(Closed) lack of motivation

posted 5 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Message badabing88. She’s got a great story and is definitely motivating!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

MyFitnessPal times a million. It’s similar to a Weight Watchers online type of thing but free. Both the app and the website are great. It’s been a godsend for me motivation-wise. I started in September and I just hit 50 pounds lost. No real “diet,” just moderation and portion-control. The self-accountability it’s given me has been the real game-changer, I think. It’s helped me to develop an actual lifestyle change, and learn how to make good choices, instead of just following some prescribed diet that’s going to backfire on me as soon as I stop.

 

It’s really up to you, though… one day, a switch just flipped for me and I decided I was going to lose the weight. You can totally do it! It’s just a matter of deciding you’re going to make it happen. Easier said than done, I know 🙂 but it’s in you somewhere, just gotta flip that switch and make it happen!

 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Join a workout group that meets at the same time every day. Having other people there will hold you accountable. Good luck!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Turn your brain off, put your workout clothes on whilst in autopilot.. kick your arse out the door and get active – works for me LOL. 

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I’m in the same boat. I’ve been “dieting” for over 10 years. I’m 60lbs up since I met Fiance and our wedding is less than a year away. I don’t want to look like this on my wedding day and I’ve been refusing to even go dress shopping. Yet I can’t stop myself from eating crap!!!!! Ugh.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’m with you! I’ve been a yo-yo dieter all my life. Over the weekend I found a blog that actually got me really motivated, and believe me, I’m a tough nut to crack when it comes to getting motivated… this woman has lost 65 pounds and had two kids in between. Her story is really amazing, and her before-and-afters are so inspiring: http://www.mamalaughlin.com/

I think the key in breaking the yo-yo cycle is making a decision that this is not a quick-fix to prepare for your wedding day, that this is a lifestyle change and you will be committed to it for GOOD, it’s just that your upcoming wedding happens to be what it took for you to snap out of the yo-yo cycle and realize that this is the LAST TIME you will feel as if you are “starting over”.

So far this week (two days strong… small victories!) I’ve changed into my gym clothes immediately after walking in the door from work and then gone straight to the gym- no sitting down, no snack, nothing that might make me procrastinate and then end up not going.

A couple of things that might work for you:

-Put your workout clothes and shoes in your car, and go straight to the gym after work/school before you go home.

-Join a workout class a couple days a week (I love Zumba classes, you can burn up to 1000 cals in a one-hour class!), scheduled right after work or school so you have to go before going home

-I love reading Cosmopolitan, but I used to just read it sitting around on the couch… now I keep the magazine in my gym bag, and I’m not allowed to take it out unless I am at the gym on a machine. So I either don’t get to indulge in this little guilty pleasure at all, or it works as an instant-gratification non-food reward for working out! You could also do this with an audio book, or if you really like music (I tend to fall in love with a song and want to listen to it on repeat for like three weeks), you’re not allowed to play that song/listen to that particular fun playlist unless you’re in the gym. I also find that keeping my iPod constantly updated with new songs really helps!

-I love reality TV and can be such a couch potato! So when necessary, I tell my Fiance (who gets home earlier than me) that he has to hide the remote and I can’t have it back until after I’ve returned from a workout!

Hope some of these help =)!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Also, you can add friends to your MyFitnessPal app. Your friends can’t see your weight, what you ate, how many cals you had, etc., but they do see posts like “FutureMrsA11 has lost 5 pounds since her last weigh-in!”, and then friends can comment with encouragement. It also makes posts like “FutureMrsA11 has logged in for four days in a row!” (which is awesome, since when I’ve been bad I just don’t log in…). It helps to keep you accountable without giving too much information.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Look at motivational pictures – I got my butt out the door the other day after seeing someone I wished I looked like and figured I wouldn’t be looking like her anytime soon if I went back to sleep!

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