Post # 1
I wanted to lose 10-15 pounds. I started working out in March for two months straight. When I compared my before and after measurements they were the same! I got so down that I put in all that work for basically nothing so I kind of just stopped for a month. I know my eating probably has something to do with it, but I always feel so cranky and just overall crappy whenever I go through my eat healthy phase.
I have about 80 days till my wedding and between the planning and work I just don’t see how I will have the energy to diet and exercise. I’m bummed that I’m going to look chubby/fat in my engagement and wedding pictures. I was supposed to already have been at my goal weight by now and just maintaining. I’m also sad that I’m not going to be bikini ready for our honeymoon in Hawaii too. This was supposed to be the one time where I could look back and essentially say I was the best that I’ve ever looked and it’s just not going to happen.
I’m trying to come to terms with this but it’s just so hard.
Post # 3
Losing weight is about 90% what you eat and 10% exercise.
Have you or would you consider Weight Watchers? I’ve been doing it for almost a month now and am down a little more than 8 lbs. I have about 10 to go til I am at my goal weight.
And really? If you only have 10 to 15 lbs to lose I highly doubt you look chubby!!
Post # 4
I agree, WW is the way to go! I am in the beginning of my fourth week and have lost 7lbs, about 13 more to lose before October 23rd. You can sign up for the 3 month online version for about $55. And I am bad on the weekends, I drink wine, eat out, etc and still lose every week.
Post # 5
You can lose at least some of the weight you are trying to lose. You just need a good game plan. Are you tracking what you eat (calories, points, etc)? Are you eating enough? Are you eating too much?
What is your workout plan? How many calories are you burning a week? Are you doing cardio and weights?
If this is a goal you really want to achieve, don’t throw in the towel now!
Post # 6
I really tried to eat better for my wedding, and I did well. I only lost a few pounds but it was also hard for me to come to terms that I didn’t reach my goal.
You will look beautiful on your wedding day no matter what… that’s what you need to think about. Forget the few pounds you WANT to lose and enjoy being a fiance, a bride and then, a wife. 🙂
Post # 7
Even though it is only 10-15 pounds, I’m barely 5 feet tall so it does show on me a lot more than on someone average height.
I think that I just dont’ have the will power to stay on a good diet. I know this is bad, but I am an emotional eater and will eat to make myself feel better. Sometimes what I have to eat is the highlight of my day (sadly).
How do you guys do weight watchers? On your own or in the meetings? It seems like so much work to count points. For those of you that are following it… does it leave you feeling hungry? I think that is my problem with the diet plan I started on my own.
Post # 8
I agree on WW. Last summer I lost 15 lbs in two months! I didn’t step foot on a treadmill! Annnnd then we moved and tried to find a home, get approved and moved in 30 days and with the crazy schedule I just dumped WW and gained it all back and then some so don’t do what I did! Unfortuantely for me, I’m the heaviest I’ve been, my wedding is on the 5th of September and I’m about 100 pounds overweight. I doubt you’ll look chubby if you are only 10-15 from goal—-definitely throw in weights because that will tone you up quick!
Post # 9
i second the WW. I am in my second week and lost 5 pounds already. Counting points is super easy–it’s not time consuming at all. You just have to be committed and honest with yourself and really pay attention to what you eat!
Post # 10
@passion–also, WW isn’t a diet persay…you can still eat what you want..in moderation. it forces you to choose healthier options so that you stay within your points.
the first few days was hard, but you adjust
Post # 11
You can do it! I felt exactly like you did two months before my wedding. I was exercising and eating good but not seeing any results at all and I was just beating myself up about it. I only had 10-15 pounds to lose, but they weren’t going anywhere.
After a pep talk one day from my sister, I took all of the energy I was using to make myself feel bad about my lack of results and decided that if I wanted to see any kind of change I had to push it into full gear and I did! And by pushing myself a bit harder than I had been it was all worth it because I felt super confident on my wedding day. Here is what I did:
- I worked out HARDER. I had been working out on the elliptical, but I was so worried that if I exercised too hard I would make myself hate it and quit. But I told myself to get over it and started working out everyday for as much time as I could allow, usually about 40 minutes or so. Even though I hate running, I made myself switch between running and using Jillian Michels 40 minute DVDs nearly everyday. By the end of two months I was stronger and had more definition than I have ever had in my life. Now I prefer running to elliptical because I know I get more out of it.
- I ate BETTER. I had been eating carefully, but I wasn’t losing weight despite exercising so I knew I was not doing enough in my diet. I read alot of advice on the Bee and implemented a lot of tips that people said gave them results. One, I cut carbs. Not all carbs, but I let myself have healthy whole grains for breakfast and maybe for lunch but none for dinner. Carbs are calorie and energy packed and eating them late in the day does nothing for you. Two, I cut portions. I looked more closely at portion size and I followed the guidelines. It was much less food than I was used to eating, but I realized that I had been eating too much at each meal. I ate slower and tried to really chew and taste my food. Three, I incorporated healthy snacks thoruhgout the day. It keeps your metabolism up and keeps you feeling full. Now I have an arsenal of snacks at work: natural peanut butter, almonds, carrot sticks, apples, low fat string cheese. Four: I planned all of my meals and snacks ahead. This way I could stay on track and I always knew what I was eating so I didn’t have to think about it. I prepped all of my lunches in advance and we ate a lot of leftovers for dinner because we were eating less.
So in the end I learned that my body was not being pushed enough to make any difference. Personally, losing weight is hard for me and I have to work harder than some people. It sounds like you might have a similar problem. So hopefully, this post will be the spark that helps you turn things around and realize that YOU CAN DO IT!
Post # 12
I am not hungry at all, Mareem is right.. It just forces you to make healthier choices and eat smaller portion sizes.
I do WW online but that’s what works for me. I have a scale in the kitchen and a picture of my wedding dress hung on the fridge. I am an emotional eater too, and if you mess up one day just move on and start over the next day.
For example, today I have had a Thomas Better Smart english muffin with WW cream cheese and coffee with fat free Vanilla creamer (3 points) and for lunch I had a ham and low fat swiss sandwich on WW bread with lettuce, tomato and mustard, Cucumbers and cantaloupe (7 points) leaving me with 12 points (I’m at 22 points a day) for dinner and a snack which I think is plenty, and I’m stuffed!
If you want to get started with this and need someone to talk to or need recipe ideas you can PM me anytime, you will be so happy with the results.. Did I mention I barely work out?
Post # 13
You should also try looking at bootcamp classes in your area. There are a lot of girls only boot camps popping up these days and if you’re like me the structure and schedule will help push you and keep you on track. I didn’t revise my eating habits when I did mine so I only lost inches not actual weight, but I still felt great about it.