Skip to content


    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!

    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    Staying focused
    maeberry13 posted:
    I need to lose 175lbs. I have purchased several books,programs and dietary aids to help me in my quest to lose this weight. I will get all excited and feel motivated to get started and do start different plans; normally, this will last a few weeks and then for some reason, I begin to lose my enthusiasm. Can anyone out there offer some advice to handle times I get weak. Thanks!
    jis4judy responded:
    Hi Maeberry
    welcome aboard when I feel like my journey to better health is wavering I post on this forum right here ..
    I find posting here helps me to keep my focus on my plan to improve my body and keep it as healthy as possable
    So what plan do you have that you have been useing the last few weeks? I reocmend before even starting a plan is to be come aware of your usual eating habits and change them to healthier choices gradually ... think of it as a forever thing it isn;t for just a few weeks or month you really neeed to change your view of your food habits to healthier choices
    and make it something you can live with forever it does get easier as you progress
    Hugs Judy:)
    SW 247 CW 149ish maintaining

    Remember the Gold is not in the prize it's in the Journey
    life may not be the Party we expected but while we are here we may as well dance

    totallywiggedout responded:
    Hi maeberry, welcome!
    Judy is right , when you decide do really do it, it's not going to be a diet, it's going to be a lifestyle, lifeLONG change.
    No matter how many books and aids you buy it all is going to boil down to eating less, eating right and exercising.
    There really is no magic potion, pill or diet that will work for everyone. We are all different and we all have our food likes and dislikes, allergies and/or medical complications that make "one size fits all" plans extraordinarily difficult, impractical or even impossible to succeed with.
    Start a food and fitness planner here on WebMd or on Log all of your daily foods as you eat them, make sure to add in sauces, oils that you cook with, herbs, sweeteners ..... everything.
    Do the same for whatever exercise you are doing.
    This will enable you to actually see how much you are taking in and how much energy you are expending during the day. Don't fret trying to do everything all at once. Focus on making healthier food choices and eating smaller portions. Only when you feel strong enough,motivated enough, move into some exercise. And do it SLOWLY. Walking is great because you can always do it faster and for longer periods of time.
    Blog, log your foods, and drink your water.
    Stay with it and us, we love to help out.
    Kim SW 252 CW 180.3 GW 135

    If hunger is not the problem, then eating is not the solution.---author anonymous

    If you are going through Hell,keep going.-- Winston Churchill

    jean4u responded:
    Hi Mae, I want to offer my welcome to you!

    I think when when we want to get started on losing weight we focus on the ultimate goal (175) and that is like wanting a big house that has not been cleaned for years to have cleaned in a few days. This is why we get discouraged after a few weeks.

    Like Judy and Kim say, make healthier choices. Think of this as a project, like cleaning a house. Start with the smallest room, then go on......small changes do add up!

    Let us know how you do,

    justmejust replied to jean4u's response:
    Hi Barb,

    That's good advice, clean up our health in increments, like cleaning a cluttered house one little part at a time.
    Laura 225 - 198 - 207 - 209 - 165 Baby steps, to a healthy lifestyle change. When you change your thoughts you will then change your weight. Getting healthy is about progress, not perfection.
    abnersmom responded:
    Welcome Mae! I agree with all the previous advice, of course. Just wanted to add my welcome and encourage you to not overwhelm yourself with too many changes all at once. Create and tweak as you go a plan that you can live with forever. I think all of us have the same basic plan, but we all do it a bit differently. You've got to figure out what works for you. Congrats on making a decision to be a healthier, happier you!
    Debbie SW 265 CW 150 maintaining - Don't exchange what you want MOST for what you want at the moment.
    blondie454u responded:
    You've gotten some great advice so welcome aboard!
    Amber CW 135 maintaining, SW 250. Stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of a mental illness.

    Spotlight: Member Stories

    I am 40 yrs. old 5'5 134 lbs. I HAVE A 16 YRS. OLD DAUGHTER AND A FABULOUS HUSBAND. I have had a tummy tuck, paid for a personal trainer at the gy...More

    Helpful Tips

    Eating potato salad without feeling guilty
    The other night I bought a container of potato salad for dinner and instead of having a big pile of it on my plate, I filled half of my ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    4 of 4 found this helpful

    Related Drug Reviews

    • Drug Name User Reviews

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.