(Closed) How do you stay motivated when dieting? Please help me:(

posted 7 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Well I might not be the best person to be giving advice, since I too haven’t been able to stay on a diet. But I really don;t think its baout dieting.

i think its about moderation, and healthy eating.

Spices work wonders

Do not restrict yourself too much, eat healthy fats (olive oil, nuts, lean meats), whole wheat carbs, small treats every few days.

Have a routine. Try to exercise every few days at least, and stick with it. On the days you really don;t want to, push yourself harder, those are the days you need to stick with it the most!

Try to not make it about the numbers on the scale, but about the progress you are making eating wise, and exercise wise.

Set small goals, and adjust them when you get there, you can even have a picture on the fridge, or computer, to remind yourself where you want to be.

Be easy on yourself. It isn’t life or death if you eat too much one day or even two days in a row. Just get back on track.

Goodluck!!!!

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 1993

If hunger is not the problem, food is not the solution.

My current mantra for the week (And so true!)

Regular exercise really helps – get into a routine and stick to it!

Good luck

Post # 4
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Honey bee

@Tswife4ever: I feel you!!! I have about 50lbs to lose and it is a struggle everyday.

What is working for me is taking it one day at a time. If I think to myself “Omg, how will I ever lose all this weight?!”, I get discouraged and fall off track. Instead, I focus on today only. I stay motivated by:

  •  Finding exercises that I enjoy-My gym bag is packed and in the car, so after work I have no excuse not to go. I also watch re-runs of the Kardashians at the gym…hey, its a guilty pleasure but atleast I am working out! πŸ™‚
  • Finding yummy foods and not eating lettuce everyday- Have you used the http://www.skinnytaste.com website? I am seriously obsessed and have made tonsss of her recipes. They are easy, delicous, and healthy.

It also is a huge help that my Fiance is also dieting. He is really sturggling right now but we are motivating eachother and on the weekends we take bike rides, go for walks, etc. We get to spend time together and are getting healthy while we do it.

It’s tough. I have battled my weight for a lifetime and I know I probably always will.

Good luck!! I know you can do it πŸ™‚

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Tswife4ever: I take a picture every 10 pounds I loose and buying new clothes when you go down a size is always a good motivation for me! But my biggest diet tip is dont completly cut all the bad out you can still eat it just dont eat as much of it πŸ™‚ Like I had a carmel apple icecream sunday last night but it was little so it wasnt as bad for me!

Post # 4
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Honey bee

@Tswife4ever: I feel you!!! I have about 50lbs to lose and it is a struggle everyday.

What is working for me is taking it one day at a time. If I think to myself “Omg, how will I ever lose all this weight?!”, I get discouraged and fall off track. Instead, I focus on today only. I stay motivated by:

  •  Finding exercises that I enjoy-My gym bag is packed and in the car, so after work I have no excuse not to go. I also watch re-runs of the Kardashians at the gym…hey, its a guilty pleasure but atleast I am working out! πŸ™‚
  • Finding yummy foods and not eating lettuce everyday- Have you used the http://www.skinnytaste.com website? I am seriously obsessed and have made tonsss of her recipes. They are easy, delicous, and healthy.

It also is a huge help that my Fiance is also dieting. He is really sturggling right now but we are motivating eachother and on the weekends we take bike rides, go for walks, etc. We get to spend time together and are getting healthy while we do it.

It’s tough. I have battled my weight for a lifetime and I know I probably always will.

Good luck!! I know you can do it πŸ™‚

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I like to keep a calendar and everyday that I make healthy choices and exercise then I put a star on that day.  Yup, I’m a 2 year old lol. When I get 7 stars in a row then I buy something like a new shirt or pants or necklace, etc. I love seeing all my stars lined up πŸ™‚

Post # 6
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Honey bee

I think a lot of it is less about motivation, but more about tools and mindset.

