I have struggled with staying motivated ever since I had my three children (the youngest of which is 4). In high school I struggled with Anorexia Nervosa and parts of me have been afraid to really go full bore into losing weight and getting into shape because of those tendencies. In November of 2011 I weighted a whopping 226 lb. and as of right now, I am 164 lb. I would like to say that I lost the weight the healthy way, but I didn't...I starved myself and punished myself for over a year. I am now just starting to do things the "right" way (ie. healthy diet and exercise) and since I have started that, I feel better and think I look better, but the weight isn't coming off the way I would expect it to. So I can totally relate to the feel good, look great, but yet still keeping the weight thoughts. Just keep pressing on and know that the plateau will end!!!
~the past is past, we can't change it...the future hasn't happened and may never come...the present is always with us, so choose to make a difference now~
current weight: 157.6
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 3 2/22/13 8:15 A
I love exercising-HATE dieting and I know that you cannot out exercise a bad diet! I am motivated Monday - Friday. Friday at 2:30 when I am free from work...Let the binging begin. Trying to stay motivated everyday is hard. The winter weather is not helping either. It coaxes me into getting in to my bed and surrounding myself with snacks. Just picturing it now brings a smile to my face! YIKES
Quitting is NOT an Option Unit15
current weight: 154.0
Fitness Minutes: (1,333) Posts: 29 1/31/13 5:35 A
I find myself too not being very motivated. I am always ready to go and have so much energy in the beginning, then it starts to fade quickly. I just joined spark people last week, and I was so ready and did great with exercising. But now, I am so tired in the morning and do not want to work out as much! My problem too is that I have trouble lately staying within my calorie range as well as no motivation So I am right there with you. Today is a good example of no motivation! I set my alarm to get up to exercise, but instead I kept hitting the snooze button! Now I keep telling myself "I will work out later" I hope I will end up working out! I just wish I could have motivation and see the ending picture of me lighter and healthier. Sometimes I wish I could get ADDICTED to exercise and dieting! Much luck to you, and maybe I will get my motivation I need SOON!
Pounds lost: 0.0
Fitness Minutes: (15,719) Posts: 91 1/27/13 4:56 P
I appreciate your response : ) It's nice to know that I am not alone in my feelings! I wish the number on the scale didn't matter so much to me and I really am trying to change that mentality. I want to focus on being healthy for my family rather then being a certain number on the scale or a certain jean size. I have a 6 year old daughter and two younger boys and I want to set a good HEALTHY example for them....especially my daughter! I don't want to ever think she is inadequate when it comes to her body. I am trying to make my weightloss be about health and not about thinking i'm "fat"! I try not to talk to much about it all in front of her but promote healthy eating habits and make exercise seem fun...eventhough it isn't alway fun LOL...thanks again for your response!! I need all the support I can get : 0
Pounds lost: 4.0
Fitness Minutes: (2,187) Posts: 85 1/25/13 7:37 P
I can totally relate to the struggle to stay motivated. All it takes is one time when the scale doesn't say what I want it to, or what I expected it to, and I get so discouraged! I definitely think getting on here and interacting with others is helpful. Last night, I was kind of on a snacking frenzy. I didn't binge on anything too horrible for me, but it was like a bowl of cereal, then another cause the first wasn't enough, then a twizzler...then another twizzler and finally I realized that I was out of control, so I got on my sparkpage and "confessed" that I was out of control and said I was going to brush my teeth right then. Even though there was no one who actually responded right then, just knowing that I had said I was going to brush my teeth and stop eating, I felt a kind of accountability. I figure, the more I spell out my goals to other people, the harder it will be to quit. :)
Exercising my resistance muscle!
Pounds lost: 6.6
Fitness Minutes: (15,719) Posts: 91 1/24/13 9:50 A
Thanks for your response : ) I like your idea about staying logged in until you are motivated!! I am one of those people that wants instant gratification. I think just because I ate perfectly and burned extra calories I should see the scale drop 5 lbs a week! I sometimes have unrealistic expectations. I know what the real expectations should be but I focus on what I wan the result to be today rather then the journey and the long term result. I am trying to change my mentality and be patient. my husband also started on 1/1/13 and is down about 10 lbs...I know men lose it faster but it is definitely discouraging sometimes! I am also trying to remember that if I give up now I am just going to go backwards in a direction I don't want to go and that a month from now I will be happy I stuck it out!! I hope I am right! Thanks again for your response! It was very helpful : ) Good luck on your journey!
I am often accussed of being an all or nothing person. I really do fear that a one or two day "break" will lead to quiting. Why? Because it has happened before. So I try, not matter how well I have done with my routine, or not, to log onto Spark People everyday and stay till I am motivated and Mindful. I don't want to slack off and forget how much this journeymeans to me, or how awful it would be if I lost all of what I have worked for. Spark People is my primary motivation feeder.
current weight: 197.6
Fitness Minutes: (15,719) Posts: 91 1/23/13 7:30 A
This is sort of a long post but here goes. I started up with Spark People (again) on Jan 1 of this year determined to lose 14lbs (10 of which are left over from my third baby i had 2 years ago). I started at 144 and trying to get to 130. I have been consistent with my exercise, mainly cardio, and sticking to my calorie range. The first week I lost 3 lbs and 1 lb the next so I am down to 140. My body seems to like this weight and I have a VERY hard time getting below this. I have weighed myself several times since my last weigh in and still 140. I feel better and slimmer but for whatever reason the number on the scale gets me! This is where I usually give up!! I guess I just need to know that my efforts will pay off!!? Will the number on the scale eventually go down if I keep all this up?? Honestly I feel good and I am never starving or obsessing about my next meal like I have in the past and this all seems fairly comfortable but there are days where I just want to skip the workout or go way over my calories which I know will just start a downward spiral. Can anyone relate to this? Any words of advice? Thanks :)
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