what is your motivation to lose weight????

March 5, 2008 6:33am CST
Has anyone had to lose a lot of weight? What kept you going? I have like 200 pounds to lose ang its so frustrating-For the last couple of yesrs I seem to lose the same 50 pounds*****What keeps you motivated?
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• India
9 Mar 08
to me its that i am going abroad so i will not make my self fun. so i wanna loose weight. and i have some good things by which we can loose our wight in less time. first do jogging for 2 kms. after that when u come to home do 10-20 pushups. and drink alot of water . this will surely help u to loose weight.
@olivemai (4738)
• United States
8 Mar 08
I found a website called sparkpeople.com, where we can post messages, meet others who want to lose weight or be healthier, and keep a food log among other things! I find it inspiring to hear other people's stories at this site! You can also view videos of exercise demonstration and read articles about somany topics that help motivate and inform. I know what you mean about the same 50 pounds, we lose, we gain, but this site helps stop all that! They suggest only weighing in a few times a month! The best part is the food showdowns, where they compare different foods, usually fast food, and tell you which one is best for you to eat! It is quite surprising at times and can really help, sicne fastfood is one of the main ways people gain weight without trying!
• United States
9 Mar 08
when i had to lose weight it dealt with alot of self esteem issues i had become comfortable with it to an extent but there where some things i just could deny me capping on myself was tolerable, but others capping on me hurt so instead of just brushing it off i kinda became my own drill sergeant,capping on myself and i didnt want to be comfortable like that anymore, i used phrases like yeah i see youre fat kaboos quitin last thursday with that same hershey bar still in your had, and it( talkin to my self in third person ) and yes i do love hersheys still, so id push myself atleast 5 more minutes each day i figure as long as there was some progress atleast 5 out of seven days a week something would have to show rock and roll music helps a lot as well, motivation is essential my it inherently forms dedication without contiuos thought, you may even become an endorphine junkie. which isnt a bad thing.
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@kathryn01 (109)
• South Africa
5 Mar 08
I'm having the same problem when trying to lose weight. As soon as I start thinking "diet", then I start eating as if I'm never going to eat a thing again! What I'm now trying to do, is stay focussed on my goal. And take 1 pound at a time. Remember a journey of a thousand miles starts with only one step! If you focus on the whole 200 pounds, then you will lose interest and get very despondent. Set yourself weekly goals and try to keep on focussing on that. What you can also do, is measure yourself rather than weighing. I measure myself every week and try to keep the weighing to only once a month. Sometimes you see results much quicker when you measure. And then, try to see yourself as you would want to look at the end, when you've lost all the weight that you set your goal on. That can also help. Try to see a picture of yourself on the beach, or in that little black number that you want to wear someday, or whatever. Then, when you want to cheat or when you feel negative, think about these things and then rather drink a glass of water, or eat some fruit or something. Good luck, and keep us posted. I'm with you in this.
@jennysp8 (855)
• United States
5 Mar 08
Hi there! I have just began my dieting adventure...(again- lol)...but this time my motivation is different. I am going to be on a few TV shows and I saw how I looked on the first one..ouch!!! I need to drop 66 pounds to feel at least comfortable on camera and a total of 81 pounds to be at my goal weight. I guess public humilation is my motivation.... hehehe Good luck!!!!
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@Carmetaf (309)
• United States
6 Mar 08
I think my main reason is because I want to be around friends this summer. I don't want to be embarassed of the camera either. I want to be in my family photos and look good. I'm also tired of being My grandparent's FATTEST Grandchild. I hate pictures where all the gals are lined up and I'm the biggest one. I just want to blend in better. I find it fairly easy to commit to things for the first few wks, then I get side-tracked. I try to keep a food journal at www.fitday.com (free) to keep me on track. I exercise and try to keep cals burned less than calories in. All that counting may frustrate some folks. If you dn't want to count cals, just eat only veggies and u can have whatever you want all day long.
• United States
9 Mar 08
China, I believe the soruce's motivation is from a burn desire in your interior, and help with exercice and support with healthy nutrition program. i found this page http://www.my-healthylife.com Read inside about health nutrition, it's interesting. Have a nice Day.
@Hatley (148743)
• Garden Grove, California
9 Mar 08
I have to lose about forty pounds so as to better control my diabetes and havedecided to do this one day at a time. Idid lose once before following that idea and the time has come for me to do it again. getting healthier is what is going to keep me motivated but I know it is hard. can you get some medical help because you do have to lose a lot of weight? I know my own doctor has been no help at all he just says do not eat so much. right as if we did not already know that. you also have a real health problem and maybe an expert in weight loss might be able to give you some pointers you should be medically supervised for that much of a weight loss. exercise even a little could also help you a lot.
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@Carmetaf (309)
• United States
6 Mar 08
Biggest motivation is family, looking good in family photos and being healthy enough to watch my kids grow up and participate in activities with them. I have about 45-60 # that I'd like to lose to be a good healthy weight. I lost 11 so far from 240 and a size 24 to current size 22 and 228lb. I just journal and take pictures every few wks to watch it go away, that makes me want to lose more. Good luck!
