What motivates you to lose weight?

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  1. snowbunny

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    After being successful on losing weight with SW, I suddenly went off track and started eating what I liked again.

    Last night I finally realised that this is a way of eating for life and not just a fad diet. I also tried on some summer shorts that were way too small for me last year, they now fit! I've realised that it is only me that can change my weight, no one else, although their encouragement is great help.

    Today I feel completely re-energised and very positive. I know I can do this and the knowledge that my clothes will fit in time for the summer just helps me that little bit more.

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  3. Maria

    Maria Was born to shop

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    Hi,

    I know exactly what you mean, I tried on some trousers that were to small last year the other day and they are to big now, its a really euphoric feeling!

    It definitely helps me to stay motivated, I love fitting in clothes I wouldnt have considered trying on last year.

    I can see my body and shape changing for the better all the time and I love it, makes me feel so self powered and motivated to stick to plan.

    Well done and good luck with the rest of your weightloss journey x
     
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    For me, clothes is a much better indicator and motivator for me than the scales!

    Thanks to your post, I've just gone and tried one of my old dresses on that I'd like to be able to fit into again - it zips up completely now but looks slightly bumpy at the seams, but I'm still 7.5 lbs away from my target weight! Thanks very much for giving me the kick up the bum to see if I could get into it - I was too scared to try!
     
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    Yeah defo clothes shopping & dropping a dress size :) Im starting up a little savings fund for clothes for when I lose weight - I buy lots of mags and see what the celebs are wearing and see what new outfits I can buy in smaller sizes - love shopping :) :)
     
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    For me its my health - I was diagnosed diabetic last year and more than anything I want to stay off Insulin injections. Since starting slimming world and losing weight I have been able to reduce my tablets and feel a million times better!
     
  7. cocktailprincess

    cocktailprincess Still rockin' it

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    Being a girl, I love the idea of looking better and being more liberated with clothes, but ultimately I don't want to end up like my Mum.

    She has been overweight all her life, and is now dangerously so, she cannot climb stairs and has to walk with a zimmer frame as her knees are crumbling under the pressure of her weight- the hospital can't operate while she is so big (she is only 60)

    I know she is going to die due to her weight yet she still gives lots of reasons about why losing weight is impossible for her--- this also kicks me up the bum when I start making excuses for myself- I remember where this tactic got my Mum over the years!!!!

    xxxx
     
  8. jaylou

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    For me, keeping the weight off is my motivator. I don't want to go back to how I looked and felt before.

    I'm so much more confident these days and don't feel ashamed of myself. I think I look good (I don't care what anyone else thinks!) and my clothes fit nicely, that feeling is so much better than any bar of chocolate or take away!

    I keep a fat photo out in the kitchen to remind myself, it still shocks me when I look at it, I can't believe I let myself get like that and I can't believe I thought I looked good!!
     
  9. Rachella

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    For me it's the thought of going clothes shopping without ending up in tears in the changing rooms becuase I look so crap!

    And when I get to target - I can't wait to go out and get heaps of new clothes, and then sell some of my old clothes that are too big now (I've already started doing this on Ebay!).

    Also now I'm fitter and lighter, I ENJOY taking exercise and I play badminton reularly with my bf which is a real change for us as we'd never done anything like that together before so bit of a new aspect to our relationship!
     
  10. Vodkamonster

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    As well as the clothes, health and fitness reasons mentioned above, for me it is also about re-gaining my confidence with the opposite sex! Last weekend, for the first time in a very long time, I didn't run away from a guy - I stayed and chatted to him (a guy I've liked for a while) and I'm slowly letting my barriers down!
     
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  11. Indieflower

    Indieflower I have my mojo

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    That must have been a good feeling! Way you go :)

    Mine is all of the above.....clothes, health, opposite sex...and sex! lol

    I also want to be the best Mum I can and in taking care of myself and making sure that I am fit and healthy for my daughter is the best way to do that :D
     
  12. Edwin

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    To be honest I wish I knew! Like everyone else I am motivated by clothes, health, confidence, better body, fit Mummy etc but none of it seems enough at the moment. I have lost just under 2 stone now but can't seem to find the motivation for anymore. I really need to lose another 2 stone to be a healthy BMI and I want to lose it to acheive the confidence, fitter, healthier me in nicer clothes but I am very unmotivated to do right now. I feel fairly pants about myself and life right now and have almost run out of energy to carry on with SW despite the fact I know carrying on with it is vital to getting myself out of this rut. My life is a bit of a pickle at the moment and I need to get a clear head to see the wood for the trees if you know what I mean.

