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Lori - adding exercise to my life is quite a bit more challenging that the change in food choices. The two do go hand in hand for me because getting the weight off, every pound, makes it easier for me to move.
I've gotten to the point where the 7-8 min walk around one of the buildings on campus makes me FEEL better for at least an hour. So in order to motivate myself I visualize that good feeling again and for now that is what motivates me.
On top of that my legs are noticeably, though slightly, stronger. I can feel my thigh muscle again. It's not happening nearly as quickly as I would like, but it's a step up from the weakness and pain from arthritis and inactivity I have been experiencing for the past 1-2 years.
Finding something that makes you feel better immediately is the key I think.
DEBBIE! You sound like you are off to a great start! I am impressed and inspired by your accomplishments so far. Water and walks!!
I am doing well with my diet and weight loss - but I am struggling with getting active again. I have misplaced my motivation. I know that the problem right now is accountability. I go for a weigh in once a week and that keeps me on track with my food, but I am not accountable to anyone for exercise. Perhaps I should try to start tracking some baby steps of my own here on my SparkPage. Perhaps if I posted my fitness minutes on my signature it would make me more accountable to ensure that they go up each day or at least each week. ARGH!
Barbara - I will agree with Debbie, she has provided some fantastic advice. Don't give up, take baby steps in every aspect of your journey. It only takes the feeling of success from a small accomplishment to encourage you to stay on the path to your next successful moment!
*~* Lori *~*
I do eat most foods (excluding raw tomatoes and eggplant and exotic stuff like escargot which I haven't tried and don't plan to) so in some ways I have it easier. That's not to say I don't find it difficult some days - especially at first - to choose fruit over a donut, especially when the donut is free at work and the fruit has to be bought, sometimes cut, packed and carried in. Some healthy foods have to have to be disguised - I've got to have real dressing on that salad, none of that lowfat lowcal stuff. But still, after I eat that salad which I do like, I am satisfied with less of the entrée later on in the meal.
It's almost our 4th week and yesterday was the first day I managed to drink a bottle of water and record it on the tracker. I'm pretty much a coffee, tea and soda person. This morning I wanted a Pepsi Max so bad but I had forgotten to put some in the fridge so I settled for a bottle of cold water - and what do you know - it tasted great. I'm on my second bottle now.
All of that to say - it's a process. Sometimes those fast break goals that sound so easy just kill me (like the 5 min of stretching every day - still not happening, finding motivational pictures - dang).
I started out walking a very short loop down the block a few houses and back. Now - well..I'm doing a mile ...at least on the weekdays :). I still have to stand up and leash the dog and boy it's humid at 9pm - but I do like listening to the music on my player while I walk . And now I realize I'm going to start the audiobooks - I do it in the car - and I love them and I can see walking is going to be about the audio - kind of like the dressing on the salad.
All that about me - sorry.
I just want to say that it's all about the baby steps / fast break goals. One thing the SparkGuy said in a video was that the most important thing we can learn is how to set small achievable goals. It's a lot more difficult than it sounds. Small. Achievable.
It's also like learning to play the piano - all that hunting and pecking and wrong notes - at some point you make it through that first tune and smile - and a little spark is kindled that makes you turn the page to the next one.
Skip the veggies for now. Skip the stuff you hate. Add something you like that you know is healthy. Succeed at that and you will feel better about all of this inside. Then add another.
Don't give up yet.
Edited by: FINAL4 at: 6/22/2013 (13:28)
Thanks so much for the kind words and high spirits. I guess my biggest issue is I feel lazy. I honestly think I gave up on loosing weight. I feel like I know what I should do, I know I should wake up and eat something healthy, perhaps a boiled egg. Then stretch, but truthfully, I don't do it. I definitely lack motivation. Aside from lacking motivation, I am a "green hater." My mother made a huge mistake not feeding me any veggies so I dont eat any now. I can cook a mean steak with onions, red and green peppers but I will not eat any of them. I can cook a mean yellow rice with beans or corn and will pick out the beans and corn. I just learned to tolerate lettuce after 26 yrs. Thats about the only veggie I eat.
Barbara - I'm having similar issues - I can't get up off of the floor without hurting myself (I have arthritis and I weigh about 250).
For the past few weeks I am focused on walking. I'm just now starting to notice the different and am building some endurance. I've moved from 1/2 mile to 3/4 mile and I'm very happy about that.
Next I plan to start using weights and I am going to find a beginner video here on Sparkpeople. I already use a stretching video and it helps a LOT.
Once we begin to see a little progress it will spur us to try more.
My name is Barbara and I am a mother of 2 beautiful children, 4yrs; 2 mo. I am a wife and stay at home mom. I am looking for motivation to loose over 50 lbs. I am currently 218lbs, and I am 5'2". I need realistic workouts, I cant do a push up and everytime I see someone half my size doing a work out and saying its simple I get frustrated. Plz Help.