I am guilty of all of these!! I have been trying to break the starting strong one. I am so bad about that. Unfortunately, for me, I have reached a place with my diet/thyroid where there are no more "little changes" I can make to improve my overall health. I eat very healthy and base in on the glycemic index, but I still can't lose weight. It is pretty frustrating, but I won't quit! My body is too important.
I READ THE ARTICLE RECOMMENDED BY THE MOTIVATION GROUP AND I ENJOYED IT AND LEARNED FROM IT. I CAN SEE ALL OF THE 5 MISSTEPS IN MY OWN DIETING ATTEMPTS. NO WONDER I FAIL! THANKS FOR REMINDING ALL OF US READERS THAT SLOW AND SMART IS THE ONLY WAYS TO REALLY LOSE FOR GOOD.
I enjoyed reading this it has given me many ideas and has shown me some reaons why I had failed in the past.
8/4/2013 3:07:30 PM
Great article, but I have to say I have better success when I don't talk to others about my weight loss program/plans. I'm also more of a loner, but would not give up going out with friends....I just make sure I make good choices. If I'm going out for happy hour and have a couple of glasses of wine, I'll give something else up during the day. Then I don't have to discuss what I'm doing or answer a lot of nosy questions from people.
7/25/2013 12:09:04 PM
My biggest downfall #5 - the scale. Glad I read this article. Will gauge doing other things. Gosh, this is such a struggle.
#5 is my big problem. I go to the gym, I eat right, I focus on being healthy, and then I step on the scale, don't see the results I was hoping for and lose all motivation. So I'm looking for ways to gauge my improvements (which helps cheer me along), without setting myself up for a plateau depression.
Good article to reread when motivation starts to flag. Inspiring!
4/30/2013 8:18:55 PM
This is a great article. For years I wished for someone to find a way to bottle motivation. We all have it when we start but it does fade. I've been on many, many diets. Most were successful but maintaining the weight loss wasn't. Since starting my current effort a year ago, I've managed to stay motivated by changing a few things. Decided that a "diet" wasn't what was needed -- a "change in lifestyle" was what I needed was on top of the list. Believe me, I thought about that a lot. The second thing that helped me greatly was not weighing in on a daily or weekly basis. Sometimes I waited six weeks. This meant that I didn't look at the scale and think, I ONLY lost 2 lbs (or whatever the amount was). Instead I was thrilled -- I lost 10 or more lbs. I expected to see a good loss because my clothes were getting baggy but It was always more than anticipated and helped me feel great and stay motivated. One additional thing that has helped me is to drink flavored water (no cal Chrystal Light). Always wished I craved plain water but it didn't ever happen. I've read for years that people often mistake hunger for thirst. In my case it was true and adding flavor to water has been a huge help in controlling my appetite. By the way, I happen to have one of the must supportive husbands in the world and without his constant encouragement doubt I'd be writing this. I feel so fortunate. Good luck to all of you who are working toward a weight loss goal. It's tough.
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