Post # 1
I know, it all sounds like excuses, but with the planning and work (it’s been so crazy busy and looks like it will be for a couple of months at least) I find myself without energy or any motivation to hit the gym. My wedding is a bit over 2 months away, and I really need to step it up. Any tips?
Post # 3
Some kick ass music on your i-pod!!
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2010 - Heron Hill Winery
find a workout partner…if you plan to meet someone there you will find yourself more accountable!
Post # 5
Thinking about what my pictures would look like if I had fat giggly arms….
Post # 6
Copious amounts of guilt and a forklift?
Post # 7
@verosara: Your wedding is close to my wedding & I’m trying to lose a little bit of weight too!! (or get toned up, anyway)
I live in PCB, spring break capital…there are beauuttiiful girls out here & I want to make sure I can go to the beach & FEEL beautiful around these ladies!! That’s what gets me going..& if I just go once and have an awesome workout, I ALWAYS want more…I agree with the other ladies too…music & a workout partner always helps!!!!
Post # 8
Go RIGHT after work. No going home. no “i’ll go after dinner”. etc.
I pack a bag (like i did today) of gym crap and go RIGHT away. I am more motivated to go if i go right away then if i go home first. Then I tend to just sit on the couch….like last night.
Post # 9
I go BEFORE work. Our YMCA opens at 5 and I work at 7, so I get in a good 45-60 minute work out and then get ready for work. The parts I like about it are that I’m still kind of sleeping (sleep is a graet motivator…if you’re sleeping, you don’t know 100% what you’re doing and therefore cannot talk yourself out of a work out as easily), there’s LOTS of sweet older couples (if they can do it so can I, right?!), and I have the rest of the day to be lazy.
I’ve tried making a habit of going after work, but I’m usually so drained after work that I just want to go home and sit on my couch and never leave (hopefully that’s not as pathetic as it sounds…oy.).
I like to exercise, it just has to be convenient for me. My biggest suggestion would be to go when it works best for you and doesn’t interfere with other things you like to do (like I’m a TVaholic…is there a 12-step program? I could use one..). Also, try to associate working out with something you like–like music or reading–and bring that along…it helps me to stay excited about it!!
Post # 10
I just started going right after work, and I’ve kept up with it for 2 weeks now. It’s much better than me sitting in traffic. I think since I have a scheduled time for it, I don’t really blow it off.
Post # 11
Here’s what has worked best for me:
First, I make sure to do the workout as soon as I wake up and and before I start the day. If I wait until later, I will definitely find some reason (too tired, too busy, too hungry, etc.) not to do it. So make it the first thing you do even before breakfast to get it out of the way.
Second, I find that if you have an “at home” option, it will make it harder for you to not do anything on those days you just don’t want to go to the gym. I do have a gym that I can go to (and sometimes do) but I feel like I need to put more effort into actually waking up and looking prepared to meet the world. I prefer the On Demand exercise TV workouts that are through Verizon Fios (though I believe they can also be found on Comcast). They are free and kick your butt! I like to do Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day shred and No More Trouble Zones, especially NMTZ because I feel it gives you the better overall body workout. And I can be half asleep still while I get started with her warm-up. Within 5 minutes I’m ready to go! I have to say that her programs have been more effective, at least initially, than any other workout activities I have done before. And I love to workout! I’m really big into cycling which I feel gives me a good workout, but within a week and a half of starting Jillian’s program, I can actually see a significantly noticeable difference in my body. Yay!
Third, I try to keep a food/activity journal online (I’m using this free one because it has so many things I can keep track of at the same place!). This will help me stay accountable and will help me track if what I am doing activitywise and foodwise are actually helping my goal or if I am killing it with what I am eating.
Hope this helps! Good luck!
Post # 12
I keep my gym bag packed, schedule my gym sessions in advance and try to not even think about the gym when it’s time to walk out the door. If I ask myself “do I want to go to the gym right now?” the answer is always no, so I try to just get my butt out the door without thinking about it.
Post # 13
I am four months away TODAY! ah!!!! And I had been slacking it on the work-out area, and yesterday I mustered up the energy! I think the first time back is the hardest, because I woke up this morning and went for a run!
I just think about my dress… that motivates me enough.
Post # 14
- Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden
I second the journal idea – you’ll love seeing those workouts add up!
also, i try to go around when a good show is on – at my gym, we have the flexability to change the tv channels if no one else is watching a particular tv, so I definitely take advantage of that!
Post # 15
Signing up for a class that you have to pay for. I have a gym membership, but there’s something about signing up for those community recreation fitness classes that makes me feel like I have to go. Even though it’s only $30 or so (same as my gym membership).
And grabbing one of the cardio machines during a SYTTD marathon so I can do the elliptical and watch wedding dress hunting to my heart’s content w/o FH wanting to turn on the game
Post # 16
Seeing results motivates me. If I’m putting effort in but not seeing results, it kind of gets me down & takes away my motivation. It can be a vicious cycle so the reality is that I just HAVE to go, no excuses. No way around it.
Also, music really does help to push me to the max when I’m working out. Something with a beat, turned up pretty loud. I read the other day that the reason loud music is such a workout tool is because your brain perceives the loud beat as a “threat” and ups your adrenaline. Weird huh?
So my 2 motivators: Results & music.