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My problem is that I am really really good about the gym, I run, lift weights, do yoga 5/6 days a week and I know what I should be doing about food to lose 2pds a week (looking to lose about 15 pds total). I know that once I lose the weight I won't have to be as strict and yet I can't do it. I can't seem to win the mental game of dieting. I have been this same 10-15 pounds overweight since I was a kid (im 25 now) I know everything there is to know about fitness and nutrition and yet I can't make this happen even though if I stuck to my plan I would lose it in about 2-3 months. I feel like I am obsessed with it and I just want to stop thinking about it and lose the weight. Does anyone have any personal stories or anecdotes they could share to help me? Thanks so much.

Sun. Mar 18, 10:10pm

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I had a lot of success after hitting a plateau by changing my workouts totally. I tried new cardio classes and paid for a package with an innovative personal trainer. After this expenditure of time and money, I felt much more committed to modifying my diet to keep seeing positive results.

Sunday, March 18, 2007, 10:19 PM

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You know, sometimes you just need to take a break! i'm not recommending ending your workouts or sensible eating, but maybe make a conscious decision to try to eat "normal" and maintain for now. I find that when I count calories, exercise etc for months at a time, I start to get a little nutty and feel as if i'm depriving myself (even if i'm really not deprived at all) and end up going overboard and sabotaging my progress. Give yourself permission to ease off a bit, and while it may seem counterintuitive-sometimes it's exactly what one needs to get back on track.

You can lose those 10-15 lbs-but maybe you need to focus on something else right now. Good luck!

Sunday, March 18, 2007, 10:44 PM

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all I can say is that I feel ya sister

Monday, March 19, 2007, 2:35 AM

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I know this doesn't sound like I'm helping you but the first sentence that came to mind when I read your post was, whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right. If you think you can't, you won't lose the weight. You never will.

Monday, March 19, 2007, 9:14 AM

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Maybe on some level you don't want to lose weight so you sabotage your diet. Maybe if you lose the weight then you won't have anymore excuses to do the things you want to do. Just a thought. My other idea is that if you only have 10 pounds to lose are you sure that this isn't just the weight that your body wants to be at?

Monday, March 19, 2007, 9:22 AM

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