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are you having a hard time losing weight?

please share your challenges, frustrations. Identifying why things are hard might often uncover ways in which you are sabotaging yourself or limiting yourself. or you can see what other people are doing and thinking, and you might say "hey, I do that!!!"

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Thu. May 28, 1:27pm

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thanks for asking this question. its hard to see people succeed when you are not. i know that i will, i totally believe that to be true. but i do get that feeling in my gut, it creates an emotion when i experience that.

Friday, January 28, 2011, 11:16 AM

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Struggling everyday

My biggest struggle is that we are on a very limited budget and can"t afford to but the health foods I need to eat to lose weight. Any suggestions?

Misty

Friday, January 28, 2011, 11:22 AM

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the best health food out there are greens. One can buy frozen kale or spinach very cheaply. Even the organic versions at whole foods is only $2. That packs a huge punch.

Friday, January 28, 2011, 11:24 AM

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Even on a limited budget you can make very decent choices in the supermarket.

Friday, January 28, 2011, 12:25 PM

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stick with produce that's in season. Shop the sales... and put veggies in EVERYTHING. Good luck.. stick with it and just keep trying.. the more you do it, the easier it will get.

Friday, January 28, 2011, 12:39 PM

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Misty

my mom goes to local food banks and they always give her a lot of vegetables and bread and other healthy foods. if you can get assistance then do that. also the PP said just put vegetables in everything, that is definetly a good idea. even canned vegetables are healthy and afforable. i'm having this same problem myself. i just try to catch stuff on sale, buy in bulk, and watch the calories on the things i am purchasing.


im not having a hard time losing weight exactly, my plan is to lose 2 pounds a week and ive actually been doing it. im having a hard time with eating healthy. if im at my moms house or a with a friend, if they have some food, like pizza for example, i'll eat a slice. im not trying to deprive myself so i eat it, but then i feel bad later because im trying to stop eating this foods and build a resistance to them so i dont crave them. im also having a hard time eating healthy when i eat out, i usually only go out with my boyfriend, and he always wants to go to the buffet. and he's not even big! he just likes getting his moneys worth. i just say to hell with a diet, and get whatever i want and tell myself i'll make up for it tomorrow. i want to stop doing this, i need to learn to control my portions and feel satisfied. my third problem is getting motivated to workout. the more i workout, it seems like i need more and more motivation to workout. i guess its got to get harder before it gets easier. once im working out i feel good about myself and motivated.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011, 1:13 AM

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It actually costs more to eat the junk food! The key is to prepare in advance the healthy foods (like cut up your own veggies and have an apple corer/slicer to quickly cut up fruits to have on the go) and eat the foods from home, even when you're on the run. Eating out costs WAY more than bringing a salad from home.

I recently did a comparison at a local grocery store. A staple food of mine is dried beans. I almost always have some cooked in the fridge, especially chick peas, to eat with snacks or put on a salad. I compared dry beans with potato chips. A pound of dried beans/peas ranged anywhere from $1-$3. The chips were on sale 2 for $6. You can get others for a little less. Now, how long does it take someone to eat a whole bag of chips? I've eaten a bag in a day, maybe two. How long does it take to eat a pound bag of beans that are cooked? A LOT longer than one or two days! In fact, it's really hard to eat all of that before it goes bad.

Green smoothies are an inexpensive way to get in tons of fruits and veggies, especially if you load up on the veggie part. It IS possible to freeze dark leafy vegetables too. Whenever I have fruits or spinach or any other greens that are on the less fresh side, I throw them in the freezer for green smoothies. That way you throw away less and you still get all the benefits!

It's a huge misconception that eating healthy costs more. You need to shop smart and completely stay away from the junk foods, prepared foods, and drinks. Eating out should only be on special occasions. If you do that, I promise you'll find out that you're eating better AND have more money in your pocket!

Also check for a local produce co-op group. You can get a lot more produce for less than grocery stores. Plus, it's fun to get new things every week that otherwise you wouldn't have tried!

