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Poll: What's your #1 reason

for wanting to lose weight? What's your main motivator?

Thu. May 17, 2:25pm

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Health. I've always been a big guy, BUT I used to be an athletic big guy. After a couple years of a desk job, I've let things slide too far, and want to shed a couple of these pounds.

That being said, I wouldn't mind wearing smaller pants as well. I've lost quite a bit of weight already, and it's nice when people notice your hard work.

Thursday, May 17, 2007, 2:36 PM

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I want to become happier with myself. I lost some weight last year and my self confidence boosted up. I was also wearing smaller jeans. Now that I have gained 15 lbs back, my confidence it back down and my jeans are tight again.

I want to be happy with me so that it shows and that people are happy with me. I would also like to become more active and not be such a home body.

Thursday, May 17, 2007, 5:03 PM

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Health, health and health!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, May 17, 2007, 5:06 PM

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I want to look and feel HOT in my 20s... I'm too young to be fat and unhealthy!

Thursday, May 17, 2007, 6:24 PM

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Health & to be able to enjoy the things I once did - play tennis, bike ride

Thursday, May 17, 2007, 11:25 PM

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health and look better

I have a 4 month old son who is going to be crawling soon and I want to be able to keep up with him as he becomes more active.

I have always been big and I want my husband to have a sexy and confident wife. (and to buy clothes at the same stores as my skinny sister-in-laws instead of one for bigger people)

Thursday, May 17, 2007, 11:52 PM

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Just turned 30 and I want 30-40 to be best good-looking years of my life :-)

Friday, May 18, 2007, 3:30 AM

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I love who I am but was tired of being self conscious of my weight. I have never been fat but more so uncomfortable. My weight was the only thing in my life that was not where I wanted it to be

Friday, May 18, 2007, 4:05 AM

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health and to look better. I want to live a healthier longer life and be with those I love for a long time. be able to enjoy and make the most of My life

Friday, May 18, 2007, 4:09 AM

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I know some people who make themselves feel better about their out of shape bodies by making fun of mine. I want to knock them down a peg by making my butt higher than their self=esteem. Yea.... and for health reasons too.

Friday, May 18, 2007, 4:25 AM

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I want to look better, then I would feel better!

Friday, May 18, 2007, 5:15 AM

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I want to look better. Confidence.

Friday, May 18, 2007, 8:28 AM

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I have 3 kids so I want to lose weight to get my pre pregnant body back. To look the way I look 5 years ago for me and my husband so I can feel better about my self and our relationship

Friday, May 18, 2007, 9:19 AM

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Thank you to the posters at 5:03 and 6:24 on May 17th...took the words right out of my mouth :)

Friday, May 18, 2007, 9:28 AM

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to wear all the clothes that have been buried back in my closet for too long. I am guilty of buying clothes on sale that are just a little bit too tight and then thinking I'll lose weight.....most of them still have tags and I want to wear them soon!

Also...bathing suit season is coming up......

Friday, May 18, 2007, 9:41 AM

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What's your #1 reason

Health, I have asthma, High BP, bad foot and ankle which I've already had surgery on. I know and my doctor has told me if I dropped the weight that I would have these problems so that the most important reason.

Friday, May 18, 2007, 3:50 PM

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I want to be able to run forever without stopping.
I want to look hot and feel comfotable in all clothing or no clothing.
I want to be heatlhy and live a long long life.

Friday, May 18, 2007, 4:00 PM

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I'm vain. I don't want to look like my parents when I get to be their age. I want to wear trendy clothes and high heels. Mostly, I want to prove to myself that I CAN do it, that although pretty much everyone in my family is overweight, it's not destiny.

Friday, May 18, 2007, 4:19 PM

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I miss my athletic body from high school and want it back! My best friend is getting married next year and I want to look like I did my for my Senior Prom!

Friday, May 18, 2007, 4:22 PM

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health, happiness, and success....(actually being able to stick to a long term goal and do something i've been trying to battle with for awhile)

Saturday, May 19, 2007, 1:43 AM

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showing up my husband

Okay, honestly, I want to show my husband that I am still beautiful. I don't believe I am beautiful because I am so heavy, and he never says anything but good/positive things, but in my mind he treats me differently than he used to when I was thinner.

