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  • How do you keep yourself motivated?

    When I eat primal I do ok, but then some SAD stuff creeps in and my weight increases again. Then it's a vicious cycle of gaining weight, feeling bad or guilty, not eating properly and more weight gain.
    The past two weeks I've been camping and on holidays and I've eaten plenty of marshmallows and hot dogs.
    Just weighed myself and I've gained 5lbs, and I can feel it with the love handles.
    I'm at the beginning of my primal journey and originally lost 5lbs when I completely cut out sugar and fruit.
    I don't feel motivated anymore and those negative voices are telling me that I'm doomed to be fat and unhealthy. (
    I've never been able to stick to anything, whether it's diet, exercise, school, etc. I have no discipline.

    So, how do YOU stay motivated?
    Needing some accountability, so here's my stats:
    34yrs old, 5'5"
    CW: 163lbs (07/2014)
    GW: 135lbs or less
    Eating mainly paleo, but including a bit of white rice (don't call the Paleo Police!)

  • #2
    it isnt about motivation for me. it is about options.

    What do you want? that is the simple thing to ask

    I want my health over all other options

    therefore you never see me make a choice that would compromise or override that.


    motivation indicates a need to entice you to an action you would otherwise not choose...

    what motivates you currently to be less than primal/paleo how can you get to wanting to choose it...

    as for me it is purely about health, i cant speak for anyone else...

    when you have the why to the how to comes of itself.
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    • #3
      What you include is as important as what you exclude. Marshmallows and white bread shouldn't register as food to a fully nourished person so maybe take a second look at your menu and make sure it's nutrient-dense and not just "legal". e.g. I see a few low-carb folks try to survive on generic pepperoni and cream cheese and wonder why they still have cravings. Continue adding good stuff until there's no storage/budget/mental space left for bad stuff.
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      • #4
        I am prone to depression, and I used to be on medication. When I eat a SAD, my mood swings are terrible, and my depression can be extremely bleak. When I eat primally -- especially when I avoid wheat and other items that promote inflammation -- that levels out my mood and helps me not only stave off depression but also have a more positive outlook overall. Staying off of medication is extremely motivating!
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        • #5
          today I am really struggling myself. I'm trying to remind myself I've chosen this and the reasons why. It usually works
          When I'd had enough of the grain and starched based 'diabetic eating for health' diet (eating for health, my ass!) my weight was 242.5 lbs. On starting primal- 18th April 2013 weight : 238.1.
          27th July 2013. weight after 100 days 136.9 weight lost 101.2lb ; that's 105.6lbs since I stopped the 'diabetic eating for health'
          new journal http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...ml#post1264082

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          • #6
            Hmm, I'm prone to depression too and I think traditional SAD food makes depression symptoms worse.
            Today I am weepy, want to crawl in bed with the covers over my head and eat gallons of ice cream. I don't know f I'm sad bc my DH is back to work after 8 months off or if its bc of all the SAD food from the last two weeks.
            I hate days like these but I've never made the connection between food and depression/emotions before.

            I'll cheer you on CarbDodger!
            Needing some accountability, so here's my stats:
            34yrs old, 5'5"
            CW: 163lbs (07/2014)
            GW: 135lbs or less
            Eating mainly paleo, but including a bit of white rice (don't call the Paleo Police!)

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            • #7
              I know just how you feel tonight. I could sob my soul out. I'm currently debating whether to take a selection of opiates and just going to bed and sleep it off; which actually isn't a much better choice but at least I wont be this miserable
              When I'd had enough of the grain and starched based 'diabetic eating for health' diet (eating for health, my ass!) my weight was 242.5 lbs. On starting primal- 18th April 2013 weight : 238.1.
              27th July 2013. weight after 100 days 136.9 weight lost 101.2lb ; that's 105.6lbs since I stopped the 'diabetic eating for health'
              new journal http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...ml#post1264082

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              • #8
                I don't need to motivate myself because I don't give myself any other option, to be honest. I absolutely refuse to eat proxessed foods so this is the only way I can eat. I work out because it is a part of my routine. Even if it's a little workout, it's been a roitiñe for so long that it is unspeakable to break habit.