Monday, February 21, 2011, 5:56 PM

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Making Wt Loss the Priority

OK, I got the email about this in the morning-and I read it. This afternoon I was doing the grocery shopping and I stopped for a quickie break before I went into the 2nd store. I checked my FB page and had a bit of water. I saw the post on your FB page about this, and so I read the article again.

Holy smokes, now I get it! The reason cake/cookies/baked goods kept calling me was that weight loss was not the priority.

OK, I have my priority list in the correct order now. Good health and maintaining a healthy body weight are right up there at #1. I thought I had that as my #1 all along, but I was wrong.

Monday, February 21, 2011, 6:53 PM

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Why losing weight is hard for me

Losing weight is always complicated. I get told all the time that I just need to exercise more and eat less. It makes me want to laugh. I use food as comfort. So, the whole idea of just eating less is like telling an alcholic to just stop drinking.

I think that part of the email that PT sent out about the challenges of losing weight is a good one; the one about depression hit home. Sometimes I don't think I am worth anything. I think my life is empty and it isn't going to get any better so why not eat? That even if I do lose weight, there are so many other things that are wrong that it won't even matter.

Monday, February 21, 2011, 10:17 PM

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I read the article. I think this is all me. Every single one of them! I am especially saddened to realize I am depressed and going out for sushi is my only enjoyment.

Thursday, February 24, 2011, 6:06 PM

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I can help you

what you need is someone who has been there and done that and can help you with the motivation to stay on track. I reently just became a health coach with a great company called Take Shape For LIfe my job is to keep you on track and monitor your progress every step of the way.

Trust me I have struggled much the same way you are and the one thing that made the difference was someone to hold me accountable and to support me in my weightloss goals.

I would love to do a free consultation with you or anyone on this site to see if I can help you. Please message me on here and let me know if your ready to lose the wieight for good with not a Diet but a nutrition program that will change your life for the better.

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Sunday, February 27, 2011, 3:22 AM

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Not so easy for me...

Hi Heather,
I don’t know what is going on with me, but I got Bodymedia arm band, lost 2 pounds only so far and has being about month and 1/2 already. I’m vegan, was always careful not to eat more than I should and all that, and I didn’t lose one single pound for almost 2 months? Come on, what is wrong?!?!? I count every single thing that I eat, I mark the calories exactly what they are. At the end of the day it shows that - “You are on a weight loss trend” – and that usually runs around 400 – 500, and my goal is 500 per day. I do my exercise 6 days a week. SO, if I’m burning more calories than I’m eating, why then I’m not losing weight? I had to really close pregnancies and wasn’t able to lose what a gain on the first one and got pregnant again. My normal weight should be around 130pounds and it is 160 – 162pounds. It is really frustrating being overweight … I just want to go back to my normal weight and have my normal life back. Sometimes I think that not even Jillian Michaels wound be able to pull this thing off. ? I’m really desperate and open for suggestions on what I’m doing wrong.
Thanks, Tânia

Sunday, March 06, 2011, 1:28 PM

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Tania-

Here are two things that might help you.

First is a newer article we have written that discussion 5 common reasons people don't lose weight as quickly as they would like:

http://www.peertrainer.com/diet/why_is_it_so_hard_to_lose_weight.html

Something else that might be more appropriate for you is the new Cheat System. And in a "reverse plug" we are finding that vegans and hard core vegetarians are having the hardest time with this system.

The reason for this is that Vegans especially think because they are eating what they think is the best diet possible, they can eat all they want. Even if they think they are keeping portions under control, they are not.

http://blog.peertrainer.com/tip_of_the_day/2011/02/the-peertrainer-cheat-system.html

The Cheat System is very vegan friendly. But you will need to keep an eye on your portions, and don't dismiss what consider "cheats." We have observed many vegans who are 20-30 pounds heavier than they want to be and wondering why.

