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Topic : Staying Motivated

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Created on : Friday, July 01, 2005, 12:37:25 pm
Author : dataimport
Share your tips and strategies to stay motivated and on the path. You can do this!

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August 10, 2005, 8:50 am CDT

Marcia

Quote From: marcia52

I actually don't need hypnosis. I'm a visualist and if I can see it in my mind, I have done it.  Doing even a mediation works well with me.  I used Dr. Lawlis' cd's on weight loss and it really helped me thru some hard times.  But I need to break out of this BLAH feeling. Ever other day, I walk my dogs, go to the gym on 1 non-walking day, and do yardwork when the weather is okay.

 

Exercise is a great blah release. I guess I'm using the wrong word.  It's like I know that I have to stop sitting on the couch but moving is just something I'm not used to.  If I could afford to go to a professional therapist, I would go gladly. 

 

I was just wondering if anyone else had felt this way and had made it thru it.  I go thru it periodically - I've done so many different things to pull myself out.  I was just wondering if there was an easier way to do it.

 

M

 Do you walk or exercise with anyone else? If you don't, maybe it's time to dig up an exercise buddy. It can put some interesting touches on an activity that is maybe becoming routine? On another board, when I mentioned climbing a mountain as a new goal, it was because I felt my workouts becoming routine, and too focused on vanity. I needed a physical goal outside of weight loss. The response I got from the other posters was enough to keep me at it. It was wonderful. Now I've found an activity I really enjoy, and am pursuing it, my husband and I have found others to join us. It 's really becoming "play."
 
August 28, 2005, 8:55 am CDT

Exercise - Key 6 work

Quote From: ritehere

 Do you walk or exercise with anyone else? If you don't, maybe it's time to dig up an exercise buddy. It can put some interesting touches on an activity that is maybe becoming routine? On another board, when I mentioned climbing a mountain as a new goal, it was because I felt my workouts becoming routine, and too focused on vanity. I needed a physical goal outside of weight loss. The response I got from the other posters was enough to keep me at it. It was wonderful. Now I've found an activity I really enjoy, and am pursuing it, my husband and I have found others to join us. It 's really becoming "play."

Last year when I hit a major wall, I realized that I had to do something totally different and that was to sit down and really think things out.  I had spent the summer walking my dogs every day and doing Pilates 2x a week.  Then I bought these shoes and within 3 days, I couldn't walk up a flight of stairs - it got even worse when in Pilates I got a charlie horse in my toes, then my arches, and then the back of my calves.  I ended up at a foot specialist and discovered that I had bone spurs in both heels and that I was flat footed. I purchased shoe inserts - they were molded to my feet - and then began the slow process back to doing exercise. 

  

Right now, my dogs get walked every other day.  I also stretch out my calves in the middle of the walk. And I go to the gym 1x a week.  With winter coming, the dog walking will be cut back drastically to not doing it or just walking them around the block.  And I will see about doing the gym 2x a week. 

  

Because I'm not in any routine with the dog walking, I can do that for years and years.  Each walk is different - garbage days are nuts, when the squirrels are out playing in the early morning - it's nuts.   

  

As for the gym, the routine I'm doing is only up to 2 sets right now.  When I hit the 3rd set, I will have to change it after 3 months.  Do different machines, etc.  Right now, I'm checking the 1/2 Price Book store for books that I found at the library that will help me with the different machines.  I do have access to a free personal trainer - so she'll show me how to do the machines.  But what I wanted to do was create an at home free weights routines when the weather gets so bad that I'm not going to be traveling on the freeway to get to my gym.   

  

I also have dance practice - we practice different steps to different music every week.  It's more fun than work but I do feel it!  I do veil work and arm movements  which are helping me strengthen my muscles. 

 
August 30, 2005, 5:22 pm CDT

scale

Can anyone tell me what the brand and model is that Dr Phil mentions and recommends?  I know I read it on his site before and now cannot find it.
 
August 30, 2005, 5:38 pm CDT

Scales

Quote From: kdk201

Can anyone tell me what the brand and model is that Dr Phil mentions and recommends?  I know I read it on his site before and now cannot find it.
http://www.tanita.com/
 
September 2, 2005, 3:21 pm CDT

Exercise Buddy

 My name is Barb, and I ive in Dundalk , Maryland and I'am looking for a exercise buddy or someone to walk the track with. I have 80 pounds to lose and it's so hard to do it alone. I cant stay motivated by myself.

