Post # 1
I got married on 4/21/12 and have gained like 12 lbs since then. I have always been overweight but I have always felt great at a certain weight. Now that I gained weight and all my clothes fits tight, I feel horrible. I feel like I can’t enjoy being a newly wed because I dont feel comfortable in my own skin.
I cant seem to find that will power that I had before the wedding. I will eat anything and everything. I am not sure how to find that will power again. I really need to get my act together and start eating healthy and get back to the gym. What has not helped is that I have work full time, go to school part time so all my time is consumed. We eat out because I am so busy with school after work.
I decided to take the summer off school to work on me and my home. I just need to get that energy and will power to get started again on this journey that should be a lifestyle and not a diet.
I need help! 🙁
Post # 3
It should be a lifestyle. And the only person who can change it around is you. You have to want to change! Start small, and work your way up. In the time it takes you to get take out or go to a resturaunt, you could have made a quick and easy healthy meal. People think its faster…but its really not.
Start drinking more water, eat more vegetables, pre make meals at night or in the morning. Start looking at the labels of what your eating, or the nutritional info of take out places you normally go to. You would be amazed to see what your putting in your body. Could you start walking to work, or school? All you need is 30 minutes a day…and the engery you will start to get is amazing. I know one mom who works 2 jobs, is a single parent and is managing to lose so much wieght and keep it off! So everyone is busy, but when it comes to your health, you should make the time.
I work almost 60 hrs a week some weeks, so if i know I cant make it to the gym, I do some quick stretches/sit ups and push ups and I might re-think what I eat that day. I make sure I go on the weekends too. I’ve lost 40 lbs over the past 2 years, and I’ve kept it off. I didnt go on a diet, or work out everyday. I just made small changes.
Just think, yea that pizza might taste good today, but how will you feel tomorrow??
Post # 4
Thank you Ashley, you are so right. There really is no excuse. when there is a will, there is a way. It is something I always say. I really need to get healthy and encourage my husband to do the same.
I am hoping to use this summer to kick start my new lifestyle change. I really hate not feeling comfortable in my own clothes and I refuse to go buy bigger clothes. We have a gym membership, a big dog we can take for walks and we use to play tennis 5 days a week once upon a time.
I just feel so out of energy.
Post # 5
As someone who has struggled with weight– and gained weight after my wedding– I want to say that I feel like society has brainwashed us to look at weight as the MAIN indicator of health. Even when viewed as a “lifestyle change” it can be difficult to lose weight because the focus is on pounds or size. I’d encourage you to check out the Health at Every Size Movement. Once I found it, I was motivated to make changes for my health and ignore my weight. Ironically, weight came off once I started focusing on being happy and healthy rather than weight/pounds/clothing size.
Regardless, good luck and I hope you find a way that works best for you in terms of feeling better and having more energy! 🙂
Post # 6
Hiya. I’m starting to lose weight myself. I agree start SMALL.
Ask yourself everyday “What can I do, today, to be healthier.”
I started with just doing the elliptical machine for 30 mins about 2-3 times per week. Then, I wasn’t getting the results I wanted (of course) so I bumped it up to 4x and now I exercise 6-7 times a week.
Also, find ways to push yourself just a little everyday. For example, I work out for 30 mins while listening to music. If my 30 mins is done but my current song isn’t, I keep going until it is. It’s small, but when you challenge yourself and see that you are capable of meeting these challenges, you will be inclinedmore challenge yourself more and more.
It may also help to break up your workouts. I have switched from a time limit to a minimum # of calories burned. So…let’s say I aim for 300 calories a day burned from working out. If I absolutely can’t do it in one sitting, I’ll break it up into 150 in the morning and 150 in the afternoon.
Side note. 1/2 a banana dipped in chocolate and frozen is a great treat. I got my guy some Ben and Jerry’s yesterday, and myself a cove chocolate covered frozen banana for like $1.50. No, it’s not as amazing as ice cream, but after I stated eating it, I realize that it did taste wonderful and that was good enough for me.
Post # 7
Thank you ladies, I really appreciate the support and inpute. What is the Health at Every Size Movement?