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Finding motivation

Starting Monday I begin a dietbet challenge. I just recently heard about this site and quite honestly I need something to give me motivation. Every dietbet has a certain amount that you have to put in to join, the one I joined apparently is one of the “cheaper” ones, but is still $30. At the end of the challenge, every one who achieves the set goal (in this particular bet it’s 4% of your body weight) receives money! Currently there’s almost $6000 in the pot so it could be a good payout if you reach your goal. If you want to join the challenge I’m apart of there’s still some time and it’s only 28 days of your time. Here’s the link: Anti-Jared’s Summer Blast.

I’ve been struggling a lot lately trying to eat better and lose weight. It’s not for lack of trying. I can’t remember if I mentioned this in a recent post or not but I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism about six months ago. They’re still working on getting my thyroid level down to where it needs to be. It was around 9.8 when I first began and was down to 5.6 during my last check up. It’s been incredibly hard to lose weight despite the fact that my doctor said I might lose weight easier. I spent well over a month counting every little thing I put into my body and exercising, and I was lucky if I saw a single pound loss some weeks. It’s frustrating to say the least.

Due to my underactive thyroid, I go through spells of low energy a lot, and most recently I’ve been feeling more anxiety and depression. None of these things help weight loss. I try hard to remain positive but this week was a rough one. I’ve done things that I’ve had to do, like go to work, but other than that I just want to stay in bed and sleep. The weather has been beautiful lately, so it makes me sad not to have the energy to get out and enjoy it.

Something else that has been bringing me down is watching friends constantly write about everything they’re doing in terms of getting healthy and how much success they’re seeing with their bodies and on the scale. Yes, I want to see friends successful, but there’s a fine line between being motivating and making others feel bad about their choices and that they aren’t doing enough. Please think of that because you don’t know who you’re making feel bad and discouraging.

I had my lovely boyfriend take full body shots of me this week so I can compare before and after the dietbet. Looking at these photos made me cringe a bit. I’m not sure if I’m alone in this or not, but I have this idea of how I look based on how I feel, and in my head (most of the time), I feel much thinner. Seeing these photos makes me think about areas I need to focus on which I guess is a good thing.

Getting back to the dietbet, I’ve accepted I might not see big numbers each week given past experience, but I need something to keep me moving. I’ve spent $30 on worse things. I’m going to try my hardest and do everything within my power to make positive changes in my life and my mind. Yes, I want to win some extra money but I’m using this dietbet as motivation to keep going. Getting my energy level back to where it used to be is too important to me right now.

I hope things are well in your world!

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5 Comments

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    Jordan
    May 13, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    It really makes me wish we lived a lot closer so we could motivate each other and do something like this together! I’m really proud of how you’re so confident with being able to share your life and your ups/downs with everyone. I have no doubt in my mind that you can stick with this and come out an even more confident and gorgeous woman. ♥

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      Pam
      May 14, 2013 at 8:53 pm

      Jordan, that’s an incredibly sweet thing to say! I do wish we lived closer, it would be nice to have someone to walk with or talk with that understands. I hope to be in Chicago sometime this summer, maybe we can meetup for coffee or something? :)

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    Amy
    May 13, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    I understand how you feel so much. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism when I was 15 (I’m 30 now) and PCOS at 19, two things that make weight loss next to impossible.

    I was able to lose nearly 50 lbs. over a 6-year period but have been stuck at the same weight range (225-235) for two years now. At the same time, my thyroid levels have changed. I have bouts of fatigue, depression, and anxiety and no matter how much I work out or how much processed food I cut out, I can’t lose any more weight. I even tried Phentermine for 3 months and nothing.

    It’s hard for me to read about others’ success too when they’re doing what I’m doing but getting entirely different results. I just have to find other things to focus on, like being able to run farther and lift more. No matter what the scale says, the efforts to be healthier count. They still matter. There’s still constant improvement occurring. Don’t forget that.

    Best of luck with diet bet!

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      Pam
      May 14, 2013 at 8:58 pm

      Thanks for sharing, Amy! I hate to say that I’m glad I’m not alone, but I am glad it’s not just all in my head or I’m just being lazy, someone else understands the challenges. And that’s very true that even if the scale doesn’t reflect the changes at least your lifestyle reflects it. Has your doctor offered any tips for weight loss?

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        Amy
        May 15, 2013 at 12:11 am

        He has but nothing I don’t already know or that is very helpful. Just tells me to cut out carbs, eat 1200 calories a day, and exercise. Not helpful for me.

        And you’re definitely not alone or being lazy. :)

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