Post # 1
Without the long unnecessary story- I use to be in shape because of sports in HS. Well, then that stopped…. and so did being in shape.
I’m now 40 pounds heavier. YUCK.
I chose my dress, and I love it- I dont love myself in it becuase of the weight gain.
So, now I’ve begun my weightloss journey. I’m staring with the 21 day fix by beachbody. My cousin is a “coach” for them, and with her being a size 2 and still losing 8 pounds on it, I figured I could at least double that! Well, 1 pound in 2 days isn’t bad but I need to keep it up and I know it’ll be tough!
Anyone else out there whose been successful with a weightloss journey? Or maybe needs motivation themselves?
Post # 2
Ugh. I suspect that I’m going to have to lose some weight after this holiday. Cutting my calories back and carrying on will be the order of the day. I’m not one for quick fixes and it’d be good to get back to 60kg so I don’t have to worry about my weight over the festive season.
Post # 3
onthefritz: I have a lot of success staying on track when I have visual motivation. I make a pinterest board of fit models/fitness quotes/tight abs and all sorts of pictures of what I want to achieve. First thing in the morning I click through the images and it keeps me determined. Good luck.
Post # 4
onthefritz: I swear by myfitnesspal. When you actually log everything you’re eating it really opens your eyes. I have lost 27 lbs since August!! I also agree with DariaVixen: when I need extra motivation I do the same thing she does!
Post # 5
im in the same boat you are, wedding is in a little over a year, i need to go dress shopping but not happy with how i look in the dresses, and need to lose 30lbs or so. Recently me and my fiance have talked about going to the gym and getting a membership. I think it will be easier to do if he gets on board too
Post # 6
onthefritz: I’ve seen amazing results from 21DF!! Keep to the food plan you’ll lose it like crazy!
Post # 7
Totally get where you’re coming from – I played sports from childhood through high school and was a size 2/4. I stopped in college and HATE going to the gym, so I’ve racked up probably 40 pounds in the past 7 years.
I would love to drop the weight for the wedding (a year from now) but I can never seem to stay on track. It’s so hard! I’ve never heard of the 21DF but maybe I should check it out..I was doing Insanity for awhile and definitely started to see results! Unfortunately whenever I got to month 2 I would gradually get discouraged and stop. I would love to find out how other people have lost the weight and what motivated them!
Post # 8
I’m also using the Beach Body shakes – I like them and I have seen a bit of a difference. Having said that, I’m a teacher and as soon as the school year started, I’ve been awful with going to the gym. Going to the gym and eating carbs at night is my biggest problem. However, I have a best friend who is getting married a few months before me and we’re going to try to motivate each other. AND, I have an app that helps me keep track of my exercise and gives me points for it – and it’s a greater motivator. I know you can do it – good luck!
Post # 9
I find just looking at my body when I get out of shape is enough of a motivation to make me want to sort it out. I do also do measurements every few weeks (waist, hips, calf, chest) and when they go up I feel really disapointed in myself which motivates me to get better mesaurements the next time.
It sounds very cliche but the hardest thing to train is your mind, once your head is in the right place the training just comes naturally!
Post # 10
I agree with PPs, visual motivators can be the best motivation! As well as general fitness quotes or images of fit people I think one of the best types is before and after pictures!
Here are a couple of threads with before/after pics:
I am now over 200lbs and 5’4″ (just over 92kgs and 164cms), so I have a lot of weight to lose! But looking at those before and afters is inspirational as well as motivational!
Post # 11
- Wedding: May 2015 - Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception / Courtyard Marriott Legacy Ballroom
onthefritz: I agree with RedheadMeggs & sylviakimcota – definitely use an app or something to keep track of your exercise / activity level and your calories in! I have had a Fitbit activity monitor for the past 2 (almost 3) years, and, along with keeping track of my food intake with the Fitbit app, I lost around 60 lbs and kept it off for over a year now. I continue to use the app to keep me motivated to maintain my current weight. I’ve lost weight before but always re-gain the weight within a couple months – I really think that my Fitbit and the app have made the difference in helping me keep the weight off.
Also agree with jpbee – the best motivator for me when I was beginning my weight loss journey was watching my body slim down, not necessarily seeing the numbers go down on the scale. Within the first 6 months, I was down 2 dress sizes and started measuring my thighs, waist, and hips to see more of the effects of the weight loss.
Post # 12
I lost around 16kg or 35lb over the last year. I actually lost a big chunk of that before we got engaged but have lost a bit more in the last few months.
I think the trick to motivation is that there’s no trick to motivation .. you just either do it or you don’t! You’re the only one who can make this change, and you are going to do it so you can feel good about yourself.
I also found it helpful to think of calories in terms of cost. I can’t afford to eat a donut because I ate a bagel for breakfast. If I eat this Mars Bar, I can’t afford to have a nice dinner with my family. I can afford a treat because I had a light breakfast etc. It really takes the emotion out of food and gives you full control of your choices.
Hope that helps! Best of luck with your wedding planning 🙂
Post # 13
I also use a FitBit – it’s great! You can track calories in vs calories out, and it basically becomes a math management strategy to lose weight or maintain weight. You can also track other health measures like sleep, water intake, etc. Using the FitBit makes me feel in control of my weight. I know that 3500 calories = 1 pound, so if I have a calorie overage of 500/day – I know what that means at the end of the week!
Measurements can help as well, especially if you do strength training because as you add lean muscle in place of fat, your measurements will change faster than the scale.
Also think about a long term strategy. The 21 day program is great for a kick-start, but think about classes or DVDs that will be fun for you to do and keep doing!
Post # 14
I get motivated when I get on the scale and go into super strict mode no carbs eating protein and raw veggies and loose a few lbs .. and then when I see the weight loss working I think well I deserve pizza I just lost 5 lbs. Which then sends me into a carb binge where I cant stop eating.
I literally go through this cycle every few weeks loose 5 gain 5 and I am starting to go crazy. I dont know how to keep it going and get past the cravings and the carb binge.. I cant ever stay on track. 🙁 I am only slightly overweight and loosing 15 would be amazing! So I could use any motivation from this thread! keep them coming!