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Old 08-22-2018, 08:14 AM
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Hi All - I'm curious to learn what motivates you to lose weight? Why are you on this weight loss journey? Is it due to health reasons, because you're not happy with how you look, because you don't fit into your favorite clothes anymore, because you want to get a handle on your diet, because you want to meet a fitness goal... or something else? There may even be overlapping motivations. Just wondering what motivates you to move your body and focus on your eating habits?

My main motivations are to stay healthy and not develop a health condition, and also how I look and how I feel about the way I look. I feel most confident and comfortable in my body when I am at my ideal weight. I also don't want physical limitations to get in the way of what I do for movement (eg: I enjoy hiking and running and want to keep being able to do so).
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Old 08-22-2018, 09:27 AM
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Self improvement. I have low self esteem.
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Old 08-22-2018, 03:38 PM
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My main motivation is to have a healthy body. The last thing that I want is to develop a health condition that causes problems for me later in life. Not only does that sound miserable, but having health problems later in life is also expensive.
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Old 08-24-2018, 02:43 PM
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I have been struggling with motivation and that's why I got on these forums. In the beginning of 2018 I told myself that I would get to my goal weight by the new year or else I wouldn't celebrate new years with my best friends, as I usually do. This was a weird approach- threatening myself- also rather unlikely that I wouldn't go to my besties for new years! I was in a dark place. I was angry with myself because even though I had lost weight and reached my goal weight in 2011 I had let the weight creep back. I panicked! I was sad and upset with myself and I felt awful. Since that time I have managed to lose 11 pounds. The issue is that my motivation goes back and forth. Some weeks I am super motivated and think that I can reach my goal. Other weeks I eat fries and drink tons of wine and barely care.

Overall I would say that my motivation is the way that I look and feel. I feel heavy and felt so much better when I was lighter. I am glad to have reconnected with these forums for support. Best of luck to all on here!
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Old 08-29-2018, 12:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Asparagus7 View Post
The issue is that my motivation goes back and forth. Some weeks I am super motivated and think that I can reach my goal. Other weeks I eat fries and drink tons of wine and barely care.

Overall I would say that my motivation is the way that I look and feel. I feel heavy and felt so much better when I was lighter. I am glad to have reconnected with these forums for support. Best of luck to all on here!
Thanks so much for your honesty Asparagus - this is really, really familiar. Wine etc isnt my challenge because a close relative died of alcoholism. Certain kinds of foods are just as harmful in a different way, just need to focus better on the consequences of my choices, and how i feel after making those choices. Then there is the carrot approach too, that amazing feeling after a good green space workout, for example.
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Old 08-29-2018, 05:10 AM
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Find something that motivates you it's always different for everyone! What motivated me is my boyfriend noticed I was upset about my weight and he wanted to help me lose it! After a few months I stuck to my gym schedule and diet and I was on my way to losing weight. He kept me motivated but I always kept myself motivated because I did not want to let him down.
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Old 09-03-2018, 03:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Juliaisfit View Post
Find something that motivates you it's always different for everyone! What motivated me is my boyfriend noticed I was upset about my weight and he wanted to help me lose it! After a few months I stuck to my gym schedule and diet and I was on my way to losing weight. He kept me motivated but I always kept myself motivated because I did not want to let him down.
That is generally true Julia. I, myself also is stumbling across any other inspiration/ motivational videos and blogs just to keep me going. I never knew my issue until now, until I discovered Link removed-- It is my mindset. and I need to change it. The author simply indicates that our mindset is our true enemy/ ally, we just have to choose which one is it. My mind often drift me apart from my actual goal, I wasn't aware of it, but it is often too late until I realize the destruction it get in myself.

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