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what motivates you to go to the gym and also give it your best at work, in essence what is your drive that keeps you going?

Wed. Aug 8, 10:44am

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I want to get pregnant and when I hopefully do I want to be a mom that can keep up and be there for her kids.. not letting my weight keep me from doing special things with them. like bike riding and walking... going on long nature walks and such..

I want to be healthy to live a longer life to enjoy them growing up.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007, 10:51 AM

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I'm 37 and I'm about to be a Dad for the first time. I want to make sure I'm not bench dad- "you go ahead and play- Dad's gonna hang out on this bench..."

I want to be able to give my child better role models than I had for fitness and eating- my parents did pretty well, but I want to do even better.

I want to be able to take my child to France and ride up Mont Ventoux.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007, 11:05 AM

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Well, I don't go to the gym but I do walk daily and do pilates and weight training at home but I do have to be motivated to do that. I have a 7 month old son and another on the way (I'm 4 months pregnant) and they are my motivation to keep active and healthy everyday. Kids are the best motivation you can have. I'm glad to hear people wanting to be the best parents they can be.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007, 11:36 AM

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Hoo boy have I struggled with this one. I feel great after I exercise and in the nice months I'm pretty good about getting outside, but as the days get shorter and the weather gets nasty I head to the gym. I go 5x a week nowadays but my beginning was pretty rough. Finally I had to flat out schedule it, make myself pack my gym bag and put it by the door, and my route home goes past the gym so I can't drive home without conciously NOT going to the gym. I couldn't get up in the morning consistently to go to the gym, but I can do it for work - then I get out early enough to work out and shower before I need to cook dinner. The unexpected (bonus) side effect of this schedule is that, since I just worked out, dinner tends to be much healthier.

Now that it's routine - I'm very good about it, but until I just made it part of my schedule I always managed to find something else to do (that usually wasn't another healthy activity). It's really great that there are parents here who can find time to make themselves a priority (for themselves and for their family) - so many of the ones I know don't and it really doesn't benefit anyone.

Good luck with the motivation! No matter how much I love exercise and how I feel afterwards, I still don't have it, but I at least have my daily routine to keep me going.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007, 12:31 PM

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I know this is bad motivation, but I am an actress so I work out for my career. I don't starve myself, but I try to stay fit so that I get considered for roles that require physical acting.
Also, I'm a type 1 diabetic. When I don't work out or I eat unhealthy food my blood sugar is in a bad range. I worry that if I don't take care of my body I will end up with heart problems or kidney problems later on in life.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007, 2:12 PM

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What motivates me to go the gym is knowing how bad I'll feel if I flake out and don't go. I know this may set me up for a binge later. Also, I know how good I'll feel once I start working out and how very, very good I'll feel AFTER the workout. I don't like 24 Hour Fitness but I like their slogan, "No one ever said I wish I hadn't gone to the gym today."

Wednesday, August 08, 2007, 8:23 PM

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My motivation is wanting to:
1) be sexy for my husband
2) have a healthier second pregnancy than my first!
3) be able to be active with my kids
4) teach my kids good eating habits

Wednesday, August 08, 2007, 11:31 PM

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