Worst Results Ever!

By msdeville64 Latest Reply 2013-09-24 17:21:00 -0500
Started 2013-09-06 19:21:11 -0500

Had a Dr visit today that slapped me back to reality…Im 80 pounds over weight, my sugar and blood pressure are high and cholesterol level is above normal…all i need to do is lose weight, by eating right and exercising, but Im so unmotivated…just looking for some encouragment, thanks all!

18 replies

Sweet Taeter
Sweet Taeter 2013-09-10 21:39:33 -0500 Report

I understand how you feel. I had to start simple. I took out potatoes. As soon as they touch your saliva, they instantly turned to sugar. I never knew this until recently. Then eventually all bread of any form. I went strictly to lean meats, veggies except carrots, tomatoes and corn. They are loaded with sugar. I stopped drinking milk because of the sugar in it, but I do eat cheese of all sorts. I found my blood sugars dropping gradually and eventually the weight after a couple of weeks. I've started taking walks. Only 15 minutes at first. I do it every day first thing in the morning whether I want to or not. Now, I'm up to a brisk 45 minute walk. I've been doing this gradual process since mid July. I've lost 14 lbs, my blood sugars are getting much better. I don't use nearly the amount if insulin I used to. If I have a sugar craving I either eat low glycemic fruit like strawberries or cantaloupe. Or Skinny Cow dreamy clusters in the 1 oz size. But not everyday. Try not to drink diet soda, it increases your appetite. I switched to the "zero" sodas. But only one can a day. Keep veggies cut up on hand to munch on. I keep, broccoli, cucumbers, celery, and all colored bell peppers. They have a lot of sugar too, so be careful with them. I also use Atkins bars and shakes when I'm on the run. Also, most importantly drink a bottle of water before you eat. It will help you feel full and eat smaller portions. I use small plates to eat off of. It tricks the mind. I hope you can take what I've done and apply it to yourself. Its not easy, but you can do it. Your in a great support system.

msdeville64 2013-09-11 09:31:47 -0500 Report

I'm taking one day at a time, exercising and cutting certain foods out too, but I love tomatoes, that one will be hard! I don't relly enjoy walking, but that is probably because I get tired so quickly, so swimming is what I do…I hate the bathing suit, but what can I say, I am who I am. I've tried Atkins shakes and I really like them, I may try using them to replace a meal here and there. Any other tips will be greatly appreciated.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2013-09-09 11:47:14 -0500 Report

Does the same boat count as encouragement? LOL! I am 60-80 pounds overweight. I want to lose 60, then see about the other 20! I have found that my weight has a direct effect on my BS, BP, and cholesterol. All I need to do is JUST lose weight, I actually eat fairly well, and exercise, 2 out of 3. Unmotivated? I think I could sleep for 12 hours a day. Exercise is the hardest for me as I am usually beat. This weekend I kept busy. Weed whacked for 5 hours on Saturday, took the dogs for a 4 mile hike through the woods, picked up some downed tree limbs from a wind storm. Sunday I came into work for 5 hours, then went home and pruned some limbs with a chain saw. Out of this, the only thing I count as exercise is the dog walk.

msdeville64 2013-09-09 12:17:21 -0500 Report

I hate knowing that you are in the same boat, but we can try and encourage each other. I thought that I was eating fairly well also, the occasional doughnut shouldn't make everything haywire, but I think it is really my job. I went from walking back and forth all day long, in an office setting, to getting stuck in a call center setting…I sit ALL day long and hate my job now. I work as an employment advisor with the workforce and apparently call centers are the way of the future…actively seeking a new job! Thanks for sharing!

Nick1962 2013-09-10 09:58:49 -0500 Report

I too went from a fairly physical job to a desk job. My diagnosis (as well as another 80 pounds) showed up about 5 years later. Wasn’t in great shape to begin with when the change occurred, but with time I have managed to turn it around and reinvent myself. Once you make the initial effort, each little daily success motivates you to do it again the next, but you have to keep at it. And there will be bad days, but they get fewer and farther between. Who knows, you might end up liking that job!

msdeville64 2013-09-10 11:00:27 -0500 Report

Thanks for the motivation…getting up at 4AM to be at the pool by 430 was hard, but I did it and hopefully the days that I don't go will be few and farther between the days that I do go!

