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9/29/13 3:38 A

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Enjoyed your Wordpress observations, from the dramatic pictures to the pie-slicing.

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9/17/13 3:00 P

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I love the rewrite of the Tolstoy line. Also in your word press I had never really thought through the fact that some of the motivation advice sounds off base because it doesn't apply to my personality type or even my place in my life or weight loss journey. I won't feel so "bad" about not being inspired by some of the motivation articles on maintenance.

There were a lot of StarTrek captains. I watch them all because my DH loved the series. Jonathan Archer of Star Trek:Enterprise was more gentle than Picard, Kirk or Janeway.

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9/16/13 2:36 P

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I like the idea of harnessing the power of both "away from" and "towards" motivators as described by Renee Stephens in her very first Inside Out Weight Loss podcast:

When I first set out to lose weight (again!), most of my motivators were the "away from" variety. I wanted to move away from being so heavy, being unhealthy, having no energy and feeling out of control and unattractive. As time went by, I started to develop more "towards" motivators such as fitness goals I wanted to accomplish and cute clothes I wanted to be able to fit into. As Renee describes in her podcast, the "away from" motivators got me going and the "towards" motivators kept me going. A year and a half into maintenance, I'm still motivated by both. I never want to go back to where I was four years ago and I want to continue to set new goals to keep things fresh.

My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since. Had a baby at the end of April 2016 and am working to get back to my pre baby form, or at least as close to it as I realistically can!

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9/14/13 12:22 P

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Anna Karenina begins that all happy families are alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

I wrote a blog the other day about what might quantify motivation, and one of my friends commented :
"Maybe I don't understand what motivation means. I've read posts here on SparkPeople where someone will say something like, "I hate being overweight. I need motivation to change." I think hating being overweight is motivation. Motivation isn't enough. Developing healthy habits takes education and practice. Wanting to lose weight isn't enough -- we need to know the steps to get there and we need to practice those step regularly."

I've seen this before in discussions about goals in maintenance. Some people focus on the day to day while others feel a big goal that looks ahead is still needed. To apply the quote from Tolstoy, all dieters have the same goal, but every maintainer struggles to identify their own motivation. We think we are supposed to be motivated by health, but it's frightfully intangible.

I recently attempted to outline some motivations on my Wordpress. I don't want to rely on it overly for this team's content but it's a starting point.

I'd say guess the people who say "just do it" are a bit like Captain Picard, or in the mastery category. "Make it so, number one."

I tend to think I'm a bit like Data or Spock, endlessly puzzling over the nature of things and what it means to be human. In terms of Star Trek Captains, I think Sisko was closest to this type, which is why not as many people watched the show, but those who did like it are so passionate about it. "It is not linear."

Is Captain Janeway really the supportive type or am I being sexist? I do think her struggle to blend the crews and stick to the star fleet philosophy with decades of isolated travel ahead of her is an apt metaphor for maintenance. I am not sure of a good quote, besides "Coffee!"

And then there's Captain Kirk, who I'd consider the freedom type. He's just always going off about how people must have freedom even if it makes them unhappy. All the captains have probably given that speech at one point but I really think that's him on the nose.

I didn't watch Enterprise, but I've got an inquiry out about it.

Edited by: VTRICIA at: 9/14/2013 (13:29)

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