(Closed) Gaining weight and lost motivation – could use some advice

posted 4 years ago in Fitness
Post # 2
337 posts
Helper bee

Yes you can break the cycle!!!! Cut down on the junk and get back to it! You know you can do it… Maybe the issue in the past is you give up your favorite foods cold turkey? Don’t be afraid to eat them every once in a while… it has to come from within… You can do it! 


Post # 3
709 posts
Busy bee

OP you can do it… 

Just remember “Something is better than nothing”. So go to the gym, start a workout… even if it’s just for 20 minutes at first… You can do it

Post # 4
369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

DiamondsandViolets:  You are definitely not alone!  Since I finished my degree, I have been spending more time at my desk job, and I haven’t been getting out as much to work out because there was a blizzard every other week and the sidewalks were treacherous.  So, I’d say since last fall I have put on about 20 lbs . I’m 5’6″ 148 lbs, and while I’m still considered ideal based on my BMI, I just don’t feel comfortable at this size; none of my clothes fit right, and I’m really starting to feel out of shape and huffing and puffing after strenuous activity.

Now that the weather is finally starting to play nice, I am getting out more to do walks, but I am still finding it so hard to motivate myself to do any sort of strength training, and I can’t break some of the bad eating habits I’ve developed- I have a soft spot for pastries, Doritos, and even though I drink green tea in the hopes that it will help me with weight loss, I feel like the amount of sugars and sweetners I use basically cancel out any real health benefits.

You know what though, OP? We can do this!  Little steps at a time.  Light workouts with gradually increasing intensity, cutting down on the salt and sugar and carbs without going cold turkey.  It’s totally doable- surround yourself with supportive people and thoughts (inspirational quotes are a favorite of mine).  And feel free to PM me at any time 🙂

Post # 5
467 posts
Helper bee

I kind of gave up there for a while too.  I was unemployed and stressed out by having no job.  And then I got a job that was high stress and had long hours.  All I wanted to do was sit on the couch, eat take out and drink when I wasn’t sitting at my desk for 10 hours.  (Yea, that is a great life style.)  I was at my highest weight ever and my clothes stopped fitting.  I looked horrible in my very expensive suits, and my button ups started gaping.  However, I realized a. I cannot afford a brand new wardrobe and b. I was really unhappy with my body and it was affecting my confidence in daily life.  I just didn’t want to feel unattactive, and if I continued to gain weight, I’d feel even worse.

So I tried to make excersizing fun.  I joined audible and listened to books on tapes at the gym or awesome pod casts.  I made a pact with my mother that we would do a 5K in March together.  (There is nothing more embarassing than being outrun by your 55 year old mother.)  I remembered that I would be on the beach in a few short months and I didn’t want to feel like moby dick.   I brought a stash of fruit and veggies to work to eat as snacks instead of chips and candy bars.   

As I started to see results, I began to feel more motivated.  Overall, I’m down 15lbs since dec. and I lost 8 in the last month (due to more extreme dieting and more excersizing in the nicer weather).  You can do it!  Get some work out buddies, and try to make working out a treat!      

Post # 6
507 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I recommend using myfitnesspal. There is a group on there called “bees for weight loss” and we all support each other in the ups and downs of dieting!

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