Keeping Motivated!

Keeping Motivated!

I 5"1 and 18 months ago weighed 12.7 stone. I lost 3 stone by going to gym, smaller portions and eating more fish and veg. Lots of polite comments how I looked etc but Iam now finding I want the odd biscuit if I feel tired etc. I am 52 and may be able to be a live donar for my daughter who need liver transplant so I am not drinking wine etc but need to stay healthy and exercise but just feel very tired and finding it quite difficult at times to keep the same motivation!!


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  • Maybe find a challenge of some kind - something you've always wanted to do, and make it your next fitness goal? Get someone to do it with you? (You look great, by the way) :)

  • Thank you! Yes I will look for another challenge to set!

  • Hi suemcnair

    Welcome to the weight loss forum.

    Take a look at the Welcome Newbies post in the Pinned post section on the right hand side or at the bottom if your on a mobile. Have a look at the nhs 12 week plan, many members have had success following this plan. Use the BMI checker to work out your daily calorie allowance.

    Below the Pinned posts are the Topics where members share a range of weight related subjects.

    Take your measurements at the start along with a photo so you can see the changes and it can be very motivating on the days when the scale don't move.

    We have daily weigh-ins so why not come and join us. You can find the weigh-in on the Home page in the Events on the right hand side. Just click on the post and state your starting weight and any loss/gain or maintain over the week.

    To get the best out of the forum be active, share recipes, tips and experiences. Read through some of the posts they are very inspiring and motivating.

    Have a good first week.


  • Nice pic suemcnair. Huge congratulations on how you changed your life and sensibly done.

    As rose mentioned, one of the things to do is use the NHS BMI online calculator. It will give you a range of calorie intake that is specific for you to lose weight. The main reason I mention all this is because you may want to check that you're getting enough calories at the moment. If you're not then that could be a reason for the tiredness and subsequent biccy urges. I may well be barking up the wrong tree but thought I'd mention it, just in case.

    Good luck with this and with a being a donor. I hope it all works out for you and your daughter.

  • I agree , I am a successful longterm maintainer ( two years) but I still find it hard some days to eat enough, especially good stuff that satisfies , and that is when the biscuit urge hits me. Not a problem if you can stop at one , but not a packet!

    One tip is to keep a couple of hard boiled eggs in the fridge , or have an oatcake with peanut butter. High protein is the best snack, I find it stops the sugar urge .

  • Just finished the gym and reading this!! Yes I can stop at one and it was a cereal oat bar I had but felt quilts as it was after a whomeal falafel and salad wrap!!๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ I just felt I needed it with a cup of tea as feeling very exhausted at moment!! I know i going through menopause and with my daughter awaiting transplant I think that's why the energy levels sinking!! But I can bounce up again quick!!๐Ÿ˜€

  • Yes menopause doesn't help, I ate and drank my way through mine but that was before I'd learned any healthy eating habits. You're in a much different place having successfully lost weight you know how to do it.

    Maybe in your shoes I'd go back to basics, plan my day to include a small sugar snack if you want one, but count it into your maintenance calories (whatever that is). I'm 64, 9st 7, and 5ft 5 and my safe maintenance quota is only 1500 cals .... ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ sounds very dreary to many, I know!

  • Thank you! Yes back to basics us what I am doing and getting back to the gym more! I do prefer healthy eating so should be ok just getting to grips with the menopause!

  • Yes I will check the BMI calculator. Wish I had found this site at the beginning of weight loss ! Very good! Although strangely enough it's now I feel I need the motivation!

  • Fabulous photo ๐Ÿ˜Š

    Maintaining is the biggest battle suemcnair ๐Ÿ˜• And eating enough and the right kinds of food will be a massive help ๐Ÿ˜Š. You are doing all the right things, you can do this ๐Ÿ˜Š

    Perhaps pop along and say hello at the Maintainers Club? It's a 'pinned post' on the Home screen. ๐Ÿ˜Š

    Best wishes


  • Stick around and you'll find that there are people here who have 'plateaued' somewhere during their weight loss. I'm sure some of them will respond with some good ideas on how to get going again. (Nb. There is always someone here who has experienced pretty much everything. That's part of the beauty of being here.)

    After over 10 weeks of me being here and feeling really positive and doing well right the way through, it was yesterday that I ended up posting my woes because of my previous day's problems. The support I received was phenomenal.

    Like many others here I'm following the NHS 12 week plan. It suits me though not everyone but you may find it a good starting point.

    Be happy!

  • Yes, great support!! I feel fine this morning not tired!! It's my day off so going to gym and swimming soon then a day of housework after so should shed the few pounds gained this week!! I find the gym keeps me motivated!!

  • You're not alone , successful losers often lose motivation after the initial joy of losing wears off. We get used to our new slim self , and the compliments dry up cuz other people get used to us too. There are quite a few Maintainers on this site, all trying to stay slim forever. ....its not easy but we're all determined .

    Look out for the Maintainers Club posts on the first Sunday per month, aimed at fellow maintainers to keep each other on track.

  • Btw Sue , you have a doppelganger , you look strikingly similar to a lady I know in Wales , similar height, size, hairdo, tan, all of it .... just a bit older now.

  • No that's not me!! No family or any relation in Wales!

  • Hi you look great well done. I am 4" 11 and could do with some advise on how you did it. Portion size for petite women. I weight 79 kg and am desparate to loose the weight but it's not coming off even though I eat very healthily and exercise every day please help !!!!!

  • Hello and welcome to the weight loss forum Vallen200 โ˜บ Have a good look around the site, especially the Newbies post where you will find links to nhs12 week plan and nhs bmi calculator which will suggest a target calorie range for your age height etc โ˜บI am only 5'1" and have to keep a careful check on my calories so can sympathise. Please ask if you have any questions โ˜บ

    Best wishes


  • Hi Anna61. The 12 week plan is a good plan and lots of ideas and advise but for me it's not working If i eat 1400 cals- 1900 i would be more than when I started. Maybe I need a diet sheet just for me. Being 4ft 11" is really petite. Maybe teens diet sheet would suit me better.

  • Hi I managed to loose 3 stone by very small portion size i.e.: 2 very small new potatoes then found after a few weeks one was enough! Just one slice soya and linseed bread in the morning for toast and a poached egg etc O eat more fish as opposed to meat. Wholemeal pasta and noodles but very small quantity! I snack on almonds and walnuts and fruit. I have this motto only eat it if it is doing your body good nutrition wise!!

  • Thank you for the advise about carbs. I have now cut my portion sizes and weighted everything yesterday. Stayed the same weight this week 79.5 but lost 1" from hips thats two in all since I started with yoga and I am now doing pilates. Must watch those carbs!!!!!

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