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Speak Up: What's Your Motivation Right Now?

Speak Up: What's Your Motivation Right Now?

We're always talking about ways to keep ourselves motivated during our quest for health, but many of us have our own motivation that does not require expensive gadgets and cool new gear. From wanting to look good in bikinis this Summer, to running half marathons, to wanting to look good when we're 80 years old, we've all got our reasons for getting fit. I'm curious to hear what's motivating you to get healthy right now, so speak up and share your stories below. You guys always have great tidbits to share and I'm excited to get motivated from reading your comments.

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sunshine001 sunshine001 8 years
My motivation is to keep fit, for my mind & body! I want to overall be in the best shape, I can be in!!! :)
larisa5656 larisa5656 8 years
My brother is trying to persuade me to do a half marathon by next year. I figure that if he thinks I can do it, I can do it too.
erinmarie erinmarie 8 years
at the moment my motivation is the Miss Arizona USA pageant. i have to wear a bathing suite on stage so i want to look my best!
ella1978 ella1978 8 years
I'm with annikarae. I have always had a terrible body image, mostly due to critique from a young age from my mother. A few years ago, I got really depressed and made a big change in my life. I lost 40 pounds and felt great! And I kept it off for two years, but this past year it has been creeping back on. I don't know how, probably because my 20 years of dieting has thrown my metabolism into constant sleep mode. Sure I probably didn't keep up AS healthy of a diet, but I work out a ton, so you'd think I'd at least maintain...Unfortunately, now I'm back where I started, and I have to do it all over. It just unfortunately a life style change. It stinks that in order to maintain a healthy weight I have to basically cut 90% of carbs, and eat 15 servings of veggies a day. Greatly reducing amounts of caloric intake. Oh well, such is life..
ella1978 ella1978 8 years
I'm with annikarae. I have always had a terrible body image, mostly due to critique from a young age from my mother. A few years ago, I got really depressed and made a big change in my life. I lost 40 pounds and felt great! And I kept it off for two years, but this past year it has been creeping back on. I don't know how, probably because my 20 years of dieting has thrown my metabolism into constant sleep mode. Sure I probably didn't keep up AS healthy of a diet, but I work out a ton, so you'd think I'd at least maintain... Unfortunately, now I'm back where I started, and I have to do it all over. It just unfortunately a life style change. It stinks that in order to maintain a healthy weight I have to basically cut 90% of carbs, and eat 15 servings of veggies a day. Greatly reducing amounts of caloric intake. Oh well, such is life..
alethia037 alethia037 8 years
I just want to be as healthy as possible!
EastVillageAmy EastVillageAmy 8 years
I know I'm happier when I exercise, I get mildly depressed if I don't run. I have a family history of diabetes and heart disease, and I'd rather not have either. A surf trip in August that I'd like to be strong enough for and not self conscious about spending the day in swimwear. I have a photo shoot for my bf's birthday in about a month that I want to look hot for because the camera doesn't lie.
EastVillageAmy EastVillageAmy 8 years
I know I'm happier when I exercise, I get mildly depressed if I don't run. I have a family history of diabetes and heart disease, and I'd rather not have either. A surf trip in August that I'd like to be strong enough for and not self conscious about spending the day in swimwear. I have a photo shoot for my bf's birthday in about a month that I want to look hot for because the camera doesn't lie.
EastVillageAmy EastVillageAmy 8 years
I know I'm happier when I exercise, I get mildly depressed if I don't run. I have a family history of diabetes and heart disease, and I'd rather not have either.A surf trip in August that I'd like to be strong enough for and not self conscious about spending the day in swimwear.I have a photo shoot for my bf's birthday in about a month that I want to look hot for because the camera doesn't lie.
SamanthaScully SamanthaScully 8 years
I finished breast cancer treatment a few weeks ago (I'm 37) and want to feel strong and in control of my body again. And I want to do everything I can to make sure that I live to see my three-year-old son grow up.
joy76 joy76 8 years
Well I have always wanted to get back into a fitness and healthy eating routine. So my friend's wedding in July was the perfect excuse. However I am not sure i'll be going to the wedding now! but I am loving my new eating and fitness style because it's giving me fantastic results. I look and feel grrrrreat ;-) so I shall continue. + it's summer can't cover it up with a winter coat Looool!
joy76 joy76 8 years
Well I have always wanted to get back into a fitness and healthy eating routine. So my friend's wedding in July was the perfect excuse. However I am not sure i'll be going to the wedding now! but I am loving my new eating and fitness style because it's giving me fantastic results. I look and feel grrrrreat ;-) so I shall continue. + it's summer can't cover it up with a winter coat Looool!
Blue24 Blue24 8 years
I wanna be strong, self-confident woman, and I KNOW that my amazingly hot body and perfect condition will HELP :D
brookrene brookrene 8 years
going back to illinois for a visit in a month, got to look good!
lady-T lady-T 8 years
school reunion! and my holiday so i can fit into my new clothes
lindentree lindentree 8 years
My husband and I are adopting a child, and I am going to be a first-time mother. I don't want to have trouble keeping up with my child. I want to be fit and healthy so I can be the mother I want to be. She deserves nothing less than my best. I am a diabetic who joined Weight Watchers 7 weeks ago, and I have already lost 20 pounds. I really want to be healthy. I am excited at all I have to look forward to.
gumdrops334 gumdrops334 8 years
I just started a ballet class yesterday, and it's been a few years since I danced on a dance team. Ballet is a great workout, and the confidence I get from dancing is my motivation.
fab_domini fab_domini 8 years
to motivate my family to be healthy!!! someone needs to be the example!!! and to fit well in my brand new 1st ever bikini
nowari_101 nowari_101 8 years
is to to be size 2 agine seance my 1st y in campus i have gaind few pound and changed my size :S yayks i went from 2 to 6 in 9 months from the junk food lol now in the summer i hope to regain my shape and fit in my skinny jeans agine =)
nowari_101 nowari_101 8 years
is to to be size 2 agineseance my 1st y in campus i have gaind few pound and changed my size :S yayksi went from 2 to 6 in 9 months from the junk food lolnow in the summer i hope to regain my shape and fit in my skinny jeans agine =)
VanillaSilje VanillaSilje 8 years
I am a horse trainer, and I need to be in good shape to keep up with the large stallions I'm riding. So, it's a rather functional approach, I guess.
VanillaSilje VanillaSilje 8 years
I am a horse trainer, and I need to be in good shape to keep up with the large stallions I'm riding.So, it's a rather functional approach, I guess.
MSL83 MSL83 8 years
- To relieve stress since I have crazy non-profit job. - To sleep like a baby. - To feel like a strong, empowered woman!
MSL83 MSL83 8 years
- To relieve stress since I have crazy non-profit job. - To sleep like a baby. - To feel like a strong, empowered woman!
megnmac megnmac 8 years
In an attempt to maintain my sanity. Life and work are hard, and having an hour a day walking/running/biking outside in the gorgeous world is keeping me sane. That buffer between work and home has been really good decompression time.Also, it makes me feel good about myself, weight and physical benefits aside (as great as they are), I like to see myself as a fitness oriented person. I like that I've walked half marathons and run 5ks, and when I'm there I feel part of a community of people trying to be more than just themselves.
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