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!?

@maisie89

The switch has recently gone off in my mind and for the last four months, I no longer eat anything white except cauliflower. No sugar, flour, pasta. No more Coke, ice cream, sweets and all the other unhealthy foods. Only water and lemon are consumed, along with fresh fruits and veggies. Protein with dinner, no red meat. The key to better health is exercise. I now walk 30 minutes every day and enjoy salsa music to keep me moving. I feel better than ever in my 71 years. Healthy eating and exercise are addictive and I have also dropped 35 pounds and have a goal of losing 15 more. You can do it! Weight loss and healthy living is definitely starts with a mind set.

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@maisie89 Thanks for sharing! The veggies and fruits sound wonderful. Do you eat all these raw, all the time? or are you using any healthy cooking recipes?
I like to hear ideas from others about what works for them. I have heard that the best diet is one that works for an individual; one that they can adhere to for the long term. And, I know from my own experience that I sometimes get in the rut of fixing same things – and getting bored. Thanks for sharing.

I am happy that your doctor was pleased with your dedication. And as a liver patient, I’m double happy that your liver is happy!
Rosemary

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@maisie89

The switch has recently gone off in my mind and for the last four months, I no longer eat anything white except cauliflower. No sugar, flour, pasta. No more Coke, ice cream, sweets and all the other unhealthy foods. Only water and lemon are consumed, along with fresh fruits and veggies. Protein with dinner, no red meat. The key to better health is exercise. I now walk 30 minutes every day and enjoy salsa music to keep me moving. I feel better than ever in my 71 years. Healthy eating and exercise are addictive and I have also dropped 35 pounds and have a goal of losing 15 more. You can do it! Weight loss and healthy living is definitely starts with a mind set.

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@contentandwell, I hope you know that I am concerned about what you are experiencing. I do hope that as you return to a slower pace of activities that you will see some natural improvement in your weight and appetite. Is it possible that any of this is a result of the stress, pain meds, and immunosuppressant meds?
I wish you a Merry Christmas.
Rosemary

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@maisie89

The switch has recently gone off in my mind and for the last four months, I no longer eat anything white except cauliflower. No sugar, flour, pasta. No more Coke, ice cream, sweets and all the other unhealthy foods. Only water and lemon are consumed, along with fresh fruits and veggies. Protein with dinner, no red meat. The key to better health is exercise. I now walk 30 minutes every day and enjoy salsa music to keep me moving. I feel better than ever in my 71 years. Healthy eating and exercise are addictive and I have also dropped 35 pounds and have a goal of losing 15 more. You can do it! Weight loss and healthy living is definitely starts with a mind set.

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I do eat a lot of fresh fruits, and veggies mostly consisting of salads. I do roast root veggies like sweet potato, cauliflower, broc. and include in my diet. I try to have a protein with either lunch or dinner. Fish or chicken either grilled using about a tsp. of olive oil. Whole grains are also part of my daily routine using quinoa and brown rice and steel cut oats. Hope this helps. Still strongly motivated, I think due to the daily walking.

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@maisie89

The switch has recently gone off in my mind and for the last four months, I no longer eat anything white except cauliflower. No sugar, flour, pasta. No more Coke, ice cream, sweets and all the other unhealthy foods. Only water and lemon are consumed, along with fresh fruits and veggies. Protein with dinner, no red meat. The key to better health is exercise. I now walk 30 minutes every day and enjoy salsa music to keep me moving. I feel better than ever in my 71 years. Healthy eating and exercise are addictive and I have also dropped 35 pounds and have a goal of losing 15 more. You can do it! Weight loss and healthy living is definitely starts with a mind set.

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@maisie89, I pretty much rely on the healthy eating habits from the Mayo Diet book that I purchased as a souvenir during one of my Mayo Clinic visits. And it has worked well for me. However, my husband is a meat and potatoes man, and that makes it easy for me to slip into careless choices. On top of that, cooking is not my favorite activity!
I have been a walker for years and this past April we joined a gym and we go there most mornings. I used to have a walking group, and I enjoyed that immensely, but my girlfriends dropped out and I do not like walking alone.

