FMM: The Driving Force

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about what drives us to make healthy changes when they’re not easy.  And I really want to know how everyone else feels about this.  Obviously, we know we should get healthy because we’ll feel better and live longer, but there’s a lot more to it, at least, for me.

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

FMM: The Driving Force

What is the driving force behind your weight-loss?  

As I said in the beginning of my post, I know that getting healthy means that I’ll feel better and live longer.  The pain I felt as I walked down the block at 400 pounds has been replaced with energy.  My blood pressure is better…My cholesterol is better, etc.  And while that should be enough to continue pushing my toward my goal, there’s a lot more to it.  I’m driven by the desire to be pretty.

I know that if I said that to many of you, you’d say “But Kenlie, you’re already pretty.”  And I’d love you for it, but let’s get real.  You know what I mean, right?  I want tofeel normal and cute.  I want to wear high heels (not just wedges) without worrying that I’ll break the heels, and I want to ride my bike without thinking about how ridiculous I look on my itty bitty seat.  I also want to look good in skinny jeans.  I wear heels and ride my bike in spite of my worries about how I look, but I’d like to reach a point in which these things no longer come to mind.

 

Now it’s your turn.  Share your answers, and don’t forget to come back and link up.  Happy Monday!

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    Lily Fluffbottom
    August 15, 2011 at 2:42 am

    My driving force is not struggling like my mother is. She is preparing to walk a 5k with me in Hawaii next month, and every step she takes is literally causing enough pain to make her pass out. She chronically ruptures her acl’s and has arthritis in both her knees. She also has a titanium rod and 17 pins in her left thigh from breaking it two years ago. Even though she technically shouldn’t be walking at all, she is gearing up, and if she can do it, then I’d better get on it.

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      Kenlie
      August 15, 2011 at 2:47 am

      Wow Lily! I can’t imagine the pain that your mother must be in, but I can imagine that you wouldn’t want to walk down that road. I’m really excited to hear that she’s doing her best to change it. It’s never too late to do our best…congrats to her!

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      Paige
      August 15, 2011 at 4:42 pm

      Lily,

      My driving force is also my mother. I understand how inspiring and how heart-breaking it is to watch your mother struggle with her weight.

      http://whyiamfat.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/fmm-the-driving-force/

      Best wishes for a great 5K!

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    Ryan Yewell
    August 15, 2011 at 3:33 am

    Hi Kenlie…

    Your idea of Friend Makin’ Monday is great! 🙂

    I have very recently (in the past week) started my own blog on my weight loss goal to in 1 Year lose 100 Pounds.

    As per your FMM format, I’ve created a blog post about my own motivations behind why I’m doing what I’m doing.

    http://www.1year100pounds.com/mind-spirit/the-driving-force/

    Please feel free to let me know what you think!

    I’m also now following you on Twitter (1Year100Pounds).

    Great site, even better job working on your dreams and sharing it with the world!
    Ryan

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      Kenlie
      August 15, 2011 at 1:18 pm

      Thanks for being here Ryan! I’m looking forward to watching you on your journey as well! Thanks for being here and for being a part of FMM. =)

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    PlumPetals
    August 15, 2011 at 5:34 am

    Love this week’s question Kenlie! I can totally relate to your motivations …

    http://plumpetals-workinitout.blogspot.com/2011/08/fmm-driving-force.html

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      Kenlie
      August 15, 2011 at 3:39 pm

      I guess they’re pretty common, aren’t they? 🙂

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    Miz
    August 15, 2011 at 6:23 am

    Oh my goodness.
    Im left with admiring and feeling for Lilys mom.

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      Kenlie
      August 15, 2011 at 3:39 pm

      I know! I completely agree…

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    Hilary @ The Big Weight
    August 15, 2011 at 9:01 am

    I love your question for the week Kenlie!

    Here is my answer: http://the-big-weight.blogspot.com/2011/08/friend-making-monday-driving-force.html

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      Kenlie
      August 15, 2011 at 3:40 pm

      I’m really glad you like it. I liked it too! 🙂

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    Fat in Suburbia
    August 15, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Great question this week! I’ll be checking out everyone’s answers. 🙂

    http://fatinsuburbia.blogspot.com/2011/08/fmm-and-other-stuff_15.html

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      Kenlie
      August 15, 2011 at 3:40 pm

      That’s what I like to hear! 🙂

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    Lisa
    August 15, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Hmm, I was able to just spout off an answer for this one!

    http://lisa48317.blogspot.com/2011/08/friend-makin-monday-driving-force.html

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      Kenlie
      August 15, 2011 at 3:40 pm

      Lots of reasons, hm?

