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How do I keep my motivation to lose weight up?

For the past few months I’ve been working out, then I’d stop and put some weight back on, then it’s happen again. It’s like a cycle, and I don’t know what to do in order to keep myself motivated to lose the 20 pounds I want to. I mean I’m only a teenager, but I’m overweight by 20 pounds, so I’d like to lose them before the summer ends for my senior year of highschool.

Any suggestions as to what can keep me motivated, or suggestions about food/routines? Thank you!

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11 Responses to “How do I keep my motivation to lose weight up?”

  1. Ambitious27 said :

    You have to be self-driven….how bad do you REALLY want to lose the weight? It must not be bad enough if you keep stopping…I just recently lost 20 pounds because I felt it deep in my heart that i wanted to change for the better and once my mind was made up there was not stopping me…………

  2. kinoko-pie said :

    ENJOY DIET! ( *v* )
    Are you enjoying your diet?

  3. hapigrl85 said :

    You need a support group. Try out friends or family. Tell them your struggles with your weight and ask them to help in the motivation. People who love you have no problem in doing that! Finding exericise buddies is scientifically proven to help exercises go by quicker and puts the person in a better mood. And don’t beat yourself up when you fall off the wagon on your diet, for example eating that extra piece of cake or that snicker’s bar. No one is perfect, even if they say they are. I hope this helps and go for your goal, I know you can do it!! Good luck!

  4. Manda said :

    try out for some sports in your school. or have your parents sign you up for kick boxing classes or something. that way since they’re paying for it they’ll make you go. i’ve always hated exercising, but i love my kick boxing classes i want to go every day! unfortunately i cant go every day. but its really fun and super hard work! do something where you have a schedule so you feel more obligated to go. also, try to find a friend who can take the class with you! your trainers can answer any questions you have.

  5. Answer Lady said :

    Why did you want to lose the weight in the first place? Find pictures that remind you of that and put them where you will see them often.

  6. YSIC said :

    Don’t feel like the Lone Ranger. I think eveyone has troubles staying motivated at times.
    I reward myself in order help me keep going. My diet basically doesn’t have a lot of processed foods in it, but every now and again I crave cookies or a candy bar or some sorbet. If I feel that way, I make a deal with myself. I have to do X amount of situps during the week…or work out for a full hour 4 times during the week. I write down my progress and if I’ve reached that goal by the weekend, I reat myself. If I don’t accomplish what I set out to do, no sweets for me! It really works. Many times, I forget all about my craving by the end of the week, but I still met my goal.
    Good luck! 🙂

    BTW- you have the rest of your life to worry about this kind of stuff. PLEASE don’t be too hard on yourself! Live life and have fun w/ your friends. Be a teenager. 🙂

  7. TwistedLogic said :

    Well, I really don’t know if this will help but…

    Whenever I feel like giving up or stuffing that piece of chocolate in my mouth cause i think to myself’ whats the difference if i have one piece or two??’
    right? thats what everyone thinks..
    ‘ whats the difference? let me just.. give up’

    I always tell myself..’if YOU stick on this diet.. YOU can ONLY go one way’

    And its true,
    if u really stick to it.. even if u id maybe cheat a few times..
    its ok! ..dont think u lost the game..
    just keep going
    dont give up
    its a battle i know
    but u can ONLY go one way if u stick to it

  8. brasilera67 said :

    my motivation is that I want to neatly fit into the tons of fabulous clothing I have and refuse to buy a bigger size.

    It would also help if you have access to a scale at home. I get on everyday and it is great to see myself losing the weight at the days move on.

    i know its hard but its harder to lose it and easier to gain.

    Good luck and keep your chin up.

    And yes, I agree, find someone who will encourage you to press on!

  9. Tiffanyy said :

    Eat 5-6 portioned meals. This will help you stay satisfied throughout the day and without plurging at the end of the day. Drink lots of water, cut back on soda and sugary foods, but you don’t have to necessarily quit eating them all together. Just don’t eat as much. Also, don’t skip breakfast. Eating in the morning jumpstarts your metabolism, and thats a good thing when it comes to burning off calories.

    As for the exercising, try to include at least 20-30 minutes of cardio a day, 5 times a week. If running/jogging/walking doesn’t work for you, try a freestyle dancing at home, or jump roping (both very helpful). Biking is also a form of cardio, as well as swimming. Instead of focusing on losing weight, try and focus on getting better at whatever workout you’re working on. For instance, if you’re running, focus on improving your mile time, or if you’re dancing, focus and dancing longer without getting out of breath.

  10. lv_consultant said :

    why do you stop working out? being a teen you know the importance of physical fitness in the short and long term. exercise also has an additive effect. so those who exercise regularly the entire lifetime are better off then those who try to cram it all in during the later years in life by exercising 7 days a week. maintaining a healthy lifestyle takes effort but you can surely fit it into your schedule. isn’t 5-6 hours a week worth the long term investment in your health?

  11. AbsoluteZero said :

    it is in your heart…no 1,you have to set your mind. Then, you have to have the right method like eating fibre,sleep enough 8 hrs per day, excercise.


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