Saturday, May 19, 2007, 3:40 PM

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prior to preg.

I want to be fit, and healthy before we look at getting pg. next summer. And, I want to be a hot mama!

Saturday, May 19, 2007, 3:55 PM

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I really want to feel good and feel good about the way I look....I am tired of having to adjust my clothes every time I move to cover the belly and the butt...

Saturday, May 19, 2007, 4:00 PM

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1. health: I am working hard to avoid heart disease (dad died of it at 48), hypertension, diabetes & cancer.

2. I'm sick of not being able to do all the fun things I used to do: jogging, backpacking, bellydancing, partner dancing without my knees giving out from underneath me and sweating gallons/gasping for air.

3. Cute clothes! High heels!

Saturday, May 19, 2007, 7:30 PM

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I had been talking about it for weeks (MONTHS) and never stuck with anything for more then a few days .... my mom called me a few days ago and she has Diabetes! That was the kick in the tushy I needed!

Saturday, May 19, 2007, 9:20 PM

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Health to enjoy a more active lifestyle

Saturday, May 19, 2007, 9:24 PM

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I want to REALLY look the way I feel. After seeing recent photos of myself, I had no idea that I appear larger than how I see myself. I thought I was just a little big, but not officially overweight. What a wake-up call!
Also, as I am nearing 40 (4 yrs away), I want to be as healthy as I can be so that I can have a child (my 1st one) with as little complications as possible.

Saturday, May 19, 2007, 9:42 PM

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I am just so unhappy being fat. I have been thin and fat and thin is so much better!

Saturday, May 19, 2007, 9:48 PM

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yeah you know the little saying is so true------Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels....

Saturday, May 19, 2007, 10:01 PM

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A) to look better and feel better about myself
B) to make my ex jealous if we ever run into eachother
C) confidence to snag a new hottie for myself

Saturday, May 19, 2007, 10:32 PM

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Health and for my self (to build a better body image and more self confidence/esteem in myself - I sure do miss that)

Saturday, May 19, 2007, 11:21 PM

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I just want to be comfortable with myself and not feel like everyone is looking at me and thinking FAT GIRL!!! I also want to feel comfortable with my husband he says I am not fat and he loves me but I see the way he will look at the skinny women in bathing suits on television and I know he doesnot look at me that way....If I am discusted with my body then how could he be happy with it??

Sunday, May 20, 2007, 12:31 AM

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Re: Poll: What's your #1 reason

My number one reason is look good. Health ranks right up there too though, but I want to get to my target weight of 165...196 right now...have lost 6 pounds in 6 days!

Sunday, May 20, 2007, 10:14 AM

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I want to be my husband's mid life crisis! His trophy wife! We have been together since we were 19 years old and are both turning 40 this year so we have joked about trading one another in for two 20's. So I said why go through divorce, upsetting our kids, blah, blah, blah. We will just get in shape for each other and be each other's fantasy.!!

Sunday, May 20, 2007, 11:47 AM

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I want to be the best me I can be and stop being afraid of that. I think unconsciously I was afraid of being me at my best. I want to look good and feel good and feel in control of my mind and my body.

Sunday, May 20, 2007, 12:03 PM

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I just want to be the person I was before I had kids. I always had a great body, and a lot of energy, and it made me feel good both physically and emotionally. Now I just look at myself and feel disappointed.

Sunday, May 20, 2007, 12:11 PM

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Being a HOT Mama! Literally!

I have 3 kids, 2 of which I've given birth to in the past 2 years and I just want to look as happy as I feel. I want to have perky boobs, tan (with in reason of course), toned, wear cute young clothes that make me feel beatiful! I have never truly been the size I want to be as an adolescent or adult and would like to be able to go to the store and buy something that fits really well without feeling depressed in the dressing room. I would like my husband to want to grab my butt while I'm making dinner because it's cute and love on me not because I'm a good pillow but because I'm sexy! I want to feel like a HOT Mama and make my kids proud that their mom is fit and happy and active!

Sunday, May 20, 2007, 3:21 PM

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fantastic reason- kudos!

Sunday, May 20, 2007, 3:22 PM

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Cancer runs in my family, so I want to be as healthy as possible.

