Waning Willpower for Weight Loss

I’ll be honest, I’m a sucker for celebrity weight loss stories. When Jennifer Hudson shed an astonishing 80 pounds on Weight Watchers, I signed up for the PointsPlus system. And now just when my determination  to reach my goal weight has started to dwindle, I’m encouraged by “American Idol” star Jordin Sparks. She showed off her slimmer figure this weekend at Muhammad Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night in Phoenix. According to FOX, the 5’10” beauty purportedly has lost 30 pounds, dropping six dress sizes. 

Clutch Magazine, however, recently asked a question I’ve been wondering myself: Does weight loss simply take willpower or is there something more? 

Clutch reports that James Hill, executive director of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the University of Colorado, says that in addition to willpower dieters need to envision weak moments (those times when we’re likely to break our diet) and prepare ourselves for them before they pop up. Those weak moments, he said, tend to be when on vacation, when at a party or buffet, while watching TV, or after a break-up. 

While I certainly broke my diet while on vacation last week, now that I’m back to work, I’m facing another problem — stress. During my weight loss journey vigorous exercise has been the key to my success. But for the past few days I’ve been too busy to work out. I’ve also been battling flare-ups of my connective tissue disease. So what’s a girl to do? Georgia Mae family, I need your help. How do you find time and energy to exercise when your to-do list is spilling into the margins or you’re not feeling well?



  1. just eat and be happy 🙂

  2. You must make time for it. Start off the day with a 15 minute walk or exercise program. You’re the most important asset you have…

  3. Keisa, I know you’re right. I absolutely love exercising but when I have 100 essays to grade it’s hard to make time. Maybe I should just try to squeeze in short exercise sessions. Because I tyically work out 7 hours a week (1or more hours of pretty vigorous exercise a day) I tend to forget that brief sessions can be helpful too. Right now, however, I’m facing a bigger problem. This week hasn’t been as busy but I haven’t been able to exercise as much because I’m in the middle of a flare. But again, perhaps short, less intense sessions would be the solution to this too. Thanks for the encouragement.

  4. When you find the answer, PULEEEZZZ let me know!! The flares get me off track every time!

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