Think of the reasons you want to lose weight and put them on a piece of paper and tape it to your mirror in the bathroom. Each morning recite them (To not be on medications, to be around and well and able to dance at granddaughters wedding, to be a good role model for my children/husband)

 

Then make small changes because its about creating new habits. Make another list of one change per week. Make 12 weeks of changes

Week 1- cut out fried foods and eat 1 piece of fruit with breakfast

Week 2- cut out soda and eat a small salad with vinaigrette before dinner

Week 3- start reading You on a Diet by Mehmet oz and switch to 100% whole grains

Week 4- walk 30 minutes 4 times a week and eliminate juices, switch to unsweeteend green tea, sparking water, regular water

Week 5- Learn healthy cooking substitutions and make one new recipe per week (IE greek yogurt instead of mayo or sourcream), subscribe to Clean Eating magazing or Cooking Light

etc

 

And remember if you slip up and have a cookie, its not a slip up! Its a conscious decision and part of your diet. A diet is what you eat, what you are striving for is healthy living and, yes, small treats can be included in healthy living.

Remeber, you make decisions, and only you. If you find things too tempting, remove them for now. Don’t go out to dinner, dont buy the treats to have at home- no matter who wants them. No one should eat too many chips.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I have been trying to get healthy over the past 10 months, while I didn’t have as much weight to lose (i lost 15 lbs 5 more to go) after working with a trainer I learned the same changes can work for most people.  A few tips from what has worked for me:

1. Myfitnesspal! I don’t know what kind of phone you have by I got the myfitnesspal app on my phone. (its all so available online myfitnesspal.com). It tracks all your food and workouts. It gives you a calorie goal based on how much weight you want to lose, what you weigh and what your daily activity level is. I am obsessed! I track everything and its working for me!

2. Go slow! Don’t try and lose it all right away. Make small changes that you can maintain. Let you self have a sweet treat every so oftne (not every day). Decrease the amount you eat, increase the amount you workout. Don’t make either too dramatic start building up to where you want to go to. I started working out 2-3 days a week with breaks inbetween to let my sore muscles recover. Now after 10 months I am working out 6 times a week and I can’t get enough!

3. Make sure you eat enough! Your body will go into starvation mode if you eat too little and then you wont lose any weight. Make sure you get enough protien and fiber and not too much fat. (my fitness pal tracks all of that for you)

4. Enjoy yourself while you are doing it! If you never let yourself eat the foods you like you will hate your deit. So make it work that once a week you get a “cheat” meal. But dont think of it as cheating, make your self earn it! If you hate running on a treadmill try finding a workout class you like. If you hate working out with others around try some at home DVDs. Find what makes you comfortable enough that you will want to continue!

Good luck!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Like natbug, I give myself gold stars on the calendar for every day I eat right and exercise. Seeing my calendar fill up with stars makes it that much more enticing to be good. I aim for at least four a week; any less than that and the grid starts looking sparse, so when I start seeing too many blank spaces it’s a reminder to get my butt back into gear.

Other rules I live by:

1. If it’s not in the house, you can’t eat it. So avoid impulse buys, and remove anything unhealthy from your cupboards that gives you that “but I’m so tasty” come-hither look between meals.

2. Portion control. Measuring is a pain, but it really helps you take stock of what you’re putting in your body. Learn what “1 serving” of a given product really means. More often than not, it will surprise you.

Avoid any and all mindless eating. Don’t sit in front of the TV with a bag of chips. Measure out a single serving into a small bowl, put the bag away, and eat your portion slowly and deliberately. If you’re not going to savor and consciously enjoy the food, then what’s the point of putting those unnecessary calories into your body?

3. Smaller meals more often. Not only will this help your metabolism learn to be more efficient, you will fool yourself into thinking you’re eating more than you are because of the frequency of your meals.

4. Don’t feel bad about allowing yourself the occasional treat. Total deprivation results in yo-yo dieting. If you’re really, really craving that chocolate bar, then have it, BUT make yourself work for it. Take an extra-long route walking to the store to buy it, or make it a reward for several days of good behavior.

5. Get your friends/SO/family on board. The last thing you need is people tempting you with lots of dinners out or anything else that will get you off-track.

