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COUNTRY_QT SparkPoints: (2,176)
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1/22/13 4:30 P

I have definitely lost weight before and gained a bunch back before (which is why I'm back to SparkPeople)

This time around, it has been really helpful to me to ease myself into things. For example, I started out by going on walks 4 times a week. Then I added some running in (and I don't love running, but I know it has given me awesome results before). Now, I run 4 days a week, hike 1(weekend day), and go on walks the other 2. If you get home from work late, try being active in the mornings.

Same thing with food - I started by cutting back from my fancy Starbucks drinks to the light, smaller versions. Now I try to drink mostly tea with some plain black coffee (with nonfat milk and splenda).

Make sure you don't just jump into everything, or you'll be overwhelmed!!

NEWRUNNER2 Posts: 542
1/22/13 4:03 P

I wish I had just the right thing to say to help, but I don't. I have the same struggles in terms of getting motivated, particularly with the exercise. This morning, for instance, was 22 degrees below zero--even the weather channel is telling me to stay inside!

There are a couple things I've tried to do well even though I'm not on track with exercise.

I'm trying to keep strict track of calories. I don't mind eating the same thing a couple days in a row or freezing a big batch of something for next week. I'm trying to keep my kitchen stocked with easy things to eat or make that are good for me.

I'm trying to log more small bouts of activity, even "random acts of fitness". If I go down to reboot the laundry, I try to make 5 or 6 or... extra trips up and down the stairs, for example.

I'm trying to turn to SparkPeople in moments like this when I'd rather be eating. Because in all honesty, I'd like to see the scale move more than I'd like that treat.

We're here for you!

AMBERMAN09 Posts: 43
1/22/13 2:41 P

It seems like the first time I lost weight it was easy - I was 21 (I'm now 25) and went from 239lbs to 159lbs in less than a year. Now I'm back up to 205lbs-ish and I'm finding it really hard. Controlling my eating is harder than ever before, working out seems impossible, and I'm just lacking a general sense of motivation. I blog over my lunch hour and find motivation that way but by the time I get home from work I'm so pooped it's all I can do to make a healthy dinner let alone work out. Then I tell myself I'll turn in early, get up early, and work out but the moment that alarm clock goes off I almost always shut it off and go back to sleep.

I read inspirational quotes, have a journal, track my nutrition, etc but I just can't get motivated. I can't afford a gym membership of any sort and I don't have any close friends nearby to work out with. I love to run (it's the only exercise I really enjoy) but it's sooooooo cold and dark whenever I have the time that I just don't do it.

I know it's easy once I get started...but I'm stuck in neutral right now emoticon

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