Post # 17
I find yoga very helpful; however, I’ve been home sick with the flu for a week now, so I haven’t done anything. My wedding is in August, so I purchased a personal training package for the summer — I plan to work out 3 days a week with my trainer for the months of June and July, hopefully that will be enough not only to look good on the wedding day, but also on the beach in Jamaica.
My only real dilemma… my wedding dress arrives in May, and how/when do I do my fitting if I don’t start working out until June? I don’t need to lose weight, I need to reduce the size of my waist by about 1 1/2 inches ( I really need to work on my core, sit-ups, etc…).
Post # 18
Trying to be more conscious of what I eat (i.e. replacing candy w/ special k bars!) Also going to an intense aerobics class 4 x/week (http://www.barmethod.com). If anyone is in SF, LA or Chicago – this is insanely excruciating, but IT WORKS! I hate exercising (especially in groups) but I love this! I lost 3 lbs in 2 weeks. Warning: it’s addictive and expensive.
I’m just trying to lose another 5 or so pounds and tone up my arms and thighs. What’s up with thighs?
Post # 19
Caliocteach- I am getting married in August and honeymooning in Jamaica as well!! Good luck!
My goal is my first fitting and not my actual wedding date!! I have already lost about 10 pounds and would like to lose 10 more by May. After that I want to focus toning up until the wedding day. I have definitely been increasing my visits to the gym latetly. Though, with the cold weather extra motivation is really needed to get out the door!!
Post # 20
Joyful — Where in Jamaica? We are going to Ocho Rios. How exciting!! I love reading all of these posts, such good advice for free. I just wish I had found this site before I did most of my wedding planning.
Post # 21
My wedding is June 9. I need to lose 20 more pounds to fit in my dress!!! But, I got a really great deal on it & couldn’t pass it up. So, after having 2 children, I don’t have time for the gym so I purchased a fold up treadmill & Richard Simmons DVD collection. I know it sounds corny but I am inspired to see people of all sizes exercising. I hate watching exercise DVD’s with 20 year old models. It’s depressing. I would rather see real looking people, I think – if they can do it, I can do it! I’m also drinking ALOT of water, watching what I eat (most of the time) and buying healthy snacks for the whole family to avoid temptation. I love sherbert. Good Luck!
Post # 22
I have less than 5 months til my wedding. I’ve been doing the elliptical everyday or every other day, like Sweeney2be, and once or twice a week I do the Wedding Work-Out video (cardio, arms & abs). Also I just started taking Proactol after meals. Haven’t really seen results on the scale yet but my tummy is slimmer.
Also, I ordered the Suzanne Somers thigh-master.. lol
Post # 23
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Hi! I recently signed up for "bridal bootcamp" (sounds funny, I know) anyways, my plan is to lose 30 lbs by July -then i’ll be the weight I was when I first met my Fiance ( which was 5 1/2 years and 2 babies ago). Hopefully it will work. Ive NEVER been really active so im praying the switch up will help!.. Im going 3 times a week, But I still need to figure out the right eating plan ( If I could only leave the french fries & Ice cream alone)…. ANY suggestions will help!!! Thanks!
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Post # 24
Well…I just unofficially commited myself to another marathon (its <1 month before the wedding!) so my workouts are going to get stepped up, wedding or not. In our new house I have NO time to workout in the morning (literally- have to leave the house at 6:15) so daylight savings is a godsend for me!
I am also trying to incorperate pilates/yoga. To tone up for my strapless dress, and because in a marathon my back is always the first thing to go- I NEED a stronger core!
I am also going to start keeping a food journal again bc that has really helped me in the past
Post # 25
I think it’s all about variety. That way you won’t get bored!
I’ve been doing total body weights + 30 minutes cardio 3 days a week, a yoga video 2 days a week, and just going for walks (or being lazy) the other days. I think it’s best to keep a balance. And with this combo I can tone up, lose a little extra fat (and keep my heart heathy) and lengthen my muscles!
If anyone has any nutritional questions I have a degree in nutrition and can help you out!
Post # 26
I’ve started working out this week (I’m on a leave of absence while I student teach, so it’s given me a little more free time). I’ve done 30 mins of cardio 4x this week and upper body strength training once, lower body twice. I hope to stick with this regimen for awhile because we are one year out! My goal is to lose 50 lbs by next year… I’m trying to eat healthier by packing my lunches each day, too. We’ll see!
I signed up for SparkPeople but their workout thing is totally whack. I can’t add "machine" exercises… all they have for strength training is ball/free weights. Hmph.
Post # 27
hey guys – i started a new workout regime and i’m actually seeing results, only one week after starting. i swear! it’s Power 90. it’s just basically a workout video, and you work out to it 6 days a week. 3 days you do cardio and 3 days you do circuit weight training. it’s incredible but my stomach is flatter, my legs are more toned and i’m in agony. i’m on the beginners too! once you notice the workout is too easy, you stick a harder version of the workout in the dvd player.
buy it on ebay! i got my copy from someone on craigslist, it only cost $30 (rather than the really high price on the beachbody website).
oh yeah, another thing that’s nice about this is that you just need a mat and some free weights (or resistance band).
Post # 28
This is an ab workout that my sister (who is studying to be an Athletic Trainer) sent me, and I’ve been trying to stick to :-P. I try and do it every night while watching tv, and before bed.
3 Sets: Each set consists of doing the following without stopping in between
30 Regular Crunches
30 Crunches with legs in the air (hips at 90°
15 Crunches (right arm to left knee)
15 Crunches (left arm to right knee)
Bicycles until you’re tired
Regular planks- 3 sets, 1 minute each
Side planks-4 minutes (3 times per side, 40 seconds each) done continually switching from side to side
Leg Lifts- 3 sets, 1 minute each (lay on back and hold legs 3-6 inches of the floor….be sure not to arch your back too much because that takes away from the effect on the abs, you can place your hands under your butt to help with this)
Workout lasts 20-30 minutes depending on how long you rest in-between. I suggest making a playlist on your iPod, it helps the time go by faster.
Post # 29
Hey! Well, I perform and teach bellydancing all the time, so that’s one way of working out, but I’ve been branching out to ‘cross-train’ and now do cardio twice a week and an hour long weight class twice a week as well. My goal is to mostly is to up my overall level of fitness, but also to tone up the arms and upper back in preperation for the dress. I’ve also discovered Bikram or hot yoga and now attend one class a week. It’s fantastic! Helps to detoxify your body and helps to releive stress.
I’m also keeping a closer eye on my food choices…trying to avoid anything deep fried or laden with rich sauces and be mindful of portion control.
Post # 30
if you’re looking for a way to track your food intake and exercise, try gyminee. i’ve been using it for a few months & really like it. they have different workouts you can try out or you can build your own. also, it’s totally free.
Post # 31
We just got a wii, and I have to say that playing wii sports can give you quite the workout!