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post #1 of 14 Old 11-02-2013, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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Staying Motivated!

Ok, I came to a epiphany last night that I'm only 16 and feel like crap all the time, and that I am overweight and it needs to change! So, I made up a diet plan with my mother and I am going to start on Monday. Now the most challenging part is going to be staying motivated and not fall off and binge eat like I did last time. Any tips for staying motivated and diets in general? Thanks!
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post #2 of 14 Old 11-02-2013, 02:06 PM
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When I need some motivation I like to watch motivational videos on youtube. They get me pumped up. You should watch them before your workout or whenever you are feeling you need a kick in the tootsie.

Here are some of my favourites: (Some even have horsies!)

Another thing I like to do is make specific goals. Not necessarily 'weight' related but performance related. Which I think would be good for you since you are still young and its healthier to be more concerned about your health then a certain number.

Some examples are:
- do 5 minutes straight of 2-point at the trot
- do a whole warm-up no-stirrups
- walk route x which is very hard and hilly without getting tired
- try snowshoeing (not necessarily performance related but its great to try new things and they can be quite challenging physically :) )

Another thing that helps me is making lists! Theres nothing better than crossing off something on a list for having completed it.

Get a work out partner, when you are feeling demotivated they can drag you along and vice versa.

Take progress pictures every month from the front, side and back. When you are lacking motivation look at where you started and how far you have come.

Don't use a scale! If you want to measure your weightloss get a soft measuring tape and keep a biweekly-monthly record of your bust, waist, hips, thighs, calves, neck, biceps, wrist, etc. What you will probably find (especially at your age0 is if you start working out, your body will make muscle at the same rate as you are losing fat. Since muscle weighs more than fat it appears you aren't losing any weight but really you are losing fat and gaining muscle. A lot of people get discourage when they look at the scale and it hasn't moved. So thats why I say don't bother using one.

Join a sports team if you can! Exercise will help you lose weight and get healthy. Its a good way to have fun while doing it too :) I wish I had joined a team of some sort.

I know you didn't ask for advice but one thing you want to make sure that you do is cut down on any pop or juice you might drink. Its okay once in a while but you want to be mainly drinking water. Staying hydrated is very important.
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Thanks! That really helped! :)
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I think #1 is don't deprive yourself!! Indulge once in a while in a moderate amount once in a while.

I haven't done this, but I think its a great idea. Get two jars and some colored marbles. Mark one "weight lost" and "weight to lose", or something like that. It could even be fill the weight lose jar for a prize! Anyway. Put in a marble in th "weight to lose" jar for every half pound you want to lose. For example 20lbs will be 40 marbles. Let's say you lose a pound and a half. Take 3 marbles and put it in the "weight lost" jar. I LOVE visual aides.

I recently lost 20 pounds and I just haven't been "in the zone" for losing more. Instead of beating myself up over it I've been working on just maintaining. It's also an important skill! You can lose all you want, but if your unable to keep it off whats the point?

I'd also suggest your check out Skinny Up!! The riders weight loss thread. I believe its under plus size rider. You can see people progress.

Good luck to you!!
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post #5 of 14 Old 11-02-2013, 03:23 PM
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For motivation you need to find out what gets you motivated. Some people like hearing pep talks, some people like rewards, some people like competing, some people like little goals...etc.
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post #6 of 14 Old 11-04-2013, 12:29 AM
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Watch a food documentary on netflix.

Don't call it a diet. Think of it as being healthier and making the right choices. Because really, that should be your goal is to be healthier, not necessarily to just lose weight. Being healthier and the weight will come off.

Do it now while you can!!! It's so much more harder when you're a busy adult.
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Thanks you guys! :)
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What a fantastic decision to make! I'm in the same place--perhaps we can share our progress with one another! <3

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Sure! :)
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That so great, I'm happy for you. The first week will be the hardest, but once you start you won't want to stop!

I agree with slide, let yourself indulge. I think once a week "cheat" meals are a key to success. Because you can look forward to that one meal every week that is whatever you want to be. You don't want some foods to feel "off limits" because once they do, you crave them even more. So you can still enjoy anything you want, just in moderation and every so often!

And of course, keep us posted. We'll be here to root you on and motivate you! :)
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