Staying Motivated to Lose Weight

Maryee Health Guide
  • I really thought I was going to be able to do something differently this time, but it's been harder so far than I thought it would be.  It seems every year when winter rolls around I go into that home-body mode where I stay inside a lot, eat more of the heavier (calorie-filled) foods than I want and get very little aerobic exercise. And you know what that means, added weight.


    This time I really thought I was going to be able to break out of the mode. I have the inner desire to really get in shape, to change my eating habits and to make time for exercise. But, during these first two months, while have been able to make some significant changes to my overall diet, I can't seem to work in the exercise. Even though I know it is an essential part of the weight loss equation, but I just can't seem to get there.

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    My goal is to lose 40 pounds. I know that sounds like a lot - and frankly, it is. But it is what I need to do. So far, in January and February, I have read a lot about the kinds of foods I should be eating and what I should be avoiding. I have integrated that into my diet and I definitely think I am eating better - no white rice, flour or artificial sugar and more whole wheat/whole grain foods, nuts and sugar in its natural form and a good amount of high protein/low calorie food like salmon and spinach. I've taken into account some tips for developing good eating habits including making sure I start with a healthy breakfast everyday --- oatmeal, a veggie omelet, yogurt and fruit ---- I snack several times during the day on nuts or fruit, I drink green tea and I try not to eat too close to bed time.


    And, though I really haven't gotten much aerobic exercise in yet, I have definitely been paying more attention to the little things that I can do during the day to just get me going and help tone up a bit. I've been walking with more deliberate strides, doing leg lifts everywhere and whenever possible, same thing with squats, and walking up stairs - and escalators every chance I get. I do see a bit of a difference and doing even these little things makes me feel like I am making some progress --- even if the road is going to be a little longer than I originally thought.


    So far I lost five pounds initially and then another two for a total of seven pounds. While that doesn't seem like enough to me for two months worth of effort, I guess it really is about what the average weight loss should be - one-two pounds per week - so it means I am essentially right on target. My BMI has gone down from 28.2 to 27.1, so that too is headed in the right direction. It seems "slow and steady" is the way to go --- if I keep up this pace, I should be able to reach my weight goal and get my BMI into the healthy range of 25


    With all the snow that has been piled up outside and temperatures in the 30s and 40s, I  have not been motivated to get outside and powerwalk or jog --- I'll leave that to the diehard fitness fanatics who can do it in this weather. But spring is just around the corner, the forecast is for milder temperatures in the coming days and the crocuses are starting to peek through the ground. So the next time the groundhog comes out and stays out, I'll be ready to come out too --- with running shoes on! 

Published On: March 08, 2010