I started WW 4 weeks ago this week. I have 10 pounds to lose, to reach what they consider my ideal weight. It may change, but for now, the goal is 144 pounds.
So, I started, obviously, at 154. I lost 1lb the first week, then for 2 weeks it did not change. It didn't increase or decrease and I was beginning to lose all hope as staying the same, making no progress is so frustrating.
Zumba was recommended to me, and I googled "how to stay motivated to exercise" and on a list I saw, it had a really good idea which I have taken on board this week and it really paid off at weigh in tonight, as I have lost 1.5lbs!
Make a calendar for a short enough period of time to make you stick to it, but long enough to have an effect. I chose 6 weeks. I have a box for each day, on an A4 page, for the next 6 weeks (including the one just gone). Everyday that I do zumba, I give myself a star!
This may sound silly, but it's been the best motivation I've had in a long time. I love fun creative things. I feel disappointed if there's a day that I don't get to draw a big star for myself! That in itself, in some weird way, motivates me to exercise! I have told myself that I will do a minimum of 4 days a week of Zumba.
It's such a simple idea. It may not work for all, but it definitely worked for me this week. Exercise makes you want to eat healthier too and keeps you energised, so I found some days this week that I didn't even hit my daily points limit and when I did, it had been 3 healthy balanced meals.
This is so new for me, cause I had the worst diet ever. Just sporadic, thoughtless eating. But,40 minutes exercise a day and maintaining a healthy diet (which still includes yummy food!) is a new habit I'm trying to enforce, and so far so good.
I felt hopeless last week. Weak, fat, irritable and just sad.
I guess I just wanted to post this for people who are feeling demotivated today. Don't give up. It's just a day. It will pass!
introduce a new fun idea into your diet plan, such as the calendar, or whatever suits you, and just try it.
I did it, for just a week, after two weeks of frustration, and I'm 1.5lbs lighter and feeling ecstatic tonight, ready for another week of it!
If I can do it, you can. We can do this!
Good luck to every single one of you. Hang in there.