Need help finding motivation...

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Posted: 18 Oct 2012, 07:36
I have been struggling to find motivation to eat healthy and be fit for some time now. It is so easy to come home order takeout and relax for the rest of the evening. I have tried everything from building time in my schedule to workout, waking up earlier, and meal planning but I still can't motivate myself to change my habits. Feeling fatigued, not working out, and eating junk is becoming a routine for me and I won't out fast Smile I need to change my lifestyle for the better soon! Any advice??

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Posted: 18 Oct 2012, 08:33
I have to find little tricks to motivate me, because if left to what to what I want to do I know I make poor choices! I joined with a couple people at work, joined on (you get gift cards for completing workout, getting miles, etc), and joined (you set goals and it make acheiving your goals a game with help from other people). Also a pedometer worked for me becauee I am competitive (I use FitBit). The hardest part is finding the thing that works for you, and I even have to change it up every few months and find new things. But as you do it more it becomes natural and you don't have to work to make it happen. Good luck!
Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time. - Mark Twain


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Posted: 18 Oct 2012, 08:37
Food wise, I keep the freezer stocked up with LeanCuisen and Healthy Choice. They have a lot of all natural meals that are a quick and healthy alternative to fast food and take out, and they are just as easy. Also LeanCuisine has a rewards program where you can earn movie tickets, amazon gift cards, kitchen items, and trips too! Can you tell that I like to rewarded!
Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time. - Mark Twain


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Posted: 18 Oct 2012, 09:16
For me, like you it was making time in my day to exercise, and now that I've been doing it for a while I almost can't sleep in past 5 on a weekday because I'm so used to getting up, it's just become routine. The hardest thing for me is my eating, I love my food. Like kwebb5891 said keep the freezer stocked with some quick healthy meals then you won't have the excuse that you don't want to cook because those will take less time in the microwave than ordering takeout. I get groceries once a week and get meals for dinner every night, so we don't have an excuse to go out. We're also trying to save money for Christmas, so we've made it a goal to only eat out once or twice a month instead of a couple of times a week, and seeing the savings from that helps too. I think the want for junk food will always be there for me, but I've learned that it can be a treat, in moderation, once in a while rather than having it all the time. I ate a candy bar the other day, and it was the first one I'd had in probably months and I really enjoyed it.
You'll find your motivation I'm sure. Sometimes it just takes getting excited about losing again. Research some new healthy recipes to try, find a new exercise that looks like fun and do it, get friends involved, set small goals for yourself so you can treat yourself once you've reached them, whatever it takes to stick with it.
Goals for 2018:
Do 20 consecutive push-ups
Use 10 lb. weights for a whole workout
Get one mile pace under 11 mins.
Get stronger physically and mentally

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Posted: 18 Oct 2012, 10:41
I get motivated after reading some book about healthy eating and living. Last year it was "The Zone" and "Good calorie, bad calorie", this time is was "Eat to Live". You read it, it makes sense, and motivates you to follow what it advices.

The first person who should be in love with you is yourself, no matter how imperfect.

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Posted: 18 Oct 2012, 14:01
Great advice from all of you! Thanks so much, I'm already feeling a little more motivated!

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Posted: 19 Oct 2012, 16:16
Don't take any extremes. Slowly work lower calorie options into your diet and take a walk. Lenakh, throw away the good calorie bad calorie book, it is bad information.
Consume whatever foods you prefer, whenever you prefer to consume them, while ensuring nutrient sufficiency and meeting caloric goals.

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Posted: 20 Oct 2012, 14:12
Ah Diablo you are so judgmental of everything that you do not agree with, it's funny.

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Posted: 20 Oct 2012, 15:32
I'm new here, but let me share what works for me. I write out what I'm eating on this site and then it sort of clicks into gear that what I'm doing is not hard. I realize it's wonderful and I feel proud of giving myself the best I can. It adds to my esteem and my esteem builds on it.

It helps me to see goals on a calendar too. Say, for example I'm going to start doing crunches on Monday and increase the number daily. Then I write it on the calendar each day, Then, I look back on where I started and voila! I've got my momentum!

In short, it's important to be kind to yourself. Just put your hands on the plow and keep moving forward! You can do it!
"Time and pressure; strength and courage; and most of all things, God"

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Posted: 24 Oct 2012, 14:35
something I read recently struck a cord. Instead of thinking about food, what will taste yummy, try and rephrase the question to yourself like - what choice would my `goal weight'self make. If you ask yourself a different quesiton you might get a different outcome? Think this would be good to try when going out to eat, but it might also work for some types of take out?

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Posted: 28 Oct 2012, 18:04
Thank you everyone! I too struggle with ways to get motivated and felt like skysthelimit is my mental twin! A kindred spirit! I hope that both of us will find ways to be motivated. You guys are all awesome!

