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Fitness Motivation from Hundreds of LIVESTRONG Readers


Last week we wrote about the importance of motivation and how motivation is what drives us to achieve our goals. Tapping into your own specific "why" is what can help carry you through the days and weeks of hard work.

Most of you LIVESTRONG members and devoted readers are on a personal journey to better your lives and we want to hear about YOUR motivation, because it helps to keep us inspired. Last week we launched the "What's Your Motivation To Be Healthy?" contest, and in just seven days we've already received more than 100 responses. These entrants are all in the running for a $250 VISA gift card and a FitBit Flex, and there is still time for YOU to enter! Also, read through their stories, as some of them may help to give you the push you need to keep going this week on your own health and fitness journey.


I want to share with you some of the very personal and inspirational motivations that our members have which keep them moving forward. If after reading these, you become inspired to share your own motivation, you can officially enter the contest by posting to this thread in the Community.

LIVESTRONG Member Ncbuessing wrote:
My 11 year career as an Active Duty Airmen is just one of the many reasons. Every six months I take a nail biting fitness evaluation and am always nervous about the waist measurement portion. When I take my next fitness eval in August I want to be like. Heck yeah I got this “Excellent” baby. Another reason closer to my heart is my three-almost four year old princess. I grew up normal size, never really struggling with weight until my later high school years. I had a tough home life and didn’t know the first thing about healthy living. Today I weigh 209 pounds and the thing that gets me about it the most is that I feel like a 130 lb lady on the inside. I never want my Evangeline to have to learn how to eat. I want it to already be apart of her daily life so she won’t struggle as I have in my adult life. It means everything to me.

LIVESTRONG Member Cathsands wrote:
When I was pregnant with my second beautiful daughter I had gestational diabetes. My eldest daughter was 3 at the time and had to watch me check my bloods and all the other things it entails. 

When my youngest daughter hit one, my blood glucose test showed I had impaired glucose tolerance. I made the decision that by the time I have my test next November I want it to be in a much more healthy state. I want my lovely little girls to grow up watching me making healthy decisions and choices. No matter what I tell them about food and exercise – what they actually watch me do will have the biggest impact on their lives.

I have so much more energy now, my BMI is 22 and I’ve dropped 2 dress sizes. I’ve got 2 more pounds to go and I’ll have lost 24lbs – my youngest daughter’s weight. Picking her up and carrying her around is a reminder of how far I’ve come.

LIVESTRONG Member Mradamscully wrote:
My motivation is my goal and life long dream of becoming a New York City Firefighter. It motivates me to run when I wake up, run on my lunch hour and run when I get home from a 12 hour work day. I’ve always like exercising and staying fit, but having the chance to be a member of the FDNY motivates me to be better.

LIVESTRONG Member Kmd1001 wrote:
Myself…I do this for me. To feel better, to breathe better, to be stronger, to run faster, to run farther, to be at home in my skin. I’ve ridden this roller coaster too long, it’s time to make it stop. already 30 pounds down from my heaviest recorded with 37 more pounds to go for my 2014 goal, I’m on my way.

LIVESTRONG Member Piratechick7588 wrote:
My motivation is simple: be the best me possible. When I started my fitness journey, I struggled to walk up a flight of stairs of into a building from a parking lot. That girl wasn’t my best me. That girl isolated herself and indulged in unhealthy foods because she didn’t think she was worth it. I’m 11 months into my fitness journey and above all the progress, gaining the mindset that I’m worth it is my best victory. I want to be active and enjoy my friends and family. I want to have children one day. I want to visit fun places on vacations. I want to set a healthier example to the next generation than I had. I want to practice what I teach to my students. I want to love myself inside and out. And I want to be the best me possible.

LIVESTRONG Member mikey780880 wrote:
Not to impress others but improve my well being. I’m 30 years young and have never been a thin guy. I was up to 1 pack a day smoking and was just un-impressed with myself. I lost my mother 10 years ago to bone cancer and it’s been a downward spiral from there. I’m doing everything in my power to not only be a better man mentally but physically as well. I’m quitting smoking and trying to get where I want in life so I can look back and say I over came my biggest obstacle, myself.

LIVESTRONG Member Tori_love wrote:
Every time I watch my arms lift a dumbbell in a mirror or my thighs strain under a squat I see all the “you cant’s” dripping off my skin. Exercise and healthy diet has found a way to start fixing every major problem in my life. My skin is as clear as the day I was born, I have been off my prescriptions for months, and I don’t let anyone walk all over me. It’s more than being about sexy and trim… It becomes everything. Tori 40lb lost of 70lb goal and couldn’t be happier.

LIVESTRONG Member Klloveless wrote:
I am the Scoutmaster of my son’s Boy Scout Troop. Last summer, I had to lead them in a 5 night horseback trip at Buffalo Trail Scout Ranch near Fort Davis, Texas. At the time I learned of this trip, I weighed over 35 pounds over the maximum weight limit. So, over the next 6 months, I changed my diet and starting exercising to make the weight limit to be able to take this awesome ride with my son through the mountains. Now, we have set our goals on attending Philmont, knowing that I had to lose an additional 45 pounds to be able to accompany my son through his 100 mile trek through the New Mexico mountains. We have starting exercising together and I help him get strong by lifting weights and he helps me lose weight by asking me each day to work out and continue the “Couch to 5K” program with him, even if sometimes we don’t get to do this until after 9pm due to my hectic work schedule. So, in short, my motivation is my son, without which my weight loss would not be possible.

LIVESTRONG Member Fitness122 wrote:
Triathlon in the summer!

LIVESTRONG Member EJSpink wrote:
My main motivation is my daughter. I’m 47 and Makayla is 10. I have encouraged her to participate and try all sorts of activities. While getting her involved in all this was great, I realized that I had gotten to a point in my life where I was way too sedentary and had very little energy to keep up with her. She has loved doing all sorts of sports and has excelled at, dance and gymnastics. I want to be able to keep up with her and also be the best example for her to live a healthy lifestyle! has been a great source to help steer me in the right direction with the “My Plate” features and the motivation I get from the community area of the site is immeasurable!

LIVESTRONG Member Cheryl_jestis wrote:
I want to live longer and healthier than my parents and my brother were able to. I want to keep finding my limits and exceeding them. I’ve completed a 70.3 triathlon and am now training for my first full marathon. I want to celebrate year after year of remaining cancer free after my battle with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma 2009/2010. I want to keep off the 100lbs of extra weight that I used to carry. I want to be around to be a FUN and ACTIVE grandma some day. I want to live well and enjoy each moment I’m given. Every single moment truly is a gift and there is no guarantee we’ll get the next one.

Readers – What's YOUR motivation? What drags you out of bed in the morning to work out instead of getting an extra hour of sleep? What keeps you from over indulging on cupcakes or chicken wings? Share your motivation with us by posting a response in this contest thread and you will be entered to win a $250 VISA gift card and a FitBit Flex.


Kelly Plowe, MS, RD, CSSD is a nutritionist and food and health communications specialist. As a registered dietitian and certified Sports Dietitian, Kelly helps consumers put health and nutrition research into practice. She believes diet is at the center of a healthy and fulfilling life and is dedicated to helping others be their best. Kelly lives in Los Angeles with her fiancé and their bulldog, Sunny. She is an avid runner and CrossFit enthusiast. Living in SoCal, Kelly spends most of her free time outside ocean swimming, riding her beach cruiser and going to concerts.



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