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Needing some help


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

I don't seem to be finding the right recipe for success, and I'm getting really frustrated. I've got a gym membership, workout equipment, good food, written goals, and the best of intentions, but I just don't seem to be successful. I don't work out because I'm too tired, and I'm tired because I don't find time to work out. Eating healthy is a challenge and it is hard to stay positive. I'd welcome any suggestions on how I can make a real change.
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WINKALICIOUS 1/18/2012 5:29PM

    Totally agree with FITINNM... I've never been successful at the whole exercise thing until I found a workout buddy. We both show up every morning because we don't want to let each other down.

The other thing that I've finally learned... don't try to do everything at once. I'm making small changes like tracking my food, or drinking 8 glasses of water, etc... just ONE at a time. Once that change has become a habit, then I add another. Seems to be working, and I'm not getting burnt out or frustrated!

Good luck!!
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BOSS61 1/18/2012 4:29PM

    I recommend you make eating right and working out as regular, intrinsic part of your daily routine. It means changes and sacrifice. No two of us are alike. Here is what I do:

1. I awaken early enough in the morning to work out before showering, dressing and eating breakfast. I'm up at 4:45, and have a cup of coffee with the TV news, facebook, email, etc. By 5:15 I'm in my workout clothes, first two-cups of water in hand.

2. I'm in the shower by 6:00 AM, with between 30 and 45 minutes of either cardio or strength (usually cardio for me) under my belt. I have a treadmill in front of the big screen TV. ESPN Sportscenter is my workout buddy. I speed up through ads and slow down through the stories.

3. I'm out the door by 7:00 AM, having eaten what I'll call a Spark-compliant breakfast. High in protein, low on fats, calorie-controlled. I pack my lunch, usually something store-bought from Healthy Choice or Lean Cuisine. Lunches out (or fast food) are killers to any diet. Never, ever...

4. At my desk by 8:00 AM, working drinking more water while I work. About one cup and hour, wrapping up my 8 by early afternoon. No drinks or appetizers after work. Never, ever...

5. Healthy, spark-compliant dinner. If hungry, more fruit and veggies is the key. Use the Spark nutrition tracker. Nothing by mouth that is not tracked...

6. No alcohol. No late-night snacking. No eating in front of the TV, if not fruits or veggies. No dips.

7. Get to bed early enough to accommodate 4:45 AM the next day. Stick to the whole thing, 7 days a week. No exception days.

Based on the foregoing, I seem to be dropping 2 to 3 pounds a week, and if I can do it, trust me, anyone can. Hope this helps in the constructive manner intended.

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DEDE824 1/18/2012 4:11PM

    You have the knowledge-now you're ready to use it!! This is something you are doing for yourself. Others may benefit, but unless you really want it, it won't happen.

Since you have the gym membership, you might take advantage of the stationary bikes. You can do that at first until you feel you can add a few strength exercises--then more intensity and variety later when you become more energized. Somehow doing it causes you to be more ready to do more, so ask yourself if you really want it. Then set aside time for it that first week, track your water and food that week, and see what happens. For me that was enough to keep me coming back. I'm now using the machines 4 days per week and enjoying much more energy and strength, plus I've lost about 15 pounds since October.
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FITINNM 1/18/2012 3:41PM

    If you can, find a workout buddy. Somebody who will nag you when you don't go to the gym. Somebody who you can email or IM when you are feeling down. That is the only thing that is keeping me motivated. Or should I say that we are keeping eachother motivated. Good luck! Don't give up!

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