My D day was when I bought the next size up pants, because my favorite jeans had ripped in a place where jeans arent supposed to!!
I have been insulin dependent for about a year. I am motivated to have good diabetes management after a year of being in denial because I was so angry about carrying on the family tradition of a poor pancreas. My mom died young to cancer after being diabetic with poor control for many years. I do not want history to repeat, I love exercise, and am learning that healthy, clean eating can be just as fun as that sugery donut.
The scale moves slowly, but I am patient. Small goals that are attainable motivate me to continue.
start wt: 171 lbs Dec 2011
current wt: 157 lbs
goal: 140 ish whenever I get there.
When I first started trying to lose weight (a few weeks before I found FD) it was because I had let myself go too far with too many bad foods. I started to notice that I just didn't feel good anymore like I used to. I noticed I was getting a little tired from just mowing the lawn. But the worst was just feeling sleepy all day. So my first motivation was to lose weight in order to feel better.
Now that I've lost the weight and I'm maintaining, my motivation has changed. I've now focused on getting into better shape cardiovascular wise. I used to have it, and it's been too long now since I've gone backpacking. So that's my new motivation. To be in top condition so that I can go backpacking again this summer, and do it comfortably, without getting so tired that it's not fun. I figure when I can run 4 miles, non stop, pretty comfortably that is when I know I'll be ready. I think by the spring I should be there. So that goal is motivating me as well.
Think of food as fuel for the body instead of feeding emotions
I began looking at various weight loss options last summer, as I spent most of the summer embarrassed to remove my shirt or go to the pool etc...
I was 39 and after a look in the mirror I was disgusted at what I had become..
Began at 6'2" 359, around labor day, now down to about 295 and still going strong.. my motivation is looking in the mirror and knowing that my long term health will be better and that this summer I will not be embarrassed to go out in public in swim trunks.
One good thing is that looking back I can laugh at myself a bit....knowing the future is better ahead..
I run because so many cannot - who am I to waste that blessing
This speaks VOLUMES to me...I have (had) 3 female cousins with MS (one has been gone over a year now at the age of 55) and have watched how that alone steals some of their joy.
I don't run; but I exercise regularly, or did before 2012...I'm having a rough time keeping up a regular schedule for some reason now. I work out a week, take a couple off, start back in slow - work out for a week or two, and take off again.
I'm disgusted with this pattern. Thank you for reminding me of one of my own personal favorite motivations.
How dare I waste the good health so many others would LOVE to have...