(Closed) Help getting started… What did you do??

posted 5 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Go to sparkpeople.com! That’s how I started. It’s a great resource (and it’s free). I lost about 50lbs in a year from using it each day. Just stay motivated and dedicated and you can do it. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@graygodess20:  I ate lots of greens, low carbs, lean meat (chicken breast, beef with no fat). I stayed away from ALL drinks except for water (that itself lost me 10lbs). I didn’t eat fast food, chips, or any junk food. I also used myfitnesspal.com to track my calorie intake. I also ate a lot more than 1200 calories.

I worked out 3-4 days a week. I concentrated A LOT of strength training (weights). Pull ups, dumbells (look up dumbell exercises on google), I used the elliptical for 15 minutes. I used the treadmill for 15 minutes. If I couldn’t go to the gym, I’d use weights at home and just go running for about 30 minutes. You just need 30 minutes cardio and the rest is weight lifting. NO you will not get bulky. 

Here is my results after 6 months:

 

Post # 5
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Worker bee

I don’t count calories, but I try to I eat healthy.  If it’s junk food don’t eat it.  If it isn’t junk food and you ARE hungry (not bored), eat it.  Also, even if you don’t count calories, sometimes it does help to simply write down everything you eat (no calories or math, just listing what you ate) in order to get a better picture of how much you actually eat.  I didn’t realize I ate as much as I did.

As far as exercise goes, I’m terrible at working out alone.  I joined a gym, and made sure I got there three or four days a week for an hour each time.  I found it helpful to go to the classes because then it wasn’t as easy to slack off and I found them to generally be a lot more fun.

Also, as the previous poster mentioned, sparkpeople is a great resource.  I no longer use it, but when I started trying to lose weight, I used it constantly.

I know you wanted specifics, but I didn’t do anything specific.  I didn’t eat a specific diet or do specific exercises.  If I wanted to go to the class at the gym, I did.  If I didn’t like the class, I used the weight room and the treadmill.  If it was a gorgeous day outside, I ran.  If it was healthy and happened to be in the house, it was on my list of things I’ll eat.  If not, I didn’t eat it.  The only new things I added to my diet were greek yogurt, home-made granola bars, and baked oatmeal.  

Good luck!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

i know exactly how you feel, where do you want to lose the most? running will get rid of fat fast throughout your whole body and will work your abs at the same time. i just recently started running a month ago and im already down 5lbs just from running. and no i dont run 10 miles, i started out with a walk run at half mile then up to a mile and then a mile and a half, still using the walk run method. but when i stop running the walking is not a slow normal walk its more of a slight speed walk. i force myself to go every other day or at least 2-3 times per week. 

if you dont get motivated just keep telling yourself my wedding is coming i can not slack 🙂

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@MrsJenBee:  +1

I use my MyFitnessPal also to track my food. It helps me stay accountable for everything I put in my body. There is no mindless eating since I log everything. I don’t follow any sort of specific diet – I just tried to eat less fried food and less simple carbs and put in more fruits, veggies, and whole grains into my diet. I eat about 1200 – 1300 calories a day, and I never feel like I am starving myself.

I also started running, which is a great free cardio work out! Now, you will need some decent shoes, but otherwise that is it. No gym membership needed!

I also got a set of resistance bands for $25 to begin toning. Mostly I’d do my arms, but some ab work too. I found videos on YouTube to figure out what to do.

And now I just finished finished Jillian’s 30 Day Shred, and I LOVED it. I really am not a workout video type of gal, but I quite enjoyed 30DS. It gives you cardio and lots of strength training. I became so toned, and people noticed after just a couple weeks.

All in all, it isn’t that hard. Just be concious of what put into your body and work out at least four times a week, doing cardio AND strength training.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@graygodess20:  6 months of hard work. You really can’t slack off. I know so many people who are like, “I tried eating good and exercising!” But they never lasted past 3 weeks! You have to be consistant about it or it will not work. If you quit for one day, it is just a downhill battle.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

The first step was signing up for Bootcamp.  It was just affordable enough to do, but just expensive enough that I didn’t want to ditch.  That kick-started me.  3 years ago when I was thinner and not doing bootcamp, I used to do workout DVDs, walk to and from work, hike once a week, and walk my dogs.  Core Fusion, Hard Body Yoga, Jillian Michaels, and one of the Cindy Crawford DVDs were a few favorite go-tos for me.

