@loveknows: I have recently started a lifestyle turnaround and I’m hoping it lasts forever. I’ve lost 3 lbs in 2 weeks, so I’m ahead of schedule (seriously – I’ve plotted a chart from now til June, where I enter in my weight and measurements every Saturday morning – I should eventually reach my goal weight by June 30th).
Here are some things that have helped me:
– I’m doing Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred. It claims to help you lose 20 lbs in 30 days, and though I don’t necessarily believe that, it has still given me a path to follow. I have started becoming a morning person, waking up at 6:50am in order to do my 20 min routine. This lets me continue being a couch potato when I get home from work, but without the guilt! Plus I eat better during the day because I don’t want to undo any exercise I’ve done.
-Walking with my Fiance. When I’m not doing the shred, we take a walk along the water while the sun comes up. It’s not an intense workout by any means, but it still feels great to get moving.
-Don’t deny yourself all the good foods you love. Have them in moderation, or look for healthy alternatives. I found an AMAZINGLY delicious and easy rescipe for these little dessert balls – oatmeal, chocolate chips, coconut, peanut butter, flax seed, and honey. I roll that into bite-size balls and have a couple after dinner for dessert. They’re filling enough that I don’t want to eat 80 of them, and they’re much better for you than a brownie or ice cream.
-My eventual wedding motivates me. Though we have yet to set a date, the idea of getting married at my current weight just… annoys me. And I’ve realized that if I wait another month, I’m just going to look back and think, “Why didn’t I start working out a month ago?”
-New outfits and equipment. Cute running shorts, a kettlebell, small hand weights… who doesn’t like new things? 🙂
Good luck. You can do it. I know it seems overwhelming, but I really do recommend carving out an hour in the morning and just get it over with. After a couple of days, or a week, when you start noticing a difference, you’ll practically be jumping out of bed to get started!