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WendeeLou
04-20-2011, 06:33 PM
I am wondering, what is YOUR motivation for losing weight?!

Is it appearence? Health? Personal Gratification? Family?

What motivates you and pushes you to continue to reach for your goals?

My motivation is a little bit of it all! Being in shape is a GREAT feeling!!


JoJoJo2
04-20-2011, 06:37 PM
I am wondering, what is YOUR motivation for losing weight?!

Is it appearence? Health? Personal Gratification? Family?

What motivates you and pushes you to continue to reach for your goals?

My motivation is a little bit of it all! Being in shape is a GREAT feeling!!

All of the above, but mostly health was the motivation for my weight loss. I'm not afraid of dying, but I sure want to put it off as long as possible. :D

icedragon6669
04-20-2011, 06:47 PM
lately my motivation is to not be a statistic

(ie 60 something % of aussie adults are overweight or obese)

and lots of the ones you've listed. :)


Brandis
04-20-2011, 06:53 PM
For me- Looking good in clothes or sans clothes, being and feeling really fit, and living as long as possible in a healthy way. So yeah, a little bit of everything I guess.

niafabo
04-20-2011, 07:00 PM
I started for confidence, then I decided it was for health, then I did it for personal gratification, and now I'm doing it for appearences. I might change my reasons again at some point. There are so many to choose from. ;)

fatferretfanatic
04-20-2011, 07:07 PM
All of the above and then some. I want to be the best version of myself-I know I can be that. I also love to write, and I can't concentrate on writing if I feel crappy about myself. I had awhile where I did no creative writing and it made me sad-now I'm writing again!

Ana Chambers
04-20-2011, 07:19 PM
It started off with feeling better about my appearances. Now I find I have a lot more energy to spend on chasing my son around without the extra weight so that's become a motivator too.

surfergirl2
04-20-2011, 07:25 PM
I got sick of fighting with my food and yo-yo dieting. I felt like i was on a rollercoaster and my food was controlling me. I wanted to take control of my food. That is my number 1 goal.

Also, i want to be lighter and more athletic. To be able to run without getting shin splints and feeling like i was heavy and struggling with every step.

gagalu
04-20-2011, 07:26 PM
honestly,

i want to wear cute clothes.

also, i hate how reclusive and miserable i get when i near my highest weight. it's ****ing awful.

FatJayne
04-20-2011, 07:54 PM
All of those, plus... I wanna have great sex again...*blush*

Dont get me wrong, I do still have a nice sex life with my husband, but there are things we used to do that I CAN"T do now. I really hate that the most.

yhahmd
04-20-2011, 07:55 PM
It's pretty selfish and vain: but my appearence. At least, that's what I keep telling myself. I'm sure it goes a lot deeper than that. Health is also very important to me, but I have this grand idea of what I'm going to be like when I finally get there. I feel as though I stand a higher chance at not being alone.

Once I get to where I want to be, there are going to be other issues I'll have to address- but I'm happy where I am right now, and at the rate I'm losing, so I'm content to deal with any underlying self image issues later. Probably not the best plan...but it's a plan, and it's mine, and the amazing thing is I'm sticking to it.

I guess I take back what I said; it's sort of for all of those reasons.

NicoleInCt
04-20-2011, 07:57 PM
When I read Beck's Diet Solution while doing SB, I actually wrote a list. I still read it every day or two. Some of my biggies are: I'll feel more in control, be proud of myself, look and feel better, enjoy getting dressed and undressed, become more confident, feel a sense of accomplishment, and be healthier.

Morethananumber
04-20-2011, 07:57 PM
just to be healthy!

Hamoco350
04-20-2011, 08:32 PM
My initial motivation was health, which is odd because I never cared about health before then. I was depressed because of my physical appearance and how I didn’t really fit in. Neither of those things provoked me to start my weight loss journey… it took a health scare to do so.

