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Stitch

New Member Intro

Good evening all! My Info:

Name: Sarah

Age: 33

Height: 5'5"

SW (starting weight): 355.6

CW (current weight): 346.6

GW (goal weight): 150

I think I need some support outside of my meetings... I over-ate at lunch today, and felt like crap afterwards, and I think I have gained this week. I will know more on Saturday morning.

How do you all keep yourselves motivated when things get tough?

Ta,

Sarah
Dragonfly on book

Off track

So I've lost about 10-ish pounds on WW. I've been hovering over the 270's for the past month or so. I've stopped checking my points. It's like I started to slack and then I just full on stopped. I really want to check but I forget and it's pissing me off. I have been overweight my entire life and I don't want my 20's to be like my teen years. But I really need help finding motivation that will keep me going. Would any of you be willing to give me some  advice on motivation and consistency? I really need it. 
BlueMoon

It's just a matter of when, not if.

Today is a very good day. I've finally lost 15% of my original WW starting body weight. The first ten came off so effortlessly that the next five felt like it took an eternity. Slow and steady wins the race, though. I whole-heartedly believe that.

Now that I've finally come to a point where I accept that plateaus will happen, despite all my best efforts, and that they will stick around for as long as they like, I'm really frustrated with myself for giving up so many times in the past. If I'd just kept with it like I am now, how long ago could I have gotten to my goal weight? Could I have PREVENTED getting to my maximum weight? It's frustrating, but at the same time it's motivating.

So what if it's taking longer now? If there are some weeks where I just can't get the scale to budge? It's still working. I still look and feel better than I have in years. I get compliments and asked for advice on a weekly basis from people I don't even really know - that says more to me about how well this program works than how fast the numbers change.

I'm so close to being half way there that I can taste it. Seven and a half pounds. I need to start planning how to celebrate that. The only material thing I can think of that I want is maybe an iPod shuffle (which is a totally frivolous purchase since I already have an iPod classic), but that's not really a big hurrah type thing to me, just something I want and haven't convinced myself is worth buying. There's nothing I really want to do, and even if there was it'd be something like a show or concert and I don't know that I could time it well enough to coincide. I guess I could look into things in the coming month or two and see if anything catches my eye at least.

I've got some time to figure it out, thankfully, but I still want to make sure I come up with something. It's not an insignificant accomplishment and I need to remember that. Whatever it is I wind up doing, I'm definitely making sure I come away with a physical token of it so I have that reminder of "Yeah, you did it" to look at whenever it is I feel the need.


P.S. I love that there isn't the vaguest doubt in my mind that I WILL get there, too.

WW Journey Began: 10/11/09
WW Start: 210 | WW Current: 177.6 | WW Goal: 130

What motivates you?

I think the motivator in my life is my daughter, my husband and I talked about wanting to get healthy for her, because we want to be here to watch her grow up and we want to set the right example for her. She was born September 12th and since then I’ve lost 45 lbs. My husband started ww when I was still pregnant and he’s lost about 30 lbs and is at his goal weight of 160. He works out every night and I am so proud of him. Now we eat healthy meals together, plan ahead, we encourage each other to get that work out in even when we are tired, and we do it all in front of our daughter. We don’t go to meetings but follow the program with all of the materials from when I went before. One of our goals is that we are going to run a 5k this summer together with our daughter in her jogging stroller, I can’t wait! Is there any better motivation in the world than your child???
misc - me

5% Loss in 2 Weeks!

I never really introduced myself, so let me do that now.

Name: Kitzzy
Age: 31
Height: 5'2"
SW (starting weight): 137.6
CW (current weight): 130
GW (goal weight): 123

Today is my 15th day of doing weight watchers and I've already lost 7.6 pounds. More details about that here: http://yzztik.livejournal.com/205411.html

To be fair, I know a lot of my starting weight was water weight and due to weighing in right after my Thanksgiving break binge, but I am always surprised at how much a little diligence can do for weigh loss. I was exercising like crazy, and I started neglecting healthy eating. I figured with that much exercise, I didn't have to be as careful but calories in milkshakes, fried food, and restaurant food add up quickly.

A little bit of background ...

On Jan 29, 2008, I weighed 152 pounds and realized I was overweight and needed to do something about. I started exercising regularly and changing my eating habits. I lost almost 30 pounds in 9-10 months and got down to 122-123. I was also more physically fit, as I had started running and cycling regularly. You can read about my journey the first time around and how I became a runner on my blog: http://kitzzyfit.blogspot.com/

Anyway, as I was training for half marathons and triathlons, I let myself go a bit rationalizing that I was gaining muscle and that I could eat whatever I wanted. I am sure that was true for the first 5 lbs, but when I reached 135 and stayed there or kept climbing, I had to pay attention again. So after Thanksgiving I joined WW to be able to find a balance between the amount of exercises I do and the amount of food I eat and it's working great! I know the loss will taper now, but I am so close to being under 130 again that I do not care if it takes me 2 months to reach goal.

