Write down why you want to lose weight. List all the reasons why those extra pounds are burdensome. That is your motivation. Post them by your phone, in your car, on the bathroom mirror, next to the kitchen sink....
Part 2 is determining whether wanting to reach that goal is worth the effort needed to do so. If you do not think it is worth it, nobody else can help you to get there. If you DO think it is worth the trouble and hard work, nothing can stop you! We can encourage you, we can help you through the temptations and hard spots, but we cannot give you the motivation to do something that you do not want to do.
Part 3 is your plan. How do you plan to lose the weight that you have decided is worth the effort to lose? Will it be dieting? How? Calories? How many? Atkins? Weight Watchers? What kind of exercise and how much are you prepared to do at this point? If you don't have a plan, you will continue doing the same thing you are doing now and that isn't helping you to get to where you want to be..... which brings us to step 4...
Part 4- What is your goal? You can set an ultimate goal, but 50# is a lot to look at. You need to set smaller measurable goals. Not all of them should or have to do with weight. Perhaps it is to move for 10 minutes straight. That movement might be walking, dancing, jogging or marching in place. You might want to get below a certain milestone number (those over 200# tend to strive for ONE-derland). Or look at a 5% weightloss. YOU decide the goals.
Now put these all together and get this plan in motion.
MEASURE YOUR SERVINGS! Our minds are sneaky and we vastly underestimate what we are eating. TRACK EVERYTHING THAT GOES IN YOUR MOUTH! If you write it down, it is real. Don't try to remember at the end of the day. Do it immediately after you eat if not before. MOVE! It probably won't be much at first. 15 minutes on the bike was hard for me at first and I had to ice my knee afterward. After several weeks I tried the elliptical trainer. I couldn't do a minute. Now I can do an hour without any problem.
The fact is, you CAN do this! I am proof of it.
Jaynee-Pacific Time Goal reached with 130# loss, 138# total loss
Exercise, eat, track, repeat!!
current weight: -8.8 under
Fitness Minutes: (20,769)
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My oldest daughter was married 20 years and a week after my wedding. I could barely dance for more than 5 minutes before being out of breath and having to sit down. Soon enough, I was pulled into the dancing again - gotta love Orthodox Jewish weddings! - with the same effect.
Having grown up "skinny" - believe it or not, the word skinny is used almost as derogatorily as fat - I gave birth to 4 kids early in my marriage, then was diagnosed with Lupus and Fibromyalgia. I didn't gain my extra weight with my pregnancies but after the diagnoses and an incomplete recovery from childhood abuse. At 167 pounds, I felt terrible, was run down all of the time and, having my whole life watched my mother struggle with her weight, I decided that I had been heavy long enough!
(It is with boundless delight that I watch my mother lose her weight and prayer on my lips that she continue to a healthy weight and discover the joys of excess energy!)
I am determined to dance with my daughters and daughters-in-law at their weddings in a way that shows beyond a doubt to anyone watching how happy I am and how much I love them. In addition, I plan on chasing my grandchildren around into old age with the energy of slim youth!
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