(Closed) How did you find the motivation?

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I don’t really have an answer to your question about motivation. I’m searching for some myself.

I, too, gained 20-25 pounds or so when I started college, mainly from no longer dieting. I still exercised, but I allowed myself to indulge. My weight plateaued, and I grew to appreciate and love my curves. I don’t want to go back to my high school body.

I had an injury late last year and haven’t been exercising. I’ve also been eating more from the stress of the long winter and other things. Hence, I’ve gained more.

 

 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m also searching.  I have lost about 40 pounds over the last two years just from making small habit changes.  I’ve started working out more but am hitting that mental block where I’m not seeing the immediate result in the mirror, my clothes, or the scale so I’m stuck questioning why I’m working out so hard.  Honestly, as petty as it sounds, my motivation right now is to be a hot wife.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@SweetRose2011: I played a little softball (on a league), but that was it. 

I run now – or I did before my injury. I’m trying to get back to it, but it’s hard with the ice and snow. I also have an exercise bike.

By The Way, I’m 5’3″, right now I’m 155, but I was 135-140 before the injury, and felt great at that size.

 

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@SweetRose2011: I read somewhere that people who do team sports intensely in high school and stuff find it really hard to exercise without a coach and team when they get older. I definitely found this to be true for me. I signed up for a boot-camp type gym which has been really great. The “drill instructors” fulfill the coach role for me and the other people tend to show up at the same times so you get to know people and it’s like a team in that way. I’m lucky because I can afford to sign up for this but I would say even if you can’t afford a gym the key thing is to have someone else to hold you accountable — a workout buddy or maybe your fiance can support you?

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Less than two years ago, I was fairly thin…not nearly as thin as I was in my 20s, but I could rock a size 4, which made me happy.  Then I met Darling Husband, and within six months, I had put on 30 pounds. Needless to say, I’m not happy about it.  

I’ve been trying to lose it for what seems forever, but of course, it hasn’t been.  Anyway, I started using the Virtual Trainer at Shape.com last week, and I’m already seeing results. It keeps me motivated to really watch what I eat, because I can actually see the numbers go up and down. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

my motivation: my dress didnt fit. not my fault…they ordered the dress too small…but since it took 6 months to make it wouldnt be made in time if we ordered a larger size…awful motivation but it definately worked! I dropped ten pounds…and i am back to my college weight which is what I wanted to do originally anyways.

ANYWHOO…i actually started running 5Ks…and training for them…most of them for charities that i like to donate to…so not only are you getting a workout…you are running for a good cause.

ALSO…what really helped me was fitness classes at the gym…it is SOO much easier to have someone else kick your ass instead of yourself. I do Tae Bo, a cardiopower hour class, a bodybar class and once a week i also do the crosstrainer and lift weights on my own…but i see more results with the classes then when I do stuff only on my own. Have you thought about maybe doing some fitness videos? My Fiance did P90X and got really great results.

Food wise…i watch what I eat during the week…and allow myself to indulge a few times on the weekend.

thats what i do…maybe this helps? just thought i would try ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@SweetRose2011: About the same height, but now I’m considerably larger than you. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Ms.Teddy: Yeah! Mr. Bluebike and I are training for a 5k together too. Granted, he used to be a marathoner so I feel really dumb but oh well ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I have NEVER fit a size four.  I weighed my optimal weight before I joined the Army.  Then at Basic, they make you eat big meals (or at least big by my standards) three times a day, and I wasn’t exercising much more.  Then AIT, where the food we could actually get in a reasonable amount of time was burgers and fries.  Then I ended up with a seizure disorder and a no-PT profile.  My seizure disorder was apparently caused by severe vitamin deficiencies (which explains why I was hungry all the time, and diets made me feel like my bones were going to crumble and my head was going to explode with more force than a grenade.)  I gained 40 lbs.  

My motivation NOW comes from the fact that A) I paid a personal trainer for 8 sessions and B) that’s almost 1/4 of my monthly income.

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