Post # 1
I’ve been working out hard for about 2 months now. Like, really hard. I just got back from a 50 minute spinning class and a 60 minute weight-lifting class. Yesterday was a rest day so I just went for a short run (about 3km). The day before, I did a 60 minute weight-lifting class and a 60 minute cardio class. On the weekend, I did two spinning classes. So on and so forth. I’ve been working my butt off.
In my first month, I realized I wasn’t losing anything despite my workouts – not pounds, not inches. So I started changing my diet and keeping track of my calories and sodium intake. Now, my diet is a lot more fruit and veggie driven. I’m eating between 1200 and 1500 cals/day – dependent on my workouts (more cals for busier days).
It has now been another month. NOTHING!
I don’t actually mind, because I originally was all, “I don’t care what the scale says, I just want to feel good!” and I do feel good, but I’m also frustrated because I mean…what’s going on here??!
I know I just need to keep going, keep refining my diet, etc.
But how do YOU keep yourself motivated in the tough times?
Post # 3
Go you for working out so hard! And it’s good to feel good about yourself-that is the most important thing! I was in the military for 7 years and was forced to do the boring stuff-running, pushups, situps, blagh. Once I got out 2 years ago, I knew what I liked to do for working out, and that is dancing!! So we got a Wii and I got Just Dance 3! I love it so much because it is such a release, and I have gotten many comments about how I have lost weight, so I’m feeling good and I’m happy too! I think you have to find something you love to do, and something where you don’t feel like you’re working out. 🙂
Post # 4
Honestly, 1,200-1,500 calories for as much as you’re working out likely isn’t enough. I would try bumping up your intake. Also, on your rest day, take that time to actually rest. Changes happen when your body has a chance to recover. It sounds like you’re doing great, though. 🙂
Post # 5
@amanda06: Thanks 🙂 I was feeling too lazy on my rest day, hence the run – but it was such a slow jog, it was almost laughable!! My other rest days are a lot more restful. I was thinking earlier today that my calorie goals might be too low, especially for double gym days like today – I’m going to work on increasing them. They were originally just an attempt to “shock” my body in to eating a better and more controlled diet, since I’m awful for snacking and binging!
Post # 6
Oh! that’s easy, I feel my cellulite. 🙂
Post # 7
Make sure you have a goal in mind, like an upcoming vacation or a friend’s wedding. When I know there is something I have to look good for it keeps me on track. Even if it’s something that is far out, think about how good you will look in that tight dress or cinched-waiste shirt. I find myself less motivated when I’m not working toward something.
Post # 8
I look at my fading stretchmarks, my babys almost 1, it cant be possible that theyre fading and im still fat. soo i run to the gym lol
Post # 10
I sign myself up for races every other month. Since I don’t want to be the slowest one, that usually helps.
Post # 11
@Missus_LLC: You too. We think the same. 🙂