(Closed) Loss of Motivation:( Any advice?

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think from what you told us you should start slower with exercise. You want it to be a habit and something you enjoy or at least you dont hate.

Start with long walks and download an audio book so its enjoyable. Do you like some other form of activity? Dancing? Sign up for a dance class. Or even gardening to start adding more movement into your day.

As for motivation that depends on the person. It could be looking at pinterest of exercise routines or quotes.

It can be making a list and rereading it every morning about why you want to be healthier. (to dance at future kids weddings, To be able to play with your kids etc)

I would work on making all your changes slowly so that they become your lifestyle, not a temporary diet to lose weight because you will have to maintain them to keep the weight off. Diet is important in losing the weight, but exercise has been shown to be important in maintaing the weight loss so find something you enjoy.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Going balls to the wall will make you quit.  Like the other poster said you need to ease into it, its a lifestyle change and you dont want to burn yourself out.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Keep going! My husband and I attempted insanity a few years ago. I had just finished training for a boxing tournament so I was in really good shape but my husband could not even make it half way thorugh the fit test! But he worked up to….just do what you can do and you will see changes! You can do it! Good luck! 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

You need to figure out what motivates YOU. My personal motivation may not work for you, but I can give you some ideas of what I do when I’m feeling burnt out or exhausted. I don’t belong to a gym and do a majority of my work outs in my home, at local trails, at the local aquatic center, or running on the road.

So my biggest burn out is that I’m always working out alone, so every so often I go to a trendy fitness place and do a group work out- not only does this help because I’m surrounded by other people who are sweating and working towards a goal, but it also changes things up and adds a bit of variety. Variety is key for me. I actually started mixing things up work out wise because I was getting injured with more intense resistance work outs, thus I now swim one day weekly and go cycling/spin class 1 day each week. If you have a local Lululemon they do free yoga 1 day/week, fitness places often have complimentary first visit sessions, running stores often have weekly run clubs for ALL levels. Point is these things will get you out there to be active and you may make some friends that will motivate you. 

Blogs and fitness magazines. I use to buy fitness magazines like I WANT to buy Twix bars- it got out of control, so I’ve since stopped and I look at stuff online. But fitness mags were great when I was once a gym member. I would prop it up in front of me and read every single work of every single page. Reading stories about others success, looking at healthy recipes, and reading health related statistics helped keep me motivated to continue sweating. I absolutely love love love fitness blogs, a few I regularly follow: Hungry Runner Girl, Healthy Tipping Point, Meals and Miles, and Daily Garnish. If these don’t work for you they all have lists of blogs they regularly follow and you may find some of those you really enjoy and help. 

Getting into a habit and a routine is really going to be your biggest battle and it takes time. I started working out when we got engaged in December and I’ve been working out 6 days/week since and every day I would dread dragging myself out of bed at 4:30 in the morning to get a work out in or getting my butt outside to go for a run and I would set these small goals, “just make it to spring break…” with the ultimate goal at the time being trying on wedding dresses and being able to wear a sample (that was in March). Now, it’s August, and I still am working out 6 days/week and I couldn’t tell you the last time I set a goal for myself because it’s become a habit. You need to figure out how many days/week you’re going to work out and what works for you. I didn’t choose 6, the work out video using the xbox kinect chose 6 when I first started and I’ve just stuck with it. I work out every day other than Thursday (and I need that day off, otherwise I will burn out like a match!), and I eat exceptionally healthy every day except for one which we call either “Fatty Friday” or “Faturday”. I don’t gourge myself, I eat my regular meals all day and then let myself have whatever I want for dinner, alcohol, and dessert. I have to have this every week and that’s ok!

This is so long. I also use the myfitnesspal app. I’ve met my goal weight, so I use the app less, but it was a huge help for me to keep track of how I was eating and how I was fueling myself. I’ve lost a total of 57 lbs. I’m 5’1″ and I weighed 176 and I now weigh 119. I promise that if you commit you can do it. Please please message me if you have any questions!!

I apologize for this being forever long 🙂

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

What I snack on: Cereal + almond milk, Celery + peanut butter + semi-sweet chocolate chips/raisins, vanilla greek yogurt + fruit of choice (apples are great here!) + cinnamon/pumpkin pie spice, a square of dark chocolate (70% +), string cheese with 1.5 saturated fat, veggies + hummus, portion of almonds

 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Don’t quit!  We could be twins, I’m 5’7″ and 235lbs, but was 160 in high school and college.  Somehow between traveling for work and eating out, the weight snuck up on me, and while I don’t look that heavy because of my frame, it’s true.  I’ve actually tried couch to 5K, and am half way through week 8.  I’ve cut meat out of 2 meals a day, substituting veggies and fruit, and cut way back on dessert.  I’ve lost 8 lbs so far, and am hoping to continue better habits in the future.  I realized I was eating sweets 2-3 times a day!  I keep things that I like with me to snack on, like trail mix, instead of reaching for chips or ice cream.  I feel better eating smaller meals each day, but they are more frequent.

