mental block preventing weight loss?

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Last year I went from 255 to 205...and there's where I stayed. I ended up gaining some weight back at the end of last year and ended up back at 214.4.
For some reason, I can't get below 200. This is a pretty big deal for me, and many of us I know. What is it in my brain that makes me quit before I reach my goals?

In January, as per the usual new years hoopla of losing weight, the girls at work began a "biggest loser" type of thing where we are tracking water drank, exercise, and weight loss (once a week). I've gone from 214.4 to 204 so far! Just 5 lbs away from 199!

I've been exercising this week every day for 30 minutes on the treadmill...I know that's not much, I used to do one hour a day, but I've been in a bit of a funk when it comes to exercise, and I'm finding that that the thought of a 30 minute workout is less daunting to me than a full hour. Not really dieting, but trying to fo things the "healthy way" cutting back, cutting sodium, drinking loads of water. I have to do this in a way that I can see working long term...I've stuck to strict diets in the past...and then of course gained back what I lost plus more!

I've been looking for recipes that are quick, easy, healthy...any suggestions?
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    One thing I've seen mentioned more than a few times is the baggage, as it were, whether emotional or mental. Very very few people set out to gain weight as a conscious decision. More often it happened when food became a substitute or solution for something.

    Maybe some particular emotion is one that isn't acceptable. We can't be angry or unhappy or grieving or bored or antagonistic or afraid. Getting back down close to a milestone weight can revive buried emotions or remind us of past stresses. Some people can even name off things like "the last time I was 185 pounds, this happened". (It can even be an otherwise positive thing ... such as the lightest weight our spouse has ever seen us; will he/she love us if we are less than that?)

    Like you, I make a lot of my choices based on "can I do this long term? Is this how I want to live my life?" Working out 30 minutes daily is fine (as long as we don't keep eating like we're working out 60 minutes daily, of course).

    Have you checked out the many SparkRecipes? If you're only cooking for one or two, I recently joined a team dedicated to adjusting meals and recipes for that. If you're cooking for a family, some of the crockpot meals are quick (in the sense of how much time you spend - not how long they take to finish). Pre-cooking things like chicken on the weekend and using it in several meals can save time.


    Just keep yourself focused on living in a healthy manner and that 200 milestone will be behind you before you know it.
    2860 days ago
  • BOVEY63
    I've been in that exercise funk too and had actually started a blog called "In a funk" but still haven't finished it. You may not be doing the hour you were before, but you're exercising and that's what counts; and you will be back to the hour before you know it.
    I also believe that you will hit the below 200 goal soon!
    2860 days ago
    Keep keeping at it don't look at scale ;) mind is climbing but I can run 10x more mikes then when I was this weight when I started
    2860 days ago
  • CKGO69
    My suggestions isn't diet related, but you comment about the exercise funk rang a bell with me. I think we've all felt that way at some point. When I don't want to exercise, I play head games with myself. I'll tell myself that I only have to do 30 minutes. When 30 minutes is up, I'll challenge myself to another 5 or 10 minutes and so on. Usually, I find that I can make it to at least 45 minutes, if not an entire hour. Sometimes the only way we can make ourselves exercise is to play those head games. Keep up your hard work. I know it's depressing to get stuck at a certain weight, but, if you keep doing everything 'right,' you will eventually bust that hump. It's inevitable. Best of luck to you!
    2860 days ago
    I suggest not trying to do anything strict as it never sticks with you. Make this an eating plan...plan how you will eat...maybe just add in more fruits and veggies to what you already eat and slowly increase them. Eating healthy takes some work and time, so make time in the evenings or during that time of day you have more time to prepare the raw fruits and veggies for the next day or 2, as well as your meals. My husband and I make larger dinners and package up the leftovers for the next days lunch.

    For exercise, since you like 30 minutes, try to squeezze 2-30 minute sessions in per day of different exercises. Go for a brisk walk once and an exercise video at another time. Sounds like the treadmill is getting "boring" for you and your body needs other types of exercise to kick it in gear for more weight loss.

    Hope this helps.
    2860 days ago
    I would just stick to the "fresh" or frozen veggies and eat lite. I am in the same dreadful place -- just needing to get below 200. I would be happy to encourage you and stick with this effort. Unlike you, I don't have a workplace -- I just work at home -- but I'm here for you. We CAN DO this!!

    2860 days ago
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