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  • #16
    The difference in how I look and feel is so great that I don't need any other motivator. I've never made any change to my life which has brought in so much success and so many positive results. Its a no-brainer. But getting into the details, listening to the different speakers on this subject, reading, and generally absorbing the information, keeps me on track.
    Healthy is the new wealthy.

    http://www.facebook.com/groups/ances...handnutrition/

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    • #17
      I guess what keeps me believing and continuing is that I feel so healthy and happy and vital. If I deviate from the nutritious food for a while, I don't feel as good.

      This morning in the mirror it looked to me like my belly was huge, like all deadly abdominal fat huge. But then I went to do my lifting and told myself I only have to press this weight one time and then I've met my requirement. I pressed it 3 times in a row. I nearly cried because it was at the maximum I've lifted. I didn't cry over my belly but I almost cried over this. Whenever this happens I'm reminded that emotionally it is more meaningful and positive for me to focus on what I can do and what I can improve and less on the set-backs and things that aren't perfect.

      Next up I'm going to learn how to play the Waldorf Reel on my fiddle even if it kills me.
      Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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      • #18
        I am trying to overcome/heal/cure my own mental health issues. To stay motivated & inspired, I need only see the positive results I have had so far. Where I am now is SO MANY times better than where I was last year, the year before, the year before that etc.

        When I'm frustrated, I just remember that even at my lowest now, I am better than I was. My lowest now is worth the frustration. I know I never have to be as sad as I was, I just have to make the right choices. So I do.

        I would never have been able to do this if I hadn't changed my diet and found out about amino acid supplementation.
        Depression Lies

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
          Yeah a couple of little things like continuing to not die from a recurrence of cancer and keeping epilepsy under control with 25% less medication are some things that motivate me. Being able to climb mountains and look good in a swimsuit in my 50s are nice too.

          No, I don't get frustrated. Why? Because what I do works for me.
          I created this thread to gather positive stories and worldly wisdom for people who need it. Do you have to be snide?
          "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

          In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

          - Ray Peat

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          • #20
            Originally posted by YogaBare View Post
            I created this thread to gather positive stories and worldly wisdom for people who need it. Do you have to be snide?
            Excuse me? Huh? That was not even the slightest bit snidely meant. Where did you get that perception from?
            I meant that as an honest account of what motivates me. No snideness involved.

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            • #21
              My mom died from cancer at 57. She was very over weight. I am hoping that I can lose my excess weight and avoid a similar fate at such a young age. I have periods where I struggle. But ultimately, I remember that my goal is to be around as long as possible for my children and get back to what I know I should be doing (eating right, lifting). I still haven't found the key for my body yet, but will keep trying until I do so my children don't have to deal with losing me so young.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
                Excuse me? Huh? That was not even the slightest bit snidely meant. Where did you get that perception from?
                I meant that as an honest account of what motivates me. No snideness involved.
                Sorry! Totally misread that. Pmed you. Hugs!
                "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

                In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

                - Ray Peat

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by YogaBare View Post
                  Sorry! Totally misread that. Pmed you. Hugs!
                  No problem. Tone gets lost sometimes on the webz. Hugs back.

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                  • #24
                    Hi YogaBear! I like happy threads.

                    I cured my nerve pain by eliminating gluten and was able to go off Cymbalta, which I consider a pretty resounding success. I've been eating Paleo/Primal for a little over a year and a half but it is just in the last three months that I've been able to restore my relationship with food (and a thread featuring you and PaleoMom about eating more was a large part of that).

                    My motivation is my self and my quality of life. I have an unwell body to begin with, and its my whole life to fight that and be happy and well no matter how unwell I am. This way of eating, moving, and thinking has given me more results, more verve, and more peace of mind than fourteen years of incessant doctors' visits. Living this lifestyle has also changed the way I look at my "disabled" body - it's still able to do a lot, and the more I push my boundaries the longer I'll stay out of a wheelchair. It gives me more control over my body and my health than I've had for my whole life. That's a huge deal for me because like so many with chronic and/or genetic conditions, I've always felt incredibly alienated from my body and health.

                    +1 to this thread and for everybody else's stories.

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                    • #25
                      A mother who died at 74 from TypeII Diabetes complications while eating all those healthy grains she was advised to eat. Pus in the CAFO milk supply brought on by BGH; antibiotics in the milk supply to fight the infections caused by the bgh. Frankenfoods (GMOs) created in labs. Container linings that have been thought to have ill effects on health for decades. Livestock living their lives standing in ponds of their own waste. De-beaked chickens. Clear cutting old growth forests to grow CAFO beef and soy.

                      Pics like these:





                      Yum! Strawberries so healthy that the pickers wear HazMat gear.

                      Pink slime in the ground beef.
                      "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

                      B*tch-lite

                      Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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                      • #26
                        PB is my plan for being physically prepared. I enjoy being prepared.
                        The above should be viewed as complete and utter nonsense.

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                        • #27
                          I think what keeps me going, first and foremost, is the desire (actually, the need) to get better. I mean get better in regards to everything - to my relationship with food, my mental state, and my body. I get in my own way a lot, due to my fear of falling back into my ED, but ultimately it's envisioning myself in a better place. So I mess up a lot, but what gets me through it is picturing how good it could be 6 months, or even a year from now if i actually keep at it.
                          Attitudes are contagious, make yours worth catching.

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                          • #28
                            I have special needs children and eating this way gives me the fuel to do what I have to do in a day without burning out by 4:00 every afternoon. I don't feel deprived, I'm not hungry and when I'm tired and stressed out and sad a cup of bulletproof coffee and some dark chocolate perks me right up.

                            I also eat this way to model healthy eating habits for my autistic children. We have been gluten free for years but still high carb, low fat, low protein, I want to change that for them while they are young.

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                            • #29
                              My motivation is my family. I really want our son to grow up with good eating habits, the tools he needs to be a healthy individual as he gets older. I didn't learn how to read a nutrition label until I was a sophomore in high school! And that is only because my friends dad showed me. How ridiculous is that!? I have never really had an issue with my weight, it's been pretty steady, although after the changes my body went through during pregnancy and childbirth I started to wonder... Hehe. Paleo for me is the energy booster I have needed the past few years. I feel freaking amazing!! The weight loss is just a nice added bonus.

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by YogaBare View Post
                                have you already overcome something significant? If so, what do /did you do to stay motivated and inspired?
                                Seems simple: The motivation would be to not have the 'significant' issue come back - so continuing to feel good, or be healthy (and limit new issues from coming up) is the motivation.

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