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Trying to get Motivated

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Well this is my first blog....ever! I have never done this before, so here it goes!

The last few days my biggest problem is staying motivated. When I first joined this site I was so excited!!! I even went out and bought the book The Spark!! And I think (my scale needs to be replaced) I lost 4 lbs! Well I began to read it, and, like everything else I have bought in the past, it got put aside. Practically all my life I have always been over weight, the "chubby kid" growing up. Now after 42 years, here I am STILL chasing my dream of being thin!! Why?? I get so discouraged when I eat carefully and exercise and get on the scale and see no results. I just feel like throwing in the towel and say "ohhhhhh forget it!!!!!" I just feel like I don't have the strength.

Then I think of this summer and how my mother in law is coming here for vacation for 3 weeks and we plan to take her to a beach. My stomach does flip flops just thinking that I actually have to wear a bathing suit this summer, I get so nervous. I know I have to lose weight! I do realize how important it is to have a healthy lifestyle and to be there for my kids as they get older. Then why can't I get motivated? Am I missing something?

The one thing I seem to have a problem doing is counting calories. Is that it?? Am I seeing no results just because I don't count calories. I do eat carefully, lots of veggies, fruits, lean meats, whole grains.....I jjust don't count my calories and I don't measure my food either, I just "eye ball" my size portions. I do be careful how much to eat. I don't know, maybe I need to give it more time.

Any advice would be appreciated. I really don't want to throw in the towel and give up. I have wanted this for so long in my life!!
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  • LIZS67
    Well I walked 10 laps around a local track and I feel good about myself. Not to mention my legs are sore now and I have a blister on the heel of my right foot, ugh! But thats ok, I'm just so proud of myself for walking 10 laps!!!
    4007 days ago
    Please don't be so hard on yourself!Changing yourself in any way is hard,scary work!
    I was never one to measure out my food,or count calories either.I started doing it when I joined SP. It isn't that hard(I have metal measuring cups that I use to dish up my serving of food)and it is easier to guess later after seeing exactly what a serving should look like!
    I haven't lost much weight either-about 5 lbs-but I have noticed that some of my clothes fit better,and I feel brighter and more like DOING things.
    If you haven't yet checked out the nutrition tracker feature,please do!It makes tracking your foods pretty easy,and has options for adding food that you eat that isn't already listed.
    Keep trying-being a "bathing beauty" is a tough goal(I haven't worn a swim suit since the 80's)But feeling good,and feeling good about yourself are very important-and attainable-goals.
    Oh,and even though I have never been a fashion icon-think about a gauzy,sheer ankle length "beachy" skirt as part of your beach gear.If you arn't stressing about being bathing suit ready it may be easier to focus on your weight/fitness goals.
    Best of luck-you CAN reach your goals!
    4007 days ago
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