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    Ximena
    August 15, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Hi Kenz, here is my post, keep us posted with your L.A. adventures I’m loving them!
    http://simplyximena.blogspot.com/2011/08/fmm-driving-force.html
    Ximena

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      Kenlie
      August 15, 2011 at 3:41 pm

      Will do X! I’ll share more photos this week! =0)

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    OperaWife
    August 15, 2011 at 11:45 am

    My driving force is to live a LONG and healthy life! Read about it here:

    http://bit.ly/oiblMz

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      Kenlie
      August 15, 2011 at 3:41 pm

      That’s a really important driving force…

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    SFG
    August 15, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Great question, and I’m glad to have the chance to participate and find new blogs!

    http://60lessat40.blogspot.com/2011/08/friend-making-money-driving-force.html

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    Bella
    August 15, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    I feel much the same way you do. There are so many reasons, but lots of them boil down to wanting to look and feel better moving through the world.
    http://bellaonthebeach.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/fmm-driving-force/

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      Kenlie
      August 15, 2011 at 3:42 pm

      Yeah, I could make a much longer list…but looking and feeling good would still be at the top.

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    Denise
    August 15, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Happy Monday all. Here is my FMM post.
    http://denisedoeslife.blogspot.com/2011/08/friend-making-mondays_15.html

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    DizzyGirl
    August 15, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    love you to bits girl- how’s LA treating you?

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      Kenlie
      August 15, 2011 at 3:42 pm

      It’s being nice to me so far. 😉 Love you back! I’ll be in Orange County later this week. I’ll look you up. =0)

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    Doing It My Weigh
    August 15, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Love FMM- great question today. Here is my answer:
    http://bit.ly/mWDP1A

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    auntiekim
    August 15, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Another stellar topic, Kenlie. And, Kenlie…you are SO beautiful. Don’t ever think otherwise.
    http://fortyisthenewfabulous.blogspot.com/2011/08/friend-makin-monday-driving-force.html

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      Kenlie
      August 15, 2011 at 3:43 pm

      Thank you Kim. =) I like hearing it even when I don’t quite see it…I appreciate you!

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    Charlene
    August 15, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    My driving force is my Grandson Luke and our trip to Walt Disney World next year:

    http://losing4luke.blogspot.com/2011/08/friend-makin-monday.html

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      Kenlie
      August 15, 2011 at 9:31 pm

      That sounds like a fun trip! I love Disney! In fact, I hope to make it to Disney Land soon since I’m so close now! =0)

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    Laura
    August 15, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    This one was tough to write for me!

    http://www.oddduckblog.com/fmm-the-driving-force-2/

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    Carrie@shrinkingcarrie
    August 15, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    My drive is my baby girl. I want to be a good example and help her live a healthy life!

    http://shrinkingcarrie.com/2011/08/15/fmm-the-drive-behind-my-weightloss/

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      Kenlie
      August 16, 2011 at 5:16 am

      I was talking with a guy name Marc over the weekend, and he completely ripped and focused on living a healthy lifestyle. And he made a really good point…he said that sometimes we have to take care of ourselves before we take care of everyone else. And he’s right. I’m glad you’re doing this for both of you because your healthy life will be better for you both! 🙂

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    Betsy
    August 15, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Kenlie, you’ve got such a great blog! I followed a link from Keep it up, David!. You can find my Driving Force on my blog. I’m just barely beginning my journey.

    http://www.shrinkingbetsy.blogspot.com

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    Amanda
    August 16, 2011 at 12:49 am

    http://completelyrandomsally.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/friend-makin-monday-the-driving-force/

    I’m so glad I started participating in this series.

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      Kenlie
      August 16, 2011 at 5:17 am

      I’m really glad you’re here too! I hope you continue with us for a long, long time! =0)

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    Tricia
    August 16, 2011 at 9:07 am

    J Crew, need I say more?? Just joking. There is nothing as satisfying as that feeling you get as you begin to feel lighter and healthier.

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      auntiekim
      August 16, 2011 at 9:45 am

      One of my goals is to get something at J Crew and Banana Republic. I LOVE their stuff!

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    Marla
    August 17, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    A little late to the game, but here’s my submission – http://mypracticallife.com/2011/08/17/fmm-the-driving-force-or-my-lack-of/

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