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!?

@lioness

@jodeej I just watched Dr. Lustig talk about the sugar really an eye opener . Thanks for sharing this . Enjoyed it.

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@lioness I'm glad you watched it. Like most everyone else, I always knew that sugar (and to a lesser extent, other refined carbs) was not a good thing. But until I learned why that was the case, I never really did anything about it. I thought Dr. Ludwig did a great job explaining the myriad of bad things these "nutrients" do to our bodies. And who would have thought that fruit juice was bad for us as well.

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@mickj

@lioness I'm glad you watched it. Like most everyone else, I always knew that sugar (and to a lesser extent, other refined carbs) was not a good thing. But until I learned why that was the case, I never really did anything about it. I thought Dr. Ludwig did a great job explaining the myriad of bad things these "nutrients" do to our bodies. And who would have thought that fruit juice was bad for us as well.

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@mickj Yes and now they are adding sugar also Horrible Everyone should look at this very good presentation

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@rosemarya

I do have the Mayo Clinic Diet Book. I purchased it after my transplant because I wanted to develop healthy eating habits. I did not need to lose any weight back then, and I continue to use it as my guide. I especially like that it stresses a healthy-for-life plan for eating and it encourages activity. I find it to be encouraging and also flexible.
My nurses tease my husband at my visits that he must be benefiting, too!

Here is a link, if you want to read about the Mayo Clinic Diet.
https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/weight-loss/in-depth/mayo-clinic-diet/art-20045460

There is also an online version of the diet plan.

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@rosemarya The diet sounds somewhat interesting but I'm not sure I could eat just a half cup of cooked oatmeal in the morning, I make a regular sized portion, plus it does not take into account diabetes, which I have. My diabetes is pretty minor, no meds and my A1c is always good despite cheating a bit. I think that all of the exercise I do helps with that. I was in the pool for class and then water jogging for an hour and 45 minutes today! I usually get out at an hour and a half but I have to lose this bit of weight I have gained so I am really working hard. Today I've been pretty good, it's not easy for me, I love to eat.
I seriously find that if I do not exercise I gain a pound that day!
JK

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I am trying to keep my New Years Resolution, again! So far this year I am grading myself a C+. But I am earning an A+ in how I feel! So that is the motivation that I depend on to keep me going again and again.
I made a change in what I am doing at the gym, and decided to focus mostly on the activities that I enjoy and to add the other ones in smaller intervals on some days. My thinking is that if I enjoy (as much as I can possibly enjoy exercising) what I am doing then I might keep doing it.
I welcome any thoughts on this plan and I would love to hear how you are doing?? Any motivation happening out there?

I experienced a true inspiration yesterday morning: An elderly man slowly walking with a cane was escorted from car to a treadmill in the gym. The younger man, I am guessing tom be a son or caregiver, took his coat and his cane while the older man took his place on the treadmill. That man walked on the treadmill for at least 30 minutes. Then the son/caregiver helped him into his coat, gave him his cane, and they slowly proceeded to their car. I was humbled by his determination.

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@rosemarya

I am trying to keep my New Years Resolution, again! So far this year I am grading myself a C+. But I am earning an A+ in how I feel! So that is the motivation that I depend on to keep me going again and again.
I made a change in what I am doing at the gym, and decided to focus mostly on the activities that I enjoy and to add the other ones in smaller intervals on some days. My thinking is that if I enjoy (as much as I can possibly enjoy exercising) what I am doing then I might keep doing it.
I welcome any thoughts on this plan and I would love to hear how you are doing?? Any motivation happening out there?

I experienced a true inspiration yesterday morning: An elderly man slowly walking with a cane was escorted from car to a treadmill in the gym. The younger man, I am guessing tom be a son or caregiver, took his coat and his cane while the older man took his place on the treadmill. That man walked on the treadmill for at least 30 minutes. Then the son/caregiver helped him into his coat, gave him his cane, and they slowly proceeded to their car. I was humbled by his determination.

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Hi @rosemarya
That is a great story and example of exercising even when support is needed

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@rosemarya

I am trying to keep my New Years Resolution, again! So far this year I am grading myself a C+. But I am earning an A+ in how I feel! So that is the motivation that I depend on to keep me going again and again.
I made a change in what I am doing at the gym, and decided to focus mostly on the activities that I enjoy and to add the other ones in smaller intervals on some days. My thinking is that if I enjoy (as much as I can possibly enjoy exercising) what I am doing then I might keep doing it.
I welcome any thoughts on this plan and I would love to hear how you are doing?? Any motivation happening out there?

I experienced a true inspiration yesterday morning: An elderly man slowly walking with a cane was escorted from car to a treadmill in the gym. The younger man, I am guessing tom be a son or caregiver, took his coat and his cane while the older man took his place on the treadmill. That man walked on the treadmill for at least 30 minutes. Then the son/caregiver helped him into his coat, gave him his cane, and they slowly proceeded to their car. I was humbled by his determination.

