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Morning Exercise...

Sunday, December 30, 2012

I found this on You + Me = Fit ( www.youmefit.com/2012/08/16/waking-u
Several good ideas!

Tips for Waking Up Early
1.Lay out the clothes you plan to exercise in the night before and set your socks and shoes in front of your bed.
2.If itís comfortable, go to sleep in your sports bra and running shorts. That way, half the work is already done when your alarm goes off.
3.Whether youíre using a phone or alarm clock, put it far away enough so that you have to get out of bed to turn it off. ***(this is a good idea... just don't reset the clock and go back to bed anyhow... which I have done before! ~Renee')***
4.Set a bottle of water close to your alarm clock, preferably with some lemon juice in it. Also, keep some no-bake energy bites nearby. Youíll need those first thing.
5.When your alarm goes off, DO NOT HIT THE SNOOZE BUTTON! I really canít stress this one enough. Just donít do it. Set the alarm for the latest time possible, so you trick your brain into thinking youíre in a hurry, rather than thinking, ďI can sleep for 10 more minutes.Ē That 10 minutes wonít make you less tired. It will, however, turn into 20 minutes, then 30 minutes, then no workout for you. Trust me on this one. ***(True! I have done this, too! ~Renee')***
6.While youíre up, grab that bottle of water you set aside the night before and drink a good amount. The lemon juice will kick start your metabolism and help your body wake up faster. Then eat an energy ball or two. Chewing will let your digestive system know itís time to start working, and the protein-packed bites will fuel your workout.
7.Before you even think of heading back to bed, put on your sneakers and the rest of your workout gear. Put in your headphones and start listening to some music. Now youíre ready to go before your brain has figured out what just happened.

The recipe for the protein bites is on the same page as the link... just scroll down. They look like they'd be pretty good!

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SPARKNMOM 12/31/2012 10:34PM

    Boy....the snooze tip rang true for me! LOL

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MAGA99 12/31/2012 5:03PM

    TY so much for sharing

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NGCHILD 12/31/2012 11:02AM

    Sounds like a good plan!! Thanks for sharing!!

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NEWKATHYNOW 12/30/2012 10:37PM

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MAVERICK59 12/30/2012 6:03PM

    Nice way to start the day.

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FAVALL 12/30/2012 5:52PM

    Thanks for the pointers.

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 12/30/2012 5:04PM

  First thing in the morning exercise is the best way to live my life..thanks

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JUSTME29 12/30/2012 4:56PM

    These are great ideas. In college I used to have my alarm clear across the room. It didn't always work though - there was more than once I'd get up, hit snooze, and go back to bed anyway.

My problem (among many others) with morning workouts is that my alarm wakes up my little guy so once I'm up so is he. I've tried to get up quietly, but as soon as he hears me up and about he figures he should be too. Then no workout for me anyway.

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BIGPAWSUP 12/30/2012 3:44PM

    Very cool.

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I think I know what caused my gain...

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Sodium! and I retain water like a sponge.

I hate it, but it's a fact... I don't know why I didn't think about sodium yesterday... I reckon Myrtle had something to do with that! Anyhow. this morning I woke WAY too early (3:00) and then could not go back to sleep... all kinds of things mulling around in my head, when all of the sudden I thought... Sodium! I got on up and checked my amounts for the last few days... and sure enough... Friday's was over 3000 mg higher than the rest of the week's days... so I'm 99.999% positive that is why my weight was up a bit Saturday. I was fairly certain it was water weight... now I realize why.

And yesterday my sodium was even higher! So I'm skipping today's weigh in. I'm also going to watch the sodium much more closely now!

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ANGRITTER 11/16/2012 3:43AM

    My mother is a saltaholoc, so she just gave me something she uses which is called Nu Salt. It is potassium chloride instead of sodium chloride. Her doctor recommended it. Tastes just like salt, but supposedly better for you. Here is a link if you'd like to look it up and see what it is all about. I have not used it yet as I have not cooked much in the 3 weeks they have been gone. (Di and I eat salads or soup or something easy when we don't have to cook!)

