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How do you stay positive?

How do you keep from getting frustrated when you're working your butt off exercising, and eating clean and the weight is barely coming off, sooo slowww.

Fri. Jan 18, 10:51am

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I have mentally prepared myself by researching weight loss. I know that I will be losing about 1 pound per week, four a month, BUT 52 per year! I try not to weigh myself too often, once a week. Also remember that bloating can add as much as 8 pounds. Weigh in the morning,nude, after going to the bathroom. It will shave a little extra off and maybe boost your attitude!

Friday, January 18, 2008, 12:22 PM

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Yeah I have the same exact problem! I was actually thinking about starting a thread about this. Ya know a lot of times I get scared that I won't be able to ever lose the weight. I don't have a lot of weight to lose (about 20 pounds total) so I'm scared it'll stay on my body. I wish weight loss could be faster, but I don't want to cut down dramatically since I'm active and I want this to be a lifestyle change.

Friday, January 18, 2008, 3:07 PM

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I remember a month into my "lifestyle change" I went to a Halloween party and did so well. I was so proud of myself, but then the host emailed pictures and I looked like a fat cow. Oh I just lost it- I cried so hard. I was acting like a skinny person- why didnt I look like one? But I stuck to it and 2.5 months later I am in a "normal" range and feel confident that I can be "fit" by summer.

It just takes perserverance. You have to look at the goal not to lose weight but doing the things that are good for your body. and that in and of itself is an accomplishment. the oht bod will come..

Like being a parent- you dont have the statisfacation of seeing your child become a good adult right away but you still do everything "right" so that one day they will be a positive addition to society...

Friday, January 18, 2008, 3:29 PM

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I know I get so discouraged when I don't lose as much as I am expecting. And I am working so hard at it.
There are times I just want to quit. Not that I want to go back and eat all those foods that harm me but quit thinking about it all.
I think what frustrates me even more is when I work so hard and have lost a whole person weight wise, I still go out and get kids making comments. And it hurts. Bad. I am trying so hard why can't the rest of the world give me a break?
So I have to find it in me to encourage me and tell me how good I am doing and be pleased with the progress that I have made and in the end remember it is not them, whoever they are, that I am trying to please but me.
And another thing, to set realistic goals. Goals I can reach so that I don't beat myself up when I don't meet them.
Good luck op and remember we are out here rooting for you.

Friday, January 18, 2008, 5:16 PM

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Just keep at it b/c you are too important to give up on it..I am sure that it is much more then looking good that you want to achieve health and a desire to be around longer for loved ones is usally a reason stashed in there some where...bottom line keep at it b/c heck I don't know you but I believe in you! You can do it and you are on the right track...asking for help and admitting it is not easy and yet doing it anyway...NOTHING GOOD COMES EASY!

Friday, January 18, 2008, 10:55 PM

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Remember muscle is heavier then fat so if you’re exercising a lot you may not see a difference on the scale for a while. Take your measurements and pay attention to how your clothes are fitting, I bet there looser. But what ever you do DON’T GIVE UP! keep plugging away, make it a permanent change in life style and your body will adjust accordingly.

Saturday, January 19, 2008, 6:57 AM

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i whip myself with a cat of nine tails and then pour alcohol on the wounds. JOKING! i get pissed, but then i say to myself, "at least you aren't gaining like you were..." keep up the hard work - it will pay off. it has to.

Saturday, January 19, 2008, 8:02 PM

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If the weight is coming off slowly, see your PCP - Primary Care Physician for a routine check up. Ask him to check for thyroid issues. And then tell him you are having a hard time losing weight and ask for suggestions.
This might help, although it is a challenge for now: only eat when you are hungry that is at the onset of stomach growling. Then stop when you are full. And leave the area where the food was eaten right away. This is a mental closure to interpret as no more food. Also, are you aware of what portion sizes are? Do you know that 1 serving size of protein is equivalent to a deck of cards? And 1 serving size of carbs are 1/2 cup? I know....I know.....its not fair. Listen, I must be frank, through my observation if you want to be thin there is only one way to do it: pick at food like a bird, and exercise. There are no pills, and as for operations and liposuction -- I am against this. These go against nature. With liposuction/mesotherapy you will still have to eat less and exercise. Good Luck!

Monday, January 28, 2008, 11:14 PM

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