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So, I'm having a problem with motivation. It's all very well and nice to think "Okay, I'm going to get this weight and it will be awesome!" but when you have school--or work, depending--and a million other worries, it's really hard to take the time to watch what you're eating, and to exercise. Any tips, anyone?

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spiffychocolate From: spiffychocolate Date: February 3rd, 2007 08:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I used to be totally in that boat, always too tired from school and too much HW and stuff I'd rather do.

What I do now is ride on an exercise bike and watch an episode of TV (I've been going through Torchwood, BSG next) while on the bike. I sort of forget I'm on the bike or I get really excited/nervous and go faster. So basically, to exercise, you need to make it FUN!

To watch what you eat...I try to have tasty healthy snack around (and it doesn't have to be gross! pretzels with low salt are healthy/totally tasty) and let myself indulge on a few cookies or something small yet tasty like that for dinner :) Try using smaller plates, eat slowly, wait before you get seconds.

Hope some of that helps!
miasedai From: miasedai Date: February 3rd, 2007 10:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
The thing is you really have to want it. And not to make it into a huge deal. That was the thing for me. Don't make it into a huge deal but rather make it a part of your life. Losing weight is about a change in your lifestyle, not something you do now, lose weight, then go back to all your bad habits later.

My main tip is this, though: if you eat something you shouldn't or whatever, start over right away! Don't say "meh, I've already eaten this, I migt as well eat one more then start again tomorrow/Monday/next week", but rather say "Oh bleh, this was stupid, I shouldn't have, now I start again".

And the last thing: allow yourself a little treat. At least that's how I work. I need to know that it's oki to have that one piece of chocolate. If I have that one little piece then I'm not gonna want to eat the whole pack just to cover my tracks, so to spak.

And last, get a friend and go for walks. Instead of hanging out in the sofa eating snacks, go for a walk. It's amazing how much you can talk about while walking. And the walks don't have to be very long for you to burn calories.

Anyhow.. that's my two knuts for now. The point of it all is to make it fun. If it's a chore then you're not gonna want to do it for very long. And above all: we're always here to support you! ♥
jimwise From: jimwise Date: February 4th, 2007 10:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree with the little things a day. Like, instead of trying to rearrange my ENTIRE daily schedule to include trips to the gym.. I now ALWAYS take the stairs - two at a time. I guess what I mean is that I try not to think of "exercise" as an activity entirely separate from the rest of your day.

I always read how women tape pictures of gorgeous bodies to their fridge, or walls/whatev to motivate them. Sometimes I think that works, but sometimes I think that pictures of me looking horrible with a big tummy might help more. :o)

Do you have a tv show that you watch everyday? Try and do maybe 25-50 crunches for at least two commercial breaks. Or crunches one commercial break, and squats (with something approx 1-2 pounds held in each hand).

Sorry I meant to post this last night. whoops. :o)
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