Post # 1
Plain and simple. I’m 21, and I am sick of feeling overweight, self concious, tired…and the list goes on. It’s time for me to begin a new lifestyle. A healthy one.
I’m going to begin by eating healthy, cooking new things, not snacking. I’ve always been overweight. I am sick of it. I’ve downloaded an app on my phone–I will be tracking my calories and making better decisions. I’ve lost probably 35-50lbs over the past 2 years…but I am still considered obese.
I’m so excited to do this. To finally be healthy. It’s going to be a long hard road…but I really think I’m ready–no I know I’m ready. This is a huge deal, and I CAN do it. I WILL do it. It’s time to care about myself.
Does anyone have any suggestions to stay focused?
Post # 3
Great job on the 35 lbs already! Finding motivation is the hardest part! But I always have to think about how I feel after a workout, which is great! “A good mood is only a workout away. 🙂 You can do it!
I also need to work on the eating healthy part. I work out a lot but I have absolutely no will power with food! Less than three months until my wedding though so I better find some! Good luck!
Post # 4
Put some sort of reward system in place for good behavior. I use gold stars on my calendar for every day I’ve eaten well and done something active. and seeing each week fill up with stars totally spurs me on to keep up the good work. Seeing less stars than I’d like makes me strive to do better the next week.
If you have any friends who are also trying to lose weight, put together your own mini support group. Share healthy recipes or do fun, active things together…this stuff is always easier with a friend at your side to encourage you when you feel like giving up.
Don’t try and completely eradicate your comfort foods right away. Allow yourself the occasional indulgence so that you’re not denying yourself too much. You’ll be less likely to slip if you let yourself have a small treat on the weekend instead of spending all your time feeling like you’re missing out on the “good” things.
Best of luck to you!
Post # 5
I think it’s great that you’re taking this journey, but don’t cut out snacking. Just replace unhealthy snacking with healthier options. It keeps your metabolism high throughout the day. I also recommend measuring out portions in the beginning. Portion sizes are often smaller than you think. MyFitnessPal is a great tool for tracking what you eat.
Post # 6
Thanks everyone for the support and suggestions! I’ve found lots of great recipes that are healthy and healthy snack ideas! Today has been a success! I love the gold star idea too!
Post # 7
Remember to take it one day at a time! We all kick ourselves when we do poorly on one day..but just remember the whole count starts over tomorrow, and you can always do better.
Post # 8
@k_nash: congrats on your success so far. I am doing something similar and posting about it on here. I just started, feel free to join or follow me:
Eating Healthy – Week 1