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03-05-2009, 08:03 AM

what inspires you all to lose weight? By that, I don't mean finally reaching your goal and being thin or healthy.

I mean what inspires and/or motivates you to keep going on a daily/weekly basis in trying to lose weight?

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03-05-2009, 08:36 AM
Right now, I'm inspired by my own success. I AM doing this and it has not been that miserable or painful. I am eating more healthy, feeling better and looking better than I have in a long time. That motivates me! Also, putting on clothes that fit one week and finding them baggy the next. Yahoo!

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03-05-2009, 08:37 AM
I have a few things that got me started and keep me going...

1) I didnt want to be the "fat" parent. Then my son started school this year and I WAS the fat parent. Figured I could change that. Everyone will get a big surprise when the winter gear comes off. :)

2) I graduated in 2006 with a BS in Health Promotion. I felt like there was no way anyone was every going to hire me. Who would hire an obese person to teach about health. What could I possibly know about health? I can definitely tell my self confidence is improving with the weight being lost. I feel like I could actually survive an interview without feeling like I'm being scrutinized due to my weight.

3) My family has very poor health. My mom and about 6 of her siblings have all already been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. And every member of my family who has died to date has done so from some kind of heart problem. As mentioned in number 1, I have a 5 year old and I would like to see him grow up. Plus my husbands family, both sides, seems to live very long lives and I am determined to stick around with him as long as I can.

03-05-2009, 08:43 AM
Each little success, each new ability makes me want to work harder. I've actually started to inspire myself, I'm taking on harder physical challenges. It's really exciting for me.

03-05-2009, 09:37 AM
Right now, I'm inspired by my own success. I AM doing this and it has not been that miserable or painful. I am eating more healthy, feeling better and looking better than I have in a long time. That motivates me! Also, putting on clothes that fit one week and finding them baggy the next. Yahoo!

This is totally me!

03-05-2009, 09:45 AM
I am inspired by myself. Over the last year and a half or so, I have done a lot of personal reflection, and I came to the conclusion that the only thing that was standing in between me and the life I have always dreamed of... was me, and whatever doubts/insecurities I had. Since then, I have kind of forged a path for me to start working towards the career I have always dreamed of (but never thought I could get) and the healthy body I have always dreamed of (but, again, never thought I could get). It's time I stopped doubting my abilities... I am now a believer that with hard work and dedication, you can really achieve whatever you want to. I don't know how I feel about heaven/reincarnation/the after-life, but the way I see it, no matter what happens when I cross into the unknown- I want to know that I made the most out of my time here.

03-05-2009, 10:08 AM
My primary motivation has been the way I physically feel. I was miserable and desperate before I started losing weight. My doctor promised me that 10 or 20 pounds would make a difference. He was right!!

I feel so much better after losing 40 pounds and am excited about the prospect of how good I will feel after losing 20 or 40 pounds more. Success inspires more success.

Secondary, but important, motivation comes from the thought of all that I will be able to do, that I was not able to do in the past. Playing with my grandchildren are at the top of that list.

PS - All the success stories here also inspire me. Knowing that others have been able to lose weight makes me feel that I can do too. Success inspires more success.

03-05-2009, 10:28 AM
Knowing that by exercising and eating well I'm nourishing my body in a healthy way and making sure I'm physically challenged enough.

In a weird way, part of my motivation to keep going is so that I'm NOT a statistic. I don't want to be overweight. I don't want to eat fast food (because the more literature you read about the industry the less you want to be involved with it). I want to be able to do physical activities.

And, I want to participate in all the fashions that girls my age can wear before I'm too old to wear them, haha.

03-05-2009, 10:51 AM
I have alot of self esteem issues, I find it so easy to put myself down and forget all the positive things and only focus on the negative. That makes it pretty rough.

But I am getting better and the changes and success does inspire me and helps me to stay focused.

