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6/16/11 8:58 P

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I reward myself with cute clothes sometimes now. It may seem strange, but having cute clothes is a great way to remind myself that I'm worth it, and I should treat myself like that in every way, whether that's exercise or how I dress. =D

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6/14/11 1:22 P

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Start with small, easily achieved goals. Like, take the stairs an extra time or walk for 10 minutes when you're bored. This way, when you see your self achieving, it might encourage you to up the stakes with some more challenging fitness goals.

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5/9/11 11:27 A

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I just bought a pretty sundress in size 16 that I want to fit into sooner rather than later. :)

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5/4/11 3:39 A

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My motivation at the moment is a guy I met on match.com...he's in the Navy and will be taking leave in the summer to come back to Indiana, and I will see him then. I want to be as thin as possible for our meetup!

I also keep a picture of myself at a healthier weight as my profile photo on Facebook. I see it all day and it reminds me how badly I want to wear the clothes I was wearing then. I can't wait to wear that outfit again!

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5/3/11 7:27 P

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My motivation is my team at work. I am a manager of 11 associates and all of us are in on this together. They keep me motivated throughout the day and help me realize my goals or if I am straying away from what I need to be doing. I have an awesome bunch of people that I work with and so excited that we are all in this together, My only issue is at home when they are not around me and there is no support from honme. That is why I joined SP and I am committed to SP everyday.

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4/11/11 11:10 A

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I make sure I'm on sparkpeople daily. I focus on myself and I remind myself all the time why i"m doing this.

SELFDISCIPLINE:
The bridge between goals and success, words and action.
The ability to take action regardless of ones emotional state.
The ability to delay pleasure for a greater reward.
The ability to master yourself.



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4/11/11 9:34 A

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To keep myself motivated, I spend about an hour a day on SparkPeople keeping up with the friends I have made. It is inspiring to read and talk to people that are making a difference in their lives, and it helps me find the will to keep going - because I want to be able to report success! lol

Also, reading about fitness, nutrition, and health topics like that make me want to go do it too!

~*~Stephanie~*~ (or Steph)

"Nothing worth having is easy; if it was, everyone would have it." -my Pap RIP

"I'm starting with the [wo]man in the mirror... If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and then make a change." -Michael Jackson RIP

Goal 1: 269 - no longer morbidly obese.
Goal 2: 236 - no longer severely obese.
Goal 3: 202 - no longer obese.
Goal 4: 199 - out of the 200s.
Goal 5: 168 - heal


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4/8/11 12:40 P

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I've started working out with a group of friends and it's made it so much easier to get up and go in the morning. (Heck, we head out at 5 in the morning! And I'm not usually a morning person at all!) After having joined them I feel more awake when I start my day, not to mention that I get to start the day by hanging out with the worlds most amazing friends. :D

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4/6/11 10:09 P

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What I just started doing for work out motivation is surrounding myself with reminders of my goals..

I'm practically addicted to fitness and glamour magazines so when I'm done with one I take the pictures of the people working out, or the images of really cute clothes (that I can't yet fit into) and put them where I can't NOT see them.. For me it's my bedroom.. I can't fall asleep at night if everywhere I look in my room there are images reminding me that I didn't do all I could that day to get closer to my goal.. I even went so far as to buy a cute pair of shorts that I'll finally be able to where once I'm down to my goal size/weight.. I put them on a hanger on the outside of my closet door with a picture of the beach pinned to them.. Going even further I clipped out motivating images and stuck them to the inside of both the front and back cover of my daily planner (which I always keep with me in my purse).. Throughout the day when I'm away from home and I "get any ideas" I just flip open my planner and bingo I'm shot down lol..

The images you chose could be anything that gets you going.. Pictures of a vaccation spot you wanna get in shape for.. Photos of yourelf or a loved one.. Or whatever it is you plan to reward yourself with once you reach your goal.. Oh, and mirrors are good to have around for a reminder to "do something about it."

