Motivate yourself to lose the extra fat



Find workouts you love. It’s a lot easier to motivate yourself


In my adult life, I’ve weighed around 200 pounds. In high school, I ate pretty much whatever I wanted—especially when I started driving and could go to any fast-food restaurant my heart desired. When I got to college, I attempted to lose weight because I was a physical therapy major, so I was learning about what it means to be healthy.

Effect of too much Exercise!


After college, I weighed about 300 pounds.
 I wanted to try losing weight again because of my career as a physical therapist and to help me feel more comfortable meeting new people.

A friend’s mom knew I was trying to get in shape and told me that she was on Weight Watchers. She suggested that I give it a shot.

I actually did really well on that program—probably because I didn’t want to show up to a meeting without having lost weight. I stopped eating all junk food like ice cream, got a gym membership, and started doing light workouts two to three times a day.

I’d do a workout video for about 30 minutes in the morning, walk for another 30 minutes during my lunch break, and jog on the treadmill at the gym for 20 to 30 minutes. After about a year, I’d lost 100 pounds, bringing the number on the scale to 210 pounds. Sadly, it didn’t last long, though.



After I left Weight Watchers because I thought I could maintain my new healthy habits on my own, the weight started coming back—fast. On top of that, my colitis, a digestive health issue I’d been managing since my teens, started flaring up more than ever. That meant I had to scale back my intake of fruits and veggies. When I realized that I was almost 350 pounds, I knew I had to make a change.

 There was just something about this number that made me realize I needed to try to lose weight again.

I’m so competitive, this sounded like something I could be good at. To lose the weight, I went back to my plan from my Weight Watchers days: I worked out three times a day by playing Just Dance on my Wii Fit, taking walks, and running on the treadmill—all for 30 minutes or less.

I also threw out all of the junk food in my house and stopped carrying cash to keep me from buying fast food. After my first 28 days, I’d lost 17 pounds. Though I couldn’t see much of a difference, I felt so much better. Nine months later, I got to 202 pounds. Since then, I’ve continues this process to help me get back on track if I gain anything. Today, I weigh 195 pounds.

So the Tips are:

Find workouts you love. It’s a lot easier to motivate yourself to do something you like something you don’t. I love to dance, so I used my Wii Fit to play Just Dance, as well as doing dance aerobics videos at home.

Split your meals. I’m a picker. When my food is just sitting in front of me, I’ll keep munching on it, even if I’m full. So now, I split meals with friends or ask the waiter to box half of it for me. It completely eliminates the temptation.

Treat yourself, but don’t keep treats in your house. I don’t keep the unhealthy foods I love in my pantry because I know I won’t be able to control myself. Instead, I’ll go buy myself a cone, eat it, and then it’s over. There’s not the same temptation there is when I have a half-gallon sitting in my fridge.In my adult life, I’ve weighed around 200 pounds. In high school, I ate pretty much whatever I wanted—especially when I started driving and could go to any fast-food restaurant my heart desired. When I got to college, I attempted to lose weight because I was a physical therapy major, so I was learning about what it means to be healthy.

Effect of too much Exercise!

After college, I weighed about 300 pounds. I wanted to try losing weight again because of my career as a physical therapist and to help me feel more comfortable meeting new people. A friend’s mom knew I was trying to get in shape and told me that she was on Weight Watchers. She suggested that I give it a shot. I actually did really well on that program—probably because I didn’t want to show up to a meeting without having lost weight. I stopped eating all junk food like ice cream, got a gym membership, and started doing light workouts two to three times a day. I’d do a workout video for about 30 minutes in the morning, walk for another 30 minutes during my lunch break, and jog on the treadmill at the gym for 20 to 30 minutes. After about a year, I’d lost 100 pounds, bringing the number on the scale to 210 pounds. Sadly, it didn’t last long, though.

After I left Weight Watchers because I thought I could maintain my new healthy habits on my own, the weight started coming back—fast. On top of that, my colitis, a digestive health issue I’d been managing since my teens, started flaring up more than ever. That meant I had to scale back my intake of fruits and veggies. When I realized that I was almost 350 pounds, I knew I had to make a change. There was just something about this number that made me realize I needed to try to lose weight again.

 I’m so competitive, this sounded like something I could be good at. To lose the weight, I went back to my plan from my Weight Watchers days: I worked out three times a day by playing Just Dance on my Wii Fit, taking walks, and running on the treadmill—all for 30 minutes or less. I also threw out all of the junk food in my house and stopped carrying cash to keep me from buying fast food. After my first 28 days, I’d lost 17 pounds. Though I couldn’t see much of a difference, I felt so much better. Nine months later, I got to 202 pounds. Since then, I’ve continues this process to help me get back on track if I gain anything. Today, I weigh 195 pounds.

So the Tips are:

Find workouts you love. It’s a lot easier to motivate yourself to do something you like something you don’t. I love to dance, so I used my Wii Fit to play Just Dance, as well as doing dance aerobics videos at home.

Split your meals. I’m a picker. When my food is just sitting in front of me, I’ll keep munching on it, even if I’m full. So now, I split meals with friends or ask the waiter to box half of it for me. It completely eliminates the temptation.

Treat yourself, but don’t keep treats in your house. I don’t keep the unhealthy foods I love in my pantry because I know I won’t be able to control myself. Instead, I’ll go buy myself a cone, eat it, and then it’s over. There’s not the same temptation there is when I have a half-gallon sitting in my fridge.
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