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Write down why you want to lose weight. List all the reasons why those extra pounds are burdensome. That is your motivation. Post them by your phone, in your car, on the bathroom mirror, next to the kitchen sink....
Part 2 is determining whether wanting to reach that goal is worth the effort needed to do so. If you do not think it is worth it, nobody else can help you to get there. If you DO think it is worth the trouble and hard work, nothing can stop you! We can encourage you, we can help you through the temptations and hard spots, but we cannot give you the motivation to do something that you do not want to do.
Part 3 is your plan. How do you plan to lose the weight that you have decided is worth the effort to lose? Will it be dieting? How? Calories? How many? Atkins? Weight Watchers? What kind of exercise and how much are you prepared to do at this point? If you don't have a plan, you will continue doing the same thing you are doing now and that isn't helping you to get to where you want to be..... which brings us to step 4...
Part 4- What is your goal? You can set an ultimate goal, but 50# is a lot to look at. You need to set smaller measurable goals. Not all of them should or have to do with weight. Perhaps it is to move for 10 minutes straight. That movement might be walking, dancing, jogging or marching in place. You might want to get below a certain milestone number (those over 200# tend to strive for ONE-derland). Or look at a 5% weightloss. YOU decide the goals.
Now put these all together and get this plan in motion.
MEASURE YOUR SERVINGS! Our minds are sneaky and we vastly underestimate what we are eating. TRACK EVERYTHING THAT GOES IN YOUR MOUTH! If you write it down, it is real. Don't try to remember at the end of the day. Do it immediately after you eat if not before. MOVE! It probably won't be much at first. 15 minutes on the bike was hard for me at first and I had to ice my knee afterward. After several weeks I tried the elliptical trainer. I couldn't do a minute. Now I can do an hour without any problem. The fact is, you CAN do this! I am proof of it.
If you are to lose weight, you have to be really serious about it. There are no tricks and it is very hard, but the rewards are well worth it. Unfortunately, noone can do it for you. Only you can lose the weight. It'll be a combination of healthy eating (80%) and exercise (20%). You have to be the one to figure out wether you're worth it or not. I wish you the very, very best.
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Here is my story. My highest weight was 206 lbs I lost about 65 lbs and made it down to 140 lbs. I kept the weight off for a number of years. Last December we were placed with a baby girl through foster to adopt, a very stressful program. I have since climbed back up to 180 lbs. I did not gain all the weight since last December, it has been slowly creeping up. My problem is I am a stress eater. I know food is a comfort for me. When I get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, I usually eat something or drink some milk. I want to lose weight but when I think about cutting back on all the crap I eat I get anxious. Trying to find time to exercise with a 10 month old is hard. I know these all sound like excuses, I even think that as I am typing, but if I want to lose weight I need to be 100% honest. My husband and I tried P90X and I did not lose a thing, so I am afraid that if I start exercising and nothing happens, then why even start. I am hoping someone out there can relate and help me.
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