(Closed) What has helped you stay on track with your fitness goals? I need tips!

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
244 posts
Helper bee

seeing myfitnesspals stick to their goals help

having my best friend go to the gym with me

having my boyfirend work out too

Post # 4
750 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I took a self-analysis and control psychology class before eand learned about stuff like this! First you need to set up rewards for yourself – both short term and long term. For instance, if you go to the gym, then right after you can go buy a new nail polish, and if you go the whole week straight, set up a bigger reward like having the Darling Husband give you a back massage. Of course, do NOT reward yourself if you don’t achieve the goals. Also, telling people what your goals are helps because you don’t want others to think of you as a failure, so you are ore likely to stick to them. Another way to up the motivation is to change the setting a bit. So for instance, buy yourself a new pair of gym shoes or a new workout outfit, or a new gym bag. Another important thing to remember is NOT to punish yourself for not achieving your goals! Just make sure you reward yourself when you do achieve them.

Personally, I am kind of an OCD person so I work out 5 days a week no problem because I am obsessive haha. I look up pictures of how I want to look, and envision them when I am working out. Picturing how I want to look in a bikini is enough for me to do it lol. But I do not diet because I have a fast metabolism, so I can’t imagine what it is like to stick to a diet! I love food too much lol. I am sending you good vibes and motivation! You can do it!!!!


Post # 5
4014 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My wedding dress. No seriously!

I had no motivation, even after I got engaged, to get back to the gym. I thought getting engaged would get my ass there faster but it didn’t! I have my wedding dress, and though it fits, I want to look FANTASTIC in it and feel comfortable on my day! I seriously take it out of its bag once and week and just stare at it lol. I’m a total dress creeper!

Besides that, I really just made a lifestyle change instead of just “being on a diet”. I know from many previous attempts, that diets dont work. The more I go to the gym (up to about 5 times a week) the more likely I am to eat better as well as to not undo my asskicking I got at the gym!

Good luck girl, you can do it, you just need a reason and stick to it!!

Post # 6
7 posts
  • Wedding: November 2013

I dont know if you’ve tried this, but writing down your caloric intake really helps. I use the LiveStrong Ap for my Iphone, but you can just write down what you eat and when you ate it. It’s a little neurotic I know, but it helps me to see when I’ve splurged on calories and helps me to not go overboard a couple days in a row. 


Also, mixing up your exercise routine really helps! If your muscles are used to doing a certain exercis, and you no longer get sore from the exertion, you won’t burn as much fat. Try cycling one day, running the next, etc etc. Vary the muscle groups you use too! 


Hope that helps! 

Post # 7
1432 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@loveknows:  I have recently started a lifestyle turnaround and I’m hoping it lasts forever.  I’ve lost 3 lbs in 2 weeks, so I’m ahead of schedule (seriously – I’ve plotted a chart from now til June, where I enter in my weight and measurements every Saturday morning – I should eventually reach my goal weight by June 30th).  

Here are some things that have helped me:

– I’m doing Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred.  It claims to help you lose 20 lbs in 30 days, and though I don’t necessarily believe that, it has still given me a path to follow.  I have started becoming a morning person, waking up at 6:50am in order to do my 20 min routine.  This lets me continue being a couch potato when I get home from work, but without the guilt!  Plus I eat better during the day because I don’t want to undo any exercise I’ve done.

-Walking with my Fiance.  When I’m not doing the shred, we take a walk along the water while the sun comes up.  It’s not an intense workout by any means, but it still feels great to get moving.

-Don’t deny yourself all the good foods you love.  Have them in moderation, or look for healthy alternatives. I found an AMAZINGLY delicious and easy rescipe for these little dessert balls – oatmeal, chocolate chips, coconut, peanut butter, flax seed, and honey.  I roll that into bite-size balls and have a couple after dinner for dessert.  They’re filling enough that I don’t want to eat 80 of them, and they’re much better for you than a brownie or ice cream.

-My eventual wedding motivates me.  Though we have yet to set a date, the idea of getting married at my current weight just… annoys me.  And I’ve realized that if I wait another month, I’m just going to look back and think, “Why didn’t I start working out a month ago?”

