Post # 1
Sorry this is kind of long. Well I just joined Weddingbee not too long ago and I just want to start out by saying how awesome I think this website is, so hello to all you bees out there 🙂
Well here it goes, I am going to have a June wedding and have serious issues with my weight. I went through a bit of a rough patch where I was unemployed and living with a friend (in a new town where I knew no one) who ate out all the time. Long story short I sat on the couch and ended up getting depressed and gaining a ton of weight which made me want to eat even more. I actually ended up gaining around 50 pounds, so now I have stretch marks and a lot of extra weight all over. I am only 5’1 so it REALLY shows. (I am up to like 180 EEK) Now I am very busy and am usually on the road between school, an internship, and a full time job between 10-14 hours a day 7 days a week. I would say the average day for me is leaving the house around 7-8 in the morning and getting home around 10 at night. So as you can see there isn’t a whole lot of time for things like cooking meals or sleep. Are there any other bees that have a really busy lifestyle and have managed to find time to manage a healthy lifestyle? I am not sure if I could handle waking up at 5 in the morning to work out and still have time to work out and I just don’t have the energy at night (plus I’m not really sure if it is good to work out right before going to bed?) Any quick healthy meals/snacks that do the trick? I am planning on taking a picture of myself now and if/when/hopefully I lose the weight do a before and after picture. Any suggestions, stories etc. would be amazing! TIA
Also, joining a gym is out of the question for me. There is no way I can afford it since money is pretty tight.
Post # 3
I am not as busy as you but I am working full time and going to grad school. The best thing for me is to plan ahead what I’m going to eat so it isn’t take out and junk every day. Also, can you try to find ways to exercise without going to a gym? A lot of bees rave about the Couch to 5k program, even girls who are crazy busy with babies! Good luck and feel free to come here for morale support!
Post # 4
I noticed that you have a lot going on and you travel a bit. The major thing I would suggest is keeping healthy snack choices in your car so you aren’t eating junk on the road. Diet is a major part of maintaining a healthy weight so…starting there might be your best bet. Many small meals, I’m told, raises your metabolism better fewer larger meals. But, again, if you are going to snack, snack healthy.
If you are able to go for light jogs during the day that would help too. Even the smallest amount of exercise is something.
Post # 5
@WannaBeDIYBride: I know exactly how you feel, since I’m in the same boat as you! When I started college, I gained a lot of weight (70 pounds roughly) and just really went downhill. I’m getting married next June (the day after you!) and I’m hoping to shed everything, and maybe a little more too!
I’ve lost 20 pounds so far, so I’ll tell you what I’ve been doing:
1. Drink water, or unsweetened herbal tea. Only this. I’ve found that diet soda has a lot of sodium usually, so I try to stay away from that. I’m a broke student, so I can’t afford bottled water or anything- I bought a brita filter and refill my reusable waterbottle everyday. Plus, just water is the cheapest!
2. Frozen veggies. I just buy the generic brands, and they’re really cheap and you don’t have to worry about them spoiling. As far as fruit goes, I usually check the supermarket ads to see whats on sale.
3. Workout videos. I recommend the Jillian Micheals videos, since they are a good workout and they’re only 30 minutes. I think I got mine from Target for $9 each. I really like 30 day shred and her yoga meltdown. It’s only 30 minutes, and you’ll feel so much better.
4. Plan out your meals. I’ve found that I’m less likely to deviate from my diet when I know what I’m going to eat. Carrying little baggies of baby carrots or berries to fight off the inevitable hunger pangs is also a good idea.
In the end, it’s up to you to make this happen. It took me a really long time to realize that there wasn’t going to be some magic solution that would make me lose all the weight. I’m the reason I got to be so overweight, and I’m the only person that can fix it. If you want tips, or just want a fitness buddy feel free to message me!
Post # 6
I agree with everyone above (especially about planning what you’re going to eat. I will spend the morning thinking about what I will have for lunch or dinner for example).
I will add: cut out milk and dairy if you can. I switched from whole milk to Silk PureAlmond milk and I found the change to be very doable, and avoiding all the dairy you can (milk, yogurt, ice cream, etc..) can make a noticeable difference in your body’s slimming down. They do make non-dairy ice cream! I have the hardest time cutting out cheese, though, so I just give in and eat the damn cheese every now and then. haha I have also cut out eggs for the most part, too.
I have a pretty time-consuming schedule, too. Find little exercises you can do randomly throughout the day. I will do a set of 40 lunges every other day or so. Do jumping jacks for a couple minutes when you can squeeze them in. Find something that has a decent weight to it and hold it over your head with both hands then dip it down behind your head towards your back and do about 15-20 of those. Just little exercises that don’t take up much time but get your muscles used to working a little bit can really help get the ball rolling. Good luck! 🙂
Post # 7
Oh- and Multigrain Cheerios! And planks: start by lying on your stomach then prop yourself up on your forearms, tighten your stomach muscles and lift your body off the floor just having your forearms and your tippy toes the only things touching the ground. Try to hold your back/butt/legs as straight as possible. Hold this for as long as you can up to a count of 60. If you can’t do 60 work your way up to it. Start at 15 seconds twice a day, then 20, then 40 and all the way up until you can do a 60 second plank twice a day. This helps gets your core muscles strengthened.
Post # 8
1 word – Zumba! I am very busy as well and had no energy but when I started Zumba two days a week/2 hrs a week, that is all it took to start toning and feeling like I have more energy! It is also very fun and doesnt feel like you are actually working out. Cutting out processed foods also helps.
Post # 9
Thanks everyone! These are all really good ideas. I am totally going to have to start planning out my meals and packing more lunches/snacks so I can munch healthy during the day.
@ Jazziberry – I don’t eat a lot of dairy except I am in the same boat as you – I LOVE cheese!!! 🙂
@ Mogget – Thanks for sharing everything that you have been doing, I’m going to give it a try.
Post # 10
@WannaBeDIYBride:No need to join a gym if you have a playground nearby. Do pullups (easy way, like an upside down pushup) under the swings. Do pushups on a bench. Do lounges from one side to another. Do squats with water bottles in your hands, and do shoulder presses when you stand from the squats. look at magazines like Shape for help with lifting workouts for free (no equipment).
For cardio, biking and running are free. If there’s a public pool–swim.
Join a fall sports league.
Post # 11
Definitely adjust your diet. That is an excellent first step.
Stretching can help. You could also pick up a set of free weights – just 5lbs – and a resistance band. You can do alot with just those two options.