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RENATARUNS SparkPoints: (3,938)
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4/24/13 6:01 P

I just don't. Planning/tracking are more of a barrier or burden to me than a blessing, so I don't do it. I wound up settling on a bunch of rules (some stricter than others, none absolute) for how I wanted to eat for the rest of my life and proceeded to just do so. I wasn't even exactly thinking of losing weight at first, but it turned out that the portion sizes and amount of snacks I thought were appropriate wound up with me losing about a pound and a half a week, and that just kept going. I don't know if that helps or not, but recognize that tracking is not mandatory or a pre-requisite for losing weight. It helps a ton of people and may even help you, but it's not something you need to keep as a barrier between yourself and beginning to make the needed changes in your life.

Nowadays I have no serious issues with dietary motivation, but I still do with exercise, so trying to turn that around for something that could apply to you directly: I'm trying very hard to keep consciously in mind why I'm doing this. Health is a big part of it, and I believe that to be healthy I must exercise. Sometimes that gets me out the door when nothing else does. If eating well is important to you as an end in itself, maybe that could serve as the little extra boost of motivation you need.

And maybe not. But recognize at least that even with exercise alone you are doing something great for yourself. Being skinny might feel good, but exercise is what your body really needs.

ROCKN2ROLLIN SparkPoints: (14,715)
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4/24/13 4:23 P

Help. I joined Spark people at the end of January. I have no problem with staying motivated to exercise. I am hooked on kick boxing and running(well, jogging as I haven't cracked a 14 min. mile yet...) and I walk regularly with a friend. Dieting on the other hand remains elusive. I hate planning and tracking what I eat. I have had success with planning out my meals so if I can find any motivation..it's in planning weekly meals. But taking the time to find the foods I eat in the tracking system or worse yet having to enter whole recipes to find my calorie counts just drives me crazy. I can't figure out why I can't get motivated. In exercise, I can clearly see my results and it's fun. With eating to make the scale budge one pound a week, I just can't seem to care for more than 2 days at a time. What are any of you doing to make planning meals/tracking fun?

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