I bought size 10 shorts and hung them above the bed.

@TLChimes (4842)
United States
May 31, 2009 7:55am CST
I'm such a romantic. My hubby called a few guys from the mental institute but when I explained they went away. Good thing they didn't stick around because there are plenty of other good reasons to take me away. Back to the shorts. I don't wear size 10. I am not huge, but I'm I am not thin. I'm perfectly average in every way. (other then my face and neck which sit on the ugly side... but I'm ok with that) I've been trying to lose a bit to get down to where the doctor says I should be... about 15-20 pounds. And I know the new meds will help me GAIN. And I'm up for diabetes. So... I'm trying to lose a few numbers from my jean size. I hung them on the wall so I would remember that I'm trying to eat better, keep the weight down, and get moving a bit more. What ways do you remind or motivate yourself to lose that weight or those jean sizes?
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@regal_aeros (2606)
• Singapore
31 May 09
well, looking at myself naked in front of the mirror actually does motivate me. though it's suppose to make me depressed (because you get to see all my imperfection) but in a way i fel motivated to "perfect" that body.
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@TLChimes (4842)
• United States
2 Jun 09
Mirrors lie to me on a regular basis. I see ugly there that others tell me isn't like I see it. *shrug* I'm not sure why it is but I needed a different motivator.
@sid556 (31018)
• United States
1 Jun 09
I was on some meds a while back that caused me to gain quite a bit of weight. I'd always been pretty tiny so I did not need to create reminders. I work in the public and so so many people commented. You know..."wow...you've put on a ton of weight...almost didn't recognize you!"...."Are you pregnant?" Comments like that maybe wrecked my spirit and squashed my esteem for a bit but they were all the incentive that I needed. I found it was almost impossible to lose while still on the meds. but once off...It was a bit easier. I drank lots of ice water, walked a lot, did my pushups, situps, yoga. Eventually the pounds shed. Now I just am in the habit of excersising so I do it. It feels weird if I miss a day. As for you little missy....I don't like how you talk of yourself. I am very sure you are not ugly a bit!! And a size 10 is actually not huge at all. You need to be kinder to yourself!! {{{{hugs}}}}.
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@TLChimes (4842)
• United States
2 Jun 09
Are people really that ..... icky? I'm sorry people treated you like that. That is no the type of motavation you needed... even if it worked. Want me to find them and tell them all that their mothers raised them better then that? I still have too much physical that is holding me back from exersizing like I would like to. I was on this med before and never lost all of the weight even after 2 years. So knowing what I do I want to start off looking to not ballon up 4 sizes. I only came down two (16/14) And thank you for being such a wonderful you!
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@sid556 (31018)
• United States
2 Jun 09
Ya...there are some people that are really like that, tlc. I work in a public place in a small town and it's true...some people just have absolutely no tact. You get used to it...toughens you up really. Anyway...good luck with your mission. keep us posted on your progress.
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@Pose123 (21671)
• Canada
31 May 09
Hi TLChimes, I got quite a laugh at the idea of the shorts and your husband calling the guys from the mental institute. If you're not a writer, maybe you should me. I need to lose weight but I think I'll just stick to eating less and walking every day lol. Blessings.
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@TLChimes (4842)
• United States
2 Jun 09
Pose, you are a dear person and your response touched me. I am a closet writer who doesn't think she is good enough to do much with it. I sometimes write stories for my friends who tell me they are pretty good and getting better. This was a wonderful reminder that maybe they aren't full of beans. I get so tired that the exercise is hard for me.... It's the number one thing I have to work on. Medical things are dragging me down but I'm afraid if I don't try to keep the weight down now... it'll get so big that I can't maintain it. Make sense?
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@Pose123 (21671)
• Canada
2 Jun 09
Hi TLChimes, I'm sorry to hear that you are having medical problems and I sincerely hope that things will start to improve for you soon. When it comes to your writing, start believing in yourself, you may be much better at it than you think. Remember that you are here for a purpose, love yourself and take care of your health. Blessings.
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• Philippines
31 May 09
Nowadays with the help of our modern technology there are so many ways to choose from on how to lose weight. Remember to consult the doctor first before accepting any especially if it has something to do with surgery.
