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Old 02-22-2012, 02:29 PM   #11 (permalink)
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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.

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Old 02-22-2012, 10:01 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Great topic.

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.
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Old 03-09-2012, 05:42 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Great posts! I hope each person reaches their goals and remembers the "why" as we make daily choices.
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Old 03-09-2012, 05:50 PM   #14 (permalink)
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1) I have really bad digestive problems when I eat poorly and I got really tired of feeling sick

2) I am tired of being tired

3) I want to be a good example for my son

4) I want to be a good example for my hubby

5) I feel embarrassed when I look in the mirror or see pictures of myself, not because I look "ugly", but because it's evidence of how badly I've been treating myself the past couple of years

6) I have a bunch of "before" clothes that I really love, that I want to be able to wear again
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Old 03-10-2012, 01:15 AM   #15 (permalink)
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1) I have really bad digestive problems when I eat poorly and I got really tired of feeling sick

2) I am tired of being tired

3) I want to be a good example for my son

4) I want to be a good example for my hubby

5) I feel embarrassed when I look in the mirror or see pictures of myself, not because I look "ugly", but because it's evidence of how badly I've been treating myself the past couple of years

6) I have a bunch of "before" clothes that I really love, that I want to be able to wear again
Welcome, good to see you jumping in on the threads. Those are some great reasons.
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Old 03-12-2012, 05:27 AM   #16 (permalink)
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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..
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Old 06-01-2012, 06:41 PM   #17 (permalink)
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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...
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Old 06-01-2012, 08:11 PM   #18 (permalink)
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-mirror for sure
-back problems
-watching my Mom (89) and Father in Law (88) age. One active & one not, this is a big motivator. The less you do the less you can do.
-wanting to be healthy
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Old 06-02-2012, 03:33 PM   #19 (permalink)
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I'm so glad this thread got bumped - I hope other's will post their motivations.

Mine remain the same. And everyday I thank the powers-that-be that I am alive, active, healthy, and looking forward to tomorrow .
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