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What do you do when you feel like giving up?

Motivation is lagging. Big time. Sometimes I just don't give a shit about my weight or what food I eat or my health consequenses. This sucks. I just want to eat donuts and pizza and drinks Pepsi and read good books and watch movies. I don't want the responsibility of taking care of my health and my kids and husband. Does anyone ever feel this way? Or am I the only slug that really doesn't want to care about my weight?

Wed. Nov 1, 1:44pm

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I go to sleep

Seriously. Knits the raveled sleeve of care, and all that. Get some rest and that reduces the physiological need for simple sugars, as well as the psychological stress of trying to excel at too many things at once.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 1:53 PM

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When I feel like giving up, I assume that I'm burned out from meeting everyone else's expectations, and I take as much time as I need to meet my own needs, whatever that means. When I was a new mom, I read a quote that said, "The best cure for a cranky baby is a rested mommy". That little quote has become a big part of my philosophy of life. Please do whatever you need to do to replenish your self and your soul. Taking care of yourself is the best gift you can give to the world around you -- we all need the gifts you give when you are happy with yourself.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 2:07 PM

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i get tired of all my "hard work"-exercising and eating healthy etc. (even though i thoroughly enjoy exercising and how good food makes me feel!) too. how restrictive is your diet? do you allow yourself a treat now and then? are you always on the go? never have any downtime? when i've had a few insane weeks when i feel like i'm being pulled in every direction and i'm tired of counting calories and getting 5 servings of vegetables in everyday-i will allow myself a down day. i'll stay home and watch movies, paint my toe nails, bake something yummy-whatever. just do things that I want to do! and i allow myself to eat what i feel like eating. one day of this behavior is not going to kill all your hard work. it's when we allow a day like this to become a week or two weeks that it becomes a habit again.

taking a day to just shut everything out and listen to what you want/need will recharge you too-you'll be more focused on your health goals afterwards, won't feel deprived and will renew your desire to take care of your family too!

good luck!!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 2:09 PM

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I have this same problem. I dont know about you but I find it really hard to give in to the sluggish bug without judging myself too harshly...so I find that if I DO fully give in and lay in bed and watch a marathon of sex and the city and eat pancakes that I just feel worse about myself and farther behind in my goals. I feel even more like hibernating and eating as winter comes along....so I try to do the following:
Take a short walk, seriously even to the video store. If I feel more tired after the walk then I say " ok maybe I am burnt out and need some down time" , but sometimes I find that the walk gets me going and I just needed a jump start.
When I do decide that I need to lay around and veg, I buy a box of the jello instant sugar free fat free pudding. It makes 4 servings( a big bowl) and the whole box is only 120 cals then I get to feel like I'm cheating when I'm not really. I know it sounds crazy but sometimes I really think we just need to trick ourselves. Browse travel websites, job listing, DIY crafts... get your mind excited about something new and you wont need food to be the feeling that gets your senses going.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 2:58 PM

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When I feel that way, I am definitely due for some rest and nutritious food. At that point it is what my body is screaming for so it can rejuvenate. It won't take no for an answer, either.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 6:43 PM

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OP, I know exactly how you are feeling. You are not alone! It is a struggle, and sometimes it seems too hard to continue. And it would be so much easier to give up. But, either way you're going to be miserable. So you might as well keep struggling. Just take one day at a time. If you have a bad day, pick yourself up and keep trying. As long as you keep trying you will never fail.



Thursday, November 02, 2006, 8:44 AM

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When I feel like giving up I do give up. For a day. I take vacations from work, my family and I do take vacations from dieting too. And then I get right back to it, sometimes you need the mental break and space.

Thursday, November 02, 2006, 8:47 AM

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