Sunday, May 20, 2007, 5:10 PM

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To feel firery again!

i want to get back down to the 145-150 range. I am now 189 from gaining too much with pregnancy 1 yr ago. Still have all my " cute " clothes and sick of just lookin at them, I want to look and feel great again!!!

Sunday, May 20, 2007, 5:42 PM

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Sounds like a plan, still have some cute chothes of my own to get into..

Sunday, May 20, 2007, 6:48 PM

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My motivation is my future baby ... the one I want to have when I'm in better shape - When I'm out biking and I see a mom and her child it motivates me to keep doing what I'm doing. Just the other day I saw a mom breastfeeding under the shade of a tree in an empty park near my house - it was so inspiring that even though my legs were fatigued, I peddled faster. Even though I'm "doing it for me" ... I'm doing it for my own baby too ... and what great inspiration it is :)

Sunday, May 20, 2007, 7:27 PM

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Reason for wanting to lose weight

Because I gained it.....

I have never been over weight before and did not realize how much it affects my mobility. I was in an accident and was not able to work out and gained 25 pounds, I feel terrible and have not energy. So, the only thing that has changed in my life, besides getting older is my weight gain.

Sunday, May 20, 2007, 8:29 PM

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I want to feel better about the way I look. I don't want to have to try to hide bulges that hang over the top of my jeans when I sit down. Yuck. If I look better, my self-esteem might hopefully get a boost. My health isn't really bad, but of course, I want to be healthy, too. But right now I'll admit, my main factor is vanity.

Sunday, May 20, 2007, 9:08 PM

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A. To be someone with a strong body who can run like it's nothing
B. To look HOT in my clothes, and out of them - and okay, make my best friend then boyfriend and now back to just best friend again think that, even if it's only physical, he's missing out on something

Sunday, May 20, 2007, 9:14 PM

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VANITY! my innards are totally healthy - i want my outside to look good! i exercise a lot b/c i love it and i want to look like i exercise as much as i do!

Monday, May 21, 2007, 10:43 AM

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since having my baby I feel like I obsesed about my weight. I talk about it all the time, it just always comes up.... you know like "How's the weather, oh yeah I just lost 1/4 pound" I never used to worry about my weight, and now it is all I think of. I want to be free again.

Monday, May 21, 2007, 6:14 PM

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#1 reason

To live: Not just to be around, but to actually live life instead of watching because I'm embarassed because I fear I'm too fat. I feel like everyone's watching me.

The # 2 reason :-) to know what it's like to be skinny and fit into some really cute shorts or jeans show off some leg, even though they are short. :-)

Monday, May 21, 2007, 7:40 PM

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I guess that at the core my number one reason for wanting to lose weight would be my health. There are several things that run in my family that are made worse by excessive weight and I'm at the age and weight that they are starting to look like my inevitable future.

However, as shallow as it might seem, my daily motivator is that I want to look better. I have all these cute clothes from when I was thin that I refuse to throw away, and that I very much want to wear again.

Monday, May 21, 2007, 7:49 PM

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top reasons for me

1. Health - I see the family history of High BP and Diabetes and I do not want to go on that road. Start while I'm young!

2. Confidence - I never thought my weight was a factor of my confidence level, but lately I've been seeing the bigger picture and how I present myself to others. Sometimes I tend to put myself down mostly as a joke, but that is not good for me and my self esteem.

3. Like one of the postings I just read, I wanna look HOT! lol why not?! Let me enjoy the rest of my twenties.

Monday, May 21, 2007, 8:29 PM

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I just want to feel better about myself. I'd like for my appearence to become more attractive for myself as well as those around me. I know that the journey is long but at this point in my life, I feel like I'm committed to it like I never have been before.

Monday, May 21, 2007, 8:37 PM

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to fit in my skinny jeans again. Gosh, I look so sexy in them!

Monday, May 21, 2007, 8:45 PM

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I want to be able to wear shorts, and not sweat my a$$ off this summer!! :0)

Tuesday, May 22, 2007, 3:05 PM

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3:05 post - I know what you mean or wearing shorts and have rubbing thighs that hurt like a #$@!

