Post # 1
OK, ladies, I need your help…I finally got my dress over the weekend and aboslutely love it. The thing is, it’s a trumpet style dress and I know it’s not super flattering unless you’re a VS model. But I loved it anyway and went for it. So now I have about a year to shave off a several inches off my waist and hips. Any recommendations on what I need to do? I’m 5’7″, so I can kinda pull it off, but the camera adds 10bs and I’m currently at 135lbs and all that flab is concentrated on my fat thunder thighs. I love my dress and want to look great in it, but right now, I look like a cow. I try to work out often, but I’m not sure what I should or should not be doing. Any advice would be great.
Post # 3
Well what kind of workouts are you doing? Cardio, strength training, hiit?
If you feel that you need to drop weight, focus on cardio and cutting calories. Throw in some strength training 2 to 3 times a week.
If you feel that you don’t need to drop weight and you just need to tone, do the top two minus the calorie cutting.
A lot of people have had success with the 30 day shred. Maybe try that out.
Post # 4
@tranquility: Well, I do a 60-minute cycling class at least four times a week, and last week, I took up hiking and/or running the stairs when I’m not cycling. And this week, I started to use My Fitness Pal. I’m one day in, and I’m starving. I’m starting to think this is all about diet because I love to eat. I don’t know how some women can survive on a 1200-calorie day diets…
Post # 5
I find MFP kind of stressful and annoying, especially if you exercise. It’s good for realizing how much you’re eating (esp if you’re eating a bunch of overprocessed junk) but not so much for planning what to eat, IMO.
You’re already doing a lot of cardio, so try some strength training. Getting the silhouette you want means building muscle.
For legs, try ballet barre. There are tons of classes and videos, and it is a mean workout that doesn’t suck up a ton of time. Also swimming is a great all purpose cardio and strength workout.
Post # 6
@June14Bride: I agree with the PP. Putting some sort of strength training will really bring some definition.
I personally LOVE MFP, I have used it for 11 months and have lost 60 lbs and went from a size 20 to a size 12 and am still loosing. Don’t forget that you can eat back some of your exercise calories.
Post # 7
I will say this in every Weight Loss Thread… but Weight Watchers! It works for everyone, no matter how much weight you want to lose, and it’s easy to keep up. Over the coures of a year you could easily lose 50 lbs if you wanted to, and more importantly, do it in a slow, sustainable way so you wouldn’t do the whole “lose 20, put on 30” thing that a lot of people do on fad diets…
My story: I lost 63 lbs on WW and have been keeping it off for a year and a half!
Post # 8
@laughs: I’ll second Weight Watchers! DH and I are both doing it now and I’ve lost 27 lbs so far and he’s lost almost 25 lbs.
Post # 9
I do My Fitness Pal, and I have lost 25 pounds. I do exercise though. I walk every day. I would also suggest Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred, which you can find for free on You Tube (the 2nd part is free elsewhere online). I lost inches with her video.
There are plenty of exercise routines online as well, but I would find ones that focus on strength training and cardio.
Post # 10
Thanks Bees! I’ve been doing so-so the past few weeks. I’ve been hitting the gym with cycling and weight-lifting classes 5x a week and been semi-successful with the whole 1200-calorie limit diet. Lost 3lbs so far. The ironic thing is that two years ago, my fiance was trying to get in shape for a wedding where he was a groomsman and he lost 20lbs in 3 months! And he wasn’t even overweight to begin with! Men are so lucky…