I told Darling Husband to give me a hard time if I tried to weasel out of going to the gym, and he was great about it. I’d get home from work and whine about how I was tired and maybe I could just skip that day, and he’d tell me, “Sure, you could, but are you going to feel disappointed about it later? Don’t you want that star on the calendar?”

Figure out activities to do with your friends that involve getting outside and moving around. Buy a ball, a frisbee or a badminton set and have some fun. Take walks with your SO in the evenings. Every little bit helps.

Best of luck to you, keep at it and be strong!

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I just wanted to pop in and say YOU CAN DO THIS!!  I was in the same boat as you.  I was 267 when I started losing weight and now I’m at about 186ish.  My goal is 165, so I am almost there!  It has been a long process, but totally worth it.  Notice I didn’t say “struggle.”  I have struggled with my weight my entire life.  I finally found a program that works for me and as long as I am honest with myself and stay active I see the weight come off.  It is about consistency.  It is about mind set.  It is about MAKING YOUR HEALTH A PRIORITY.  

I caution anyone who is about to start losing weight to do a self check:

Am I willing to put in the time, effort and devotion necessary to do this?

Am I realistic in my time frame expectations?

Am I doing this for the right reason?

Am I ready to make real and serious changes in my lifestyle that are permanant?

Why the self check?  Because if you thing you are going to lose 100lbs in six months just to fit into your wedding dress so that you can go back to old habits as soon as the last picture is taken you are setting yourself up for disaster.  I am not saying you are, but I am saying that mindset is dangerous and unhealthy.

I have a program that I follow through Curves and could not be happier.  But there is no one size fits all weight management program.  (Don’t call it a diet.  Those are temporary and nearly always fail.)  Do some research and find one that works for you that incorporates strength training as well as cardio and ensures you are getting enough protein.  Make baby steps.  Don’t aim to be perfect, aim to be better than you were the day before.

 

Just remember:  Live life BETTER, not just different and YOU CAN DO THIS!!!

Post # 10
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4824 posts
Honey bee

I want to add… accountability.

Tell your friends and family you would like their support

Join an online discussion forum that is focused on nutrition, diet and healthy living like Livestrong’s thedailyplate.com or Craigslist Diet Forum. 

Here you can learn new recipes, new foods, be accountable for your days plans etc. It really helps a lot as well as it inspires.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I would highly recommend Medifast. I started 6/30/11 and have lost 32 pounds so far. It’s a good diet for people who need a jump start (are more than 30 lbs overweight) and something easy to do. I’ve learned so much about portion sizes, self control, and there’s a maintanence phase that teaches you how to get off the diet and keep the weight off forever. I was about 70 lbs overweight (minimum) and I felt like nothing was really helping me…it does get discouraging when you know you have a lot to lose. But, I encourafe you to find a diet that works for you and something that you could incorporate into your daily routine forever…not smoothies for a few months or cutting something out temporarily, but really figuring out a new lifestyle and a way to eat healthier and fit in some exercise. Good luck to you. You can do it!!!!!!!!!

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper

I’ve lost 120 pounds and kept it off for over a year but not dieting. Instead I changed my lifestyle completely.

Excercise- Don’t put yourself on a ridiculous schedule/regimine that you can’t physically or emotionally handle. Instead try walking for 30 mins a day or doing other activities that you enjoy. After doing this for some time try pepping it up a bit by jogging as far as you can, when you are out of breath walk briskly and let your heart recover and do it again.

Food- As a PP mentioned every time you go to eat something ask yourself whether you are hungry, bored, emotional etc.

Also, you know what is healthy and what isn’t. That isn’t the problem with us women. The issue is the unhealthy stuff is so freaking tasty! The key is to break that addiction to the unhealthy and replace it with things that are better.

Give yourself one day a week to eat whatever you want without guilt (my day was Saturday) thus elminating those dire cravings. The other six days a week eat things with simple ingredients and lower fat content. You’d be amazed how quickly you can go from craving chips to hummus and carrots.

Best of luck to you and just keep at it. Talk to your friends and us bees if you ever feel overwhelmed.

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