Tuesday, May 22, 2007, 9:43 PM

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I want to be able to wear nice clothes - no more fat person clothes AND wear a belt!

Tuesday, May 22, 2007, 11:06 PM

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I would like to someday fulfill my dreams of being a burlesque performer. Yes, really.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007, 12:54 AM

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Being a burlesque performer is a cool dream! I like that.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007, 2:34 AM

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my main reason is to lose 2 clothing sizes i gained with my divorce. i was a size 14 before and was comfortable in that size but with my divorce i gained.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007, 2:19 PM

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I just turned 33 and although that's still plenty young, I have 2 kids under 5 that I want to watch have kids of their own. I am an actress, and this field is intensly competitive; while I DO NOT agree with losing weight to get approval from agents/director/casting, I know that I'd make more oney if I were a smaller size, that's just the way this industry works, they don't hire the fat girls to play the lead love interest, they hire Gwyneth Paltrow and put her in a fat my #1 reason is for my kids, #2 for myself, #3 for the work I am not getting.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007, 2:25 PM

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My husband is not home often, and he has had an emotional affair in the past. I am scared that I will lose him forever if I am not more comfortable with myself, and more attractive to him.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007, 2:28 PM

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To look fabulous at my daughters wedding and start my next phase of life (50's) in good shape

Wednesday, May 23, 2007, 3:11 PM

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Self confidence! I want to be a MILF! LOL! :)

Sunday, June 03, 2007, 11:57 AM

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I wont add more reasons to this list because so many people already have, but thank you you've inspired me to make a list so I can look at it when I need motivation

Sunday, June 03, 2007, 12:49 PM

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Because it's who I truly am. I was created to have a healthy, flexible, energetic body that weighs 135. I have decided to get out of my own way and do it.

Sunday, June 03, 2007, 1:09 PM

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Wanting to step back into life. Wanting to return to health. Watching my dad suffer with uncontrolled diabetes and knowing that was in the works for me. Wanting to ski again and hike in the mountains.

Sunday, June 03, 2007, 3:15 PM

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Sunday, June 03, 2007, 5:31 PM

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To be at the weight I was 3 years ago and also to maintain that weight!

Sunday, June 03, 2007, 10:07 PM

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My husband has had an emotional affair, and every time I think about that girl, it just makes me want to run and not stop. And every time I think about her touching my husband I want to throw up, and so far it's a pretty good weigh loss plan.

Monday, June 04, 2007, 10:17 AM

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I know - it is hard to eat when you're upset. I lost 10 lbs last year in 2 weeks because of something similar. Problem is I gained it all back plus 5 when I started eating again.

Monday, June 04, 2007, 10:23 AM

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To look as hot as a I can. I'm at the 'hottie' stage of my life (had my kids, 40 something) and I feel foxy.

Monday, June 04, 2007, 12:22 PM

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12:22 one word for you MILF

Monday, June 04, 2007, 6:09 PM

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I want to be the hottest, healthiest 80 year old woman you have EVER seen !

Saturday, June 09, 2007, 2:22 AM

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12:22 here. You got it. MILF is the word (that you heard. It's got groove, it's got meaning).

Theres an ad for some shampoo about wanting to find yourself again and you see this woman go from well put together/fit into pregnant, tired, hassled, harried - sweat pant wearings, etc - back into well put together (Thanks to the shampoo)

Which of course is grossly simplifying things.

However. I remember that post-baby stage (times two) where I did wear sweats a lot, hadn't had my hair cut or tweezed a brow for ages and I looked really tired and hassled and all that. Even when I went back to work full time.

And now, I'm back to my pre marriage weight - 5-7 lbs to flab-free, i believe, or the best I can do at 40 something... and I dress right for my shape/coloring, and I feel younger and hipper and cuter than I have in a long time.

I think that it's glorious to turn oneself into a MILF even if you don't intend on violating ones marriage vows. It's still fun to have the head-turn happen.

Saturday, June 09, 2007, 7:06 AM

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Poll: What's your #1 reason

1. insurance
2. I want to be able to take a picture of me and my Grandson I am proud of and he will not be ashamed of

Sunday, June 10, 2007, 8:10 AM

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Poll: What's your #1 reason

My number one reason is to feel better about myself. And also to be more healthy.

