Great job on being more conscious of the foods you're eating, Tncx! That's a perfect start.
Now it's just about getting up and taking that first initiative to start exercising. Remember the Nike slogan? "Just do it." It sounds over-simplified, but the honest truth is..that's the best way to look at it.
I'd encourage you (and everyone) to find an exercise companion. It makes things so much easier to follow through on when you have someone expecting you. I was the WORST procrastinator in the world!! And still can be, so I need that extra accountability. Maybe it will work for you, too!
Good luck and please come back and share how you're doing. We'd love to be here to support you!View Thread
Congratulations on the 70 lb loss, Nursingbug! Very impressive.
I think it's great that you didn't lose weight to feel accepted, but rather you did it for yourself so you could spend more active playtime with your family. That's the same reason I began my weight loss journey (this time).
Don't you think it's important to really find our "why"? Why do you want to lose weight? Why will losing weight make such a difference in a certain area of our life? Why is it important to us to be active with our kids?
Maybe if we can attach a positive emotion to our reason why, it will be easier to stick to.View Thread
You're right, Giselle, it IS overwhelming to keep your eyes on the long term goal when we have some big steps to hurdle. And it's easy to beat ourselves up.
I know I used to think I was too far gone to think about getting thin again. Because I'd gained & lost so many times, I based everything on my past failures. One lesson I learned: Don't base your future successes on your past failures.
It's a sad disposition, and couldn't be farther from the truth! Once I made up my mind that I wanted to be active again, that was all that mattered...not that I lost 20 lbs in a month...but that I was moving. And then the weight just started slowly coming off.
It makes it easier, and give us cause to celebrate, when we break things down into mini-goals that will help us get through each week or month. Watch for our new threads I'll be starting each Monday to help with Mini-Goals. View Thread
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Check it out and see if there are any recipes you want to share with us here!View Thread
Have you ever heard of Meetup.com? It's a website that has people just like us that start their own groups and they plan events together. You can find groups that meet up for all kinds of things. From exercise, to hobbies, to business networking.
I created my own group. But it does cost money to form your own. You can always just search around and find a group that fits your needs. Or you can try Craigslist personals. They have people that are looking for workout buddies all the time too.View Thread
We've all said it, "This is it! I'm going to do something about my weight!" We know we will need to eat right and exercise and we truly desire to make this happen in our lives, but somehow it never does. "Doing something" never gets past the initial planning stages.
Where do we find that switch that turns on the unfailing commitment and energy to reach our weight loss goals? How do we get our brain into this whole process, not just our bodies, and really invest in this process of living healthy?
In this final week of our series, let's talk about WHY it's so difficult really commit to a new diet or fitness plan. Why don't we get up off the couch to exercise when we know we should? Why do we only stick to a new diet for a day or two and give up?
Really think for a moment and ask yourself why you think we struggle with our commitment to live healthy then share your thoughts, your challenges, and your victories. If you're feeling frustrated and having trouble committing to your weight loss goals, share what you're going through and find support.View Thread
So true, Pennysgrandma! I love walking outdoors, too. It just seems less like exercise and more like enjoying nature & my environment.
If it wasn't for my walking buddies, though, I never would have got this far. Just knowing they are expecting me is enough to get my butt up off the couch.
We all met each other online, too. I've made lifelong friends and we have all become a very strong support network for each other. Not just in our exercise, but with all our challenges: parenting, dating, work, etc. I am so grateful that I started walking with them for so many reasons!!
Great idea to make your goal to walk each park! Love it!View Thread