And since I'm not one for gym memberships I make sure my work out equipment is out in the open and not "put away." I keep my pilates stability ball in the livingroom so if I'm tempted to sit on the couch to watch tv it's in my line of sight and taunting me.. So at the very least I sit on that while still watching some tv and work my core a little.

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2/19/11 11:54 A

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I feel around my waist. You can feel your abs during a crunch, and your back muscles are pretty easy to feel out. Then I imagine that this is my 'real' waist, tiny and solid.

My golden finishing line, what I'm working towards :)

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2/9/11 3:25 P

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I go to the store and look at all my cute things that I can't fit into! Or if I don't feel like going out I go into my closet and pull out a pair of my "fat" jeans (the only ones that fit me) and look at the size of them just laying on the bed. It really depresses me that my butt is that big and makes me wanna work out even more. It also helps me when the weather is nice. I love getting out and getting some fresh air so tend to do a lot of walking.

*Ashley*
Goodbye 280's: 1/2012
Goodbye 270's: 5/2013
Goodbye 260's: 8/2013
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2/9/11 10:03 A

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LAWGIRL86, I can understand the struggle to find motivation. When I started back with SP, I told myself that I would do 20 mins of exercise 3 days a week. That could be taking a brisk walk, doing a workout DVD, or going to the gym. For me, 20 minutes was reachable and not overwhelming. I have friends who started by committing to 5, 10, 15, minutes. I think committing to consistency is the first part. And just DO it. Make it an appointment. Make it automatic. Make it just something that you do, regardless of how successfully you're trying to talk yourself out of it. For me, I find that GETTING to the gym or off the couch is the toughest part. Once I'm moving, I'm loving it. And I feel so empowered.

Another trick I've been doing that works is right after work (still AT work) I change into my workout clothes. That makes my drive to the gym easier and I'm less likely to veer off the path and drive home instead. Or, if I do drive home, I'm MUCH more likely to pop in a DVD and do something instead.

Commitment is the key and it leads to motivation. It's so empowering to see how far you've come!


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2/8/11 2:01 P

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I go online shopping! I spent most of my adult life in the 20-something sizes. When I got down to a size 18, I started to think "Wow! Someday I might be able to shop in NORMAL stores!" I was never much of a fashion person before then... but for some reason this really tickled me, and since then window shopping for cute clothes I can't wear yet has been really motivating!

I also fantasize about writing a weight loss memoir and having it be a best seller, haha! Or, more realistically, I like to pretend that maybe someday I might get to be a Sparkmotivator for weight loss. I don't even know why but that honor is really motivating for me!

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2/8/11 3:03 A

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Nothing makes me want to workout like watching A&E's Heavy. I figure if they can do it, then I have no excuse. So I grab my mp3 player loaded with some rock and dance music and I hit the gym. Also, when I'm to the point that I want to just quit while working out, I remind myself of the people I've seen who didn't give up and just how much they accomplished by sticking with it.

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2/7/11 12:22 A

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Motivation is sometimes hard to find, even for me,lol. For me, Im usually motivated by simply reflecting on my life and how my weight has affected me, and it makes me want to change. Also, never forgetting my goals is a great way to stay motivated. Finally, when it comes down to it, for evercising, music always works,lol. No matter what, don't give up, if you really want to lose the weight, then lose it, simple as that.

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1/9/11 9:12 P

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I also need motivation to work out. I actually love doing it but it is going to the gym that seems like the most work. If you find out any tricks please let me know :)

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1/9/11 3:57 P

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My husband is my workout partner so when I'm having a hard time finding motivation I ask him some positive things about myself since we started working out.

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1/9/11 3:10 P

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i work out with a friend. we motivate each other - one good thing is i would feel bad calling her to say i couldn't make it - so i don't get lazy and decide not to go!!

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1/9/11 1:06 P

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I've been doing really well with my calories, but I really need to work out! I know I just need to get up and do it, right? I just can't seem to get there. It's really hard when you haven't worked out in so long, and I know as soon as I make it a habit, it won't be hard to keep going. So I just need to get going. What do you guys do to get motivated to exercise?

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