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What motivates you to eat healthy and exercise?

So you wake up in the morning, and you know you're trying to lose weight/gain muscle. What is the first that that comes up or mind or what do you tell yourself for encouragement? What do you tell yourself that makes you get off the chair and workout? What is the one thing stops you from eating unhealthy foods too?

Tue. Mar 22, 9:31am

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I think to myself, "Well, I can either keep doing the things that got me where I am or I can do the things that will get me where I want to go.'

Re: foods - the thing that helps me the most? Reminding myself that there is virutally nothing out there that I can't have 24/7 if I really want it. If I don't have it right now, I can have it an hour from now, later tonight, tomorrow, next week, etc. That really helps me vs. saying 'Don't eat it! It's bad! Shouldn't eat it!' That just drives me to eat, eat, eat!

Learning about how some foods are made and processed has also created some lifelong aversions which makes them no longer tempting, which helps a lot!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 10:30 AM

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i was inspired by one of the emails sent out by the PeerTrainer people. it basically said that if you choose to eat something unhealthy or sit on the couch instead of working out that you are prioritizing that hamburger or tv show over your health goals. now whenever i'm like "whatever, i'll have a margarita and chips", i remember that i want to prioritize my goals over those things. i don't deprive myself, i'll just have a light beer and a few chips instead if i really "need" some. i also have a dress that i look great in when i've been behaving on the food and exercise front, and i keep that dress in the front of my closet so that i see it whenever i get dressed.
good luck!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 11:58 AM

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There are several things that continue to motivate me:

1. I feel awesome when I eat healthy and workout. Physically and emotionally
2. I'm vain - I like to look good!
3. Nutrition is interesting to me and I enjoy learning about new and healthy things to eat.
4. Habit - I've been living a healthy life since 2006 and I'll never go back!

rachspen

Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 12:11 PM

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3 months till bikini season.. haha.
Also once I get into a routine I enjoy working out and improving at the gym - I like to feel strong.
Food - I have problems with food still I'm working on it though. I just try not to eat things that are not good for my body. If I really want something I try to eat a little bit of it only.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 5:06 PM

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What motivates me? I was refueling my vehicle the other night at a Circle K in Tampa and this lovely latin, half my age (I'm 43), walked up to me to tell me how handsome I was...So, there ya go! LOL!

Hank

Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 5:44 PM

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