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9/12/12 9:11 P

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I am also new and have the same problem staying motivated. I think you can do it!!! I am so glad you also decided to join, let's kick butt!!!

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9/12/12 12:08 A

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Thanks for the support!!

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9/12/12 12:07 A

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Thank you so much, Courtney. Those are all very good suggestions I didn't even think about trying. The hardest part is getting started for me. Thank you for taking the time to help me out and I wish you the best on your journey!

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9/11/12 12:49 P

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And I'm heavy and also a smoker, while I'm not ready to give up smoking, I want to lose the weight...I lose motivation too easily, for me, the best thing to do is to make a habit out of keeping track. Seeing everything I've eaten and such makes me feel that much more responsible for my weight and general health.

About 2 years ago I started losing weight. I stuck with it and lost 55lbs...I've gained 40 back because I stopped keeping track of my eating habits and don't exercise like I should.

Try writing out goals and posting them where you can see them. They don't have to be long term, because that seems so far away and makes it that much easier to forget about and move on from. Try short term, "this week I'll exercise 20 minutes daily","In one month I want to have lost my first 10lbs", "no soda for 2 weeks". Say you don't eat lunch at home, you're at work or school, pack a lunch with you. Be smart about it though, when I first started packing my lunch I would pack what I thought was super duper healthy stuff and I was hungry an hour later. I needed more protein and fiber to help the food hold me over til I was able to have a snack at home. Stuff like that, whatever works for you.

Good luck!

Courtney

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9/11/12 10:27 A

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Welcome to the team!
Good luck on your weight loss journey!
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9/11/12 6:13 A

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I just created an account here. I'm obese and a smoker and I'm ready to change my life. I just did a 10 min cardio workout and it felt great. Everytime I start something new like this, I'm excited and ready to do it, but then it doesn't take long for me to give it up b/c I fall into a state of depression and don't even want to get out of bed. I WANT to stay motivated and focused on this b/c my life depends on it. What are some things you have done to stay determined and focused on losing weight? How do you change your everyday bad habits you've had for years? I'm tired of feeling like I can't do anything b/c I smoke and I'm overweight. This is NOT me. Please help me.

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