Anyone else love food and dislike exercise? - help me get motivated!
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|Sep 7, 2010 2:01pm||
It’s interesting reading about the people who love to run or actually prefer munching on veggies. I am looking for motivators who maybe weren’t the athletic type who have been able to get into this and maintain a new lifestyle.
My mantra is that “I’ve done this before I can do it again.” 6 years ago I lost 60 pounds. I kept it off for 4 years and have been yo-yo ing back and forth for the past 2 years. This is due to a divorce, medical issues, etc…but also not making this a priority. My all time high was 210. I’d love to get down to 160 and keep it off. I need to lose weight for health and appearance. I am 5’8" and have a curvy/hour-glass body type.
I’m very busy with work and eat on the run a lot. I also get bored with excericise or it strains my joints (hips and knees).
What has helped is that I try to vary my work outs and have them scheduled in my planner so I make the time. Zumba, yoga, and walking are on my list and so far they’re actually fun.
I am cooking more and planning meals ahead of time, trying to eat more fruits, veggies, and protien.
I haven’t lost any weight so far and am looking for motivators. What’s a good way to start a program that will last? How do you get more disciplined? What motivates you?
Thanks so much for the help!!
|Sep 7, 2010 8:53pm||
I find that competition really motivates me, find someone in a similar situation and try to challenge and motivate each other at the same time. When you have someone to report to each day who is being helpful at the same time as being as good as or better than you it really makes me think about what Im doing to my body all day long. :) Hope this is helpful.
|Sep 7, 2010 9:58pm||
When you get to my age (47) there is a motivation that is really helpful, its called death. I didn’t eat very well or excercise very well in my youth, and thought I could live forever, and then 1 day, you realize, oh no…. I am now border line diabetes, border line thyroid issues, have asthma, and then you think if only I could have… would have… done things differently. Now I am fighting like crazy to lose weight, eat better and undo 30 years of unhealthy living. Think of working out and eating healthy as a way to live longer, and avoid health problems down the road. I wish I had an old fart telling me this when I was young. Hopefully I can pass that wish on to you. Good luck!
|Sep 7, 2010 10:47pm||
I agree, i’m just starting my forties, but took one of those life expectancy quizzes and saw how much the way I was heading was going to reduce the number of years I had, and make the years I did have a lot less comfortable. That was pretty motivating for me.
@dj: it sounds like you’ve got a good start on staying on track, the key thing is to make sure that you aren’t punishing yourself, but I finding things to do that you enjoy (like Zumba, what is that exactly?) and foods that you like to eat (that aren’t ice cream and cake), and not to set up too scrict a regimen and then feel bad when you don’t keep it.
|Sep 8, 2010 12:23am||
I would go with competition too… against other or just against yourself. I joined the bandwagon about 3 years ago now. At this point, I was 210lbs (5’7") and 32% Body fat and not doing any exercise or sport (besides golfing).
I set up a goal to do an Ironman (triathlon 2.4miles swim/112miles bike/26.1miles run) which seemed like an impossible task at the time and that would required huge amount of training and self discipline.
It took me 18 months to be able to line up at my first Ironman race and finish it. I have now completed a second Ironman and I’m still training toward my new goal: to qualify for the Ironman world championship in Hawaii (something that seems completely out of reach right now, but so did finishing an Ironman when I first started).
It has now tunred into a lifestyle : proper and healthy eating, training everyday even if it means waking up at 4:30 in the morning to fit it in my schedule and because my goal is so huge, there again I have no choice but doing it if I want to reach my goal.
This works for me, and I really enjoy it (most of the time at least).
If think that triathlons are incredible for that. Even if you don’t shoot for a full Ironman, even targeting to do an Olympic Tri (1.5k swim/40k bike/10k run) is a huge task and trying to get there will make you train hard in all three disciplines. It’s a lot of fun because you get to do different things and once you cross the finish line of a triathlon, you will feel like you accomplished something incredible that not that many people (even fit people) can do and the feeling is really great.
Anyhow, good luck to you. If you want to hear more about triathlon and what I did, let me know.
|Sep 8, 2010 6:38am||
Everyone is different, so you will have to find what motivates you. I saw a doctor 2 years ago and my numbers (blood work) was really bad. I had family and Doctors on my back for a few years. So when everyone around me was quiet about my weight and health I started (Im stubborn like that). Personally I am very individualistic so competition doesnt work for me. I had to see personal progress.
What I found I had to do was treat my calorie intake like a bank account. I found the right calorie intake to lose fat only, and track every calorie in, and every calorie spent during the day. Sounds strict but there is a lot of estimation that can be done after a week or two. So in the first month it required faith and belief in the plan I set. Now I can go on physical weight, and fat readings. My motivation now is the progress I can measure. It does involve a large amount of will power in the beginning.
|Sep 11, 2010 9:55am||
Thanks everyone! :)
|Oct 23, 2010 3:41pm||
I love your title! I am in the same boat love food and hate excercise. With keeping weight off to stay off there really has to be a lifestyle change. I lost 60 pounds 3 years ago and have kept it off. I decided to count calories, which at first was difficult but once I got the hang of it, it got easier and easier. By counting calories i didnt deprive myself of the food that I love, I just ate less. I also love basketball, so I decided to go to the local gym and play basketball 3 times a week. When you do something you love you don’t realize you are exercising until afterward when your sore and tired.
|Nov 6, 2010 8:04am||
I am the same way! I love to eat, and I hate to workout. One way I have found out to help myself stick with working out is to only watch what I eat to a certain extent. I hate being on a diet, and always worrying about what i’m eating.
