What are or were your biggest challenges that you have overcome?

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Posted: 26 Sep 2012, 06:07
We are all faced with challenges both in our eating, exercising and life in general.
I was just wondering how people deal with these challenges?
What is the most valuable pc of advice you can give to someone else facing them.
Thanks in advance to all who reply.

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Posted: 26 Sep 2012, 07:23
Don't make excuses. "I didn't have time to exercise" "It was too late to cook so I ordered out" ete etc. We all do it, but deep down you know when you are just making an excuse, and when it's a reason.

Similarly don't let a reason become an excuse... There are times when you have a good reason for slacking off a bit. And I'm guilty of this as much as anyone. I've done this in the past week. I've hurt my right wrist and on Sunday when I left A&E (what we call the ER on this side of the pond) I couldn't even open a tin of soup let alone cut veggies or otherwise cook. And it was too late to get a ready meal or similar from the supermarket (as they closed at 4pm and I left A&E at 6pm) so I went out for a meal. Thats ok I had a good reason and while I went above my daily limit because of it I did at least keep it to a minimum.

Similarly it's stopped me riding my exercise bike. It hurt to dangle it, I couldn't grip to hold the handlebars and due to the evil seat I need to be able to use my hands to change positions every 5-10 minutes. Which was a reason for the first few days. Now it's getting better, but looking back over the past few days (since Sunday really). I've let it become an excuse. Sad

Okay I might not be able to change positions as easily, but it doesn't hurt to dangle it any more... I might not do as much as I was, but I'll be damned if I let it stop me achieving my 150 miles for September!

42" jeans(25/01/2013) 40"(28/02/2013) 38"(20/03/2013) 36"(25/05/2013)
Down from 60" waist jeans since June 21st 2012.

Still keeping to my 26" jeans, but they are too tight for comfort. too many tasty things in the US, and over Xmas.

Onwards and Downwards! Smile

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Posted: 26 Sep 2012, 07:28
My biggest challenge has been learning to love myself.....it took a long time, but now that I do, I know I will never return to my former fat self Smile


I actually have a body like Cindy Crawford, I just keep it well covered to protect it!

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Posted: 26 Sep 2012, 12:35
Hunger. I'm hungry probably 10 hours out of each day, 8 days out of 10. How I deal with it: 1) distract myself (I keep buying new computer games, and they each work for a couple weeks, or I find a good book, even if I have to re-read an old one) 2) accept it. It's uncomfortable, but it's the cost of achieving what I wish to. So I journal and remind myself of that: "It won't kill me. At least I'm not hungry when I'm asleep. It's the price to pay if you want to take those stressful pounds off your joints. In a year, you'll be there and add a little healthy food and won't be hungry. In three years, you won't even remember being this hungry." 3) If none of that works, treat it with a snack of raw veggies; just 30 or 40 calories worth pushes the hunger aside for an hour.

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Posted: 26 Sep 2012, 17:48
My biggest challenge was changing my eating habits. I have always been a junk food junkie snacking on junk food around the house and eating out (mostly at fast food joints 2-3 times per week and sometimes more). To deal with these challenges I no longer purchase my favorite junk foods to keep around the house. By doing this I have eliminated the temptation of eating the junk foods I was so quick to turn to in the past. Instead, I snack on much healthier alternatives like fruits, veggies, cheese and nuts. I still have a hard time driving by a restaurant, fast food or otherwise, without giving into the temptation to stop for a burger and fries. However, when the cravings get really bad I remind myself of how far I've come in my weight loss goals, as well as how much I still have to lose. When I think about how much I've lost so far it reminds me that all the changes I've made in my eating habits have been worth it and if I slip back into my old ways all the progress I've made will be lost. I also think about how much better I feel and that helps keep me motivated to stay on track, too. This doesn't mean that I don't have an occasional moment of weakness from time to time, but overall those moments are far and few between now and each day I'm a step closer to my final weight goal.

As far as the exercise routine goes, I found that once I started a regular routine it has been much easier to stay with it. In fact, I'm now to the point where I feel quite guilty if I skip it. The same things that motivate me to stay on track with my better eating habits are also what keeps me motivated to stay on track with my exercise routine.

