to think about this. I do know I like to do things thought impossible. and i like to remember when i have done just that.
-Sharon 266.6 pre 17Day Diet... lost 10.8 pounds with severe back and knee injury.. 255.8 17DD- for one year of cycles.... lost 80 pounds!!! 175.4 Mid Aug 2012- sept 2013 yoyoville 9/25/12 172.6 BLC23 9/25/13 189 12/18 183.2 BLC24 183.8 4/9/14 178.6 BLC25 4/30 178 7/23 172.6
My motivation is how I FEEL. I feel great on this plan!
A big factor for me in wanting to get leaner & more fit is my family. I am blessed to have a lot of longevity in my family. I'm 37 and have 2 grandmothers, my grandfather passed in December at 87. If I am fortunate enough to live a long life - I want to be mobile and healthy. I want to be able to be able to live in my own home, no cane or walker etc as long as possible. No knee replacements or joint pain. Thankfully my grandparents have led a good and mostly healthy life. An extra 60 pounds will make life harder as I age - so it's gotta go!
Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me. -Carol Burnett
"Dead Last Finish is greater than Did Not Finish which greatly trumps Did Not Start."
Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.
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I have three motivators. One, my daughter is on this diet and I want to see her get healthy and trim, so we motivate each other. Second, the future of the company I work for is questionable, so I need to drop pounds if I have to find another job, and third I have a closet full of clothes to wear if I can lose 15 lbs, if I lose 35 I have even more clothes in the back of my closet, and if I lose over 50, I'll have to by a whole new wardrobe!!!!!!!!
My visuals on my motivation board (dream boards I made on Oprah's website) have really helped me. I read the bullets on them, I looked at the pictures regularly, and now... well, one entire board was dedicated to our move to Hawaii, from CO and we're here.
My board that is dedicated to me, well, I am pleased with where I am, and yet... I've not been on track since leaving CO. So, tomorrow, we join a gym, I'll write new programs for us, I'll re-visit and re-vamp my "physical/emotional" board & then...
In addition, I am a numbers, tracking FREAK. So, I wear a heart rate monitor, attempt to change the numbers (for the better) with every workout, I track the numbers, I track my food, my exercise, my bodyfat, my weight, my measurements, etc. Again, not as consistent lately, and do feel like I'd like to find a balance between tracking it ALL and finding it's de-motivating to tracking... NOTHING?! ;o)
Good topic as I love to see what others finds works for them.
Please post what keeps you going...big or small...or what you have heard from another that helps them stay on track with food plan, exercise, etc....whether visual, emotional, behavioral...who knows whose day it will brighten!
"You've got to get up every morning with determination if you're going to go to bed with satisfaction." G.H. Lorimer You can't change the past, but you can take charge of the present and shape the future! Unknown ONE day, perhaps ONE hour, possibly ONE bite at a time..on the path to ONEderland! HEAL the past...LIVE the present...DREAM the future Whatever it takes...one day at a time!
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