Post # 1
This whole diet and excerise thing is too hard 🙁
I’m not a stranger to losing weight, I lost 50 lbs on WW last year, got married, and gained 20 back! Now, I left my husband and the stress is ridic! I’ve only lost 3 lbs in the last month and although it’s something, I’m just not used to it. I’m super unhappy with my looks yet I’m constantly eating BECAUSE of the unhappiness. I’m always home since I dropped out of school(lived in a different state and had to drop out to come back to NY and missed the deadlines for the spring semester here, starting again in fall 2013) and I have not found a job yet. Do you guys have any tips on how to get back on track? I want to lose just enough weight to where I’m healthy and happy. It was so much simpler losing the weight for the wedding because I was happy and motivated, now I’m just lazy and stressed 🙁 Plus, I’m only sleeping 3 hours a night if I’m lucky so not sleeping also plays a huge factor.
Post # 3
@PinkL: You’ve gotta start getting more sleep than that! That can play a big part, because you’re not going to feel motivated to do anything when you’re exhausted like that. Then you have to focus on taking care of yourself. Do things you enjoy that help with your stress. Yoga is something that really helped me get my stress under control.
Post # 4
You can do it!! The part of your post that stood out to me is that your eating habits are not the best, I’m sure you know that diet is a very big part of having a healthy lifestyle and maintaining a healthy weight (and obviously getting to your goal weight). I think a good place for you to start would be to try and become a conscious eater. Everytime you go to eat something, first think about how your body will use it, what nutrients you’ll get from it etc. Once you start thinking about food in a different way you’ll really notice yourself making healthier choices.
Another tip would be to start a food journal. Write down everything you consume (even drinks) and also I would make a note of your mood. In doing this you’ll be able to find patterns of mood and food correlation. Make a goal to do this for a week and see what you find.
I have lots more advice for you but I think the key here is not for you to get overwhelmed with information and things to try and do. Take one step at a time. Things don’t happen overnight so please be patient with yourself and your body.
Post # 5
@roweboat: I know, my sleep is totally affecting(effecting?) my diet and exercise! Yoga is definitely on my list. So excited to try it!
@islandlily84: I would usually eat awesome throughout the day..but then midnight hit and I would reach to any snack I saw. Chips, cookies, etc. I should stop buying them all together but since Im on Weight Watchers, I can eat those portioned. Buuuuuuut then I overdo it when i can’t sleep, haha! I’ll definitely just take it day by day instead of focus on how I will look in 5-6 months. Thank you for your tips!
Post # 6
- Wedding: August 2013 - An amazing non-profit retreat
Can you do fitness classes? Things like bellydancing and zumba feel more like play than work and the more fun you have, the more you want to go!
Post # 7
@PinkL: Hey! Losing weight is hard…but I think you’ve got some harder events going on right now! Divorce, moving, unemployment…all of those are HUGE stressors. Insomnia, weight gain and a blue mood are all ways your body is speaking to you. It is totally ok to take a step back for a month or two from weight loss and focus on wellness instead. If you are emotionally unhappy and exhausted, that is typically reflected in your eating habits as well. Maybe try drinking a ton of water, eating nutritious food, maybe see a counselor for a few sessions or plug into some type of social support. Focus on doing good things for both your body and your self and get to a better place. Eventually your body will follow. I feel for you…its hard to go through major life events like that. Don’t be down on yourself!
Post # 8
I hear yea. It took me all summer to lose about 13 pounds and somehow in the last two weeks I’ve gained 8 of those back.
I still don’t have a job and I have got this disease which should be going away but isnt and this prevents me from being able to run and do barre like I was.
I say take it one step at a time. Organize stuff so that you’ll life is less chaotic. First comes first monitor your eating with a food diary or myfitnesspal. It will let you see in black and white how much extra you’ve been eating.
Once you’ve seen a week’s worth of eating you can get a sense for where you need to cut back. I would also suggest starting slow with exercise walk for a half hour three times a week or something.
Also find something to do each day which calms you and relaxes you and makes you feel centered. As far as sleeping goes I used to just go to the gym and after that it would help me sleep. Finding something that calms you down might help you sleep.
Now that your unemployed of course job search but also take up some activity you’ve never had the time to do before. That could get you entertained and your mind engaged in something. (Like cooking, learning a language etc).
I hope you are able to figure things out. I know I still have to on my end but I’m crossing my fingers that everything will be fine.
Post # 9
Losing weight sucks, no matter how you look at it. And (for me) what makes it harder is that my mind plays tricks on me (it was sooo much easier to lose weight the last time I did it…)
OP – I suggest setting a fitness goal for yourself (rather than a weight loss goal). For example: my fitness goal for December is to run at least XX minutes each day (fill in the amount appropriate for you). I am going to sign up for my first triathalon next summer, so my fitness goals for the new years will be training for that. While working on my fitness goals, I will lose weight, but right now, I am less concerned with what the scale says and more concerned with achieving my goal each day.
Post # 10
@PinkL: I would definitely stop buying those things. Take away the temptation for sure. I cannot buy chips because they will be pretty much inhaled if I do 😛 My willpower is probably my greatest weakness, but I am working on it! Again, becoming a conscious eater will definitely help with this too. Good luck!!