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Ways to stay motivated to stick to a diet?

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#161 Tired247

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Posted 21 April 2020 - 12:30 AM

Just thought of a new idea: Look at losertown and make a grid (draw it or print an empty table) with enough squares for the amount of days of eating at your chosen daily limit to get to your GW. Check off a box every time you eat your desired amount and/or maybe write your weight from that morning. I thought of this earlier today and I think making it a daily interactive thing for myself as part of a bedtime and/or morning routine might help give additional motivation each day.


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Posted 21 April 2020 - 12:47 AM

Imma try this!

Yay! I also just thought of something else- writing the date that you checked that box off. Rather than being a calendar and possibly creating guilt when one day goes wrong, that's simply a date not written down and the goal becomes to get back to being able to check off boxes and have as many consecutive dates written down as possible. I might label each of my boxes numerically just considering them as 1st day of restricting successfully, etc.


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Posted 21 April 2020 - 01:11 AM

Here's what worked for me as far as exercise, I'm sure it would work for diet goals also:  On 8/15/2012 i decided I'd attempt to workout at least an hour everday for the rest of my life.  Everday I write the # of days on my calander.  One downside is that it would really suck if i got 10 years into my streak and broke it.


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Posted 21 April 2020 - 10:23 PM

well i'm looking at thinspiration photos every day and i guess that's it. i mean then i hate my body even more so it motivates me to lose weight

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Posted 22 April 2020 - 03:10 AM

I understand the feeling. I couldn't stick to a diet for too long for the same reasons (depression, anxiety and other problems) Buuut... I was very luck to have a very lovely patient girlfriend. She understands my ED (probably because she studies psychology : )) ) and helped me with a healthy diet. Now, to be honest, my motivation comes for her, It is very easy for me to get motivation from external sources. She is a very important factor that helps me right now, until I will get used and be able to do it by myself.


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Posted 05 May 2020 - 10:32 AM

Distractions.

For me, I find that occupying my mind with something that I really enjoy is a good method. For example, I work on my music - I can do this for hours at a time and almost be stuck in a trance, forgetting any feelings of hunger. 

If it is in the evening,  I might have a couple cups of chamomile tea and then try to get an early night to avoid any temptation (night time is worse for me). 


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Posted 07 May 2020 - 03:02 AM

Distractions.

For me, I find that occupying my mind with something that I really enjoy is a good method. For example, I work on my music - I can do this for hours at a time and almost be stuck in a trance, forgetting any feelings of hunger. 

If it is in the evening,  I might have a couple cups of chamomile tea and then try to get an early night to avoid any temptation (night time is worse for me). 

 Hey same I decided to get back into piano after centuries practically of not playing it. I sat at the piano for 4 hours in one day once.... but at least I didn't eat oops


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Posted 10 May 2020 - 04:04 PM

Just thought of a new idea: Look at losertown and make a grid (draw it or print an empty table) with enough squares for the amount of days of eating at your chosen daily limit to get to your GW. Check off a box every time you eat your desired amount and/or maybe write your weight from that morning. I thought of this earlier today and I think making it a daily interactive thing for myself as part of a bedtime and/or morning routine might help give additional motivation each day.


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Posted 04 June 2020 - 03:14 AM

Thinking of it as a lifestyle change rather than a diet and also thinking that you can have a bit of what you want , just don’t go overboard :)

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Posted 01 September 2020 - 01:53 AM

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Posted 01 September 2020 - 11:26 PM

something i do when i want to eat is exercise, even if i dont want to. and not a crazy workout either, like jumping around or just pacing in my room until the craving goes away, plus i will burn a little bit more calories...


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Posted 02 September 2020 - 12:40 AM

watching my 600lb life


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Posted 02 September 2020 - 04:53 PM

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Posted 04 September 2020 - 01:50 PM

There are so many things I’ve done over the years.
-The biggest thing I’ve learned is to have safe food in the house that I don’t have to cook, while also keeping all the junk out of the house. Meal planning is important but sometimes I just don’t have it in me to cook every meal. Some of my staples are fruit bars, yogurt, rice cakes, low cal popsicles, and clementines.
-Start slow. Don’t restrict too low because it sets you up for yo-yo dieting. I don’t even count calories anymore, I just eat what feels comfortable after checking the calories initially. I don’t fast either because I’ve learned it sets me up for a binge. I also try to get at least a little bit of protein at every meal because it helps me stay satisfied longer and it’s good for your muscles (including your heart).
-Get a monthly calendar and hang it in your bedroom. Keep track of 5 things every day: your period, your weight (every morning after using the toilet), if you had a bowel movement, if you exercised, and if you stuck to your meal plan. I use an asterisk for period days, write my weight, and draw a circle, square, and triangle to represent BM, meal plan, and exercise. I check them off if completed. That way it helps me keep my weight in perspective.
-Set mini goals for yourself. Get two clear containers and put them somewhere in your room. Use buttons, marbles, or pennies to represent the amount of pounds you want to lose and put them in one jar. Every time you lose a pound move it to the next jar. When I think about bingeing, I imagine having to move a button from one jar back to the other and it helps prevent me from doing so.
-Set goals for yourself that have nothing to do with weightloss and make a rewards chart. Keep track of your goals with stickers or stars or something. One sticker for reading for an hour. 5 stickers for completing a to-do list. 3 stickers for exercising 2x/week. 2 stickers for sending mail to a friend. Etc. Give yourself prizes for how many stickers you earn. My β€œbig prize” is for 50 stickers I get to buy a new board game. I have 3 roommates so it’s pretty great. It helps with mood, self worth, and distraction, especially if you aren’t in school or employed.
-I use DBT skills a lot. A LOT. They’re not really meant for this but it helps. I use the β€œdistraction” unit and the β€œpros and cons” unit when I feel like eating outside of my plan. You can probably find them online.


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Posted 25 September 2020 - 06:41 PM

I like to add all the clothes i want to wear to a wishlist, when im hungry i clothes shop for skinny clothes lol


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Posted 03 January 2021 - 04:27 PM

What ever you do, try your best not to snack, if you want to eat, put it in a nice plate and eat it at the dining room table. It will make you think more about eating and not do it mindlessly.



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Posted 03 January 2021 - 04:43 PM

It's sad, but whenever I get hungry I just repeat my top reason for wanting to be skinny over and over again while envisioning my goal until I'm not hungry anymore

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Posted 28 January 2021 - 10:51 AM

my stomach is gross lol like,, i don't have rolls but it sticks out to much n the lower part is gross and fat so i think abt it and don't wanna eat


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Posted 23 February 2021 - 12:24 PM

do you know that feeling of failure when you f*cked it up again? I hate that feeling and use it as a way to motivate myself and make me aware of the fact, that food does not make you happy. Being skinny and getting compliments is. If your cravings are really bad, then get some fruits or better vegetables and eat some with a lot of water, tea or brew. You can do that!



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Posted 24 February 2021 - 05:50 AM

I think you have to figure out what triggers your desire to eat and find ways around it.

 

for me, once i start eating, all i can think of is food and what i want to eat next. that's why i try to intermittent fast as long as possible.

i also use food as a distraction to not work. i usually watch (youtube) videos or movies while i eat, so if my brain doesn't want to work, it tells me to eat, so i can can watch videos.

 

in my opinion, we (most of the western world) either over- or undereat. we can't seem to find the right balance and only eat when we are hunbgry or our body needs energy.

so one way could be to re-learn eating and start listening to your body's cues


 
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