I'm looking to lose 10lbs mainly because I want to be a size smaller and lose the bit of cellulite on my thighs. I've started losing some weight and it feels great, but I'm losing my motivation. I'm at a healthy weight already, so when I start getting hungry I wonder what's the point. Does anyone have a good strategy to keep the motivation up? I get especially discouraged after work when I'm hungry, tired, and just want to quit.
Im in the same boat. Im 137 and 5'6 so Im not fat by any means just want to get to 120 so badly. I was sick for a while so I was out of the gym but to keep from going hungry in between meals I eat rice cakes or popcorn all day.
Usually for me just wearing a pair of shorts at night is motivation enough for the next day. Also looking at pictures of how I want my body help. In the end though I am a sick sick person who enjoys going to the gym.
Make sure you take a multi vitamin, that should help with your energy. I usually keep a good handle on my hunger, here is what I do as far as food;
Breakfast - usually oat meal or granola bar and banana
Lunch - Chicken breast and a veggie, or sandwich of some kind
Snack - rice cakes, pirate booty, pop corn, or an apple
Snack before the gym - granola bar
Dinner - Anything with protein, veggie and a carb
Eating things that are not super processed keeps me not as hungry later.
I too am trying to lose the vanity weight. I'm 5'8 139 lb. and just feel my best at 133. I am so good with my eating habits earlier in the day (light yogurt with a bit of granola for breakfast, sandwich or big salad for lunch) and then when it rolls around 4pm, i start to binge. I will eat an apple or banana after exersizing (2pm), then I can't seem to stop feeding myself. I try and only keep healthy snacks in my kitchen, but living with roommates doesn't help. Would snacks with more fiber help keep me from binging in the afternoons? The only thing I've found to curb the cravings is to distract myself after I finish the snack. Like clean out my closet or go to the library. Any other suggestions??
Also, I have a serious boyfriend (who of course has a PERFECT body eating anything he likes!) and we always eat dinner together. I have a hard time eating healthy at every dinner, so I just cut down my portions to half of what he eats. That makes me even hungrier late night though. What do you think?
In response to trishllamar:
I think snacks that are high in fiber are supposed to keep you feeling full. But for me, if I'm craving something specific in the afternoon, I'll either indulge myself or choose a lower calorie version of what I want. Because if I'm craving chocolate, then eat an apple, I'll keep wanting different things until I don't want chocolate anymore. So instead, I'll drink a biiiig glass of water (in order to get that temporary full feeling) before eating a moderately sized chocolate bar or just stick to a chocolate chip granola bar or something. As for the re-occuring snack attacks, I have yet to find a way to prevent those and I eat plenty of fiber-rich snacks. It happens when I'm bored so I also try to stay busy.
I have the same problem with my boyfriend. He eats a lot really fast when we have dinner together. It's frustrating. I have to remind myself to eat slowly at dinnertime because if I rush through it, I don't recognize when I'm full. I usually give myself a moderately sized portion, but I'll save leftovers for when I'm hungry later. If I'm particularly hungry at dinner, I'll down it and just go to bed when I get hungry later.
I have no idea if these are good ways to do things, but I hope it helps!
What's pirate booty?
I also have this problem! I've been on cc for a couple of years, I'm not fat but have a bit of a tummy and need a general tone up, I used to be really fit in my late teens early 20's I was always at the gym or doing something, but the last few years it's been a struggle to get there, I tend to have a good couple of weeks where I'm really focused but then I have a bad couple of weeks and undo all the good work.
But this year I decided that's it! So on jan 2nd I started a 28day detox and lost 10lbs.... I felt so good it was amazing, after the first 2weeks I was loving the results and started going to the gym most days, I was eating only fruit,veg, pulses, nuts, seeds, oats... basically no meat, wheat, dairy, sugar alcohol or caffine. It was weird but I wasn't hungry at all, at work I didn't have my draw full of bad comfort food that I used to pick at all day! I just ate the items I took from home, and then when I got in after the gym I would cook my dinner straight away or have a frozen meal that I had made earlier in the week..... After completing the detox I thought that was it, I have changed the way I eat now, I didn't want chocolate or junk.... The only down side was I went on a trip with work for over a week and there was harldly anything healthy so I did put on 3lbs I felt so sluggish and bloated the whole week and i hated it so when I got back home I was straight back on my health kick, I'm really trying with my eating to get that 3lbs back off.
Here are my key points for keeping up the motivation and not picking:
. Don't have stuff at work you can snack on, take food with you that you know will be enough for the day, if you do need a snack take a handful of nuts in a bag and a couple of bits of fruit.
. If you can when you get in from work make you dinner straight away, this way your busy chopping up veg instead of reaching for the cheese and crackers (my biggest down fall)
. Always go to the gym on a monday, it's so hard but once that 1st session of the week is out the way you wont find it a problem to make the other sessions in the week.
. May be try a detox? It really helped me kick start.
Lastly... Something I did last night that was inspiring..... Clear out your wardrobe! Try things on that you want to look good in ;-)
I know this post has been here for a while, but i wanted to chime in anyway. It sounds like to me that you all just want to be firmer really, so life weights. Lift like a bodybuilder and you will see the best body ever, and no you wont bulk up as women. Unless you use steroids or some huge amount of muscle supps. Plus srong muscles help you in so many other ways. Remember that your wieght might not change as much as your body, so take some pictures of your self so you can track your progress visualy.