Post # 1
I just got finished looking at the Before and After thread, and seeing how amazing and fit everyone looks. Then I look in the mirror and all I can think is “What a fatty!” I know I am probably being too hard on myself, especially because I never look at others and say that…but the fact of the matter is, I really do need to get into better shape for my health and also for my dress to fit. And obviously, if it weren’t obvious, to help with my flagging self-esteem.
But it’s so hard to find the motivation to start. I’d like to go back to low carb/cleaner eating, and start working out. But it’s so hard to make myself want to, and the medication I am on (Accutane) saps a lot of my energy.
Has anyone else been in this place? What did you do to motivate yourself to eat better? How did you convince yourself to go running? My couch is really comfortable and ice cream is tasty but diabetes runs in my family and I hardly ever want to have sex any more. 🙁
Anyone care to share your motivation tips/strategies?
Post # 3
I’m in the same place as you right now. I’m about as heavy as I’ve ever been…which, granted, isn’t super heavy, but about 10 lbs higher than I want to be. I want to lose weight, but I don’t want to stop eating or go to the gym. So…I guess I’m not helping 🙂 I was successful on nutrisystem last summer, partially because I was living alone, had a miniscule social life, and couldn’t afford to buy anything but the nutrisystems foods and supplemental veggies. I’ve been successful on weightwatchers too, but struggling this time around (It’s been three days and I had a piece of pizza today :/) I had serious food issues as a teenager- being so thin I lost my period- and was in a good place for a few years, now I’m too heavy.
I’m motivating myself to go to the gym because there is a beautiful warm current pool and hot tub that I get to go in if I work out 🙂 As far as eating goes, I just want to feel healthier and not buy bigger pants for work! But I have a (probable, self-diagnosed) case of SAD, so I’m feeling tired and listless these days, when there’s no sun..
On a somewhat sick lighthearted note, if diabetes runs in your family, google diabetic foot wounds and stumps and kidney failure…that’s motivation. If my family had a history of diabetes, I’d probably be more motivated to stay in shape than I am now.
Post # 4
I have the same issues but I have stopped eating steak and hamburger 15 years ago to turkey burger. I am trying to get myself motivated to walk more because but it is cold here. So that means I have to eat less due to the fact that I cant walk everyday.
I stopped drinking sodas and replace foods that I know are my weaknesses. I love ice cream soo much will not touch it I can eat buckets of it. Since my FI has been away I slipped off due to the stress from not hearing from him. Now I am back to eating one large meal and two small ones no in between snacks.
It is hard because it has been my second week but I am determine to stay the course. I have the same issues with health my grandmother had diabetes. I have worked hard and do not have any health problems aside from my arthritis.
Just try cutting out the foods you know that will make you lose the will power believe me it or not it does work. Every little bit helps.
Post # 5
Can you afford to take classes of any sort (martial arts, dance, kickboxing, Zumba, pole dancing lol, jazzercise, whatever sounds fun to you)? I am super super lazy and just have been lucky with my metabolism so far- but I started taking kung fu not quite a year ago and both my physical changes and ability to stick to it have surprised me. It’s easy to keep going because it’s social and more importantly for me, goal oriented and good mental exercise, so I stay focused instead of feeling tired, and I have a ton of fun! Plus, I seriously feel like a badass and I’m only upper-beginner level, so it’s been great for my confidence especially when alone in the city.
Running etc never worked for me because I HATE RUNNING, and going to the gym depresses me so I never had the motivation to get up off the couch and during the entire run I would be hating it. Have you looked into something that would be fun and exercise at the same time?
Post # 6
@EffieTrinket, I want to be friends with you. I always enjoy reading your posts, and I feel like I’m automatically friends with anyone who has Faye as her avatar 🙂 THat being said, I also understand the feelings in your post. I have struggled so much with my weight the last few years and I have a love/hate relationship with before and after posts. I love seeing the possibilities, but I hate the reminder that I can’t make a post like that. After years of futility, I am finally trying something different…talking to a personal trainer and planning on starting weight watchers this week. With diabetes in the family and PCOS, hypothyroid, and insulin resistance in myself, I don’t have much of a choice. But I like you 🙂 so maybe that can be something positive to offset the bad feelings.
