Starting work outs… need motivation!

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
778 posts
Busy bee

@Katie918no  advice but am in the same boat! I’ve given myself the goal of having a healthy march and will focus on one month at a time. I’d love t hear what other bees say! Good luck x


Post # 4
1104 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Katie918:  I did 30 day shred before! I didn’t lose much because I didn’t change my eating habits much. But that program really improved my strength and endurance. You feel like you’re not going to get through level one and then when you get to level two, one seems so easy!

If you think you can’t do anymore, keep pushing! You can do it 🙂

Post # 5
1566 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Katie918:  It will be difficult, I won’t lie.

However, every day that you stick with your goals, you’ll feel better. And every month that you can look back and see how much stronger you are, you will feel better. And every day that you still try, even though you feel like laying on a couch eating ice cream, you will feel better.

I’ve been on this journey for a year now, I’ve had set backs, but I’m still so much more fit than I started. I can actually do pushups, now!

Also something that I’ve found to be useful is to have non-scale goals.

I took before photos and while I hated doing so, it allowed me to see how far I’d come when I felt like I hadn’t made any progress. It still allows me to see how far I’ve come, even when I have months of backtracking.

There are days that you will feel that you are worse than where you started, because you’ve gotten used to where your journey has taken you. Being able to have that non-scale goal to measure against can get back that motivation and be a reality check.

So list out your goals, and don’t be afraid to put it in writing!

Do 20 pushups on your toes

Wear that new pair of jeans 1 size down

Run a 5k without stopping

Go 2 weeks without missing a workout

Those are all still goals that I put up to myself every so often. And I’m changing some so that they’re more challenging once I’ve met them.

Good Luck!

Post # 6
2571 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@justjade:  That’s a great goal to have! 

I think if you commit to working out every single day then after a while it will become a habit.  I fell off the wagon after my wedding and pretty much stopped working out.  I have gone every day for the past 10 days and I feel so much better.  Keep it up!

Post # 8
1606 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Some motivation:


Also I find music helps me get motivated! As soon as I turn on some music my mood lifts and I instantly feel a bit more energetic, helps get me in the workout mood!

Post # 9
235 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

My old roommate used to have “nothing tastes as good as being skinny feels” on our frig with a picture of Kate Moss.


I like this one better

Post # 10
774 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Katie918:  What works best for me is tracking my food (no matter how badly I eat) and doing exercises that I actually enjoy! I can run and I do run, but I prefer zumba, yoga, or swimming! When you are doing an exercise that you enjoy, it doesn’t feel like a punishment. 

Post # 11
11598 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Count calories, exercise, and know that if you slip up, there’s always tomorrow.  The beauty about weight loss is that you can always start fresh if there’s a bad day.  

Post # 12
95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Katie918:  I’ve lost 28 pounds over the past year and here is what I’ve learned. I’d be more than happy to PM you before and after pics if you’d like. I just prefer not to post them because I’m in a bikini:


1. Nothing will change until the diet changes.


I’ve always worked out but I was eating like crap. I know people always say this, but it’s true. Eating like crap includes skipping meals and eating too little so take that into consideration when planning your meals. I only eat real foods now (nothing processed). I’ve been gluten-free over the past year and stay away from dairy except for creamer in my coffee. Now I still have my cheat days, like yesterday I ate 3 cupcakes haha. 


2. Go Heavy!


If you do any weight lifitng, push yourself. This lady once said to me “I used to be fat and you’ll never see a difference until you go heavier. I know you’re stronger than that!”. I thought she was rude at first but she was definitely right. As soon as I pushed myself harder and started going heavier on the weights, I started toning. Of course, proper form is priority so don’t sacrifice form for weight.


3. Get your mind right!


When I am struggling through a workout, I remember that it’s all mental. I can push my body, it’s the mental struggle that’s toughest. 


4. Build a support group.


It took me forever to get my FI on board, but he’s finally commited to a healthier lifestyle and it has helped me tremendously. I also work out with a great group of people and we have FB groups to share information. 


5. Try different workouts. 


I have tried so many workouts and you just have to find what works for you and what you enjoy. I had no idea I would love weight-lifting until I tried it. Now I’m addicted and learning so much. Just for reference I do CrossFit 3 times during the work week and either a 1 on 1 weight training session or I’ll run a few miles on the weekend. 


One last thing. The first week I decided to get serious about dropping some lbs, I did a 30 day challenge of following the Paleo diet (no sugar, grains, gluten or dairy) and after a week my pants were already loose. Cutting the sugar seriously gets rid of some major bloat. After 30 days, I had lost 12 pounds and 22 inches and felt so good. That was enough motivation to push me to keep the healthier lifestyle.


I’m still not to my goal body, but I am so thrilled with my progress. Best of luck to you!


Post # 14
3389 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Katie918:  join Myfitnesspal. you can count calories, track workouts etc.  add me as a friend if you like my username is birdi75

Post # 14
4998 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

How’s this for motivation?  I now eat 2750+ calories a day and my weight is pretty steady. Fit girls eat more!

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Post # 15
2428 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Mind over matter! Your body can do so much more than you think. If you feel like you’re struggling and you’re ready to give up, just keep on for 30 more seconds, then a minute, then gradually increase until you finish! Just remember to start small and you won’t get discouraged. Good luck!!

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