-New outfits and equipment.  Cute running shorts, a kettlebell, small hand weights… who doesn’t like new things?  πŸ™‚

Good luck. You can do it.  I know it seems overwhelming, but I really do recommend carving out an hour in the morning and just get it over with.  After a couple of days, or a week, when you start noticing a difference, you’ll practically be jumping out of bed to get started!

Post # 8
1206 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

100% pure vanity. I want a better body. I had a baby last fall and I gained 35 pounds. Before I was pregnant, I was 120 pounds and a size 4. I was reasonably thin but always had problem areas I hated (namely, my gut, hips, lower back, and upper thighs. I always had to worry about my muffin top) My baby is 5 months old and I am back in my old clothes and 122 pounds (thereabouts, my weight seems to fluctuate a lot) but I still have the problem areas. I decided along with trying to lose the weight, why not set the bar a little higher and finally get the body I always wanted?

So, for me, the biggest diet impact has been tracking calories on my fitness pal. It is not merely a calorie counter, it also breaks out how much protein, carbs, fats, sugar, fiber, etc you are getting. I realized my sugar intake was sky high (surprising, I don’t eat much refined sugar) and my carbs to protein and fats ratio was massively out of wack. I have been on it for 5 weeks and lost about 3-4 pounds. I always say I’m going to have a cheat day and not track, but I never do. It’s kind of addicting, logging your food.

For my exercise routine, the key for me has been short, daily workouts. I work full time with a long commute and have a baby, so time is very limited. I’ll get maybe 30-45 min a day. That helps me not dread workouts because I know they’ll be short. I power walk on my lunch hour (I am sure I am the butt of a few jokes at the office but who cares), and after my baby goes to bed for the night I usually log a few more min on the treadmill and then do some work with the free weights and the work out bench (tricep dips are my favorites). I do squats and ab workouts on my exercise ball.

I haven’t lost that much weight yet, but I have noticed things tightening up. My husband actually asked me to quit dieting because he’s worried my boobs will decrease (pregnancy inflated them to a strong D, they’ve gone back to their normal C size, but I’d be more than happy to drop to a B!).

Post # 9
1471 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I keep trying on my dress! It has helped me stay motivated. I also LOVE my fittness pall and log in every day, it makes me more aware of what I am eating, and I tend to eat a lot less πŸ™‚ its hard but keep up the good work

Post # 10
395 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I found this lady’s website really motivational. Her before/after photos are incredible. Found it through sparkpeople.com, which has also been helpful (I don’t use their online tracking system but they have sent useful, free exercise videos and motivational info).

Also the app “calorie counter” has been invaluable. I prefer it to myfitnesspal for my iPad.

Post # 11
1587 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I put this as my lock screen on my iphone and so did my friend and we both feel the pressure to go… plus it has helped me to push out the excuses and jsut go work out. 

Post # 12
19 posts
  • Wedding: December 2011

@loveknows:  One thing that helps get me going to the gym or on track with healthy eating is documenting my improvements, because it shows that your dedication is paying off – if you don’t keep track at all, you may not realize that you are getting stronger/fitter/slimmer/toned.

For example, I do a lot of HIIT workouts, so sometimes I write down how many reps I do during each interval, then a week or two or three later, I repeat the same workout and then compare reps – usually I can do at least as many if not more in every interval and it is exciting to see the improvement. If you like to run, try to improve your time for a fixed distance (or distance for a fixed time, either way)

This goes for appearance as well – try taking pictures or measurements on a regular basis (say every 2-6 weeks) and then compare them – you will be able to see the changes that you might not notice day to day but are really obvious longer term, and that might keep you motivated (weight is a common one that people use to gauge their progress, but is not a good indicator since the composition of your body fat/muscle is more important and will show more in your appearance – you might weigh the same but look slimmer because you have lost fat and gained muscle)

And others have had some good tips that I use occasionally like rewards, telling people about your goals etc.  Along the same lines, signing up for something as a goal might help, like a run of some kind (marathon?!) or similar so that you are working towards something specific instead.  Also, sites like fitocracy.com kind of make workouts into a game where you get points for doing different exercises. Just throwing ideas out there.

Good luck

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