Post # 7
@EffieTrinket: For me I’ve found that once I’ve forced myself to go for 2 weeks or so, it just becomes habit and I don’t even feel like just sitting on the couch anymore. That first two weeks is *really* tough for me though, but if I push through it, it pays off! It’s more of a “this is what I do when I get out of work” thing now. I reached the highest weight I’ve ever been this past year (which is 30lbs MORE than when FI and I started dating!) and I was so unhappy with myself that I never wanted to have sex. I actually started a body building(ish) regiment five weeks ago (just started week 6 of it) and eat clean 5-6 times a day, do weight training 3 times a day and cardio (light, just brisk walk for 20-25 minutes) every day-twice a day on non weight training days. I’ve lost about 10lbs so far, but I’ve definitely gained a lot of muscle (I’m not any larger though-I’ve noticed the gym pants I like to wear, I can’t anymore. They were falling off me at the gym last night). I haven’t noticed too huge of a difference, but my FI has commented on how toned I look now (but we’re all our own worst critics). When my Mom saw me reccently, she also commented on how I’ve definitely lost weight even if I can’t see it, she does. Its all about getting your metabolism back up (mine was insane when I was younger, but sitting on my butt all day at work has caught up to me) and the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn.
Post # 8
@EffieTrinket: Have you ever considered going Paleo? (low carb and clean eating)It’s hard at first but really beneficial. I feel so much better and I have lost 17lbs since January 4th. I have about 80 to lose.
Post # 9
@MrsJX3: I just wanted to second Paleo! I love, love, love it, and have lost weight and feel much better from cutting out wheat and other crap. It does take some getting used to, but the difference it has made has been colossal.
And my motivation to exercise has been to follow all kinds of fitness pages on facebook, and looking at them daily has helped me get off my ass. Good luck, and PM me if you ever need motivation!
Post # 10
For me, the biggest change has been getting myself in the mentality of “I’d better do it today, because tomorrow I may not have the strength/motivation.” So…if I’m at the supermarket and see some chocolate on sale, I say to myself, “I’d better resist, because tomorrow I might cave – I can go without it for today.” When it comes to exercise I try and fit exercise in whenever I think about it for pretty much the same reason “I may not have the energy to do it tomorrow, or I might forget.”
It works pretty well for me! Now I generally go for a run first thing in the morning, because, not only does it get it out of the way, I generally feel more energetic and able to do other things during the day, too.
Post # 11
@MariaW: Agreed!! I ate a bunch of gross things yesterday like girl scout cookies… You wouldn’t believe how TERRIBLE I feel today. It’s amazing how much better eating clean makes you feel!!
Post # 12
@EffieTrinket: You know what to do Effie trinket!…NOW get off the couch and do it!!!!! LOL…NO sympathy from me 🙂
Post # 13
@EffieTrinket: Between your user name and your avatar I think you’re pretty awesome. I’m doing a difficult project at work alone right now which really wears me out. I’ve been commuting on foot, so by the time I get home all I want to do is put my feet up and sit on the couch becuase I’m mentally exhasuted and my snowboots hurt my feet.
I’ve gained about 20 pounds in the last year and I’ve had it, it’s time to do something. To motivate myself I try to remember how much better I felt when I weighed less. I also promise myself new clothes when I get close to my goal weight. I haven’t really gotten anything new in about 3 years, so the prospect is exciting. I like to watch the biggest loser too because if those people can do I can do it. Sometimes I kind of pretend that they are my workout buddies and watch the show while exercising.
Post # 14
my best advice is to find someone to go with or be accountable with. I joined weight watchers a while ago and that helped alot. I have tried to surround myself with active people and it is actually working!! good luck, I know you can do it!