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5/17/18 10:28 A

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NIRERIN, I know this is an old post but Thank You So Much!! I can't stand most vegetables either! I am going to try your suggestions!! A big hug goes out to you!! :)

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my motivation is self praise of what i accomplishment. i do not use reward.

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1/24/18 12:10 P

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I think there's a lot of great advice for you below.

I would also suggest trying roasting veggies, and pairing them with things you like. Eg sautéed kale with sweet potato and onion with an egg on top for breakfast (if you like any of those things). I am not a fan of boiled veggies, I prefer roasting or sautéing.

I also add some veggies into my smoothies/protein shakes. I'll add greens to a shake that has some coffee- you don't even taste it.

Again, start small and work your way up. Think about what your motivation is. Find non-food rewards (there are some great articles here about them). For me, those are facials, pedicures, new workout gear, and saving up for trips. You have to figure out what works for you.

Healthy choices and actions have positive impacts, even if the scale doesn't move!

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1/24/18 10:57 A

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1/22/18 2:22 P

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Begin by eating more fruit and veges. Limit carbs and watch portions. Walk outside and get fresh air.

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1/9/18 7:46 A

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Lots of good information in the posts below. I lost my weight by going to a program with a health coach once a week but that wouldn't have helped if I hadn't been willing to see myself worthy of change and stuck with it for a year. You can do it! Be kind and loving to yourself -- that is hard when we are not where we want to be, but trust me, it isn't all about the weight either.

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1/9/18 6:53 A

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Stay active with lifestyle sports : skiing, surfing, standup paddling, tennis, hiking, cycling, golf, etc...Stay active with fun as the goal every time.

Eat simple, natural foods in moderation most of the time. Grow you own food in a little garden if you can. Be choosy in the grocery stores. Simple, easy to understand ingredients is preferred most of the time. I don't shop very much in the middle isles of most grocery stores. I go into the fruits and veges then I go around the back, and over towards the far side... in most stores. Nothing very useful is in the middle isles except toilet paper Smile Seek out farmers markets and health food sections and be selective based on price. There is a ton of supposedly "healthy" stuff that is over priced and hyped up... Use your brain.

Drink water based things with only real sugar if any. Stay away from all sodas all the time. Stay away from all of the hyped up caffeine drinks and the super rich fruity sweet garbage drinks. Drink water and simple low sugar juices. That is it. Tea or coffee in small amounts. Beer n wine is fine in moderation. There is nothing good about hard alcohol in my opinion. If you love it, drink it in very small amounts in moderation.

Eat slower, and eat big meals earlier in the day.

There you have it. Simple. Exercise, eat natural and in moderation. Enjoy.

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1/7/18 10:00 A

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The poster below has some excellent advice about trying new ways to prepare foods you may not be naturally drawn to. It's also good to remember both that you can train yourself to like new foods with repeated exposure and our tastes also change as we age. So there may be vegetables that you think you don't like, and that you've been avoiding, and when you try them again you may find you like them more than you used to. Try to keep an open mind and try not to repeat blanket negative statements to yourself like "vegetables make me gag".

It's ideal to work more fruits and vegetables into your diet, but if you want to lose weight, just reducing the portion sizes of the foods you currently eat will also work.

Relaxing one's rules for a special occasion or to keep from feeling deprived can be a good thing, but rather than thinking of those occasions as "cheats", I do think it's more helpful for your long-term success to build that right into your plan. If you go out to eat on Saturday and you think it's a cheating opportunity you're likely to make the most of it, and then feel bad afterwards... while if you know that you are going out to eat on Saturday you can make Thursday a lower-calorie day, add some extra minutes of activity Saturday during the day, order what you want but take half home, and employ other strategies to compensate for the caloric excesses that make life tasty while still leaving you feeling good about your choices.

You've already gotten started (you're here, and looking for help, and that is a great step to have taken)... now you need to forgive yourself for not being perfect and work on finding what's going to work for you.

