Staying Motivated for the Long Haul

Posted by LindaF @fessmom, Jun 29, 2017

My biggest obstacle to maintaining a healthy weight is a seemingly invisible “switch” that goes on and off in my brain. When it’s “on” I am in the zone and can avoid the most decadent temptations and will exercise faithfully. But, about a year to 15 months into my healthy lifestyle, the switch turns to “off” and I lose focus and revert to my bad habits of poor food choices (both in what I eat and how much I eat) and I become more sedentary. I am at that point now and I feel a slow panic building as the number on the scale inches upward. I know what I should do, but I am at a loss as to how to get my mojo back. Suggestions, anyone!?

@rachelanne

My biggest obstacle to maintaining a healthy weight, is that the medications make me want to eat; so it's just a self-fulfilling prophesy! I'm also tired of trying to eat healthily, when i may? have experienced a stroke at age 40, 6 and one-half months after my Mother passed away! I guess I just don't honestly really care anymore!! If "Professional Providers" DIDN'T CARE ABOUT MY LIFE, THEN WHY SHOULD I CARE NOW? I'M TIRED of being LABELED as "THE BAD PATIENT!!!!!" I have decided against TRUSTING ANY PROVIDERS in MASSACHUSETTS PERIOD!! I'll get my information online from now on and forget about PHYSICIANS, PERMANENTLY!!!!!" It's so ENJOYABLE for MYSELF to finally say "NO" to Healthcare, and to just ask for advice online when needed!
Take care!

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@jodeej, Thanks, I have fallen away from my healthy pattern, and I need to get with it again. I like the "optimal’ and the "less optimal" labels for food choices. Rosemary

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All of us Together, are smarter than anyone of us alone. A community of caring. I always told my college students – everything you use in life was developed/made by someone else. It gives a better perspective on interdependence. Dr Ron

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@rachelanne

My biggest obstacle to maintaining a healthy weight, is that the medications make me want to eat; so it's just a self-fulfilling prophesy! I'm also tired of trying to eat healthily, when i may? have experienced a stroke at age 40, 6 and one-half months after my Mother passed away! I guess I just don't honestly really care anymore!! If "Professional Providers" DIDN'T CARE ABOUT MY LIFE, THEN WHY SHOULD I CARE NOW? I'M TIRED of being LABELED as "THE BAD PATIENT!!!!!" I have decided against TRUSTING ANY PROVIDERS in MASSACHUSETTS PERIOD!! I'll get my information online from now on and forget about PHYSICIANS, PERMANENTLY!!!!!" It's so ENJOYABLE for MYSELF to finally say "NO" to Healthcare, and to just ask for advice online when needed!
Take care!

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@user_cha272278, "Why ME?" That is what I said when I was diagnosed with a liver disease that would cause cirrhosis. A disease with no identified cause, and no cure except transplant. My answer – follow the advice of my doctors (whom I respected) and to do everything in my power to stay healthy. I had many many family members and friends who thought I was crazy to listen to my doctors.
In April 2009, I received my liver and kidney transplant. Today I am living a healthy and normal life.
Rosemary

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I have become a big believer in probiotics. I do think taking antibiotics and other medicine can affect own gut health. My husband and I have been drinking kombucha every day and it helps us both. He does not drink beer anymore and I find it helps me not crave sweets.

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@rachelanne

My biggest obstacle to maintaining a healthy weight, is that the medications make me want to eat; so it's just a self-fulfilling prophesy! I'm also tired of trying to eat healthily, when i may? have experienced a stroke at age 40, 6 and one-half months after my Mother passed away! I guess I just don't honestly really care anymore!! If "Professional Providers" DIDN'T CARE ABOUT MY LIFE, THEN WHY SHOULD I CARE NOW? I'M TIRED of being LABELED as "THE BAD PATIENT!!!!!" I have decided against TRUSTING ANY PROVIDERS in MASSACHUSETTS PERIOD!! I'll get my information online from now on and forget about PHYSICIANS, PERMANENTLY!!!!!" It's so ENJOYABLE for MYSELF to finally say "NO" to Healthcare, and to just ask for advice online when needed!
Take care!

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@rosemarya You made very wise choices to listen to your doctor, Rosemary and you are living proof that it works I so admire you! Teresa

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@user_cha272278

All of us Together, are smarter than anyone of us alone. A community of caring. I always told my college students – everything you use in life was developed/made by someone else. It gives a better perspective on interdependence. Dr Ron

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Yes, @user_cha272278 Interdependence is a great word and a better concept when understood and lived out.

If you care to, please discuss a bit more about what interdependence means and how if differs from independence and dependence.

Teresa

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Rosemary- you are very kind! . You are the motivator's motivator. Let's do keep in touch. I am originally from Wisconsin (the Tundra), but I have been living in Greensboro NC for 35 years. do you live in Minn? In friendship Dr. Ron Rubenzer

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@ihatediabetes

I have become a big believer in probiotics. I do think taking antibiotics and other medicine can affect own gut health. My husband and I have been drinking kombucha every day and it helps us both. He does not drink beer anymore and I find it helps me not crave sweets.