/ (and they didn't spend much on the website, but don't let that deter you from trying. It's supposedly in most grocery stores by now.

It's worth a try!

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1STATEOFDENIAL 11/11/2012 10:27PM

    Avoid pre-made meals in which salt is used as a preserver. Take the salt shaker off the tape and away from food preparation areas. Drink more plain water and less of anything sweetened or flavored. Have fewer baked foods like breads, and stick to more whole foods. These are all ways to cut back on sodium.

I'm under doctors orders to eat more sodium and I struggle to get close to the 4,000 mg they want me to have. So I do the opposite of these things.

Also, make sure to always get 8 (or more) glasses of water a day to flush extra sodium out of your kidneys. More importantly, drink it throught the whole day, not all at once. Drinking water all at once will dehydrate you and allow the sodium to build up.

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SPARKNMOM 11/11/2012 9:09PM

    Sodium is not my friend, either...

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GMO_JEN 11/11/2012 5:33PM

    I am the exact same. If I eat salt, I will hold on to everything. It is such a mess :( though, I suppose more a sign I need to eat less salt ;) It will look almost back to normal next week.

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MIDNIGHTER1 11/11/2012 4:39PM

    Sodium is very hard to control. It is in everything. It is managable but you have to really research your food and amount of sodium. Mine fluxuates. High some days,lows some days. Good luck to you.

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CATHYGETSFIT 11/11/2012 4:11PM

    Ugh! Sodium is in everything! It's definitely something you have to watch. Now that you know I'm sure you'll drop those pounds in no time.

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MAGA99 11/11/2012 2:06PM

    I have the same problem
so I know how that feels - I have lost 5lbs in an hr after taking my water pill

good luck w avoiding the salt

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BIGPAWSUP 11/11/2012 1:14PM

    Sodium is a nasty little creep that sneaks in the back. You can control it.

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LOSER05 11/11/2012 11:00AM

    salt taste so good but why does it have to be so bad for you

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JUSTME29 11/11/2012 8:40AM

    Sodium is so hard to control too. Even some "healthy" things (subway, low cal frozen meals, etc.) have incredible amounts.

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MS_HEATHER121 11/11/2012 7:52AM

    Sodium is one thing I try to stay away from as well. I'm so glad you figured out what was up. Myrtle is getting at you... go kick "her" in the head. Seriously now that you know, you will drop those lbs for sure!

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MIMIDOT 11/11/2012 6:04AM

    I have the same problem. If I eat salt I can gain 2 pounds in one day. That doesn't seem fair. lol With me it's not eating too much, it's eating any at all. Good luck to you!

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Fighting Myrtle, Day 2

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Myrtle is telling me evil things too... She's telling me to give up this morning, already. Yesterday's weight: 243.5... yesterday I ate 1390 calories and drank 88 oz of water, but I did not exercise. This morning, I stepped on the scales and I'm at 245. Why? I did not eat enough to gain a pound and a half, and I weighed after going to the bathroom about a dozen times throughout the night! Myrtle is yelling in my head... SEE? SEE? I told you this was all worthless and that you were wasting your time. You will never lose weight again, you will never be thinner. Give it up, eat what you want today... Doesn't pizza sound good???? Don't you want some ice cream after that... we can watch movies and eat cookies and ice cream, because that's what you like... you can't do this. Give it up.

I'm fighting her. It's hard... but I'm doing it. I'm not giving up.
The gain... fluctuations... it's water weight again. emoticon
The food... Early this morning I had a cup of coffee with cream and a banana for breakfast. We just went and picked a lot of greens from the garden for dinner today... and a few radishes. I've eaten two of the radishes... and I ate an apple. I'm good for a while now.

