NINA_MAE, if you are significantly overweight, the LAST thing you want is to lose weight rapidly. You may think you want to, but the damage to your skin would be severe. It is much better to lose weight slowly, a pound / week is great, and have less loose/excess/hanging skin when you're done. I lost 100 lbs and it took me a few years and I didn't get excess skin. If I had lost it in 6months, I doubt I'd be able to wear a bikini now. Your body is on your side. Weight loss is HARD work, and it's not meant to happen quickly. Keep your faith in your goals, you will reach them, the amount of time is less important than we seem to think... five years from now it will still be five years later.
I wouldn't rely too much on what you see in the mirror. Often people see themselves in a distorted way, and it is usually negatively. Think of a lot of anorexics who see themselves as fat and need to lose weight!
Judge your success by how your clothes fit (are they getting looser?), your energy levels, the condition of your skin/hair, and the quality of your sleep. Then of course, if you have an elevated BP, has it normalized? Have your bloods (cholesterol and blood sugars) improved? These are just some of the ways to measure success, not just by the scale or what you 'see' !!!
I still often see myself as overweight, even tho' I know that I am now normal, wearing normal sized clothes. I guess it is partly due to the fact that we have conditioned our brains over a period of time, so not only do we need to learn a new way of eating, we also have to learn a new mind-set.
My weight-loss was slow - it took 16 months to lose 50lb, and then I happily sat there for a year before deciding to move on down. I reached my goal over 2 years ago, and have stayed there.
What allowed me to get there was weighing all of my food and entering it into the nutrition tracker. What has allowed me to STAY there, is to weigh all of my food and enter it into the nutrition tracker. THIS is what helped me to stay focused. I didn't worry about how slow the process was, because I knew that slow losses were far more likely to stay off. ALSO, I looked on it that any loss was tons better than no loss, and a possible gain.
Just as the Nutrition Tracker was the tool that helped, me, the knowledge that my health would improve, and hopefully the pain from my spine would decrease, helped me be more determined. Of course, after I had lost quite a bit of weight, and people started to notice and comment, it gave me a bit of a buzz which in turn added to the drive to lose :-)
If you are finding you are overwhelmed with the time spent on meals, try bulk-cooking and then freezing in individual meals for later. It is great when you are too tired to cook, or too busy, and you get the added benefit of saving money by taking good advantage of specials, and the reduction in power/gas because you only cook it once :-)
Good luck with your journey! Kris
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I have to admit, I really struggle. I find it harder and harder to stay with a plan, because I feel like I exercise so much willpower not giving into tempations, and put in so much time preparing healthy meals, planning what to eat...and then of course, there's the working out! And then I step on the scales a few pounds down with x amount still to go!
I know that all the pounds add up over time, but I find it hard to put in all the work only to STILL be fat...just a tiny bit less fat. I can work hard for weeks and still look in the mirror and see my fat face and my fat arms :(
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