Don't beat yourself up over missteps, but do utilize those missteps to help you determine a better alternate response for the next time you find yourself in that situation.
Know yourself. There are a small group of people who have hugely lofty goals and are really happy not hitting them, but still making progress. For most of the rest of us, never hitting a goal is pretty discouraging. So make sure that your goals are achievable and appropriate for where you are. If you are entirely sedentary, an hour of exercise a day is likely going to be too much for you to keep up. If you have to have a goal to hit seven days a week, start with small things like doing one active thing a day, whether that's a single wall push up or a five minute out and back walk. Start where you are and build up from there. If you eat out twelve meals a week, there is a reason why you aren't cooking at home, so you need to identify what your obstacles are and work on overcoming or working around those rather than just deciding that those twelve meals need to be made at home from scratch asap. Build up and build in the little daily things and that really gets you a great deal of traction to keep doing what you want to be doing.
What I've noticed, though, is this-- while they say each of those things can make weight loss harder, they do not say it makes weight loss impossible. And that's what I found to be true.
I tracked everything I ate, I exercised and tracked that too-- both cardio and strength training. I was extremely careful about planning in "splurges"; I did not have "cheat days". For example, I'd eat at the lower end of my calorie range all week, in order to have "saved up" some extra calories for a piece of cake and a little ice cream at a birthday party. Averaging it all out over the week, I would still be in range. I don't know... I'd have to say that planning out my food for the day, in advance, so I knew I could stay in range-- was one of the most helpful things.
And I lost the weight.
Ruth in Cookeville, TN Central Time Zone
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I am. It's not fun trying to lose weight with it. It's a slow process and very frustrating at times. Mine is the hypoparathyroidism variety, so it effects my pituitary gland as well as my thyroid, i was diagnosed at 18 months old.
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My mother has hypothyroidism, and has had for many years, as did her mother before her. It is well controlled with medication, so long as regular bloods are taken and medications adjusted accordingly. Mum is 96 years old this month!
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I've been diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Needless to say, weight loss is very difficult for me but I've decided to just do what I need to do. I will exercise every day, keep myself hydrated and try to eat well. But for those of you who might be having the same experience.... are there any words of encouragement or hope in this weight loss battle?