Post # 1
hi ladies…. so i have a bit of a big problem…. i went on the depo shot at the end of september and i have gained a few pounds… well i also have a few bd habits (not eating right, not exercising, etc…). i got my dress at the end of november and i knew that i would not fit into it but i thought that it wouldnt be that bad. well i cant get the zippers even close to each other!!!! oh no… so i need help… if anyone can give me tips on how to get in shape and start eating right i would be so so so so appreciative… (i got until 9.10.11)…. i like to run when i actually start getting into it but i also work full time and go to school full time AND me and my FI dont live together yet so its hard to get things together (thats a long other story). i also make less than peanuts at my job and i have to save for the wedding so i feel like i have so many things working against me. i know that i just have to get to it but if you ladies can just give me some tips i wold love it…
Post # 3
google couch to 5k, that will help you get moving a little.
buy some free weights, just some small ones to have at home. 5, 10, 15 lbs.
Do push ups, sit ups, squats.
Jillian Micheals video 30 day shred is only like $8 at the store and will kick your butt.
Write down what you eat on sparkpeople.com, dailyplate.com/livestrong or in a notebook to keep you accountable
HTH! GL! you have a lot of time.
Post # 4
You have a lot of time. I would start recording your diet on someplace like sparkpeople.com. That is the only way I’ve been able to lose weight. Also, start trying to be active even just walking more than you usually do.
Feel free to join my weekly thread Workout Buddies too!
Post # 5
I swear by the eliptical machine. It burns a ton of calories, helps tone your whole body (hello killer arms) and isn’t horrible to do.
Post # 6
Ooo..One little thing that I did that made a huge difference is cutting out soda and other sugary drinks. I drink mostly water now with a soda about once a week. Once I stopped drinking all that bad stuff, I lost a few pounds.
Post # 7
Weight Watchers! I lost 13kg (about 28.5 pounds) in about 4-5 months. You have to exercise though, start slow, C25K is great! I’ve just started it, its hard, but you feel so good afterwards. Whenever I feel like quitting I say to myself ‘I’m a runner, this is what runners do.’ cheesy, but it works for me.
Post # 8
I also did Weight Watchers, and it worked really well for me. You have to remember that diet is just as important (if not more important) then exercise.
I made this post about my workout regimen. It’s a lengthy post, but I covered like everything I did.
Post # 9
cut back on the carbs…weight falls off
Post # 10
- Wedding: September 2010 - Heinz Chapel Ceremony, Museum Reception
I have heard several times that losing weight is something like 70% diet, 30% exercise. So, that’s just something to keep in mind. I barely fit into my dress 2 months before my wedding, so I had to lose some weight. I lost ten pounds. I wrote on the blog in a lot of detail about how I did it: http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/10/14/wedding-weight-loss-3/
Hope some of that helps!
Post # 11
I definitely agree with cutting out soda and other empty calorie things. I do that and only drink water (and alcohol, which is bad because wine packs on the pounds). Also, I think generally increasing your activity level like taking the stairs or walking around the block when you get home from work will help. If you aren’t very overweight, then just making a few lifestyle changes should help you cut the weight needed. It’s way harder for me to get motivated when I’m going ‘all in’ on exercise, diet, everything. I found that when I do the little things, they add up and seeing a small weight loss and body change, really motivates to add other things to keep it up. I’m going to be getting some spanx to help smooth out anything under the dress to make sure I’m good and confident on the day of.
You’ve got plenty of time, so try not to worry about it or beat yourself up over it.
Post # 12
One thing that I tell everyone: stop drinking pop! It is amazing how many calories our body can take in just by liquid (alcohol included!)
Also park you car farther away at work, or even walk if you can! Just always keep moving.
Post # 13
For me, personally, exercise does NOTHING to help me lose weight. I see the best results with healthy eating. Exercise is certainly important for cardiovascular health and over-all well being but when I’m trying to lose some inches I turn to healthy eating. I drink mostly water and tea and I only eat out occasionally. I prepare almost all my meals at home and try to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. I don’t count calories and if I want something a little decadent I don’t deprive myself. It’s all about balance! I almost always have homemade sweet treats in the house. I just don’t eat them all at once. 😛
Good luck! Try to follow some healthy living/eating blogs online. They are great motivation and there are SO many awesome ones out there.
Post # 14
The best advice I can give you is to check out healthy living blogs for motivation. Because it seems you know what you have to do, you just need to get out there and do it… I find that motivation is the hardest part for myself too, but I read healthy living blogs daily and they really help me get out the door and pound out the miles or lift the weights.
I also don’t make much money but just through running and portion control I have lost 20 lbs! You can do it!
Post # 15
I suggest getting into a workout/diet routine that works with your schedule. Jumping rope is a great calorie burner. Sounds easy but it’s such a workout! Jumping for 10 minutes straight will burn 110 to 200 calories depending on your pace. So do that in the morning (waking up 10 mins early…not that big of a deal) to get your heart pumping and endorphins going. Then maybe in the evenings when you have 30 minutes or so (maybe while watching TV), do some strength/toning exercises like push ups, situps, free weights, yoga, etc.
Cut out soda and juice. Add more fruits and veggies to your diet (you could even precut some to keep in the fridge for a convenient snack). Cut out “white” food such as pasta, bread, and sugar and instead go for whole grain options. Figure out how many calories you should be eating using a calorie calculator online, follow serving sizes…even making the effort to just look at the serving size will help you be more aware of what you’re putting in your body.
Don’t deprive yourself of something you really want…have a cookie, but not 5.
Get a scale and write down your weight EVERYDAY on a calendar to mark progress (but keep in mind weight isn’t everything…muscle weighs more than fat.
Check out this website. It’s actually for quitting smoking but the thing about willpower vs choice works in this situation too.
I’m about to start this venture as well! Best of luck
Post # 16
I recommend downloading or youtubing some exercise vids. Also use the livestrong website to record what you eat. It’s like weight watchers – for free. 😉