Good luck!

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1/7/18 8:59 A

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You have to be patient and there isn't any way around that. Your current weight is the sum average of what you have been doing for the past months and years. There isn't anything, short of surgery, that you can do in the short term that magically erases all that has come before. You have to start where you are and slowly work that long term average to where you want it to be.

Instead of having cheat days, perhaps try finding meals that you enjoy eating that meet your calorie and nutrient needs.

If all vegetables really make you gag then your best bet is to see a licensed mental health professional. Potatoes are different from mushrooms which are different from carrots which are different from asparagus which are different from onions. There are loads of textures and tastes available and gagging on all of them in really a sign of something that you need to deal with.

Odds are you like at least a few vegetables, so work those in the most frequently and keep trying others to find preparations that you do like. When I say keep trying, I don't mean make up a giant pot of something you don't like everyday. What I mean is start by keeping a list of vegetables to try. Week one take the first one or two vegetables on the list and buy one of them, depending on how much time you have to try new things and your cooking skills. Let's say you have zucchini and carrots. Buy one zucchini and maybe two carrots. The idea is to try new things and find something you like, not to make yourself choke down something you can't stand. Cut the first quarter of the zucchini, slice it thinly, toss in about a teaspoon of olive oil and lay flat on a baking sheet, Bake, turning once, until crispy and you have zucchini chips. Just about all root vegetables are pretty great this way. Try the zucchini chip. By zucchini on your list make a note that you tried chips and make a note of what you did or didn't like about it. By making notes like this you can work to find preparations that you'd like more. So if texture is the issue you can find a prep that alters the texture. I hate the texture of onions, so I usually mince them and put them in other dishes and have no issues. If it is flavor that is the issue then you need to find a prep with stronger flavors that you already like. By zeroing in on what's not working, you can more easily find what will. Perhaps the same day take about half of a carrot, cut it into rounds, and sautee with herbs until tender. Again, make notes about what you did or didn't like. Day two you tackle the next 1/4 of the zucchini. Perhaps cut it into roughly the same shape as the pasta you are using in a dish. Again, make notes. Day three you try the another half of a carrot raw with a dip you already like. You can also shred the next 1/4 of the zucchini and mix it with egg in a scramble or quiche or whathaveyou. Day four you can cut the last 1/4 of the zucchini into rounds, sautee and top with parmesan. Day five you tackle another half carrot and shred it into some pasta sauce. Day six you julienne the carrot and add a dressing, either like coleslaw or oil and vinegar or something asian. Again, keep taking notes about what does and does not work for you. You can mash things into potatoes, sautee with garlic and rosemary, roast, put into pot or shepard's pies, add to pasta or rice or mach and cheese, top with cheese or other sauces, boil, steam, chop, mince, slice and so many other preparations. Use small portions to try them out with little to no obligation until you find something that you like. Once you find something that you like, add it to your regular rotation. After you tackle the first two on your list, try three and then four and five. When you reach the end of your list (which should be a few months away), you start over again with different preps, perhaps using one that you have found you like on another vegetable.

Also, start where you are. Don't compare yourself to what you want to be doing, instead make it your goal to do a little better than you did yesterday or last week. Over time you will get to where you want and need to be.

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1/7/18 1:18 A

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1/6/18 9:49 P

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Motivation comes from within.
You have to figure out your WHY and then you have to work towards your goal.

And ditch the thought of cheat days. They are counterproductive.

"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand."
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1/6/18 7:50 P

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Need some serious motivation on getting started with a weightloss program... I m at my heaviest... I weighed less even when I was pregnant 🙈... my biggest problems are lack of patience, rewarding myself with cheat days way too often, and overthinking :/... I also hate vegetables and seeing everyone post about salads and their veggie portions just demotivates me even more because I can’t eat vegetables... makes me gag :(.... so would love to get some help/ motivation on how to push myself to get started... thanks 😊

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