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Is anyone else struggling today? I've had a HORRIBLE eating day. Had to cut my morning workout short. I plan to go for a long walk tonight, but I am still so discouraged. Does this ever get easier? Fighting the temptations and laziness EVERY SINGLE DAY?

Fri. Feb 10, 5:55pm

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Maybe go to bed early if you can, take a long hot bath. And just enjoy yourself. You'll feel refreshed tommorrow morning!

Friday, February 10, 2006, 6:00 PM

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Definitely get some rest. But you also need to make your exercise just part of your daily routine. Like brushing your teeth. It is just something you have to do to take care of yourself and preserve yourself. Some days are easier than others. You just have to keep plugging away.

Friday, February 10, 2006, 6:20 PM

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Yes for me it got easier after about 6 months of fighting it. But you need to focus on things that will occupy you away from food, like maybe a walk or a bath. it is very good to get plenty of rest. Try incorporating a little more raw fresh foods every day, they do give you energy. I know for a fact i eat all raw. Maybe try to reduce temptations by avoiding buying food you love thats bad and find substitutes for them. Temptations will get easier once your body gets used to eating better foods, because your body will prefer them more and more. Your not alone out there maybe you should set up a group based around this thread and you will find a lot of support from people with the same problem

Friday, February 10, 2006, 6:26 PM

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What you're doing may not be fun to you, that's why you do not look forward to it. I have a bunch of exercise videos, which I accumulated throughout the last 15 years of yo-yo dieting. I have started to get them out and doing a new one everytime I dread doing my normal routine. If you don't have a variety of videos, try the library, or even swap with neighbors or friends who may be interested in trying something new too. Who knows, you might gain a new exercise partner out of it. Good luck, and keep it fun!

Saturday, February 11, 2006, 11:34 AM

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Get on a schedule?

I have gotten into patterns where I'm good and excited for a while and then a trip or a cold or just not wanting to go to the gym gets me out of the habit. However, I just decided to try to do a mini triathlon (swimming 6 laps, biking 12k, and running 5K, so it's not really that much!). The fact that I have a schedule printed out that tells me how many minutes to run, bike, or swim each day has been a HUGE help. I have been sticking to it for 6 weeks so far, and it has me working out 5 or 6 days a week.

I would recommend considering doing a 5K run or something that you need to plan for, so that you find time or make time, understanding that it's just part of your schedule, something you need and want to do, and know that you're working towards a goal.

I will mention that I'm not a competitive person and have never done a race before. I'm doing it just to do it, not to beat any particular time or anything. However, seeing the progress I've made so far is really encouraging and helps keep me motivated.

Some people make a list of reasons or put up a motivating picture. I definitely recommend finding something you really enjoy doing, and perhaps trying to find a buddy to work out with, if that works for you. Have you thought about belly dancing class? Water aerobics? Doing some biking, jump roping, or going to a nearby track to run laps or climb stairs? Cross country skiing? Ordering video tapes? perhaps taking a new class, like boxing, capoeira, or hip hop dance?... There are a million fun things to do out there, so don't limit yourself to something you don't like!

Good luck!

Saturday, February 11, 2006, 10:06 PM

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