My motivational list has certainly grown since I started, though. I just want to live life to the fullest now. I want to be able to shop on the “normal” side of clothing stores, ride roller coasters, be a proud sister and daughter, fit in with my thin friends, go skydiving, hike, and just overall be proud to be me. The list is just sooo long now!

berryblondeboys
04-20-2011, 08:51 PM
Started with health for me.. But I sant so many other things too... Too look good, feel good, to wear nice clothes, to not feel like I stand out like a sore thumb and so on.

Cali Doll
04-20-2011, 08:57 PM
I want to look hot and turn heads. :-)

kmplmom
04-20-2011, 08:58 PM
I just joined this site and my "What is yours?" is that I have never put on clothes and been happy in them. I would love to put on an outfit and feel great for once.

FitGirlyGirl
04-20-2011, 09:00 PM
My strongest motivations at first were to beat the diabetes I was diagnosed with and to be able to get pregnant and be a healthy mom who could see my children into adulthood and be there to play with grandbabies. As I got going things like appearance got added on. I want to look hot, I want to wear cute clothes, I want to prove that I can do this, I want my hubby to be able to easily lift me, I want a lot of things that losing weight and getting fit will give me. Now I also have fitness goals for myself like running a marathon, being able to pass a military fitness test (and police and firemen), bench pressing as much if not more than my hubby, and on and on. Lately I have added career to it too since I have decided to become a trainer/nutritionist.

krampus
04-20-2011, 09:02 PM
100% vanity, but there are bonus side effects! Now that I know what it's like to be healthy and active, able to run for a while and do pushups, I don't want to give that up.

milmin2043
04-20-2011, 09:12 PM
What motivates you and pushes you to continue to reach for your goals?



This is mine, I am stealing it from something I just posted on a previous thread.

When I was running, a saw a girl in a wheelchair who was bent in half (literally) from an illness, very thin, but smiling like crazy and high fiving everyone. I saw a woman who (I believe) had cerebral palsy (or another similar illness), who was literally dragging her left leg along, and still smiling. I felt fortunate and thrilled to be alive and thrilled that all of my limbs still work. Not all the time, and not always in sync, but they still WORK. How could I not be happy?

Snoofie
04-20-2011, 09:38 PM
I am the primary caregiver for my father, who suffers from COPD, congestive heart failure, sleep apnea, hypertension, high cholesterol, and severe arthritis. He is also severely overweight, and knows that losing weight could help his conditions. But it's a vicious circle: his weight makes his conditions worse, and his conditions make it impossible for him to exercise and lose weight (although he has cut down majorly on his caloric intake and is slowly losing weight.)

Anyway...I said all that to say this: I see what it's like for him, not being able to do the things he used to do (he used to be a carpenter, a great one, and he had to give it up) and having to take all these different medications, and I don't want to end up like that. So I'm taking it in hand now while I still can.

ERHR
04-20-2011, 09:53 PM
Not getting Type II diabetes!

Rainbowgirl
04-20-2011, 09:55 PM
My motivation is definitely health and a big heaping portion of VANITY. I want to LOOK good, not just FEEL good. And it's hard to look good at 262 pounds :(

Pint Sized Terror
04-20-2011, 10:03 PM
1. Health

2. Strength

3. Appearance

4. Because I want to be a role model for my kids.

nonamortica
04-20-2011, 10:22 PM
I SAY it's mostly health, to hopefully reduce blood pressure medication and take stress off my joints, but I really would like to be the size I was when I was smaller and cute! So it's a combo of health, wanting to feel like myself again, and vanity.

yoyo mama
04-20-2011, 10:32 PM
To look better and feel good about myself. And to be a better at Taekwondo!

Cali Doll
04-20-2011, 10:32 PM
I am the primary caregiver for my father, who suffers from COPD, congestive heart failure, sleep apnea, hypertension, high cholesterol, and severe arthritis. He is also severely overweight, and knows that losing weight could help his conditions. But it's a vicious circle: his weight makes his conditions worse, and his conditions make it impossible for him to exercise and lose weight (although he has cut down majorly on his caloric intake and is slowly losing weight.)

Anyway...I said all that to say this: I see what it's like for him, not being able to do the things he used to do (he used to be a carpenter, a great one, and he had to give it up) and having to take all these different medications, and I don't want to end up like that. So I'm taking it in hand now while I still can.