Nick1962 2013-09-10 12:01:08 -0500 Report

Getting motivated to do ANY exercise was a problem for me. I’m not a morning person, so I do mine at night after work. Gives me something to look forward to and helps “decompress” after the day. Also told myself “no exercise, no dinner”.
The few times I got to a pool I used a set of swim fins like these http://www.swimoutlet.com/product_p/23059.htm They give you a good workout and you can really zoom around the pool!
Once the weight starts coming off, you will feel a whole lot better and your attitude will change too. Don’t set unrealistic goals for yourself like “I’m gonna lose 10 pounds by…..” Instead, think in the other direction of rewards like “when I lose 10 pounds I’m going to….” For me losing 50 pounds meant I could comfortably fit in an airline seat, not to mention “normal” sized clothes. Some of the rewards just come naturally, but they do come.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2013-09-09 12:50:32 -0500 Report

Now I know why I work at at camp in the mountains of VA and live in the mountains of WV. Stress and not liking your job can mess you all up. BTW what is a donut? Now a Reeses peanut butter cup (both of them) I understand, but a donut? I think a donut would have to be covered in chocolate, filled with cream and topped with coconut to make me give in!

caprice76 2013-09-08 17:18:28 -0500 Report

I definately understand i am unmotivated too

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2013-09-09 12:55:05 -0500 Report

Enough of this unmotivated stuff. Everyone is to meet me tomorrow at 7AM at Pine Creek Camp in Gore, VA (oh wait, I don't get in until 9:00) We will start at the bottom of the paved road and go up the hill (hint, during the summer the kids call this hill Goliath!) We will then stop at the lodge for water (provided by me). We will then walk under the zip line to the other side and back. If you make it back and I make it back we will put together a healthy lunch, or dinner if it takes us too long. This may not motivate us, but no one will ever say they are not motivated again!

Nick1962 2013-09-10 10:04:09 -0500 Report

Careful Jim, I may take you up on this. I need a little more motivational boosting after 8 weeks on my butt with back surgery.
I can be there in 5 hours and I'll stop at Gore grocery for snacks.

New2type2 2013-09-08 08:50:04 -0500 Report

Wish you lived by me, we could tackle it together. I also have to lose weight. Motivation has been an obstacle for me too. It's not as easy to enjoy a nice walk or dancing, swimming etc when you are carrying this extra weight around with you. Have always loved to walk. Now that it's cooling down a bit, am determined to start a walking routine and visit our local rec center to swim a few strokes. The swimsuit thing has stopped me for the last several years since I gained this weight but ego is going to have to be tossed out the window. This is serious.

msdeville64 2013-09-08 16:28:02 -0500 Report

Thanks for your reply…I've decided to take things a day at a time and do what I can for myself. I got up this morning and was at the local indoor pool at 6:00 AM!!!! I swam, which I don't do well, for 45 minutes, so it's a start.I get what you mean about putting the swimsuit on, because it's painful for me too, but I figured, what the heck, I can't be bothered about what people think that early in the morning! I have also moved the treadmill into my room instead of using it as a clothes rack…lol. I'll keep you posted and I hope that you do the same…we can motivate each other from afar

GabbyPA 2013-09-07 10:14:36 -0500 Report

Sometimes those slaps are what we need. I know I have had a few in my years that kind of poked me and reminded me of my ultimate goal...to stay as healthy as I can. That is my goal. All the little ones that make up that big one I just take on one at a time. It makes it a little easier to "chew" if you know what I mean.

So since your motivation is low, chose something that you like to do. Just one thing that will get you moving in the right direction. Because you like to do it, it may be easier to get started and sometimes that's all you need. That little nudge of success to get you going.

Don't look at the mountain, just look at the pebble in front of you on that path.

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