I just believe in if you eat a little more you need to do a little more cardio. I know I can get a bit extreme with my workouts, but I do about a hour to a hour and a half of cardio a day. Ya it can suck, but I eat good to. In the end i’m losing weight, and not hating it as much as if I were dieting.
|Nov 6, 2010 9:34am||
I was in the same boat a few years back, but I was seeing a trend I didn’t want to be a part of. My Mom has type 2 diabetes and takes so many drugs for various ailments, that it takes a couple of hours a week, just to sort them into her pill organizer! My numbers were looking bad already in my 30’s. The key for me was to make it a habit. Much like drinking and smoking were a habit for me back then (I quit both of those). I went to the gym every single day without fail for a couple of weeks and after a while, it just became a part of my life. After you make enough progress and start feeling a looking better, it won’t be such a struggle because you will see the benefits. Best of luck……it really is worth it!
|Nov 6, 2010 3:29pm||
Also it is important to find exercises you really like.
In the last ten years I have quit the gym several times after a few weeks, because I was bored to death doing weight training with machines (and I hate swimming, even though my last gym had a huge pool).
I have found weight training with free weights much more fun rewarding, and since then I enjoy every minute at the gym… I hope that you find the exercises you like.
|Nov 8, 2010 9:42am||
I started working out in my twenties. Working out isn’t so bad. It’s regularly working out that is a bitch. It’s making yourself do it 3/4 days a week that I found hard.
So, I did ten minutes at a time. Only when that ten minutes was over did I reevaluate whether to do another ten. Not the rest of the hour….just if I’d do another ten.
It was a few years later when I decided to change my diet and try to lose weight.
If you really hate exercise, you could join a sports group, like volleyball or soccer or something. You could take a martial arts class. These things are community based and have support systems built in.
Let me just give you some truth, here. Most runners hate running. I hate running. I finished a half-marathon and, boy howdee, do I hate running. I do it for two reasons.
1. It’s the most effective cardio I’ve ever done. I have burned 1200 calories in one day.
|Nov 9, 2010 7:16am||
I"m new here. Quite frankly, I didn’t get to be chubby cause my cooking sucks. I come from a long line of southern (read fried, topped with gravy, and a side of butter) cooks who could spank most 5 star restaurants. The kind of food that makes you want to lick your plate. Add to that some food issues (thanks Mom for teaching me love = food). Then surround me with food – really good food. One of my cousins is a famous chef. I grew up with one of Justin Wilson’s grandchildren. I have a dear friend who runs a catering business. Another friend who is a very accomplished pastry chef and yet another friend who is a food critic who wants me to go with him to evaluate new restaurants. Until a few years ago I was active enough to burn it off. My weight stayed at about 140#. Between rock climbing, trail riding, skateboarding, riding horses, swimming, dancing, racing cars – then we got really crazy and decided to race skateboards. You’d be surprised what you can do with the engine out of an industrial chain saw :) Husqvarna’s rule, BTW.
Thanks to a serious car wreck and a couple of other injuries, I’m not so active any more. The energizer bunny has slowed down. Since I have never ever in my whole life learned how to eat properly, I have packed on some pounds. I’ve been having surgery to get everything fixed and I’m becoming active again, but it’s HARD.
I’ve been doing some analysis to see why this is so hard.
Problem #1 – Biology. Because humans, for 99.999999% of our history, have been in danger of starving to death not dying from bloat, we are wired to store up extra calories.
Problem #2 – Stems from Problem #1 – Many of the Agri-food conglomerates have followed in big tobacco’s foot steps – doing research to see what triggers us to consume the maximum amount of their product. Many foods are laced with the right combination of goodies to trigger your brain in wanting more, having cravings, etc.
Problem #3 – Metabolism – Females tend to have lower BMR’s than males and as we age that continues to drop even more. :/
Now that the problems are identified, how do you combat them:
Problem #1 – Weight loss only occurs when output is greater than input. That means exercise but also keeping the food diary and weighing daily. Study after study shows that food dairies and daily weighing are the 2 single most effective means of combating the over-input of calories.
Problem #2 – Avoiding processed food with its lovely tasty fat, salt, and sugar. Our brains are hardwired to want to those things. They taste good to us because its an adaption to a constant state of near starvation for most of human history. Yet these are the things that trigger cravings, break diets, and trip binges for binge eaters. No one ever goes off their diet and gains 5 pounds eat plain non-fat yogurt. They go off the diet and gain 5 pounds on brownies, ice cream, etc.
Problem #3 – The only answer to getting your basal metabolic rate up is to exercise. Park at the back of the lot and walk. Take the stairs. Hit the gym. Swim or bike if you can’t run.
My new criteria for food:
Does it taste good enough to justify the time on the bike?
Brownie = 240 calories or about 45 minutes on the exercise bike….
Clearly the brownie isn’t worth it.
|Nov 9, 2010 2:01pm||
I’m n-thing the competition thing. I’m not even a competitive person, but when I started playing rugby I found myself doing things at practice that would have me straight-up refusing if I werent in a competitive/team setting. My lowest at this time was 204… then I messed my leg up and gained it all back! :(
|Nov 10, 2010 9:27am||
I’m in a similar situation. I love food, and I love to cook but exercising is just so BOOORING so I prefer to sit in-front of my computer all day.
The yoga and such is enough of exercise as long as you eat alright. Don’t deprive yourself your favourite foods, if you are like me and love food it really wont work. Just if you know you’re gonna have something heavy, make sure you get exercise that day and eat a bit lighter other meals. Just don’t have it all at once and it’s usually okay! :)