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Joined: Aug 11
Posted: 13 Sep 2011, 10:22
During the month of August I was able to lose 5lbs. I was very happy with these results, but now I feel like I've lost my motivation. Any ideas or inspirational stories to share? Any good healthy recipe ideas, or low calorie snack ideas? I just need something to get me started. Thanks!
Joined: Sep 11
Posted: 13 Sep 2011, 10:38
I am with you on losing the motivation but since we are both reaching out for help and are AWARE of losing motivation, it should be what helps us get back!! Awareness is half the battle! Getting healthy and losing weight have been the hardest thing for me so I am looking at it as a challenge and not a barrier to healthier living!! WE CAN DO IT!
Here is a great recipe that is low in calories (minus the mashed potatoes or at least only a little)
It is YUMMY!! Just serve with broccoli or some other veggies instead of the potatoes.
Joined: Sep 11
Posted: 13 Sep 2011, 10:39
ok not sure what happened with the link, looks as though it doesn't work. Go the the real simple recipes website and search turkey meatloaf!! It's worth it!
Joined: Jan 10
Posted: 13 Sep 2011, 12:27
For me its not about motivation..Its about how I will have to live the rest of my life.So I guess you can say I motivated myself.And I'm worth it. All those dough nuts fast food is not worth what it did to my health.I became my own best friend and had talks to myself as to what I would say to someone else.I gave myself a ear,Empathy just as I would a good friend.Support we can give. But it all is in yourself as to what you want for your self. Do you think your worth all the sacrifice.I hope so ,we are all wonderful and Unique.
Joined: Sep 09
Posted: 14 Sep 2011, 00:52
@Keep - what a wonderful post! You are SO right!
@Fallenstar - Keep doing what you're doing already, you're doing good. Motivation is of course something we all need, but I think it comes when you see that what you're doing is working. What helped me to stay focused on my weight loss was/is actually to be VERY active on FatSecret. Join the discussions, read articles, ask questions. Learn all there is to learn about your weight loss. Share it with friends and family, let them hear what you're doing. Let them see your progress. They'll congratulate you on your progress and THAT kicks you into gear.
"Keep your friends close, your enemies closer, and the cookies at the other end of the table."
"Eat less, move more, lose weight."
"Do. Or do not. There is no trying."
- Master Yoda.
I started my weight loss journey on October 4th, 2010 - and this is what I have accomplished so far:
Joined: Sep 11
Posted: 14 Sep 2011, 04:09
I use the disappearing double chin to motivate me. The fat around my upper arms is slimming and letting my biceps show. That's motivational too!
Notice the subtle differences in your body weekly and keep up the good work!
Joined: Apr 10
Posted: 14 Sep 2011, 11:11
What motivates me is knowing that I am becoming healthier and looking better.. Even the little changes like my watch getting to big, or my wedding ring sliding around...
What ever motivation you need! I am sure that you can find it one here...
One of my snacks is Rytiva crackers with cheese and a pickle... It tastes so good and it is really low in calories... But it has fiber, protein....
Joined: May 11
Posted: 14 Sep 2011, 11:24
I totally hear ya! I had lost 17lbs through the middle of August. Then I hit a low. I'm up a couple of lbs and I have lost the motivation I once had to work out and I give in easier to temptation. In attempt to revamp my workout energy I bought Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30. Then I got some hand weights and a yoga mat. I did it for the first time yesterday and really enjoyed it. I'm going to do it again this afternoon. It's only 20 min and it's something I can squeeze in while the kids are doing homework. I'm not sure where my motivation went to but I'm hoping that if I can get into moving more then it will all come back. I only have 15 more to go, I can do this !!!
Joined: Jul 10
Posted: 14 Sep 2011, 11:34
True motivation comes from within- why did you commit to losing weight in the first place? Maybe it was news from a doctor, a very unflattering picture, witnessing obesity-realted healh issues in a loved one or the realization that you were unable to do an activity that you enjoy. Maybe you just want to look good in a bikini next summer. Whatever it is, reconnect with it. I found it helpful to make a list of my personal motivations and when I looked back at that list a few months later, it was awesome to be able to cross things off that I'd achieved (like my legs no longer chaffing when I wear a skirt). Brutal honesty with yourself can hurt but I think it's the best motivator. It doesn't matter what other people tell you - you have to internalize it.
Joined: Aug 11
Posted: 14 Sep 2011, 21:03
Thanks everyone for the feedback. It definitely helps. I really feel like making the list will help me reach my goals, so whenever I lose focus it will help me get back on track. I think Kingkeld had a better word, because it's not necessarily motivation, but it is focus. Thanks again
Joined: Aug 11
Posted: 20 Sep 2011, 10:42
@ keep, thats a great way to look at it. I try to be very supportive to my friends and family. Giving them a boost when they need it. I need to do the same for ME !! Feeling good about ourselves is why we are here and we have to be the best support system for ourselves. This is the toughest struggle for me. To make myself do something. I betcha i could be a damn good workout coach for someone els, but for myself, ahh not so much but that has got to change!
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