Needing some help...

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

I am falling behind in my workouts and motivation is failing as well. I have been working towards eating better for the last three months and I feel as though I haven't seen ANY results! :-[ I am feeling discouraged. I am working towards the Couch to 5K, but that is all I seem to have energy for lately.

I know I haven't been on here much to keep up with everyone and receive some encouragement back, but I am hoping to change that [although work has me pretty tied up all day everyday, darn tax season].

Hope all is well with all my Spark friends.
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    Think back to what it was that motivated you to make this change in the first place. Find a picture of yourself that you hate to look at and post it somewhere you can see it when you are feeling week. Try to keep your exercise clothes in your car so you can go right after work rather than going home first. You can do this!!!! Reach down in and find the strength.
    2957 days ago
    Okay, good news and bad news...

    Good news--any kind of workout gives really good benefits to the body. I have a 15 minute daily commitment and it has really paid off in strength and flexibility. If you are getting towards the 5 K, that is awesome! Serious pats on the back.

    Bad news--if you have pounds you want to take off, then food is the key (I think I read that it is about an 85% food to 15% exercise split). I've found that using the nutrition tracker and trying to get the recommended daily calories in the recommended portions of fat, protein, and carbs (I also track sodium) has been the single biggest key to my success. The reports let me see trends--like, for example, I've been eating more carbs and less protein for a few weeks which has led to feeling hungrier. So now I'm doing my midmorning and midafternoon snack with high, lean protein.

    Even when I go off track, waaaaay off track sometimes, I still enter everything I eat. Sometimes, just knowing that is what I am going to do will stop me from making an unhealthy choice. And sometimes it won't, but I least I'm conscious of what I am doing.

    This isn't rocket science--it's calories in versus calories out. The tough part comes in the behaviour changes we need to make to get there. I challenged myself to totally follow the nutrition tracker for my first two weeks and it was a total pain and took giant amounts of will power. But I liked the results at the end of the two weeks and so I 'renrolled' for another week. Each week I commit to doing because I know I can get through a week, but I sure as heck can't get through the two years it will take me to lose 200 pounds...

    There, my two cents worth.

    Like I said, just the fact that you are keeping up with your exercise seems like a huge positive to me!
    2957 days ago
    I hear ya!! The Couch to 5K is awesome! That's great you are keeping up with that! Remember ANY little thing you do in a day works toward your goal. Do whatever you can! Soon you'll be finding that you are doing more and more and WANT to do it. :)

    Take care
    2957 days ago
    This can be such a thankless task sometimes, working all out with nothing to show for it - but thats when you really need to push just that bit more or you end up on the slow road backwards.

    Find some goal that is achievable for next week, short term goals are the ones to aim for whilst reaching for the long term ones. But you must give yourself a reward too.

    My short term goals are several 5-10 min workouts during the day because my days are so tied up. Short burst of energy are better than nothing at all.

    Keep going my dear, the body will catch up and give you a pleasant surprise, just don't give up!

    M x
    2957 days ago
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