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FITGLAMGIRL Posts: 2,045
8/14/13 12:51 P

Again thanks for all the encouragement. I did work out today! Yeah Me! I did Denise Austin Boot Camp that I found on Amazon Prime streaming. It was a real decent workout. 52 min of cardio strength and stretch exercises.

I am amazed at how much fat has packed back onto my abs in a short period. I was like WOW this needs to go. My abs were so much tighter and flatter a mere 30 days a go. YUCK!

I set out my clothes last night before bed to encourage me. I looked for fitness videos to watch yesterday to encourage me. I also looked at fitness images to remind me of what I want to look like. Also, a friend I haven't heard from in awhile sent me an email yesterday and mentioned how I would be so proud of her that she is loosing weight and lifting weights again. In many ways that was enough to encourage me and inspired me to pick up those weights and get moving in the right direction. I don't want to let anyone down and especially not myself.

I can only hope this is the start of fitness again for me. Fingers crossed!

Also I am inspired to eat healthy again. It's interesting when I workout I only want to put healthy food in my body.

For others, keep going at your fitness and healthy eating. Once you are off track it's hard to get it moving in the right direction again. Life lesson learned for myself!

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8/13/13 10:49 P

When I get in a rut and become unmotivated I usually buy a new workout outfit. This gives me the pick- up I need to get back out there!

CAROLYNM1975 Posts: 96
8/13/13 6:03 P

I'm just coming out of a serious funk that sucked out all my ambition to do anything. Fun things were not fun anymore and my motivation to work out was horrible. If it weren't for committing to a 5k with my friends I might not have done any exercise at all. As it was, I was having trouble getting a run in once or twice per week. I've gained 5 pounds during this funk but I see the light at the end of the tunnel. Hang in there. If you have friends to help keep you committed, get them involved! Keep doing the stuff you like to do and eventually you will feel better about yourself. If you are feeling depressed overall, don't be afraid to talk to your dr. I hope you feel back to your old self soon!

FITGLAMGIRL Posts: 2,045
8/13/13 3:34 P

Great ideas! Thanks so much. I like the idea of journaling and just doing something in the right direction. I don't have any old clothes that don't fit. They left a long time ago when I said nope won't ever be in those again. Oooooops I better not ever see those sizes again.

Again I didn't work out today. I did put in a fitness tape and just watched. For some reason, I just couldn't find the motivation to do it. I do so want this feeling to pass. It seems like so much work now, when it came so easy to me before.

I might just have to unfreeze the gym membership. It seemed I had NO problem rocking the gym, but at home I find my motivation slim to none. I was doing good at home and then summer set in. In my mind I want to work out, but when it actually comes to doing it I don't want to. Not sure if that makes sense, but I guess that is how I feel. I just feel really lazy, which is weird cuz that's not really me.

Thanks for all the help, much appreciated. I will conquer this some how!

PATTYR81 Posts: 785
8/13/13 9:32 A

What helps me get over my non-motivation rock is to take baby, baby steps. Then giving myself a reward. Ex: putting on my walking clothes and shoes and then sitting on the porch drinking my favorite drink. Then maybe walking to the mailbox and back (100 ft total) and sitting on porch to read mail and or 10 min of my favorite magazine. Many times, by then, I'll talk myself into a walk to the stop sign or even around the block.

Somehow I've gotten myself to the point where I jogged at least 500 steps three times last week! emoticon emoticon

Re food/eating: I agree: when I'm off track, I go back to the basics. I get out my Blue Book (food log), read what I was eating when I was in my groove and re-set.

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HAPPYMENOW58 Posts: 2,264
8/13/13 6:19 A

Interesting thread full of good ideas! I think getting yourself a notebook and journaling your feelings would be helpful here.......Journal how you felt when you were heavier.....Tape your heavy pictures beside the entry.....Then journal how you felt after shedding the pounds...Tape those pictures of yourself by that entry......Journal why good health is vital and important to you.......Tape motivational quotes beside that entry....etc...etc...! I have been journaling for about ten years.....Found it to be VERY helpful in recognizing emotional triggers that hinder my good health! Most of us overweight souls have LOTS of reasons/ excuses why we overeat.....We need to get to the bottom of the reasons so that we don't use food o fix our issues!! Best of luck in finding your triggers.......You can do it!! You sound like you are caring for yourself and trying to nurture yourself.....Just comfort yourself the RIGHT NOT overeating....AND by exercising!! Hugs.....

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8/12/13 4:26 P


Do you have a pair of pants you wore at your highest weight ? Find those pants and put them on. Ask yourself, do you want to be able to fit those pants again ? I'm sure you don't want to go back there. If you don't have clothes from your large days, pull out an old photo of yourself.

Think how far you've come since that photo and decide whether or not you want to go back to those days. None of us want to move backwards, we want to try to keep moving forward. so, if you want to watch movies, that's okay. but how about doing some resistance band exercises while you watch ? That's something to get you started.

FITGLAMGIRL Posts: 2,045
8/12/13 3:49 P

Thanks for all the encouragement. It's nice to know people do care. I had every intention of working out today. 5am came and went. I didn't feel like getting up and I didn't. Now it's afternoon and my day got busy and then I think well can't work out today. I am a morning kind of person and really don't do well with fitness later in the day.

I just don't feel very motivated. I do know that needs to come from myself. To be really honest I just feel like laying in bed all day and watching movies and/or tv shows. Not really sure what to do to spark that motivation inside me.