Though I think the biggest inspiration for me right now is reading this forum and another forum I go to. I love seeing that I am not alone and all these other people have struggled but still in the end can do it and have success. It just reminds me that yes sometimes it is hard but in the end the effort is so so worth it.

03-05-2009, 10:59 AM
I want to be healthy, strong, energetic and capable until I drop dead at the age of 100 plus. All I need is a healthy diet, regular exercise, a good attitude, and a sense of adventure.

When I was heavier and sedentary, I felt .... old. Creaky. Afraid to try new things. I had high cholesterol and my blood pressure was creeping up. Now I can run circles around kids 20 years younger and all health indicaters are excellent. Proper diet and exercise is the closest thing to the fountain of youth that we have. If I could sell a pill for it, I'd be a multi-billionaire.

I love the way I feel now and what I can do. I NEVER want to go back. That's what keeps me inspired and motivated to continue.

03-05-2009, 11:03 AM
I think of this little black and white dress (my sister's) I would finally be able to fit into for my 21st birthday. It helps make me run longer/faster and push myself harder.

edit: it becomes a mantra: "black and white dress, black and white dress, black and white dress."

03-05-2009, 11:11 AM
i'm so superficial... the upcoming warm weather is TOTALLY what inspires me to eat right and work out day after day. i am DETERMINED to look smoking hot in tiny summer clothes and itty bitty bikinis.

03-05-2009, 11:29 AM
I'm not too old to have the life I've always wanted ~ I have to lose this weight if I'm going to do that. I refuse, refuse, refuse to be fat any longer. It's just not who I am.

03-05-2009, 12:06 PM
My daughter and the ability to chase her around without worrying about having a heart attack! being able to pull my weight *pun intended* around the home and just in general where life goes.

pretty simple really

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03-05-2009, 12:21 PM
ive started to be motivated not by the scale but by my fitness goals and how quickly ive been progressing. 3 weeks ago i was winded after running a mile, today i ran 4 nonstop. im working towards a ten k right now and i feel like my fitness is something i have so much more control over, not like that stupid unpredictable scale.

03-05-2009, 12:40 PM
This is where the vanity comes out... I want to look stunning in my wedding dress and all sexy and toned in bikinis and mini's this summer!

Sure I'm proud of myself, and that's an awesome motivator too.... but really I'm motivated at the moment by looking like a knock out. :p
(all it takes to get me on that treadmill when I don't feel like it is seeing a fit and beautiful woman on tv... envy streak rings a bell and I get into my workout gear!)

03-05-2009, 01:16 PM
because my scale read ONE EIGHTY SIX this morning, even.
because I'm too young to let this one issue haunt me for the rest of my life.
Because I'm moving to atlanta in a year and I want to be prepared to live a healthy lifestyle on my own and, yeah, enjoy the city in a tiny little skirt.
because I want to look super hot naked, even though my DBF has seen me at my highest and lowest and loves me to DEATH anyway.
Because I'm 18 years old and I've never been comfortable in a bathing suit.
Because I've realized that my weight holds me back from being able to do what I want to--i.e. go to waterparks in the summer, join a fitness class at my college, go out with friends without being self-conscious.
because I signed up for a dance class in the fall and I want to be in shape and look good in a leotard by then.
But mostly because I know that if I do it now, I can really make the changes I need to make for the rest of my life, but if I wait I'll just be fighting the same good fight when I'm 28 and 38 and 48 and 58, and I don't want to reach morbid obesity before I turn myself around and head in the right direction. The ladies on this forum (and guys!) who are older than me inspire me every day just by saying 'I wish I'd done this years ago.' So I'm doing it now, so I don't have to deal with it later.

03-05-2009, 02:13 PM
I'm inspired by food. Seriously. If I stuff my face with crap all the time it doesn't taste good--I love the feeling of filling my genuinely empty (but not starved) tummy with fresh healthy goodness and /not/ having a sugar crash an hour later. So if I feel like eating brownies, I'll remember what the sticky aftertaste is like compared to the comfortable sweetness of a fruit-filled smoothie.