What a great motivation, Snoofie! And I'm happy your father is starting to lose weight. :hug:

AZ Sunrises
04-21-2011, 12:29 AM
I don't want to be 60 years old and suffering from some of the ailments that loved ones have. There are some people that I dearly love that I'll likely lose before their time because of weight-related problems. :(

seabiscuit
04-21-2011, 08:09 AM
What a :cool: thread!

Thanks so much for this :)

My motivation is health related, and to have a better appearance too. I also want to be able to do more of the activities I used to enjoy like downhill skiing without my feet hurting and walking further distances without getting winded.

Thanks again!

Chubbykins
04-21-2011, 09:58 AM
Well I'll be honest :D even if it might sound shocking.

1st To be healthy of course. And I include mental health to that, because I do NOT feel good with myself when I know I aint doing things right.

2nd To be the best I can for my fiance, because he totaly deserves it. He never asked himself of course for me to lose weight, but I know he's going to love it. I want him to show off sexy me and be proud.

3rd For the kids I will give birth to in 2-3 years hopefully. My parents were great and good examples, the only thing they taught me wrong was food stuff, so I am going to make them proud by becomming an even better parent for their grandkids.

4th To work better. We can lie to ourselves if we want to but thinner people inspire clients to come again and to prefer. I won't give up on such an obvious bonus as a freelancer to be.

Snoofie
04-21-2011, 10:12 AM
What a great motivation, Snoofie! And I'm happy your father is starting to lose weight. :hug:

Thank you, Cali Doll! I appreciate the comment. <3

zoodoo613
04-21-2011, 10:21 AM
I guess like everyone else, I have a lot of reasons.

I do worry about my health, but that's sort of a distant fear, as I've always been healthy. But there's diabetes in my family, some heart disease, all when family members are quite elderly, but it's still out there.

There's vanity, and that's a mixed motivation too. I know I can look a lot better than I do right now, but I'll never be slight, or young again, for that matter. I'm always going to be short and stocky, but I don't need to be short, stocky and fat.

Strength is another motivating factor. I've always been strong, and I'm still strong. I love to hike and other outdoor activities. I can still do all the stuff I like, but it's a whole lot harder now than it used to be, and that messes with my idea of who I am. I was never the cute little one, you know? Even in HS, when I really wasn't very overweight, but thought I was. But at least I could fall back on being the strong, tough one. But if I can't be the tough one, than who am I?

MaryOjo
04-21-2011, 10:30 AM
My initial motivation was to look good and attractive, along the line, i added good health.

WendeeLou
04-21-2011, 01:10 PM
I am really glad you all took the time to comment on this! I have noticed throught not only my weight loss, but any and every other goal I have set for myself, that motivation is the drive behind everything. If you have no reason to do something, you probably wont, likewise- if you have GOOD reasons to do things, then the sky is the limit!

I read through each and every reply, and it seems like "health" takes the cake! It makes sense to me, because when looking at the other Motivators, those are impossible if you're in bad health! Being healthy gives you the energy and passion to drive further into your goal and accomplish more.

Some of you said that one of your motivators was related to "looking hot", being the person your significant other deserves, and sex. I think this is really important, and I can relate 100%. When I started dropping my weight, I noticed my husband's attraction to me grew.. He has always thought that I was beautiful and sexy (he claims although he see's the difference, he never thought I was overweight before). But now, it's like he cant keep his eyes, or hands, off of me!! I also felt more comfortable being intamate and sexual around him, and that has improved our relationship 10fold! I think this in its own, is a good reason! And what lucky men we have- they have women who think of them as a first priority!

I also really appreciated the comments geared toward being THANKFUL for two arms and two legs that work. Being able to be active, and not having restrictions. It really brings it home when you come into contact with someone who cannot walk, run, or exersice. I have heard so many times, people with disabilities say things to the tune of "what a waste of legs..". It is very commendable that you are able to recognize and appreciate the gifts in your life. Dont be a waste of legs. :)

Some people talked about careers, which is also a good motivator. I think its awesome those of you looking into being trainers/nutritionist. I think the world needs more "been there's" in that field. Most of the professionals in the industry have no clue what it is like being overweight, or dealing with other conditions that make losing weight hard. They simply dont understand the struggle, not only physically but EMOTIONALLY, we go thru. I have been considering going into the fitness world as well.. guess we will see what happens! Kuddos to you!

