Post # 1
I’m having a hard time getting started on the big day diet. I have the plan, the food, cleaned out my closets, but can’t for some reason drag myself to the gym or stick to the food plan.
Did anyone else have trouble starting? How did you get past it?
Help!!!! 10 months for 35 lbs.
Post # 3
Ummm.. let’s say I was starting to be good – then Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Xmas came around, along with bags and boxes of cookies, chocolate, brownies, and other sugar devils. Let’s make a pact for New Year’s to stick with our plans!
Seriously though – I think having a buddy is the best motivator.
Post # 4
i got a personal trainer to get me started. lol.
Post # 5
MSN Health had a great article on motivation a couple months back – maybe one of these 20 ways will help you out!
20 Ways to Stick to Your Workout
~ Post a pic of your wedding dress (or your goal body type) somewhere you see it often.
~ Create a phrase or mantra you can repeat to get you pumpd for the gym. Post it somewhere you see often. "I will kick butt and be proud to show off this fab body at my wedding and during my honeymoon!" "No Pain No Gain" something that will get will going!
~ As far as getting the gym – I do much better on weeks I’ve laid out a plan on Sunday for the entire week. Mon – Spin Tues – Weights (and have the lifting plan) Wed – Eliptical Thurs – Spin Fri – Weights!
~ Also, try going to the gym at different times in the day – morning, lunchtime, after work, after dinner. See which one works best for you. For me, if I don’t get my workout done before work – it’s not happening.
~ A buddy is also great motivation. If you know someone is waiting for you at the gym – you are much less likely to hit the snooze button!
~ As for eating – I haven’t figured that one out either. Is your fiance on board for the eating plan? It’s prob best done with a buddy too!
~ It takes more time – but make sure you have healthy snacks around! Everyone gets hungry throughout the day – make sure you have a clementine, or yogurt, or carrots, or SOMETHING other then candy/chips/brownies/cookies to quench your hunger! Also drink lots of water – that’ll fill you up!!
Best of luck!! That’s a big goal you have!! 3.5 lbs a month is very doable! The sooner you start, it’ll allow you to drop the pounds slowly over time – which will help you keep them off after the wedding! Plus 10 months of creating healthy habits will hopefully turn into a lifetime of healthy habits!!
Post # 6
One solution (although pricy) is to look into the bodybugg by apex fitness. it’s an electronic device you wear on your right tricep that tracks your calories with 92% accuracy. You upload the data to a website and see the number of calories you burned. The website has a food log where you can enter what you ate, too. So, if you have a calorie deficit, you lose. 🙂 It’s simple. Seeing the numbers can be very motivating.
I purchased the bugg when it first came. I’ve just loaned it to one of my bridesmaid looking to drop some weight.
My other suggestion….join weight watchers. I know tons of people who have had great success with them!
Post # 7
Make sure your plan is doable. Are you going from not working out at all to promising you’ll go every day? Are you going from cooking one meal a week to cooking 15?
Usually it’s a lot easier to motivate yourself to make little changes. Switch to low-fat cheese, mayo, milk, sour cream or cream cheese. Get mustard instead of mayo on your sandwich. If you’re going out to a chain restaurant, most list the nutritional information on their websites so you can make informed decisions.
Your goal is definitely doable. I’ve lost 15 pounds in the last five months, and I’ve even splurged quite a bit from time to time, though I do exercise a lot.
What helped me was SparkPeople.com. I joined and even though I didn’t follow their eating plan, I entered in my calories and fitness minutes and participated in various communities.
Best of luck!
Post # 8
Yeah…I’m in the same boat as you. I highly suggest the buddy system.
Post # 9
As uncommon as it is to have New Years resolutions (and keep them), I’m making a resolution to run 200 miles in 2008. It’s totally doable and it’s super easy to track.
As for getting you on and keeping you on track, I can only do it when my FI pushes me out the door. I always leave unmotivated and come home super pumped. I appreciate his ability to provide me with positive reinforcement!
Post # 10
First off, I suggest joining SparkPeople.com. They take half the work out of planning a healthy program for you. They also have a great calorie tracking tool if you’re into that… I personally thought I would never in a million years be a calorie counter, but in January this year I decided to try it for a month just to become more aware of what I’m putting into my body and I was SHOCKED at how much I was eating. And I thought I was fairly well educated about that stuff. I didn’t stick to calorie counting in the long term but it was a big wakeup call to do for a short while to learn about the foods I’m putting into my body.
I also second the suggestion above about having a mantra. I’ve found it hugely motivating for me at least. I have the same issues as you in that I can’t seem to motivate myself to get to the gym sometimes and if I’ve had an exhausting day, I just tend to throw my meal plan out the window in favour of something easy or comforting like pizza. The phrases that have worked for me are:
"Showing up (to the gym) is half the battle."
"Food is fuel."
"I don’t have to like it, I just have to do it."
Post # 11
i started a blog
and it’s kept me very accountable!!! try it!
Post # 12
Weight Watchers! I’ve been on it since July and have lost about 23 lbs. I do it online, but I’m going to go to meetings soon. I’ve got only about 5-8 more until I reach my goal. It is the most realistic way of eating. It isn’t a crash diet, it’s about making the right choices. I am by no means perfect at it and I’ve lost my weight slowly, which is the best way to do it. I have not exercised at all, but I plan on adding exercise to tone up when I reach my goal (I’m lazy, I admit it, I hate the gym). I am sure I could have lost faster if I was working out.
Good luck!! You can do it!
Post # 13
I have been blogging along with samiam4eva06. There is a LOT of support out there. Not only do the blogs hold us accountable, but when we are in a rut, there are people to help pull us out!