@TLChimes (4842)
• United States
2 Jun 09
Yes, i'm under a doctors care for many things. I know my meds add inches so I am starting to pay attention to what I'm eating and taking what I can off what's there.
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@reinydawn (11651)
• United States
2 Jun 09
People have told me to do that before also. To leave the size pants you want to be in visible to you all the time. Well, I got tired of my "skinny" clothes (size 10 also) laughing at me all the time so I got rid of them. I do feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders - although the scale does not agree with me! It's a bit less stress for me to worry about it day in and day out, I'm a bit more relaxed and I think that will help me get the weight off. I hated buying my "fat" clothes (size 16) but I had absolutely nothing to wear. I've been in a rut lately, but I'm back to the exercising and eating right so it should start making a difference here shortly. Good luck to you! I hope that works!!!
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@TLChimes (4842)
• United States
2 Jun 09
I'm 14/16 now and would be content at a steady 12/14... I laugh at the shorts more then they laugh at me.... I think I will shred them to bits when it starts going the other way.
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@reinydawn (11651)
• United States
5 Jun 09
Although my goal is to get back into a 10, I know that it's probably not going to happen. As we get older our bodies get a mind of their own about some things. I'd be happy with a 12 again, and could live with a 14. But carrying this extra weight is so not healthy! Hey, keep on laughing at those shorts! Maybe you should frame them when you start to fit into them again???
@celticeagle (115555)
• Boise, Idaho
1 Jun 09
Whatever works for you I am thinking. I have like 75 more pounds to lose. If that would help I would do it too. I got a trainer and went on a pretty strict diet. I lost about 60 pounds all together. Was nearly 300 pounds a couple of years ago. I think you have to play games with yourself and if this helps you go for it. I stayed off meds for a while just to give myself a good start. Hope this works for you.
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@TLChimes (4842)
• United States
2 Jun 09
I had a two year break form the meds and only went down two of the four sizes they gave me. I am honestly more concerned that i don't start holding on and gaining extra now that I'm back on meds. Exercise is still tough for me but I'm hoping it'll get better so I can add that to my weapons.
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@celticeagle (115555)
• Boise, Idaho
2 Jun 09
Ya, I had a two year break too when I was so sick. Weapon is actually a good take on it I am thinking. Remember to fuel up well before a good workout and you will lose better. Lots of water and no bread after 2p. is what I do. Hope any of this helps. Good luck.
• Canada
1 Jun 09
What a great idea. I might actually try that myself. I find that if I go too long (a couple days) without working out I have a hard time getting back to it. One thing my husband did was put huge closet mirrors in the weight room, which I thought was really stupid initially, however, watching yourself improves your form and I like seeing the improvement in my muscle tone over time. I also like seeing my muscles work as I use the free weights. I try to keep it fun. I hate running so I won't go near the treadmill. Instead I take the kids outside and walk around the neighbourhood. I also stopped eating all junk food (that was hard), stopped drinking pop (that was even harder) and I drink a glass of water before I eat. Use smaller plates for your meals and eat more throughout the day (6 small meals). I keep a huge plate in the fridge with cut up vegetables. If it's cut it gets eaten as opposed to someone having to do it themselves. Hope I helped.
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@TLChimes (4842)
• United States
2 Jun 09
Simple rule... no junk food in the shopping cart, none in the home, none in kids or mom. We drink pop when we go out, we don't make a huge big deal of "making the kids eat right" They just do because it's here and good. I do the veggie thing too so I had to smile at you. My little on is a veggie thief. She'll sneak in there and grab a handful. She thinks I don't know but like I even care?
• Canada
2 Jun 09
We are the same way with the junk food. We won't even go down that aisle for the simple reason that I have no will power whatsoever ;)
@James72 (26832)
• Australia
1 Jun 09
I'm a HUGE believer in positive visualization, so good for you TLC! I motivate myself to be healthy and lose weight whenever needed by being completely oblivious to there being an issue in the first place! lol. To be honest, I'm not 100% happy with my current weight, but I don't stress over it either. As long as the clothes I own fit me, then I'm generally OK with everything. If they start to get a bit tight at times, I'm not sure what I do really, but a week or so later they fit again, so somethings working! Maybe it's the positive visualization again, because I DO think about them fitting me like they usually do.
