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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

From today's Spark Coach activities: Spend a few minutes writing about the reasons behind your fitness and weight-loss goals. What is your true motivation? What do you hope to achieve or experience after reaching your goal?

I am stiff and inflexible in body and mind. I want to be able to move in any direction I want, maybe even several directions at once like in dancing, without pain. I want to be confident. I want to be relaxed, even when it's all hitting the fan at once. I want to be happy and active and social. I see my poor physical condition as a barrier to these things. I need some emotional development, too. They go together.

It's hard to be respected as a fat nurse. It's difficult to meet the physical demands of the job when you are weak and fat. I'm not old, but I'm squarely middle-aged, in a field that doesn't have a lot of job security right now. I've always tried to develop my skills, but now I need to develop my body to match. This is so that I can look good on paper and also look good across the desk during an interview; it is chilling to realize that the people I hope will hire me in the future are very likely to be younger than I am, from now on. I have to look like the kind of person who can keep up.

What I hope to experience when I reach my goal is a feeling of being strong, relaxed, and attractive. Having a wide social acquaintance and a good support network. Being able to go do a lot of fun things, not just sitting at home alone on the computer. Being the kind of person that has interesting things to share, with the energy to be interested in other people. Being able to earn respect without starting from behind.

None of that seems very concrete. How does one measure these things?
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    Fantastic post. Right on. I look forward to reading more of your helpful and insight posts. Keith emoticon
    1746 days ago
    Hey Girl!
    Your ability to write so articulately blows me away! I am so impressed! And while they want you to be specific about what steps you'll take to reach these goals -- I think that you are more than half-way there! You certainly come across as a very interesting and attractive (I've seen you pics) person! I am surprised to think that you don't already have an active social network. I'm pretty sure if you lived near me -- we'd be friends!

    Anyway - don't forget you've got the Spark support here and all kinds of resources to help you get to where ever you want to go.

    As I said though --I think you're well on your way!!! emoticon emoticon

    1747 days ago
    Beautiful! I wish you health and happiness.
    1747 days ago
  • MALAMI518
    Those are great goals, and you've done a fantastic job of putting your reasons for those goals into words. Now think of what you need to do to accomplish those goals and put those into writing. The steps you need to take to get you there will be the more concrete goals.

    I haven't really thought about all the "whys" and have focused only on the "what I want" and "how I'm going to get there." Now that I think about it, though, I think that the "why" may be the most important factor. That is what can really drive us to make the right choices.

    1747 days ago
    I think you've done a great job of articulating your reasons for doing this, and your general goals!
    More concrete ones? I'm no coach but I would guess it's the specifics like mine are, do at least 35 minutes a day of exercise, eat within calories every day, drink 8 glasses of water, get 7 hours of sleep at least a night...and I will up those goals as I feel more ready to do so.
    You'll notice my goals, personally, aren't weight related. The weight will coe off if I follow them, but this allows me to not obsess over the scale.
    so that was all about me :) But I am going to take a page from you and talk a bit more in my own blog about my motivations and issues later today - I think I don't spend enough time thinking about how I got here, and why I want to see change - the emotional side of it all.
    1747 days ago
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