I THINK THAT ALL THE 4 ITEMS ARE A GOOD BEGINNING, ITS THE MOTIVATION THAT IS LACKING AT THE WRONG TIMES. I HAVE NEVER HAD ANY TROUBLE LOSING WEIGHT IN THE PAST AND TYPICALLY FOOLOW A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE. IT COULD BE MY MEDS I TAKE FOR CHRONIC PAIN THAT ARE HOLDING ME BACK.
I have to say that, for me keeping track of every bite I eat or drink I sip is the clue. I was without my computer for about three weeks and during that time put on three pounds before I realized it. I got back on the computer and now have lost the weight in the same period of time. Many of us can't eat over 1200 pounds if we just want to maintain our weight, despite what physicians may say; and I don't spend my days just sitting around watching TV. I cook, clean, do laundry, etc for 6 children and still don't burn up enough calories to eat any more than that. That means to lose I have to eat less than 1000 cal per day which makes it very difficult to get in all the necessary nutrients. That means just about no unhealthy foods unless I'm going to substitute it for something healthy. To eat a brownie or a candy bar I would have to work out for about an hour just to keep from gaining!
4/29/2012 9:06:57 AM
This article is a very informative one and very helpful. I am new to weight loss (less than 6 months) because I never had to watch what I ate or excercize and was always at a good weight. Then the dreaded 40's hit and over the past 10 years I blew up in weight without really realizing it until I saw pictures of myself. It's been a struggle ever since. I am now on a mission to lose weight because of my daughter's wedding.
The only thing I would add to this article which has helped me a lot is to keep track of the food you eat during the day. Now that I am watching portions and writing down my food intake (keeping my calories to about 1200 per day), I am realizing why I got so fat. I probably ate 5x the amount of unhealthy food I should have. NOW, when I get that craving, I check my food intake for the day and if I am close to my 1200, that desire for late night ice cream quickly vanishes. We don't realize how much we eat (or spend) until we put it on paper!
This is a great piece and effective advice. Thank you! I would like to add though, in my experience in achieving a healthier lifestyle, I have more positively felt rewarded with an improved figure, a triumph of cravings and comments from others about admiring my discipline, rather than going out and buying material things (a less desirable habit within itself as far as I'm concerned, simply because such things are "disposable"). I think that a focus on the feeling of accomplishment is much more rewarding and actually sustains the drive to staying in control of our health/weight in a much healthier way, both physically and psychologically. A great article nonetheless!
- There's another reason people (like me) skip workouts: we're dealing with a chronic condition that drains our energy. I have Fibromyalgia, and despite getting 8+ hours of sleep each night it can get really tough to keep going to the gym every day. Honestly, sometimes the appropriate action is for me to skip that morning workout and let my body get the extra rest it needs. The trick is not having that turn into the rule rather than the exception.
- Emotional eating is much more far-reaching than a bad habit. I know when I'm in emotional eating mode, there is almost a desperation that feels similar to an addiction. I would love it if these strategies worked when I'm in that state, but after 40 years of dealing with emotional eating I think this is something I need more substantial help with than a few tips in an article.
This article was ::exactly:: what I needed to read today.
I am particularly good at eating well and working out BUT the sleep thing is what I need to start prioritizing on. My alarm is set up for 4:30 am, which means I have to be in bed by 8:30 pm every night ... which hasn't happened much lately. Finally, this morning, while on my warm up walk at 5 am I realized that I was grumpy and super exhausted - not just physically, but mentally. I needed a break and SLEEP! I turned around, went home and dived back into bed. According to DH, I slept like a rock, which confirmed my need to rest.
I'm glad I made the right decision because now I feel like a whole new woman!
This was so needed and such a good read! I do my best with fitness and healthy, but I still have some of those terrible habits listed here. Thanks for posting how to fix them. This is now a favorite of mine!!
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