    Sorry just realised this is a very negative post on an otherwise positive thread!
     
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  13. Indieflower

    Indieflower I have my mojo

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    Never apologise for voicing your thoughts....how else would we know to motivate you! :D

    This might sound crazy, BUT, I feel the same and I have just sat down and gave myself a good old talking too!! Like your Granny would :D

    You've come so far....do not stop now! Imagine reaching all those goals and how proud you would be of yourself....that would be one hell of a pick me up.

    If you feel down about the plan....go back to basics, try new things and enthuse yourself again. You'll kick yourself in months to come if you don't. We all have ups and downs BUT we're here to pick you up :D:D:D

    K xxx
     
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    recently - not a lot. I have just gone with the flow of buying new clothes in bigger sizes but now summer is approaching and the clothes I wore last summer no longer fit. So no more! I refuse to buy new clothes, I refuse to buy bigger clothes they WILL be fitting me!
     
  15. Edwin

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    Thank you so much! I feel very alone at the moment so this means a lot to me. You are right I have to carry on otherwise I look back and think how stupid I was. It's just hard when life feels like it is running away from you! I am good at giving the advice but find it so hard to follow myself! Tomorrow I am going to do a big shop and go back to basics, read those magazines and get inspired. I am the only one who can do this for me. x
     
  16. Indieflower

    Indieflower I have my mojo

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    That's the spirit :)

    K xx
     
  17. crazycrafter

    crazycrafter I have collar bones!

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    health and fitting into clothes that haven't fitted in years
     
  18. TeresaTT

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    Like many people I have been trying to lose weight for years. I've longed to be able to go shopping and try anything on, even skirts without elasticated waists. I've wanted to feel confident wearing swim wear and to look good for my husband again. However, in the past each time I went on a diet I lost weight at the beginning, plateaued out and then gave up because all that continued starvation was getting me no where. But this time on the Slimming World diet I actually believe that I can achieve my goal. I know that even if my wait loss plateaus out, I'll still be eating lots of healthy, delicious food without having to go hungry at all. My whole family can join me on this diet, even my teenage son (though not all of the veggy stuff). I can see a light at the end of the tunnel and I can see that once I reach my goal I should have a plan for life. I can't wait to lose all my spare padding and buy nice clothes again. Also, as both my parents died from heart disease, it's even more important that I lose the weight and eat healthily.
     
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  19. angelslice

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    I just want to look the absolute best that I can.
     
  20. Ninja

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    I started to lose weight for several reasons. To save my relationship, to have another baby, for my health and basically to be able to bend over and get back up again without grunting or getting out of breath.
    Now I want to carry on losing weight because I'm loving the male attention and I love buying new clothes. Today I bought a pretty strapless black dress with a lovely jade shrug cardigan. Something I would never have dreamed of wearing in the past.
    Plus this is the slimmest I've been in about 12 years. I feel young again :D. well, young....er!
     
  21. Fuffs

    Fuffs This is really the time!

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    My motivations are as follows lol

    My son: children at school keep telling him he has a fat mom. He is really hurt by it, as he never likes a bad word said about me and thinks I am slim lol...Would love to see me through his 6 year old eyes. He is my little Knight.

    For my health: I started getting joint inflammation on and off when I was 17. I don't want to feel rough anymore.

    To enjoy life: I am nearly 6ft3. I often hate standing out. Being slim will give me the confidence I need. The slimmest I have got down to as an Adult was in 2002/3 with SW. I was 15st 8lb and even though I had a way to go, I felt wonderful.

    My family: They are on the whole very big, but certain members of my family like to project their own negative feelings on others. My weight has been a target for sooo long. I don't want that anymore.

    While I can enjoy it: I am 27. I think people can enjoy their weight loss at any age. But, I feel this is my time and I want to grab it with both hands.

    Clothes and stuff like that are also important. But not as important as the other stuff.

    Sorry if anyone has fallen asleep lol

    I lost my motivation last week (only 6-7 weeks in lol) There was too much choc around. The speed food challenge has given it back to me. This thread has helped me focus on what made me re-join. A big help. Thank you x
     
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