Post # 1
At first before I was even engaged I found myself pretty motivated at the gym, now I have a $500 beauty sitting in a closet for my wedding next year that i can’t lace up the back. You would think my motivation would be sky high!! But it’s not, as I’m writing this I should be at the gym before work in 2 1/2 hours lol. How have you kept yourself motivated if you’re on a diet/ weigh tloss plan? I keep my eyes closed and try picturing my dress and I repeat over and over “you have a dress to fit in!” lol, sounds funny I know, but when I’m actually at the gym it works. It’s just getting there, and eating healthy that’s my problem. I’ve needed for sometime to be on a low carb low sugar diet(most my family is diabetic my dr. advised me to cut them out now to avoid it). But it’s sooo hard, I’m a bakery specialist at a large subway restaurant. (sounds unfancy I know, but I like the job, I love baking, I want to own my own bakery someday) Anyhow, I bake bread, cookies, cinnamon rolls, all the good stuff I can’t eat!! Please offer me some kind words and advice, because I really want to fit in this beautiful dress of mine!!
Post # 3
I agree, getting to the gym is the hardest part. What I’ve done is make the gym a priority. I work out Monday-Friday right after work. If a friend calls me and asks to go to do something, I will let them know I can after the gym. I don’t schedule things around the gym at all. I make sure it comes first. This has helped A LOT. I also have my gym bag in my car, so after work I head straight there, no excuses.
What you eat is way more important then even going in the gym. Weight loss is 80% of what you eat. I use My Fitness Pal to track my daily calories and its been awesome! Also try to mix up your work outs. Take some classes and do different things each week to keep it fun.
Don’t give up girl, you can do it! =]
Post # 4
I started working out a month ago. Before I joined the gym I told myself that I would go everyday after work. I just don’t let myself skip. It doesn’t matter how crappy my day at work was or how tired, I make myself go. I’m really not a big fan of working out but having a set plan has worked so far. I’ve only skipped one time and that was because I got out of work way late and my dog needed to be let out. My two days off a week are also my days off from the gym. I work retail so I never have two days off in a row so it’s easy not to lose motivated after a few day break. Now, I’ve only been going to the gym for a month but hopefully I can keep up with it. I like how my body is changing. My big fear is when my fiance gets home from Iraq next month that I will crash and burn because I want to spend more time with him but hopefully I won’t!
I also weigh myself a lot. I knowww you’re not really supposed to because weights fluctuate during the day and stuff but I like seeing out what I do affects my weight during the day. Watching the numbers on the scale drop really helps motivate me to keep going to the gym.
Just make a plan and hold yourself to it. I also found that it helped not to try to do everything at once. I used to drink a ton of soda so I limited myself to two a day. Then I cut down to having one whenever I had caffeine withdrawal. I haven’t had soda in about 2 months now. When I started working out I just lifted weights. It was about 2 weeks before I added in cardio, and I started slow. I’m also just trying to make better food choices but not completely cutting everything delicious out. If I want chocolate, I’ll eat a fun size bar. If I’m eating with coworkers and they want McDs I’ll get chicken nuggets and apples instead of fries.
Just don’t set yourself up to fail. Crash dieting isn’t going to last you until next October. You have plenty of time to slim down so take it at your own pace, just make a plan and stick to it!!
ETA: my gymhas an app that you can set weight goals, create a flipbook, and a few other things. I set shortterm goals and input my weight every few days and it shows up an a cute little graph. It helps a lot to see the line going down! It’s the Golds Gym App incase anyone wants to use it.
Post # 5
Because fitting into a dress isnt the right motivation.
You should find the motivation for you, for your health, for your future.
Make a list and hang it on the bathroom mirror and read it out loud everymorning.
1) to be a good example to my future husband and future children
2) To feel good about myself
3) To be healty and prevent future weight related disorders such as bad joints, blood pressure, heart attacks, cholesterol, triglycerides
4) because with exercise comes confidence, happy hormones and weight loss
5) because eating well is the first step to living well and losing weight- exercise is secondary.
6) because I want to dance at my daughters wedding
Remember that living healthy is about YOU, not just about you fitting into a dress.
And make certain habits non-negotiable like brusing your teeth. you can kick and scream while you do it, just make sure you get to the gym. If you arent in the mood to ride a bike? Grab a book and read while walking an incline on the treadmill- as long as you do it.
EDIT- bring healthy options to eat if you are hungry. For some its best to cut things out entirely, for others to allow 1 per week and you get to choose when you get that one sweet etc. Try different techniques. If you are full of healthy food and have healthy snacks readily available you will be less likely to pick at the not so healthy foods.
