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Psychology of Weight Loss

Psychology of Weight Loss

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and Glamour.com.

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  1. Marie

    I can definetly relate to this! I started trying to lose weight about 6 months before I actually started losing. I would do well for a few days, and then cheat a little but tell myself it was ok. And then get mad when I wouldn’t lose anything that week!

    It was after I saw pictures of myself on vacation with some friends that I realized I was a lot bigger than I was giving myself credit for, and I needed to get serious about this. Once I became honest with myself, and started to slowly make changes instead of depriving myself and then caving 2 days later, I started to see results.

    It’s crazy how mental it is!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      That’s funny you say that Marie, I had the same experience. I told myself I “Wasn’t that big” and then I saw photos of myself in Chicago on vacation. Quite eye opening!

  2. SlimKatie @ Runs for Cookies

    I totally agree about how denying yourself certain foods makes you crave them even more. I, too, lost 100+ pounds from counting calories–and I ate dessert EVERY DAY because I couldn’t live without it! πŸ˜‰ I like calorie counting because you can literally fit ANYTHING into your diet.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Exactly! That’s why I wanted Michael to do the calorie counting instead of the Four Hour Body. That way he could eat all the things he wants, just in smaller doses.

  3. DefineDiana

    Lisa, you must have been reading my mind. I was just writing a post about fighting the mental parts of losing weight. I think it it more 20% diet 5% exersice and 75% mental.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      For some people it probably is 75% mental! Some people don’t have to worry about that part of it, it comes naturally. Everyone’s struggle is going to be different. For me the struggle was food, not exercise.

  4. Maia

    This is actually EXACTLY where I’m at right now. I was so gung ho for the first six months, and now for the past three it’s slacked off.

    I just wrote a blog about how I’m needing to reboot. Refind my commitment. Because I don’t want to stop, because I’m far from where I need to be. It just reiterates the fact to me that I haven’t changed my life as much as I thought I had. It hasn’t become habit yet…

    But it will! It has to!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Sometimes it helps a lot to have a specific date in mind. It helped me!

      1. Maia Sutton

        Having a specific date has helped sometimes, but then it also can be bad if I don’t make a deadline… If I don’t miss it by much, then I’m okay and don’t beat myself up too much. But if I miss it by a lot, that’s when things get ugly.

        Ugh.

        1. Lisa Eirene

          Yes, the date has to be realistic. It can’t be “lose 50 pounds in 30 days” or something. When I wanted to start losing weight I used my brother’s upcoming wedding date as a goal. I wanted to lose 50 pounds before then and I had 10 months to do it in. I weighed in 50 pounds lighter the day before the wedding.

          1. Maia Sutton

            Oh yeah… I’ve definitely always made sure to try and set what I think are realistic goals. I know that if I set that bar to an impossible level, it would just wreak havoc!!

            I did realize that part of the problem was that I was so used to how easy it was to lose weight in the beginning in comparison to now. I was setting goals slightly too high because I was used to losing 2-3 pounds a week at the very least. I’m at the point now where I need to get used to only seeing the scale move a pound or two… Definitely a mind switch.

          2. Lisa Eirene

            I can relate to that. When I lost 100 pounds most of it came off easily. I was losing 1-4 pounds a week. Now that I have just a few “vanity pounds” to lose I am lucky if I lose 1 pound a month!!

  5. Zoe

    What is the name of the mental “thing” where you don’t feel you’re as big as you are? I just got back from vacation in Seattle, saw one of the (two) pics I took while I was there, and I’m mortified. My outer image totally doesn’t marry my inner self-image.

    Maybe I’ll post it up on a wall in my house to remind me why I need to seriously lose some pounds.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I DEFINITELY had that!!! I was over 250 pounds and told myself “I’m not that big”…um…what??

      I think it’s like the opposite of the “body dysmorphic” disorder where you think you are bigger than you really are (what anorexics and bulimics suffer from) but in the reverse….?

      1. Cindy

        YES! This is how I feel! I feel so much smaller than I am, and I think I act like that. I’ve done it all my life. I think I can just do what everyone else can, and well you know what I can’t I cant hike a mountain, when I’ve never exercised before. I see a cute top and buy it and it fits, but I look horrific and it just doesn’t match up in my brain – my outside and my inside. And before I moved to Scotland I looked good for me, and never realized how much damage I had done to myself as the weight piled back on…..and here I am trying to get back where I was so I can match my outer self with my inner.

        1. Lisa Eirene

          I am the same way. I don’t know why I have such a disconnect with my inner and outer self!

  6. Lisa

    What a wonderfully well written post! I agree that a big portion of weight loss etc is MENTAL!

  7. lisa

    If I could figure out the mental aspect I would lose the weight and be done. But I can’t figure it out and I get started then life happens and throws me back to near square one. I’ve spent the past 6 months trying to focus on myself and get healthier. Since my kids were on spring break my schedule has gotten off track and I can’t seem to get back into a routine of going to the gym. So now it’s 2 months of not regularly getting to the gym and 3 weeks of not going to the gym at all. But next week is a new week, the schedule changes again and I’m seeing an opportunity to get back to some routine. Today I put on some pants that I bought last summer that wouldn’t even come close to buttoning, so I know the exercise has made some big changes.

    I also suffer from the body image thing. I don’t think I’m that big until I see pictures or am unable to do something because of my size (squeezing through tight spaces is one of those things). Why do I assume I am “way smaller” than some other heavy person when the truth is we are probably close to the same size??

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Yeah it’s hard to get back at it once you get out of the routine. πŸ™ That’s why I am so rigid about my schedule and I fit in the gym no matter what.

  8. Sarah

    Kudos to you!!!

    For me it’s probably 90% mental, and I’m pretty sure I have some kind of weight loss ADD. Whenever I start a new diet, I’m on a perfect behavior for a few days, then after a week or so, I tell myself that I deserve a little break and it goes downhill from there: 1 indulgence turns into two, then three, and next thing you know I have to start a new diet.

    It’s exhausting and nerve-wracking to have to think (or try not to think) about food all day. Plus, I sometimes feel that I’m doing myself some harm somehow by resisting to my cravings (why yes, I have a twisted mind, thank you for asking :p)

    Anyhow, it’s the mountain we all have to conquer I guess!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Have you tried counting calories instead of doing a diet?

      1. Sarah

        I did do that for a while, but I wanted to try other alternatives to see if they’d work out better .
        I’m considering going back to it though, as I think it might be the best method on the long run πŸ˜€

        1. Lisa Eirene

          Let me know how it works for you if you decide to go back…

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