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TOPIC:   What's Your Secret for Staying Motivated? 


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BARBWMS
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3/25/13 1:47 P

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I just had an off month, I think... only gained back a couple of pounds, but am back on track for the last week or so and seeing results again.

The best motivator is what several earlier posters said.. the desire to be healthy and active for my family, particularly the new granddaughter. I do want to be around a long time for her! My husband and I are nearing retirement and I want to be fit and healthy so that we can play in our time ahead!

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SWIMLOVER
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3/23/13 11:26 A

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What is keeping me motivated is that I want to get my A1C down and I want to lose this weight. I hate being obese and I want to get as healthy as I can. I am also 64 years young and I want to live a lot longer if this is The LORD'S Will.


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2/12/13 5:12 P

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It's often difficult for me to stay motivated. But I keep striving so that I can be as fit as can be for my 64 years. I want to be strong for my grand children, I want to be able to lift them and do things without getting out of breath.


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ARIZONAMARY
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2/8/13 2:29 P

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In a word...FEAR! My fear is that if I don't stay active & reclaim my health, that I won't be around for my young children.

My mom passed just over a year ago at age 68, due to an unknown heart condition that was made worse by her weight. By the time it was discovered, too much damage had occured to her heart. I saw myself going down that same road, but much faster then she was.

Many things help keep me motivated. I feel better when I exercise. So I've been doing 5Ks because I have to train for them at my weight. The weekly WW weigh in is motivation as well.

Being able to shop in my closet is fantastic & now my kids have begun to become interested in doing 5Ks with me. In October 2012 they wouldn't hardly get off the couch.

There are times when I'll sit in my car at the track & I have to tell myself out loud " Get out & walk one lap. Just one lap" Well it works because I no longer walk just one lap, it's more like 2 or 3 miles on a easy day.

I'm also constantly trying to walk a mile faster & I celebrate right there on the track or where ever I am with a litte victory dance. i don't care what others think because I earned it!

ALL of those things are great motivators, but it always comes back to FEAR for me. I've choosen to embrace it & to turn what could be a negative into a positive by doing something about it.


My dad always told me this: "The only person you need to be better than is the person you were yesterday"
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11/26/12 9:51 P

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The weather has been so nice and i can go out now cause it is cool see i have C.O.P.D AND I am in joying ever min. of it before you know it it will be hot again. emoticon

JUST KEEP ON WE CAN DO IT.


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JADEVAMPYRE
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8/14/12 7:52 P

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Determination! I want nothing more than to be fit and healthy. I have never been fit as an adult. I want to wear smaller and better clothes. I want to look good.


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7/28/12 8:52 P

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You could be exercising instead of reading this!

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DEBBY4576
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7/28/12 6:53 P

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Try joining one of the challenges. I joined the Summer 5% challenge. You have 8 wks to get off 5% of your weight. I don't know if I'll make it, but have lost 3.6 so far. I now have 3.4 to lose in the next 3 wks. If I make 132, I will only be 4 lbs from my final goal. At least it got me motivated again.

Edited by: DEBBY4576 at: 7/28/2012 (20:55)
AZ time. We don't observe DST.

Debby

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DESERTJULZ
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7/24/12 1:01 P

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Whenever I think about going over on calories or skipping exercise, I think about my two darling grandchildren and remember that I'm the grandma who gets down on the floor to play with them. I want to stay fit, agile, flexible, so that I can continue to play like a child with my grandkids!

Julia
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DEBBY4576
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7/10/12 8:38 P

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There are probably several secrets to keeping me motivated. Today, I feel like it is my friend that just got back from a 2 month vacation. We are good for each other. She has ordered a zillion Dvds, and we will get back to doing them 3 days a week. I can't wait. While she was gone I just do the elliptical 4-5 times a week. I do more minutes if I know she did more than I planned before I get on. Ahhhh competition I guess.

AZ time. We don't observe DST.

Debby

New Co Leader of Natural Remedies, Natural Health.
"Years teach us more than books."
Berthold Auerbach


Don't let your past hold your future hostage.


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DESERTJULZ
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6/21/12 11:55 A

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I'm super-motivated when I put on clothes that didn't fit three months ago.

Julia
Sonoran Desert
Joyfully owned by two retired racing greyhounds.
Happily vegetarian for 39 years.

Team Co-Leader: SP Class of May 6-12, 2012


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CICELY360
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5/25/12 1:30 A

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I remember how miserable I feel when I don't take care of myself. I also think about family members who died from heart disease and/or the effects of smoking.



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5/21/12 12:45 P

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I have bad knees and my health is starting to suffer. It has taken a month of continual exercise to stop hurting. Every time I want to stop I think of the pain and that keeps me going.


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CICELY360
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5/6/12 1:13 A

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I remember how good it feels when I'm healthy and how bad I felt when I let myself go. I also want energy and health to be here for my daughter. In addition, I remember that I have a family history of heart disease and two of my mother's siblings died of heart attacks in their 30s.



YLCHERRY47
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1/29/12 8:35 P

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Getting healthy again and I hope to get off many of the medications I am taking. I also want to look and feel better.

My husband says I just need to put one foot in front of the other in order to reach my goals.


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FIMBRETHIL
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12/2/11 5:09 P

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I've only been with Sparks for 2 weeks now but they have been a great two weeks. I made a commitment to myself to log into Sparks first thing every day and so far that is doing the trick - keeping me focused and motivated, just by logging my fitness and nutrition, and reading inspiring stories. Oh, and I read Daily Devotions for Dieters on crosswalk.com.
Love this program!


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RACHPHX58
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11/16/11 11:25 A

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I took a picture of myself with my shirt off and everytime I want to snack or eat unhealthy I look at that picture first. Sounds kind of harsh but it's been working!



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11/15/11 9:58 P

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When I run, I like to wear one of those rubber bracelets that says "Hope*Faith." I got it from a fundraiser for a girl I went to high school with who passed away after a long fight with leukemia. When I want to quit, I look at the bracelet and think, "Ashley died, you can finish this mile." It's gotten me through a 5k and a 10k :)



NOCHOA39
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7/8/11 11:40 A

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Looking in the mirror.

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Emotion may help us get started in the right direction, but it is rarely there at the finish line. Sooner or later we must press forward without the support of emotion and employ discipline.


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LOVEAZ
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7/3/11 6:44 P

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If I had some I'd share them, right now my only motivational trick is whatever exercise I have to do to get back into the A/C pronto.... :(

LOVEAZ/Sarah


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7/1/11 4:41 P

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How many of us experience an “off” day and just can’t seem to get on track? What do you do when this happens? How do you turn the negative thoughts around and make it a productive day? We all have our little tricks that we use to pull ourselves back up. Share your secret to staying motivated and why it works so well.

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"God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference."

"I would rather live my life as if there is a God,
and die to find out there isn't,
than live my life as if there isn't,
and die to find out there is".


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