Post # 1
Okay, so it is almost the end of the summer and the beach body I promise myself every summer is still not here! I guess I thought sitting on the couch watching reruns of my fair wedding would magically transform me into a bikini model. I know I am not fat and that is my problem. I am 20, 130 pounds and in horrible shape. I can’t run a mile, nothing is very firm but in clothes I look skinny and great on most days! My fiance is in the same boat, he has gained a little bit of a belly but neither of us think of each other as fat. I feel like if I felt over weight I would have more motivation…. so what do all of you use for motivation? I need some hardcore ideas, because obviouslly getting married isn’t enough motivation for me. I have always HATED working out, it is soooo boring. But I really want to find the motivation to exercise daily for the next 20 days before I have to start school in order to get a jump start, so any motivation better than “I’ll let myself get ice cream at the end of the week…mmmm. Or I could just get it now and NOT exercise mwahahaha” would be helpful! 🙂 I really want to get pumped for the “look good naked” workout plan, I know the results would be worth it but I just can’t get on the ball…
Post # 3
I would never ever recommend this to anyone, but my motivation right now is fitting into my dress. I am currently a bridal size 16 (pushing 18), and bought a bridal size 12 dress. At my ideal weight, I am a street size 6/8 and two-thirds of my closet is filled with clothes at this size that I can’t wear because I’ve outgrown them. I’ve also seized wearing most of my high-heel shoes because my feet and knees can’t handle the weight I’ve put on. I have a lot of cute ballerina flats that I wear around now, but none of them compare to the sexy high heels I used to wear.
So when working out, you not only become healthy for yourself, your FI and your kids to come, you also get to continue to wear the clothes and outfits you love today.
Post # 4
I am trying to use my future life and body as motivation. All of my almost 30 friends warn me that my metabolism is going to turn into an evil demon in a few years and make me gain weight super easily so I want to get into good exercise habits now to avoid putting on a lot of weight later…. Good luck with your weight loss! I actually bought a super tight dress for my 4 year dating anniversary in October as motivation but I think the thing that works best is when I look at my “before” pictures that we took at the beginning of the summer when we were going to do p90x, we were really motivated but then the FI had to get some skin cancer removed and couldn’t work out for weeks. 🙁
Post # 5
I am in THE SAME situation…. I mean, word for word 🙂 I hope I can get my butt in gear soon. 2 wks ago, I worked out every morning (using Wii Active) and I felt ah-mazing! No sluggish feeling at work, energized all day… But I hated every minute of the working out part :/
Ugh, it’s time to start again……
Post # 6
Do you know someone you can work out with who won’t bail? The only no-fail I’ve ever had is a few girlfriends who expect me to show up. We rowed together (and we all knew that if one of us didn’t show, the rest couldn’t go out, so that was real motivation!) and then we ran together. If one of us didn’t show, we’d have to explain it to the others!
If left to my own devices, I will watch the Bachelorette and eat Nutella (my biggest weakness!) and pretend I’ll *for sure* go to the gym tomorrow. But when someone is expecting me, I won’t let them down.
The other thing that works (most of the time for me anyway) is some other form of accountability. I have my training schedule posted on my bulletin board at work and everyone knows I’m planning to run a half marathon in September, so people ask how my training is going. I like being able to check off things on that schedule and say “Great!”.
I’ve heard that putting pictures of someone in the kind of shape you want to be in somewhere that you’ll see it as soon as you get home works – you walk in, get a visual reminder of your goal, and then you want to put on your sneakers. Or so I hear, I haven’t tried that yet! Good luck!!
Post # 7
Thanks for all of the help.
@gocubbies- I think my problem is that I don’t have the energy to workout unless I really force myself, and I do feel better after i work out, usually all day. I think I need to find some kind of energy supplement to get me moving in the a.m.
@sessaj- I am hoping when I switch to a new university in the fall one of my best friends there will work out with me. She is in my bridal party but already looks amazing. Hopefully, maintaining her perfect body is important to her so I can get motivated with her. lol
Post # 8
Good for you for wanting to make a positive change in your life!
I’ve managed to lose and keep off a good amount of weight in adulthood, and I’ve found that the key to losing weight and keeping it off isn’t finding the right exercise, it’s cultivating healthy eating habits. Exercising is very important — don’t get me wrong. But healthy eating and exercise should work in partnership. I’ve even found that if I ate well enough, I could lose weight some weeks without even exercising.
I lost weight with Weight Watchers and with having a varied exercise routine. I try to walk every day, for 20 or 30 minutes, and then some days I exercise more. I like to do the P90X videos. I also like to jump rope. Find something that you really enjoy doing.
But do look at your diet, too, since that’s going to be a big part of getting yourself healthy.
Post # 9
Some of my best motivation has come from Big Love. . . don’t laugh. We had a trial of HBO for a month or so and I watched a couple episodes. Loved it, but we couldn’t justify HBO. So now I have seasons 1-3 on DVD. I’m only allowed to watch it while I’m on the elliptical. This morning I really didn’t want to work out, but promised myself only 30 minutes. I ended up going over because I was so into the show.
I’ve found that if there’s something I’m only allowed to do while working out it’ll make the time go by better. Maybe you can find something like that.
Competition also works well for me. Challange a friend or you FI to a contest of strength or fitness and then work to beat him.
Post # 10
Cardio health is good to work on, but if you want to firm up I would totally go the weights route. First, I don’t think it takes near as much motivation to lift weights as to run. You get to rest! Haha. You can easily get a set of dumbells and do it while watching t.v. You seriously don’t need a whole gym (even though I like that better) and can do it in your house. Do a mix of moves to work on arms, legs and core.
Post # 11
this might sound silly, or plain out DUMB, but… what about taking a fun sort of routine? Zumba? (I think that’s what it’s called) is supposed to be really fun and great for loosing weight. Also, oddly enough, dance classes would help and would be fun for both you AND your FI! (The stars on Dancing with the Stars always loose weight when they’re doing the show…)
Besides, think of how fun it’d be if your first dance was something more unusual, like the Paso Doble!
and yeah, diet is also key to loosing weight. but the biggest thing is finding something to get you up and moving….