Sunday, June 10, 2007, 1:16 PM

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I'm turning 28 this year, and I've been 20-25 lbs overweight most of my life, (minus a year here or there when I dieted and then stopped only to gain it all back plus some). So... My goal is to be able to run a 5k, quit smoking, and be in the best shape of my life by the time I am 30!

Monday, June 11, 2007, 1:27 AM

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#1 Reason

Health and I would like to be able to put my clothes on without getting out of breath.

Sunday, June 24, 2007, 5:20 PM

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I just want to be me.

I know im awesome. I dont look like it though.

If i lose weight, i feel like everything in my life will be better. This may be a problem.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007, 4:00 AM

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My health was the real reason--I had high cholesterol, and that scared me. I couldn't even climb a flight of stairs without panting for five minutes afterwards.
But that was over 50 pounds ago, and now the vanity has kicked in--I feel wonderful physically, but I want to be HOT while I'm still young enough to enjoy it!!

Thursday, July 05, 2007, 2:56 PM

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To look like Angelina Jolie.

Thursday, July 05, 2007, 3:16 PM

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To be hot, hot, hot! Maybe then i will turn heads. Which will hopefully drag me out of my loneliness and into a relationship.

Thursday, July 05, 2007, 3:25 PM

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Everyone in my family that has past away has done so from a heart attack. Heart disease is so very strong in my family. I would like to lose weight and be in shape to live a long and happy life :)

Thursday, July 05, 2007, 3:45 PM

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#1: Health. Also:
To prove to myself I can follow through and not give up again.
To feel better about my looks.
To set a healthy example for my children.

Thursday, July 05, 2007, 6:04 PM

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Better health!

There is a lot of cancer in my family and I want to make sure I'm not feeding it with extra fat cells. Also want to get rid of back and foot pain that comes from being overweight!

Thursday, July 05, 2007, 7:54 PM

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cuz I'm fat

Thursday, July 05, 2007, 8:21 PM

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Haha! Said so well!

Well, because I want to wank into a room and have all the men salivate and the women want to kill me in jealousy.

I want to walk into an office and have people offer me jobs left and right because of my hotness.

I want to be the woman that everyone wants to look like at the gym.

I want to prove to everyone that I can and will.

Thursday, July 05, 2007, 8:57 PM

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You are not depriving yourself of food- the only thing you are depriving yourself of is ultimate thinness

Every time you say 'no' to food, you say yes to Thin.

Nothing tastes as good as thin feels.

I can't control the world, but I can control myself...

Because you've made a decision: you will NOT stop. The pain is necessary, especially the pain of hunger. It reassures you that you are strong, can withstand anything, that you are NOT a slave to your body, you don't have to give in to it's whining.

Everyone is just jealous because I can control myself.

Why can't they realize my strength? How much it's taken to make so little of myself.

You can learn to love anything, I think, if you need to badly enough. I trained myself to enjoy feeling hungry. If my stomach contracts, or I wake up feeling nauseated, or I'm light-headed, or I have a hunger headache, or better yet, all of the above, it means I'm getting thinner. So it feels good. I feel strong. On top of myself and in control.

The difference between need and want is self-control.

I'm hungry. Damn that feels so good...

Dieting is fulfilling. Colors become brighter. Sounds sharper. Cookies, cakes and other sweets become more fattening.

Thursday, July 05, 2007, 9:01 PM

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oh. you're a little scary. Good luck there.

Thursday, July 05, 2007, 11:08 PM

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I commented back in May that one of my reasons was to have the confidence to find myself a new man. well, now I want to keep the one I snagged telling me how sexy I am!!!

Friday, July 06, 2007, 4:23 PM

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I wanna look hot. If I look good I will be more motivated to dress nice and do my hair and makeup every day. I used to, now somedays I just don't care...

Friday, July 06, 2007, 4:35 PM

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Because I'm a huge fatty jiggly slob. I'm disgousting.

Friday, July 06, 2007, 4:56 PM

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Because I want to look sexy and feel comfortable in my clothes. I would prefer to do it by eating everything I want and not exercising, but I tried that and it didn't work.

Monday, July 09, 2007, 6:16 PM

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