Over the last 2 1/2 years I have lost 230 lbs. I am now at a weight I am comfortable with. My question is now that I am here, how do I maintain my current weight. I eat about 1300 calories a day and I try to exercise 3-4 times a week for at least 30 minutes each day. The exercising seems to be getting harder and harder to do. I just don't seem as motivated to do it anymore. Any suggestions? Thanks for your help! :)
Congrats on your weight loss! That is a super accomplishment. You should be very proud of yourself.
First, find a photo of you at your higher weight. Post it somewhere that you can see it every day. It will serve as a constant reminder of where you have come from and what you have done to get there. It is common for people to get "comfortable" when they lose weight. i think this is the primary reason people gain weight back. You can't afford to get comfortable, or you will end up gain some or all of the weight back. i have seen it happen many times.
Variety is the spice of life. You are not a lot smaller than before. So try some different type of exercise that you may have been to worried about doing at your higher weight. Some examples could be rollerblading, a new exercise class (yoga, Pilates, etc). Hire a personal trainer for just a session or two. Ask him or her to show you exercise that you have not done before. Take up a new sport such as soccer or basketball. Join a local gym and use weight training if you have not been doing so. Try a new piece of cardio equipment. Join a walking or running club. Drive to somewhere scenic to walk once per week. I think you get the idea.
Motivation is all in you head. So get in there and shake things up. Create pressure by setting a goal to shoot for. Maybe it is to walk a 5K - or even jog it! Goals are what keep us moving forward. I am sure you were setting them in the process of losing your weight. What are your goals now?
I hope this helps,
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