I just stay consistent. I try eating the same type foods over and over and I am ok with that. I also plan ahead of what I am eating. I also treat my workouts like a job and workout first thing in the morning so I don't get off track.
I have managed in 4 years to keep the weight off within a few pounds. Good luck on this journey.
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13 4/21/12 9:37 P
Thanks for all the tips, defiantly tracking everything (part of my goals for being accountable) even when I had an off day yesterday went over my calorie goal by eating two pieces of pie. The old me wouldn't have tracked it, so I guess that's progress. I didn't beat myself over but kept it in mind today
I am a HUGH believer in putting my self on the list of things to do. So I plan my meals. I keep cut up veggies and fruits in the fridge. I also make salads like chicken, apple, coleslaw and keep those in the fridge too. I also make hugh crockpot full of soups, stews and chillis. I set my alarm each night and get up for my morning cardio workout.........some days I walk and some I run. I also make sure that I get my fix of lifting weights through my group power classes and at home. I decided years ago that it's a life style change and not a diet.
Take it one day at a time like another poster suggested. If you have a bad day or a bad meal, promise yourself that you will dust yourself off and keep pushing. I heard a quote from another Sparkpeople member and I'm just going to paraphrase: "If you break one traffic law, does that mean you are going to break the rest of the traffic laws? Don't throw the rest of your day way because of that pizza you had for lunch." That is one thing I had to learn and I still have to remind myself. DH and I went out to a late dinner at Red Lobster. By the time we got there I was starving because I hadn't eaten in a few hours. They brought out those evil cheese biscuits. Before I had a chance to look up the calories I had devoured 4 of them! I found out they are 150 cal each! I just devoured 600 calories. I was shocked and frustrated with myself and then I remembered the quote about not letting this set me back. The results are also what help me stay on track. I lost almost 10 pounds the first month I started tracking everything I ate. I was so amazed at my progress that I wanted to see if It was possible to keep going. I got on the train and I found myself wanting to keep going and going. Now I'm to the point where I don't need to lose anymore weight. I just have to look at all the positive changes that this lifestyle has brought me. I have improved my health. I feel better inside and out. I have also become a runner. My life has changed so much just by making a few changes and sacrificing my old diet, which was pretty much eating whatever I wanted when I wanted. It's not worth it to me to eat unhealthy anymore. I'm not perfect and I have had to accept my weight loss journey is imperfect too. Accept that there will be bumps on the road and plateaus. This program works if you track your food, make healthy choices and exercise more and you stay consistent.
The best way for me it to always plan ahead the night before what I will be eating the next day definitely helps me on week nights because you never know how the next morning may go and your rushing and you make bad choices for food. I track everything I eat. Sparkpeople has also been a huge help for me!
I had one big motivator-- a family vacation to Hawaii that made me want to lose weight, so I lost 29 pounds in 13 months that way. But along the way, to stay motivated, I create "rewards" I get every 10 pounds I lose-- like a magazine subscription, new article of clothing, pedicure, etc. I created a collage (22"x16") of inspirational fitness photos and nutritious food & positive sayings that I hung up on the inside of my bedroom door, that was a good reminder each day of what my goals were. And the more weight I lost, the easier it was to be motivated, because family & friends would comment on how much weight I've lost & that always made me feel proud and motivated me to keep going.
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13 4/20/12 12:02 A
So I've started yet another weight loss journey. Basically has been the story of my life off and on for 8 years or so. My biggest problem is staying accountable to myself and I'm always self sabotaging. Anyway I want to hear from everyone, how do you keep yourself motivated and on track?
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