Hey everybody! I haven't been here for a while because life got really busy. I didn't log my food for over a month and I ended up gaining back all the weight I had lost. Now I'm finding it difficult to keep under 1,700 calories a day and I'm not feeling very motivated to work out. :(
Problem is, I kinda need to lose some weight since now none of my summery clothes fit. I tried on everything last weekend and the stuff I could get zipped as INCREDIBLY uncomfortable and had crazy muffin top.
I guess what I'm asking, is if you guys have gotten off track like this before, and how you got yourself going again. I'd really appreciate the help.
Hey don't worry...I just got back on here. I haven't been on for prob over a month. You know what helped me...The monthly challenges to lose weight. Except I did them at home on my calendar so my hubby could help me stay focused. I have a grocery list above my calendar and right next to it I keep a final count of my calories for the day. I know that if I want to eat anything I have to write it down and that my hubby will see it. It helps..have a weigh in day one day a week and try to hit a goal weight loss at the end of the month. I also have a hard time staying under my goal calories. I give myself one day a week/ everyother week to splurge. But I know that I still have to weigh in. I made my weigh in days..mondays, just because I used to kindof over due my weekends and spend all week trying to make up for it.
I hope some of this is helpful.. Don't worry, we all hit bumps in the road to succuess.
It sucks to have to re-lose the weight, but I just keep picturing what I'm going to look like when I hit my goal. I'm drinking a ton of water, weighing myself every morning, and writing the new number on a chart I have on my fridge. I also log it here and gaze lovingly at the downslope of the chart, hehe.
The first couple of days back on track were hard- my body had to get used to an eating schedule again. But watching the scale slowly go down is worth it!
Look at before and after pictures of other people, it helps to motivate me!
I got off track for a couple months last summer and regained five pounds. I just re-committed myself to the behaviors by which I lose--working out three times a week, counting calories, balancing carbs, fats, and protein, and maintaining at least SOME caloric deficit every single day. The goal of 500 each day doesn't always happen, but as long as it's even 100 or 200 some days, I can always make it 600 or 700 for a few days to make up most of it. I got into the swing of it more easily the second time. Picking up an abandoned habit is easier than creating a whole new one.
Since getting back on track, I've lost 22 pounds. Slowly but steadily.
I've only been on here for four days, and I already feel unmotivated. I started out pretty well, but for some reason I feel as though I'm getting off track. When I feel like bingeing (pretty much all of today) I find it helps to read alot of posts on here. It helps to know people are going through the same thing.
the thing about losing weight is that its a constant uphill battle. you turn away once, say this past weekend i ate a huge bag of fried pork skins, and you feel like, "screw it. I'm happy fat. I'll stay this way." and you eat whatever.
you have to make a commitment to yourself. you love yourself. its hard when life gets busy but discover the WANT and need in yourself to stay healthy and work toward a healthy weight. if your motivation stems from how you feel or how your clothes fit, wear the clothes that are uncomfortable when you're unhealthy. you will easily remember how healthy or not you are.
in summary, practice tough love on yourself. you are a better person when you are healthy!!!! you can always bounce back from a fluke--even if that fluke lasts a few years (like my last one did!!)
I agree with Travija, you have to be committed to yourself. Don't worry its never too late .Make a fresh start ....... getting back into your summer clothes will a good source to motivate you.
Make small changes at first. I make sure my goal is to be healthier. This includes losing weight, but my primary goal is health. If you get rid of the candy first... or maybe you just go for a walk more often. Then when that starts to feel normal you can add more. Maybe you really like fresh fruits but just don't keep them around the house... hit the produce aisle baby! Do a few small things that you know you can stick to. For me it tends to be a bit of a spiral... once I get going its not near as hard... but I gotta get my foot in the door first. Even if I just feel a little better and don't lose weight for a few weeks, at least I know I've made a change towards my goal.
Its weird how once you make a few good choices in a row, you start to wonder why you ever made the bad ones. And trust me, it was just a few weeks ago that I hit a plateau and told myself I was happier just letting myself stay fat. But a few days later I decided to go to the gym... and now a couple weeks later I think the plateau is FINALLY done. I'm so glad to see that chart heading back down.