Encouragement and motivation needed!

posted 3 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
Member
715 posts
Busy bee

@UKbee:  All the best on your journey! I think different people are motivated by different things…

 

maybe it is helpful to you to keep track of your progress with a  weekly picture of you taken in the same clothes – this way you can see how your body changes…

 

maybe it’s helpful for you to join an online-fitness group to chat with others and to motivate each other… 

 

maybe it’s helpful for you to get a calender with cute inspirational quotes… 

 

maybe it’s helpful for you to reward yourself every now and then (maybe after losing 5lbs ) with a nice book / some flowers / a massage / a new shirt… 

 

maybe it’s helpful to you to write down your goals and why they are important to you and stick them to the fridge / put them in your wallet… 

 

i think a big part in acheiving a goal is also to be aware of the obstacles you might encounter… so write down potential obstacles and how you’d deal with them… (this way once you feel too lazy to do your workout / you want to drink that wine etc. you already know some ways you could deal with it)

 

I’d also make sure to do something relaxing 😀 like yoga, meditation, progressive muscle relaxation…

 

All the best! You can do it!

 

Post # 4
Member
845 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@UKbee:  I’d never tried to lose weight before this past fall. I was 172 and I’m now 159, and at 5’7 I’m back into the “normal” BMI range (I’m not muscular so it is pretty accurate for me). This is my life now: I eat really healthy Monday – Friday, and as healthy as I can from Friday night – Sunday (I see my FI only on weekends so we often order pizza, go out to eat, etc). I exercise usually 3-4 times a week which includes running (never ran a day in my life before September and I’m doing about 5km now with only a couple short walks), fitness classes at the gym, and weights. It’s a lifestyle change, not a diet. I never exercised and I ate not so great when I was a student, but since graduating last spring I’ve decided it was time for a change. I always bring my lunch to work and if I don’t then I get Subway or Tim Hortons for lunch (never Mcdonalds, etc). I am aiming for 150 pounds, maybe less depending how I feel when I reach that goal. Honestly, it hasn’t been that hard. I think it’s because I eat healthy foods that I actually like and I do workouts I enjoy. If I was disappointed in my food and doing workouts I hated I would’ve quit by now. My story may not be similar to yours but I wanted to let you know that it is possible to change your life. My FSIL and my mom have both had great success with Weight Watchers, and if you’re going to do any “diet” I recommend that one because it’s sustainable – you can do it forever and you won’t feel deprived, unlike basically all other diets.

I believe in you, anything is possible with the right attitude! Good luck 🙂

Post # 7
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1917 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@UKbee:  I feel your pain with being more heavy due to muscle! I used to be a US size 6, and now I am about a US size 12 but have size 14 hips. My FI likes to tell me I have “birthing hips.” I have short legs but they are stout and thick, and rock solid when I flex. A few months ago I got to my heaviest weight of about 193 pounds and almost unable to zip a size 12 dress. I’ve devoted most of my life to nursing school and I just felt like I ahd no energy, craving sweets, and feeling depressed and stressed, after my FI proposed and more of my clothes stopped fitting, I decided to make a change. I’ve cut out soda, chips, ice cream, white bread, and fast food (except my once a week taco bravo at taco johns on Thursdays) and I’ve also been going to the gym and meditating, drinking tons of water and trying to relax and get better sleep. I’ve lost between 10-15 pounds and feeling pretty great now so far. I would love to lose 40 pounds before my wedding which won’t be until the fall of next year maybe. It’s tough and often feels like your not making progress but it is possible! Relaxing and getting plenty of sleep and lots of water is the best possible thing you can do for yourself! You feel better about yourself and the weight loss gets easier! You can do it!! 🙂

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