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Feeling very discouraged

Monday, March 18, 2013

So last week was Spring break and I tried so hard to be good. I did ok I think but then this weekend was awful. Saturday was really the day that did me in b/c we went to go celebrate my grandmothers birthday for lunch that day and then ate dinner at my dad and stepmoms house that evening. I have been in the habit of weighing myself every morning after watching a segment on Fox & Friends about weight loss. I get so irritated that I can get down to a certain weight and then can't go any lower. I get depressed and that causes me to eat. I am really struggling with this and now that a friend of mine is going through a lot of stuff it makes it more stressful. I'm trying to be supportive but it's tough. I worked out today and it felt good. I spent 20 mins on the elliptical and did some ST. All I want is to be successful but I am feeling like a failure.
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    Don't beat yourself up! We all have stuff we have to work on, and the first step is realizing what the problem is! Make a plan now so that next time it happens you know how to attack the situation!
    1768 days ago
    Personally, I don't weigh every day... it would drive me nuts, but if you feel it works for you......Don't give up!! WE ALL have these moments... we fall we need to get back up again.. don't concentrate on the "falling." Pick yourself up and Keep MOVING forward!! Exercise is a great mood lifter! So glad you discovered it too!! Keep Going!! We're here for you!!
    1768 days ago
  • KAREN633
    I agree with the other comments. Get back on track today, take it one day at a time, look back over the past to see how far you have come and the scale is just ONE measurement.

    Never stop trying
    1768 days ago
    You're not a failure.

    If weighing every day makes you feel bad, don't so it. I weigh daily but it's really only data. I made some decisions with food and drink during spring break that caused a gain and the upward tick of the daily number on th scale simply reinforces the knowledge that every little food and drink decision has a consequence. If I get back on track, things get to where they were fairly quickly. If I delay in getting back on track it delays the return to where I was. It's just data, not a judgement.

    Get back on track just for today. Then do it again tomorrow. And repeat.

    1768 days ago
    This is something that has held me back each and every attempt I made. I've been trying off and on for over 10 years now and it's when the progress no longer seems to be happening, or at least you can't see it any more, that always did me in...so what's different this time??

    Don't just rely on the scale - the scale shows only weight, no other measure. What happens if you gain a bit of muscle mass? The numbers don't reflect certain things that could be going on. Make sure you're looking back at your improved fitness level, the way your clothes fit, and you should take measurements once a month at least. This helps you see your progress in more ways than one.

    Don't put so much pressure on yourself to lose a certain amount by a certain time. Make the goals and do your best to stick to them but if you're honestly doing your best but still falling a bit short...revise them and make them more realistic. If it doesn't feel like it's achievable - you won't reach them.

    Finally stop stressing about the small stuff. Negativity slows down your metabolism. Take it one day at a time. Something I've learned to live by is this...It's NOT about being PERFECT - it's about being BETTER than you were yesterday. So if you had a bad day - compare it to the past. Not to how you want to be in the future. Perfection is impossible to achieve, but being a bit better than yesterday isn't. Also helps you get out of a bad day when you're having one. You think ok what can I do then to make this better than the last time I was in this situation?? Then after the bad has happened, work on damage control by working a bit harder each day for the next couple of days. Maybe increase your calories burn by another 100 calories or add on one more strength training to your routine to make up for it.

    As you learn to adapt you'll learn to handle these sort of issues. Life doesn't stand still while we try and lose weight, so we have to figure out ways to deal with the things that pop up and surprise us that we haven't planned for.

    Good luck!!
    1768 days ago
  • JENNIW29
    You are not a failure! You are a strong woman! Keep on making healthy choices one at a time especially when you don't want to and you will succeed! I am rooting for you! emoticon

    Tomorrow is a new day! emoticon
    1768 days ago
    Sorry to hear that your feeling down, it is tough and hard but just think that if you fall off now then it will be harder to get back on and stay on. here's a really good inspirational vid that helps me when i'm feeling down. hope it works for you! keep your head up and keep moving forward. emoticon emoticon
    1769 days ago
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