I'm approaching things from a slightly different angle, in that my focus has been on discovering foods that are healthy and that I absolutely love. I totally ignored calories and the scale for the first month that I was on here, but instead looked at increasing my iron, calcium, fibre, and potassium. My "program" was seeking out foods and recipes that I could ADD to my diet (using the word as meaning "general way of eating") and which I enjoyed enough that I WANT to keep them in my life.
This approach led to the happy discovery that the most nutritious foods are generally low in calories. They are also very filling. By the time that I started looking at calories, my daily intake had naturally dropped to what would be my maintenance range at a healthy weight. This isn't going to give me the fastest weight loss around, but it's a pace that I am comfortable with and which lets me take my time to create my permanent lifestyle. Since life will always bring occasions with different foods (celebrations with friends and family, work outings, or whatever), I look at it that it's an occasion to celebrate and then go back to the eating style that I enjoy. It's neither a "slip", nor a "cheat" - it's a healthy, happy, temporary part of my life.
I'm taking the same approach to exercise. Frankly, if I don't love it, I'm not gonna do it! I loathe running, but love hiking in the back country. I'm not fond of dancing, but adore lifting weights. The "motivation" is to be happy, so it's really not that hard to get off my duff and go and do it! I've got some medical limitations right now, but that exercise was a part of my life long before I started losing weight and I'm itching to get back to it simply because I love it so much.
I can't say whether this approach could work for anyone else, but I can honestly say that there has been nothing about my journey so far that I could consider "work", or that required any "motivation" beyond *this makes me feel good and makes me happy*.
Best wishes for you in figuring out your own best approach to the journey!
Start weight: 240 lbs
Goal weight: 155 lbs
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