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These Common Tricks Never Motivate--Find Out Why


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  • More reminders of things known!
  • Very good article. I like to weigh myself daily for accountability!
  • I have mixed feelings about #4 I am very willing to share with spark friends but IRL I keep it to myself other than the hubs.
  • I'm glad to see it in writing here. I cannot deal with a scale. I look at how I feel and inches lost. But I still only measure myself once a month. The rest of the time, I am calculating what good I am doing for my health and how this makes me a better grandma, mother, teacher, and friend.
  • #2 really helped me. Realized it didn't matter how long it took because what I was doing to lose weight was what I'd be doing for life.
  • I'd disagree with "flying under the radar" and seeking accountability outside of yourself and the scale: if you need external validation and are incapable of being accountable to yourself, your chances of long-term success are probably pretty slim.
    At the end of the day, is there really anyone besides you who gives a toss how your pants fit or how you feel? Barring extreme morbid obesity that becomes a handicap and renders you immobile, is there realistically anyone besides you who will have to deal with the consequenses of your poor choices?
  • Nice article. For me, I've learned, the best motivator is setting myself up for the best health possible.
  • What a great article! I use the scale and try not to let it rule me. It is hard. I tell myself that it is ok to be blank number on the scale and that I will not panic. Then I weight myself and track it. I'm learning the subtle differences that can make my weight go up or down a pound or two. I strongly believe everyone is unique and has to find their own best strategies for weight loss and motivation. One of my best strategies has been tracking on SP.
  • I got a lot out of this article, but the business writer in me had to take a minute to say that the phrase "snacking a bit here and slacking a bit there" actually made me gasp. NICE wordplay. You should be writing poetry. Or something that pays better than poetry, like rap.
    My nutritionist did massive deprogramming on me, much of which is in this article. A lot of which is not. I am not to know my weight and I gave my scale to my nutritionist. It was the right thing to do. If I was up in weight, I would get depressed and eat. If I was losing lots of weight, at some point I would panic and binge. I am no longer controlled by that viscous rollercoaster..

    Without a scale, I had to have new motivators and they are simple and not stressful. Things like work out at least 4 times per week, chase the grandbabies around about least twice a week, have a day of rest or a different adventure about once a week.

    Being tied to my weight, which is regulated by hormones anyway, drove me crazy. Once I no longer watched my weight every day or multiple times a day, released me from that prison. Also, I do not take measurements or at least I avoid them unless I have to get fitted for something.

    All I need to know is that I am headed in the right direction and I can tell through my clothes that I am on my way to my target and it is when it is time to drop to another size, which is very exciting.

    This whole scheme has released me from the chains of diet and weight control. I focus on fitness and healthy eating, but I don't restrict what I can eat (although I don't reach for junk food by choice) nor do I count calories anymore. I do track grams of protein though. I need to because I am a true hypoglycemic. That's all I count though.

    Say I'm crazy and nuts for buying into this because that's how I felt for the first few months, but now that I am on the other side, I cannot believe how much it controlled every waking minute of my day. I way prefer this freedom. I way prefer being normal.

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