I just need to know.

What keeps you motivated?

What keeps you inspired?

Why do you continue to fight over and over again for your healthiness?

Is the reason you started different than the reason you keep fighting?

I just need to know. You see, I sit here talking about me day after day after day. And rarely do I learn about YOU, my readers. So, I just need to know. Tell me about your inner drive, your reason. That moment when your faced with temptation, what do you think about. What is it that stops you in your tracks, reminds you of your goals and keeps you going? What is it in life that keeps you going long after you thought you’d had given up?

Dear readers, share with me your inspiration.



  1. Right now all I keep telling myself is….Don’t give up what you REALLY want for what you want right now. My inspiration? I’m not sure I’ve identified that yet….

  2. Maybe you were looking for positive and inspirational comments here and I shouldn’t say this, but what keeps me motivated is… fear. Fear of going back to being fat, fear of being stared at, fear of being singled out, fear of being pitied. Total and utter fear.

  3. I can’t explain it, but there is something deep inside me that won’t let me quit this time.

    My main reasons for continuing to press towards my weight loss goal have not changed from when I started, but they have grown.

    I started feeling aching in my knees at climbing stairs and standing too long and knew I was too young at 32 to have that trouble and it could only be due to my weight. That pain stopped after I lost some weight.

    I had also began learning to love myself if I never lost another pound, and then proceeded to gain another ten pounds. I knew I had to do something and came to the realization loving myself didn’t equal allowing myself to overeat and be out of control.

    I was very scared to try dieting one more time and face the chance of failure AGAIN. So, I started with baby steps and told myself I wouldn’t diet. I would change small things.

    Now, almost three years later, I have decided I don’t want to be the next generation of female to get Type 2 Diabetes…my grandmother, aunt and mother have had it.

    In my struggles with losing weight I’ve also observed that I fight an addiction to food and now I’m determined to win that battle and break the addiction….no matter how long it takes.

  4. Great question! I’m definitely going to bookmark this and come back and read all the replies. To be honest, I often don’t find the motivation that I need, and that’s why I struggle so much. However, I haven’t given up and I think I just really to accomplish great, to have more confidence, and to believe in myself. And while we’re being honest, being all fed up with being overweight and all that comes with that is also a motivator.

  5. Haven’t found it yet. Perhaps this is why I’m not where you are yet. I”m searching though. And, it’s a pretty painful process. I’ll find it eventually. Just not tonight.

  6. What keeps you motivated? My love of life. I know this is a huge world and I want to see and experience as much as humanly possible… in a healthy body.

    What keeps you inspired? People around me who also have fought the hard fight against their food obsession have recovered. I know it is possible to lose the weight and maintain a health weight and not obsess over food.

    Why do you continue to fight over and over again for your healthiness?
    My Husband deserves a wife that is completely present. Not checked out but engaged and there. My son deserves a Mom that is there for him now and will be there for him when he is older too. I want to model to him how eating healthily and exercising is a responsibility we have to ourselves and our loved ones.

    Is the reason you started different than the reason you keep fighting?
    I started fighting for the vanity I keep fighting for the sanity.

  7. I love the way I feel when I’m in control and making healthy choices. There’s no guilt, no shame, only pride. When I am faced with temptation I ask myself, if I eat this, how will I feel in 30 min? Then I ask myself, if I don’t eat this (or limit my portion), how will I feel in 30 min? I have to remind myself that the temporary thrill I get from eating that burger/cookie/chips is not worth the regret. Instead, if I make a good choice I will feel proud of myself.

    A couple of things that have worked for me are
    1) if I really want something, I have it. And then I get right back on track.
    2) If I’m tempted I have a small bite and then decide if it’s “worth it”.
    3) I decide ahead of time that I’m not having anything “off plan”. Then when the opportunity presents itself I don’t have to make the decision in the moment – it’s already been made.

    Life is awesome and you deserve to live it in a healthy body!

  8. Diabetes has taken my dad away from us. He’s still alive, but all those years of him denying it and refusing to take better care of himself have taken a toll. He is 51 years old and has kidney disease, digestive issues, and nerve damage throughout his body. We also suspect that he has early onset dementia. He can no longer work or take care of himself. I see this shell of a man who used to be my dad and THAT is what keeps me motivated. It’s why I lost weight in the first place, and it’s why I will keep fighting.


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