How to stay motivated

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I was listening to Jillian Michael's podcast this morning while I was walking, and there was a caller who was asking about how to get and stay motivated. Jillian asked her why she wanted to lose weight, and the caller said she wanted to be healthier. Jillian's response to that was that "getting healthier" was too general a response (actually, I think her exact words were that it was boring) and that a key to staying motivated was to have specific reasons for wanting to lose weight.

That got me thinking about MY specific reasons for wanting to lose weight, because like the caller I had some pretty general ideas about it. What I came to as my reasons are:

1. I'm attending a family reunion in the fall. I have six brothers and sisters, and I don't want to get there and have them think "Wow! She really let herself go!"

2. I'd like to be excited to go shopping for a bathing suit. I'd like to be able to wear a cute bathing suit, not one that's made to suck in my fatty areas and weighs ten pounds when wet.

3. I want to be able to wear jeans. For the past couple of years, I've only worn skirts and dresses because they hide all my problem areas. People think I just like to dress like that, but really it's because I can't fit my big hips and butt into a pair of jeans and look remotely good.

4. I'd like to jog or run outside. I'm too embarrassed about my jiggly parts jiggling all over the place to even consider showing them to the world outside my door.

So those are some of my reasons. Anyone else want to share?


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Lots of things I´ve been reading lately say that you need specific reasons or else you´ll lose motivation. Here are mine.

1. I´ve gained 10lbs since I got married six months ago and I dont want my new husband thinking now that we´re married i´ve let myself go.

2. I moved to mexico 2.5 years ago and havent seen anyone from canada since then. I´m planning on going back in September and I´d really like to make everyone go "wow, you look amazing!"

3. Both my husband and i have family histories of high blood pressure, cholesterol and his dad is diabetic. I don´t want us to have those problems as well.

4. I´d love to be able to go for a run with my dog without parts jiggling around and feeling like i´m gonna die from being so out of shape.

Well that´s my list. Who´s willing to post next?

Posted by misssandy on May. 24, 2011 at 11:31AM


Staying motivated


I think it's great to stay focused and to write down why you want to lose weight - at some point it feels like it's just about those numbers going down...


1st I have moved countries as well and I don't ever want to go back and get funny looks from people because I'm 'suddenly' fat. I've got to attend two weddings at home and I want to look great.

2nd After I moved in with my partner I put on weight because he eats differently from me. I still want to make that extra effort for him and don't want anyone to think that I'm letting myself go.

3rd Two years ago I was told I was overweight. I just brushed it aside and actually gained more weight. I want to be more healthy, finally.

4th I'm turning 30 this year and I really want to start the new decade on a high :)


Posted by racemary on Jun. 27, 2011 at 05:41AM


My Reasons

1. My mother weighed over 500 lbs until she got gastric bypass surgery, I WILL NOT let myself get to that point.

2. I am going to visit the in-laws for the first time in a couple of months, I do not want to look like this.

3. I have never been truly happy with my weight. Everything else in my life is "perfect" except that.

4. I want clothes that fit properly, this shouldn't be a chore like it is now.

5. We want to have another baby but I cannot do this until I lose the weight.

Posted by Renae82 on Aug. 27, 2011 at 09:37PM


My reasons

1. I gained 10 lbs after getting married (this was 7 months ago). I don't want people to say that I let myself go too.

2. I don't want to change my entire wardrobe. All my clothes are starting to feel a little snug. I loved how my old clothes fit!

3. I want to lead a healthier lifestyle, add some exercise to my regimen. I lead such a SEDENTARY life!

Posted by franching on Oct. 25, 2011 at 06:14AM


My reasons

1. I live in Las Vegas, which is land of the beautiful, skinny, plastic-surgery-enhanced hot women. It's incredibly hard to not feel self-conscious about how you look here, even if you aren't overweight. People get turned away from entering clubs and pools here based on how they look. Just once, I want to be able to go to a pool here in a siwmsuit and just relax and enjoy myself instead of feeling like the fat girl.


2. Back in my high school days, I was very fit and thin. I met my now husband our senior year, and we've been together for 13 years. He remembers how great I looked back then and I've definitely let myself go, especially in the last 5 years. I'd love to get back to where I was back when he met me. I used to be the "hot girlfriend"...I'd love to be the "hot wife"


3. Hubby and I want to start a family this year. Every woman in my family was thin until they got pregnant. My mom gained 50lbs with my brother, and another 25lbs with me. Once they gain the weight, the women in my family never seem to lose it. I want to make sure I am in the best shape of my life prior to getting pregnant so that I have a healthy pregnancy & have less to lose after the baby is born.

Posted by ckwhite on Oct. 26, 2011 at 01:59PM


Updated goal for me

Ski trip coming up in December: I'd like to fit into my snow pants! :)

Posted by Wren_Again on Oct. 26, 2011 at 02:25PM


Sepcific Motivators

Im planning a trip to Africa and want to be in the best condition possible so I can really enjoy the trip. Also I have a pair of jeans in my closet that I really want to wear again.

Posted by kaboucher on Oct. 26, 2011 at 09:05PM


My reasons:

1. I just got married, and we're thinking about kids in the next two years. I want to be able to chase after my kids, pick them up, and carry them long distances without effort, so I can enjoy the experience and my future children as much as possible.

2. My mom runs 3 miles a day, and I can't even run a half mile. I want to be in as good or better shape than my mom!

3. I'm going to Thailand within the next two years, and when my partner introduces me to her friends there, I want them to be impressed by her catch.

4. I deserve to treat myself, and that means good food and time devoted to moving my body.

Posted by Femme_n_Fit on Oct. 31, 2011 at 03:36PM


Why do this?

I, too, am turning 30 next year and want to be in the best shape of my life when I do.

A lot of my clothes do not fit. I have steadily spun out of control. 10lbs lost would be wonderful. 20lbs lost and toned definition would be perfection. I want to be hot again.

It will mean so much to me to wear shorts or a mini skirt without tights confidently. I am horrified at my jiggly, dimpled legs.

Posted by AprilxMae on Nov. 02, 2011 at 01:26AM


My Goals Are And Will Be My Strength To Workout!!

#1 Goal - Lose 6-8 lbs. before Christmas! I am going home to see family. I have no family where I live now. I want those, "Wow! You look great!" statements.


#2 Goal - When I feel good about my body. The bedroom is so much more inticing! ;~P


#3 Goal - I want to get Jillian Michael arms! I have, up until 4 yrs. ago, always been very skinny, but never really STRONG. My family loves to dirtbike and the bike I want is a tad bit heavy for my stature. So...I need the arm strength!


Best of luck ladies on your goals!!

Posted by GonnaBFit4Me on Nov. 02, 2011 at 11:29PM