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9/16/13 8:51 P

Hi Beth! I completely understand where your coming from. I used to do the same always looking into 'DIETS'. I also know how hard it is to not have that drive to get you started in the right direction. What I have learned is that first diets DONT work; well they do but not in the long run, because well think about it do you want to eat cabbage soup for the rest of your life? No, right! So I learned that its not about finding a diet but a LIFESTYLE change in general. something that your committed to for life and something that works with your life. I became vegan (I by all means am not telling you to do the same) after watching "Forks over Knife" on Netflix (I do strongly suggest you watch this documentary :)). I believe what worked there was truly knowing what food was doing to my body. I think its a good step to start, this works specially well when it comes to junk food. When ever I want something i know its not good for me I google the ingredients I dont know how to pronounce or dont know what they are and why they have been put in that food. Ex: Red40 is a carcinogen and its band in all European countries! makes you wonder :) Find a life style that works for you and stick to it and forget about diets :D

When it comes to the fitness part I tell myself "I know it sucks to workout but it sucks even more to have a muffin top!" :P Now working out is a part of my day and heaven have mercy on anyone around me on the days I dont workout! hehehe

I hope this was of some help! Best of luck :)

BETHD0802 Posts: 2
9/16/13 8:19 P

Thank you both for giving me some tips. Before it seemed so easy to just change up my eating habits. Not sure if it's getting older and being set in my ways, or the fact there are two other people that need to eat in my house (husband and son), but it seems so much harder. But I'm going to take your advice and make small changes!

TONYAB2000 Posts: 1,259
9/16/13 3:13 P

I agree with DragonChilde. When I decided I was tired of being overweight and unhealthy, I started small. I started drinking water...a lot of water. I added more fruits and veggies to my diet. And I got up and started moving. I started a C25K program but I spent about three weeks on the first week because I was so out of shape. Don't aim for perfection right away and don't stress about the scale. Work on changing over to a healthy diet, lowering your calorie intake, and becoming more active. You will feel better in no time and the weight loss will come. Don't let minor setbacks stress you out. Shake them off and keep on going. Good luck to you!

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9/16/13 3:00 P

Start small. The main reason a lot of people don't ever do anything is because they feel like it's all or nothing.

I started REALLY small. I started mixing my pasta half and half, whole wheat and regular. With t hat tiny step, I was able to reduce portions, stay fuller longer... and realize that eating healthier wasn't all that bad. :) From there I started making small changes (baby steps, as they're called here) that built on previous successes. I started measuring my pasta so I was only preparing an actual 2 oz serving. I started focusing on getting more veggies. I aimed to follow the government's food plate.

Build a base of basics. Don't try to change your entire lifestyle at once!

BETHD0802 Posts: 2
9/16/13 1:25 P

I'm a WW drop out (a few times over). I am addicted to reading about the latest diet or exercise plan. I achieved a 30+ pound weight loss about 14 years ago, was able to keep it off until I had a child and went back to work. Stress eating took over and I haven't looked back since.

I "know" what to do to lose weight, I know what made me successful in the past. But I can't seem to get myself to implement it. Has anyone else had this mental roadblock? And how have you overcome it to achieve your goals?


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