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908622 tn?1243371353

I need support and or motivation...

I would really like to develop a circle of people who i can talk to about my dieting and excersize... I have machines (tredmill, Wii fit...etc) at my disposal... I generally eat somewhat healthy... but my main motivation is... well... myself... That is and should always be your motivation... becasue your doing it for you. But no one in my life thinks i need to lose weight, not my mother, father, boyfriend, siblings or friends....(I am 5ft 2, 140lbs, i used to weight 165 when I was 18. Now 22 I want to be a size 2... i am currently a size 6 and I am proud of myself for getting there, but I am discuraged and unmotivated. I have a "budda" belly as I call it... and really want to get rid of that and just tone my legs and arms...) If anyone can honestly help me by regularly checking in to this site or txt message or AIM, or windows live, blackberry messanger...etc, back and forth to keep eachother motivated I would be eternally greatful! Hope to hear from some caring people soon. :)
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649848 tn?1534637300
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Welcome.  I'm sorry no one has responded to your post yet.  

We are all caring people on this site and we have a lot of support and motivation to share.  I just took a quick look at a height/weight chart and you are not overweight.  Recommended weight for someone 5'2" is 108-145.  If you get a variety of exercise to tone your muscles, I'm sure you would feel better about yourself.  

You are welcome to post here any time you want and we will try to answer you as soon as we can.  In addition, please feel free to read any and all the posts and respond to which ever ones you care to.  

P.S. I was size 6 before my thyroid wigged out on me - I'd give my eye teeth to get back to that (I'm 5').  
784382 tn?1376934640
im so here for you gurl..... i got the same thing going on ...well a lil different im 5'8 and 166lbs i want to be like 150-155lbs, but nobody says i need to lose weight.... i just started going to the gym about a month ago but havent been in 2 weeks cause i was getting my teeth removed and they told me not to work out cause would cause the clot to come out ..... but yes i need some motivation as well.... i was going and i did get a few results, but not much ...... im here for you .... you can IM me on AOL  if you have .... send me a message back and we will get motivated!!!!..... your sexy !!!.... we gunna get to our goals ..SOON!!!!!!....Krys
649848 tn?1534637300
COMMUNITY LEADER
I might suggest to you both that eating several smaller meals throughout the day (or 3 small meals and 3 snacks) might help to keep your hunger at bay.  In addition, try keeping a food journal that lists everything you eat during the day.  You might discover an eating pattern that is not quite the best for you.  

Additionally, going to the gym or exercising regularly, should help tone you body AND give you more energy.  

turkee23 - I'm sorry to hear about your teeth; I hope it all turned out well.  

I hope you both will continue posting here, so we can help come up with ways to get you motivated and help you reach your goals.  
908622 tn?1243371353
Thank you... :) You both are great... I always thought my hieght weight chart said at 5ft2 you should be under 135.... my mistake... but I still want to be at 120... I am joining a gym tonight with my boyfriend...  ( he has a small belly he wants to los considering when I met him he had washboard abs...) its Planet fitness.. only $10 bucks a month... it sounds sweet and mon-fri its open 24hours which is exactly what i need for my heck-tick schedual. so im thinking Mon-thurs i will go for an hour and then let my body rest fri-sunday... what do you think? think it'll work lol
649848 tn?1534637300
COMMUNITY LEADER
Exercise and toning your body is always good as it keeps muscles built up and works the heart, etc - just make sure that you eat healthy along with it and do things that you can maintain over your life time.  

Losing a lot of weight over a short period "sounds" cool - but isn't good for you , especially if you aren't overweight to begin with.

Hope all goes well for you.........
579258 tn?1250652943
Welcome to WenDDarling and turkee 23 .. and a huge THANKS to Barb for answering your posts and sharing such great information.

There is a food journal coming to MedHelp in the next 3-4 weeks that I hope you'll consider using.  It would provide you with some excellent feedback.  Additionally, the trackers (weight, exercise, mood, water consumption) are all helpful tools.

May I suggest you target a few pounds at a time and I definitely agree with the 3 small meals and 3 snacks a day ... keeps your metabolism going and keeps your energy levels up.  You may want to consider eating an apple or carb that will metabolize quickly and give you instant energy before your workouts and follow-up with some protein after.  Staying hydrated is key as well.

As for motivation, we will be providing some motivational posts here in the community and truly hope you will be regular visitors/participants.  Have one I'll be posting in the morning .. one that just got me back on track.

I am sorry I wasn't able to greet you earlier; I've been ill but am finally on the mend.  

Very best wishes .. and we'd be honored to have you keep in touch.
912879 tn?1247529359
Hi there :)

I am a certified personal trainer at a well known gym and have a B.S. in Wellness, Health Promotion, and Injury Prevention as well as a minor in Exercise Science.

I actually just responded to a similar question on another thread.  I will copy and paste my advice to you and delete the parts that don't pertain to your situation.  The post is a little long, but stick with me, there's a lot of good stuff in there!  

I also have a few other ideas for you specifically (some helpful hints about sugar, water, weighing yourself, increasing your metabolism, as well as helpful weight loss tips that people often miss), but I have an appointment to get to shortly, so I will write more later!  For now, here's the advice that I gave the other girl with a similar question, hope it helps!


"You have a LOT of options as far as diet goes, here are a few that will definitely help...

1.  I have all my clients buy this book: "The eat-clean diet" by Tosca Reno.  I also have them buy the companion "Eat clean diet cookbook".  These books are very easy to read, very informational, inspiring, and last but not least, they are NOT A DIET, they are more like a lifestyle, which is important, because diets don't work.  

2. Find out how many calories your body (as opposed to someone of the same gender/age/weight/height) needs.  Your metabolism is as individual as your finger print, so I would advise you to get it tested!  

There are many places that offer metabolic testing, I know for a fact lifetime fitness offers it to member as well as non-members; but there are definitely other places that do testing as well (just google metabolic testing to find someone in your area).  Metabolic testing tells you EXACTLY how many calories your body needs per day.  It's really nice because there is no guess work involved.  

There are matematical formulas you can use to determine this number, but keep in mind that even the best formula for estimating metabolism is off by 15--20%, 80% of the time.

3. See a Registered Dietician.  Again, I know that lifetime fitness has them on staff, but there are a ton of other places you can go.  I had eating disorders when I was younger, and saw a dietician who had her own private practice--I cannot tell you how much she helped me.  To this day, 20-some years later, I am still grateful for her help.  

4. Food journal.  Not sure if you're doing this already, but if you aren't here's the best way to get started.  Get a little daily calendar (a notebook works too as long as you write down the date) and write down everything you eat and at what time you eat.  

In the beginning, there's no need to count calories, we will get into that later, as long as you're keeping a visual reminder of what you've consumed.  Numerous studies have shown that the average person underestimates their daily calorie consumption by about 50% when they don't food journal.  

(Personally, I keep an exercise journal as well, when I exercise, I write down what I did, and for how long I did it.  On days that I exercise I get a sticker.  On days that I exercise AND eat well I get 2 stickers)!  I know, I am a dork, but it works for me...plus I was watching Entertainment Tonight the other day, and guess who does the same exact thing?  Carrie Underwood!"

Hope this helped at least a little bit.  Keep me posted on everthing, I would love to help!  Never hesitate to message me!  

Christina

P.S. I agree you don't need to loose weight, but there's nothing wrong with "toning up".  In fact, many of my clients find that when they just keep their focus on being healthy, that weight loss naturally follows.
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