You ladies have great encouragement for us spark members. I just completed my yoga today. It was a mental battle because my bones kind of ached. Still have to do my cardio but I enjoyed the relaxation of the yoga. Thanks for the encouragement.
My motivation started when my doctor said you now have to take pills for your diabetes. I have other motivations that keep me going and these should have been enough to start me, but unfortunately, it took a swift kick to my blood sugar to change that.
Remind yourself that you are more than worth it! It's not selfish to take care of yourself like you do for others because if you don't, you wont be your best you for them or anyone. One day,just try, try like you've never tried before, and then do it again and again until you're just doing it.
I would say, try really hard to sneak in even a short workout. Even if I only jog for 10 min on the treadmill, it is AMAZING how that puts me in the "I am a healthy, strong person" mindframe. It makes it easier for me to workout more and even inspires me to make healthier food choices. Sometimes I really have to force myself, especially when I feel gross, but I never have regretted it once.
Will it help to try some time management? You wrote that you feel like you don't have time to make the changes necessary to lose weight. Maybe that might be a place to start?Can you make a meal plan for a day or week? Do you watch television? Can you stretch in front of the TV? Can you omit 30 minutes of it and go for a walk each day? Can you measure portion sizes and eat small portions? Can you cut out second servings? How about less fast food, or none at all for a while. Can you substitute lean snacks for heavy laden ones? Cut out some cookies or your other favorite treats? Can you eat snacks of fruit and vegetables every day?
Figure out what changes you are willing to make and stick with for the rest of your life to be healthy. Remember, it is not a diet you are starting on, but a lifestyle of health and fitness for life. Small bits eventually add up. The excess weight didn't come on overnight, and it is not going to go away fast.
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SMALL changes are what work best and stick in the long run.
Also try not to label things as "bad" foods. You need to allow yourself those "bad" foods if you want to succeed! People are crazy when they try to not eat ANY foods they love and just eat ALL healthy all the time...That may work temporarily, but never lasts for good. (Or hardly ever lasts, unless you're like super super dedicated....But for everyday people (like me) it would never work.)
I lost 140 pounds and I still eat chocolate, fast food, soda, in MODERATION. That's the key! To balance the unhealthy with the healthy.
Everyone is different. For some, it's a health scare. For others a 'big event' coming up they want to look great for.
Whatever the initial impetus, start small. If you haven't done the 'fast break,' do that. It helps you learn what you are doing now, and knowing that makes it easier to plan changes in an order you can live with. Fast break is step 1 on this link: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/sparkdiet.asp
It's not easy, of course, but it is simple. And making SMALL changes makes it more workable as well as increasing your chances of success because you won't as easily become discouraged.
So, yes, I'm over weight and need to drop some major pound, but how do I get motivated? I have been saying "this is my last bad meal" for a week now. I feel so gross and just want to feel better. I feel like I have zero time to do anything, plan a healthy menu, go grocery shopping, or even work out. So please, how did you all get motivated to even get started?
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