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NANCYPAT1 Posts: 59,556
1/26/13 9:13 P

You already have great suggestions, but it can NOT be said often enough that losing that DIE T mentality and making gradual changes to improve your health - NOT EXPECTING TO BE PERFECT - and simply trying to make better choices more often each day starting with a clean slate. Today I will . . . NOT . . . I MUST, simply I will make the best choices I can and hope that at the end of the day there will be MORE better choices than I made before and doing this over and over and over again results in losses like Coach Nancy's 80 lbs. and my own 50 and eventually 200. I think that when we expect perfection, we just give up - it really IS impossible to be PERFECT and to make PERFECT choices 100% of the time - progress, choices and improvement are the words to keep in front of you on your journey.

INNERBEAUTY78 Posts: 217
1/26/13 4:46 P

DEIDREALLEN - I would recommend reading a book called the Paleo Solution - The Original Human Diet by Robb Wolf. After reading this book I was shocked at how much the food we eat effects every organ in our body and then some. I struggle to stay motivated myself, but this book really put things into perspective and almost made you afraid to eat certain foods.

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1/26/13 3:36 P

It's very easy for all of us to make excuses for not doing things. If you are really serious about losing weight, make yourself a priority. Plan meals before you go shopping, and plan how and when you will use any left-overs. Don't buy foods that you know will be temptations for you. Set aside at least 15 minutes every day to exercise. Swim, walk, use fitness equipment you have at home. In other words, don't make excuses... just do it!

BRITOMART Posts: 8,305
1/26/13 2:53 P

Habits. We let ourselves get into bad habits--immobility, overeating the wrong things. ANY habit is hard to break, but no one WANTS to break the good ones.

The only way I've found, as Coach Nancy says, is to change your mind. Kill the word 'diet' (as a verb), and make a healthy process your goal.

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1/26/13 9:11 A

You can do took me 3 1/2 years to lose 80 pounds and while that may seem sooo slow for many, what it taught me was to make this a lifestyle and not just a temporary means to get the weight off. I have kept the weight off for 4 1/2 years and it's the first time in my 51 years that I have not only lost the weight, but kept it off.

Be well!

Coach Nancy

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1/26/13 9:01 A

I am realizing that processed foods make me sick sometimes. Like I had a homemade salad this morning for breakfast and felt better, but then I had some processed meat but it didn't taste good to me. Trying to make these changes to help my daughter and me; I think she's ashamed because I am overweight but she is developing my habits too and she's only 11.

Yes, I am 30 plus yo-yo dieter, also. I have had low self-esteem from it and didn't really believe that I could make those changes you are suggesting but I have just not on going. I went through major depression for a while after my husband passed away, but that has been almost nine years ago. I am better now but I remember all that.

I want to get healthy and take better care of myself. Thanks for your suggestions!

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1/26/13 8:51 A


As a thirty plus year yo-yo dieter, what finally got me off the diet roller coaster was letting go of the diet mentality. That I had to be perfect. To look at every positive step I took each day as a plus regardless of the negatives ones I took with them. If I had only 10 minutes to workout versus my usual 30 minutes, I did something. Every day I would strive to have more positive steps.

Many of us have lived years of making not so healthy choices so we can't expect to change overnight, however, by having some Fast Break Goals (maybe drinking water in place of soda, coffee and tea, or getting 8 hours of sleep per night) this may be the stepping stone to moving forward on your healthy living journey!

Hang in there!

Coach Nancy

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1/26/13 7:47 A

I have had the best intentions to eat healthy and stay fit. I get started ,see results , and then I start to get unmotivated but know that I need to keep trying. I am a yo-yo dieter. I used to get it off fast when I was younger but now I am almost 50. It's harder for me. I have had these health issues come up b/c I am prediabetic with a fatty liver, and a benign cyst on my left kidney just really scares me. I know I have to make these lifestyle changes to my diet and get fit or I am going to die young which I don't want to do. I am raising my daughter as a single mom working full-time. I know what I need to do, but's hard to stay motivated. Does anyone else struggle with this?

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