Post # 1
I had posted a few weeks ago tht I was about to star C25K, I never got past the first run. I’m not really overweight, but I could stand to lose a few pounds, it just feels like after work, I just can’t find the energy to do anything and it’s so much easier to run across the street to the McD’s then make lunches, get into salads, etc.
Any advice on how to change your lifestyle? How to get into that regime of healthy eating and exercising? Any advice is appreciated.
Post # 3
If you’re finding you’re too tired after work what about a pre-work (early morning) run time?
Personally my fav times to run are between 5am & 6.30am, before it gets too hot, but the sun is already up (plus I find there are less runners out in the morning as opposed to the evening).
Or get a jogging buddy, someone else just starting out and maybe that would help? Work out/jogging buddies always make me try harder.
Post # 4
I know its expensive but if you DO have the extra money try getting a gym membership and a few sessions with a personal trainer. Then you’ll have appointments to go to at least get you started.
Personally, I’m super lucky, I still have access to the gym at my college and my Man of Honor is a personal trainer there. Sometimes I question if its a blessing or a curse (he kicks my butt!) but I know in the end when I have “pussy cat doll legs, kelly rippa arms, and a gwen stefani abdomin” (that’s all him coming up with those, haha, he’s a character) it’ll be worth it, hahahahaha.
And for the record, I’ve been going for 2 weeks now and its starting to just be part of my routine. The fiance doesn’t love the fact that I don’t get home until 6:30 anymore but my body has gotten used to it!
Post # 5
@missmouse29 – I don’t know that I can get there in the mornings, I am not a morning person. I work about an hour and 15 minutes from home, so I’m up early and home late.
@MandaMack – there is definately a Y just up the street from my house and I could afford to get in there, just difficult to make time. I find gyms to be really overwhelming and very intimidating. I have to admit I LOL’ed @ the Kelly Rippa arms and other comparisons. He sounds like a riot!
Post # 6
@coffeeandtea: I had the EXACT same problem as you. I found what helped me was I bought new sneakers – the Nike’s that have the built in space for the sensor and the iPod sensors that went with it. Not only was it a new “toy”, BUT whats so cool about it is that it calibrates to your speed and calculates time/calories burned/ distance and you can set your workouts to how you want. THEN you can upload the data from each run on Nike.com to track your progress in the form of charts.
It’s so so so motivational to watch my progression and it makes me want to run to beat my time from my last run. Plus, I’m sleeping better and have more energy to actually run and sustain stamina to do other things (being back into my size 8’s is helping, too). It will take a bit to see results, but keep at it. I started doing .5mi walk/.5mi run and now I’m running a 5k and walking a .5-1mi four to five nights a week in under 30minutes.
The results will motivate you and deter you from McD’s. good Luck.
Post # 7
food wise, my fiance and i have just started cooking our whole week’s meals on sunday and then just heating them up each night. we also have a personal trainer that we work with twice a week right now (and plan on upping that amount soon). i work late and go to school during the week too so having these meals (just chicken that we combine with brown rice and veggies) really helps. it makes a huge difference to not have to think about what you’re going to eat.
if you don’t have time for the gym, could you buy an exercise tape and do it in the mornings before work? i suggest this, but could never do it, i’m not a morning person at all. but i really really want to do it. the 30day shred with jillian michaels (which i’ve bought and haven’t done yet…don’t judge, haha) is only 20 minutes and i’ve heard it really gets results. good luck and i hope you find your motivation!
Post # 8
1. A personal training session could help with the intimidation factor. I used to avoid the weight machines at all costs because I felt like people could tell I wasn’t 100% sure of what I was doing but now that I know how to use them properly I’m not nearly as intimidated.
2. My Maid/Matron of Honor is a definitely a riot. What’s even better then the “Kelly Rippa arms” comments are when he hangs on treadmills while I’m running saying “I’m Jillian Michaels and you’re gonna be the biggest loser!” I actually almost fell over laughing (while on a treadmill) the first time he did that (I guess as a sidenote I should mention I’m not overweight, a size 6-8 actually, if I was I don’t think it would be as funny)
Post # 9
I’ve set both large goals and little goals for myself and I try to mix it up. Three days a week I do the eliptical (I’m not ready to run outside where other people might see me). On Eliptical days I watch a television series on DVD. I’m only allowed to watch it while on the eliptical, so it helps to get me on there. I also have a goal to spend 3 days on it over the course of the year. The goal was four, but summer’s been rough on me.
The other three days I do strength training with the Wii. It keeps track of what I’m working on and seeing the progress gives me a nice boost.
Lastly I’ve also started the 100 push up challenge and am posting my sessions on Facebook. It’s a fun way to keep me motivated, because I know someone will notice if I miss a day or two.
Post # 10
Normally if im feeling tired when I get home I have a redbull and am ready to do anything! Lucky for me FH works for redbull and we get them for free. But a lot of stores have pretty good promos on them!
Post # 11
1) spending money on it. I hate wasting my $20 at the gym, so I go.
2) focus on how much better you FEEL when you eat better
3) i focus on the flub. I like to see results and see it melting away. Knowing my pants are snug motivates me b/c i don’t want to buy new ones!
4) i read this philosophy: “even if you don’t feel like going, go to the gym. Tell yourself that if you STILL don’t feel like going when you get there, you can go home”. You know how many times i’ve actually LEFT the gym? Um, maybe once, after a short jog and i said, “screw it”. But i guess having the option to go home helps? I dunno!
Post # 12
@MandaMack – good point on the personal trainer – I think you get one free session at the Y with a nutritionist and a personal trainer, maybe I should take advatange of that.
@superbrook – good for you for sticking to your goals! I don’t think i’m nearly consequential enough. i used to be really good at meeting goals and then I guess I just figured somewhere along the lines the consequences were never too severe if I didn’t meet one. Talk about being an extremist.
@ ejs4y8 – I like the idea of just getting to the gym. You’re right, I probably wouldn’t leave once I got there!
These tips are awesome, but it seems like everyone has their own form of motivation, I’m going to have to find my own.
Post # 13
I do almost the same thing as SuperBrook. My Fiance and I don’t subscribe to cable TV but the gym at my complex has a TV in it with cable. I work from home so everyday for lunch I go down to watch shows while I’m on the treadmill. It started off as walking but I’ve progressed to a slow jog. I only used to be able to do a half-hour at a time and I’m slowly reaching 60 minutes.
I also found that new music helped. I used to run to Pandora but the connection signal at my gym cut-out often and there was too much lag between songs. My sister turned me on to motiontraxx (http://www.motiontraxx.com). It is running music mixed by a DJ that can be downloaded to an MP3 player. Using this along with a heartrate monitor made sure I didn’t push too much on my run causing me to be lazy the next day. This helps especially since I am going for stamina more than anything else.
Hope this helps and good luck!
Post # 14
My motivation trick – I love bad TV and we don’t have cable. If I go to the gym, I get to watch Say Yes to the Dress, Grey’s Anatomy re-runs, etc. I totally plan my trips to the gym around what’s on TV! :o) (But it works…)
Post # 15
You girls with the televisions are hilarious. I totally get the draw of the television.
Thanks for the tips!
Hopefully tomorrow I can get on the right path. I have to go grocery shopping tonight and I’m going to get lots of healthy stuff and then tomorrow start walking (gotta start somewhere) I have a little 4 legged beast who will be happy mommy is walking him so far in the evenings