(Closed) Overweight and desperate…

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
388 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

First of all, breathe deep.  It’ll be ok!

I have three suggestions:

1) Do strength training, which you can do in bits and pieces and do at home.  So many people obsess on cardio to lose weight but strength builds muscle, which burns more calories.  But what I love most about it is that once you feel your muscles get harder, even if it’s under fat, you feel good about yourself and want to keep going.  It’s a motivator!

2) If you are really having a hard time, why not just focus on eating healthier?  I am giving up sugary snacks at work during the day.

3) Do you have a desk job?  There was an article in the health section of the NY Times this week saying that if you sit for long periods al day, it is terrible for your waistline.  I now get up and do a lap of the office every 15 min.  I also use a shared printer and do not have one at my desk.  And I try to walk to talk to colleagues instead of emailing them.

Good luck, you can do it!

Post # 4
1510 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

You have a lot of time.  Start charting your food and beverage intake and make sure that you are not eating more than 1,200 calories a day if you aren’t exercising.  At this rate, you will lose about 1 pound a week and will be lean and trim well before your big day.

And when you come home from an awful day and only want to drink wine and eat chips (insert your fav bad foods), just think to yourself, will this chip taste as good as being thin feels in my wedding dress on my wedding day? 

One more comment – exercising will actually give you more energy as strange as that sounds.  It will.  If you start exercising regularly, you will probably come home feeling less tired!

Good luck!  You can do it!

Post # 5
1962 posts
Buzzing bee

30 lbs in 7 months equals about 1 lb per week.  Definitely doable.  You need to adjust your diet/exercise to create a calorie deficit of about 500 cals a day.  If you haven’t been gaining weight you are likely eating at your resting metabolic rate (maybe around 1600-2000 cals a day depending on body).  I suggest getting some light exercise (about 150 cals) so you don’t have to physically eat 500 cals less every day.  Give up processed foods for a while and try to eat as close to the ground (veggies, fruits etc) as possible. 

Can you give me some insight into what your diet is now?

Post # 6
1110 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

Stay positive.. eat healthy.. drink LOTS of water.. TRY and workout but dont stress about it.

Post # 7
1962 posts
Buzzing bee

LOL at Mrs. Loub.  I want to be thin but right now I am drinking that glass of wine!  (btw, I gained 15lbs on vacation and I am busting my butt to get it off now dammit)

Post # 8
39 posts
  • Wedding: September 2010

I know how you feel, I feel exhausted after work too!  BUT the hardest part about the gym is actually going, once I get there my exhaustion wears off and by the end of my workout I feel great.  I notice that when I don’t workout I feel more tired all day as well.  I think if you can just get over that hump you can make time for 45 min – an hour after work.  Also, have you thought about going before work?

Post # 9
469 posts
Helper bee

Figure out how many calories you should eat a day to lose weight. This website helps you do that.


Then try to make them HEALTHY calories and you can track them using caloriecount.com

I’m 5’4″ and I’ve lost 30 pounds (over a year cause I didn’t stick with it) doing this. I also lift weights at night which I enjoy SO much more than cardio.

Post # 10
2765 posts
Sugar bee

I joined this a while ago and am down about 21 pounds:


It’s a drag not being able to eat whatever I want, but it’s super simple and it definitely works!  I’m going to stay on it until I’m back to my wedding weight…

Post # 12
33 posts

I’m a big fan of strength training in front of the TV! Buy some free weights, figure out a little routine, and you can workout while getting your TV fix 🙂

Good luck with the weight loss! You have so much time!

Post # 13
1585 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I count calories with livestrong.com… it doesnt work for everyone but it works for me.  Of course I try to get in at least 4 days of cardio a week too.

Post # 14
5823 posts
Bee Keeper

If you really truly cannot motivate yourself to workout when you get home, then you need to work out when you wake up in the morning.  Wake up early and get your exercise in then.

Also, recent studies suggest AT LEAST an hour per day of moderate to strenuous exercise in order to lose weight.  A lot of people are discouraged because they do their 30 minutes per day and see no results.  The answer is that 30 minutes only maintains weight, it doesn’t help lose it.

Also, make sure you’re getting the right amount of sleep.  It’s different for everyone, but if you’re getting too little (or too much!) you wake up feeling tired.  Try starting with 8 hours per day then cut back in 15 minute increments until you wake up feeling perky and refreshed.  I need 7 hours of sleep when my days aren’t hectic, and 6 hours of sleep when I have really busy days.

Post # 15
951 posts
Busy bee

I’m doing the My Daily Plate at Livestrong.com too.  It’s free, easy to use (can find all different kinds of foods in their database) and I have it both on my computer and the app on my iphone so I have no excuse for not tracking my caloric intake each day.

Post # 16
2214 posts
Buzzing bee

Losing weight is 90% diet and only 10% exercise.  If you can’t find time to exercise, it’s probably just easier to change your diet.  Low carb, low fat diet is usually a safe bet.  Get rid of soda (even diet) and alcohol and switch to water (flavored if you’d like).  Lean meats like chicken, turkey, and fish are what you should be focusing on.  Lots of veggies, even for snacks.  Carrots and hummus and celery and peanut butter are good.  Try to have protein with every meal.  Cutting out as many carbs and processed foods will help shed the pounds as well.  Exercise will help to burn calories, but if you don’t have time to fit exercise into your schedule, then reducing calories or eating better calories will definitely help.

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