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Get Motivated: Let Go of Past Weight Loss Failures

Five years ago you started doing a trendy diet and lost some weight, but then gained it all back. Then four years ago you exercised seven days a week and lost lots of weight, but once again gained it all back when you stopped working out. Three years ago you went on Weight Watchers, but just gave up. Then two years ago you started juicing twice a year and lost more weight, but gained it back as soon as you started eating real food again. Last year you went to a weight loss camp, and lost weight but gained it all back once you entered back into the real world. Now, this year you're wanting to lose a few pounds again and finally get healthy. Problem is, you've let yourself down so many times that you're having a hard time believing that you can actually lose the weight and keep it off once and for all. Sound familiar at all?

If so, take a moment to sink it all in and then take another moment to let it all go. If you think that you're just going to gain it all back again, chances are you will. So begin your latest (and last) endeavor by letting go of your past weight loss failures and forgive yourself for them. So you've had a few setbacks? Accept them and realize that this time you're in it for good — we all have no issues with forgiving other people, so why not forgive yourself as well?


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Kate14909563 Kate14909563 9 years
What is juicing? Going on a liquid diet? I find it much easier to exercise more than it is to "diet". When I exercise regularly I find myself naturally eating less and making more healthy choices. But personally I have trouble doing that without the exercise for some reason...
melda melda 9 years
i so needed this, i always think to myself well i am tryin to lose weight since i gained it but i always fail
sailing-chick sailing-chick 9 years
I once heard that its better to be consistently good 80% of the time than try 100% only 20% of the time or something like that - anyway, I am now trying to increase my exercise and make it a part of my daily routine 4 times a week and eat really well most of the time, but if I want chocolate/icecream/whatever I have it without making myself feel bad
madhvi madhvi 9 years
One thing I've learned after reading "Body for Life," is focus more on why you want to get healthy instead of just trying to lose weight. My motivation to eating healthy and exercising regularly is to prevent myself from getting diabetes which runs deep in my family. This really helps on those lazy "I don't feel like working out today" days, I just think that I need to do this so I will be a healthy and happy person when I have kids and will be alive to see their weddings or something like that to get me going.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
I think this is good advice for anyone trying to lose weight. For me, it's always "I'll never weigh what I did before law school." It's just self-defeating!
gooniette gooniette 9 years
Thanks for the tip. I've noticed that pattern. Instead of 'getting in shape' for an upcoming event, it would be so much better just to 'be in shape'. It's all about mindset and moderation.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
Ive tried those diets and have gown down and up with them. If anything they taught me about balance. And yes, I've been to Weight Watchers (which was pretty good if I had to endorse any weight-loss diet). But through it all, I realized if I eat sensibly and exercise regularly, that's all I can do to be healthy.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I could never go on one of those "weight loss programs". I just exercise as much as I can during the week and try to eat good food (but you knwo, every once in awhile I NEED a cookie). I think people get diets all mixed up. You can't stay on that diet for the rest of your life, and as soon as you go off it, you GOING to gain that weight back. You have to be able to make small adjustments here and there to change your lifestyle overall. One step at a time.
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