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my butt is flabby and so is my motivation

Hey folks...I hope you can help me.

A little more than a year ago, I was riding high on the wieght loss train. I was the tiniest I'd been since I was a teenager, and I felt GREAT!

but, then I remodeled and sold and bought a new home, got a new job, a whole new lifestyle (on the road a lot)

And I gained. And I gained.

Now I am fatter than i have been in a very long time, and the whole way I have been struggling to lose. It's always in my thoughts, and I am trying hard, but then I keep failing.

I grab for what I shouldn't eat. I eat from boredom, from lack of planning.

I can't seem to stick to any plan at all. Weekends, and food on the move, and parties just kill me.

HELP! what can I do to stick to my goals?

Mon. Jun 19, 1:00pm

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If you just joined PT, that's a huge first step. I can't tell you how many times I've wanted to fall off the wagon and my fellow PT'ers helped me. Take each goal you have meal by meal. Don't think about the whole day at once. What do you want to have for breakfast? Make it as balanced as you can. Want a cinnamon bun? Start by having only half of it and having fruit alongside it. Want a cheesburger and fries for lunch? Eat half of each and have a green salad with it. The important thing is to modify, not revolutionize. Think evolution of your eating habits, not revolution, and they'll stick!

Monday, June 19, 2006, 1:24 PM

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Join the Motivation Station team

You may want to join The Motivation Station team. Ask for the specific support you need and someone on the team will most likely hook up with you for a little one-on-one accountability. There are daily affirmations to brew on, challenges offered, and loads of encouragement. Just be prepared to log daily and share motivation when you've got any to spare.

Just knowing that you need help and change is a great first step. Get the support you need and go for it!

Monday, June 19, 2006, 2:48 PM

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Stick to a plan called "Only eat when I am hungry, and stop when I am full." Pay attention if you are eating out of boredom, and tell yourself you can eat later when you are actually hungry. Don't overstuff yourself at parties, just enjoy the food that is there in moderation.

Add a little exercise - 3x a week to start, and you'll feel energized!

Monday, June 19, 2006, 4:56 PM

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I've lost 30 lbs, still got 50 to go, and I'm sick of self-discipline especially at a time of year when I'd like to feel free to have fruity cocktails and a few ice cream cones. I'm dealing with it by booking a physically challenging trip at the end of the summer - it'll keep me going to the gym (fear of being the Fat Girl who slows everyone down), and going to the gym prevents me from gaining even if I eat at will. I know lots of others on this site choose a race or something to train for...same principle but not my thing - wish it was! ...but the prospect of climbing Kilimanjaro or trekking in the Andes or rafting the Zambesi really fires me up! Find something that fires *you* up, so that fitness and weight loss are a natural by-product!

Monday, June 19, 2006, 8:50 PM

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I always try and eat something that is more healthy than whomever I'm with. It's a very narcissistic mental game that I play (and I never tell anyone!), but it keeps me on track!

Tuesday, June 20, 2006, 9:34 AM

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I drink at least 6 - 32 oz. of water a day. Try drinking a big glass of water with every meal. Add more veggie's with your meals. Make sure you log everything that goes into your mouth, I find having to log so everyone can see has really helped me stay on track. And remember you are not alone.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006, 10:22 AM

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Thanks so much!

Those are very good suggestions. I feel more motivated already.

I think that exercise is a good thing...i did some Tae bo again last night, and I feel very up
i swear, it really beats the fat cells into submission. Instead of screaming for something sweet, they pipe down after the workout.

Water...Need to drink the water.

and I like the idea of telling myself HALF. Just have half, if I must have it.

Thanks for your help.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006, 11:33 AM

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