What motivates you?

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Ebony and...

Joined: Jun 12
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Posted: 22 Jun 2012, 19:48
I went to the Dr and I saw her write "overweight" in my summary. I joked "you may as well write 'obese'" and she said "I don't like that word".

Not that I needed a wake up call, I struggle to polish my toe nails lol

My oldest son is coming home for a visit on Sept 9th and I plan on surprising him with a much smaller mom Smile

What's your motivator?
maymouse_101

Joined: Mar 10
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Posted: 22 Jun 2012, 19:51
My old clothes that I used to fit into, even just last year. I have a limited wardrobe of my current size, and much cuter clothes just 1-2 sizes down!
lovingmomma

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Posted: 22 Jun 2012, 20:02
After I had my third, we got some family pictures taken, I hated every single one of them because of myself. I felt like I ruined the pictures, the rest of my family was so wonderful, and I was just so big. When I would take singular pictures, or someone got a picture of me I would be able to say, oh well I was just in a bad position, it was just a bad picture. But all of these looked the same. There was no excuse. And I looked nothing like the picture I had of myself in my head. I knew I had to change then, I even have one of those pictures on my work out notebook, to remind me of why I am doing this!


Starting weight- 219 lbs May 2011
Goal 150 lbs- my original main goal, reached 6/22/2012! Yipee!

Pregnant with baby # 4. Gained 55 lbs. Weight at end of pregnancy 8/9/2013 204 lbs
Goal 1- 175 lbs reached February 23, 2014
Goal 2- 160 lb
AppleRose

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Posted: 22 Jun 2012, 20:37
I'd like to fit into smaller clothes. When I see photos of me I too don't like what I see. What I invision is different than the photo. : )
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kstubblefiel...

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Posted: 22 Jun 2012, 23:32
At first I was motivated by the fact that I was disgusted with the way I looked & what I had allowed to happen to my body.
Then I was motivated by watching the scale number drop.
Then I was motivated by running longer than I could the week before.
Then I was motivated by lifting heavier weights than I could the week before.
Then I was motivated by running my first 5k race straight through without walking, & wondered if I could do more.

Now I challenge myself continually with fitness goals & those never fail to keep me motivated even when the scale doesn't move much. The scale can be unpredictable, fitness goals aren't. If you get a good training program & put in the work, you are basically guaranteed success. It doesn't get better than that!

I now have 7 races under my belt, & at the moment I am motivated by the duathlon, 10-mile race, & half marathon I have planned for this fall. After those are over, I'm going to have to find something bigger to shoot for. Wink

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SamEatsLess

Joined: Mar 12
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Posted: 23 Jun 2012, 06:25
Vanity... Its sad but true.
Also the self confidence that comes along with looking good.
saswank80

Joined: Nov 10
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Posted: 23 Jun 2012, 07:40
My motivation for getting started on my weight loss journey was my kids and my health. Now, since I have lost a significant amount of weight, my new motivation is buying a new wardrobe. I am now able to fit into the labels I love and I am addicted to scouring my favorite thrift shop to find them. Another reason for me to keep going is the amount of compliments that I get. I love it when people notice the changes I have been making; it helps a lot with self-esteem.
Matshweng

Joined: Jun 12
Posts: 2

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Posted: 23 Jun 2012, 09:09
My motivation was when my Nephew asked me if I am having a third child and when I looked in the mirror I realised I looked six months pregnant.
lovingmomma

Joined: Oct 11
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Posted: 23 Jun 2012, 15:23
kstubblefield wrote:
At first I was motivated by the fact that I was disgusted with the way I looked & what I had allowed to happen to my body.
Then I was motivated by watching the scale number drop.
Then I was motivated by running longer than I could the week before.
Then I was motivated by lifting heavier weights than I could the week before.
Then I was motivated by running my first 5k race straight through without walking, & wondered if I could do more.

Now I challenge myself continually with fitness goals & those never fail to keep me motivated even when the scale doesn't move much. The scale can be unpredictable, fitness goals aren't. If you get a good training program & put in the work, you are basically guaranteed success. It doesn't get better than that!

I now have 7 races under my belt, & at the moment I am motivated by the duathlon, 10-mile race, & half marathon I have planned for this fall. After those are over, I'm going to have to find something bigger to shoot for. Wink



That is so awesome! I couldn't even imagine running 10 miles. It must feel great, and make you feel so acomplished! I think I am going to have to start doing some running Smile A lot of those things you said are ways that have kept me motivated too, the scale going down is a big one. Then with fitness, realizing how much easier simple things were after I had started working out daily. Going from hardly being able to do modified push ups to being able to do 20 regular push ups, being able to actually see some muscle showing in my arms. Getting more flexible, being able to actually touch my toes! Those sorts of things definitly keep me working at it!


Starting weight- 219 lbs May 2011
Goal 150 lbs- my original main goal, reached 6/22/2012! Yipee!

Pregnant with baby # 4. Gained 55 lbs. Weight at end of pregnancy 8/9/2013 204 lbs
Goal 1- 175 lbs reached February 23, 2014
Goal 2- 160 lb
gdotmarsh

Joined: Jul 11
Posts: 2

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Posted: 25 Jun 2012, 08:53
I've got a backpacking trip coming up and bad knees. Every pound off my gut is like a pound lighter pack.

The difference in knee pain with just my slight weight loss is amazing. That's my motivation!
shamneo

Joined: Jun 12
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Posted: 01 Jul 2012, 15:42
İI'm 27 years old and it's mainly vanity for me. I have a lot of nice clothes that I would like to atleast look decent in! But secondly, health. I don't want to end up unhealthy before I even turn 30.

Can I just say, reading at all your stories and looking at what you ladies achieved inspires me more now! So thank you very much!



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