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Posted: 29 Oct 2012, 10:22
I think the hardest part is finding what works for you...I know that the only way for me to be motivated is to motivate, what works for you?
Having someone tell me to go do "this" or "that" has never worked for me, but when I reached 200 lbs (-29 lbs) I went zip lining for the first time. I also went through my closet and donated 2 big bags of too large clothes to charity.
My next goal is 195...yes, I am doing it 5 lbs at a time, because that is a SMART goal for me. At 195 I havent decided what I'm going to do as a reward, but I know its not going to be food related, like everything else in my life has been so far.

To help me get there, I follow a strict food plan. I KNOW myself well enough to know that there can be no cheating because once I am off the path, I am gone wandering.
I pre plan my meals, I stick to my routine, and this week I am adding in exercise.
Remember, weight loss is 80% about the stuff you put in your mouth, and only 20% about exercise.
I used to drink a case of Coke in a weekend....I havent had a coke in 87 days and I feel great!
Fat is HARD....Fit is HARD...Which HARD do you choose???

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Posted: 30 Oct 2012, 22:54
I am also struggling trying to get motivated with the right program, I have tried just low fat eating and I seem to eat just chicken all the time.And get sick of it. I work till 9 at night so when I get home Iam starving and tend to overeat. I read where somebody keeps lean cuisine type of dinners around I think I will try that. Another problem is my husband does most of the cooking due to my schedule and he eats fattening foods and is naturally thin so I come home to potatoes and fried foods all the time.When I was on atkins I broke myself from diet soda but I am back drinking them so that is my first goal to get off the soda again!

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Posted: 31 Oct 2012, 00:52
I agree with Diablo on this one, Good calories Bad calories is just another example of Bad science

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Posted: 31 Oct 2012, 01:20
If all you are interested in is weight loss, it really does not matter what you eat. All that matters is that you consume less calories than you burn (by the way, we are not furnaces, so it is all not that straightforward). You will lose weight together with health, teath, hair, sexual drive and sense of humor. To just lose weight it is actually advisable to eat food rich in vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and essential elements that human bodies do not produce themselves but have to receive from food i.e. the notorious good calories. Enjoying the food you eat, does not hurt either. I am not sure why the idea that food can be more than calories stored as fat irritates some of the respected members of our community. As you can see from one of my favorite motivational quotes that i added to my signature, i agree that it does not matter what diet you follow. Still i would never agree that what you actually eat does not matter. Enjoy your food, and even more so now that you have to limit the quantities. Don't waste your quota on anything that does not nourish your body and soul. It is not only about losing (weight), it is also about gaining (health, control, experience, friends - whatever you choose to gain in place of lost fat).
The first thing you lose on a diet is your sense of humor. ~ Author Unknown
It doesn’t matter what diet you follow… What matters is what makes you follow your diet. ~ Tom Venuto

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Posted: 31 Oct 2012, 01:37
In the begining of my journey I will agree it didnt matter what I ate- as long as I stayed in my RDI...BUT after learning I can eat a burger and be starving the rest of the day because thats all I was allowed wasnt working for me. I slowly learned to choose food I liked, but was not out of a box or a window or a paper bag. I figured out it filled me up, and it made me FEEL better and helped with my energy level so I could add in work outs and it changed my emotional state to not rely on food to make me happy, but ME to make me happy. Its a growing learning self exploration that if you commit to it, you will do more then just loose weight. You'll become the person you were meant to be and love life.
“Seventy percent of success in life is showing up.” ~ Woody Allen

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Posted: 31 Oct 2012, 06:33
You are all fantastic! Such inspiration.

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Posted: 31 Oct 2012, 07:28
Ingria I do not think that anybody with some sense would agree with the idea that food does not have any effect on health. That's beyond the point. What bothers me is the amount of baseless claims made by this book as well as by many other gurus and members in here on carbs that are single handedly responsible for obesity and all related health complications often explained via well designed myths regarding insulin and its role, which by the way most of these people do not understand or do not want to. That is a claim not supported by any serious scientific study, and it is on the contrary inconsistent with some of the largest epidemiology studies ever done and with the fact that some of the western countries with lower obesity rates have in facts high carbs diets.

Now of course carbs being the bulk of most food cultures it is also true that obese population have high carbs diets, but that only shows that macro-nutrient composition is unlikely to be the culprit here.
A different argument that I subscribe to some extent is the one regarding refined sugars and more in general high calories density foods that can undermine low calories diets and maybe increase some type of inflammations, but that is not the only point made by the low carbs talebans and not even the most important one.


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Posted: 19 Nov 2012, 16:00
Just a strategy to help, you might want to get a slow cooker and start it before leaving home in the morning. When you get home you will have most of your meal ready, just zap some frozen vegetables. A slow cooker and a rice cooker work well together. Dish up leftovers into containers for later meals.

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