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2/20/13 8:13 A

Kelly,

As you so wisely pointed out, exercise is a big part of the weight loss equation, however as the old saying goes, you can't out-exercise a poor diet. But I also think constant deprivation is not something that works for many people as it can actually draw you more to those foods. For me I avoid buying them to take home, but I will have them, I just make it something special.

Instead of looking to make a diet change, maybe look at this as making a diet upgrade. Slowly integrating healthier option into your diet, such as adding a fruit/veggie serving at every meal or drinking water in place of other beverages.

Just a thought!

Coach Nancy

KIPPER15 Posts: 6,001
2/20/13 6:47 A

I plateau if I leave out my strength training. I am not a big fan of it, but I see better results with it. As far as the chips and other goodies, my darling hubby is rail thin and loves these treats. i will not deny him, but he is great at putting them out of my reach ( I am 5' 1" and he is 6') as he knows I don't like to climb up on my step stool. Good Luck! emoticon emoticon

MEINA4 Posts: 76
2/20/13 6:06 A

I began my weight loss journey in August of 2011. I quickly lost 20 lbs simply by adding exercise to my daily routine. Then, in 2012, I began working on my diet. I lost another 20 lbs by September of 2012. Since then, NOTHING.

I know what the problem is. I do need to work on my diet more. I've started Insanity to increase my cardio. I do lack on resistance training though...I am trying to do that more as well because I know that also helps with weight loss and I sooooo want a more toned body!

To make a long story short, I know what I need to change at this point, I just need motivation to stick with it. One week I do great and lose a pound or 2 and the next it comes back because I go back to less healthy eating or less exercise...I'm not sure why I allow myself the excuses I make: "I'm too tired today" or "I deserve this entire pint of ice cream because I (insert good deed here)" etc. I KNOW I have to stick with it and be consistent.

I also tend to overindulge in those "forbidden" treats - chips, ice cream, etc. And alternatives such as healthier versions of the same thing (ie. frozen yogurt instead of ice cream) do not satisfy me. When I want ice cream, I want ice cream! And I can't have just one serving or a handful of chips; I will eat a lot of it. So I try to avoid completely because one taste and I'm done for. I have not mastered the art of self control when it comes to certain foods. Any tips on that? I don't want to never eat the stuff again because that is just silly to think one can go through life never indulging in something they like once in a while.

I'm happy I've maintained a 40 lb loss though and very proud of myself for that. But I am starting to get down on myself for not losing more. I do need to lose more. I am still about 40 lbs overweight - and that is being generous. It's probably more like 50-55, but 40 would at least get me within a "healthy BMI range."

Anyways, just rambling here and curious what tips everyone has to stay motivated.

Thanks!

Edited by: MEINA4 at: 2/20/2013 (06:07)
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