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How my motivation has changed over the years

Thursday, August 01, 2013

For many, many years, my sole motivation for losing weight was to look good. Very superficial, but that was how I felt. When we are young, we think we are invincible and that nothing bad will ever happen to us, but in 1997, I crushed my knee cap while waterskiing and found myself not able to work out. I also was left with pain and some limitations in my left knee. Suddenly, being healthy was a lot more important than just looking good, although I still wanted to look good.

In 2006, I got another blow to my health, when I was diagnosed with Cervical cancer. This resulted in a radical hysterectomy and 6 weeks of rest. Again, I was not able to work out and was forced to re-examine my motivation for weight loss. It really is true, without your health, you have nothing!

But my biggest motivation of all comes from my parents. My parents never lived a healthy lifestyle. Exercise was not part of their routine, they ate out a lot, and both were overweight. All of this led to Type II diabetes for my dad (my mom now has it as well) and many complications. One of the biggest was the lack of circulation in his feet and legs. When my dad died two years ago, his feet and legs were riddled with gangrene. He was given the choice to have a double amputation or go home and get his affairs in order. He chose to do the later. Type II diabetes seems to run in my family and after spending that last week with my dad, I don't want to end up that way. High blood pressure, breathing problems, failed kidneys, heart trouble. So many of these could have been avoided for my dad and now my mom, had they just altered their lifestyle.

I have dreams of being a really active grandma someday, which means that the choices I make now are so important. My health is what motivates me.

What motivates you?

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    I too want to be healthy, well into my years, I am 71 now, and feel great, much better than i did 10 years ago, I need to be able to take care of myself, and my DH, as well, so I go to aerobics class 3 times a week, and walk every day, 10,000 steps is what i aim for daily.
    2087 days ago
    I am also motivated in diet and exercise to be healthy and avoid diabetes. I have pre diabetes already, at 38, even though I have spent very little of my life overweight, and most of my life have exercised well and ate relatively healthy, I just tend to eat too much I guess. I know I have a genetic predisposition to it and try not to dwell on how unfair it is that I carry all my weight in my belly, and I have to work so hard to not have a gut.

    Yet I can't always accept that reality, I can fall back into overeating and drinking beer all too easy, which I just know is so bad for a person who packs on the pounds in the middle. I look forward to my blood test in October to see if I can reverse the prediabetes diagnosis. I just don't know what else I can do if the numbers haven't gone down.

    I find vanity to be a weak motivator. I am married, I have kids. But I'm trying to make myself look beautiful again like I used to try. You know, getting clothes I like and that fit me and doing my hair properly, things like that. Respecting myself on the inside and outside.

    Anyway, great blog :)
    2087 days ago
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