How can I lose weight without getting obsessive about it?
August 15, 2014 12:56 PM Subscribe
I've always been a huge overplanner but rarely follow through on any of my plans. When I do try, I get so obsessive about it it inevitably falls apart. I've been "trying" to lose the 40 lbs I gained in college (I'm 24 now) for the past 3 years without success. How can I actually lose weight without being so anal about it?
posted by majesty_snowbird to Health & Fitness (36 answers total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
Whenever I've made attempts to lose weight, I set out to create the "perfect plan." But all the research I do just makes me confused and inhibits my action. Should I eat low carb or avoid sugar? Paleo? My preferred method is just to avoid processed food and eat carbs in moderation, but I am a sugar addict. And what type of exercise is the most effective? It used to be cardio, but now it seems to be strength training. And how often should I be exercising? The most effective thing I've done is used MyFitnessPal to track my food, but I find myself constantly thinking about what I'm going to eat next and how I'm going to log it into MFP, which I suppose is the point but it just occupies all my brainspace.
Some tidbits about what I've tried:
I've gotten some kettlebells which I enjoy using but don't use them as much as I should - I'm also an Irish dancer so I should be practicing that at home but I make excuses not to because the logistics trip me up (if I practice I'll have to shower, but what if we go out later? then my hair will be wet and we can't go out, etc.)
I am currently unemployed so I spend most of my day sitting at the computer. I have no money so I can't join a gym or anything. There are some physical activities I'd like to try (rock climbing, crossfit) since I feel like I do better in classes than self-directed, but I can't afford them right now. I've been trying to make healthier food at home but one of my hobbies is baking and sugary treats really trip me up; additionally, I live in a city where one of the main draws is all the cool restaurants so my boyfriend and I like to eat out a lot.
Basically this: I've made so many plans to lose weight over the past 3 years and haven't followed through with any of them. I love to plan but I'm tired of making plans because at this point I feel like they will all fail. I get overwhelmed by all the tips and tricks like visualizing and forming habits and tracking, etc. How can I get out of my head and just do it? I don't want to go through the rest of my 20s feeling shitty about myself because I'm chunky.
Wanted to add - I know there are some similar questions like this but I have a hard time relating ones who need to lose much more weight (100+ lbs) - some days I convince myself that I look fine as I am! But I know that I am actually overweight and I need to lose 20 lbs to even get back into the 'normal' bmi range.