Post # 1
Getting/staying healthy, getting fit and losing weight are difficult(for some more than others)
What has been your biggest challenge and what have you done/are you doing to overcome it?
For me it’s eating regularly. I love food and I love to eat but since high school I’ve rarely had more than one large, our of proportion meal a day. I’ve worked two jobs and gone to school. Factor in homework, work stress, commitments with family and friends, etc. There have been days where I have literally forgotten to eat or days where I would grab the most unhealthy, fattening thing possible and gorge on it while driving to one commitment or another. My life hasn’t gotten any less hectic but I’ve literally had to set alarm clocks to remind me “Hey you’re killing yourself, take a minute, relax and grab some food.” Thankfully I did that for such a long time it has become second nature and all of my meals and typically eaten around the same time of the day. I don’t think about it anymore, it’s just instinct. I stop what I’m doing, get up, make something or grab a healthy snack, and then just rest/eat for 15-20 minutes or so.
I found that was one of the biggest factors in truly helping me lose weight and achieve the healthier lifestyle I wanted.
Post # 3
For me, I had to learn portion control. My fiance likes to dine out a lot, and he regularly orders an appetizer, entree and dessert. He never gains weight, but if I eat that much, I’m packing on the pounds in no time! I have to use a lot of self control to not eat everything I’m served.
Post # 4
Snacking is my weakness. I feel like I’m eating well, until I realized I was eating well over 1000 calories after dinner because I just kept getting little snacks all night. I joined myfitnesspal and it’s been great for keeping me accountable.
Post # 5
I think for me it’s been like – accepting the shape I was given, I guess. I was very overweight and I have stretched out skin now and extra pounds in areas they don’t “belong”. It was so discouraging at first that, short of surgery, I would never get rid of these certain problem areas. But learning how to dress in a more flattering way plus just becoming more mature and gaining self-esteem helped me accept it and now I work on my eating habits and fitness to better “play the hand I was dealt” you could say. Oh yeah, and portion control is hard too lol.
Post # 6
My weakness is having a job that is 8 hours of sedentary computer work. I never move and it drives me crazy. I will make up any excuse to get away from my desk. So when I get home, I feel so gross and tired.
I also have ZERO motivation. If I could somehow motivate myself, I think I would be ok.
Post # 7
Weekends, when I have no structure.
During the week, I eat scheduled meals and snacks, go to the gym and stick to the program. On the weekends, we are more apt to eat out, sleep-in, eat at odd times, and skip the gym.
Post # 8
I struggle with many of the things that PP’s have said. But by far the hardest thing, which I never expected, was having to say no to DH when he wants something unhealthy.
For the most part I can keep myself in check. When I was single I ate pretty good, but when DH and I started dating and moved in together, I gained 30 pounds. We both have the exact same bad habits and he totally brought all of them out in me. Fast food, ice cream, cake, etc.
It’s been a big adjustment because neither of us like to be told no, but we have too.
Post # 9
SO is my weakness. He loves pizza, beer, wings and chips. We had a discussion about the fact that he could live off of only those things if he needed to. However he is VERY supportive of my fitness goals which i really appreciate. He made wings this week and didnt get offended when i turned them away for a healthier option.
As far as other issues, i am my own worst enemy. I have a massive sweet tooth and i make excuses for working out. Trying to change that though.
Post # 10
Sweet tooth. I think I’m addicted to sugar. And my SO, who claims he wants to lose weight but buys white corn tortilla chips and tons of reeses eggs. My bad for eating it, but it’s here in the house and if it weren’t, I wouldn’t eat it. And I blame my job, which is all sitting.
Need to lose ~20 lbs though, so I better start saying no…to myself and SO. Sigh.
Post # 11
@SarahSmilesDec28: I have the same problem. Our weekdays are so crazy chaotic what with school, work, internships, etc. On the weekends we are probably the laziest people ever. We sleep until late afternoon, we eat bowls of unhealthy cereal, we veg out on the couch, etc.
My FI is my biggest weakness. He’s a runner and despite a knee injury and not running nearly as much as he use to he still eats like a runner and has the long, lean body of a runner. We go out and he orders EVERYTHING, then eats it all.
Post # 12
Mostly that none of my friends also follow a healthy lifestyle lol. Because of that, I often feel left out of many activities, like going out for wings at 9:00pm.
Post # 13
Portion control and snacking! But my fitness pal has really helped me. The next challenge will be going out w friends but controlling how much/what I eat.
Post # 14
I agree with @DeathByDesign: …I avoid sugar & grains & my friends all think I’m crazy. Going to events is next to impossible (and my family’s Italian, too, which just adds another obstacle…I’ve literally been to gatherings where I had to scrape toppings off pizza & eat that because it was the only thing I could eat!).
Also: beer. I love a good microbrew!
Post # 15
I hold all my weight in my stomach. I’m naturally muscular and lean everywhere else, so it sa litte frustrating. Even when I’m in fantastic shape, I still have a little gut. I sometimes look at other women who I knwo my body fat percentage is less than, and i”m in better shape and get annoyed b/c their stomach is prettier than mine. I then have to remind myself that everyone wants somethign they can’t have. For example, I was at a beach party and this girl with a pretty stomach came over to me to rave about my gorgeous my legs were…which was interesting b/c we were both lookign at each other wantign something the other one had.