I’m with you! I’ve been a yo-yo dieter all my life. Over the weekend I found a blog that actually got me really motivated, and believe me, I’m a tough nut to crack when it comes to getting motivated… this woman has lost 65 pounds and had two kids in between. Her story is really amazing, and her before-and-afters are so inspiring: http://www.mamalaughlin.com/
I think the key in breaking the yo-yo cycle is making a decision that this is not a quick-fix to prepare for your wedding day, that this is a lifestyle change and you will be committed to it for GOOD, it’s just that your upcoming wedding happens to be what it took for you to snap out of the yo-yo cycle and realize that this is the LAST TIME you will feel as if you are “starting over”.
So far this week (two days strong… small victories!) I’ve changed into my gym clothes immediately after walking in the door from work and then gone straight to the gym- no sitting down, no snack, nothing that might make me procrastinate and then end up not going.
A couple of things that might work for you:
-Put your workout clothes and shoes in your car, and go straight to the gym after work/school before you go home.
-Join a workout class a couple days a week (I love Zumba classes, you can burn up to 1000 cals in a one-hour class!), scheduled right after work or school so you have to go before going home
-I love reading Cosmopolitan, but I used to just read it sitting around on the couch… now I keep the magazine in my gym bag, and I’m not allowed to take it out unless I am at the gym on a machine. So I either don’t get to indulge in this little guilty pleasure at all, or it works as an instant-gratification non-food reward for working out! You could also do this with an audio book, or if you really like music (I tend to fall in love with a song and want to listen to it on repeat for like three weeks), you’re not allowed to play that song/listen to that particular fun playlist unless you’re in the gym. I also find that keeping my iPod constantly updated with new songs really helps!
-I love reality TV and can be such a couch potato! So when necessary, I tell my Fiance (who gets home earlier than me) that he has to hide the remote and I can’t have it back until after I’ve returned from a workout!
Hope some of these help =)!