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so guys originally i had 80 pounds to lose...id be content if i just lose 30 more lbs...and i know to some people they can lose that in a month or two...i keep yo yoing...i need to stay motivated..but i think since ive been doing it for so long i just dont know how....i get discourage so easy..one week ill be at it...then its like the motivation just dies..and i dont know what to do..im thankful i dont gain any wt just maintain it...but what can i do to make me want to keep excercising...and eating right...im just so lost right now.. i need some light you guys..
Tue. Oct 30, 7:37am
I'm in the same condition and know what you're talking about. I would also like to find my earlier motivation.
Good luck to you.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007, 7:57 AM
Finding motivation is hard, one of the keys is you need to change your lifestyle not diet. One of the things you said is your thankful that you aren't gaining weight just maintaining, but you have 80 lbs to lose, you've obviously be gaining. You don't gain weight overnight and you can't lose weight overnight. You need to start cooking and eating healthier and smaller portions not as part of a diet to lose weight but as a lifestyle change. You need to find a way to incorporate exercise into your life as part of your daily activities maybe a walk after dinner or right after you wake up... something you do everyday so it becomes a routine. Don't worry so much about losing weight but about being healthier because weightloss is slow and if your only doing this to see the scale drop you will become quickly discouraged.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007, 9:07 AM
9:07- thanks I needed to hear that. I have been at it for a month and being VERY strict, and I havent lost a lb!! My clothes fit much better, but not one pound come on!! i work out 5-6 days a week, circuit train for a half and hour and then run for another half hour. I was eating ~ 900 cals a day but have brought that back up to 1200. (My original online diet (WebMD) wasnt set for an active person) i have 30 lbs to lose. Seriously thinking of going on phentermine.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007, 9:43 AM
9:43, unless you are a tiny person, for as active as you are, you are eating too little. You're body thinks it's starving and is trying to hold onto every ounce that it can. I know it seems counter intuitive, but you have to feed your metabolism to get it to burn. Up your calores to at least 1500 and you may find you can eat more than that and still lose weight at a reasonable rate of around a pound a week. Also try to spread those calories out during the day eating about every 3 hours. And it won't happen overnight, you've got to give your body time to adjust.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007, 10:04 AM
buy Beck Diet Solution - it helps you focus on your goals by changing thinking. please consider it - take it out from library first if you like. I bought it and the workbook right awy because I could tell it was what i needed.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007, 10:36 AM
9:07 here- can you tell me a little about becks?
Tuesday, October 30, 2007, 10:41 AM
People only lose 30 lbs in a month or two if they've had surgery, if they're on The Biggest Loser, if they're men with over 100 lbs to lose, if they're women with like 200 lbs to lose, or if they're doing something hideously unhealthy. Do not use these very extreme scenarios as a benchmark for your own success or you will never feel good about your own efforts!!
You should buy that rubberized representation of one pound of fat (I believe it's called "My Pet Fat") - it weighs a pound, it looks exactly like human fat - and keep it somewhere that you'll see it all the time. If it's too expensive, go to an old-fashioned butcher shop and buy a pound of fat and keep it in the freezer. Anyway, It's bigger than you think. When you "only lose a pound", look at that big lump of lard and know that your hard work melted that much crap off your shrinking frame.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007, 10:50 AM
I have been right where you are. What I think you need is to take some time, however much you can, and get away, weather its an hour to the park, or a weekend in your favorite vaca spot, and spend that time clearing your head, and thinking of nothing but you, and your goals. I would also encourage you to walk, run, hike or bike in nature while doing this to help your soul reconnect with your needs. This is what I try to do when I am where you are now. Not always easy to find the time, or to make myself a prioroty, but, it sure makes a difference when I do.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007, 11:55 AM
Ok let me try to understand this. You HAD 80 pounds to lose? You have already lost 50 pounds cause you say you only have 30 left to lose? For as active as you are you aren't eating enough. If you are strength training as much as you say you should increase your cals, maybe to about 15-1600 and add more protein. If you aren't seeing the scale go down but feel a difference in your clothing you probably are gaining muscle while still losing fat. The last thing you want is to bulk up so try do weights that just tone you instead of adding muscle and the step up the fat burn by doing more cardio. Buy a heart monitor so you know where your fat burning zone should be.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007, 12:21 PM
Finding motivation has to come from within yourself.
But for me, I look at the prize.
The end result. I would suppose that the closer you get to your goal that may make it more difficult because so much has been overcome.
But there is the excitement and satisfaction of attaining something you have worked so hard for.
Look at why you are doing this and keep at it.
And in your groups reach out too. Mine have been super supportive.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007, 6:36 PM
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