I take vitamins and recently ran out of B12. I wonder if that is affecting my energy level. I am not eating horribly, but unless I workout the pounds are just going to pack back on. I see and feel it already. You would think that would be enough to push me to workout. NOPE!

I am in slump! I really am. Haven't been like this in the 4 years I started this journey.

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8/12/13 12:02 P

Summer is hard. We all tend to be off our schedules and it almost seems like a party atmosphere. I have always gained weight in the summer because of the heat, too. I just don't feel like working out when it's hot and get lazy about cooking.

I'm glad you're feeling better about things. You've been on these boards encouraging others and now it's your turn to be encouraged!

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ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (195,897)
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8/12/13 11:51 A


Even though you've been at this for four years, I'm going to give you one piece of advice I give to all new members,"Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you did today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction.

So, if you've been doing your best to watch your portions and eat right while your family was at home, that still counts ! don't beat yourself up because you haven't been able to exercise as diligently as before. What do to ? Slowly ease back into your routine. Start with a walk or maybe 10-15 minutes of weight training. You don't have to do anything drastic and I definitely don't recommend anything drastic.

Start small. take baby steps literally and figuratively.

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8/12/13 11:44 A

I just put my daughter on the bus for her first day back to school. Holy smokes, this has been a long summer! I've learned the only thing that keeps me sane through times when our schedule is set on its ear is to get my me-time (exercise) and make sure my body is fueled properly. So I find that my gym membership is an even more justified expenditure during the summer, and definitely NOT a place to cut expenses! I also don't want to have to re-train my kids to eat right, so we try to stick to our healthy eating habits. But I've noticed that we've become so used to it that it's just *normal* now rather than a "diet", which is awesome.

I'm a little concerned that when my husband gets home from his deployment he will want to make up for lost time, pig out, eat at his favorite restaurants and have dessert (or a bottle of wine) every night. But I hope that I can remember how good I feel when I'm exercising/eating right and let him do his thing while practicing moderation for myself and encouraging my children to do the same.

TANGOKATE Posts: 662
8/12/13 1:05 A

Are you reading my mind and or living my life too? Ditto on the experience and your message and the answers you have received have motivated me too. Thank you for posting.

FITGLAMGIRL Posts: 2,045
8/11/13 11:46 P

Thanks for the encouragement. I had a talk with myself tonight. Ha Ha! I need to get back to where I was. I can't let another day tick by. I know it's hard with the summer and kids home, but that will change real soon. We ate our last big meal tonight. I said goodbye to all the lazy eating and the lazy day lifestyle.

Tomorrow 5am I am hoping to have a changed attitude and start the fitness up again and strict diet routine like I have done in the past.

Thanks for mentioning about not being able to change the past. I have to not look at what I did but that this is my new starting point. I really can't face the scale for awhile. I really can't or it will set me back even further.

I will admit there are times when I just want to NOT workout and eat whatever I want, I GUESS that is where I have been the past 2 months, but it has left me fat and miserable.

I do long for those days that I just ate whatever I wanted and didn't even worry about my weight. Those days sadly are LONG gone! At age 52 I must fight for every pound.

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8/11/13 11:15 P

It might help to not think about any weight you've regained. I know that you can't really ignore the number on the scale, but you can convince yourself that today is a new day. Tell yourself that you're sick of feeling lousy and want to get back to feeling well. Today is a new day and you're starting fresh. There is no going back and changing the past. We can only go forward from where we are. Take a deep breath, smile at yourself, take another deep breath, and start moving forward.

SWIMOM Posts: 366
8/11/13 11:07 P

Sounds like you already have the solution which is to get back to the lifestyle eating routine you were feeling so well on before. Go for a nice long, head, clearing walk, and begin anew.
In a few days you'll remember why you were doing so well before.....cuz it feels so good emoticon

I highly recommend getting plenty of NEAT activity in each day if you're busy and can't get to the gym. I burn 300-500 calories a day just moving about and adding short bursts of something throughout the day. Running up the steps on the way to do a chore or whatever is one way. Doing 200 quick steps in place while watching the morning weather takes all of 2 minutes. Walking lunges across the kitchen to get a jar of whatever from the cupboard. (My dog gets so confused when I do I just did 15 counter pushups at the sink while getting a glass of water. If I head to the store, I park far away and walk at a rapid pace to and from the store. These things add up and they help keep energy levels pepped up so even if you cannot get to a formal workout, you'll still burn a fair amount of calories. Most days I hit at least 10,000 steps just by doing mindful moving. Good luck and keep moving emoticon

FITGLAMGIRL Posts: 2,045
8/11/13 10:06 P

Ok this is the first time I have really fallen off. I have been on this journey for 4 years and have done really good. I got within 2 pounds of goal weight. Eating super healthy, hitting the gym 5-6 days a week, most recently did modified version of P90X.

The past 30 days or so I have really gotten off track. I put my gym membership on hold since the kids were home for the summer and had planned on more outside activities and trying to cut back on some expenses for the summer too.

Today I realized I am WAY off track. I am scared to step on the scale. My guess is I am probably about 10 pounds or more heavier than my ticker states. I feel so FAT! My clothes are fitting like crap.

I have absolutely NO motivation to workout. I am so mad at myself that I let this happen. I hate what I have been eating lately. I feel sick and have no energy. I CAN'T go back to my heaviest weight. I can't, but feel my control is slipping away.

Any suggestions anyone? I really need to get this under control. It took me so long to get to where I was, now I feel just to get those 10 pounds off again it's so much work.


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