You also might want to take a quick look at a guide to portion control that we made:

http://www.peertrainer.com/diet/what_a_portion_size_really_is.aspx


-PEERtrainer


Sunday, March 06, 2011, 1:51 PM

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No weight loss?

I found that I wasn't losing weight as long as I was eating the way we have been taught - eating a bunch of small meals throughout the day, snacking whenever we are hungry to avoid that urge to binge from deprivation. When I went back to three meals a day, filled them with tons of veggies, fruits and nuts, I got over the urge to snack (most of the time!). The food I eat fills me up and kills my craving for most junk. I eat almost no processed food and very little animal products. I am losing about 1.5-2 pounds a week. The best part is that I don't feel deprived - it is amazing. Jackie recommends the Dr. Furhman's eating plan and I do, too.
Susan

Saturday, April 16, 2011, 12:17 PM

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Yes. I'm having such a hard time. I'm so stressed out that I can't stop eating everything in sight. It's driving me crazy.

Sunday, April 17, 2011, 1:49 PM

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I'm not really having a problem losing weight; it seems to be just melting off. I started changing the way I eat 4.5 weeks ago and have already lost 14 lbs. There are no more cravings, I am enjoying the new lifestyle, and all the delicious veggies.

However, at the same time I am also weaning myself off all the different allergy meds that were prescribed by several different doctors for allergies that that I believe were reactions to all the unnatural things food companies put in their processed products. Which I am no longer eating, so should not be on those meds, or the ones that were prescribed to counteract the side effects of the meds I feel I no longer need to be taking anyway.

I also have lots of disabling ailments and syndromes that I've been on tons of medications for over the past 15 years and am weaning myself off the worst of the meds (the ones that are known to cause heart disease, kidney & liver disease, etc.). Because of that, I'm now back to a place of severe pain and disability that makes it impossible for me to do any kind of exercise at all. I'm back to being limited to standing for only 5 minutes at a time, and walking only a few yards, before the pain makes me sit. I've had to pull the wheelchair out of storage and use it more and more over the past month. Though I get up out of it as often as I can, to keep from getting too dependent on it.

I feel certain that I can totally beat the severe pain and fatigue once all the excess weight is gone, but even if I continue losing it 1-2 lbs a week, it will take a long time. When I think about having to deal with this pain and fatigue for 6 months or longer, I get very sad. It doesn't make me want to eat any of the food products I've given up. So I've decided I'm not an emotional eater. But it does make me feel sad and a bit overwhelmed, which I don't want to discuss with a doctor because all they do is prescribe drugs to match up with symptoms. And a major part of my goal is to get off all the prescription drugs.

At this point I am totally weaned off the cortico-steroids and don't ever want to go back on them. They put 90 lbs on me and were the direct cause of my diabetes, osteopenia (the stage right before osteoporosis) and glaucoma. They are evil drugs that I believe should only be used 2-4 weeks at a time and only by people who have breathing problems (asthma, bronchitis, emphysema) since they help tremendously with that, and often save a person's life in those cases. They should never have been prescribed as a lifetime drug for my arthritis and fibromyalgia, which may be life altering, but have never been shown to be life threatening.

And I am almost off the pain meds and cox2 inhibitors. Down to 5mg one day/2.5 mg the next, and ready to go 2.5 mg a day/none the next for another week. After that I'll be off them for good.

What else can I be doing to help myself deal with the (what I hope is temporary -- even if it's a 6-month temporary) pain and disability?

Friday, April 22, 2011, 8:56 AM

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Depression and lack of weight loss