                I'm more than a little OCD...
                F 28/5'4/100 lbs

                "I'm not a psychopath, I'm a high-functioning sociopath; do your research."

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                • #9
                  I dunno, the food part is easy for me. I eat tons of awesome stuff all the time, so marshmallows and other crap don't really have any appeal.

                  I don't have any real difficulty working out, either, since I'm driven to be awesome and working out makes you awesome.

                  Maybe try looking at the alternative. Get a little scared of going through life being average. Or below average. Believe you deserve more.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Damiana View Post
                    I don't need to motivate myself because I don't give myself any other option, to be honest. I absolutely refuse to eat processed foods so this is the only way I can eat. I work out because it is a part of my routine. Even if it's a little workout, it's been a routine for so long that it is unspeakable to break habit.

                    I'm more than a little OCD...
                    You are NOT alone!

                    The thing that keeps me in line is thinking of all the terrible things that seem to run in my family like cancer, heart disease, etc. I think living the way I do will allow me to stay healthier longer and possibly avoid the things that run in my family altogether.
                    Last edited by Huarache Gal; 07-16-2013, 01:47 PM.
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                    • #11
                      Watching my kids run around and the desire to be there for them when they need me is a great motivating factor. I don't want to be confined to a Jazzy Scooter when my son needs help building a shed in his backyard someday. I also, want to go on a backpacking trip with my son when he's old enough to join the boy scouts. I can't do any of that if I follow my old way of living.
                      Primal Since September 2010
                      Beginning Weight = 250lb
                      Current Weight = 197lb
                      Goal Weight = Whatever weight I am when I can do 30 pull ups without taking a break...

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                      • #12
                        Motivation ain't worth squat and frankly neither is discipline (what does that even mean? Are you going to put yourself in time out?). You make a decision and then you use your great big brain for decision support.

                        Why did you eat the SAD stuff? There was a specific pattern of behavior that led to that thing going in your mouth. What can you do to disrupt that pattern in the future? What plan can you make NOW about how you will recover if you do eat SAD stuff. None of this "just happened." It followed a predictable pattern which you can screw with.

                        So you are in the "off the wagon" place now. What are your steps to being on the wagon? You have to know what they are for you. It won't "just happen", it takes specific steps that you perfect through trial and ERROR (without the error, how will you perfect it?) Here is what they are for me: 1) Get the off the wagon thing I have been wanting the MOST before the end of the day because damn it I'm off the wagon and I deserve it. 2) Pick the next time I am going to be off the wagon. (It is 16 August by the way, get between me n my pasta and rum that day and you will die) 3) Know exactly what I am going to eat tomorrow and because the first few days are the hardest for me I won't be going anywhere where decisions are hard to make.

                        I probably won't even eat pasta on 16 August. But knowing I have decided to makes it easy not to eat it today. I actually picked that day because I had a high carb week July 4th and clawing back from that was going to be hard, so I needed to have a plan BEFORE the week about what I would do AFTER the week. Find what works for you. Write it down so you have something concrete to help you.
                        “In God we trust; all others must bring data.” W. Edwards Deming
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                        • #13
                          Adding: I don't know of any studies of the learning curve in managing eating. But there are studies in smoking, and in smoking it is very clear: the more times a person tries to quit smoking, the more likely they are to succeed.

                          When there is a mistake, it really is an opportunity to learn and grow and strengthen the plan. The only thing that makes it a waste is if the person refuses to inspect what happened (which I think happens with eating because there is so much shame put on it that people just go for "I'm weak" or whatever and cut off the thinking) and rejects the opportunity to learn.
                          “In God we trust; all others must bring data.” W. Edwards Deming
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                          • #14
                            Right now I'm feeling exactly like CarbDodger.
                            Just trying to stay out of the pantry, and away from mirrors.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by loafingcactus View Post
                              Motivation ain't worth squat and frankly neither is discipline (what does that even mean? Are you going to put yourself in time out?).
                              Clearly you've never felt the mental flogging of the breaking of a routine from the OCD-like discipline. Trust me, it's like self-flagelłation to break a healthy habit if that's what you're used to. It's like orthorexia. Not fun, trust me. Discipline works.
                              F 28/5'4/100 lbs

                              "I'm not a psychopath, I'm a high-functioning sociopath; do your research."

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