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@ihatediabetes I believe probiotics are great, too, but if you've had a transplant you can only eat yogurt with them as they can possibly cause issues.

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@ihatediabetes

I have become a big believer in probiotics. I do think taking antibiotics and other medicine can affect own gut health. My husband and I have been drinking kombucha every day and it helps us both. He does not drink beer anymore and I find it helps me not crave sweets.

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@ihatediabetes I am not diabetic but can say this round of anitbiotics is wrecking havoc on my gut health. We got to do what we got to do.

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@ihatediabetes

I have become a big believer in probiotics. I do think taking antibiotics and other medicine can affect own gut health. My husband and I have been drinking kombucha every day and it helps us both. He does not drink beer anymore and I find it helps me not crave sweets.

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@ihatediabetes I was drinking kombucha prior to my transplant but was told not to due to the trace amount of alcohol in them. I realize it is very tiny but they were very firm about this.
JK

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@hopeful33250

@rosemarya Yes, Rosemary, ice cream is a fav of mine as well. Any frozen fruit when put in a blender with milk, or powdered protein powders, powdered or liquid breakfast drinks, etc. can make a nice ice cream substitute!

Putting seedless grapes in the freezer makes for a great summer treat as well.

Teresa

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Late in replying but cleaning up my e-mail so reading some old postings. Thanks for the powdered protein idea. I am always looking for swaps for choices I just can't seem to do without, I will be trying this line of thinking

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@ihatediabetes

I have become a big believer in probiotics. I do think taking antibiotics and other medicine can affect own gut health. My husband and I have been drinking kombucha every day and it helps us both. He does not drink beer anymore and I find it helps me not crave sweets.

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@parus are you On a good probiotic? This will help by putting good bacteria are in your gut to fight the meanies

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@ihatediabetes

I have become a big believer in probiotics. I do think taking antibiotics and other medicine can affect own gut health. My husband and I have been drinking kombucha every day and it helps us both. He does not drink beer anymore and I find it helps me not crave sweets.

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I agree that probiotics are important if you're on an antibiotic. At least yogurt.

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@rachelanne

My biggest obstacle to maintaining a healthy weight, is that the medications make me want to eat; so it's just a self-fulfilling prophesy! I'm also tired of trying to eat healthily, when i may? have experienced a stroke at age 40, 6 and one-half months after my Mother passed away! I guess I just don't honestly really care anymore!! If "Professional Providers" DIDN'T CARE ABOUT MY LIFE, THEN WHY SHOULD I CARE NOW? I'M TIRED of being LABELED as "THE BAD PATIENT!!!!!" I have decided against TRUSTING ANY PROVIDERS in MASSACHUSETTS PERIOD!! I'll get my information online from now on and forget about PHYSICIANS, PERMANENTLY!!!!!" It's so ENJOYABLE for MYSELF to finally say "NO" to Healthcare, and to just ask for advice online when needed!
Take care!

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Have you tried Scientific Optimism. Once a day, for one minute, complete a Gratitude Stem.
I am grateful for the fact that …. I am breathing OR the nurse gave me a second cup of coffee.

Check once a week if you are practicing Scientific Optimism.

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@rachelanne

My biggest obstacle to maintaining a healthy weight, is that the medications make me want to eat; so it's just a self-fulfilling prophesy! I'm also tired of trying to eat healthily, when i may? have experienced a stroke at age 40, 6 and one-half months after my Mother passed away! I guess I just don't honestly really care anymore!! If "Professional Providers" DIDN'T CARE ABOUT MY LIFE, THEN WHY SHOULD I CARE NOW? I'M TIRED of being LABELED as "THE BAD PATIENT!!!!!" I have decided against TRUSTING ANY PROVIDERS in MASSACHUSETTS PERIOD!! I'll get my information online from now on and forget about PHYSICIANS, PERMANENTLY!!!!!" It's so ENJOYABLE for MYSELF to finally say "NO" to Healthcare, and to just ask for advice online when needed!
Take care!

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Hello @user_cha272278

I appreciate that you reminded us to practice optimism. I found an article on Mayo's website about this. Here is an excerpt.

"Here are some examples of negative self-talk and how you can apply a positive thinking twist to them:

Putting positive thinking into practice
Negative self-talk Positive thinking
I've never done it before. It's an opportunity to learn something new.
It's too complicated. I'll tackle it from a different angle.
I don't have the resources. Necessity is the mother of invention.
I'm too lazy to get this done. I wasn't able to fit it into my schedule, but I can re-examine some priorities.
There's no way it will work. I can try to make it work.
It's too radical a change. Let's take a chance.
No one bothers to communicate with me. I'll see if I can open the channels of communication.
I'm not going to get any better at this. I'll give it another try.
Practicing positive thinking every day
If you tend to have a negative outlook, don't expect to become an optimist overnight. But with practice, eventually your self-talk will contain less self-criticism and more self-acceptance. You may also become less critical of the world around you.

When your state of mind is generally optimistic, you're better able to handle everyday stress in a more constructive way. That ability may contribute to the widely observed health benefits of positive thinking."

There are so many benefits!

@user_cha272278 If you are comfortable doing so, please share the way you complete a "Gratitude Stem." That sounds very interesting!

Teresa

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