Weight Loss Support - Little cheats that keep you motivated




Tante Claire
09-30-2009, 11:59 AM
I don't want to encourage cheating, that's how we got here in the first place, wasn't it? But I have to trick myself sometimes to keep me going. Dieting and exercising are not my biggest enemies, I don't know about you, but despair and impatience are my banes.

To keep me motivated I have my bag of tricks, which I try to use wisely. These are some:

The lowest weight trick: If the scale shows less than .99 that's my weight. No trends, nothing, as soon as I hit it it becomes my weight. I weighted 175.6 today and I carry myself as if it is set in stone. Sure tomorrow after I run today and do some weight training I may "gain" two lbs, but I don't care I saw 175.~ and that's that.

The "it's just going to be a quick, easy workout" trick: My problem is not keeping myself going, it's to get going. I have a gym where I live, I only have to go down 4 floors, and yet sometimes those 4 floors down seem to me harder than running 40 mins. So I tell myself, "it's going to be an easy one today. Just climb on the byke, on the easiest mode and do 20 mins. You won't even sweat". And down I go like a happy cow, but once I am on the treadmill, the byke or elliptical it won't be an easy one, I kill myself and push to my limit. After all, what's the point after I came down 4 floors. :)


In what other ways do you have to deceive yourself into doing what you have to do?


HaleyisLove
09-30-2009, 12:06 PM
I also lie to myself and say oh you only have to do a half hour... but then I get to the half hour and I'm like you can go further and eventually I make it the full hour if not more... I also find it hard to make myself go there but once I am there I dont like to waste my time...

Sylvied
09-30-2009, 12:14 PM
I'm with you on the workout cheat one. I think it's actually a great strategy because it gets me started. Somedays, once i've started, I keep going and somedays it really is a shorter workout... but at least it's a workout so I think it's a good "cheat".


caryesings
09-30-2009, 12:15 PM
As a single person, I would generally stay away from fresh produce that would spoil before I can eat it all. Now I buy tons of fresh stuff that I'm too frugal to let go bad. So I end up eating lots of fruit and veg on daily basis just to keep myself from wasting the money I spent on it.

Tante Claire
09-30-2009, 12:20 PM
It should be called the "trust me, this won't hurt a bit" trick. :)

ICUwishing
09-30-2009, 12:35 PM
Mine's the tease: "look, just pack the swim bag and drive to the pool. You could always sit in the parking lot with a good book." At the pool: "oh, just go in. Put on the suit and get wet so you'll smell like chlorine and they'll think you worked out." In the pool: "You're wet, you might as well do a lap or two." After a few yards: "cripes, you might as well get all those muscles loosened up. It'll only take 10 minutes." After warmup (if needed, cuz by now I'm usually in the mood) - "Fer gawd's sake, don't be a wuss. Get at least a mile in - you can FLOAT that far!" followed by another mile ... and laughing about how gullible I am. :)

dancerindenver
09-30-2009, 12:50 PM
Right there with you guys on all of the self-tricking stuff including the claiming of the lower weight regardless if there's a short fluctuation upwards in the days after. And I buy all the produce I could possibly want without worrying about price, figuring that I can always get more budget conscious when I'm in maintenance mode. My other trick lately is buying clothes that are on the snug side to keep myself going. It's working so far ;)

yoyoma
09-30-2009, 12:55 PM
I think I will try the "sit in the parking lot with a good book" trick myself, lol!

I remember someone saying that when they didn't feel like going for a run in the morning, all they did was promise to put on their suit and running shoes. And once they were on, then they might as well go for a run...

Jacquie668
09-30-2009, 01:23 PM
I think I will try the "sit in the parking lot with a good book" trick myself, lol!

I remember someone saying that when they didn't feel like going for a run in the morning, all they did was promise to put on their suit and running shoes. And once they were on, then they might as well go for a run...

LOL! I did that today. I was so not wanting to go on my walk, but I put on my workout clothes and then I was ready to go! Since I am already dressed, why not go for it lol. I got back from my walk a bit ago lol.

bodyisatemple
09-30-2009, 01:57 PM
I love this thread!!! I do the - just go for 20 minutes trick as well. It's the best one. I'm going to start using the claim the lowest weight one as well. I beat myself up when I see .6 or more, and take the higher weight, but now I think I should just be nice to myself and take the lower one!

JulieJ08
09-30-2009, 02:10 PM
The lowest weight trick: If the scale shows less than .99 that's my weight. No trends, nothing, as soon as I hit it it becomes my weight. I weighted 175.6 today and I carry myself as if it is set in stone. Sure tomorrow after I run today and do some weight training I may "gain" two lbs, but I don't care I saw 175.~ and that's that.

I didn't do this at first, but about half way through I started doing it this way, and it just made me happier :).

ringmaster
09-30-2009, 02:25 PM
As a single person, I would generally stay away from fresh produce that would spoil before I can eat it all. Now I buy tons of fresh stuff that I'm too frugal to let go bad. So I end up eating lots of fruit and veg on daily basis just to keep myself from wasting the money I spent on it.

I do that too. It keeps my meals centered/planned around fresh vegetables.

JulieJ08
09-30-2009, 02:40 PM
As a single person, I would generally stay away from fresh produce that would spoil before I can eat it all. Now I buy tons of fresh stuff that I'm too frugal to let go bad. So I end up eating lots of fruit and veg on daily basis just to keep myself from wasting the money I spent on it.

Me too! I just decided it didn't have to go to waste, I could just be a person who eats tons of produce ;).

