Post # 1
I happened to win a competition at work and ended up with a good chunk of extra cash. I decided to invest in my health (I have a good 40lbs to lose *tear*) and bought a treadmill!
I’m not looking for a lot of jogging, just to get on that baby and walk off some of that extra weight. I got on it for 20 minutes today (it’s kind of late already 🙁 ), and would like to try for 1 hour a day. I already love it!
For those of you who utilize treadmills for their workouts, any tips and tricks to keep me motivated? I might print some old pictures of me and tape them on the control panel. haha!
Post # 3
First thing is to set short term goals for yourself…what will you do by the end of this week? Next week? Try to vary your incline and speed. Set a calorie goal and don’t get off until you finish it! Also I like to watch The Biggest Loser. HUGE inspiration (pun intended!). I put a sticker on my calendar for every day I work out. I like to see my calendar fill up!! I have a tape measure (like what you get at a fabric store) that I have used to measure my whole body. I retake my measurements every month. I only weigh myself once a week. Finally, I always go back to how I want to look in my wedding dress! I’ve lost 17lbs so far, and counting. Good luck to you!
Post # 4
Wow, great advice!
Okay, have my tape measure, and my wii fit to track my weight. Maybe I should go try on some dresses at my current weight and then post them around my workout area- to show what I DON’T want to see on my big day!
Thank you so much for reminding me about a calendar! Plus, any reason to use stickers. 😀
I love the biggest loser… it’s so inspiring to watch people make such positive changes in their lives. I tend to cry a lot with the contestants though, it’s a very emotional show for me! I might end up slipping on my tears! haha
17lbs?! That’s amazing! Congratulations!
Post # 5
Interval training!!! (here’s a thread I wrote about it) I am obsessed with it these days! Basically it’s doing a walk then a jog then a sprint incycles … the great thing is that with a treadmill you get to choose what walking, jogging, and sprinting mean to you. Basically it’s just making sure you have variety in your work out.
For example, instead of walking at 3.5 for an hour … you could walk at 3.0 for 3 minutes walk at 3.5 for 3 minutes, then really push yourself and walk at 4.0 for one minute. And repeat that for the hour. Once you master that — increase your speeds at each interval! Or put the treadmill at an incline during one of your "walking" segments.
Good for you for using your money to better your health! Keep us updated!
Post # 6
Interval training, as HumarockBride said, is great. I run outside most days, but in the winter, with the weather, it’s tough, and I hate hate hate running on a treadmill. A trainer at my gym told me to alternate two or three minutes treadmill running with two or three minutes walking, and I really like doing it. The intervals change before either one gets too boring.
Post # 7
I have created workout playlists on my iPod. I pick upbeat songs that will keep me going. Some days I will make myself run for one song then when the next one comes on I walk…like humarockbride does only with songs instead of just looking at the time.
ChaiAnkh99, I am completly opposite from you. I love the treadmill and hate running outside (well unless it is gorgeous and I can run by the lake). Everyone thinks I’m crazy but the view from my office gym is gorgeous! 🙂
Post # 8
The trick is to get into a habit. Make it fun for yourself in the begining. Something that worked for me: buy a season of a show you want to watch on DVD and only let yourself watch it if you’re on the treadmill.
And interval training is definitely good for losing weight and keeping things interesting.
Post # 9
Just wanted to thank you all for the great ideas and support. It wasn’t easy for me to part with my money for something that isn’t "fun" but now that I have it set up, I love it.
I stand all day at work and come home exhausted. I was particularly proud of myself because although I wore the MOST painful heels in the history of shoekind today, I still managed get into my gym clothes and walked on it for an hour. I started a little slow, and as I got warmed up I kept increasing the incline and the speed.
I’ll give interval training a try tomorrow. 🙂
The hour actually flew by! I felt invigorated afterwards and really think that I can build this into a habit. I want it to be second nature. Come home, jump on treadmill, start rest of the evening.
I think this will help me unwind from my sometimes stressful days at work. 🙂 I’ll continue to post my progress here… I think it’ll help me to feel accountable.
Thanks again guys! 🙂
Post # 10
I got another day down!! Another hour on my new baby… that makes 2hrs20 minutes since Monday!
Keep your fingers crossed for me that tomorrow will be just as good. 🙂
Post # 11
I’m just going to be really honest and admit that I HATE working out, especially running. I can walk for forever and not think about it at all, so I found that when I first started, I was running at such a slow pace and despising it so much, that I started walking at a quicker pace and on an incline. I burned many more calories and didn’t hate my work out as much. As I got into better shape, I added short intervals of running. Not sure that info will be helpful to you, but it helped me stay on track…
Post # 12
haha I definitely hate working out, and it shows!! I have been really good lately, I haven’t missed a day on the treadmill since I bought it.
Post # 13
Well I’m still going strong on this treadmill thing! I tried on clothes today and noticed that I’m looking nicer- I’m not as squishy in some places as I used to be, especially on my rump. It’s a nice thing! Thanks to the hive for the wonderful advice! You guys are the best. 🙂
Post # 14
One thing I learned was to switch up my workout routine. After a month of doing the same workouts, your body will adjust to it and then you’re really not working out those parts as much. I also like to do a lap on the treadmill sprinting as fast as I can. In between each lap I’ll do an arm workout or abs, etc. I do 4 laps which is usually a mile. Even though I’m only running a total of a mile, I’m sprinting as fast as I can and that ends up burning alot more fat than if I was to run the mile all the way thru but at a low speed. Good luck!