Another Thing I can relate to is having children. My husband and I have been unsuccfesfully trying for a baby for over 2 years.. at first we thought it was me. My obgyn told me I needed to lose weight.. so I did. I dont regret losing the weight, but later we found out DH has low sperm count.. really really low. :( I understand the desire to have children and not being able to attain that. I can only hope and pray that you are able to concieve and dont have to go through what we are going thru!

The other comments- cute clothes, looking good, feeling good, being proud of ourselves are just as important! And trust me, I can TOTALLY relate.


Its really inspiring to see everyone's why's, and I have to admit, after reading through, I think I have added a few Why's to my list!

Someone mentioned that they made a list and read it every now and then, and I think that is a really good idea. I would encourage everyone to do something like that... Having that list of why's in your face always can help you remember why you are doing this.

And I think I speak for us all when I say that we are DAMN proud of ourselves for overcoming the "statistics" and for pushing through what might be the hardest thing, both physically and mentally, we have had to deal with yet. Go US!

I wish a long HAPPY life to us all! <3 so glad to be a part of this community!:hug:

Riemontana
04-21-2011, 07:02 PM
I was diagnosed with diabetes the end of August, 2010. Terrified and sick at heart. I was also faced with high blood pressure and high cholesteral for the first time in my life.

I decided to beat the diabetes and to get myself in order to become healthy. Initially, the weight loss was a side benefit. But, now, having lost almost half of the weight I should lose, I feel terrific. I love the way my appearance is changing and I feel more confident and competent.

Kaonashi
04-21-2011, 07:23 PM
To feel great and look good!

LadyStardust26
04-22-2011, 05:19 PM
At first I was losing weight to look good. I was sick of never having any confidence and had to do something about it.

Now its more for health reasons. I was so unfit before I'd be out of breath going up the stairs. Now that I started working out almost everyday I feel like a different person. I have much more energy and just feel happier in general.

Elladorine
04-22-2011, 05:31 PM
Energy, strength, confidence, health . . . and a new wardrobe might be nice too. ;)

chubbypanda
04-22-2011, 06:02 PM
- Health (history of Type II on one parent's side)
- Vanity (I am a firm believer that I look younger at a lower weight)
- Vanity
- Vanity ^_^
- I plan on having a baby with my husband in the near future, and I want my body to be strong enough to support the both of us!

MrsMomOrtiz
04-22-2011, 09:53 PM
For me it's health, family, and for myself. With my first two children I kept wanting to lose the weight, but never did. I had two boys. When my daughter was born, it became a whole different ball game. Boys look up to the father's for certain things that they can't look to their mother's for. Girls are the same. I am my daughter's role model for the kind of woman she'll one day want to become. I don't want her see me as lazy or overweight. I don't want her to fear or think this is what's in store for her future. I want her to look at her mother seeing a hard working, healthy, active woman and I hope she'll want to be that herself. It's also for me. I want to be more active with my children, playing outside with them. I can't even run alongside their bikes to teach them how to ride one. It breaks my heart. I want to live, not just breath.

JohnP
04-22-2011, 09:57 PM
Look good naked and beat people up.

One of the above is a joke.:cool:

VermontMom
04-23-2011, 08:45 PM
Look good naked and beat people up.

One of the above is a joke.:cool:

:rofl: funny!

The upcoming summer months were my motivation..how could I bare these arms in t-shirts? and not hide in layers and layers.

sirenity - LOVE your morphing gif!!!

DrivenByAmbition
04-23-2011, 09:20 PM
For health and for the future... I want to see my children grow up. No children yet. Hopefully when I am at goal we can start planning for the family.

Elladorine
04-23-2011, 10:13 PM
sirenity - LOVE your morphing gif!!!
Thanks! :D I can't wait until I can update with a final goal one. ;)