Losing weight isn't the problem at all, the lifestyle is the problem so that is what needs to be fixed. However to fix your lifestyle it take a long term commitment. Committed changes take time so you can learn them, adapt to them and adapt them to you, and eventually love them.
Getting in water is one of the hardest challenges for me. I typically just don't drink a lot of fluids. So here is what I have learned to do to help. I have 2 water bottles at all times. One in front of me and one in the refrigerator.
We all have those time when the unexpected comes up and we didn't properly plan ahead. Often time we feel like we blew it. However, that isn't the case. One meal will not destroy everything you have been working hard for. Go into the next meal the way you normally would.
I am learning to make exercise a normal part of my day, the same as taking a bath, brushing my teeth, and eating dinner. It shouldn't be something that you pencil into your day, just so you can have the option to erase it later.
Bob Harper from the Biggest Loser said, "There is no finish line . . ." This really hit the nail on the head for me. That is when I realized that weight loss wasn't my goal, a healthy lifestyle was my goal. Point is, when you reach your "goal" weight you can't just stop there.
It is amazing to see what you really eat when you write it down. What I find to be most helpful is the idea that it keeps me accountable and on track. When I am tracking my food intake I snack less and eat healthier. Being accountable for what you are doing so important to your success.
If I start to feel like I am getting in a snacking mood, I ask myself, "Why do I want something to eat right now?" I heard this somewhere, and I wish I credit the proper person for it but, I have used it ever since. "If hunger isn't the problem, then food isn't the solution!"
I gain the majority of my motivation from helping and talking with others. I feel like I have to "practice what I preach." How can I help someone, if I'm not willing to do the same thing for myself. Knowing that I am helping others, inspires me to learn more and do better.
I think it is important to find your limit. I tend to workout 30-45 min twice a day, 4-6 days a week. I know within time I will be able to increase that little by little, but for now that is my limit. Going above and beyond that has negative results.
I will NOT deprive myself of the the foods I love, even if they are "bad" for me. In all reality it is only "bad" for me if I eat it in a bad way. Moderation and planning is the key. We can tell ourselves all we want that we aren't going to eat X anymore, but that just isn't realistic.