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@rosemarya that is truly inspiring! I hope I am like that as I age. I joined a yoga challenge January 1 and I'm proud to say I haven't missed a day! I'm also loving it, so I'm planning on keeping it up after it's done. Now I need to add some cardio and getting my eating better. I've been adding more veggies, but the sweets keep calling me! Lol
JoDee

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@rosemarya

I am trying to keep my New Years Resolution, again! So far this year I am grading myself a C+. But I am earning an A+ in how I feel! So that is the motivation that I depend on to keep me going again and again.
I made a change in what I am doing at the gym, and decided to focus mostly on the activities that I enjoy and to add the other ones in smaller intervals on some days. My thinking is that if I enjoy (as much as I can possibly enjoy exercising) what I am doing then I might keep doing it.
I welcome any thoughts on this plan and I would love to hear how you are doing?? Any motivation happening out there?

I experienced a true inspiration yesterday morning: An elderly man slowly walking with a cane was escorted from car to a treadmill in the gym. The younger man, I am guessing tom be a son or caregiver, took his coat and his cane while the older man took his place on the treadmill. That man walked on the treadmill for at least 30 minutes. Then the son/caregiver helped him into his coat, gave him his cane, and they slowly proceeded to their car. I was humbled by his determination.

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@rosemarya That really is humbling. That gentleman and his son obviously know that maintaining an activity level is very beneficial. I don't see people like that in the gym, but I do in the pool, generally older, but not always
I was really impressed by one young woman who was an amputee. She was practicing to be in the para-Olympics. She left to go to CA to the village and see if she could make the team. Since she has not come back I presume she is still there. I will be watching for her when the para-Olympic competition is on. She was such a sunshiny person. Her amputation was caused by a staph infection.
JK

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@hopeful33250

Hi @rosemarya
That is a great story and example of exercising even when support is needed

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Teresa, we all need support on so many levels, don't we! I will look for him tomorrow. If I run into the son, I want to tell him what an inspiration both of them are. I'll let you know.

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The cold has me pretty much home bound and motivation has been running low. Discouraged trying to get anywhere with doctors. Up to me to keep motivated in an attempt to keep depression at bay. Just so tired all of the time. It will pass.

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@parus

The cold has me pretty much home bound and motivation has been running low. Discouraged trying to get anywhere with doctors. Up to me to keep motivated in an attempt to keep depression at bay. Just so tired all of the time. It will pass.

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@parus So true, this too will pass.

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@rosemarya

Teresa, we all need support on so many levels, don't we! I will look for him tomorrow. If I run into the son, I want to tell him what an inspiration both of them are. I'll let you know.

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Yes, @rosemarya. Please tell him. Everyone needs to know when they are an inspiration😊

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@parus

The cold has me pretty much home bound and motivation has been running low. Discouraged trying to get anywhere with doctors. Up to me to keep motivated in an attempt to keep depression at bay. Just so tired all of the time. It will pass.

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@parus as for the cold, like they say, "if you don't like the weather, wait ten minutes, it'll change". Lol
Being stuck inside does do a number on a person's mood. Keep busy, maybe do a little inside exercise or work on a hobby. That helps my mood tremendously.
Blessings,
JoDee

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@parus

The cold has me pretty much home bound and motivation has been running low. Discouraged trying to get anywhere with doctors. Up to me to keep motivated in an attempt to keep depression at bay. Just so tired all of the time. It will pass.

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@parus as @jodeej commented, try to exercise a bit. I honestly do find it lifts my spirits. From WebMD, "When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine.Feb 21, 2018".
Yesterday I stayed home and was feeling a bit down about a couple of things. I finally did 7 miles on my recumbent bike and really did help.
I am sure that working on a hobby might help too, but I have no hobbies beyond the computer. I don't do much complex cooking these days, it's all fattening, and I have to really watch that.
JK

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@contentandwell

@parus as @jodeej commented, try to exercise a bit. I honestly do find it lifts my spirits. From WebMD, "When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine.Feb 21, 2018".
Yesterday I stayed home and was feeling a bit down about a couple of things. I finally did 7 miles on my recumbent bike and really did help.
I am sure that working on a hobby might help too, but I have no hobbies beyond the computer. I don't do much complex cooking these days, it's all fattening, and I have to really watch that.
JK

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@parus maybe start a new doodle or painting you are a good artist

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@parus

The cold has me pretty much home bound and motivation has been running low. Discouraged trying to get anywhere with doctors. Up to me to keep motivated in an attempt to keep depression at bay. Just so tired all of the time. It will pass.

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Yes, the cold makes me tired as well, @parus. I got out for a short drive this morning (a big mistake today) when I got home I was tense from the white-knuckle driving. So I ate, did some Tai-Chi and went to sleep for an hour. Feel better now. No more driving until the roads are cleared better. Yikes…what a lot of snow and it's blowing.

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