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want/need to lose weight but lack any motivation ... HELP

By April 30, 2012 - 11:34am

So I am about 200 lbs and im 5'7 so im significantly overweight and I hate it...I hate what I see in the mirror, I cry when I go clothes shopping so 9 times out of 10 I wear jeans and t shirts and I want to feel sexy and comfortable in cute outfits after all im only 24!!! I already lost 30 lbs just by changing my diet which was easy but now im staying at 200 and I know what I need to do, I need to exercise and I always tell myself what im going to do like walk or ride bikes with the kids etc but I never can find the motivation to actually do it...anyone have any suggestions? Plz help!!!

By November 5, 2012 - 8:21pm

Hi all,
Sharing your stories on struggles with losing weight is a great start to your journey to weight loss. This thread will motivate and encourage people to stay on track. There is no shortcut to losing weight, I used to weigh 210 lbs and I am 5'5" yes I was obese. I learned I needed to get my metabolism fired up and I did this by eating 3 meals a day with 2 snacks in between meals. I incorporated exercise on a daily basis as well, after about 6 months I hit a plateau and I stopped losing weight and didn't see any real changes in my body size. I started doing high intensity interval training, I.e. I would run as fast as I could for a minute and then walk for 2 minutes and repeat for 5 sets. This hiit helped get my routine out of a rut and it confused my body, like muscle confusion from the p90x workout. There are a lot of information on the Internet these days and YouTube also has a lot of workouts on there, go and do the research. Good luck to all on your weight loss journey and remember the only person who can stop you is you!!

November 5, 2012 - 8:21pm
By May 7, 2012 - 2:44pm

wow thank you so much great advice and i feel less weighed down after just reading your post i will definitely take ur suggestions to heart and keep u posted on my progress thanks again

May 7, 2012 - 2:44pm
By HERWriter Guide May 6, 2012 - 4:50pm

Hi laina88

Thanks for your post.

Being accountable helps people! Join a group or class, where you are expected to show up. This will help to motivate you. Set up a diet and exercise chart and tick off your accomplishments every day - it's a great feeling!

Put five dollars away for every pound lost. When you've hit your target, you'll have money for a new wardrobe!

Check out your neighborhood online - there may be walking groups or fitness groups or weight loss groups that you can join for lots of support and motivation.

Also remember that only you can really decide to lose weight. There is no magic button. You either want to work to lose the weight or you don't. No matter how much support is out there, saying "I just can't do it" isn't good enough! The true motivation has to come from within. You have lost 30 pounds, that's wonderful!  So now, take control. Stop buying the rubbish you are buying. No more pop, sugary cereals (breakfast cereal really should have 7 grams of sugar per serving or less. I recommend Fiber One - it's delicious and full of the good stuff). Read food labels. Check for sugar, salt, carbs, fat and calories. Eat tons of vegetables. Stop using sauces.

Eat fresh fruit and with veggies - don't use dressings like ranch. Carrots are great but dipped in ranch can literally result in eating more fat and calories than a cheese burger! Leave the dressings behind and look for balsamic vinegars and other low fat options. Cook with olive oil.

You have to make a decision to stop bringing the rubbish foods into your home. You can have a few treats a week but make sure 80% of your diet is completely healthy. If you are stagnant at 200 pounds then you are still not eating properly even though it's good that you have made some changes! But anyone who is eating healthful foods should not be at 200 even if they don't work out. Recheck your diet and your panty and fridge. Something is still wrong.  Keep a food journal. We vastly underestimate how much we eat and we vastly overestimate how many calories we use in a day.

Treat yourself with other options than food. And get up off the couch and exercise! Write out diet plans and dates and goals. Raise the bar and don't settle for thinking that you are always going to be fat. Losing weight will change your life and lengthen your life - and that's really good motivation right there!

Good luck!


May 6, 2012 - 4:50pm

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