(Closed) One Year Out…Fitness Tips Wanted!

posted 9 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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813 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Hi Ms AnnaLytical (love the name!). I think its great that you are looking to start a health/fitness routine a year out from your wedding, rather than crash dieting (and being miserable) for the few weeks leading up to your big day!

Its always hard to find time to workout, but it is soooo important. Do you belong to a gym? If so, just try to get there a few days a week– even if you only have 10 or 15 minutes to spend walking on the treadmill. If you don’t belong to a gym, try getting outside and walking a few times a week (once the weather warms up a bit).  

Also- the little things really do add up, so consider parking your car at the back of the parking lot, taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Also, get up from your desk a few times a day and walk around– even if you don’t need to go anywhere.  

Also, consider purchasing a few workout videos/DVDs. These are great to throw on in the evenings, after you get home from work, or on a random Saturday afternoon. There are LOTS of fun ones out there– like taebo or dance or hip hop– so it doesn’t have to be a boring routine. I would also consider strength training (either lifting weights at a gym, or using a video using your body weight). I’m not sure if you have ever lifted before, but it will REALLY make a big difference in your appearance, while sliming you down and toning you up!

 

Good luck… let us know what you decide! 

Post # 4
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1276 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Hey, welcome!  It’s great that you are starting so early, slowly losing weight is the best way to keep it off.  There are some great threads on here already:

What’s your favorite workout video?

Got to Lose weight/100 days to go til wedding

What do you eat when you’re eating healthy?

And many more.  I think the tried and true adage of "diet and exercise" is the way to go…it’s just a matter of finding what works for you.  If this is somewhat new to you and you can afford it, I would schedule an appointment with a nutritionist and a personal trainer.  Even if you don’t make these an ongoing thing, it can be helpful to get tips on where to start.  I know I thought I had a great diet, but I’ve switched to higher protein/lower carbs lately and it’s really increased my energy and helped me build muscle much faster (not saying this is necessarily you, but just pointing out that it can be helpful to revisit diet).

I think for exercise the best way to stick to it is to find something you enjoy doing, b/c you’re more likely to make the time to do it.  I’ve been injured for a while, but I used to love  cycling, so I was willing to get up really early for a 30 mile ride or hop on right after work.  Most importantly, get into a routine.  If you go int he morning and you oversleep one day, still go for 10 minutes just to make it a regular part of your day!

Post # 5
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5823 posts
Bee Keeper

I would definitely take advantage of being away from your FH!!  You have all this alone time you can spend working out!  (I’m in that boat with ya!)

Slow and steady wins the race.  Aim for 1-2lbs per week, and you’ll want to be at your wedding weight at around 8 weeks (this is important because you’ll want to fit into your dress by then so they have time to make adjustments!).  Don’t do crash diets, and don’t bite off more than you can chew.  Nothing makes a person want to quit more than starting an impossible routine with impossible goals!!

Only weigh yourself once a week.  Plan to gain about 5lbs the week before your period, but don’t worry it all drops off the day you start menstrating.

Keep a calendar.  Put stickers on there marking your milestones (I have paw stickers for every day I workout and stars for every day I stick to my diet!) You’ll see the stickers add up and it will make you want to keep working toward your goal!!

Most of all, if you get discouraged come onto Weddingbee for some inspiration!!  Good luck girl!!

Post # 7
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364 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

CONGRATS on the 365 day mark :):):):)

Weight Watchers.

Those are the only 2 words you need to hear about taking off weight gradually and heathfully (?!) with tons of support and making a healthy lifestyle a habbit rather than a diet.  I sound like a commercial.  For reals — I have been on the program for one month and have lost 11 lbs.  I don’t work out like a fiend, I just eat healthy and follow my plan — it’s super simple.  Let us know what you do!

