Post # 1
Girls– I suck. I’ve struggled with weight basically forever, lost and gained it since I was about 12. I was a healthy weight through hs (size 4/6) but then gained in college (up to 12/14) and gained MORE in law school (bleh). I’m now a size 16/18. I started a weight loss thing in Jan 2009 and lost 20 pounds by August 2009. Then for some reason I stopped. And gained 25 back. So now I weigh 5 pounds MORE than I did in Jan 2009. Ridiculous.
Anyways… its not that I’m incapable of losing weight I’m just lazy and I don’t care. I hate exercise (even when I was a healthy weight and working out 4 days a week for years, I still HATED it… i just somehow forced myself to do it). I love fried food and I can’t stand cooked veggies. I’m basically a 10 year old in terms of health maturity 🙂
But… today I am 10 months and 10 days from my wedding and I want to lose 50 pounds before then. The depressing thing is that if I lose 50 pounds I’m still technically “overweight,” but I feel like 50 pounds is a really reasonable and do-able goal for 10 months out and I want to make changes that are sustainable rather than starving myself, losing 75 pounds and then ballooning up after the wedding bc my lifestyle sucks. And, I think that I’ll feel pretty good about myself in 50 pounds.
So anyways, thats my story. Starting today, I am going to lose 5 pounds/month for the next 10 months. I am most worried about my eating because even when I can manage to keep on a good work-out schedule its still a daily (sometimes hourly) struggle for me to eat right… but I’m really hoping that the time ticking down now will encourage me to do better!
Who else out there has a significant amount of weight to lose, and how do you keep yourself motivated?
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden
awesome! good luck! the best thing to do when you’re motivated is to start that minute, not “later” or “tomorrow” keep us posted, you can do it!
Post # 4
@eriqua- i totally agree. i knew i was gaining weight this fall but I kept saying “well I’ll start after the holidays, Jan 1 is always a good time to start.” But then we were buying a house and things were crazy and I said “Okay I’ll start once we move into the new house. I’ll be closer to the gym there and won’t be out doing stuff every night.” Then I said “Well I should start feb 26 because that would be 1 year exactly from my wedding.” And then I just blew it off all together and here we are on April 16.
Post # 5
You start on a FRIDAY so you can REST this weekend without having to go to work =]
Good luck on your journey =]
Post # 6
You can definitely do it! What will definitely help the most is having some one workout with you! And don’t forget the hive is here for you!!!
make sure to watch what you eat!! that’s my biggest problem lol
Post # 7
Corgi…you do NOT suck! You are human and we all have our weaknesses.
I have recently started to try to be more regular in terms of working out, and when I ABSOLUTELY don’t want to do it, I just picture my wedding day and think about the fact that I won’t want to look back later and wish I’d worked harder.
You still have plenty of time to start feeling better about yourself through fitness and nutrition, but please don’t let the number of the scale define how you think about yourself. Clearly, you FI is head-over-heels in love with YOU, as you are.
Do what you can between now and the wedding so that you can feel your best, but certainly don’t look down on yourself if you don’t happen to hit the number you want.
Post # 8
Try the flat belly diet. It is the greatest EVER. It is more like a great cookbook and lifestyle change based on good fats. Good luck!
Post # 9
Good luck! Weight is such a tricky thing, especially when you’re in a stressful job/school. I feel you on exercising, although luckily I start to like it after about two or three weeks of consistent workouts. But those first 2-3 weeks are awful!
Keep us updated. 🙂 I look forward to hearing how it goes!
Post # 10
Keep a journal. It’ll help keep you accountable.
Post # 11
good luck corgi!! sending you all my good vibes and positive energy.
i TOTALLY know what you mean about the HATING WORKING OUT! … working out is the bain of my existence… but hey it’s always hard to do the right thing righ?! 🙂
keep us updated on your goal and we’ll try to keep you motivated!
Post # 12
You can do it!!! Create a plan. Those who fail to plan, plan to fail unfortunately.
Unlike you, I’ve struggled with my weight my entire life. Its never been easy. (5’7” and between an 8-16 since Junior high) However, now that I am a married lady, it seems that I’m finally starting to get things to click…
I don’t know if this will help, but please know that I definitely feel for you. Weight loss is definitely not easy. Especially in the society we live in. Anyway, from years and years of dieting, I think I should now have a PhD in this so let me just give you a few tips that I’ve learned.
-You need to determine if you are “rebellious” or if you like to go with the crowd. Weight watchers is a good program. I did it for years, and did lose weight, but realized that I was getting majorly bored and tired of these other women telling me what to do. So, I quit. Some women do great with the program, others do better marching to the beat of their own drummer.
-Workout. Everyday. Do something high intensity. I think there is so much info out there about making sure you don’t get “injured” when you work out that no one talks about how you honestly need to push yourself to get results
-Don’t substitute “bland” for healthy. There are actually tons of really yummy healthy dishes out there that are not fried, and aren’t salads. My husband is Turkish and as enlightened me with tons of great dishes… try Extra lean ground beef, one eggplant, garlic, greek style yogurt (low fat), on top of brown rice. I seriously would not be able to eat “healthy” if every day I was eating a salad with tomatoes.
-Don’t listen to me…or anyone else. Its a bit of trial and error, but you need to figure out what works for you. Some people count calories, some people only eat whole foods. Only you will know what works and what you can do in the long run.
-Good luck! 😀
Post # 13
#1 congrats for deciding to start on a Friday – its really important to realize that your body doesn’t care if its Monday or Friday or Thanksgiving hehe
#2 I think your strategy sounds perfect. Seriously, if you lose 50 pounds you are gonig to feel AMAZING, even if right now you’re thinking “I really need to lose 75”. Just remember to stick with it and that it is a life change vs. just losing weight for hte big day!
Post # 14
Thanks all for the encouragement and tips!
@mlbiaso– I will check out the flat belly diet, thanks!
@fabulouslyengaged- I know what you mean about planning! I guess I didn’t say before but I have formulated a bit of a plan for myself:
1) I signed up for sparkpeople.com because its a free way to track what I eat. Tracking what I eat is the very top strategy I have for controlling what I eat because I tend to ignore how much I eat if I don’t have to write it down!
2) My FI and I go to the gym 3 times/week together (we’ve actually started this a few weeks ago) and while there I do the treadmill (I’m re-starting c25k which i graduated from last year, but now i’m back on week 3!) and ab work out
3) On “off-days” I am going to do my 20 minute windsor pilates dvd
4) every day I am going to do 2 loops around my neighborhood with my dog (about 1.5 miles)
Also: re diet doesn’t mean bland… I should probably mention that my biggest struggle with eating right is that I am the WORLD’S PICKIEST EATER! it’s terrible but i’ve been like this since i was a baby. my mom said the ONLY babyfood i wouldn’t spit back up is corn. I absolutely can’t stand cooked veggies, red meat, fish, pork, anything vinagar-y, or anything sweet that isn’t a dessert (i.e. get your strawberries out of my salad haha). It makes eating healthy really really hard! I eat a lot of veggie burgers, turkey sandwiches, and yogurt.
Post # 15
That is wonderful that you are starting. If you want someone to keep you accountable, feel free to join our Workout Buddies thread. We try to post on there daily about how we are doing with our workouts and diet plans. Good luck with your weight loss!
Post # 16
im very mean to myself. i’m not good at dieting, but my normal diet is okay–i maintain weight fine, but i have a tough time losing it unless i hit the gym a lot.
so, i put a reminder in my phone for 520, 5 days a week that says “go to gym. youre getting married and will be really pissed if you don’t lose weight by then and have to look at those pictures for the rest of your life”.
it works for me =)