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Lack of Motivation...The Silent Killer

Friday, January 17, 2014

Lack of Motivation…The Silent Killer

I have started a bad habit. I get on the scale every morning. I mean I guess it’s a bad habit, it’s what I have heard. I heard you should only do it weekly. My accountability partner only does it weekly, but I just have a hard time waiting. I want results, and like any human being I want them now. I have found though that even the littlest amount on the scale, if it goes up, ruins my day. I just can’t think of what I’m doing wrong. I have to stop doing this, and stick to Sundays with my accountability partner b/c this is tearing me apart. That scale every morning though, cheers me up after my run and shred, except this morning. It just pissed me off. I guess lack of motivation is the wrong title for this, b/c I’m still motivated, I’m just disheartened a bit now.
I gave up Soda. I drink more water now, than I ever have in my life. I have been on a treadmill more consecutively for the past 12 days than I have in my life. I have significantly cut back my drinking, and my calories. The other day I said no to a chocolate chip cookie….a cookie!!! So why is that scale creeping up on me? I know they say you build muscle before fat, and I’ve heard that’s a myth though too, but when does the losing weight part kick in?!
I read in an article where you need to burn 3500 calories a week to lose a pound, what do you think?
I think, who has time to burn 3500 calories!!
My job is mostly sedentary, I mean I move when I can but come on!!
This is my dream, to be that girl is that picture there…

She thought she was fat. If I could do anything to go back and slap her and tell her different.

Anyway….please please fill me with some knowledge and some support. Give this girl a kick in the right direction!!
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FUNSIZE0789 1/18/2014 9:33AM

    I do track my food, and overall I think I have been doing great. I use my fitness pal,and I'm always under my calories intake, sometimes even before the exercise

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ENKSATSUMA 1/17/2014 11:23PM

    Do you track your food? Weight loss is mostly nutrition and then a little bit of exercise. Sometimes, we think we eat healthier than we actually do and honestly tracking for a few days may help you realize changes you can make for a healthier lifestyle. Genuine, sustainable weight loss doesn't happen fast, which sucks, but in the end you want to lose X number of pounds without gaining them all back. That's the point, right?

I am glad you are quitting weighing yourself every day. Your weight can fluctuate several pounds in a day depending on your digestive system and activity levels, whether or not you went to the bathroom before weighing yourself etc
There is also a chance by exercising vigorously every day, you're actually causing inflammation and swelling because you are not allowing your body to heal and get used to the exercise. This can show up in the form of a stagnant scale or even weight gain.

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GODSCHILDAMYB 1/17/2014 6:33PM

    Well yes, muscle does weigh more then fat. Best I can say is just keep up the good work and be patient. It will catch up, I promise.

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KELLIEBEAN 1/17/2014 4:58PM

    Oh the scale addiction!! The ugly monkey on our backs. It took me a long time to break my obsession with the scale. Do youself a favor, start breaking that habit now.

There are SO many variables to that number... salt, water, hormones, muscle, time of day, you name it. Your accountability partner is right, weight yourself the same time of day weekly at most.

For a while I had my husband hide the scale during the week so I could break my obsession with that thing. Since I've been in maintenance, I weigh myself every morning just to keep myself in line. I no longer stress over a 3lb gain in a day because I learned my lesson, I know everything will work itself out by Sunday's weigh-in and if it doesn't, I keep staying the course because the next week will likely be better.

Do you read food labels? Another habit I was slow to get into. I was shocked to see that what I thought was one serving of some things I was eating was really three servings. Be brutally honest with yourself.

Try small burst of activity throughout the day. I try to get in two walking breaks at work in addition to whatever workouts I do. Sometimes I'll get up from my desk a couple times a day and jog up some stairs. All activity is cumulative so try to get a few bursts a day to keep the metabolism firing and doing some of the work for you.

Above all else, give yourself time. This does not happen quickly but the more you practice your healthy habits and stay active, the easier it will get and the easier it will be to maintain in the long run.

Different things work for different people. Keep at it!

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TIG123GER 1/17/2014 3:42PM

    I, too, weigh every day as I want to keep control of myself. I, too, get angry when the scale goes up even though I haven't done anything to make that happen. Yesterday I hit my low of 188 but then today I was at 189.4 - ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!! I know you are supposed to weigh once a week and that your weight fluctuates daily because of many things but I want to see changes as they happen so I can (hopefully) celebrate successes but it ends up that I obsess over failures. I feel your pain, believe me, but you are right about the muscle. If you are doing much more and much better than before, your body should be changing and that includes adding muscle which weighs more than fat so even if you lose fat your displayed weight might not change for the better for a month or so (or so I've been told by professionals). So, have faith, keep checking, keep celebrating, and know that you are doing positive things toward losing the weight. It WILL show on the scale!

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