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MARTHA324 Posts: 5,689
6/17/14 9:24 P

Buy yourself a six pack of diet soda and let yourself have ONE/day for six days and skip the 7th. Instead of diet soda mix up a pitcher of water and float some lemon and/or lime slices in it. Or keep a big bottle of sparkling water in the refrigerator. It's summer so make sun tea. Put several bags of green tea in a pitcher of water and leave it out in the sun and in a few hours you'll have tea. Added plus is green tea may boost your metabolism.
I doubt if you're really just like it, but you can learn to like other good for you beverages.

If as you say you are "too lazy" to get up off the couch I have to wonder how serious you are about losing weight. What helped me was to buy a pedometer (I use one from Omron). Clip it on your belt and take every opportunity to walk, even for 5 minutes. See how you do and gradually work up to getting 10,000 steps/day. I find that just seeing how many steps I've gotten gets me moving to get to my goal.

LEWIS314 SparkPoints: (19,274)
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6/17/14 6:42 P

I have not had a soda in a month. It was hard but doable.

REGINAROLLINS SparkPoints: (66,618)
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6/17/14 2:39 P

I sure hate diet soda, thats why I don't drink soda at all. It leaves an after taste-ick!!!!!

BELLENGLISH Posts: 1,391
6/17/14 12:22 P

Hello. First you have to change your mindset before you can change your behavior.
It is great that you want help, and admit to being lazy. But you have to want to move beyond those words. Maybe if you write down things you want to change and give yourself a realistic amount of time to do them (August-trip) you can get something done.

Substitute water for that diet soda.

Second, you are on a wonderful website (SparkPeople) that had tons of resources, coaches, videos, articles, support teams, etc. Use your time to connect with someone on here and talk out your issues.

If that doesn't work, you will have to motivate yourself. Yes, you can do it. Mentally prepare yourself for your trip and picture yourself on the beach and even walking up Diamond Head.
But you have to want this bad enough to do something about it. Each day that you are sitting and laying on that couch doing nothing is another day wasted.

Only you can stop the regrets now before your trip arrives.
Some progress is better than no progress. Start today. Set a goal. Get moving.

Praying for you.

6/16/14 6:06 P

Could you be depressed?

On my blog I have talked about faking it. Yes, i don/t want to walk or log my calories. I wanted to stay in bed and pull the blankets over my head. But I decided that I would pretend I wanted to do those things. So I trudged on my walks, I logged what i ate. After a couple weeks or so I wasn't pretending anymore.

In my past efforts to be healthy, I would just quit.

Pretend you don't want the soda, pretend you want to walk and just go for it.

Fake that you want to do those things and do them.

TRIPLEMWF Posts: 906
6/16/14 3:10 P

No one can help you with laziness except yourself. You have to WANT to get up off the couch, and until you do, it's going to be an issue.

As for the soda, I gave it up cold turkey for 6 weeks. It was just enough time for me to get over the hump and truth be told, I don't even really like it anymore, and I was drinking up to 2L per day at one point. Again, you just have to WANT to do it.

Until you really, truly want to do these things for yourself, you are your own worst enemy.

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
6/16/14 12:09 P

lol.....if you're too lazy to get off the couch - you are simply too lazy to get off the couch.

You have what? 2 months to go until your trip? Hang a bathing suit up, a pair of shortie shorts up in the bathroom every day and look at them every morning. Post pictures of Hawaii and pput them on your fridge to see every time you open the door.

Download a final countdown app on your phone for free and look at the numbers every morning, and everytime you want to eat junk food.

Anyway, you can walk away the pounds, and get more fit for your trip (I am assuming you will do a fair amount of walking, not even counting the hike to Diamond Head), right in your living room. scroll down, right hand side you can see she's also got a 2 mile, 3 mile, 4 mile video.

There really are no excuses....unless you really are too lazy.

As far as the diet soda, try reducing. If you drink 6 a day, tomorrow drink 5, then the next day 4, then the next day 3, then the next day 2. Each time you decrease, add in a big glass of water. 2 diet sodas a day isn't too, too bad. I'm a water junkie, but no one says you need to drink 12 glasses of water a day. If you don't like plain water, add in crystal light or those miso drops.

HANSJS1 Posts: 20
6/16/14 12:01 P

I switched to club soda with a lemon or lime.....or both. Some people don't like club soda, thankfully I do and am getting off diet soda.

KASTRA Posts: 369
6/16/14 11:55 A

Well, not to be particularly harsh, but most of these problems are things you need to tackle and master before anyone can be of much help. Most of us have been where you are - know a change is needed, but not motivated to make it - but until you find your own internal motivation, you'll probably just spin your wheels. It takes motivation from inside you to gain traction. No one here can make you get off the couch if you're more comfortable there than in your potential new body.

You might find some help in the motivation articles here. Click the orange button at the top labeled "Articles & Videos" and browse the Motivation section to see if anything hits home for you.

Again, I'd wager most of us have been exactly where you are. I know I have, multiple times, before things finally clicked for me and I kicked myself into gear to actively make a change. Until then, no amount of encouragement or negative reinforcement from others did much to get me going; in fact, it often had the opposite effect (I'm stubborn).

On the subject of diet soda, though, it was also one of my weaknesses. I transitioned to sweet tea, then slowly reduced the sugar/sweetener content until I was drinking unsweet tea. I still do drink unsweet tea now and then, but the jump from that to water was easy. (Then it was just a matter of getting enough water, but that's another story for another day.)

You can do it. You know you can do it. The question you have to answer for yourself is, do you want to?

6/16/14 11:31 A

Help !!!
I am addicted to diet soda, I can't seem to give it up even though I know it's bad for me.

I'm also having a problem with motivation, I am going to Hawaii in August and I REALLY want to hike to the top of Diamond Head, but not sure if I can make it.

No health problems, just to lazy to get off the couch, I live in a community that is very walker friendly, but just can't seem to get out there.

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