Motivation near end.

How does everyone keep their motivation near the end of their weight loss goal? I've got maybe 5 pounds left to lose. Although quite a bit of fat left to lose. As I'm unfortunately skinny fat. So that means body recomp mode and everything will be painfully slow. This is where I will start to struggle. Will not see any changes for a while to keep me going. I have found the weight loss almost easy to be honest. Never had a problem with it. Just the fat in the mid section.

Any tips?
Any new goals I can set?

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  • springlering62
    springlering62 Posts: 7,250 Member
    edited December 2020
    Check out the Maintenance area of the MFP community.

    For me, personally, I wouldn’t dare risk thinking of reaching goal as “the end”. That implies mental permission to relax. I can’t ever do that. I’ll be weighing and logging til my fingers fail me.

    Best advice I ever heard on this forum was “treat maintenance like you’ve still got a few pounds to lose.” So I stay vigilant.

    I know my “sweet spot” and if I go over, I’ll cut for a few days til I drop back. If I go under, I’ll permit myself a large treat to boost my weight back up.

    Recomp isn’t the mountain you imagine it to be. I actually find it kind of fun. Starting from zero as I did, there’s lots of PRs (personal records) to be had, so it’s exciting and challenging. I know there’s an eventual max but I think it will still be satisfying.

    As for goals, well you’ve already spelled them out yourself. You’ve got to decide if the effort is worth the results.

    It doesn’t have to all be weights. I’ve found Pilates to be a real core workout and body changer, too, as well as comparatively challenging yoga.
  • springlering62
    springlering62 Posts: 7,250 Member
    And good job to you! 5 pounds from goal is a REAL accomplishment and you should be proud!
  • gdfrew
    gdfrew Posts: 45 Member
    Thank you. Can you please go into more detail of what you found fun? I'm intrigued to hopefully find it fun as well. I've enjoyed the ride so far, the compliments are always nice. I'm looking forward to maybe joining some classes next year when things hopefully settle down and are actually open and on so to speak
  • Lietchi
    Lietchi Posts: 5,949 Member
    Possible goals will depend on what types of exercise you're doing:
    - for strength training: lifting higher weights
    - for cardio exercise such as running, cycling: going further or going faster
    - yoga: being able to do more difficult poses that you weren't capable of before
    Etc.

    I'm nearly at goal as well (although I might adjust it downwards a bit) and I am motivated by increasing my running speed and distance. And also increasing my fitness level (VO2max estimated by my Garmin).
  • springlering62
    springlering62 Posts: 7,250 Member
    gdfrew wrote: »
    Thank you. Can you please go into more detail of what you found fun? I'm intrigued to hopefully find it fun as well. I've enjoyed the ride so far, the compliments are always nice. I'm looking forward to maybe joining some classes next year when things hopefully settle down and are actually open and on so to speak

    Oh wow. I am 58 and spent the 25 years after my kids were toddlers with my butt planted on a sofa, a sack of M&Ms and/or package of cookies within easy reach, and the weight piling on. So for me, being able to move my limbs, throw on a pair of shoes and just go, it’s all fun right now.

    I weight train at a competitive power gym. I don’t think of it as hard work because that’s what I see the other, heavy lifters doing. Kinda keeps it in perspective. To me, it’s like a giant playground with jungle gyms and I can’t even take it seriously because it’s just fun. My favorites are the “chest press”, the thing you wrap your feet around to do squats (sue me, I like squats), and the thing you fold over in half and then lift your chest in the air. Today I’m benching with the bamboo bars, which are a hoot. My trainer loops weights onto the ends with resistance bands and the object is to lift the bar as steadily as possible. Sounds easy, but they wobble like jello. I love it.

    I started running last year. Running was not fun for me, but after several hard falls my trainer forbade me from running and showed me the joys of power walking. Huh? This is a thing? I love to walk and power walking is a fun challenge. I was a slow runner. My goal is to PW as fast as my running speed. I’m almost there.

    I started weight training specifically to improve my yoga. As @Lietchi says, strength helps with yoga. After years of not being able to do arm balances if any kind , I can do most of them now. It’s such a rush. I am known as the “student who will try anything”, and I sincerely hope I’m also known as the one who laughs when she fails. I’m especially proud that I lost it in a headstand the other day, and fell forwards, which has been a terrible, terrible fear of mine. To my utter surprise, my body knew right where to go to land safely.

    Pilates? Fun. Took a minute to get there, though. The first couple months were grueling.

    I think, and I’m the most negative Nancy you’ll ever meet, it’s all in the mindset you take to it. It can either be a grind, work, something to force yourself through, or you find the workouts you enjoy, and you look forward to doing them, and miss them when you can’t. I find it works best for me when I challenge myself to go faster, lift more, hold a pose longer. There’s a LOT of satisfaction in being able to kick *kitten* at this age- even when it’s my own *kitten* I’m kicking.



  • springlering62
    springlering62 Posts: 7,250 Member
    I answered that in a “me me me” fashion as an example, because that’s what works for me. You truly have to go inward and find what motivates YOU.
  • elisa123gal
    elisa123gal Posts: 4,281 Member
    If losing weight has been easy for you.. I'd just lose the last five..then set new strength and toning goals to define your shape.

    You're fortunate that you don't have diet fatigue. If you did.. you could also just maintain for a while and enjoy your success; then when willpower and motivation return..get back to your fitness goals.

    also.. if you stomach still has fat on it after you reach goal.. you may have to lose more weight to get that off.. you can't strength train fat off your body.
  • MidlifeCrisisFitness
    MidlifeCrisisFitness Posts: 1,106 Member
    I changed my focus when I got within 5 lbs of goal. I flipped to strength and shaping targets. Reaching goal just happened.
  • nanastaci2020
    nanastaci2020 Posts: 1,072 Member
    Weight loss is not my primary focus. My goal is to be healthier, more fit and take better care of myself overall. Weight loss is just one small bit of that. For me at least, focus on weight loss alone: does not work because I neglect other things that NEED to be important.
  • gdfrew
    gdfrew Posts: 45 Member
    edited December 2020
    If losing weight has been easy for you.. I'd just lose the last five..then set new strength and toning goals to define your shape.

    You're fortunate that you don't have diet fatigue. If you did.. you could also just maintain for a while and enjoy your success; then when willpower and motivation return..get back to your fitness goals.

    also.. if you stomach still has fat on it after you reach goal.. you may have to lose more weight to get that off.. you can't strength train fat off your body.

    I think to lose the fat on my stomach by losing weight I fear I'd be underweight. I'm 6ft and 72.5kgs at the moment. My target was in the range of 70kg to 71kg. I'm currently skinny fat so working on building strength and muscle at the moment which I know is a little bit difficult on a calorie deficit

    Some good tips/exercises listed here I will give them a go right now