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Skinny Girl In A Fat Suit Lacks Exercise Motivation

Dear Sages,

I am fat. There, I said it. I was never the fat girl until now and I hate it. I know gaining some weight in middle age is normal but this feels excessive. I’m sad and angry at myself for letting my weight get so out of hand.

I don’t think the problem is my eating. I actually have tremendous willpower because I have Celiac Disease, but I HATE to exercise. I’ve tried everything; yoga, pilates, weight training, cardio classes and even swimming. They all make me feel miserable so I lose all motivation to keep going.

I just don’t get it. How do people who work out all the time find the motivation to keep at it.

Skinny Girl In A Fat Suit

Dear Skinny Girl,

We refuse to use the rest of the phrase in the name you’ve given yourself because we KNOW you can get back there.

First, congratulations to you for your tremendous willpower in avoiding foods that trigger your Celiac Disease. We know how difficult it is to refuse all the delicacies in our gluten laden world. This tells us two things about you; you CAN stick to something and you ARE willing to make difficult choices to enhance your quality of life. So YAY YOU and let’s ditch the pity party.

Next, we’d like to slide in a small thought on the “gluten-free” diet. Just kidding, we’re going to scream this part at you, “READ THE LABELS!!!”. Much of the replacement ingredients in processed gluten-free products are contributing to your weight gain. Total effing poison in a box. Let’s just sneak in one more diet restriction and start eating food in its original form: fruits, vegetables and proteins. Basic.

Now to address your direct concern; exercising. The short answer is the age old adage, “No Pain, No Gain”. Sorry, there’s no getting around it. Sticking to an exercise regimen kinda f@*king sucks. Here’s some tips that help us.

Get Vain

It doesn’t take long to start seeing small improvements in your body. Focus on that tightening ass and you just may want to continue sweating it out. Notice we didn’t suggest you watch the scale. Weight is a mindf@*k. Go by how you feel inside and how you feel about the way you look. Keep in mind muscle weighs more than fat so fixating on dropping pounds could leave you very frustrated.

Mix it up

You gave a laundry list of all the things you’ve tried but it sounds like you gave each a go one at a time. Variety is the spice of life so why not target different activities throughout the week. No wonder you got bored and unmotivated. By the way, so did your body. Keeping your muscle groups confused and taxed in different ways is a recipe for success. Cross Training is the key and much more fun.

Not all exercise is in a gym

Hiking with friends one day, riding a bike outdoors or even like one of our Sages, riding horses, are all activities that will raise your heart rate, bring on a sweat to burn fat and strengthen and tighten your muscles.

Build in a reward system

We all use a habit tracker and exercise is one of our daily milestones. Coloring that little square (almost) everyday is quite fulfilling for us. Also, if you’re eyeing some thing, maybe set a goal for yourself that you won’t purchase it until you’ve reached a predetermined, but realistic, milestone. Say maybe 20 out of 30 days?

Get an accountability partner

Whether it’s your spouse, sister or friend, having to report back to someone is in itself motivating. Even better, get that person on board and make a little competition out of it. We Sages hate to lose and there’s no way we’d let someone else top us in a goal we’ve set.

Do us a favor. Snap a “before” picture, commit to yourself using the tips we’ve given you and send us an updated photo in 6 months. We’re pulling for you. You’ve got this.

xo, Your Sages

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Dear Sages,

I am fat. There, I said it. I was never the fat girl until now and I hate it. I know gaining some weight in middle age is normal but this feels excessive. I’m sad and angry at myself for letting my weight get so out of hand.

I don’t think the problem is my eating. I actually have tremendous willpower because I have Celiac Disease, but I HATE to exercise. I’ve tried everything; yoga, pilates, weight training, cardio classes and even swimming. They all make me feel miserable so I lose all motivation to keep going.

I just don’t get it. How do people who work out all the time find the motivation to keep at it.

Skinny Girl In A Fat Suit

Dear Skinny Girl,

We refuse to use the rest of the phrase in the name you’ve given yourself because we KNOW you can get back there.

First, congratulations to you for your tremendous willpower in avoiding foods that trigger your Celiac Disease. We know how difficult it is to refuse all the delicacies in our gluten laden world. This tells us two things about you; you CAN stick to something and you ARE willing to make difficult choices to enhance your quality of life. So YAY YOU and let’s ditch the pity party.

Next, we’d like to slide in a small thought on the “gluten-free” diet. Just kidding, we’re going to scream this part at you, “READ THE LABELS!!!”. Much of the replacement ingredients in processed gluten-free products are contributing to your weight gain. Total effing poison in a box. Let’s just sneak in one more diet restriction and start eating food in its original form: fruits, vegetables and proteins. Basic.

Now to address your direct concern; exercising. The short answer is the age old adage, “No Pain, No Gain”. Sorry, there’s no getting around it. Sticking to an exercise regimen kinda f@*king sucks. Here’s some tips that help us.

Get Vain

It doesn’t take long to start seeing small improvements in your body. Focus on that tightening ass and you just may want to continue sweating it out. Notice we didn’t suggest you watch the scale. Weight is a mindf@*k. Go by how you feel inside and how you feel about the way you look. Keep in mind muscle weighs more than fat so fixating on dropping pounds could leave you very frustrated.

Mix it up

You gave a laundry list of all the things you’ve tried but it sounds like you gave each a go one at a time. Variety is the spice of life so why not target different activities throughout the week. No wonder you got bored and unmotivated. By the way, so did your body. Keeping your muscle groups confused and taxed in different ways is a recipe for success. Cross Training is the key and much more fun.

Not all exercise is in a gym

Hiking with friends one day, riding a bike outdoors or even like one of our Sages, riding horses, are all activities that will raise your heart rate, bring on a sweat to burn fat and strengthen and tighten your muscles.

Build in a reward system

We all use a habit tracker and exercise is one of our daily milestones. Coloring that little square (almost) everyday is quite fulfilling for us. Also, if you’re eyeing some thing, maybe set a goal for yourself that you won’t purchase it until you’ve reached a predetermined, but realistic, milestone. Say maybe 20 out of 30 days?

Get an accountability partner

Whether it’s your spouse, sister or friend, having to report back to someone is in itself motivating. Even better, get that person on board and make a little competition out of it. We Sages hate to lose and there’s no way we’d let someone else top us in a goal we’ve set.

Do us a favor. Snap a “before” picture, commit to yourself using the tips we’ve given you and send us an updated photo in 6 months. We’re pulling for you. You’ve got this.

xo, Your Sages

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