@julievy (595)
• United States
8 Mar 08
There is a real good online site called calorie count dot com. You can keep track of exactly what you eat during the day compared to the amount of activity you do. As long as your calorie intake is less than your calorie output, you will loose weight. It's working quite well for me.
• United States
12 Mar 08
Well i do not need to lose, but i have a great solution for you its called isagenix. Aren't you tired of being full of toxic waste. Most of the things you eat is full of toxic. What the toxic does to you is eat away at your muscles first. People think when they diet that it is good. What they are doing is starving their selves. but here is my site its a great resource to learn about toxic waste, and how to get rid of it.
• Philippines
12 Mar 08
Motivation? Summer. It's actually here. Looking great in beach photos is essential for me, just like last summer. I had a great time, taking loads of pictures in my swimsuit with my friends at the beach.
@razcal2267 (15577)
• United States
12 Mar 08
My motivation is rather simple. I do not want to have to go out and buy the size clothing I was able to pass on when I lost my first chunk of weight.
@tryxiness (4549)
• Philippines
12 Mar 08
Main motivation is to keep your muscle heart healthy, and the rest of you healthy. :)
• Australia
11 Mar 08
My motivation to lose weight is that I have energy when I'm at my best, I look good and I feel good. after a month or two of it, it's hard to go back to the bad foods and no exercise because you feel sick and sluggish. It does help though that I am celiac and lactose intolerant, there is not much stuff that I can eat that will make me fat.
@siZidni (1860)
• Indonesia
6 Mar 08
I never got motivated to do this. once i made it, next day i became the lazy boy again.. i think i should learn from somebody who made it here.
@Lindalinda (4116)
• Canada
5 Mar 08
Start with tiny steps. Set yourself a goal. The first goal should be to stop gaining weight. Once you have achieved that you are ahead of the game. Keep your weight steady for a few weeks and then cut out things that are obviously not good for you. If you drink sodas, get rid of them. If you must have them, take club soda. Don't buy any cases of soda diet or regular but if you absolutely must have one go to the convenience store and buy one. Start to walk. Maybe five minutes a day and increase every day. Gradually cut out all prepared and precooked meals in packages. Cook your meals from scratch with very little or no salt. Eliminate all fried foods and fast foods for the time being. If the craving gets too much give in once in a while. Do not eat any commercial and frozen cakes. They are full of fat and sugar. Cut up some fresh fruit and take little snacks all during the day. Drink loads of green tea and other herbal teas. Find one that you like and make a big pot when you sit down to watch TV. Sip it when it is nice and fresh. If you absolutely need a snack, eat some unbuttered popcorn or some frozen blueberries.Eat one berry at a time. Above all do not starve yourself on a diet, do not deprive yourself of everything. Gradually increase exercise and decrease the portions that you eat. You will stay motivated with each tiny victory. Don't give up, it is your health and your life. It will take time but it should no longer be one step forward and two steps back. Tiny steps forward but keep stepping forward. Best of luck.
@julievy (595)
• United States
5 Mar 08
My motivation is my physician. She told me at my last appointment that I needed to loose about 30 lbs. Then she told me in great detail what the consequences could be if I don't - as in heart disease, diabetes, etc. I don't want to be crippled and sick in my old(er) age, I want to be able to go out, travel and have fun. So, looming retirement is my motivation!
@ayou82 (3460)
• Philippines
5 Mar 08
I always think about my kids if i go on and unhealthy ill be the one to suffer and who will take care of my kids. Thats why i have to be fit and I dont want my hubby to leave m just because im overweight
@heiyu8 (9)
5 Mar 08
A BLOWN-UP picture of myself wearing a wanna-wear clothes (that's keep me motivated)
@goodsign (2287)
• Malaysia
5 Mar 08
I don't take rice and any heavy carbohydrates such as potato, etc. for two(2) months and my body weight lose for 7kg (7kg. X 2.20462 = 15.43lbs.). What makes me motivated??? "I hate OBESITY". Every woke up from sleep, I said this miracle words; I HATE OBESITY. So I calculate my Body Mass Index(BMI) value, manually. I knew that, there many web site do auto calculation for BMI, but I don't like that way as I'm not in delve to know what elements involved in the calculation. BMI = Body Weight(kg.) OVER height(m) square. If the value is 30 and above, means, I'm in OBESITY zone. Why OBESITY is dangerous to our health??? Because it will overload our heart to pump blood to all over the over-weighted flesh and muscles. So, it will make our heart not last longer just like one small lorry carrying overload loads. it will make the engine overwork and of course will shorten it life span. At first stage, what I did is reduce my body weight for 7kg. and must achieve this target. Once I got used to it, then, look for appropriate exercise. Like me, I take cycling and walking medicine. Everyday for one hour while fill up my evening leisure time. I don't take any slimming pill. It is very dangerous, normally, it will effect your liver. Better take dietary remedy by eating more veggies and fruits. Don't think hard, just follow the Food Pyramid Scheme. Proper "Dietary and Physical Exercise" approach are the most effective way and there will be no side effect to your health. Don't just try, but, get it done. You can do it. "I HATE OBESITY"