(Closed) need help starting my weight loss journey

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
1013 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Nutrition is key. Start a food journal. I use my fitness pal. That really helps with keeping track of what you are taking in. I do a mix of cardio and strength training 5 days a week and yoga once a week. 

Post # 4
286 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Jen51287:  Hello! 🙂 I just wanted to say good luck! I am currently doing Jillian Michael’s 30 day shred. Its only $10 at walmart and its only 20mins! I have been doing that mon-fri for 3 weeks now and cutting back on calories (tracking calories realllllly helps!!) and so far I am down 4lbs, but whats even better is I actually lost several inches. I know the weight thing isnt super accurate because I am building muscle as well as burning fat but the visual change is def noticable. My stomach is actually flat for once and my arms look amazing! The main thing is just stick with it! Dont give up and dont deprive yourself because then you will end up benge eating. Istead of telling yourself you cant have a certain food just say “im going to make a smarter choice” and then find something comparable that is less calories&fat. 🙂 I hope you reach your goal!!

Post # 5
1013 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@LLRininger:  I do 30 day shred before I go on vacations because I love the ab work out it gives me!

Post # 6
196 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Hi! I’ve lost 60lbs so far. I use MFP app and track my food. I go to the gym atleast 4 days a week (I aim for 5). I do 45min on the elipticle on hill climb, 10 minutes on the stairmaster, then I do some weight lifting.

I suggest you start by joining some classes at the gym, starting off doing 20min of cardio and working up!

Post # 8
5956 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@Jen51287:  If you keep to eating clean, you get to a point where you just don’t want junk anymore….chips, cookies, ice cream…that stuff used to be my favorite…now I can’t stand it….I drive by all the fast food places on the way home, and the smell that comes outta those joints is awful!  They don’t sell food there, just larger pants….

Set yourself up for success with small, healthy snacks, know what kinds of things you like to eat and when, and don’t starve yourself, it benefits you nothing.  

Of course you can have a cookie, one cookie never hurt anyone, but why do you want it so bad???

Keep yourself interested in your fitness routine by shaking things up, doing things that are fun and never beat yourself up for falling off the wagon, it happens, just get back on the next day and try again…

Good luck!


Post # 9
1360 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

There is a quote I saw in pintrest that helps me stay on my diet: Don’t sacrifice what you want for what you want now… or something like that lol This might sound weird but I also look up pictures, inspiration for that day’s workout, great legs or abs or arms, before I go work out and if I feel like quitting I remember the picture and it makes me push just that tiny bit more!


For cravings (I have a huge sweet tooth) I usually give in, but I savor it, by that I mean, eat the cookie sitting down, focused on the cookie (ie not tv) how it tastes, the texture, how sweet it is and how delicious and filling and then be sated with it! Of course I want 4 more but I also know that those 4 more mean another 30min of excercise and I’m too lazy to do that lol

@Jen51287:  Have faith in yourself and you will succeed!!!! I won’t say good luck because it’s not luck it’s discipline and motivation and that’s why it is hard (and annoying) and totally worth it! I dropped almost 20lb, and I feel much much better now and am happy with my body! I’m 5lb away from my ideal weight but I would rather be toned than skinny. Please let us know how it goes!! Btw p90x is awesome for toning, insanity is great for weight loss but it is kinda hard in knees and ankles, jillian is super good as a start but I wanted more results faster so I did about a week and switched to the two above.

Post # 10
358 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Jen51287:  You just have to find something that works for you.  I have a free day once a week.  It’s easy to tell myself to wait until Saturday, so I never cheat.  Plus, after a few weeks, you start to get used to not having garbage, and by the time free day rolls around, you don’t even feel like having it.  (And cheating is harder to do when you’re watching the number on the scale drop every day!)

I follow a modified version of the 4-hour body slow carb diet (I eat less beans and do intermittent fasting), and I have been steadly losing about 2 – 2.5 lbs per week.  I am only about 30 lbs over what would be legitimately skinny, so I would think you could easily do better.  Plus, counting calories is a PITA and you don’t need to do it if you’re eating the right things.

