I've lost over 40 lbs during the last year and recently I came across what I think is a great motivational tool for those wanting to start and commit to a diet.
I was doing my very simple and beginner level weight training regime with a pair of new 20lb dumbells that I recently purchased. When I first picked them up I said "geez these are heavy" and that's when I realized that is the weight that I had lost. I walked around with them, one in each hand, for about 2 minutes and then I realized "Wow this is the weight of the fat that I had been lugging around on my body!
My tip is this! Buy or borrow 2 10lb or 2 20lb dumbells (depending on how much weight you want to lose ) and carry them around for 2 minutes to get an appreciation of the strain your body is under, due to excessive weight, when you are overweight. The experience is eye opening and hopefully commitment making!
My NYs resolution is to log my food/exercise into WebMD daily. This last month I experimented a bit (picked a bad month to experiment, just before Christmas) and didn't log my food daily....result = + 5 lbs.
The old format had your saved favourite foods on the right side of the screen and that it so easy to "click and drag" any favourite to the appropriate meal.. I'm not happy with that change at all. The way to add food is a lot more clicks of the mouse.View Thread
Yes the first few weeks will be challenging as you change your eating behaviour. That's really what this is all about in my opinion.
Try to read a lot of the great articles and tips found here on WebMD. Also, from my experience, those cravings to eat came on when I was idle (can be described as grazing behaviour). I found just doing something for a couple of minutes would help those feelings pass. Get up sweep the floor, clean something, arrange your books.
Don't despair, after a couple of weeks you'll notice a change.
I joke with my friends that this journey is like being "born again". But really, you have wake up everyday and reminder yourself of your goal ("pray"). Educate yourself with the words of the wise (WebMD will become your bible). Spread the word of the diet. Tell people you are dieting and tell them your goal.. this helps hold you accountable. You'll feel so proud when after 2 wks and then 2 months, people tell you "you look like you lost some weight! You'll then be able to share your knowledge with others and encourage them.
On Dec 26, 2012 at 242lbs, I started my journey to a new body! I reached my goal of 200 today, April 9th. Thank you WebMD!
I'll definitely will continue to use WebMD daily to log my food and exercise, in order to "maintain" my weight. This will be another journey.
Tip! Use WebMD daily to log food and execise. Read many of the articles on health and diet. I usually entered my breakfast, daytime snacks and lunch into the Food Planner the nigtht before. This way I knew roughly what I could eat for dinner. By logging your food you learn so much about today's food. Anything in a box or can and many "low cal" meals (packaged or at fast food restaurants) have a lot of sodium.
My advice to all, 1st COMMIT TO BE FIT and 2ndly, use WebMD.
It's mind over matter but I know what you mean. I love sweets too.
5 years ago we moved and just down the street in our neighbourhood is a store that just sells roasted nuts of all kinds, right in their store. Pecan's, almonds, sunflower, pumpkin..........Only when I recently checked how many calories are in nuts did I impose a ban on myself. Promised to not got there for 1 year. I do eat occaision almonds but limited to 14 or 100 calories at a time.
Keep up the good work and those 8 lbs will be gone before you know it!View Thread