Another one of these but need help
03-18-2013 11:46 PM
Another one of these but need help
This is for all the people who have been really over weight and you try and get going right on your diet and then fall off. I really would like to hear how you guys have done it and the best way to get your mind right to keep losing the weight. Also eating healthy instead of wanting the bad food or pop and keep convincing yourself that you will be ok that you will just start lifting tomorrow and you keep repeating the cycle. I really wanna start up eating healthy again and working out and getting my mind set. THANKS
03-23-2013 02:32 PM
I've lost over 65lbs so far and am still going. I wrote a long post with my thoughts on diet and exercise in the "Before it is too late.." thread (I'd link to it but my post count is too low) and recommend taking a look at it. I didn't really address motivation and accountability, though--and that seems to be your dilemma--so I'll add some thoughts on that here.
First of all, don't ever tell anyone else--and especially not yourself--that you're going to try to lose weight. Banish the word "try" from your vocabulary. Once you say you are going to try to do something, you subconsciously open the door to failure and it's only a matter of time before you walk through it. You're not going to try to lose weight, you're just going to do it. Failure is not an option.
Think about what happens when you wake up in the morning feeling like ****, but you still have to get up and go to work. You don't sit there thinking "well I don't feel like it today so I guess I'll go back to sleep." No--if you like getting paychecks and not being homeless, you get your ass up and go to work. And generally once you get up and get moving, you feel okay. (Of course, being legitimately sick is a different story.) You have to place your diet and exercise regimen on the same pedestal as going to work--you do it whether you feel like it or not because it's not optional.
Also, start now. Now. Even if that just means downloading an app for counting calories on your phone, making a workout schedule, and deciding what foods are going to work for you--and by "work" I basically mean fit your protein/calorie requirements, be easy enough to prepare that you won't find yourself stopping at Taco Bell because a long work-day left you with no time to cook, and be palatable enough that eating it won't feel like torture. Set a time limit on the planning stage and then immediately start following through with it. When it comes to getting started,tomorrow means the same thing as never. If you really want to lose weight, it's now or never.
Looking back at the process I've gone through in losing weight, eating properly and sticking to my workouts was only difficult in the beginning. The first challenge was getting started. The second challenge was sticking it to it long enough for it become a habit. The third challenge was figuring out the right adjustments to make when I hit a big plateau (that part wouldn't have happened if I just counted my calories right from the beginning). After that, the only challenge has been patience and persistence; when you have a lot of weight to lose, it takes a while. But the diet is so ingrained in me that I enjoy my food and have no desire to cheat (that doesn't mean I don't indulge a bit, but when I do it's in a planned out way that fits with my calorie budget and doesn't interfere with getting enough protein), and I consider weight lifting one of my favorite hobbies.
I say that to give you hope that it won't always be as hard as it might seem now. Changing bad habits starts off moderately difficult in the beginning, then gets really difficult (where most people give up), and then gets relatively easy when you've stuck to it long enough for a new, better habit to form. Get started, push yourself over that hump, and then you can hit cruise control and enjoy the ride while your friends/family/coworkers start commenting on how different you look and ask for your secrets.
03-23-2013 06:47 PM
Thanks I appreciate it man that you would take some time to write me back on this. I read the "Before it is too late" post you wrote and looking at it from how you wrote makes a lot of sense. I actually was one of those guys that did a diet and lost weight quick but hit a platue and couldnt get back on track. My mind is really weak right now because I think about the last time I did do a diet and how it was. I never counted my calories or anything and I will now do that. Thanks again for a great insight and for you being an awesome person and responding back.
03-24-2013 10:10 AM
No prob. Keep us updated and feel free to ask any questions you have. I'll keep an eye on this thread.
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