 

I found I have to change my liefstyle habits, not just eating one, otherwise, I find myself eating, bored on the couch and the bag of chips is gone.  My weight loss is fairly slow, but when I lost weight faster this year through excessive exercise and completely giving up all the unhealthy food, it came back immediately on a business trip that required me to eat out frequently.  I had to find my hunger triggers, and try to circumvent them (trailmix before I leave work so I don’t stop for fast food on the way home).  I also eat when it’s reasonable to be hungry.  So if it’s 4pm and Im starving, well, then it’s time for dinner.  Feel free to message me if you need support!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@KendraLeigh:  I was you, exactly, a couple of years ago.  I tried a Jillian Michaels video called burn fat and boost metabolism and I literally almost died about 2 minutes into the 40 min video.  I felt awful… couldn’t believe how out of shape I was, etc.

I made it my goal to just make it one minute longer through the video each day I did it.  That worked for a while, but I got sick of the video pretty quickly, so I switched to something outdoors.

I highly recommend Couch to 5k.  It’s a running program that starts out with a mixture of walking/running (mostly walking) and you work you way up to running for nine weeks, when at the end, you can run a 5k.  TRY IT!  It’s amazing.  And they have an app you an download that’s free, but it tells you over your music when to switch from walking to running, etc.  LOVES IT!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Friend? That girl sounds like a bitch. I would of slapped her upside the head.

 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@KendraLeigh:  First of all, congratulations on all that you have already accomplished! Quitting smoking is NO easy task.  Having the self control to stop eating fast food and junk food is awesome as well!  You have made some amazing strides and you should be so proud of yourself for that!!

 

As far as Insanity goes-the first SEVERAL times I did it I couldn’t get through the warm up. I gave it time, and after a while I would get through most of the warm up then do the first set of each exercise and feel like I was dying in between.. but it was progress!  It took so long.  The first time I made it through the warm up without stopping felt AMAZING.  It really does take time!  I love Beachbody workouts in general.  If you want something to help build up to Insanity Hip Hop Abs and Brazil Butt Lift are really fun.  I also do Jillian Michaels workouts too.

Keep your chin up.  You are doing great!  It’s hard to stick with it but it is all so worth it!

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@dannielle89:  Word.

OP, you sound overwhelmed.  Don’t try to go balls in all at once, you will lose motivation almost instantly.  You need to work up to what you’re doing.

My suggestion is that you focus first on what you’re eating…at least for one or two months.  Write it down.  It’s 80% diet, and you can lose weight without exercise, don’t stress out.

Eventually start walking or doing something you ENJOY to incorporate into your routine & then slowly progress.

Good luck 🙂

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Congrats on quitting smoking!! I know people who have been struggling to quit forever!  I am 5’7″ and a few years back weighed 235…weight I had slowly put on over 10 years.  My ultimate motivation was not wanting to be in pics, so I had hardly any of me and my 3 yr old daughter:

Below at 235

I started counting calories and tried to stay around 1300 a day….and slowly added trips to the gym 5x a week (doing about 60 mins cardio and 15 minutes of weights). 

I got down to around 180 in about 8 months:

and am now at about 175:

I am hoping to lose another 10-15lbs before the wedding…but if not, I won’t be mad at myself.  I have come to the realization that weight will be a everyday struggle for me.  Some days I do great and feel like I will never put another ‘bad’ thing in my mouth….other days are not such a success.  Give yourself time.  My biggest piece of advise is that if you do ‘slip up’ and go crazy on fast food or eat a bag of chips….don’t throw in the towel and give up.  Get right back on track the next day.  A slip up here and there are not going to ruin all of the progress you have made.  Good luck girl! 

Post # 16
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Blushing bee

@KendraLeigh:  You’re getting some great advice! I agree with what other posters have said about making changes gradually. For me, that meant that I mostly walked and used the elliptical for the first 3ish months of working on weight loss. I gradually started walking longer and faster, and ellipticalling longer/harder. When I felt ready to add some more variety, I bought 3 exercise videos on Amazon, tried them all out, and started regularly using the easiest one (level one of Jillian’s 30 Day Shred). I added that into my routine for the next month or two, and then started adding in some of the other videos. After I had lost about 40 pounds, I felt ready to start Couch to 5K – that was fantastic, although by this point (almost a year into my weight loss journey) my eating habits had slacked off some and I stopped losing weight. After a month-long vacation and other work travels this summer, I’ve actually re-gained about 10 pounds of the 40 I had originally lost, so I’m making a dedicated effort to get “back on the wagon”.

Some tips: try sparkpeople.com (it’s free and an awesome resource)

Try to eat more protein – have some protein with every fruit/veggie snack. So, try a cheese stick with your cucumber in the evening, or have a light yogurt with a piece of fruit for a midday snack. Protein really helps me stay full longer.

Good luck! You can do this!!!

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