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Old 08-24-2012, 10:27 PM
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I struggle with my weight as well. I'm built like a tank, so when I gain weight, it looks like I've gained 5 pounds to every 1.

So, I try and walk the dogs more. When they play, I run around a little with them. I vary my workouts. I try to do yoga at least 4 times a week. I do zumba ab workouts a few times a week. I dabble a little in bellydancing. I go for a hike. I go for a swim. I've found I hate running, and I hate anything that involves repetitive things or normal person exercise equipment.

When I still owned a horse, that helped a lot because of chores and riding consistently and such. When I move back to MI, I plan to volunteer at a barn or something for feeding, helping in the summer with getting hay, mucking stalls, and maybe even exercising horses. Maybe you could do something like this with something you enjoy? Like, volunteer at a local shelter walking dogs or cleaning kennels or something?

I've been trying to improve my eating too. It is definitely a slow change. I, like Linds, have found that Pinterest helps a ton because it has a lot of healthy food alternatives to what would normally be unhealthy. Like cauliflower pizza.

I still admit to having a MAJOR Pepsi addiction. Have to have 1 can a day... It's bad. I have major erosion in my teeth along with cavities.

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Old 08-24-2012, 10:46 PM
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I agree with so many of these posts. Check your bloodwork for sure, turns out I had low iron (helloooo no energy) and hypoglycemia, working with that has helped me a lot.

For me, I couldn't have lost as much as I have without my friend. We started this diet and exercise thing together, we encourage and challenge eachother. Together we can fight back against the "sabatogers" (Heyy try this brownie it's delish one won't hurt you ) much easier lol and we switch it up, keep the food AND the exersize fun and interesting. if you can find a buddy, I definitely highly recommend it

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Old 08-24-2012, 11:02 PM
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I'm right there with you, except that I'm pretty sure I'm actually considered "morbidly obese." I was kind of luke warm on trying to lose weight again until I got on the scale and was horrified to see the number 294! O_O THAT motivated me!

I'm doing Weight Watchers. Personally, I need guidelines of some sort to follow. I've heard a lot of good things about SparkPeople, and it's free. I tried it for a little while but WW is just much easier for me. In the last 2 weeks I've lost 14.6 lbs. I sprained my ankle a couple of days ago though so am not going to be able to exercise for a while, so that's a real bummer.

Another major motivator is that I'm 31 years old, so it's getting close to "sh!t or get off the pot" time as far as having kids, and my doctor wants me to lose weight before getting pregnant. At this point looking better is just a happy side effect, if I don't take care of this I fear I will die young. One thing that I'm doing differently this time around is attacking the mental aspect of my eating habits. I'm a compulsive over eater--I binge in response to stress, emotions, and boredom, and when I binge I eat a LOT in one sitting. I have been discussing these issues with my therapist, and it honestly has helped.

Buy a pedometer and wear it daily to see how much you are actually walking in a day. Also,something that has helped me is making a list of things I cannot do because of my weight, for example: horseback ride, fit on most roller coasters (I love roller coasters), get up off the floor with considerable effort, etc. When I have wanted to stop at Wendy's or Arbys (my downfalls) I have made it a point of thinking of those things and it tends to steer me away.

If you need motivation or just to talk drop me a PM anytime. Just know you are not alone!

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Old 08-25-2012, 12:06 AM
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I have struggled with weight all my life. I have lost before and then eventually I usually gain it all back. The longest I kept weight off was for 2 years...

Right now I am struggling with myself to get the motivation to work on loosing and exercising more again *sigh*

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Old 08-25-2012, 12:07 AM
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You should all join MFP and be my friends Cause racecar. And cause friendly motivation!

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Old 08-25-2012, 12:10 AM
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I struggle with my weight as well. I'm built like a tank, so when I gain weight, it looks like I've gained 5 pounds to every 1.
I'm on the opposite end of it. Tall, slender frame, and I can hide 20 pounds easily . . . so by the time it really gets to me I feel like I've got a mountain to move.

And it takes FOREVER to tell any real difference when I do dump the weight. (I refuse to use the term "lose" because what happens when you lose something . . . you go FIND IT AGAIN )
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Old 08-25-2012, 04:15 AM
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It has to come from a drastic change of mindset really.

