Post # 1
I am by no means “fat” or overweight. I am 5’5″ and 140lbs. My happy weight is 130lbs. I was balanced around 135lb. When I was traing for a half marathon, I was floating around 133-135. I loved it. I felt fabulous. Then I got mono. My doctor forced me to stop training and since I have stopped all levels of fitness aside from walking my dog. I did one day of plyometrics from P90x last week and was sore for days…
I hate how I look. I try to control what I eat, but I have 0 will power with sweets, especially around this time of year. Generally, I try to justify what I eat with workouts…especially for the holidays. I guess my problem is motivation. I have a new job, I’m exhausted, and though the vitamins are helping and mono is gone, I am still struggling to get myself motivated again.
SO and I discuss how we’d both like to be in the best shape of our lives for our wedding in 2012 and I want to be ridiculously fit and healthy when I get pregnant…
So, I guess my question is…how do I get motivated? What motivates you?
Post # 3
@Dance had a really good post on this thread about motivating yourself.
I feel the same way she does…I was unhappy with the way I looked and felt, and the only thing stopping me from getting to where I wanted to be was myself. Did I really need a drawer full of candy at work? No. Was it that horrible to get home from work and workout, even if it’s just for a half hour? No.
And once you start eating better and exercising more you won’t feel so exhausted anymore. Since I’ve joined Weightwatchers (and in turn had a complete diet overhaul – more fruits/veggies, minimal refined carbs, sticking to lean proteins, etc.) and made it a point to workout at least 5 times a week (and like I said, sometimes it’s only for a half hour) I feel a million times better.
I’m like you in that I didn’t have that much weight to lose, to most people I looked “thin” (especially since I’m 5’8) but what mattered was that I wasn’t happy. Watching my body transform into something it has never been (I’m starting to be able to see 6 pack abs shine through, lol) has been a rush, and it motivates me even more.
And, like you again, I want to be in the best shape of my life before I TTC, which we plan to do soon after we get married next September, so my list of motivators are the following:
- My happiness – I kow I’m a happier person when I’m eating right, exercising, and thus looking my best
- My wedding day – let’s face it, every girl wants to look their best in that dress!
- The honeymoon – my dress covers my stomach, and if I really wanted I could get a shaper, but the bikinis that I’ll be wearing on my honeymoon cruise will reveal all!
- Trying to conceive – I know the better shape I’m in going into TTC the better the pregnancy will be overall!
And once you get back into the swing of working out on a regular basis, it just becomes a habit. Yeah, there are some days where you really won’t want to, but as your body adjusts and it becomes part of your daily schedule it won’t be so bad!
Good luck getting back into things, and remember, the Bee has a huge community of women who are trying to get in shape just like you, whenever you need advice/motivation/bragging rights you can come here!