Barb
 
September 12, 2005, 9:09 am CDT

Exercise buddies,

Quote From: bornfree44

 My name is Barb, and I ive in Dundalk , Maryland and I'am looking for a exercise buddy or someone to walk the track with. I have 80 pounds to lose and it's so hard to do it alone. I cant stay motivated by myself.

Barb
On the old format, there used to be a place you could go to on the Weight Loss Challenge boards to find buddies in your area. There were lists of towns, states and even countries. I'm sure they still have them, but I haven't looked them up on the new format. You might want to give that a try.
Hooray for you  in taking this step and good luck.
 
September 13, 2005, 12:06 pm CDT

Getting into the groove

Hi All!! I live in Calgary AB Canada, I've taken steps to lose weight, by walking 2.5 miles a day either to work or home from work. With Winter coming and believe me it gets REALLY COLD HERE!! With wind chill can be up to -50 (brrrrrrr!!!). I'm petrified that I'll start putting back on weight that I've lost. I have lost about 20 pounds, but still have another 100 (my personal goal) to go. So last night, I bought a Treadmill. I have agreed to go to my cousin's wedding in November 2006 in Mexico and my cousin and my sister are gorgeous. I dont' want to be the only "Fat one!!" so, my motivation is: A BIKINI!!! Well, at least a Tankini. I'm determined. And with the treadmill and that motivation. I'm determined to lose that weight!!!! Here's to getting in Shape!!!!!
 
September 23, 2005, 10:02 pm CDT

How I stay motivated

I got pregnant and gained 55 pounds. Before I got pregnant I was only 120 pounds. So after I had the baby about 30 pounds of it fell off, but those last 25 is what made me work harder than I've ever worked in my life. I decided to change my life style, as well as my eating habits and portion size. I weighed myself everyday. I am a firm believer that by weighing in everyday you can notice if you need to alter your diet and or exercise. I also took a pair of what I would call my "skinny jeans" and tried them on once every week, and every week I would notice some kind of difference! " Wow I can actually get them past my knees!!! woo hoo!" I have a quote I live by....." Don't give up what you want most for what you want at the moment ". or theres another one..... " Nothing tastes as good as being thin ". So here I am 5'2 and 124 pounds. I worked hard and it paid off, I have never been so proud of myself.  

 
September 26, 2005, 7:35 am CDT

Congrats!

Quote From: nortiz_55

I got pregnant and gained 55 pounds. Before I got pregnant I was only 120 pounds. So after I had the baby about 30 pounds of it fell off, but those last 25 is what made me work harder than I've ever worked in my life. I decided to change my life style, as well as my eating habits and portion size. I weighed myself everyday. I am a firm believer that by weighing in everyday you can notice if you need to alter your diet and or exercise. I also took a pair of what I would call my "skinny jeans" and tried them on once every week, and every week I would notice some kind of difference! " Wow I can actually get them past my knees!!! woo hoo!" I have a quote I live by....." Don't give up what you want most for what you want at the moment ". or theres another one..... " Nothing tastes as good as being thin ". So here I am 5'2 and 124 pounds. I worked hard and it paid off, I have never been so proud of myself.  

I wanted to say congratsulations to you! I know how hard it is to lose weight. I too gained weight while pregnant, but the problem is I am still battling it. Do you have any advice for me to stay motivated. I seem to do great for awhile and then all of the sudden something will happen and it throws me off course. For example, several weeks ago I was doing great..exercising, eating better foods..then I got sick with the flu and I felt so awful that I stopped doing my exercises never even thinking I was quitting for good. Here I am 4 weeks later and I have completely stopped. I hate it when I do that, but sometimes it almost feels like I can't help it. I know that isn't true. I am in control of me, but I tell myself that anyway. Any help on this subject would be greatly appreciated by any of you who have gone through it or who has been through it. Once again...congrats on the weight loss. I bet you look great! 

 

jamrod 

 
September 26, 2005, 9:32 am CDT

reply to Jamrod---

THank you so much for the congrats. YOu know I went through that also. I got sick and fell off the wagon. I lost my weight by doing jumping jacks, leg lifts, crunches, squats, wall sits and a 10 minute pilates video. I did my workouts while playing on the floor with my son, or while he took a nap. I'm not able to afford an expensive gym membership so I made due with what I had. What I love to do with my son is dance to madonna lol! She really gets me moving!!! Just as long as your'e having fun and keep your heart rate up for as long as posssible. You'll get your energy back, don't worry. Any kind of movement in a day is a heck of alot better than nothing. So stay motivated with really knowing what you want, A healthy lifestyle change!! Good luck!
 
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