 

As for food, that one’s been tougher.  I mostly drink water, and the occasional veggie juice.  I’ve just started doing these things again, but I’ll share with you a lot of habits I had 20 pounds ago.  The first one has been cutting down processed foods.  Another is having salads take up half my meal at lunch and dinner.  Salads aren’t fun to eat, so what I do is I buy some of the pre-made salads from Whole Foods (like the Orzo or Tabouli) and mix a small portion of it with greens.  That way the expensive pre-made salad lasts me longer (2-4 meals), it’s a tasty salad, and I’m eating better.   I also eat sandwiches for lunch on a whole grain bread with a lean meat, small slice of cheese, sprouts, and greens.  Usually the sandwich has only 1 slice of bread.  I have a Panini press which makes the sandwich tastier; getting cheese and meat from the deli counter also helps.  I also have set the goal of allowing myself 1 treat per day.  I don’t always meet it, and sometimes eat more, but at least it makes me aware of junk I’m putting in my body.  For all of this, I use serving plates more than dinner plates, since that limits the amount of food I fill on my plate.  I also have a breakfast with protein; a favorite of mine is plain Kefir blended with frozen fruit.  Studies have found protein and fiber for breakfast kick-start your metabolism and keep you full longer throughout the day.

When I go out to eat, I either split my meal with FI or order an appetizer and eat a small portion of his meal.  Most restaurants give you a lot more food than you need, and I’ve found some of the best things on menus are appetizers.  Just for the hell of it order less than you normally would.  Chances are you’ll be full with less food than you thought you needed.  For example, I used to get 3-4 taco supremes at Taco Bell, but recently ordered just 1 and found I was full.  Or instead of ordering a full entree at my favorite chicken & waffles place, FI and I split one so I had 1 piece of chicken and 1/2 a waffle.

 

I don’t know if 20-30 lbs is doable in 7 months.  But please don’t hold yourself to that number.  If you work out and eat healthy, you might not lose that much, but still lose inches and a dress size or more.  Lean muscle’s a lot heavier than fat.  Since starting bootcamp, I think I’ve lost one whole pound.  But I’m much leaner than I was 3 months ago.  Instead of pounds, maybe take body measurements instead, it’ll be a much more encouraging way to track your progress.

 

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Oh, and sorry for the novel.  You did want specifics, right?  Wink

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@graygodess20:  You don’t have to run!! I think you can still run, if it’s an interest, regardless of your bust size and there are some amazing sports bras out there that will lock down those girls. The key to losing weight and eating well is to enjoy what you’re doing- you don’t want to resent your work outs and your spinach salad, it’ll just make you quit. Do physical activity that you enjoy- play tennis, swim laps, go walking, etc. Eat food that you like, but less of it or find healthier versions. There are a million blogs out there that have healthier versions of everything from mac ‘n cheese to cheese cake. You need to enjoy what it is you’re doing in order to make it a life change- and once you see progress, whether it’s a number on the scale or a smaller pant size, you’ll get hooked.

I’m an absolute health freak and love all things vegetables, so for me the eating part hasn’t been super difficult. I give myself one day a week to splurge and boy, do I splurge. I enjoy a glass of wine and a piece or two of chocolate every night. Losing weight and getting healthy doesn’t have to mean starving yourself and being miserable.

Please feel free to PM me if you have questions or want help!

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I put up a calander in the kitchen and marked every day that I worked out. It is a visable reminder to myself, and fuels a bit of a competitive spirit when I notice I’ve been bad.

And LOVE yourself, don’t hate! Know that you are beautiful, and you are simply trying to improve on that beauty and be a healthier person!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Oh and one more thing: find your motivation and stick to it. My initial motivation was that I wanted to fit into every sample size when I went dress shopping. I also hated having photos taken of me and avoided this as much as possible- last thing I wanted was to get married and hate how I looked in my wedding photos, knowing that in 15 years I’d look back and think, “why didn’t I just get up and go running or eat a salad instead of crap?”

My current motivation is my current body- I’ve lost 57 lbs and love myself, not because of just my physical figure, but also because I’ve proven to myself that I can do anything I put my mind to- including my 8 run I completed on Wednesday. When days get rough, which they will, just keep repeating that motivation or montra in your head over and over. And it is true that you never regret a work out.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@littlemisst08:  I really like the calendar idea! I read a quote somewhere that was like..”hating your body and hating yourself isn’t going to help you lose weight”

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