Hi there - I can relate to being frustrated with my lack of will power and to feeling overwhelmed. For me, starting to lose weight is like standing at the bottom of a very tall mountain that I absolutely have to climb again! ... and I can feel so discouraged with myself. Will I ever find the motivation to stay consistent? Will I ever see any headway? Can I actually lose the weight and keep it off? It all seems an impossible dream really. But, after crusing around the Spark People website, and reading the Spark Book and other member comments, I'm getting the idea that it is only one step at a time. Small advances made at a steady pace will provide me the success I'm looking for. With regard to food - I've never been able to do be slow and steady because I always want it off fast....
So I was remembering what I do when I cycling in the summertime. When I'm faced with a big hill, I discovered that if I kept my head down with my eyes focussed just in front of the front tire, I don't see that hill, I don't feel overwhelmed, I don't get off a walk, I can actually ride up that hill slow and steady, focussed on my breathing and the road just in front of me. I kind of think that is what Spark People is trying to help me see. The weight battle for me is really in my mind - not so much my stomach or my mouth. If I can get focussed on the one thing I need to do next to stay on course, then I don't have to fight every foreseeable future battle and all the accompanying reasons why I'll never make it to the end. Managing my mind is my battle ground.
There is only one thing I have to worry about - what do I need to do right now. What is my next step going to be? So I wanted to encourage you to look just in front of you, not at the whole battle.
Try for small changes..add exercise. ...add tracking your food here..add journaling or blogging. You will feel more in control. Try to stay away from sugar. Hope you have a great day.
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Thank you so much Nancy, when I get discouraged, I'm gonna read this post!
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You can do this! It's going to take some time and patience, but you can do this.
Changing life-long habits takes dedication, determination, perseverance and most of all time. So many of us have made unhealthy habits such a big part of our life that it is going to take more than a few weeks or months to truly integrate the new habits into our lives so that we no longer have to think we just do.
If you look at this journey as a quick means to get to a certain number on the scale only to go back to the way you used to live, you will not keep it off for long.
Just by making small permanent changes into your life can lead to big results down the road. There is no place for perfection in this journey we call healthy living. One oopsie moment doesn't mean we have blown it for the day...we always have the opportunity to make healthy choices any time.
Every day brings the opportunity of new beginnings...if you fall, pick yourself back up and carry on and know that your SparkPeople friends are here to help you along.
I wish you well! Glad to have you in the SparkPeople Family!
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I'm having a lot of trouble staying motivated. I need more willpower. I overeat and under exercise. Help!!!!
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