Windchime
09-30-2009, 03:16 PM
I do the workout trick one, too. "Oh, just put on your running pants. You can walk and listen to NPR once you get out there." Then, "Oh, I'm all dressed, might as well run a little. I can stop when I get to that tree." And finally, this is what I told myself the other night after I had gone about a mile: "For crying out loud, if you don't want to run then just STOP and walk but stop making these stupid deals!". I realized that I really DID want to run so I kept going but who was I arguing with? It's a little bizarre! Who are these dueling voices in our head?!!!

Tante Claire
09-30-2009, 03:36 PM
Who are these dueling voices in our head?!!!Here (http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-illustration-6400133-woman-battling-with-temptation.php).

JustBeckyV
09-30-2009, 03:59 PM
Ha -- I do the same thing! I have added some jogging to my walks and I say -- ok just go ahead jog -- who cares who is looking and takes me a bit and I go and then I don't want to stop lol Of course - I have to as I don't have that kind of endurance yet but small steps!

rachinma
09-30-2009, 04:10 PM
The lowest weight trick: If the scale shows less than .99 that's my weight. No trends, nothing, as soon as I hit it it becomes my weight. I weighted 175.6 today and I carry myself as if it is set in stone. Sure tomorrow after I run today and do some weight training I may "gain" two lbs, but I don't care I saw 175.~ and that's that.
Once I update my ticker, that's it. :D

duckyyellowfeet
09-30-2009, 04:43 PM
My gym at school has tvs attached to each of the machines; we do not have cable yet in our apartment. So I'll force myself to go to the gym when something I like is on and they say "oh, just five more minutes, you have to see how this turns out!" followed by "you like this show too, just do another 1/2 an hour to watch it". This keeps me doing cardio long past the times I've set for myself.

Windchime
09-30-2009, 10:08 PM
Here (http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-illustration-6400133-woman-battling-with-temptation.php).


Well, there ya go! LOL, now I know!

Bette k
09-30-2009, 11:11 PM
When I have a craving usually for some sweet roll or something I tell myself I can have exactly what I want, then imagine what it is, even the positioning and type of toppings. If they don't have exactly what I want, I'm not allowed to get it. Since it usually involves traveling quite a ways to the right store and they never have exactly what I want, I never get it.

SizEsExY HeRe I cOmE
09-30-2009, 11:19 PM
My biggest cheat, since starting to walk again, is "oh you know how much your son loves to be outdoors, pack him in the stroller and give hime a little fresh air.: Once out there, I find myself enjoying the walk and nature more than he is...because by time I round the next corner, he's sleep. LOL!

shcirerf
09-30-2009, 11:28 PM
I work for a veterinarian and we see a lot of obese dogs, and I have one, one of 3 that is obese, we go walk at lunch, I remind myself, "if your dog it too fat, YOU are not getting enough exercise!"

We have a great park and walking trail, there is no excuse. I live on a 120 acre farm, there is no excuse, actually, there are no excuses, they are like belly buttons, we all have one.

Tell that to my brain! LOL.

KurLEQ
10-01-2009, 01:09 AM
My trick involves EA Sports Active for Wii. I used it on and off before I was serious about working out and never really went through with a 30 day challenge. When I started exercising, I always did the challenge at night because that's when I'd finally convince myself to get up and do it. All too many nights I'd just lay in bed until it was "too late" to exercise and I'd say I'll just do it tomorrow.
One night, after a few consecutive days, I realized if your workout went past midnight, they'd count it for the next day. Then I started setting tough as nails goals to follow. 5 workouts in 5 days. Now when I'm laying in bed I think to myself, "If you don't get up soon, the workout won't count for today and you won't meet your goal".

ubergirl
10-01-2009, 04:48 PM
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The lowest weight trick: If the scale shows less than .99 that's my weight. No trends, nothing, as soon as I hit it it becomes my weight. I weighted 175.6 today and I carry myself as if it is set in stone. Sure tomorrow after I run today and do some weight training I may "gain" two lbs, but I don't care I saw 175.~ and that's that.

I totally do that! Although occasionally I live to regret it when it takes two or more days to see the new weight again.

I have a trick that borders on the silly. If I'm frustrated that the scale hasn't moved in a few days, I hold the door jamb when I step on the scale-- that usually takes off two or three pounds. I don't count that weight, but I stand there for a minute and look at it, and think about how happy I'll be when I get there.

KDuffer
10-01-2009, 08:19 PM
Here is a maintenance trick I have. As soon as I reached my "goal" weight and I let myself stabilize for a month, I donated or threw out most of my old clothes that were big (even slightly) and bought new clothes that fit perfectly. This included pants, shirts, suits, jackets, even underwear!

1. Because I have no growth room in my clothes, I know it immediately if I start to gain weight and can readjust my eating/exercise accordingly.

2. Thought of having to spend all that money buying new clothes keeps me on track.

Tonia
10-03-2009, 09:15 AM
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this thread! It makes me feel so....normal! :)

WildThings
10-04-2009, 11:44 AM
I do this with my running. It take half a mile to really get my legs going so the first half a mile is just not fun. I tell myself that if my legs still are tired by the time I make it out of my apartment complex (about .7 miles into my run), I can just walk that day. Well, I get to the edge my complex and think, well, the next block really isn't that far so I can go at least to the end. I do this for 3 miles, but when all is said and done, I feel great, and have actually run the 3 miles like I planned. My legs just need a little coddling from time to time.