This afternoon we're baking a ham and making green beans and taters and rolls and of course those greens. I'm going to stick to serving sizes (measured!) and ... gosh... even right now Myrtle is saying we can eat a HUGE plateful of that good stuff. But NO. I will not give in to Myrtle.!

I do have plans for today... have several errands to run: picking up my grandmother's dresser from my mom's former home (she just moved), getting a couple things from a couple stores and shopping for things for our Operation Christmas Child boxes... then later ...that good dinner. Tonight will probably be leftovers. (I'm going to plan what I can eat to keep it around 1200 cals) and a movie with the family. I do have a busy day ahead... and Myrtle is not invited. :)

Shut up, Myrtle! emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 11/11/2012 1:13PM

    I'll mail you duct tape for Myrtle's mouth. You CAN do this! You are an awesome, amazing woman. Myrtle is just jealous!

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MIDNIGHTER1 11/10/2012 9:47PM

    You have to treat "Myrtle" like a chick who is trying to steal your man. She has alterior motives and intentions, now would you allow that? Of course not. You have to mentally focus on things to keep your mind too busy to even think about Myrtle.

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MS_HEATHER121 11/10/2012 1:51PM

    Tell Mrytle where she can stick it. And don't let her talk you in ro weighing daily. Your weight will fluctuate.. Choose one day to weigh... no more. No more myrtle! Perhaps you need a dose of Myrtle-be-gone? emoticon

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JUSTME29 11/10/2012 12:34PM

    Shut up Mrytle! You can definitely do this, and leave her spluttering futilely.

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GMO_JEN 11/10/2012 12:32PM

    Just ignore her-you are doing so good on this challenge. And, planning your meal is the way to go. Hubby madevsteak and green beans this week-I think I ate almost 2 cups of them to fill up and avoid temptation! You are doing everything good-the scale will move back down soon :)

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LIBRA73 11/10/2012 12:08PM

    Tell Myrtle to bite you!!

Awesome job!

Forget about the weigh in and keep working at it. Eventually the flab will come off!

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A new attitude, a new plan, a new way of looking at the fat me... introducing Myrtle

Friday, November 09, 2012

Ok... before you continue reading... I must warn you that this may sound silly to many of you, but this fun way of thinking about all this is helping me... and perhaps it just might help someone with some of the same issues I deal with... the Why Bother issue, the low self-esteem, no confidence, is it really worth it? ... those ways of thinking... well... this is how I'm going to fight it right now.... Besides, this is MY blog... emoticon So... Here I go......
Aloha! Renee' here again. The real Renee'. I'm a wonderful mom, a terrific wife, healthy, fun-loving, thin, sociable, enjoy outdoor activities. I'm active, willing to try new fun things, including really learning to surf :) ! I can climb a flight of stairs (or several) with no issues. I can wear anything I like, and I enjoy shopping for myself when I need something new to wear. I am smart, I am pretty, I am sexy! I am fun to be around. I enjoy dancing, and creating art, and writing, and going for long walks on the beach... even if they are crowded. :) I have no problems physically fitting in anywhere! I love amusement parks and pool parks! My husband can even lift me up! I love doing things with my kids and husband, I am confident, self-assured, and truely happy and the joy of the Lord is my strength.
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Then there's another "me" she's the one I see in the mirror, the inner fat demon girl who tells me "why bother." She tells me to give up, that I'm not worth it, that no one likes me because I'm fat and that even if I was skinny no one would like me. She tells me I can hide behind fat... use it as an excuse to stay away. She tells me I should be embarrassed to look like this. She tells me I'm ugly and ain't nothing I can do about it... Then she tells me to console myself with food... and lots of it. She says the only joy I can truely have is found in a donut, or in a large pizza or in any food as long as there is plenty of it. She tells me I'm not done eating until my stomach hurts. She tells all the time to just give up the dieting forever, that it does no good anyhow. She tells me to stay at home all the time, so we can be alone with the food. And if we go out to eat, she tells me to eat a lot because we must get our money's worth... She's always telling me to throw in the day since it's often already blown. She tells me I can't go on a vacation, especially to a beach, or to a high school reunion, or to most social gatherings... what would people think of how fat you are, she says. We don't need to be around people. They just see you and think of how fat your are and talk wickedly behind your back. She tells me I actually prefer to lay on the couch and eat, that it's much more fun than ANY exercise I might think about doing. She makes me feel worthless and hopeless. She tells me she is my only true friend and that she loves me, but she truely hates me.
I hate her. I'm going to call her Myrtle.... So it's time to get rid of Myrtle. I have a plan to do it... I'm going to rid myself of her one little bit at a time... like in a horror movie. I'm going to ignore everything she says and I'm going to chop her up slowly and burn all the little pieces. It's gonna take a while, and there may be days where I feel like I just can't do it anymore, but I will find the strength somehow. I have declared war on Myrtle. There will be many battles... small ones that I'm taking one at a time... and I will beat her. Good-bye Myrtle! I am aware of you and I don't like you. I know what you are... soon to be history!
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HEALTHYSLIM2 11/11/2012 1:17AM

