I didn't realize that I was hindering my own success by not getting enough rest. At first I thought, "Hmmm, maybe I should drink more water." The weight came off slowly, but when I actually started going to bed at a decent hour the weight dropped off with the quickness!!!!
To keep with my healthy program, I had to concede that this was a lifestyle change I've had to put away the four letter word, diet. It's not a diet-it's permanent. It's about me making good choices so that I'll live a healthier life and hopefully be around to see my grandchildren grow up. Part I: watch what I eat; stop eating junk! Part II: Exercise at least 5 days a week. Part III: If I have a setback, don't sweat it; get up dust off my pants and get back on the horse!
You can try again really you can. I had just about given up trying to lose this excess weight. Looking for the miracle answer I didn't know where to turn. Finally after realizing I had the answer right in front of me in my living room. I have all the books based upon The Biggest Loser plan and I started reading them. I realized that actually reading about a full lifestyle change plan then implementing it is the thing that works. The key is not just to be motivated by need to get healthy but ....
It is said it takes 21 consecutive days of doing something new for it to become a habit. I disagree--I think it takes longer and you have to WANT to do it. When I joined sparkpeople, I KNEW it would take me MUCH LONGER to get USED TO TRACKING my food,fitness, and navigating my way around the site.
Finding mentors for healthy eating and exercise was key for me. Modeling some of my behavior on the positive examples of healthy friends and removing many of the negative influences has changed my life.
We have goals, we strive to meet them, then life takes over. Promise yourself a simple goal or two, turn it into a streak. As SP says, it takes 21-40 days to form a habit. Once it's a habit...it's a lifestyle change! Repeat!
Celebrate healthy food, don't lament the bad stuff.
There is no better motivation in my book than to see my dog's exuberance when he sees me putting my shoes on for our morning walk. Dogs need exercise, and as their steward you must walk them. Don't cheat the little fella out of his joy by just walking to the fire hydrant at the end of the block.