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Re: Motivation?
Apr 4, 2005
[QUOTE=EoR]That's really awesome, MobileSprout. I am so happy you were able to find the motivation and will to lose so much weight. That IS very inspiring. How hard was it the first few weeks? Did you feel hungry all the time? I saw in another thread that you have yogurt and a hard boiled egg for dinner every night. Doesn't that leave you starving at bed time? Do you take any supplements? How tall are you? See, my current weight lies about where your goal weight is, but I'm female and just barely over 5ft. :) [/QUOTE]

The first few weeks were actually the easiest, in a weird way. The cold/flu I had took away my appetite almost entirely, so my stomach shrank considerably. I didn't quite drinking pop cold-turkey, I put myself down to one can a day at first, and then quit after that. However, it was a bit tough weaning myself from some of the things I loved. The exercise was hard to get into, only because I was so out of shape I didn't believe I could get INTO shape at times. But now, my rib cage sticks out past my stomach, and I can do 150 stomach crunches a day. You never see the progress as it's happening.

I actually had no appetite at all, and that sort of worried me for a bit. I couldn't eat. Whenever I sat down to eat, I ate a bite or two, and I couldn't go from there. I was sort of worried about the cold I had, and such, so I didn't feel like eating. But, when my appetite came back, it was much smaller.

About the yogurt and egg; I only have the egg if I've been weight lifting.

Yes, actually, I do get hungry before I go to bed. Very, very hungry. But, two things:

1: I like the feeling, strangely. I guess I'm a bit of a masochist with that. When you aren't starving yourself, when you're hungry, if your body doesn't get food, it strips a bit of fat off of your reserves. Or, so I read. So, in my mind, it helps me. It's helping me get rid of a little extra fat in exchange for a little discomfort.

2: I'm an insomniac. I need a lot of sleep, but I can't get myself to go to sleep. So, being hungry helps me, because it makes me think "If I go to sleep, I'll be able to wake up and eat breakfast!" So, it helps me in that way.

It's not an easy diet, for sure. But, it works. For me. Really, really well. Alongside "sticking with it", "realizing you have a problem", and "eating breakfast", the next biggest factor in losing weight is hitting your personal stride. This year, I found it (in January). And it works wonders for me. I don't know how it'd work for everyone else, but for me, it's a dream. I'm so happy with it, and I'm so happy with the way things are going for me.

The only "supplement" I take is a daily multi-vitamin. A simple One-A-Day for men. I swear by them, actually. Considering I'm giving up a lot of food and restricting my caloric intake, I need to make sure I get a healthy amount of vitamins and minerals so that I can function efficiantly.

Height, I'm 6'1". So, I'm bound to be on the higher side of male weight anyway. My parents are shocked, especially my dad, that I want to be around 180. But, that's my goal. I don't want to be skinny, I just want to look healthy.

And thanks for the well wishes. As of today, it's only 40 to go until my goal. I'm floored!

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