One thing that has helped me with "mouth hunger" is gum. I used to never chew gum, but now I chew it most of the time because it gives me something to "eat" without having the calories. Yes, it has some calories, but it's maybe 5 calories for an hour's worth of eating. So I think it's more than worth it!
The poll question is an interesting one. I don't like the idea of New Year's resolutions. Why? Because they make us feel as if the only time we can or should think about big changes in our lifestyle is around this time of year. Most people who think that way have given up on that resolution in 2 or 3 months' time.
A resolution doesn't just have to be made at the beginning of a new year. It can and should be made when you experience your Ah-ha! moment. That it is when it becomes time to take action, as you're making a conscious decision to change for yourself, and not setting unrealistic goals because society or the media tells you it's that time of year to do so.
That being said, I am on the way to losing 10% of my body weight. When I started this journey near the end of October 2013 I was 202.5 lbs. It is now mid-December, and I am roughly 188. And you know what? I am feeling GREAT already! I have already started to experience many of the benefits discussed in the article. I have never had issues sleeping, but I feel that I sleep better now because I feel more accomplished at the end of a day for working out and taking other steps to improve my health and my life during the day. I have more energy that lasts longer throughout the day. I don't overeat anymore; I eat when it's time to and have an occasional snack, but often find that I don't even need that because the food I'm eating is high in nutrients and low in things like saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol. Not only am I losing weight, but my measurements are slowly decreasing and I am becoming stronger and more capable of completing my workouts. My confidence is also building! Even though I'm still well above my goal weight of 140, I feel that I look better in my clothes, particularly in workout clothing. So if I decide to join a gym or attend fitness classes anytime soon I won't be too concerned about how I look in comparison to everyone else. In fact, many of my clothes are now much too lose! It's always a good feeling (and a serious motivator) when you discover that you have to buy new clothes because you LOST weight rather than because you've gained it. And where I didn't always feel sexy enough for fun nights with my man, I now feel MUCH better about how I look without clothes on. Again, I'm still nowhere near my goal weight, but I am more toned and less flabby. He hasn't seen my like this in years and is kind enough to show his appreciation. That's also a serious motivator!
Once I reach the initial goal of losing 10% of of my weight, I plan to treat myself with a day of shopping. I'm already putting money aside for it so that I don't feel the need to overspend, but so that I can buy my new clothing and shoes with confidence! It just so happens that this goal should be reached around the first of the year 2014, so not too long now! And it will be nice to start off the new year with new things and a new outlook on my strength and ability to keep it going. So if I make any resolutions for 2014, it will be to stick to my current goals and enjoy feeling good in my new skin and my new wardrobe!
11/10/2013 11:01:03 AM
This was my goal three and a half years ago -- lose 10%. I was 188 and wanted to get to 170 pounds. Once I got moving, I just stuck with it. Seeing results was the biggest motivator. I stuck with it and lost 60 pounds.
Yes we have to really stay with getting a good health body.
2/1/2013 10:38:58 AM
I have been a member of sparkpeople for a really really long time. Aleast a few years, I lost lots of weight and when you think about it, its simple you just track your progress and stick to the plan. I also when to http://www.how-can-i-lose-weight-the-faste st.com/ and followed there regime. Which was very very simple. First you clean your body out (which is about 10 pounds of waste, then you follow there plan) and it worked. Thanks to sparkpeople.com and http://www.how-can-i-lose-weight-the-faste st.com/.
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1/12/2013 12:16:19 PM
If it's important to you, you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse. Focus on and control today, eat right today, exercise today. repeat....
Dear Angelwings, your chosen name says it all. We both know there are no easy answers, magic feathers or pills. A day at a time - a moment at a time - and take a moment to give your daughter a hug and a smile. Don't forget to take a deep breath and pray every day. Hang in there!
12/11/2012 12:56:51 AM
I have no tips for anyone, so sorry! But if anyone has some for me...please give them to me! For the last year everyday I feel I climb a mountain.....then when I get near the top I fall back down right to the bottom!!! I am so tired of this feeling...please give me tips on being Happy,joy in my life, having peace of mind,getting rid of almost all my stress, eating healthy so I can teach my children, I have a 9 tear Girl who is way over weight she is at 130 lbs...my heart breaks everyday , when she comes home crying because some kids were calling her names about her size...she wants to quite school.....I can't find anyone to help me out and i have gone everywhere.....please,please if you have any tips I would so appreciated the help.... Thank you..God bless
i lost 30 pounds within the last 9 month and am very happy about it, but got another 40 to go...with the cold weather now i need more motivation to go for my walks on a regular basis...
9/10/2012 1:46:41 PM
I was diagnosed back in March with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis. I have lost a total of 25 pounds, but I feel my efforts are for nothing (even though I am still trying). For insurance reasons, I have been sent to a new doctor and he basically told me that I had to get back down to what I weighed when I was 16, and I would feel better. Now, I have had 2 children. They say you grow until you are 21 so not only am I totally frustrated and feel that no matter what I do, my new doctor will chew me out when I go back, but I don't know what to do now. I feel he looks at me like I'm just fat! To top it all off, I lost my job over a month ago because of my illnesses. I just started on this site today hoping this will give me some help. I feel hopeless.
Interesting article. I'm diabetic and trying my best to exercise and lose weight. I have to take insulin to regulate my blood sugar. The side effects on taking insulin is weight gain. I'm doing everything in my power to lose this weight. But, I'm still on square one. I have to work harder. This article help me refocus on my long term goals.
I have to say I never though that losing what amounts to such a small portion of my overall wieght would be so beneficial...great article and thanks for the motivation...i've also been making a habit of the doggie bag approach when we go out to eat, i've gotten a couple wierd looks but some of them are getting used to it by now lol and another good thing to do when eating out is always get your dressing for a salad ON THE SIDE and dip your fork in it before stabbing a bite of sald
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