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2/17/18 5:12 P

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You CAN make progress. You need to believe it, because it is true.

When you feel down, come on over to the pep talks thread

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and read a few pep talks. You're probably beating yourself up over the past rather than cheering yourself on for the future. Try to change that around! It won't happen overnight because you've spent a LOT of time with the old bad habits. That's OK. It takes a lifetime to make a new lifestyle, so might as well start today.



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2/15/18 9:50 P

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I have found that I motivate myself by having a nice outfit that does not fit me hanging in plain view. I have an old fat pic of myself on the refrigerator,I need to have a strict routine to stay motivated. By that I mean a plan for the day. I like the saying "if you fail to plan , you plan to fail". Maybe you can look forward to some kind of activity or vacation and plan to lose some weight by that time. Health issues are motivating me right now also. Keep your spirits up. Play music , have fun. Laughter is the best medicine. The happier we make our selves, the better we feel about doing really well at a new lifestyle.

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2/8/18 8:30 P

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If you keep doing what you have already been doing then the results that you get are the results that you are already getting. Which means that you have to change something. You can't put the same amount into your work and the same amount into your relationship and have nothing left over for you. That being said you don't need to find a way to cut three hours out of work and three hours out of your relationship so that you can spend six hours a day in the gym. But you do need to change some bit of time to putting in effort on the weight loss front. Try finding five minutes a day to either go for a walk (two and a half minutes out, two and a half minutes back if that is how you need to start) or to make one dietary change. You might be able to talk your partner into an after dinner walk or joining in on some sort of physical activity. If all you have time for is to walk in place during the commercial breaks of your favorite show, walk in place during the commercial breaks of your favorite show. If you have to do every other commercial to start, do it. You can always work up to more time and a faster speed if you at least have a toehold started.

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2/7/18 10:26 P

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The motivation to feel good is more effective than to look good. If looking good truly motivated people, everyone would be slim. Keep your focus on getting and maintaining a sense of vitality. And get clear whether or not you are truly motivated to be free of the hold food has on you. These two are the ones that will make you happier to achieve.

Also, know that it will take time to work out what adjustments to your eating will be sustainable. Do small-ish things first to lay the groundwork for bigger changes later. It's much easier to leave room to get tougher later than to do radical things and then be stuck with what else to do when things stall. People get so excited by early weight loss and then discouraged as it slows. Aim to get more strict a few months from now as you wean yourself off the biggest contributors to your overeating.

Look forward to how differently you'll be living a year from now. Has it ever worked to be in a hurry?

Other people might be able to do this. In fact, a lot of them won't. But YOU can do it.

Six years of maintaining a 20% weightloss and counting.
*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats.
8 years and counting! nosdiet.com/
*Get to the next meal hungry!
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2/7/18 8:36 P

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Thank you so much this was really helpful and i needed the pet talk

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2/7/18 8:35 P

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lol thank you!

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2/7/18 6:54 P

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Hi and welcome!

You have already taken the most important first step of realizing that there is an issue.

You then had the courage and good sense to take the second step of looking for knowledge and help and support - well done! Seriously, it takes a lot to get to the point of taking action, so be proud of yourself. This is a good sign that you will be able to keep taking action to create the healthier lifestyle that you want and deserve.

Which brings us to the next step --- which is where you get to look around, and read stuff, and think about yourself and your life and your priorities, and start thinking about what changes sound good to you and that you want to try. If you start by realizing that it's not all about the scale and that it all doesn't have to happen instantly (it WON'T happen instantly, no matter how much you might want it to), then you give yourself the freedom to gradually make little changes that you really enjoy. The end result of little changes is a big change: a healthy lifestyle that you and your partner absolutely love, and a healthy body able to do all the things that you want to.

So - do a bit of self-assessment, and decide what you would enjoy adding in first. Many of us find that adding in a serving of vegetables or fruits to each meal and snack is a good start - so think about a veggie omelet for breakfast, and raspberries in yogurt for a snack. Think about steaming some broccoli and cauliflower with a balsamic vinegar on the side with lunch. Think about a tuna and tomato melt with cheese as a snack, and roasting a bunch of brussels sprouts and butternut squash and carrots to go with dinner.... Before you know it, you've added a ton of nutrition, foods that you really enjoyed eating, and are more satisfied with your meals.

Seriously, look always at what you will enjoy ADDING, plan on making small changes, and over time you'll get the results that you want. Join some teams here, get involved in the chat, and you'll have tons of support.

You've taken the hardest steps, so you have sooo got this!

Sir Terry Pratchett:

"Science is not about building a body of known 'facts'. It is a method for asking awkward questions and subjecting them to a reality-check, thus avoiding the human tendency to believe whatever makes us feel good."


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2/7/18 4:44 P

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Hi i just sign up. I need to lose weight. I am extremely over weight that now its affecting me everyday. I get headaches everyday and acid reflex sometime after eating i feel tired and lazy. I want to lose weight not only to look good but to feel good I'm tired of feeling tired everyday. I sign up for a gym but the only thing is I lost motivation going to the gym. I work a full time job and have a relationship so most of my time is put into my relationship and work. I need to learn how to balance it out so i can give myself time to better my health.

Is their any tips you do to stay motivated and where do I start to change my life around for the better?

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