Healthy Eating
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Hi i am 54 years female and i admit i am about a stone and a half overweight,the weight has piled on in the last year,i feel fat,it does not help im only 5 feet tall,and i weigh 10 stone 4 pounds,but i want to ask where do you get your motivation from,i feel motivated for a day then next day im saying to myself what is the point,im up and down,i must add i do have anxiety disorder and osteoarthritis,though im not saying thats any excuse to eat too much,i love chocolate and i am a coeliac so have to eat gluten free,my meals usually i think are a good balance of fish/veg/fruit/i never fry anything,but i also never seem to lose any weight,so i suppose i just want to know what you say to yourself to keep you going on the right path to feel better.

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i get my motivation from people on this forum. its a good idea to check in daily and talk to people and get to know them and get encouragement from them. I am doing areobics, something i was telling myself i was going to do for far to long but never got round to it. now i have a friend who i can talk to and tell her what im doing. we tell each other about good utube videos for exercise. im quite strong and flexible but had no stamina. im feeling so much better now that im doing my dialy workouts. im also starting to talk to people about cooking as im not a great cook. this is where i get lots of information about whats healthy, its all good. I hope that you can get involved and find people who like you want to improve their health. There are lots of different parts on the site where you can get lots of good information and great support from others. love grace xoxoxo

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Hi Worried111,

Welcome to the Healthy Eating forum. I think people get motivation from different sources, and for me personally, it's knowing how much fitter and healthier I feel at a healthy BMI that has helped me to work at maintaining that.

I'd like to give you a couple of links that you might find helpful. The first is the NHS Choices 'Healthy Eating' pages, and in particular I would suggest having a look at the NHS 12 week plan. Also, the NHS weight loss forum is very supportive as well, so worth a look. They have regular weigh-ins - which are free and extremely supportive.

NHS Choices ‘Healthy Eating’ pages:

nhs.uk/livewell/healthy-eat...

On the motivational side of things, here is a link to an article which lists some things that have been motivational for people, and I think it's quite well presented, and easy to read:

Motivational:

howyougetfit.com/Stay-Motiv...

Hope you have a great week, and good luck with your goals.

Zest :-)

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Do you have a local parkrun? parkrun.org.uk/ Go to your local parkrun (happens every Saturday morning) - and you will see what motivates thousands of people just like you.

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It sounds silly but I do a mini victory dance in my head every time I make a healthy choice of food. I give myself an internal high five every time I exercise. It comes from within. I give myself a break and don't beat myself up if it goes wrong. That way I focus on the positive. It's worked for me. I've lost four stone five pounds, dropped from a size 18 to a ten and feel great. Be kind to yourself and say you deserve to be happy. Good luck x

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