Sunday, August 8, 2010


Even though I claim to not be a fan of "reality" TV, I seem to find myself mesmerized by several different shows each week. On Friday evening, as I was aimlessly flipping channels, I came across a show on TLC called "How I Lost 100 Lbs." Fascinated, I watched several stories of women who had lost at least 100 lbs, and changed their lives.

One of my favorite columns in Oxygen magazine is "Oxygen's Success Stories" about women who have lost a significant amount of weight and make lifestyle changes.

Since I've been living the fitness lifestyle for the past few years, I don't think anything of packing food each day, bringing my cooler with me to the mall, eating every few hours, and spending a couple hours a day at the gym. It's just my life; nothing weird to me. But I do recognize that my lifestyle is foreign to a lot of people. The women in these stories discovered a fitness lifestyle, and it was a key element to their success.

Watching and reading about the stories of these women who discovered the value of good nutrition or a love for fitness is so inspiring to me. I get goosebumps when I see how these women have taken control of their lives and changed their bodies into healthy, lean machines. They all learned how to empower themselves and to make the changes they wanted to make in their bodies and in their lives. They learned that a simple "diet" isn't the answer; it takes a lifestyle change and a consistent level of commitment and dedication to their goal. The process isn't easy, and I admire those who stick with it. There will always be setbacks and slip-ups, but the most important thing is getting back on track and not letting the setback have any further impact on progress to the goal.

What inspires you to keep working hard? How do you stay motivated? If you get off track, what helps you get back on track?


  1. Those too, are the things that keep me inspired and and wanting to achieve my personal best. I admire and respect those ladies, that have already transformed their bodies through a lot of hard work, just like you Kari :)

  2. When I started to pack a cooler and lose weight I made everything so hard on myself. No wonder I stopped packing a cooler after a day or two. Now, I make things a lot easier on myself. I may have to post about it on my blog one day soon.

  3. People like you who put the time, effort, and determination in to make themselves the best they can be, that's where I get my motivation. Looking at pictures of beautiful women who have worked hard to get to where they are definitely motivate me. I see those pictures and think, I'll get there too, I just have to keep working at it.

  4. I get my motivation from others who have been down a similar road (losing weight) I figure if they can do it, I can do it. I too watched that show, and was inspired and can appreciate how hard it is for those who;ve been or are going down that road!
    (I've lost 57lbs so far..)