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Thursday, December 02, 2010

I wrote this blog a while back for another team challenge stating five things that motivate me. I read it over this morning and they are still the reasons I want to keep going. I have now lost 86 pounds and will keep going until I reach my goal weight of 175. I am looking forward to being a part of the winter challenge and learning some new ways to keep motivated for the last part of my journey!!

The following five things are what keep me motivated for each and every day and are also my reasons for wanting to reach my goal weight:

1) Spiritual~~I start each day with prayer and since realizing I have a real lifetime journey ahead of me to get fit and stay fit I am trusting God to help me with each and every facet of my daily life. When I am spiritually at peace my whole world is at peace.

2)Emotional~~I am an emotional person. For the good, bad and the ugly. I wear my heart on my sleeve and try very hard to believe there is good in everyone. I am often hurt and disappointed and then all kinds of emotions take over and can make a disaster out of my healthy living plans. But food does NOT heal emotions. We may feel better for a while with all those wonderful comfort foods but then the guilt and "not again" starts the cycle all over again. I want to be healthy emotionally too. Fill my mind with good thoughts and positive things. Try to live my life in a way that I can show integrity, love, and joy. Again it is a daily committment.

3)Physical~~We have been given one body at birth and what we do to that body is our choice. I have been very bad to my body for many years by eating all the wrong foods and not exercising it. Each day I am learning how good it is to eat the right foods and to keep getting stronger and stronger. I don't think exercise will ever make my Top 5 Pleasures in Life but as I am seeing results in my apperance and energy levels it is something I will continue to do and increase for the rest of my life.

4)Family~~I raised my four children alone after losing my husband in a car accident and I saw the worry, pain, and sadness in their faces as I had allowed myself to creep over that 300 pound mark. I cannot tell you the joy it brings me to hear their excitement, love, and encouragement as they check on me each week to see how things are going. My dh is so proud of me too and even though I always felt loved it is nice to feel respected for the choices I am making.

5)Friends~~I could not keep going without the love and support of my friends. Especially those I have made on Sparks. For over 7 months I did nothing but lose and gain the same pounds. But I kept posting each day to my teams and always got encouragement and love. Sparks is a real gift to me and I tell everyone I meet that it is the best of all online groups!

So these are my five motivations. I am sure the same that many of you have as well. I am choosing each morning to make this" one day" a great day and no matter what happens around me I can choose to be good to my body.
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    Mona ~ I just reada this blog and your #2 describes me to a "T" - I have two particular emotional issues in my life and neither of them are things I can really change, but I am constantly feeding myself to make me feel better - I want to remember what you said and try to apply it to my emotional eating problem. Thanks, again, for sharing your journey with me.

    Love, M
    3835 days ago
    emoticon You set off the waterworks with this one!
    I'm so proud of you. I wish for peace in my life and to make the healthy commitments that you continue to do.

    emoticon You are a shining example. Not always perfect, but always trying. God put you in my life for a reason. You're a real treasure!!
    3865 days ago

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    Love Luyah emoticon
    3879 days ago
    Congratulations and what an encouragement you are for others. Since joining Sparks, I have not lost any weight, if anything, I have gained. You are the proof that I should not give up. Thank you.
    3883 days ago
    What a fantastic, heartfelt blog. It brought tears to my eyes and also hit a nerve with me. So honest, too...and because of the honesty - incredibly inspiring. I hope this receives the Most Popular Blog award. It deserves it.
    -- Love especially the part about losing and gaining the same weight over and over but sticking with it until you broke through...ahhhh- Wonderful!
    3892 days ago
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    I am enjoying getting to know you and reading these motivations has just lifted me up!

    Thanks for being a leader on the CCLTT! emoticon
    3892 days ago
    Those are some AWESOME motivators!
    3892 days ago
    Thanks Mona! What a great blog, so encouraging for all of us! You have given us some HOPE today, and we all need that so much during our journey. You have came a long way Mona and have much to offer on SparkPeople.
    Thanks again and God Bless You,
    3892 days ago
    I too have had a lot of lengthy plateaus and am on one now but I don't let it discourage me because of great friends like you. Where else could you go and open up about your true feelings regarding emotional eating, what you weigh and secret eating. Most people don't understand us but on this sight we really get each other.
    3892 days ago
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    Great blog. Thanks for sharing! Your'e a superstar.
    3892 days ago
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    emoticon Thank you for sharing with us! I needed to hear that today!

    Hugs! Beverly
    3892 days ago
    You Rock Girlfriend! So very proud of you!!! Big High Five. Great Blog!
    3892 days ago
    Thank you , and Congrads again on loosing all that weight
    3892 days ago
    Such well defined reasons - no wonder you have been doing so well! You are pretty amazing and definitely on your way to meeting your goals. You are an inspiration! Keep up the good fight!
    3892 days ago
    Mona, those are five fantastic motivations. You have done so well with your weight loss. Besides being a special lady, you are a great inspiration to all who listen. Keep up the good work! You are fantastic! emoticon emoticon
    3892 days ago
    Mona ~ You are such a SPECIAL Lady & Friend!!!! I LOVE this blog & am so proud of the choices you have made for yourself!!!! You have accomplished SO MUCH, but I KNOW that you will meet your goals!!!! You are an inspiration!!!!
    Hugzz ~ Jae emoticon
    3893 days ago
    You're doing great keep that motivation going strong. You will reach that goal!
    3893 days ago
    You have excellent reasons to remain on plan!! You are doing excellent.
    3893 days ago
    This is great! Thanks for sharing this blog!
    3893 days ago
    Love this blog! Such a great attitude and outlook on things. Way to go on 86 pounds lost- that is quite an accomplishment!
    3893 days ago
    I LOVE how you are changing with your weight loss and becoming the confident woman I am sure you used to be. Along with your children I am so proud of what you have achieved so far and know that you will get to goal next year emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3893 days ago
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