Post # 6
I HATE the gym. My strategy is doing fun stuff that happens to be exercise. I just bought the Zumba CDs. I like to dance. I also take a dance class once per week. I walk around the neighborhood. If you like to walk or jog you can do that any time. You don’t have to GO anywhere to do that. I’ve had a stationary bike here for about 5 years but I just started using it because I ordered a cushioned seat cover on Amazon. My new rule is going to be – if I want to watch TV I have to pedal! I know I won’t pedal all evening, but maybe I’ll pedal the first 10 min. of every show I want to watch in the evening. That could add up quickly!
Post # 7
Just to add to what PP have suggested I also find that having a workout buddy really helps for me. Fiance and I made a commitment to go to the gym 5 times a week, and the rule is we have to go together….this helps me because if I get lazy and don’t go, I’m letting him down as well, so I just suck it up and go.
The hardest part is getting there, once I’m there I always figure “well since I’m here I better kick butt!”.
Post # 8
My Fiance and I are having a competition which really seems to be working.
We have agreed that whoever works out for the longest each week wins. If I win, then he has to feed the cats on the nights when I usually have to do it. If he wins, then he gets a sex whenever he wants it coupon. 😛
We’ve also added the rule that if we eat dessert, then we lose 15 minutes of exercise.
Post # 9
I joined Weight Watchers. I’m fine with the way I look(ed) but knew I’d be even better (healthier, happier, etc) if I lost some weight. I watched a friend lose 45lbs on WW and she looks incredible. I wanted that for myself! It’s been 4 weeks of changing my lifestyle and being honest with myself about what I’m eating, and I’ve lost 9lbs so far. I feel amazing and I look better already.
I have to say that before this I was a bit of a running/gym rat, but I wasn’t seeing results. I was fit-fat, in my mind. I could run a 5k no problem but was still not losing any weight. I realized it was because I was eating as an excuse to counter-balance my exercise, therefore completely negating the work I’d be putting in. I haven’t been able to exercise as much over the last 4 weeks due to other life events, however I’m still losing weight each week thanks to my change in diet. And just for kicks I made it to the gym this week and beat my one mile personal record by an entire minute. I couldn’t believe it.
So. Really be honest with yourself. Keep a food journal, track everything you eat, and stick with it. I don’t even crave the stuff I used to eat anymore, plus nothing tastes as good as losing weight feels 😉
Post # 10
My mantra is: “Just one more pound.” It totally works. I find it daunting if I think that I have to lose, say 20 pounds. But if I chip away at it one at a time, I get the motivation from seeing the scale slowly decrease.
Post # 11
Thanks for all the support girls 🙂 I went to the gym as soon as I finished this and when I came home I got to read all your nice comments. I agree that trying to lose weight just to fit into my dress isn’t great motivation because once the weddings over I will most likely just crash back down to eating bad and being lazy honestly. I want to avoid the problems my mom, dad, and grandparents have. Cancer runs in my family, high blood pressure, diabetics, I dont want any of that to control my life. I want a long and happy life with my FH 🙂
working out at the gym after work isn’t an option for me, I work evenings and don’t get home until 10:30-11 at night. I then just want to spend time with my honey so we stay up late and I wake up late. I make the excuse that I wake up too late to go to the gym before work but it’s not really true at all. I wake up at 10, I work at 2pm. there’s plenty of time to go! and once I’m there I also say “I better kick butt!” lol. I have done well cutting out sodas and energy drinks (I drank A LOT of redbull), I drink mostly water and when I’m bored with that, crystal light helps spice it up. I will keep posting about my weight loss, simply because it’s a struggle and I need these kind of comments to keep me going 🙂 it’s nice
Post # 12
I’ve found that if you just FORCE yourself to do it, eventually it’ll become habit–it may take a while, and I agree with a PP–I think you need a motivation other than the dress. Play up the diabetic connection! (I’m Type I, so I can honestly tell you it sucks @$$) Invest in your future! (wow, I sound like a commercial now…)
Post # 13
My problem was food. I could exercise all I wanted, but it wouldn’t make a difference if I followed it with pizza and candy afterwards. So, I joined Weight Watchers. Knowing that I only have so many points per day that I can use on food makes me think twice before spending them all on one slice of pizza. I needed something to hold me accountable for what I eat, and WW does that. If you don’t want to join a group like that, I would also suggest keeping a food journal. Write down everything you eat or drink in a day. If you keep track of it on paper, you will be more aware of what you are actually consuming.