Ladies, I need to get this body under control

posted 2 years ago in Fitness
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

 

 coffeedrinker:  First, I hope you don’t mind if I don’t post a before and after pic….I didn’t think about “losing weight” for my wedding, but I did want to be in bomb-ass shape and look awesome! We got married in Hawaii so there were lots of friends all hanging out on the beach pics and stuff. If you want motivation from within, I think you need to focus on your health and fitness- not a number on the scale. Getting winded walking up stairs is NOT a good thing for a young, healthy person!! If you focus on eating better and getting in good shape, the aesthetics will follow. You’ll feel better and that is often great motivation to stick with it and keep going. I would set a fitness goal- a 5K run or a cycling event or attend pilates 3 times per week or something (just find something you enjoy- what type of exercise do you like?). I love being active outside- it is seriously my passion and the best side effects are feeling good, looking good, being able to eat dessert and not worry about it, etc. I’ll post a pic from our honeymoon that my husband took (I’m currently 8 months pregnant and wondering if I’ll ever look like that again. Sigh. Although I’ve kept working out like crazy while pregnant because it makes me feel good). Anyways, best of luck to you and congrats on your wedding!

ETA: oops I don’t know why the pic posted at the top but oh well

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Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

MrsAKSkier:  Wow! You look amazing! Were you always this fit or did you get fit for the wedding (if so, please tell me how you did it because the results are terrific!).

coffeedrinker:  I am currently getting in shape for the wedding, I’m 5’8”, started at 150lb and am aiming for about 133lb as a goal so am in a similar place to you. I’m currently 137lb so am definitely getting there and although I don’t have pics I can tell you that I have lost about 5 inches from my waist and four from my bust  – I never measure my hips because I am apple shaped and my hips are not a problem area for me! I have done it by sticking to a calorie controlled diet using myfitnesspal and working out at least four times a week with Jillian Michaels DVDs. What I will say is, you have to WANT to do it. I am only managing to stick to my regime because I really feel motivated and really enjoy the results – both in terms of fitness and in how I look. If you are anything like me, you need a goal (mine is my too-small wedding dress!) to keep you motivated, so with you wedding a way off I would agree with the PP to set yourself a fitness goal like a race or whatever to keep you motivated. Good luck!

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

I could have written this exact post. I am the same size as you now. For my wedding I got down to 135 lbs and felt great. I went on to have a miscarriage and then my 3rd baby and have struggled to get my body back under control. I didn’t have a hard time at all after my 2 older girls.I feel like my eating is out of control and I need a major kick in the butt. I turn 30 next year and want to be in the best shape of my life!

 

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

Would your FI work out with you? It helps us both stay on track when my SO and I are working out together. That way when one of us starts to get slack we can just be like “hey lets go to the gym!”  

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

coffeedrinker:  This sounds EXACTLY like me, except I was always 135lbs. for at least 8 years and I turned 24 and gained 15lbs. that I CANNOT lose. Someone help meeeeeee 

Not to mention .. My first dress fitting is in a week and a half. I have already tried my dress on and it was snug then .. I’m kind of freaking out 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

 

glasgowgirl:  Thanks!!! I’ve always been fit and athletic (sometimes I would be a little chubbier off and on though, especially after a cold Alaska winter with too much beer drinking…) but I tried to ramp it up the summer and fall before our wedding. I did a good amount of running, hiking, biking, swimming and also weight-lifting and circuit training (there is a TRX class I like to go to- they are the best, I totally recommend TRX!)

 

coffeedrinker:  Sounds like you are doing awesome so far- your eating habits right now sound pretty ideal! Good job! As for working out, I would keep a training log. Write down what you do for exercise everyday. Seeing blank days sucks and you can see if you are meeting weekly goals at the same time. To motivate you to get out the door or finish your run when you’re tired, picture looking radiant and fit on your wedding day, how awesome your pictures will look, and everyone telling you how great you look….I did that and it helped me!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

 

coffeedrinker:  Have you thought about joining Weight Watchers or something like that?  A few years ago I was on some medicine that made me gain weight and I couldn’t loose it until I did Weight Watchers and started running.  It took about 4 months to loose it all and I ended up being smaller than I was back before the medicine!  

Post # 11
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73 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I just started the Shred it diet with another engaged friend. It’s pretty easy to follow! 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

coffeedrinker:  Calculating calories burned is pretty hard to do accurately, I think. I would just write down how many minutes you did the elliptical, at what level, and then what exercises you did/how much weight you lifted/how many reps, etc. Then over the next few weeks you can increase your time/weight/number of reps and so on. It will be rewarding to realize you’re getting stronger and fitter and that you can go longer! I’d say if you are tired and feel kinda worked, you’ve done enough. If you are super sore the next day or totally exhausted, you’ve done too much….although throwing in one of those days once in a while is good because it toughens you up :). Also, I try not to think about eating less-than-super healthy food as “undoing” my efforts- they are totally different! Some Thai food won’t make the muscles you are building smaller or the lung capacity you gained diminish. The benefit of working out and being fit is that you CAN order some Thai takeout here and there and not worry about it- you totally burned a shit ton of calories and can eat a decent sized dinner! As you build more muscle your metabolism will totally speed up and you can eat a bit more and not worry about it. Good job and keep at it!!

PS I’m 32 as well and man, it was so much less effort to look good in my early and mid-20’s! I got away with so much…..

Post # 13
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158 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

coffeedrinker:  hehe a little competition is always inspiring. Maybe you should challenge him to see who can lose the most.

Post # 14
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136 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2015 - Barn Restaurant

I completely agree with MrsAKSkier:  Just keep at it! and have “not so healthy” food here and there…I think it can sometimes make a diet more manageable letting yourself cheat here and there rather than be completely strict and end up binging or giving up. I don’t work my butt off for nothing! haha need a treat sometimes! As long as its in moderation! 

That’s what works for me. I’m a 28 year old, mother of a 16 month old, bride to be. I’ve managed to lose all my baby weight with eating in moderation and working out. I have very limited time with a full time job, a baby, wedding planning etc. but if you want it you can do anything! 

I do T25, run about 4 times a week and am just concious of what I eat and it works for me 🙂

If you have limited time like me T25 could be good? I am not a “coach” btw I actually downloaded the workout vids and love em! great workout!

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper

coffeedrinker:  I can totally relate! After Valentines Day this past year, I noticed my body was sliding into a territory I wasn’t happy with. Since February, I have been working out pretty consistently and being cognizant of my intake. I don’t count every calorie, but I keep a rough estimate.

 

The bad news, I haven’t noticed a lot of weight loss ( for reference, I am 5’8 and go between 130-135 pounds), but I have noticed definition gain in my stomach and thighs. What has helped me is just tweaking daily foods, such as replacing “healthy” pita chips and hummus to carrots and hummus for a snack. Also, my sister became my workout buddy and it makes it 1000% easier when someone else is right there with me working out/hiking/swimming. We don’t do the same thing every week, we change it up and it makes it more enjoyable. 

Also, I switched the terminology in my head from “working out” to ” being active”. Sounds silly, but feeling like I am just being active seems so much more fun and easy as opposed to working out– which seems more like a chore or a pain. Don’t beat yourself up over one meal, that is counterproductive to what you’re trying to achieve! I look at it as a lifestyle change,  there is no end date, so you’re allowed to take time to adjust and tweak at the pace that works for you. If that means Thai food every Wednesday and an extra mile on the treadmill on Thursday- just set that pace and see if it works for you

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