Motivation for weight loss? Any tips?

@gabbymg (128)
United States
June 12, 2012 11:48pm CST
I've been struggling to stick with an exercise regime lately. I tell myself that I HAVE to workout but half the time I just workout for fifteen minutes and that's just not going to cut it. I'm also falling off the wagon way too much with my eating habits. People say don't consider it a diet but a lifestyle change but I've become so accustomed to one way of eating that I can't seem to break unhealthy habits. One of the things that I started doing the past two days was putting on a pair of shorts that are a little too tight because I want them to fit perfectly. My goal is by the end of the month to have the shorts falling off of me because I've stuck with it and lost something to show for! Do you think it's possible for someone to lose x amount of pounds or inches by a certain time? What are some of the things you all do to stick with losing weight? Do you have any tips that really help you out? I know not everything works for everybody but I love trying out new things. My friend, who lost 35 pounds since March told me I should start taking pictures of myself each month to show how I'm progressing but I think as a mental note to myself I might start taking one every week to push me if I don't see any changes. Sure, I won't see any changes within a week but I don't like how I look now so if I continue to take a picture of what I look like currently I'll be more motivated to change it! Please give me suggestions on what you think works or what you have experienced that works!
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10 responses
• Malaysia
13 Jun 12
To stay motivated, it starts from the mind. that's where the strength for you to keep on doing what you believe enables you to lose weight. For motivation, first and foremost you can always feed your mind and inner self with images of the physic that you want or the weight that you want.that's what i did. for the past 2 months or so i'm into bodybuilding or aesthetic physic so what i did was taking pictures of my idols like Greg Plitt, Zyzz and Pham Woodbridge and put them in a little book that i made for myself called "Aesthetic Engineering". Im into bodybuilding and wanting to achieve bodies like those of fitness models. but don't get me wrong i don't want to be huge. I don't want a bicep like Ronie Coleman, Arnold Schwazernagger or Dorian Yates.I'll scare people if i have those physic. Also i mix around at those fitness enthusiast at the gym i go to. Your way of fitting into a tight shorts is a great idea as well.About another idea and that is taking photo, i would like to remind you to be careful with this way.I mean let's just say you took your photo today, in 2 weeks you took another photo and don't see any "progress" another 2 weeks another photo there's progress but little. So here the problem is not progress, but probably the stress or tension. Keep on asking why no progress? What did i do wrong? Why so slow?Stuff like that, and you might end up wanting to starve more. Just a word of precaution here. I fear that motivation turns to obsession. Don't stress yourself too much cause stress will cause you to gain weight instead. But before anything else, please make peace with the way you look now then you will feel easier to let "her" go for a new you.
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• Malaysia
13 Jun 12
i'd like to add, eat more frequent meal but lesser amount.so u wont get tired throughout the day.
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13 Jun 12
Well, many thing you can use to motivate your diet program. from my experience, there are someone who diet because don't look slim or want to look great/ eye cathing to other
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@BabyCheetah (1913)
• Australia
13 Jun 12
Well I'm not really on a diet but am trying to eat a little healthier and it's not easy to stick with foods at times. My advice would be to start slow with the change don't just wake up one day and change your whole diet. What I did to feel a little healthier was to drink more water everyday (I don't have soft drinks often anymore)and to at least have some fruit and veg everyday. If you want a snack, consider having some fruit instead of going for the chips and chocolate. Another thing that may help a little is green tea. What it does is boosts your metabolism so you will be able to workout for longer. I'm not sure what excersises you do but if you have a crosstrainer or bike watch TV whilst you work out as it will distract you and you may be able to do it for 30-40 mins instead. Hope this was helpful and good luck :)
@ajithlal (14568)
• India
21 Jun 12
I also think that slow changes are better than sudden changes and the goal should be weight loss for six months or one year rather than one week. I would suggest slowly decreasing the diet and slowly increasing the exercises.
• Australia
22 Jun 12
That's it. I've been eating smaller portions and just getting up and moving more. It's harder in the einter though when it's too cold to move and you just want to stay under the blankets :)
• Philippines
14 Jun 12
Think slim, This tip is about all-important moment.What do you experience just before you eat something? Do you tussle with yourself? "I realy shouldn't...but i want to!" Do you imagine how the food will taste, even feel in the mount? Or do you focus on the real consequences, rather than the temporary satisfaction of eating?
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• Philippines
14 Jun 12
People who overweight tend to imagine how food is going to taste and feel as the eat. In contrast, people who naturally 'eat slim' tend to imagine how the pie or cake will feel heavy in there stomachs for so long after they've eaten it. Jumping from a great height might feel fun whilst it lasts, but the consequences that come after we hit the ground are what we consider when deciding not to do it.
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• Philippines
14 Jun 12
Les Brown has something to say about wanting something bad enough. He said that wanting something is not enough. You must hunger for it, want it bad enough that you are willing to do whatever it takes to achieve that definite aim. Many times, we make a plan where we think we needed. However, the lack of discipline, and a high level of desire have discouraged us to keep on going until we succeed. I believe that if you have a reason enough to exercise and lose weight, that will motivate you to keep what you are doing until you succeed, then you will be victorious.
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@ShepherdSpy (8562)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
13 Jun 12
It sounds like you have the right ideas in hand with the taking photos and trying to fit into a particular item of clothing..some would take the step of buying swimwear they'd like to wear with the newer bod on the beach on an upcoming planned holiday,or for a special event like a wedding..more Exercise and laying off the chocolate and cake would be my recommendations..but motivation is what you need to keep things going ! good luck..
@tatsumaki (189)
• Indonesia
13 Jun 12
This was I've done before.... Write your goal in anyplace you can read it most... Write your progress every week... See your shape in mirror... You can also hang your shorts ao you can seeit every day because thats your goal... That's how i motivated my self... Hope it can help you ang good luck...
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@sbucu57 (55)
• Philippines
8 Jul 12
Anything is possible as long as you put yourself and mind into it. If you have been struggling about sticking to an exercise regimen or improving your healthy habits, then you can start changing your mindset about it, bit by bit. You can start writing it in your note book, even posting it in your room where you can see it everyday. Do not stop thinking about it and while you do, imagine yourself doing some exercise regularly and improving your eating habits as well. As what most others said, it all start with the mind. Any small improvement is a milestone. Find an activiy that you enjoy doing. Be it dancing, swimming, or even walking. A lot of people under estimate the benefits of walking. If the weather is great, go out and walk. Once you feel some sweat in your skin, then that's a start. You can also join fun runs with your friends, where there is no pressure to finish the race but to enjoy and run with your own pace. Also try not to eat a few hours before you sleep. Try to shy away from fast food and junk as well. Eat veggies and fruits more. Good luck !
• Singapore
14 Jul 12
Dear, I have a concern on fruits, would I get diabetes if eaten too much?
• Singapore
14 Jul 12
Maybe you can try wriggling your toes and swing your feet. I did that to remind myself to excercise everyday, the onstart of excercising, you know? I am really fat now, compare to my past, no more that much energy to do heavy workout.If energy is a problem, maybe you would like my advice.
• India
4 Jul 12
I have photo,s of celebrities on my wall , their figure and their beautiful dresses motivate me to work on my treadmill a little longer , this certainly does help.
@ajithlal (14568)
• India
21 Jun 12
Slim body is good for health . Diet control & exercise is good for weight loss . Daily i am going for walking & control food items .