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@TLChimes (4842)
• United States
2 Jun 09
Do you overly stress about much? I slide monthly between 14 and 16 so I wouldn't mind slipping to a 14 or 10 and then up a bit and down.... Never mind...I would get ill with all that... worse then the see-saw when I was young... my sisters were cruel.
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
4 Jun 09
I stress about a lot of things, yes. Being so far from home and wondering when the heck I can return is one of the major things for example. But I do try to maintain a positive outlook in all I do and I'm somewhat adept at conning myself! lol.
• China
1 Jun 09
hey.I got u.Try to purchase someone and love her deeply and really .
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
1 Jun 09
Excellent advice! TLC..... Ya listening?
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@TLChimes (4842)
• United States
2 Jun 09
Of course I'm listening James....
@schulzie (4068)
• United States
2 Jun 09
That sounds like a great strategy and I sincerely hope it works for you. I need to lose some weight too and maybe that might help me to do it. Gives you something to work towards. I think it is a wonderful idea! Have a great day and happy myLotting!!!
@TLChimes (4842)
• United States
2 Jun 09
Tell me if you figure out a trick... I love trying new things!
@enola1692 (3325)
• United States
1 Jun 09
I am a diabetic so I know what you mean I can stand to lose 20 pounds the meds I am on made me gain weight an to lose i think about my grandmother she was just taken from us because her diabetes an I also think about my kids I want to be around to see the grandkids an plus the biggie to my hubby said I got to make it to the porch swing with him to sit an just swing after he retires an he dont plan on that to soon so If i want to get healthy an I think well lose the etra pounds
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@TLChimes (4842)
• United States
2 Jun 09
Wonderful reasons to watch our weight. My leaving doesn't bother me near as much as what I would leave behind. You know what I mean?
@dreamr802 (987)
• United States
1 Jun 09
I bought these super cute capris. They are a size 16/18 I am a 24 right now. That is my first goal and then I have this super cute dress that won't go out of style that is a size 6 *my ultimate goal* and that is hanging on my closet door.
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@TLChimes (4842)
• United States
2 Jun 09
Do you check them out often to remind yourself? I get busy and tired so I forget... that's why they are up on the wall. I thought about hanging them in the kitchen but the fellas from the nut house would have taken me for sure.
@rowantree (1190)
• United States
31 May 09
LOL! You are so not ugly. You're very brave though, I certainly couldn't bring myself to tack up a pair of shorts on the wall to remind myself to lose weight. I wish I could motivate myself but I go in spurts and I'm not successful. Even the threat of having to wear a bathing suit soon doesn't get me moving, and it definitely should.
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@TLChimes (4842)
• United States
2 Jun 09
You're going to wear a bathing suit? On purpose? And you call me brave? And I have friends who are great at keeping me honest about myself even when the mirror lies and tells me how crappy I look. The meds are making me feel worse in some ways I think.
31 May 09
Hi TLChimes, at the moment I am size 12 but because I am short I look fat so Iam trying to lose the weight as I am 2stone over weigth, but is really hard, I was on my exercies bike but ended up getting a bad back and my Doc told me not to do it for a while, so here I am waiting and putting on back what I've lost. Tamara
@TLChimes (4842)
• United States
2 Jun 09
I'm a 14-16 depending on the time of month and how I'm feeling. Exercising is the hardest part of this because I get so tired so quickly and so I end up trying to balance work, play, and health. You have to clean in stages, cook in stages, ect...
@maezee (29522)
• United States
22 Jun 09
I definitely used to do that. These days I don't really try to use tools to motivate me; I just try to find it from inside (if that makes any sense). I've done that before, though, I once bought 7 for all Mankind jeans (if you don't know what these are.. they're pretty much $100-$200 jeans!!) that I thought were ADORABLE and about TWO sizes too small..And to be totally honest, although I'd REALLY love to wear them, they have never really motivated me for more than a day. I think it's probably because for me, it's more than just about wearing a cute pair of jeans. I can't really explain it..But having self confidence 24/7 would be GREAT. And I don't know how to capture that and put it above my bed. .