Thank you for helping me to begin to re-focus my eating habits:-)
Do you have to prepare meals for other family members?
Rosemary

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@maisie89

The switch has recently gone off in my mind and for the last four months, I no longer eat anything white except cauliflower. No sugar, flour, pasta. No more Coke, ice cream, sweets and all the other unhealthy foods. Only water and lemon are consumed, along with fresh fruits and veggies. Protein with dinner, no red meat. The key to better health is exercise. I now walk 30 minutes every day and enjoy salsa music to keep me moving. I feel better than ever in my 71 years. Healthy eating and exercise are addictive and I have also dropped 35 pounds and have a goal of losing 15 more. You can do it! Weight loss and healthy living is definitely starts with a mind set.

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Yes, I prepare meals for my husband, who is a heart patient, so he enjoys eating healthy too. I have the same cookbook and there are some wonderful recipes inside.

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@maisie89

The switch has recently gone off in my mind and for the last four months, I no longer eat anything white except cauliflower. No sugar, flour, pasta. No more Coke, ice cream, sweets and all the other unhealthy foods. Only water and lemon are consumed, along with fresh fruits and veggies. Protein with dinner, no red meat. The key to better health is exercise. I now walk 30 minutes every day and enjoy salsa music to keep me moving. I feel better than ever in my 71 years. Healthy eating and exercise are addictive and I have also dropped 35 pounds and have a goal of losing 15 more. You can do it! Weight loss and healthy living is definitely starts with a mind set.

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@rosemarya I am going through old email and trying to respond primarily to ones that address me.
My weight has not been a problem at all. Oddly, despite my lack of activity I have lost weight! I think at this point in my life 143 or so would be ideal, and that is where I am at today, but it has gone as low as 138 on some days. I find I mind the cold more than ever before. My husband thinks it is because I have less padding. I don’t know if that can be true or not.
JK

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@maisie89

The switch has recently gone off in my mind and for the last four months, I no longer eat anything white except cauliflower. No sugar, flour, pasta. No more Coke, ice cream, sweets and all the other unhealthy foods. Only water and lemon are consumed, along with fresh fruits and veggies. Protein with dinner, no red meat. The key to better health is exercise. I now walk 30 minutes every day and enjoy salsa music to keep me moving. I feel better than ever in my 71 years. Healthy eating and exercise are addictive and I have also dropped 35 pounds and have a goal of losing 15 more. You can do it! Weight loss and healthy living is definitely starts with a mind set.

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@contentandwell Nice to hear from you! How is your knee coming along? Teresa

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@maisie89

The switch has recently gone off in my mind and for the last four months, I no longer eat anything white except cauliflower. No sugar, flour, pasta. No more Coke, ice cream, sweets and all the other unhealthy foods. Only water and lemon are consumed, along with fresh fruits and veggies. Protein with dinner, no red meat. The key to better health is exercise. I now walk 30 minutes every day and enjoy salsa music to keep me moving. I feel better than ever in my 71 years. Healthy eating and exercise are addictive and I have also dropped 35 pounds and have a goal of losing 15 more. You can do it! Weight loss and healthy living is definitely starts with a mind set.

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@hopeful33250 Thanks Teresa. Unfortunately the knee is very slowly progressing, the Legionnaire’s condition actually set it back for some reason, and it still hurts all the time. I hope that will improve. I am not really taking any narcotics at this point so I guess that’s why the pain is worse. This too will pass — hopefully.
JK

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Hi, I was wondering if this is where I post for weight loss. Over the past few years I had sedintary jobs, broken toes, major depression, and stopped smoking, all of which lead to increased weight. It has gotten to the point that I feel miserable. I have tried many different weight loss programs with no success. My biggest problem is staying motivated. Most of the time I don’t eat at regular times throughout the day. I’ll just grab something when I’m hungry and it won’t be healthy because healthy cooking takes time and energy. With my recent neuropathy issues it’s difficult to prepare meals. Any suggestions?

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@michelewithonel

Hi, I was wondering if this is where I post for weight loss. Over the past few years I had sedintary jobs, broken toes, major depression, and stopped smoking, all of which lead to increased weight. It has gotten to the point that I feel miserable. I have tried many different weight loss programs with no success. My biggest problem is staying motivated. Most of the time I don’t eat at regular times throughout the day. I’ll just grab something when I’m hungry and it won’t be healthy because healthy cooking takes time and energy. With my recent neuropathy issues it’s difficult to prepare meals. Any suggestions?

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Hello @michelewithonel, you bring up a great point about weight loss and something many fight against. You may notice that I moved your message and combined it with an existing discussion called Staying Motivated for the Long Haul. I did this because you mentioned your biggest problem is staying motivated. This entire discussion between many of our members is dedicated towards trying to help one-another stay motivated long-term.

