Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Accountability

As I mentioned yesterday I am in serious need of some accountability when it comes to my health and weight loss goals this year.  This will be the third time I have lost weight in an attempt to get healthy and feel better about myself.  The first two times I used a method that melted the weight off fairly quickly.  But then I slowly crept back to my old habits and the weight piled back on.  This time I've been trying a different, slower, less drastic approach.  The problem is I have a hard time staying motivated when I don't see results.  That leads me to why I'm posting today.  I need your encouragement and accountability.  I am hoping that posting a weekly update (I think that will be happening on Mondays) will offer some added accountability and motivation.  I have added a couple of gadgets to my sidebar to track my exercise and weight loss.  Thanks to Heather over at 16to6 for giving me the heads up about the dailymile

I know there are some other ladies out there who are also on a health/weight loss journey.  I would appreciate you sharing what helps you stay motivated and stick with your plan.  Any tips and/or encouragement would be greatly appreciated!  Thanks to the ladies who stopped by yesterday and agreed to let me walk this road with them!  It's nice to know I'm not alone!

6 comments:

I'm Erin. said...

You go girl!

One thing that helps me (when I actually do it), is making food off-limits after 8pm.
It's amazing how many calories sneak in after that time, and it's the worst time of the day for that as far as metabolizing them goes.
I try to keep my hands busy and maybe have a crystal light drink or something calorie-free, but non-caffeinated.
Or you could try baby-steps and say that the only food you can have after 8 is raw veggies (w/o dip). That way you could work into it without feeling really hungry when you go to sleep.

Share with us if you find something that works for you-- I'm always looking for little changes that can add up to a big difference!

Arizona Mamma said...

Keep it up! I seem to be on a never ending quest for the elusive perfect body. Trust me, if I figure it out, I will totally share.

ShannonDBR said...

I wish you the best on your journey. The best advice I can think to tell you is what has helped me. You can take it or leave it, but it's all I got {:)

I used to eat all the time bc I thought I was hungry all the time. While I was truly hungry sometimes, I made the connection one day that I was more of emotional eater than I thought I was.

When something was bothering me, triggered me or I was upset or bored - I would turn to food. It may sound silly, but I knew I did this to some extent, but I did not realize just how much I did this.

Then one day, I started to confide in a friend & something clicked. Now, when I'm 'hungry' I stop & ask myself how I'm feeling at the moment. I find that once I make the connection & achknowlege my feelings - the so called hunger is not there anymore.

It worked for me & I'm down like 30+ pounds & with no exercise.

Oh, that and try to drink lots of water. They say if your not peeing clear by noon you are not drinking enough.

Hope that helps. Good luck on your journey. Oh, and thanks for the follow.

Blessings,
Shannon

The Passionate Housewife said...

Thanks so much for the comment on my blog Tammy! It made me laugh in that "misery likes company" kind of way! lOl.

Seriously though, we can do it. I keep reminding myself that its not just about my body...I am getting healthy by the workouts, the types of foods and the discipline that it takes for all of it.

I'll be thinking about you when I eat my eggs and my protein shake next! LOL!

Kristina said...

For me, it finally came down to a matter of life or death. I felt like I was dying inside. At 41, I felt like I was becoming bound to the house and that life was over, this was how I was going to live until I died...which felt closer than I wanted. Its a day to day reaffirmation on what is more important to me...food or life/family. I struggle daily,but with each success, I get closer. You are doing the right things and you are going to succeed and we ARE HERE TO HELP AND ENCOURAGE! YOU CAN DO IT!

FollowMeDown30 said...

It is so hard to stay focused when weight is coming off slowly. Especially when we live in a society were delayed gratification is almost nonexistent. This is my first real attempt ever at losing weight. I think for me ultimately I have this feeling deep in my stomach that I do not want to be fat anymore. I hit the fat girl wall-either I do it now at 30 or I am going to be 300+ by the time my kids are teenagers. I know it’s true, so I am doing it now. And so can you!