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10/22/17 7:39 A

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When I really got serious about weight loss this year, I made a firm commitment to myself that I wouldn't do anything to lose weight that I wouldn't want to do for the rest of my life. I had a gym rat phase a few years ago, but it's expensive, stressful, and guilt-inducing. So I'm done with that. So VERY LITTLE of your weight loss has to do with exercise - exercise is very important for fitness and health, but not weight loss. There's a saying, "You can't outrun your fork." If losing weight is your goal, you have to change your diet.

Try focusing on just your diet for a while. I've lost 30 lbs this year - nearly 60 over all - doing nothing more than a little yoga (at home) and easy walking (around my neighborhood) when I feel like it. As I lose, my energy is going up, and I feel more motivated to be active.

I'm short (5'2") and sedentary so I don't have a lot of wiggle room, as my calorie range is low. I have a really demanding job though, so it's easier for me to focus on my diet than to fit in exercise and burn more calories so I can eat more. I just committed to eat less.

I watch my calories, try my best to hit my carbs/ fat/ protein/ fiber goals, and drink plenty of water. I have yet to feel hungry or deprived. Of course, I stopped stress eating and eating my feelings, which was a huge help (if I do, I just track it like any other meal, and move on).

Not wanting to go to the gym does NOT mean you're a failure; it means you aren't finding that part of the process fulfilling and rewarding right now. My suggestion would be to take a break, focus on your diet alone for a month or two, and see what happens. Good luck! You can do this!



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10/20/17 10:35 A

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You need to decide if you're a morning person or a night person. There are days I glare at the alarm when it goes off at 4:30am. But when I'm walking out of the gym after my work out, I never regret it. I may have to go to bed early that night but I know I did good.

Make going to the gym a habit. Promise yourself that you will go, and do it. You are worth getting and staying healthy, so do it.

Motivating yourself isn't easy, at first. But once it becomes ingrained you'll find it harder NOT to do it.

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10/19/17 1:12 A

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I imagine how I will feel after a good work out.

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KMILLER31 Posts: 3,176
10/17/17 8:30 P

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Decide in advance, and stick to it.

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10/16/17 6:04 P

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Start by being honest with yourself. Instead of making all of these promises and excuses just say that going to the gym is not a priority right now. Or Facebook (or whatever other thing that you are doing instead) is more important than the gym right now. Be honest with yourself if the gym does not work for you. In less time than it takes to travel to and from the gym I can get a run in. Buying the few dumbbells that you need is cheaper than a gym membership for a few months. Playing in a parks and rec league could be a better motivation to get out there. Find whatever it is that you enjoy doing and it becomes easier to keep up with. Better planning could also help carve out a more convenient time for you to work out.


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10/16/17 2:55 P

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Today's story about a girl who lost ALL her weight and still feels fat. That really helped me understand that my feeling of being so-o-o-o fat, even though I've lost 100 pounds, is normal and part of the process of healing is for me to throw off that old identity and just embrace the suffering that goes with maintenance. That article helped me stay motivated.



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LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 26,763
10/16/17 2:50 P

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Actually, you DON'T want to.
IF you really did, you would do everything within your power to go. Instead you make excuses.

Weight loss is more about what and how much you eat. How about concentrating on that (and maybe just walk everyday)?
The gym may come later...

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10/16/17 1:06 P

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I try to stay motivated but I can't seem to hold myself to my promises, specifically with hitting the gym. I go to bed with a gym bag packed saying I'll go in the AM. Then I sleep in. I say I'll go after work, then I get home exhausted and promise myself I'll go tomorrow...and so on and so on. My budget is so tight I can't bribe myself. I WANT to lose weight but I just can't find it in myself. When I go I feel good but even trying to cling to that feeling doesn't help. THEN I get so discouraged I feel horrible about myself.

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