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19lbs down, 30lbs to go... How do I keep motivated and keep losing?


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Hi there,

So far I've lost 19lbs, and up until this week I've felt pretty motivated and been very strict with myself.

I still have 30lbs to lose, but as I've started to see changes in my body I've started to be less strict with myself - my portions are getting bigger and my treat days are becoming more and more regular...

Today I was really disappointed to have only lost 1lb and that's why I'm reaching out.

Has anyone else experienced anything like this? Can anybody help me or give me any tips to stay on track?

I really want to be successful and finally lose this weight so that I can get on with my life!

With hopes to hear from you soon,

A slightly desperate littlehousewife xxx
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Congratulations on the loss so far!

Find out what you're happy to change long term, some things you're doing now may not suit your life or preferences. If you're finding your rate of weight loss is too much pressure, you can also make the deficit smaller so you lose gradually over a larger time period, its your life after all, there is no rush unless you're doing a crash diet.

For example, if you have a favorite meal thats not necessarily the most nutritious choice, have half and fill the rest of the plate up with veg. If you find you're wanting sweet foods, have some fruit with greek yogurt and cinnamon or some oats with honey and berries. If you're craving, have a small piece of what you want, count it in your day and move on. Your eating doesn't have to be perfect, it just has to be nutritious and healthy enough to negate the negative effects of your treats, eg 90% good, 10% whatever you want.

You have done SO well so far on losing 19lbs, so you can't give up now!

The way I look at it is that dieting and exercise is VERY hard work, and it is a constant struggle to try to lose weight...what is the point in stopping and then putting all that weight back on (probably more than you weighed originally as that's always the way!) and all of that hard work and dedication has been a complete waste of time. Remember all those times you said no to a certain food and thought 'wow, well done me!' or those times when you've been exercising and wanted to die...all of that would be for nothing.

I know 1lb isn't a lot of weight to lose in 1 whole week of being good and trying so hard, but it is a healthy loss and atleast it is not a gain! The experts reccomend 1-2lbs of weight loss per week, so yes it does not exceed your expectations, but it is perfectly normal...plus, i'm sure other times you've lost slightly more than you expected (maybe 3lbs a week) so this makes up for it.

The way I am looking at things at the moment is that this is a lifestyle change and not a 'diet' as such, so that I keep with the healthy eating etc even when I have reached my goal weight, so I don't put it all back on.

It scares me when you see pictures of people in their 40's/50's etc who are very overweight, and then you see a picture of them in their 20's with a great body.....what the hell am I going to be like at that age when I have an overweight body right now and as you get older it gets harder to lose weight? Especially when you have kids, it makes life so much harder, so i'd rather do it now and try to maintain it all!

Anyway, I am rambling now, but really all I wanted to say is that you can't give up now...I bet everyone that's been on here a few months has had atleast a few days, if not weeks where they have felt like jacking it all in and giving up, but you've just got to work through it and stick to it!

:) chin up!

ps. I totally agree with mythals in regards to having a little of what you fancy doesn't harm!

Tip #1 Find a picture of yourself at your biggest and tape it on your dressing mirror to remind you how far you've come. Tell yourself that you'll never be their again!

 

Tip #2 Buy one piece of clothing that you would like to fit into that is one size too small. Don't hide it away in your closet. Hang it somewhere that you will be able to see it everyday.

If you like the weight loss you've seen at 19 pounds, just imagine how'll good you'll look when you drop another 30 lbs! That is what I would use as motivation. 

I like tip #1 from slyone, keep a picture of your former self around. It can be good motivation . Also, pick some kind of model out that you can look like if you keep losing and pushing for your goal weight/shape. That can help too. Making that number on a scale into something tangible really helps focus your energy on that goal.

Congratulations on losing the 19lbs!  I've hit a few non-motivational spots in my diet.  Especially after my husband told me he didn't want me to lose any more weight.  Even though my goal was still 5 lbs away, I lost the motivation and allowed myself to slip.  I regained 10 lbs and am was 15lbs off my target again.  I went back and found a picture of myself at the original 186 lbs and posted it to my mirror and I carry one in my car.  I'm back to 9 lbs off.  Don't give up.  Tell yourself you're worth it and think about how great you're going to feel when you reach your goal.  

Keep it up!  You're doing great.

Congratulations! That's a huge goal to achieve! 20 pounds!! Take a look at progress and your new body. It will only get better than this. If you feel like your diets slipping, it's good that you've recognized it before you actually GAINED weight back. Keep going strong!!

Great job!!.  I am totally in the same boat as you....this is week 8 for me and I have lost the motivation I had at the start.  I'm down 16lbs. and have noticed that I have nearly stopped exercising.  My 'treats' are more frequent and I rationalize it by telling myself I can have it cause I've done so well.

 

I think we need to find a 'goal item', some piece of clothing we will not fit in now and hang it up where we will see it all the time...for you it might be that elusive swimsuit you havn't worn for awhile.  Just remember.....it took us a long time to put the weight on...it will take awhile to come off.  Don't think of losing wieght....most things that are lost are usually found, so think of it as releasing the weight....give it a funeral and say goodbye...never to be seen again!!!

It will pass. We all go through this. Just gut it out and remember that it's like everything else in life, after a few days you'll feel different.

I didn't lose anything today after 2 days of hard work and excellent meal planning. Had to shrug it off and move on. I know the scale will move soon. It always does.

For years, I would lose 20 pounds, feel better and gain it back and start all over again. But this LAST time I lost over 80. The difference was it was a lifestyle change. It was not about being strict to lose weight, but I focused on eating things that made me feel better. I did not exercise to lose weight, but because it made me feel stronger. It also gave me some much needed me time (I have four little kids). I found to succeed I need to take the focus off losing weight and focus on taking care of myself. I do weigh my self daily and record my weights, but I don't dwell on the number. I type it in and move on with my day. Then I can look back at a month or year... and see my real success. Good luck!

Original Post by littlehousewife:

Hi there,

So far I've lost 19lbs, and up until this week I've felt pretty motivated and been very strict with myself.

I still have 30lbs to lose, but as I've started to see changes in my body I've started to be less strict with myself - my portions are getting bigger and my treat days are becoming more and more regular...

Today I was really disappointed to have only lost 1lb and that's why I'm reaching out.

Has anyone else experienced anything like this? Can anybody help me or give me any tips to stay on track?

I really want to be successful and finally lose this weight so that I can get on with my life!

With hopes to hear from you soon,

A slightly desperate littlehousewife xxx

Focus on your amazing progress! Go shopping and try on all the clothes you couldn't have worn 19 pounds ago, and see how good you look in sizes that would have been too small before.

I always found that motivating..oh, wow, I'm in a size __ now! yay!

I only needed to lose 20, but on a short person, that does make a difference in clothing sizes. I went from like a size 5-6 in pants to a 2. In dresses, that went from maybe a 6 to a 4.

It always made my day to shop and realize the former stuff was too big.

 

My suggestion is to quit thinking of it as a diet.  It is a new lifestyle.  You are in training for it to become a new way of life.

Always eat from a salad plate.  It is more noticeable when your portions get larger.

Find some recipes for treats that fit well into your new life. 

If you overindulge, make yourself exercise to compensate.  Even a vigorous cleaning of the bathroom can burn those calories.

Good Luck!

Really nice post, highly informative and professionally written..Good Job

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