Post # 1
So here’s the short story. I’m 5’9, all throughout highschool I was a twig. I topped out at 104 in highschool. Way too skinny.
But then I gained a LOT of weight, like over 100 pounds. I topped out at 211.
I went on a diet and lost around 80 pounds and was at my healthiest weight ever when I met my husband, 125
^ from our engagement session 10 months before the wedding
But, due to new health issues that arose two weeks after the proposal I got kind of depressed, the symptoms at least and lost all energy. I’ve gained almost 40 pounds and on my wedding day at 160lbs
Now I’m not saying I’m the “f” word, but I’m back on the road to getting there. I picked out the dress around November so I made sure I didn’t gain weight but the dress fit perfectly so I used it as an excuse to not lose weight, so I didn’t have to have the dress altered. Now the wedding is over and on the honeymoon I gained 7 pounds putting me at 165.
I’m set on loosing weight. A few nights ago we watched videos from when me and my husband first met and it depressed me. I miss being healthy and active. I didn’t eat differently, I was just very active and in shape. So as of yesterday, I’m on the road to a healthy lifestyle again. My husband will be dissappointed to lose the 3 cup sizes in my chest I’ve gained but I will feel better and I’m excited to get this started. Yesterday my daughter and I spent nearly 2 hours running through the woods. Today I will do the same.
I don’t like working out at the gym, although I will a couple times a week to be sure to get some cardio in but just wanting to know what non gym activities everyone does to get in shape. I’m also thinking of taking up running since I’ve always wanted to but am a smoker and was never able to, about to quit smoking so I’ll be able to do that as well. We like to go “Marsh hunting” where we just search for historic sights and walk miles to find them through sticky stinky marsh but I’ve been slacking the last year. Going to get into that too.
So what are some good fun activities to help get in shape? Now that I no longer have a physically demanding job like I did back than and am a Stay-At-Home Mom, what can I do with my daughter to get us both in shape?
Post # 3
Diet is 80% of weight loss and exercise is only 20%… So as long as you watch what you eat more strictly you should be able to lose the weight without extreme changes to your exercise habits. However, since it seems like you want more exercise ideas, I personally have always liked running outside when I didn’t have a gym membership. Plus going for long bike rides!
Post # 4
@sleepyhead22: I should get a bike, my daughter has one and loves to ride it, it could be something we do together 🙂 My diet hasn’t changed since I lost all the weight, but my activity has. For lack of activity I eat too much. When I was active I ate more to balance my intake with how much I was burning off. When I stopped burning it off I gained. I did start eating healthier though, and with that lost 5 pounds, but it’s the lack of energy and movement that’s really making it impossible to lose weight, and being in shape is top priority. I miss feeling that good
Post # 5
I think running will actually help you quit smoking, it always gets me out of a bad mood. I bring along really angry music and rage for a few miles and come home feeling better. When you want a cigarette (and you will, quitting is hard! don’t beat yourself up) you can take a run to get the aggression out.
I’m about your height and was always chubby growing up. I lost 60 pounds, then gained 10 back (sigh) and am now trying to lose those 10 to get back to 120 before the wedding. I think the important thing is to do it slowly. It took me seriously 15 years to lose those 60 pounds, I changed my died and exercise habits to something I could reasonably continue for the rest of my life and over a long long time it came off. Then I moved in with Fiance and started eating his food…haha but anyway don’t stress yourself over slow progress, because that’s the kind that lasts and you’re in a great position because you are at a healthy BMI right now. Good luck!
Post # 6
I’m a Stay-At-Home Mom and love taking my 18month old to the park. We have a BOB stroller (the best running stroller imho), so I run down to the park, do a couple laps around the lake, then let him out of the stroller to run around. I get my cardio done, then he gets his! He’s up around 5am everyday, so it’s easy to get him in the stroller and out the door- no one is around outside at that time, so I don’t bother with makeup lol Good luck and btw Happy Mother’s Day!
Post # 7
My current exercise program is 3 days of couch to 5k (I am pretty active but still started with week 1 day 1 since I hate running) and 4-5 days of Jillian Michaels 30 day shred a week. Once I am done with 30ds I am moving on to Ripped in 30 (probably more like 60 since I don’t plan on doing it everyday). I really like these programs.
I agree with PP, diet is 80%.
Post # 8
Diet is huge, as others have said, but exercise can give you some wiggle room when you don’t want to restrict your calories too much. Also, some people don’t agree with the term “skinny-fat”, but I do believe that losing weight through cutting calories alone, without increasing your activity, can leave you looking like you weigh more than you actually do.
For staying active outside of the gym, I would recommend checking out the Back on Pointe tumblr blog. This young woman has a TON of workout ideas on her website – you can choose to do a workout targeting your abs, or your legs, or cardio… etc. Here’s the link to the page where she keeps all of her workouts: http://backonpointe.tumblr.com/tagged/workout-challenge. Virtually everything can be done in your living room on a yoga mat, and I love the variety, which helps stave off boredom.
Post # 9
I love playing tennis and get a great workout without really feeling like I’m working out!
Post # 10
I disagree with the posters emphasizing diet. Obviously, diet is important, but exercise will improve your metabolism in a way that diet alone is incapable of doing. Every time I’ve lost significant weight, it’s been through exercise alone.
A bicycle is a great idea, but it’s going to take a lot more than riding around with your kid in the park. I’ve also lost significant weight running and training for 5Ks or half-marathons. I usually use yoga as a cross-training activity, which is great because it’s so mentally calming and stretches everything out.
Ballroom dancing is a lot of fun and a way to bond with your husband. I’d pick something high energy like Salsa or Cha Cha.
Post # 11
I run three times a week and then alternate between Pilates and weights all in the comfort of my home!
Post # 12
Defintely running (C25K programs are great) and I love dancing classes. I prefer African and latin based dancing classes. They are fun but challenging and you work up a sweat.
Youtube has fabulous videos on yoga or excerices you can do only using your body weight (check out bodyrock.tv).
Post # 13
@kris325: i’m addicted to rock climbing. i don’t know where you live, but in my area there are two facilities where you can go and pay per climb. it is SO MUCH FUN and a great workout!
if you want some great workouts you can do without equipment, this is a great video:
Post # 14
@kris325: I think you looked beautiful in your wedding dress!
I too want to lose weight though. I gained a lot of weight right before my wedding and was getting comments that I might not even fit into the dress….was really frustrating.
I think maybe cutting out sugary snacks will help maybe with the weight loss but it’s been hard. That and I’m on medication that can help you gain weight. Good luck!