I am right with you on that one. I don't have any motivators in my life. I have one lady that I walk with some. When we do walk she is great at keeping me going and she is a speed walker which I like. She just don't want to do it often. I just am not one to do anything alone so I find myself doing nothing.
The yo-yo is getting too close to the top of the string. Ten months ago I was at 258 down from around 280 and was working at eating right every day and pushing to exercise more and more. I got a great new job and chose to take a break from losing weight to focus on the new challenge. As you can guess my break turned into a vacation which turned into 17 pounds. As of yesterday I am back and plan to stay connected to SparkPeople and use a few more of the tools. I think your support is also a key. I need friends and buddies to make the journey more enjoyable and the investment about more than numbers and charts. If you are open to a new spark-friend please add me and I will try to give at least as much encouragement as I get. -Mike
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12/2/11 8:00 P
Hi there! Thanks for responding. I still don't really know how to use these message boards. Did good today and I am going to get on the treadmill even though it is 8pm! Oh well, better than not doing it at all. Hope I can keep it up. My fear is when I weigh in next Wednesday it will be like before-gained instead of lost. I should be more positive huh! Have a good night!
12/2/11 9:08 A
Thanks that would be great we can motivate each other!
Fitness Minutes: (135)
12/1/11 10:57 P
Hi JVBALDYGA90, Hang in there! It will take some time to get into the swing of exercising and actually wanting to exercise! You will be able to do it. I know what you mean by needing to be held accountable. I always think if I had someone yelling at me everyday to get out and exercise it would be easier. I am a yo-yo dieter and exerciser! I do good a couple of months and then do bad for a couple of months. So I lose and then I gain back! My problem is over the past year I have not been able to keep consistent over 2 days!! My best friend moved and we use to road bike up to 20 miles a day and go to the gym together and ever since she moved I have not been able to keep up anything. I started biking again and gym after school started and went 1 month with really doing good and then weighed and had actually gained. So of course I quit and now am starting again. I just found this site Wednesday and thought this looks like what I may need to get me going and stay that way. Maybe we could help each other. I am here if you need any.
Tonight i did not want to work out at all! i was dreading it all day long. But i bought a Biggest loser last chance work out video and i thought id give it a try. Found out its not really my thing i prefer music while i work out not the TV. i did about 15 mins of it but i couldnt do it. I wanted to give up and i decided to just use a training app on my iphone and i hit the treadmill on the running for beginners pre made work out. (power walk 5mins jog 1 power walk5 run 1.....) for a half hr. I was able to get through 2 FULL SETS! before i had to give up. i know that is not a lot but i was able to run for each of the full jog rounds! i am so proud of myself! And it was motivating to me to be able to come on here and tell you guys what i did...maybe the spark pages are just what i needed.!!!!
Can you workout in the morning before you go to work? Workouts at home are great, you don't need fancy equipment.
You can : Walk or jog in place while watching a 30 minute tv show. If you have cable tv, you can find an "on demand" excersize show. They run anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes and have beginner classes too !
Add me as a sparkfriend if you want to chat anytime.
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12 12/1/11 12:22 P
Hi Baldygaj. I too have a hard time exercising, it's just not my favorite thing to do. Back in September when the kids went back to school, I started walking in the morning before work. If I wait until after work, my motivation is non-existant.
I tell myself that I have to go for 10 minutes. If after 10 minutes I want to quit, I can. I have to say, there has only been 1 day that I quit so far.
It was snowing this morning here in Minnesota and I almost blamed the weather and didn't go. But, I knew I had to do my 10 minutes. Once I got out there, it was just a beautiful light snow and it made for a pretty walk, seeing fresh deer tracks and such.
So hang in there and keep trying!!
12/1/11 12:06 P
Thank you so much! i keep track of my food on my Iphone so i never forget to log if im out and about! i know this is a long process and i guess i have been wanting to look better for a long time and im just starting do do soemthing about it. ill figure it out and hopefully feel the way i want to.
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12/1/11 9:31 A
Hi, BALDYGAJ !!
As much as we'd all love the weight to be magically gone, there is no fast way to lose weight contrary to what the late night informercials say. Weight loss is a slow steady process that takes time. You didn't gain the weight overnight, it's not coming off overnight. Thus the need to be patient with yourself and your body.
The first thing you could do is start by filling out the Spark nutrition profile. Fill out the information truthfully. the software will set a calorie range for you. then you do your best to stay within that range. don't go too far over or too far under. I'll say this right not, starving doesn't work. Eating too little will hinder your efforts at weight loss, not help them. If you want to lose weight and be healthy, you have to eat.
It's true that Americans eat too much and need to eat less. the problem is that they are eating too many of the wrong foods and not enough of the right foods. QUALITY of the food you eat matters. So, do your best to start eating wholesome foods that nourish your body. try to eat 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies each and every day. if that seems like too much, start with 2-3 servings a day and go from them. Try to avoid highly processed foods. You're going to need to learn to read nutrition labels.
There is a lot you're going to need to learn and it's impossible to learn everything in a short time. Thus the need for patience !!! Start with small changes. Take baby steps literally and figuratively. if you're not used to regular exercise because you've been sedentary, then start with what you can. Don't try to do an hour if you're not used to doing an hour. start with a 10 minute walk. if you can do more, then do a 20-30 minute walk each day for exercise. there are members who will tell you how they lost 100+ pounds by walking and watching what they ate.
I would also recommend that you start reading some of the Spark articles on nutrition, well being, exercise, etc... like I said, you've got a lot to learn and can't learn everything overnight. But, you have to start some where.
I desperatly want to lose the weight but my boyfriend says it doesnt matter to him how i look which is great but he also isnt motivating me to lose the weight that i want. I do work outs for about 1 hr a night but somenights like tonight i just cant make my self get motivated enough to get up and hit the treadmill or do the other work outs on my phone. I have no idea what to do to get myself super motivated and ready to work out every day for longer than an hr. I work 8:30-5 every day and i just feel exhausted but i want this 50lbs off and i want it off fast! HELPPP!!! PLEASE!
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