Post # 8
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1276 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Ms Lytical, I totally feel you about being frustrated even when other people are just trying to be supportive.  I think it’s important to keep a healthy attitude about losing weight, but I do think that especially if you’ve struggled with weight and self-esteem issues having a nutritionist guide you can prevent going overboard (I’ve had a lot of experience with this).  Sounds like you’ve got a great guy backing you, but if *you* personally feel that losing weight will help you *look* better (not as a substitute for self-esteem), then I think you’re starting out on the right track!  I know my FH wouldn’t care if I doubled my weight or walked down the aisle in jeans and a sweatshirt, he’d still think I was the most beautiful person he’s ever seen in real life (in a way I like that he adds that qualifier, makes it seem more honest).  But I like to look a certain way, and I want to look my best on one of the most important days of my life.

BTW, I know that there are a lot of threads here for Bees to offer each other support as well, so keep us all posted!

Post # 9
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5823 posts
Bee Keeper

MsAnnaLytical: My FI has the same opinions!!  He doesn’t want me to lose any weight and insists he loves me like I am.  It’s frustrating because I feel like he can sabotage my efforts sometimes (he knows all my weaknesses, seriously…).  I just watched the Biggest Loser and they were saying something about how sometimes spouses are afraid for their partners to lose weight because there’s this unspoken agreement of one is overweight, and the other feels secure that they’ll never leave them.  I don’t know if that’s what drives my FI, but I wonder why he wouldn’t want me to be healthier?

Post # 10
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279 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

For food, I make a lot of recipes from the Hungry Girl cookbook, and I workout about 5 days a week – one day a week with my personal trainer, and the other days by myself. I try to mix it up between group classes, cardio & strength training. Since I know everyone can’t afford a personal trainer, I post my PT workouts on my blog:

http://www.becomingafitbride.blogspot.com

Here’s the workouts I’ve posted: http://becomingafitbride.blogspot.com/search/label/workouts

As of today, I have lost 20 pounds in the last year, and am feeling ready for my wedding!

Post # 12
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5823 posts
Bee Keeper

This is a very expensive lesson, but it worked for me:

Throw out ALL THE FOOD you know doesn’t work in your diet plan.  "Everything in moderation" is nice, but there are some things (like that deliciously creamy bag of Oreos!!) that you just CANNOT resist.  THROW IT AWAY (or donate it if it’s non-perishable).  Why keep what you shouldn’t eat???  It will hurt your wallet but it will help your diet (and waistline!).

I also try really hard not to buy anything not in my diet.  Sometimes easier said than done but if I mess up…I regain my willpower the next day and THROW IT AWAY.

(I have expensive habits, huh?)

Post # 13
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1357 posts
Bumble bee

Tip: Don’t eat the pastries in the kitchen that a client brought in. I definately just overindulged…oooohh.

Post # 15
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5823 posts
Bee Keeper

Maybe you could buy your sister some healthy snacks?  Apply slices, baby carrots, celery with peanut butter, snap peas, cauliflower…try to get her into eating healthy too!

Post # 16
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310 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Hey there Ms. AnnaLytical (btw, Annas are awesome)!

Aside from the name, we have a lot of similarities (in fact, you’re getting married just three weeks before me)! I am finishing up my masters while working fulltime. I completely understand that it’s easy to plot out your food for the work day but then dinner becomes a target rich environment!

I have to echo what lreighhard1 said about Weight Watchers. I love it and it allows flexibility, so you can work around the dinners that your family has. Also, if your family is up for it, you could offer to cook something simple and healthy once or twice a week. Weight Watchers has some great recipes as does Hungry Girl (props to kitty25kat25 who seems to love HG like I do). There are a lot of healthy, but INCREDIBLY TASTY meals out there. Your family might not even know they’re eating something better for them.

Gyms are great if you can afford them. If not, work out videos are wonderful. There’s a great post (linked above) about work out videos. I *love* Jillian Michaels. There are tons of great DVDs out there that only require handweights and/or a mat. If you don’t want to shell out $10-15 a video, you can either get them on Netflix (Fiance and I currently have a 3 movie at a time subscription for just $16 a month) or you can try them on Comcast’s OnDemand feature for free.

There’s tons more that I could say, but I’m long winded enough. Send me a message if you want to chat more. I’ve been struggling with my weight since I was 13 or 14 and am now finally getting the hang of managing my weight. :o) Take care and good luck!

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