    Bye Bye Myrtle!
We will be supporting our beautiful friend Renee' in getting rid of you, and I'm sorry to say this, but we won't miss you...
Do yourself a favor, and go out in a quiet and orderly fashion. Leaving with dignity is the least you can do at this point, after all.
The only other option would be to get with the program and become Renee's biggest cheerleader and supporter. Then, Myrtle, you might be welcome to stay. Underneath it all, you might be nice... If so, this would be the time to let Renee' know!

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ALICIAYOUNG1127 11/10/2012 11:29AM

    Thank you so much for sharing your blog..my myrtle needed to hear it!

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MELRON042900 11/10/2012 7:54AM

    Awesome blog! emoticon

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BUSYGRANNY5 11/10/2012 6:38AM

    Awesome blog!!! I thoroughly enjoyed reading it!! Good luck with all your goals!

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MIDNIGHTER1 11/9/2012 8:42PM

    Hmmm !You have to "Exercize" Myrtle. That is one sure way to rid yourself of her. It will have to be a daily battle to assume control from her. She has all the weapons,with the exception of the most important one,Your mind. Wrestle control of this back and you will win. Dictate to her what you will eat,when you will exercise. How You fell about YOU. Let her know you are strong.Don't just tell her. Word swithout actions are just words.Deeds are what gets results.
Do me one small favor if you will,read two blogs I wrote. They are old but I think you will find them really fascination. One is called," Welcome toThe midnighter hour" and the other is called"Return to the Midnighter hour" You may have to search my blog list. Read Welcome to the midnighter hour first,then the return to the midnighter hour ( like you did not know that)
Ah! The destruction of Myrtle she will not be missed. emoticon

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LANEYTHEGIRL 11/9/2012 7:43PM

    I'm so glad you wrote this blog. I feel like you peeled back my scalp, opened up my skull and plucked these thoughts right from my brain. I feel exactly like this sometimes, especially when I have really stressful days. I think, what will change if I lose weight? Will people like me more? Will I be happier? Will I feel different? What if nothing changes? Maybe it's not worth it? Maybe the problem is just I'm a terrible person. On and on and on. I'll be following closely to see if you permanently silence this witch because I want to get rid of my own Myrtle.

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SHERRYGAYL 11/9/2012 4:37PM

    Good for you! Myrtle might try to fight back but she doesn't stand a chance! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You got this!!!!

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LIBRA73 11/9/2012 3:58PM

    I love it! Myrtle must GO!!!

Betsy, Dolores, and Myrtle should be very scared!

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SAMMIE-I-AM 11/9/2012 3:22PM

    I love that you named her, I think I may have to do the same thing. Maybe making her more real I'll be able to defeat her easier! emoticon

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JUSTME29 11/9/2012 2:49PM

    Myrtle, Dolores and Betsy can just go ..... themselves. Good for you naming her. Here's to getting rid of her one small piece at a time!