Finally, what has helped me a lot is keeping realistic goals and expectations. I knew going into this change in lifestyle that results were not going to happen overnight. Of course, like anyone else, I would love for the results to happen quicker, but that's not going to happen and it's not realistic. By accepting the fact that results are not going to be instantaneous and that it would take discipline, hard work and a lot of time to reach my goals I have been able to deal with the fact that reaching my goals is a slow process and it has kept me from getting discouraged from not seeing immediate results.

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Posted: 26 Sep 2012, 18:34
Biggest challenge was not snapping at coworkers. Not that I wasn't eating enough and felt hungry, but I cut a large portion of meat out of my diet. It went away after about 3 weeks. I still haven't exercised since I started my diet and the pounds are just shedding away. I move a lot at work, being retail and all, and considering I've almost lost 20 pounds in 40 days, I am fearful of losing too much to quick. Its nice.

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Posted: 26 Sep 2012, 20:13
Mine is and will be myself,,,my mind will tell me "that cookie is not that many calories, you have been doing so good"..its those hidden calories,,,and I really have to be on guard when I wake up at night, I was a big night eater,,,because I used to work overnights the last 10 years. Also, buffets, I have not been to one while dieting, but I cannot resist gorging on all that fried food! lol..
Mine advice would be what I am following, its a life style change,,and progress not perfection, you just have to keep trying, even if you slip up a bit,, just add a little more exercise, and try again!

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Posted: 26 Sep 2012, 20:34
Make only one goal at a time and succeed at that first before you try other goals. If you try to change your habits at once, you limit your ability to succeed at any. By trying to succeed at one goal at a time then you don't feel like a failure. I chose to eliminate sugar first and didn't worry about any other diet rules. Sugar was my biggest hurdle. I've been successful at this for almost 2 months now.

Weight 317-----------------259.7 lbs
Bust 52.5 inches---------47 inches
Waist 55 inches-----------46 inches
Hip 62 inches-----------53 inches

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Posted: 26 Sep 2012, 21:23
My biggest challenge has been learning that I can't keep putting myself on the back burner and others ahead of my own wellness. I made excuses through out school that studying came first, or family, or friends, then I had this tiny little space left for me. It was a little tough at first standing my ground with my family/friends about my designated exercise time, but now everyone knows to either wait to call, come over, or make plans until after that set time, or if they do call they can listen to me huffing and puffing my way through an exercise on speaker phoneSmile
The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.~Chinese proverb

"There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstances permit.
When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, just results."~Art Turock

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Posted: 26 Sep 2012, 21:29
I over come the addiction to Mountain Dew...took me two months to get over that need for it. Now I'm lucky to have one once a week if that but it's getting better. Forcing myself to drink water at first was the hardest, to remember why I'm changing my eating/drinking style. I have lost 17 lbs even though my tracker doesn't notice and I did gain a lb back this last weekend cause of stupid of excuses of having grandkids all weekend and not taking the time to think of my new habits...but back on track now Smile
1st Goal: 150 lbs
2nd Goal: 135 lbs
3rd Goal: 125 lbs


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Posted: 27 Sep 2012, 18:13
One of my biggest challenges was understanding portion sizes. It has taken a long time of measuring my food to learn what a portion for 1 person actually looks like. I found that I could actually fit a proper portion onto one of my side plates, rather than my dinner plates! Talk about a reality check.

However, my best piece of advice is to really think about your goals. It's your goals that will keep you going when it gets tough. Find something that really means a lot to you. Write down your goals. Live for your goals, and celebrate every step you make towards them.

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Posted: 28 Sep 2012, 07:44
I'm facing my biggest challenge right now with this pregnancy. My husband works a lot of hrs, and being home alone is my weakness at this time. Befoe I became pregnant it was never a problem to be home by myself because I could drink too much coffee, diet Mt. Dew, and Red Bulls and exercise and clean the house all night, and didnt have to be concerned about eating anything. But now, without all the stimulation I am dragging ass all the time and snacking when I'm bored.

How I am overcoming this challenge is:

#1.) Force myself to work out every morning, as well as walk the dogs every evening. (This is the most important bc I NEVER regret it and I always feel good about it.)

#2.) I only have healthy food in the house to eat.

#3.) I refuse to give up striving to control my appetite and eating habits. The euphoria I feel when I do good at controlling my calorie intake throughout the day is it's own reward. And when I eat too much, I pay close attention to what caused it, as well as how bad I feel about it, and try to figure out what I can do to prevent it from happening again.

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