I can so relate to this topic. I have "been trying" to lose weight for the last 10 years.My life has not turned out the way I imagined it would. I have 57, divorced for 15 years from an emotionally abusive ex-husband. My oldest son, age 26, has been in and out of jail due to cocaine addiction. He is a beautiful son when he is in jail and not on cocaine. He has stolen me and his grandparents blind. The last time he was in a court ordered rehab he walked away. I didn't know where he was for 3 days, again. I began planning the sons to sing at his funeral. He is in jail now and everybody loves him. When he gets out he goes right back to cocain. My younges son, age 25, is expecting his first child, my first grandchild, with his girlfriend. He has no education and wants to make 20 dollars an hour. He refuses to go to college to get an education and has an anger issue. My heart has been broken over and over. I have trouble realizing I can't control my kids lives now that they are grown up. I do struggle with depression because of all this. I have been living with my 85 year old Mom after the death of My Dad, as well as the death of my older sister from recurrent breast cancer in the past three years. I always thought my kids would be around for me when I was old. But now I realize that I have no one to depend on as I age and after my Mom dies. I am sick of my fat body but it seems like not sick enough to really change. I know I get pleasure from coffee ice cream and my dog. Those seem to be the only ways I get pleasure. I am really scared that I will be 100 pounds overweight til I'm 85. How do I change my thinking so that I can believe I can do it this time?

Wednesday, June 01, 2011, 6:44 PM

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I posted this in a new thread an now noticed this. Sorry about repeating myself but...

I am desperate, tired, frustrated, depressed, angry, sad, and hopeless. These are the first feelings that come to mind in 2 seconds. I have tried every diet the world has to offer i would imagine from counting points to bodybuilding food and everything in between. I wasnt this hard before but I dont know what happened.

My husband is a athletic man and he works out every day from 1 to 3 times. Of course because of this, he can eat whatever he wants. And of course he loves to sit on the couch and eat chocolate, icecream and other sweets. He is a firefighter so he has lots of free time. I work 5 days a week for 9 hours as a hair dresser so my free time for excerice is limited. I get motivated 2 times a month. 1 week i work out like crazy, then comes the weekend, we go out and party on saturday, sunday is in bed with a huge hangover that carries on to monday. So the week starts with no energy and no exersice. Usually thet week i work out about 1 time. The next week i beat myself up for the last week and work out like crazy again and then have a nice day out on saturday again to celebrate my great work for the week. So as you can see i think i am in a bad cycle i have to get out of.

I have no moderation for anything. Its always everything or nothing. extreme.... i try to be more moderate and try to do things slowly but then i get bored and my motivation ends.

I have been trying to lose weight now for 3 years and i reached a peak of 70kilos. i am 164cm tall and 30 years old, a female. i know i am not very badly over weight but the doctor told me i have a chance of diabetes if i dont stop eating and gaining weight. i stress of my weight everyday and i feel so depressed i dont know what to do. I love going to gym, i have been doing it for 12 years now. i dont run. i love dancing but i moved to another country so i havent had the time to find a hobby with this. maybe saaturday night clubbing and drinking less could be an answetr ;) I now i feel better when i lose weight and when i weighed 56 i felt really good about myselff!! I could dress up and look good, go to the beach, what i absolutely love! my dream is to play beach volley with my husband on the beach with friends in my bikinis without haveing a fat stoumach that goes up and down and side to side... i am ashamed of my self... especially next to my husband who has a perfect six pack. he loves me as i am, and he has never said anything bad about my body. he is happy if i lose weight but loves me with the fat also. but he still always buys me sweets too... i dont know why. i think he just doesnt think about it. he also forgets i want to lose weight and because he has will power to say no, he thinks i do to. he is always telling me i have to try to learn to stick to the things i decide. but i cant!!!!!! i would if i could but i dont understand why i cant! my hand puts food in my mouth before my brain understands it.......




Saturday, June 04, 2011, 1:05 PM

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losing weight as a priority

My biggest struggle is that I have a long way to go (about 50#) and it's been a very long time (about 12 years) since I was at a good (not goal) weight. 2 yrs ago I started all the "good advice", lost 65 lbs and managed to keep it off for another year- however, I kept it off by being SO strict with diet and training for sprint triathlons year round. Bottom line is this, for me: Is it really worth the daily, relentless focus to just maintain? Most times, for me, the answer is no. I had 2 knee surgeries and haven't been able to get back on track since- I feel very defeated at this point and have gained back 30# in about 1/10th of the time it took to get it off.

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