Post # 1
What’s your guy’s motivation for your fitness routine? I mean, I really want to drop 20 lbs (or whatever I can do before alterations), but I don’t konw what to do to keep me motivated. My FI supports me & everything, but how do I keep motivated in my routine? I work out twice a week at school (I’d love to do more) but with winter & bad weather coming, I’m not going to want to walk from the gym to where my classes are (I park in one spot & walk b/c parking fills up fast). I don’t want to pay a ton to go to a gym, and with school and wedding and other stuff it’s hard to feel like I want to spend extra time at home exercising.
Any ideas? If it’s confusing, I’m sorry! I can clarify if it’s needed.
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!
My motivation is just that I want to be TOTALLY confident in myself and body for the wedding day. It’ll just be one less stressor. I have a trainer, so it *makes* me go to the gym since I have appointments. I’ve lost 25 lbs since end of July/ beginning of August alone. That’s not doing anything extreme either.
Also, wanting to look good in a $6k couture gown is a pretty good motivator.
I understand it being hard to make time for the gym stuff. I’m taking 5 classes, 3 of which are major studios, and t.a.-ing for another class. I just make time for an hour/hour.5 a day for the gym. It seems like it’ll take up more time in your day, but you really end up having more energy, etc. If you don’t want to spend a lot on a gym, the dvds that I like the best are any Tae Bo ones. Even the ‘beginner’ ones will kick your butt. Plus, it’s fun to yell at Billy Blanks.
Post # 4
It’s so hard to stay motivated. I just try to think about how awesome I feel after a workout, and how I am making healthy choices!! Try to think of it as a lifestyle change as opposed to “i want to look good in my dress”. You’re more likely to stick with it that way 🙂
Post # 5
My motivation is…
I want to spend a healthy and happy lifetime with my future husband… and I can’t do that unless I start eating healthy and practicing healthy habits!
I know that eating right will help me live longer (and be happier) so I use the motivation of spending the rest of my life with him as that! We’ve worked on eating dinner together (at the table, not in front of the TV), cutting back on snack foods, and taking walks together (sometimes we go to the neighborhood where we’d like to buy our first house and look at the houses for sale). I’m less worried about the number on the scale then the way I’ll feel on the big day.
I hope this motivation helps! 🙂
Post # 6
So is your only option besides working out twice a week at school working out at home? Do you have a YMCA near you or anything cheap? I paid $20/month for a student membership at a gym near my college
If anything you can control your diet the most, so work on that extra carefully to make up for the fact that you can’t work out that often
Could you go to the gym after school? Or after dinner? You could do pilates at home; i always enjoyed that on those crappy snowy days where I waasn’t going to venture out.
Post # 7
i had huge troubles getting motivated. but right now — less than 2 months to the big day — i have so much nervous energy i need to do something with it. hence, lots of working out; i NEED the workouts. (and not so much dieting. okay, no dieting. but tons of working out. it’s better than nothing.)
Post # 8
There are other gyms- there is a YMCA like 20min in the other direction from school-it’s just that school is free 🙂 I could after school, but I’m there from 8-3:30/4:30 depending on the day & just want to get home. It’s hard because after dinner a few days a week are busy (or I’ll do homework-well-wedding stuff haha). I could work around that though.
Honestly, I would have sooo much more time if I wasn’t searching wedding stuff on on WB lol.
Post # 9
I was at my heaviest a few months ago. We attended a few weddings while I was at my heaviest and saw the pictures. Yikes! I couldn’t stand to look at myself and that was enough to get me to go to the gym. At that very moment, I told myself that I can’t hide my wedding pictures like I did with those pics from our friends’ weddings.
A picture was also the motivation my FI needed. He saw a pic of himself from a cruise and it made him realize how much weight he had put on.
Post # 10
When I’m tired and don’t want to work out, I try to remind myself that while I often regret when I skip working out, I NEVER regret when I actually do it. I always feel better and more energized when I work out. On the days that I decide to slack off and skip my workout, I often feel bad and regret my choice. I try to keep that in mind when I’m wanting to slack off.
Also, my mom had a heart attack about a year ago. She’s doing well now, but it was really touch and go for a while. I try to remind myself that I’m working out so that I can maintain a healthy lifestyle. I want to do everything I can to try to keep myself from having health problems in the future.
Post # 11
Why don’t you have a snack at 330 and then go to the gym from 4:00-5:00, then go home and have dinner at 5:30? Trust me, i would rather go home, too, but use it like “down time”…read a magazine on the elliptical! i NEVER do that at home. Sometimes I get to watch Friends on the machines…it’s like a mini perk =]. You just have to GO and make yourself do it. If you’re still crabby after 15 minutes at the gym, THEN go home. Chances are once you’re there you’ll stay. Pump yourself up with music! WRITE IT IN YOUR SCHEDULE. That helps me plan AROUND it, not just get overwhelemd by all the things I need to do, i actually slot X hours fo each homework or activity.
I kept a picture of a healthy girl from a fitness magazine on my fridge. She was sitting, and she didn’t have these big fat rolls that i had–the lovely muffin top. So i focused on how I wanted my muffin top smaller, so that when i was sitting i wouldn’t be spilling.
Post # 12
I have NO motivation yet! Luckily I have time and I’d really only like to lose 10lbs but come on! With my mother being a nutritionist and my fiance a former personal trainer you’d think I’d have it in the bag, nope! I think come 2010 I’ll be more motivated. I think the lack of motivation stems from my working 70 hours weeks for a year and a half. That was rough but I recently stopped having to do so, now I’m just living it up… on the couch…
Post # 13
My motivation to work out is knowing the high energy levels I have when I’m in shape and in workout/eating healthy mode. Feeling sluggish from eating bad and not working out will only make slow workdays drag even more… I agree that looking at it as a lifestyle change, rather than losing lbs helps cause you’re more conscious of your food choices and habits.
In college, my roomate and I used to tape magazine pics of celebs on the inside of our cubbord to avoid the snack binging!! and – it worked!
Post # 14
A couple of things motivate me:
1) My fiance and I are long distance right now while I finish my graduate program so I set mini-goals like…I want to lose 4 lbs by the next time I see him in 2 weeks
2) I just started doing the 30 day shred and find that other brides who are on that program are really helping me stay motivated! I even posted a picture of myself “before” I got started and want to post pictures as I progress each week. That way, I can think that I want to look more in shape each week.
3) I want to be in the very best shape of my life on my wedding day and the only way to do that is to keep motivated right now. It also motivates me when I start to see results….it makes me want to keep up my healthy eating and workouts
We are here for you to help keep you accountable for working out if you want!! 🙂 I would definitely check out the 30 day shred because it is only 20 minutes right after you finish work rather than taking a trip to the gym, etc.
Post # 15
My motivation: I don’t want to be a chubby bride. I know it sounds crass and all brides are beautiful — and they are. I really mean that. But I want to be a fit, healthy bride. I don’t want to look back at my pictures and wish I had pulled my bum off the sofa and gone to the gym. The biggest motivation for me might also be the opportunity to buy a used wedding dress in a size smaller than I currently am. If I don’t lose weight, I’ll waste money, which I haaaaate.