If you are replying by email, I suggest clicking on VIEW & REPLY so that you can see the whole discussion and meet some of the members who have shared their struggles and tactics at staying motivated. @michelewithonel, have you tried preparing crockpot meals? I often do this once or twice a week and make enough to get me through multiple days. You can create healthy meals that are also convenient with relatively little amount of effort.

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@maisie89

The switch has recently gone off in my mind and for the last four months, I no longer eat anything white except cauliflower. No sugar, flour, pasta. No more Coke, ice cream, sweets and all the other unhealthy foods. Only water and lemon are consumed, along with fresh fruits and veggies. Protein with dinner, no red meat. The key to better health is exercise. I now walk 30 minutes every day and enjoy salsa music to keep me moving. I feel better than ever in my 71 years. Healthy eating and exercise are addictive and I have also dropped 35 pounds and have a goal of losing 15 more. You can do it! Weight loss and healthy living is definitely starts with a mind set.

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@contentandwell I wasn’t aware of the “Legionnaire’s condition” I must have missed a post somewhere. Sorry to hear about that.

Teresa

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@maisie89

The switch has recently gone off in my mind and for the last four months, I no longer eat anything white except cauliflower. No sugar, flour, pasta. No more Coke, ice cream, sweets and all the other unhealthy foods. Only water and lemon are consumed, along with fresh fruits and veggies. Protein with dinner, no red meat. The key to better health is exercise. I now walk 30 minutes every day and enjoy salsa music to keep me moving. I feel better than ever in my 71 years. Healthy eating and exercise are addictive and I have also dropped 35 pounds and have a goal of losing 15 more. You can do it! Weight loss and healthy living is definitely starts with a mind set.

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@contentandwell, I absolutely love your winning attitude! Take all the time you need 🙂
Rosemary

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To All,
I just came across this link on Mayo’s Patient Education on Nutrition and Healthy Eating. It is titled “Bad Food Habits at Work” and it provides 5 suggestions to Get Back on Track. I am retired, however, I plan to try these tips in my ‘workplace’ – home, shopping, errands….
https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/consumer-health-eating-healthy-at-work/

Which of these tips will work for you?
Rosemary

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@maisie89

The switch has recently gone off in my mind and for the last four months, I no longer eat anything white except cauliflower. No sugar, flour, pasta. No more Coke, ice cream, sweets and all the other unhealthy foods. Only water and lemon are consumed, along with fresh fruits and veggies. Protein with dinner, no red meat. The key to better health is exercise. I now walk 30 minutes every day and enjoy salsa music to keep me moving. I feel better than ever in my 71 years. Healthy eating and exercise are addictive and I have also dropped 35 pounds and have a goal of losing 15 more. You can do it! Weight loss and healthy living is definitely starts with a mind set.

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@hopeful33250 Teresa, maybe I forgot to mention it! I am certain I contracted it at my daughter’s wedding celebration. It would make sense that if there was a low concentration of it in the air I would be susceptible with my lack of immunity because no one else was effected from what we heard. I had cold symptoms a few days after that and then on Sunday night my husband looked at me and took my temp because I was really flushed. It was 103. He called transplant and they said to bring me in, so off we went. Being a post-transplant patient I was put in the transplant unit and spent 3 days there having every test imaginable. Unfortunately this is one of those things that can leave you fatigued for 2 or 3 months but other than that I feel fine, just the knee still bothering me.
JK

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@michelewithonel

Hi, I was wondering if this is where I post for weight loss. Over the past few years I had sedintary jobs, broken toes, major depression, and stopped smoking, all of which lead to increased weight. It has gotten to the point that I feel miserable. I have tried many different weight loss programs with no success. My biggest problem is staying motivated. Most of the time I don’t eat at regular times throughout the day. I’ll just grab something when I’m hungry and it won’t be healthy because healthy cooking takes time and energy. With my recent neuropathy issues it’s difficult to prepare meals. Any suggestions?

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@michelewithonel, I want to welcome you to this conversation. You are not alone with your weight struggle. A couple of weeks ago, this webinar/video was presented by Mayo Clinic. I would like to share it with you to view. Maybe it will give you some ideas.
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/webinar/video-qa-why-is-it-so-difficult-to-lose-weight/

Let us know how we can continue to support you.
Rosemary

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