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Getting Motivated when you don't really feel like losing weight?

I have a question for you all.

I should (and would like) to lose between 10 and 15lbs. The problem is that I have no motivation, and I am not even really searching for motivation!

I don't feel like putting the effort in right now. I would like to lose 10lbs, but I don't want it badly enough to really put the effort in and do it.

I know I would be in better health, I would probably have more energy, etc. etc., but I just don't feel like doing it right now.

What I would like, is to want to lose 10lbs, to really want to lose it. If I really wanted it, that would motivate me, I would just do it.

Anyone ever been in this situation? Any ideas or tricks for making yourself really want to lose weight?


Fri. May 15, 11:52am

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I don't wait for myself to get motivated. I just get out there and behave my way to better health/fitness...that usually gets it going for me.

Friday, May 15, 2009, 3:39 PM

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I agree, don't wait for the motivation because if it does come, it won't always be there. Maybe start by doing one thing different each day that will make you more healthy. The motivation will really start once you start seeing some changes to your weight/health and you will want to continue doing these things.

Friday, May 15, 2009, 3:42 PM

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I'm in the same boat. I just can't find the motivation. I eat pretty healthy, just too much. I act like I'm on the "Price is Right" of calories. How much can I eat without going over. Unfortunately I usually go over.

Saturday, May 16, 2009, 11:35 PM

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I agree with the others, don't wait for motivation! Just start doing, step by step, day by day. Make better choices, move a little more each day. Motivation will pick up when you see results or feel better!

Sunday, May 17, 2009, 8:24 AM

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You must be a little bit motivated to say you "want" to lose 10 pounds and to go to the trouble of posting this. Maybe write down the reasons you want to lose weight so you can see them in black and white. I also agree with the previous posters. When you start making good changes and develop a sense of accomplishment, that's very motivating.

Sunday, May 17, 2009, 1:16 PM

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Here's what keeps me going when I really want an entire pan of brownies.
I look at a picture of myself before I lost weight then go look in the mirror. There are many differences between the heavier me and the thinner me. I can't wait to get to the thinnest me!

Sunday, May 17, 2009, 7:52 PM

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obsessive/compulsive eating

Well, I can't speak for you, but my experience with food is that I just want to be able to eat as often as I feel like eating... often. If I want to start dieting and am used to going to get something to eat frequently, what this means is that I have to supply substitutions that I can eat compulsively. I try to make these at least a little fun. 100 calorie bags of popcorn. Grapes. Ranch dip with baby carrots. Big salads with lots of fun ingredients. Crackers and not bread. Especially when I am first starting, or when I am losing motivation I tell myself that I can eat as much as I want but it must be the low calorie, healthy alternatives I allow. Especially at these times I might eat frequently, and compulsively, but as I gain momentum with these foods I start eating less of them and I start craving these foods as well. Our problems may not have the same solution, but sometimes this helps me.

Monday, May 18, 2009, 5:56 AM

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Thanks everyone for the input (this is OP).

I can completley relate with wanting to eat compusivly, as pathetic as it seems, sometimes I feel like holding on to my compulsive eating is more important to me that losing a few pounds.

I know that sounds crazy, and it is, hopefully other compulsive eaters can relate.

I need to switch up the priorities and there are a lot of good ideas in this thread.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009, 9:54 AM

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