Originally Posted by ncjen
I'm a first time poster. I've been poking around on this forum for quite a while and find so much motivation here. Good work everyone, it's wonderful to read everyone's stories and encouragement. I lost 45 pounds about 8 months ago after doing a 180 in my eating and exercising. After about 6 months, I plateaued at 200 could not get below. I've gained back 10 but holding steady, but I'm afraid it will creep back on or that I won't lose any more period. I believe my body adjusted to my new eating pattern (smaller, healthier and more frequent meals) and my exercise (mostly riding recumbent/stationary bike). I just started a new cross training type exercise class at a gym and love getting a cardio work out from using large muscles, rather than just a bike or treadmill.
Anyway, I'm thoroughly discouraged. Feel like I'm going to gain my weight back or not lose any more. I weigh 210 now. I'm 40 yrs old... it's so difficult. Wah, I know.
Any ideas, words of encouragement would be great. Thank you.
Hello Jen, Albie here from IL, male age 59, and I've been focusing on getting healthy and losing additional weight here at FitDay since October 4th, 2010. Today, 170 days later, I have gone from 252 lbs to 179 lbs.
My advice here is to realize that there are short term ups and downs, advances and setbacks, joys and disappointments, and we need to recognize and deal with the occasional adversity. I tend to view this whole journey as sort of an overlapping, looping continuum of sorts, and we may find ourselves in one or more of the many phases of the journey and just need to reassess the goal, the position, the motivation and the execution of your personal plan.
I try to keep the following list of points in mind whenever I am struggling:
Recognize – Investigate – Understand – Accept – Plan - Set goals – Commit – Focus – Execute – Reflect - Get Feedback – Relax – Reward yourself – Enjoy – Assess your progress - Consider doing it all over again with some changes – Go back to step one - Repeat
These ideas have worked, and continue to work for me, and maybe one or two may work for you. Please remember this....Success demands continued vigilance, focus and dedication to your task. Have patience with yourself, maintain your long term goal, and stay confident that you can achieve it, and in the end you will experience positive and satisfying results! You can totally do this if you just keep trying. Good luck to you!
Keep on keepin' on! -------------Albie@round