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My motivation sucks

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

I have to face it; I'm struggling. I haven't lost complete control of my habits, but I'm not making any progress either. I keep telling myself that I want to lose five more pounds, but in reality I know I'm not doing enough to make it happen.

My new job is going wonderfully well, but I am exhausted at the end of the day and have started skipping more workouts than usual. I haven't done a good job of switching my exercise time to the mornings so now, I'm working out about twice or three times a week and it's not at the intensity level that I need to lose the weight.

In January, I cut out carbohydrates and dropped 7 pounds, but they quickly returned once I started consuming carbs again. I know there's a disconnect between what I NEED to do and what's actually happening. The good news is that I haven't regained the 50 pounds I initially lost. June will represent eight months of "maintenance." That's a good thing. Still, I need to regain the focus that I had last year at this time.

Class reunion-wise, June and July is all the time I have left. I leave for my reunion in mid-August. Maybe I won't lose 15 pounds by then, but I sure could lose 10--if I work hard at it. The question is--am I willing to make the changes? The formula for taking the weight off is simple; one hour of exercise five days a week, including two days of weight training and three days of vigorous aerobic activity. No more than 1500 calories a day, including five servings of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and few processed foods. Also, all eating and exercise is recorded on SP.

In reality, I believe I'm getting in 2-3 moderate intensity walks a week, about 1700-2300 calories a day, including 3-5 servings of fruits and vegetables. And no food/exercise diary. Maybe log in 4x a week and spin the SP wheel.

Somehow, I need to bring back the pain of overweight. Without a good kick in the pants, this summer will slide by and I won't be any slimmer.
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    1821 days ago
    emoticon NO matter what you think! Motivation comes and goes so is life! But, for you to come here to share with us, it means you ARE a fighter and can/WILL do this girl!

    Look, I cannot tell you what is good enough for YOU but I say be gentle with yourself! YOU ARE still exercising. YOU ARE still lighter than you was a year ago! Please remind yourself of that, adjust your schedule and when YOU are truly ready...


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    1825 days ago
    Motivation comes, and motivation goes. Why? Sometimes there's an identifiable reason, more often there isn't.

    One of the things I've learned in maintenance is that my calorie range is not static. It goes up and down in response to how active I am. Sometimes I can tell why I need to eat more or eat less; other times I can't.

    I'd suggest that the most important thing to do in spite of non-motivation isn't working out. It's tracking food. If you don't track, you don't know how much you're eating. And if you don't know how much you're eating, you don't know how to adjust to meet your goals.

    Assuming that your estimate of 1700 to 2300 calories per day is accurate and it makes your weight trend go sideways, all you have to do is eat 1500 to 2100 calories per day without changing your activity level. Then your weight will go down slowly.

    Or, you could decide that you're happy with your weight where it is, continue as you have been, and call that maintenance. If you're basically healthy at your current weight, that wouldn't be the end of the world.
    1825 days ago
    You can reach your goals simply by noticing that you are AWARE of the issues and reasons. Now work a plan of tracking and be S.M.A.R.T about it.
    Look how far you've come...jobless... to pleasant working environment....single parenting...to single dating life...pre-diabetic...to non-diabetic due to YOUR efforts.

    Now you aren't going to negate that!
    So keep wearing your "big girl pants" (you know what I mean) and knock 'em dead at that reunion. You're BLESSED!


    1825 days ago
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