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BIGPAWSUP 11/9/2012 2:45PM

    DEATH TO MYRTLE! I love it! Yes, that is a great way to look at it. Time to kick her to the curb!

You are beautiful! You are wonderful! And you are loved and wanted!

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MS_HEATHER121 11/9/2012 2:32PM

    Girl, I'm right behind ya! Byebye Myrtle!! It sounds as though we both had epiphanies today!! Live the blog! I know you can do this!

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NEPTUNE1939 11/9/2012 2:27PM

    Great blog. LOL - here's to defeating Myrtle! (No offense to my aunt Myrtle) emoticon Excess fat really is the enemy - we just need to learn to stop being a traitor to ourselves and put an embargo on on excess calories. May God bless your efforts, Earl

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LALMEIDA 11/9/2012 2:25PM

  Good for you. Listen to the first person. emoticon

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BLISSFULCIN 11/9/2012 2:24PM

    Yay!! You got this Renee!!! Myrtle will be evicted!! I'm gonna commit and be right there with you!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Ever thought... why bother?

Monday, November 05, 2012

I'm in a funk. I've pretty much been in a funk all year. I have a few good starts here and there, but then I just fizzle out. I don't know if it's due to depression or anxiety or laziness or thinking I will never reach goal or self-pity or whatever. But I can't seem to stay focused. I just get to a point of "why bother" and then don't really try for a while. I'm at that point right now. I have a challenge I'm currently barely staying afloat in... and then another challenge that begins tomorrow and I want to really rock it... but in the back of my head are those words... "why bother?" I have plenty of motivation and I know all the reasons I want to lose weight, being healthy is right at the top followed immediately by no more embarrassment..., but how do I shake this funky mood I'm constantly in? Has anyone else felt like this? How do/did you shake it?

Yeah... this has a lot to do with it.

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MAGA99 11/9/2012 5:18PM

    ur off to the right start by reaching out
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TWEETYKC00 11/8/2012 7:54AM

    I get that way alot and it bites. You know you should do better and you want that, but that inner voice says 'screw it, it'll never happen' right? It can happen and will happen if it is up to you. Sometimes it's a matter of digging down deeper than that nasty voice and going for a few more steps or doing just one more task.

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WISHICOULDFLY 11/8/2012 6:40AM

    WOW. This is exactly where my head has been at for two weeks. I am trying to pull myself out not by getting off the binging, sugar, fat, sodium, carb train. It IS hard, but do not give up. Keep on keepin on! emoticon

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NEWLEAF16 11/7/2012 2:07PM

    I have certainly felt this same funk you describe - often!! Sorry you are going through it right now. Hang in there and just take one step at a time, like some others have said focus on some small things. And challenges tend to refresh my motivation. Hope you can find yours again! emoticon

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LIBRA73 11/7/2012 1:16PM

    How did I miss this blog?

Whew girl! I know what you mean!

I know you. You can come up with a dozen reasons to keep bothering! It's just so hard to stick to it.

I wish I had some words of wisdom!

I think the biggest thing is keeping the goals small and reasonable. Don't do things you know will upset you. For instance, when I see myself naked, I get really discouraged and think I will never transform this saggy blob of flesh!

So I avoid putting myself in front of the mirror in the nude. I avoid things I know I cannot control myself with or trust myself near - like fresh baked bread.

I have to keep myself in line. And that is a full time job! I am so not a rule follower!

Take a deep breath, and for goodness sake, we are due a phone call!

You can let me know when you can talk, or I may have to nag you or come to your place, so we can talk on the porch! I would LOVE that! Don't make me come to you girlfriend!

