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Discouragement and frustration

How do you deal with diet/exercise/goal discouragement and frustration?

This gets me so down and upset that it tends to derail me, even when I catch it, identify it and try to correct it. I think this is the hardest thing for me to deal with. Discouragement is the hardest part of trying to lose weight permanently. Exercise alone hasn't done it, exercise and healthy eating didn't do it either (though between the two I did see belly fat loss just not decrease on #s) & more careful healthy eating with lower intensity and greater variety of exercise is not cutting it either. I've tried various diets, supplements and so on. It looks like I will wind up going back to something like the stacker products and revving the cardio back up instead of varying the intensity. Will re-evaluate the diet and all I can think of at moment is including 0% fat yogurt in smoothies (dairy is dairy for me I suppose) and cutting back to only 1 serving vs 2 per day. Of course when I go to high with protein and too low with carbs my muscles tend not to work too well and exercise becomes extremely difficult/impossible and my mood falls apart as well. So frustrated and not sure what else to try!

Fri. Jun 15, 10:41am

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What about simply counting calories. I know it's hard and not much fun, but it really comes down to the numbers. Burn more than you eat. Good luck to you!

Friday, June 15, 2012, 4:08 PM

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i have to second calorie counting. it's tedious but so worth it! it's the only way i have lost and kept off weight.

Friday, June 15, 2012, 5:08 PM

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unless you're a medical anomaly you're probably either greatly underestimating how much you're really eating and eating too much - good and/or bad - and/or greatly overestimating how many calories your exercise burns. Research consistently shows this is true for most people. If you're not like most people seek out medical advice and see what condition is preventing you from losing weight.

I see lots of people at the gym mailing it in on some machine then go buy a 600 calorie smoothie.

Saturday, June 16, 2012, 5:53 PM

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I have found it's 70% diet and 30% exercise.
I count calories. Sometimes very healthful foods (such as nuts) are very calorie-dense, and you need to adjust what seems like a reasonable serving size. Counting for even a week will educate you about where the calories are in your "budget," and help you see what can be changed.

Sometimes, however, there are medical problems that change how this works for people. You might consider getting your levels of thyroid hormone checked.

Sunday, June 17, 2012, 3:51 PM

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3:51 commenter again -- I just re-read your post and wondered how fast you were trying to lose, because you sound pretty athletic. I am athletic and on my "last 5" pounds. I can lose a maximum of a half a pound a week without, as you mention, my blood sugar going so low that my mood falls apart.

Sunday, June 17, 2012, 3:53 PM

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