What's the key to success here?

What's the key to maintaining eating the right foods? How do you maintain consistency ?
I'm new to this have failed in the past but committed to making it work this time.


  • agzram
    agzram Posts: 199 Member
    For me I think it's finally sunk in that there will be days that don't go as planned and not to self sabotage if I have an off meal. As long as the good days are greater than the bad in the end the one F-up isn't going to cause me to gain. Plus I found my love/joy in working out everyday so that off sets those bad days and makes them less significant in the long run.

  • oolou
    oolou Posts: 765 Member
    For consistency, I'll prelog my day ahead. Then I adjust it as I go along for accuracy. Sometimes I'll plan out several days at a time. When I go shopping I take a list with me of the food I need and stick to it.
  • SteveT59
    SteveT59 Posts: 47 Member
    I can tell you from experience. So long as your mindset is geared towards the right foods and the wrong foods, you'll falter. It's about balance and moderation as well as how you feel after you eat. I'm not saying stuff yourself with donuts but rather eat a donut if you feel like it or pass it up if you don't feel like it.

    I have to agree with this, I have days when I can eat like a bird, other days I could consume the contents of a large superstore.

    The trick is not to be too regimented, but don't make excuses for treats either, this can be a slippery slope.

    Be aware of what you are eating and if you feel like a pig out day, get some exercise done first to compensate for those extra calories.

    Bottom line is that the journey you are now on you should be on for the rest of your life, it's not a sprint, more of an elongated marathon.

    My target loss if I recall is about 90lbs, I plan on doing this over 2 years, little baby steps but the benefits are huge. I've only lost about 17lbs so far but that bothers me not, as I know these are early days and if after 2 years I still haven't lost that 90, so what? I just carry on until I do; commitment and durability.
  • Machka9
    Machka9 Posts: 24,822 Member
    Basically ... stick to it. :)

    Enter your info into MFP, choose sedentary as your activity level, and MFP will give you the number of calories you should be consuming.

    Meticulously weigh and log everything for the next month.

    Exercise can be as simple as going for a 30 minute walk ... or as much as you want. Log your exercise, estimate your calories burned a little on the low side, and eat half your calories back. Do that for the next month too.

    Give it your best shot for a month.

    Reassess where you are and what you want to do next at the end of the month.

    I just kept going one month at a time. :)

  • CaliforniaAJ
    CaliforniaAJ Posts: 196 Member
    edited August 2016
    oolou wrote: »
    For consistency, I'll prelog my day ahead. Then I adjust it as I go along for accuracy. Sometimes I'll plan out several days at a time. When I go shopping I take a list with me of the food I need and stick to it.


    At the end of the day, you are the one in control and making the decisions.

    Be consistent! If your calories & activity levels jump all over the place, it's hard for your body to know when it's OK to 'give up' those energy stores (fat).

    Be aware! Pay attention to everything you do and ask yourself if you are serving your food and fitness goals by doing it. Analyze what you are eating, plan what is GOOD for you to eat and eat that. Put the work in ahead of time, rather than making poor food choices due to time constraints or circumstances.

    Don't make excuses! If you 'cheat', the only person you are cheating is yourself and you are worth more than that.

    Listen to your body! How does your food make you feel? Do you feel like you just ate good fuel for your body? Doe your tummy thank you? Is your exercise challenging you just enough to make you ache a little?

    Be thankful! Every day on your journey is one day closer to better health.

    Ask for help! Everyone on here has a goal and we are all working towards that in our own way. There isn't a 'one size fits all' answer, but you may be able to take pieces from what other people do and make it work for you.
  • snowflake930
    snowflake930 Posts: 2,188 Member
    Total commitment.
  • krokus99
    krokus99 Posts: 35 Member
    I found a quote on Instagram, something like: it became much easier, when I said I do not want to eat it, not I am not allowed to eat it.
    When I have cravings I say it to myself. It helps :)
  • mikebooker1
    mikebooker1 Posts: 148 Member
    All great answers and I would like to add determination as well. I've been on this seesaw for well over 10 years with more downs than ups. Almost a year ago I said enough and promised to myself to do better. Do I live everyday like I'm a world class bodybuilder and nutritional expert? Hell no but I don't live the way the way used to anymore either. I don't let a bad day or back week for that matter run me off track. I just suck it up and continue on.
  • HazyEyes93
    HazyEyes93 Posts: 89 Member
    For me, it's having a routine. I am definitely a creature of habit. I'm the kind of person that likes to rotate through the same cycle of four or five different meals and that's it. A routine for busy days and a routine for slow days. Once I find that routine, I am good to go. It's very likely that others would find the food and exercise too repetitive and boring, but I thrive in comfort and familiarity. Also, planning ahead is essential for me. If it's already written down in black and white, and it takes a lot more effort for me to change my mind than to just do what I had already decided. lol
  • 12Sarah2015
    12Sarah2015 Posts: 1,117 Member
    I eat similar lunches and breakfasts. Snacks and dinner is different.
  • elisa123gal
    elisa123gal Posts: 4,287 Member
    All I know is when i log in here, my weight slowly goes down. When i stop logging in for stretches .. it goes right back up and then some. So, just log in.. try… and you'll see results. How hard you try will impact how great your results will be.
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