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MIDNIGHTER1 11/6/2012 10:05PM

    You are dealing with what I like to call an"Inner Demon' It will tell you to quit. That you can't achieve your goals. It will tell you to give up and settle for being miserable. I will tell you to have a snicker bar and call it a day. It want you to do all of these things. Don't give in to it. If you throw in the towell will you be happy with your decision? Can you live with wasted effort? That's what it will be if you give in to him or her.(inner demons are both genders)
This year I decided to not give in. Last year I did and it put me in a bad spot and frame of mind. It is extremely hard,but guess who has lost almost 70 pounds? Guess who is not a type -2 diabetic? Guess who runs and exercises when last year he sat on the couch and wasted time? Guess who has normal blood pressure and norman cholesterol? Yep,all me.
Life can sometimes knock you down, but you decide if you are going to stay down. Now get up and show yourself it is worth the bother. emoticon

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JJAQUES41 11/6/2012 12:01PM

    Maybe instead of looking at the entire, big, overwhelming picture you can just pick one little piece of it to focus on. It always seem less intimidating to know you can accomplish small things over and over and it will add up to a successful big picture.

Is there one thing you can commit to for one week? Drink 8 glasses or water/day, cut out 1/2 hr of tv time, walk the stairs instead of riding the elevator, etc. Any little thing that you can be successful at for a short time. Then repeat the process the following week with something else.

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BIGPAWSUP 11/6/2012 11:48AM

    I'm kind of there with you right now. Feel like a little kid stomping my feet going "i don't wanna". The only way I've ever gotten through it is just pushing ans will power. I know that doesn't help. Just know you're not alone.

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BUSYGRANNY5 11/6/2012 7:03AM

    I don't have any great words of wisdom, but for myself personally, when the why bother mentally seeps in... I truly have to FIGHT it... sometimes I'm successful and sometimes.. I give in... for a SHORT period of time... it's at those times that I believe my body needs a "brief recharge"... and then I CHOOSE to get back on track by looking at how far I've come, how much better I feel, and where I'm heading!!

I guess, I would say to you, "Don't give up on YOU!! You are worth the HARD work and EFFORT that you are going to have put forward... Refuse to give up...


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GMO_JEN 11/5/2012 11:35PM

    I'm right there with you-this has been an off year. I don't think I ever even lost-just gained, maintained, gained...in the last couple weeks, I found a little exercise mojo, and now I'm just faking eating better. So don't feel it, so don't want too....but I'm making myself. Why bother? Life is so freaking hard, I just want to enjoy it a little which to me means food. But...I need to be healthier, stronger if I'm going to haveva healthier future. I just wish that was a more motivating!

I'll second a few of the others-baby steps. Focus on something simple, and then get momentum...then find the why hopefully!

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JUSTME29 11/5/2012 11:05PM

    I'm right there with you. I don't have any advice since I can't seem to get myself out of my own funk. I'm barely staying afloat in my own 5% challenge, actually I think I'd be sinking if fat didn't float so high.

Seriously though - I think the answer is to just do it anyway. I'm definitely on the "why bother" boat, but the thing is we both know the answers to that. If you find the answer let me know will you? All I can offer right now is company.

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SEASONS__CHANGE 11/5/2012 9:21PM

    you can do it sweetie! It's hard, but when you want something bad enough, it will happen.


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SHERRYGAYL 11/5/2012 9:08PM

    Oh yes that sounds like a pretty serious funk emoticon Since it has lasted a full year it might be worthwhile to get a checkup. You could have some depression issues or even a hormonal imbalance. Possibly even ADHD. I was misdiagnosed and mistreated with depression for years. Adderal has changed my life emoticon

Other than that, I'd like to reiterate what the other posters said. Don't try to make too many changes at once! Start with one change and when it becomes habit add another. (A method similar to both Flylady at Flylady.com and the diet book "The Lean", by the way.)

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JANEMARIE77 11/5/2012 8:29PM

    One of my favorite quotes. Losing weight is hard ... living fat is hard... choose your hard.
One step, one food at a time. Be kind to yourself and make your choice.