I have had it. I joined a gym and had a personal trainer set a program for me. It has made a huge difference! When I went to gym before I just never pushed myself enough and I didn't do the correct exercises. Now with a professionally mapped system I can't believe the difference. I never leave the gym dry. I am literally drenched the whole time. It feels great.

Once you up activity you don't want to eat cr@p. Your body just doesn't want it.

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Old 08-25-2012, 08:57 AM
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It's true, I joined the gym 5 years ago and was going every day and I was pretty motivated, until Winter and my nose acted up and was stuffed 24/7. Then I stopped going because it sucked, and that was it.

I guess my main issue is that I was starving after one hour on a treadmill, so I had to eat something. I'm not sure it really helped in the end (I do have some issues though, often when I'm hungry I'm just feeling plain sick until I eat something, and some days nothing satisfies me and I have to eat a lot to feel better).

It doesn't help that I went through a diet that worked great, but as soon as I stopped (started working and couldn't follow it anymore), I gained everything back and some. I know I'll need to be ready to make the change forever when I start doing it again. And right now it's just not it (some days just suck and I don't know what I'd do without my comfort food). I guess it helps if you're a good cook and know how to make yummy stuff from healthy foods though... not my case...
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Old 08-25-2012, 09:16 AM
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Find your triggers. Mine is obvisouly stress, I have been eating quite well up until the last couple of weeks when I have started stressing about school and money and atm I seriously can't get junk food into my mouth fast enough. I'm having trouble forcing myself to face it but I have a few go-to things.

I look into the reasons why I want to eat clean and mostly vegan. I go through my factory farming videos and make myself face it again.
Watch the DVD "Food Matters", its great for making you relise the importance of the nutrients you put in your body.
I feel a thousand times better after just a day or two of eating clean and that helps motivate me.
Write down what you eat - face up to it. Often when I start doing this I'll want to eat junk and think "Guess I won't write that in", knowing you have to make yourself accountable helps.
I go to Personal Training twice a week now. And good god it has made a difference in my body shape, I havn't lost any wright but I have lost size everywhere and tightended up a lot in just two months.

Really learn about what your body needs, it will keep you healthier in the long run and it is fun to eat clean when your doing it. I know that I eat for emotional reasons big time, I know how to make healthy food treats but when I'm stressed I really want junky junk food.

I'n trying to work through this at the moment, I am probably only about 5kg overweight but I have been bigger in the past and I am really conscious of it. Message me if you wanna talk, support is a big thing.

Motivation comes and goes, in the end you just have to DO IT!
If you wanna be one of those people that goes for a run everyday, then all you have to do is go for a run everday. If you want to be one of those people that eat healthy food, all you have to do is physically do it.
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Old 08-25-2012, 09:22 AM
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I know exactly where you are coming from. I always had to work hard to maintain a healthy weight... And then they crept up on me over the last few years. Our last move to Indy was stressful, I was unemployed, home alone, sad and definitely ate out of boredom and for comfort. And then one day I stepped on the scale and almost fell over. I had gained another 4G lbs on top of the weight where I felt okay, but was trying to shed another 25lbs.

And it just kind of clicked. Don't get me wrong it's still hard... And I hit a plateau in the middle where I just idled for a few months. But I made working out a routine, and now, as stupid as it sounds, I miss it when I don't go. I don't mean to sound too much like a motivational speaker, but in the end YOU have to simply WANT it. WANT it bad enough to say no to Papa John's and doughnuts. It's hard... Every day we have cake and whatnot in the break room at work, it takes will power to walk past it (doesn't mean that I never snack or go eat out, but I chose wisely and definitely make it a treat).

It helps to tell people no because you're trying to shed pounds. Most people will try to help or are understanding instead of trying to manipulate you into eating pizza with them. Sharing on myfitnesspal. Three coworkers of mine and me all weigh in on Fridays and we share what we lost or gained or if we stayed the same (we don't share the actual weight). Is there a group you can join?

Also, for me after a while, people notice and comment on weight loss, it's becoming more fun again to shop for clothes... And you'll get the satisfaction well from within yourself.

I also cut out a lot of carbs, and try to loosely follow the paleo diet, and it seems to leave me less hungry. I'm not a huge red meat eater all the time, but I try to keep my carbs down and protein up. If I do go out and eat a sandwich, I take the top off and eat it as an open-face sandwich, for example. Lol, every bit helps.

But I know exactly where you are coming from. It is not easy and difficult to break through that cycle.
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