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KELLIEBEAN Posts: 6,835
9/20/12 10:31 P

A big high five for getting on this site and for posting a message. Like everyone said, keep reading the boards. Read the blogs of people who have made great changes in their lives. They are very inspirational! Good luck to you! I'll be talking to you!

ANDREAG89 SparkPoints: (27,515)
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9/20/12 10:11 P

The tough love message is that motivation has to come from within to create action.

If it helps, stay on this site as much as possible.
Tell as many people as possible about your goals - maybe it's just to walk a 1/2 mile a day, or whatever, but they can help keep you accountable.

My motivation is that I think about how I am 41 right now and wondering what my 50's are going to be like - am I going to be put on medication for type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure if I don't get healthy now? It's possible. So I want to do what I can NOW to make sure my future has a healthier outlook.

Best wishes on your journey. Read as much on this web site that you can to help "Spark" yourself on the path to better health!

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9/19/12 6:30 P

really "just food

meals consist of a protein, starch and vegetables
don't really snack
don't eat "fast food"

I just tend to put too much on plate
this is what I've really been trying to work on
cutting down to one piece of "meat/chicken" and only one "scoop" of starch
almost never fry food anymore also

my other problem is "alcohol"
when I go out I like a beer/wine or two - I know that's "empty calories" but......

AUNTMISSA Posts: 136
9/19/12 10:05 A

i also love food! i dont do the "replace a meal with a shake" thingy cuz i love the "eating" part.i heard it takes about 21 days of consistency for something to become a "habit".if you start changing some things u eat,say go from white bread to wheat or have veggies for your snacks,it will become much easier after 21 days of consistency.
what kinds of foods r u eating???

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9/19/12 10:00 A

Well that's a good start. Stick with it.

Motivation is certainly the hard part. I can't really help. Small tricks at the start was the way I managed to get over that hurdle and it kind of snowballed into a healthy way of life.

Maybe something like a bet with someone? That was one of my tricks early in my process. I set a reasonable goal and if I didn't make it I would have to pay out. If I did, they had to. If you have someone else that wants to lose weight you could try making it a competition to see who loses the most.

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9/18/12 6:02 P

thanks for all your responses

I know I would be "healthier" if I lost weight
I try to focus on that but it is so difficult
Motivation does come from within - it shouldn't be to be a smaller size or because the doctor says so or for someone other than yourself - I need to find "that thing" inside me that will give me the willpower and that is where I am finding it hard

I'm not a "sweet food" or "snack food " eater I am a poor portion control person
I have tried to use a smaller plate and use half for vegetables, a quarter for "starch" and a quarter for "protein" - I don't eat after dinner - I never go for seconds
Oh and I never drink soda

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9/18/12 12:56 P

I was in the same boat. I was happy with myself, and my health was good. I said, 'I don't need to lose weight for everyone else, I'm good with myself.'

And nothing I did made a difference for my weight.

Until I realized I was going to die young because of it. Think about it... How many obese old people do you see? You get heavier as you get older, it's a fact of life, but where can you go if you're heavy to start with?

As for loving food, I still enjoy food, and my 'diet plan' isn't really a diet plan per se. It's portion control, making healthier food choices, and listening to your body tell you its full. Instead of going up for 3rds(or 4ths) I only have 1 plate. I still eat the things I love, just a lot less. I'll have one cookie instead of 10. And eating healthy isn't bad either, I've actually learned to enjoy raw vegetables without dip.

Eventually you won't even want to eat as much. After 2 years and 115 pounds, I couldn't even begin to eat the amount of food that I used to...

9/18/12 10:55 A

Hello! All I can say is this. I was 238 lbs 1 month and 2 weeks ago. I didnt think I needed to lose weight because I was happy and I loved food too. It took the point and time where I went to the doctor and them tell me all my blood work is good, but I am extremely heavy for my height and I need to do something about it before it turns my situation bad. She told me prevention is the key.... not waiting for the bad and then trying to cure it.
It took me about 2 weeks to get in the right mindset. I started talking to my parents about it, they were on board with me getting healthy. Then I sat down with my boyfriend and went over everything. He was deffinitely supportive and he let me know that of course its not going to be easy but well worth it when I see and feel even better that I do now.
I have been using spark people getting YUMMY recipes for all the food I LOVE!!! along with doing floor workouts and lights weights ( things I found online) and Ive been losing weight like crazy.
Im not saying its easy, thats for sure. But there ARE healthy AMAZING food. The same things you would order out....but 1.) made at home 2.) tastes great 3.) healthy!

I believe you can do it. If you tell yourself "im going to do this for my future, my heath" then you can do it. Not for that tiny dress at the store, not for any man, not for any parent....but for yourself. To live a happy, long, healthy life.

Goodluck in your venture! you will do great! utilize this website... and talk to people when you need help!

WYNTER61 Posts: 52
9/18/12 10:45 A

To be honest with you nothing will change in your life until you get your mind right. Motivation only helps when your mindset is changed. When you get tired of getting tired and realize that only good things will happen with an effort on your part you will see that it's okay to LOVE FOOD just don't let it consume you. Look within first and everything else will follow.

I know the road your on...been there...still there...everyday is a challenge..but I take a positive step everyday. My journey started late 2009 in December when I saw a picture of myself at a restaurant and could not believe it. I prayed about it and didn't know where to start. I found an article about a race being held on January 1st 2010 called Resolution Run and what better way to start. I signed up for the 10k and with no intense training I was out there with my family cheering me on. It was the change in my life. Since then I have run numerous 5k's and a few 10k's and no I don't eat well all the time and no I don't exercise 7 days a week but yes I try and do a race every month with about 15 under my belt since my start. I have lost 70 pounds and have kept it off. I still need to lose about 15 - 20 more.

So asking for motivation is okay when you need a push but being motivated comes from within. I hope this helps a little.

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9/18/12 9:31 A

Hi all
I am new to this site
I am looking for some motivation ideas

I am 240lbs. and 5 foot 3 inches so obviously I need to lose weight but.....
I am not motivated to do this
I am not motivated by looking at a smaller size dress, visualizing me as thinner, health wise I feel good so I don't feel motivated

Help please

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