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FATBASTICH 11/5/2012 7:59PM

    Hang in there, you can do it.

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MS_HEATHER121 11/5/2012 6:42PM

    I got in a funk like that a couple of years ago after I had lost 50lbs. I was doing so well. I was down to a size 18, then I decided who cares. I found a game (world of warcraft) and that became more important to me than weight loss. Instead of exercising, I was raiding... instead of eating with my family, I was sitting on my butt eating mindlessly. I really just didn't care. I went from 250 back up to 330.

Some days I still get the who gives a $#@& feeling, but them I also try to remember that I don't want this weight for the rest of my life.

I suffer from depression, anxiety, and bi polar disorder. I thought having the first 2 meant bipolar, but they say its all 3.

I think we all get those feelings. In my opinion, the best thing to do is blog, journal, and talk about how you feel. Spark is here for us to find others who are in similar situations, so we have others to talk to that understand where we're coming from.

I know you'll do well in your challenge. Keep pushing and take it one step and one day at a time.


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SAMMIE-I-AM 11/5/2012 6:37PM

    I'm just slowly getting out of my funk and here's what I did. Baby baby BABY steps, like as small as steps possible but it was still something in the right direction. First off I gave up on setting a weight goal for now, I wanna focus on one thing at a time and it isn't time for that. My first goal was to just get moving. It didn't matter how long, or what distance I just wanted to do some kind of exercise 3 times a week. That's it. Not worried about what I was eating, all of that would come later. I figured I always failed when I tried multiple goals at once so I was going to forget about everything else and just focus on the one thing.

After a month of that I got into the habit of doing something 3 times a week, and it made me feel really good. So my next (and current) baby step is to add food in. But again it's a baby step. So my goal is to eat dinner out only once or twice a week and the rest of the time cook at home. Lunch doesn't matter, what I eat at home doesn't really matter. Just that I'm sticking to something is what means the most.

So try extremely baby steps and let everything else happen as it comes, it's helped me and hopefully it'll help you! emoticon

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NOMORENOMORE 11/5/2012 6:14PM

    I can relate. I've been in a funk for ~6 months. 6 months of eating everything I wanted and as much as I wanted. I'm so disgusted with myself-especially with how I look and feel.

During my 6 month binge "why bother" was my motto. It took me awhile emoticon but I now care. I don't want to be fat. I don't want to be embarrassed when I climb a flight of stairs and gasp like a fish out of water when I get to the top. There are so many more reasons.

I've chosen to change my life. Eating healthy and staying within my caloric daily intake is just a start. I'm on my 5th day lol.

I too, think I'm depressed. Depressed about not being able to do things without getting out of breath, how I look and what I've done to myself. I'm going to join a weight loss center at the hospital my PCP works out of. They deal with diet but you also work with a psychologist.

I'm hoping this helps me figure out why I haven't been bothering.

Maybe you have too many challenges right now? Maybe just focus on one?

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MISSHATTAWAY 11/5/2012 6:12PM

    I have thought this many times in my life, recently I adopted out my newborn son and afterwards I had to start thinking about getting a job and starting my life over but I kept asking myself "why should I bother? What does any of this matter?"...I considered taking my own life and gave it great thought and power over me until one day I realized that...either I gotta do it or start taking responsibility for my life and do what needs to be done because no one will do it for me. It's still hard, I have to take every day as it comes and I practice a lot of mindfulness/meditation and journal writing which are both a lot of help. You have to take control of your life, whether you're depressed or not no one can change it except for you, you just have to start out with baby steps and go from there. Good Luck and Always look on the bright side.


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BECKYBETZ 11/5/2012 6:02PM

    Don't get discouraged. I've been doing this for three weeks and I've gained two pounds. :-( However, I'm giving it a solid three months before I give up. I have to work on staying motivated, because it's so easy to say "why bother" and skip exercise or not make the effort to eat produce. Way to easy!!

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