This community is a great help and you are all very inspiring. I hope I can share a little inspiration and motivation also and work together to reach our goals.

Keep up the great work everyone!
the girls

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fat stewie ice cream

Some motivation

I'm a pretty big Biggest Loser fan and occasionally read Bob Harper's blog. Today, I came across a post he made in May and I thought he said some pretty helpful things that some of you might find motivating as well, even if you're not a fan of the show (he's referring to the new season 8 in those first few sentences):

We have a girl that is our biggest contestant EVER….476lbs. She has such a big heart and a big drive. She is going to do great!! It is just so inspiring to start a new season because in the beginning there is no talk of game play or any of that other CRAP! It is just a bunch of people that have decided to say, “Enough!!!!” Enough of all the excuses. Enough of all the complaining. Enough of all the excess. Enough of not relying on myself. Enough of sabotaging my goals. Enough of not loving and caring about myself. ENOUGH!!! Don't you feel the same way? When you say to me that you are just not motivated or you have lost motivation or you just can't, I want you to think about a woman right now that weighs almost 500lbs and she is doing it. She is beaten up and sore and she is just getting up and putting one foot in front of the other. Gain motivation and inspiration from a soul like hers. We can do anything that we put our minds too. We can say to ourselves that when we feel that lack of motivation, it is just the old ways trying to creep back into our minds and sabotage the good that we are trying to do. That is what it is. People always, on a daily basis, ask me how to I stay motivated….how do I keep going? I know it can be tough but this is a commitment and promise I made to myself to live a healthy and happy life. Today I ask you to make that same promise to yourself. Respect and love this body that God gave you and take good care of it. Promise yourself….xoxo

I think he really hits the nail on the head in the second half. Although it's easier said than done, you really do need to make (and keep!) a promise to yourself. When it comes to weight-loss and weight maintenance, everything we do is a choice. Choose to respect your body by making better choices.

You can read his blog in full here, but i think you have to register on his site first before you can view anything (registering is free). he doesn't post a *ton*, but when he does, he always says some pretty uplifting things.
clark gable; http://www.moderntimes.com/

magic words

there are many different tricks that motivate us on our journey in weight watchers.

for instance, some of the sayings they teach us at meetings are great. but lately, i've been finding even those slogans not helping when i have those late-night cravings.

so i ask:

what are the magic words that motivate you to stay on track and keep your eye on the prize?

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19 June 2009 Edit: Your replies are all so amazing! Thank you!!!
little mermaid

Good Quote.

I just started reading Jillian Michael's book "Winning By Losing" I haven't gotten too far into it, but I really liked this quote, and felt I should share.

Just remember, every pound you gain can be lost, and every slip-up you make is not a disaster. If you miss a workout, all is not forsaken! Get to the gym the next day and continue to focus on your short-term goals. Just because you made bad choices today doesn’t mean you can’t start over tomorrow. I know it sounds trite, but everyday truly is a new beginning.
— Jillian Michaels in Winning by Losing
slap

An awakening!

So I just commented to another posted and realized I have been on program for over 3 years. WOW. I started WW October 5, 2005 at 256.4 It's funny how I can remember the exact date and weight.

I got to my lowest weight around April 2007 which was 149.8 Then I platued around 152 for a few months.

It took me around 16 months to loose 100 lbs.

Anyway, now it's going on TWO years since I saw that lowest number. In a way I feel ashamed I didn't get to my goal. Sure, I COULD HAVE but I didn't.

The plateau really hit me hard. I remember getting back up to 160. Then I slowly crept back up to 174! The past 6-8 months I've been stuck between 167 and 170.

I have 30 lbs left to lose to get to my goal of 140. I WILL DO IT in 2009. I'd like to do it by the later part of summer but as long as I do it this year I will be happy.

I just feel like it's time.

I feel motivated doing Couch to 5k now. It's a fun and motivating work out and really gets you sweating.

I also just started using e-tools to journal and I really like it. It's making me accountable for things I wasn't counting. For instance the baby carrots I took to work today would have been written down as 0 and e-tools made it .5 a point. The same with my cheerios. I would have put 2 and e-tools said nope! 2.5! Those little things add up ya know!

Anyhow, I just felt a burst of new excitement I haven't felt in a while and wanted to most.

I can't wait to finally be at goal. I also plan on working for WW when I do. Not sure about a leader but at least help do weigh-ins on the weekend! :)

For reference since a lot of people ask I started WW when I was 20. I am 23 now and I am about 5'6". My current weight is 170.

Link to before/after pics: http://community.livejournal.com/ww_vanity/63084.html#cutid1

Thanks for listening to me ramble. I really love this community!