Post # 1
And Im already thinking of ways to get out of going :(. I have a nice chunk of weight to lose. I have needed to get rid of it for a few years now but I have always just not had the follow through. Im sick of being how I am and I want to feel good about myself in general again. I guess im just maybe looking for some support? Help me get pumped up for the hard work its going to take to get into this whole working out thing? 🙂
Post # 3
Once you get past the first 2 weeks of starting up, it will be much easier! I always thought people were totally nuts when they said they felt awesome after a workout. I always got really angry and depressed and basically wanted to kill everyone including myself. After pushing through the first 2 weeks of going to the gym almost every day alternating 1hr of fast walking one day and 40 min of weights the other day, I started getting that rush that people talked about! I stopped hating life after workouts and started loving life after them! Seeing results also helped. Depending on how much weight you have to lose, you can see results pretty quickly.
Anyways, get out there and JUST DO IT! I promise that once you get into the habit it will be better.
Post # 4
thank you for your words of encouragement! I went yesterday and bought the membership and started with my first workout. it was a rather pathetic first work out lol. I really did push myself and I am feeling sore today but thats whats so bad…I shouldnt feel this horrible after such a small amount of physical activity 🙁
Post # 5
No shoulds! Those will just tie your self-esteem up in whether or not you do or don’t. You don’t want to feel that horrible after a small amount of physical activity, but you do and oh well. Eventually you won’t feel so horrible and you’ll start making some progress. Try to focus on what you’ve accomplished (beginning) versus what you haven’t accomplished (working out without pain – an almost impossible feat unless you’re not working hard enough).
Post # 6
Good for you!
Here’s the thing. Don’t get discouraged if the weight doesn’t come off right away. I have been working out HARD, religiously for 2 months. The weight did not BUDGE after the first month. Then I cut carbs and have been eating basically only salads and veggies and some meats.
I only started at 107 on Jan 2 and now am 100. The weight is MELTING off at this point. Every time I step on the scale, I’m like – WHHAAAAA? It’s unbelievable. Just don’t get discouraged when it doesn’t come off right away and watch your DIET!!! So much of it is diet!! Just think to yourself 2 bites of cake or 20 minutes on the treadmill!!!??!??!?!
Congratulations and keep us posted.
Post # 7
This may sound strange but oh well…here it goes. I started going to the gym in January. Find something that motivates you about it – for me it’s people watching! Sounds silly but I love watching the wacky things people do at the gym and just seeing strange people in general. My favorites are as follows:
Late 60’s guy who wears 70’s style muscule outfit (think Arnold in his prime) and walks around the track. He caps off his workout by playing the most beautiful piano music…no joke he is amazing!
Lady who gets on the arch-trainer and sets the resistance to 0 and the incline to 100, turns on food network, plays with her i-pod, and goes as slowly as humanly posible. Seriously, what’s the point?
Frosted tips eliptical guy – goes nuts on the eliptical for about 5 minutes, stops and talks on his cell, back to the eliptical at break neck speed for another 5, back to the cell…this continues for almost 40 minutes!
I see these people regularly and look forward to watching what I consider to be their strange routines. I’m sure they’re thinking who is this creep who’s stalking my workout!
For more practical advice, get into a routine. I started going in the morning before work and I love it! It get’s my metabolism up first thing and my workout is out of the way for the rest of the day.
Post # 8
@LoveForShaun:this is hilarious! i LOVE people watching too.