- Mrs. DG
- 9 years ago
- Wedding: July 2009
Last fall, I was on the uber-weight loss/fitness plan spurred by trying on dresses. I dropped 6 lbs and was looking and feeling great. I was starting to fit into my skinny clothes and feeling really good about it. I found the dress of my dreams.
Fiance and I went home to his parents for Christmas, and I got slightly de-railed on my plans. I didn’t gain any weight thanks to continuing my yoga while we were home, but I felt horrible. Plus my dress came in and it was *too big*, which completely evaporated further motivation.
The net result was that I didn’t return to my plan when we got home 🙁 And then, when you aren’t feeling the greatest, the motivation to work out goes away.
So, I was in complete stagnation mode. I gained back a few pounds and felt perfectly awful… Something needed to change. Stat.
Miss Ballet Flat’s post from yesterday inspired me to share how I’ve been making that change and got back on the road to feeling better and looking better (but it’s really all about feeling, isn’t it?).
The trick to getting back on track? I decided to re-evaluate everything in my work-out/diet plan and see where I could make changes. You know how we get locked into a schedule? Some of us are morning exercisers and others are evening, but it seems impossible to change which you are… but sometimes that’s exactly what we need!
I always work out at night, and if I’m tired or have a late night shift workouts are the first thing to go. So, I sat down with my schedule, and made some drastic changes. There is location of my gym by my office, so it’s feasible to work out before or during work hours… but I’ve never wanted to do that (you know, icky showers and 1,000 other excuses!). It’s a huge commitment. It means getting to work earlier and staying later. It means packing a lunch the night before and hauling changes of clothes to the office… What a pain! But I’m doing it.
1) Now I’m going to work in the am, then leaving at either 11 or 12 for an hour to work out. I’m guaranteed, then, to work out every day. AND, I’ve seen a huge spike in my metabolism. Let’s face it, morning work outs work better for me! I was skeptical that such a little change could make a big difference, but two weeks in and my pants are already looser.
2) I stopped trying to food restrict. It works for a while, but then I binge. And being hungry feels horrible to me… so I’m eating healthy, but I’m eating.
3) I stopped making excuses. When it comes to work-outs I stopped saying "No" and started saying "Yes". I have to admit that I’ve skipped every post on the boards and in the blogs about the Jillian 30 day Shred. But, my friend who just had a baby is using it and she looks Ah-May-Zing! So, I’m trying it…
4) I’m doing something every day. A non-exercise day is not an option!
So yeah, I might not lose any more weight in the next 3 months before the wedding, but I’m committed to feeling great about myself on that day.
Does anyone have any other good kick-start, motivating ideas that might get us fired up today? Who is doing well? What is keeping you on track? Who has fallen off the wagon? What are you going to do to get back to it?