Post # 17
I’ve gained a lot of weight since 2008 (when I met my SO) because I gain weight when I’m happy and lose when I’m sad/stressed.
I’ve been steadily working out, as well as cooking for myself more. I used to stop and get something after work or class, but now, I cook on Sunday and eat all that I cooked, through the week. I also drink more water and watch my calories. Breakfast helps too. I have to force it down at 6:30am, but it’s worth it.
Post # 18
I find that setting small goals (like number of times to work out in a week or a month, or number of miles or minutes to put in on the treadmill, etc.) and then giving myself a present (new workout clothes, expensive soap or lotion, new downloads for my iPod, etc.) keeps me going. We are saving a lot for the wedding, so even $10 for my favorite bodywash is an extra purchase I would not normally allow myself to make, but I consider it my reward and part of my fitness plan, so I do it. You need to choose somehting you REALLY want though, and you cna’t make it something to eat (although sometimes when I’m running all I can think about are chocolate milkshakes).
You also might try posting a picture of your dress (or any wedding dress, if you live with your FH and want to keep yours a secret from him) on the fridge or snack cupboard, to remind yourself to stay away from the bad choices. It’s the inspiration board idea: seeing the object all the time is going to help you reach your goal of looking your best on your special day.
Post # 19
stock up on plenty of fruits and vegetables, and bring more of these snacks than you think you’ll eat in a day along with you, just in case. that way, you’ll avoid the temptation to eat junk when you get hungry.
Post # 20
This may or may not be helpful to you but when I need a shove off the couch I’ll read fitness magazines and go straight to the weight loss success stories and I’m up and exercising, works everytime time! Women’s Health.com has a whole section devoted to those stories, maybe give it a shot… read one a day even.
Post # 21
Well the good news for you is that you still have time. I want to be 10 lbs. thinner (give or take) by October 16 but that apparently is not going to happen. I have consistently lost and maintained weight in past year and a half or so; however, I have only lost 1 lb. since setting my wedding date in May. I thought that would be a piece of cake to lose 10 lbs. in 5 months. For some reason I got more lazy. I think it’s the stress of wedding planning. It makes me too tired to get on my treadmill and I have been so busy lately that my normal exercise routine has been affected. I also work full time and I am currently finishing up my last two classes (for my bachelors degree) at a JC. I thought my wedding would be a great motivator, but somehow I am not doing what needs to be done. Luckily I have not gained weight thanks to the little exercising I do, but I am so not close to my goal and it looks like it’s not happening. It makes me furious with myself. We are going to Maui and I am not happy with the way I look in my bathing suit. Thank god my dress looks good at least. I just know that when the one month mark hits, I will be on the treadmill daily and I will diet like there’s no tomorrow. I’m such a procrastinator.
Anyways, your fiancé loves you as is. Losing some weight is not going to change that. I just hope it makes you feel better that you are not alone.