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what makes a person stay motivated?

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

I always wonder why it is that when I am staring down that plate of cookies or that box of ice cream that I can never seem to resist. I stuff my face until they are gone and I justify it by saying that it will be the last time or I was keeping someone else from eating them. And when I'm done I feel bad, physically and mentally. I beat myself up over and over again and I can't seem to break that cycle. There are only so many times I can blame my mother or my childhood. The fact is that I am a grown woman and no matter what my emotional crutches are, I know better. I tell myself to suck it up and get over and do well for a couple days, until I pass that next plate of sweets. Then I think to myself that I just don't care, I want what I want, when I want it. I have a lack of motivation that squashes my desire to lose weight. How do you stay motivated?
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  • HENNYGIRL_2001
    I don't know what maintains motivation. For me, I have to keep it on the "front burner." I can not just get accustomed to the new way, I have to keep researching and reading to continually remind myself that this is truly for my health benefit and truly the best gift that I can give myself. Yes, it is hard to stay motivated. When I struggle or when I have my bad days, I may trip and stumble. But I come here for support of I stick my nose in a book and start reading (again) about the shock sugar and carbs has on the body. My hope is that someday it will become second nature to me. For me to reach that hope, I have to keep it fresh in my head.
    1812 days ago
    I personally think that a person really needs to have an "epiphany" or real revelation that makes it important to them. That is really the only true motivator. To do it for yourself because something has caused you to "see the light". It would be that way for any type of "Diet" or WOE." I was never able to stay on plan until I had that personal epiphany that I had to do this or else. It has been about 14 months for me and I really would not think of really going off plan. It means that much to me! Low Carb makes it easier but ease is not what actually keeps you there either.
    1812 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/4/2012 5:39:44 PM
    Thanks for the info! I am trying to transition to a vegan diet and get rid of the processed foods in my life. I have done low carb in the past with moderate success but I wasn't able to maintain the style. I am hoping to have more luck with the vegan. I don't think that I will really miss dairy and if I treat it like an allergy as you suggested, that should help me stay on course. I will also check out the book! Thanks.
    1812 days ago
    Staying low carb and largely wheat free has done more to keep me motivated and on track than any other single thing I've ever done. At least now I know that if I lose control and overeat it's truly an emotional thing that I need to address rather than a physiological craving that won't go away because of my body's chemistry. I treat wheat in particular like something that I'm allergic to.
    1812 days ago
    I completely understand what you are saying! I could never pass up a bag of chips. And I'd never just have a bowlful, I'd have the whole bag. It was a nightmare.

    Now that I started to lose a little weight, I definitely don't want to put it back on because I have so much more left to lose...Anyways, back to your question on motivation...

    I read the book Ultrametabolism. And although I still don't understand everything, it helps to explain why cookies are bad for you, what is actually in your bag of chips that you are putting into your body, and so much more information that it makes you wonder about processed foods.

    Now saying that, I still will have an occasional bag of chips or can of pop when the craving is so bad I can't take it. I have a feeling that I would simply break down if I didn't cheat a little. But the next day, I forget about it and focus once again on having some discipline when it comes to food...

    **Good luck on your journey**
    1812 days ago
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