If you’re interested in either the 4-hour body or intermittent fasting, I have both the ebooks, so just message me.  The 4-hr body is a particularly good book for getting motivated, and “Eat Stop Eat” is an interesting read, although I’m still in the process of researching all the health claims.  The only thing I am convinced about is that fasting is a convenient way to control your intake.

Oh, also, if you have an android smartphone, try “Libra”.  It’s just an app for logging your weight, but it will give you good statistics so you can ignore the up and down of daily weight measurements.

Post # 11
1044 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Jen51287:  Congrats on starting your journey!

I have lost 100lbs by changing my eating habits and exercising regularly. What helped me in the beginning was to set realistic goals for myself. I knew I had a lot to lose but I would say to myself “let’s see if I can get the needle to move under 250 this week”.

Diet was first- I cut out all the unnecessary calories, no more soda, no more chips, no cookies in the house.

Cravings were really hard at first but I would think about how awesome I’m going to look if I don’t eat a cookie today. Maybe I’ll have one tomorrow but no cookies for me right now.

I was also easy on myself- if I did have a cookie or a cupcake, I wouldn’t beat myself up about it but I was honest to myself. I would allow myself an indulgence every now and then so I didn’t feel to deprived.

I rewarded myself by going weekly to Norstrom rack and trying on designer jeans… I almost did cartwheels out of the dressing room the first time I was able to zip up a pair!

Good luck and we’re all here for support.

Post # 12
11 posts

My suggestion for starting and sticking to a fitness routine is to buy a calendar. I have one on my refrigerator that shows the entire year (got it at Staples) and every time I go to the gym or work out I put a star sticker on the calendar. It’s been incredibly motivational for me and is honestly the only reason I have kept up with the gym for the past 3 years. It holds me accountable from week to week and month to month. There are no excuses like, “Oh I was so good last month, I can slack off a bit now” because it’s staring me in the face every day. Plus, the kid in me really enjoys the reward of getting a sticker Wink Best of luck!

Post # 13
1070 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I literally just posted this on another thread. Totally applies here soooooooooooooooo….



Read this book:

Push: 30 Days to Turbocharged Habits, a Bangin’ Body, and the Life You Deserve!

A friend of mine who is a personal trainer recommended it to me.

In my honest opinion:

It was the spark that started my ignition. My 30 days ended yesterday and I am 15 lbs lighter than when I started. I’m also consistent on a 10 minute work out routine that I do first thing in the morning. I’ve also begun cooking with vegetables!!! (GASP).

Honestly, I hate sounding like an infomercial, but this book made me focus on LIFE goals and not just weight goals.

Basically, Push is a 30 day workbook that gets you thinking about your current habits and how they translate to who you will be in exactly 1 year from now. The author is the lady who started TurboFire, Chalene Johnson. The only qualm I have with the book is her picture on every other page smiling up at you like some sort of excessively cheerful election poster.


Post # 14
685 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Find something you enjoy doing–I box and bike with my fiance and we both have a great time doing it (although for the past month I’ve been getting a little obsessive and maybe overdoing it).  Also, the little things count!  I started taking the stairs instead of the elevator, biking to work, and packing a healthy lunch instead of eating out.  I can pack a week’s worth of lunches on Sunday and it takes me no time during the week to grab it and take it to work 🙂   (I’ve lost 20 lbs so far fyi)

Post # 15
894 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

Man could I take some notes from here. I need to lose some weight to fit into my wedding dress, oh no! I’d really like to lose like 30-40 pounds before the big day and be able to keep it off, so I’m in the same boat as you and I have the sweet tooth from hell which makes it so hard! Let me know if you find something that works, or if you’re looking for a buddy to maybe support along the way?!

Post # 16
12247 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Don’t try to do it all at once! Just start with ONE thing.

When I had 50lbs to lose, I calorie counted with LiveStrong. I lost the first 35 just counting calories! Going from 2500/day to 1500/day!

To lose the rest, I picked up running. But that was over a year after I’d lost the first 35, and 18 months from when I started my diet!

I am still at my goal weight, though, more than 2 years later!

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