Post # 1
- Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia
Most of us want to look good for our weddings, right? I know I do.
Okay, please do ourselves a favour and toss that bathroom scale. Get a tape measure. Instead of measuring success by how much pounds have been lost, see how well our clothes fit. Ladies (and gents), please stop comparing ourselves to others. We each have got different metabolism rates and time available to work-out. As long as we’re not sitting down & doing nothing, we’re ahead of the game. The only competition is ourselves. We only would get stronger and improve our stamina if we kept going!! Even if it just means having a 15 minutes walk during our lunch break.
I’d thought I’ll share my success tips, which I obtained from two friends. Their tips include: limit weighing yourself to once a week; fitness is a lifestyle change. Nourish ourselves with nutrients we need — not by calorie-intake. Their advice inspired me to start fitness sooner than later.
Find exciting other reasons to get in shape!
My inspiration for getting in shape is THIS:
This is Mulu National Caves. I barely survived hiking in January 2013 with Fiance (SO at the time); 15 km in one day. Fiance and I want to do a week tour around Pinnacle Mountains Summit Trek in Mulu National Park, Borneo, where we need to pass fitness tests before going on such a challenging adventure.
I am still by no means very fit; I still struggle with various exercises — usually the ones that start with P! Plank, push-ups and Pilates. (All great for the abs)
However, I’ve become more toned even though the scale tries to belittle me about my success so far. I FEEL better. I swear, exercising is a natural drug.
Weight is just a number. Calories are even more numbers. Find something fun and stick with it. For me, it’s really rewarding to observe how I’ve built resistance gradually; I’m slowly using heavier weights in weight-training as the weeks go by.
Sorry if this post came off as a rant. I really believe that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes because inner-beauty and inner-strength always prevails!! Success comes with planning and dedication; it doesn’t happen overnight.
Post # 3
How my body feels. I like feeling strong and healthy and capable of activities like really difficult hikes. When I do not watch my diet and miss exercising – I feel like crap all too fast!
Post # 4
usually pictures motivate me to get fit. I do not want to feel/look fat or see a double chin or any of those things. I am not very good at the whole working out thing, but counting calories always works for me.
Post # 5
I like setting goals. I’m not a runner, more of a swimmer/hiker person. So I decided to sign up for a 5k back in March. I ran that, took the summer off (horay florida humidity and heat) and now I’m training for a 10k so that is my current motivation! Eventually I’m thinking a half marathon and maybe some triathalons.
Post # 6
@Cynderbug: Like many other women, I find the odd picture of someone with smokin’ bod can be motivating. But I find that motivation fleeting. And I find too much emphasis on that promotes self-hate, which is really conter-productive. So, I find focusing on health, and how I feel (eg energized, stronger, powerful etc), are much more helpful than weight and physical appearance. My father passed away of a heart attack 6 years ago, so maintaining my health for myself, my Fiance and our future family is also a huge motivator. Every now and then when I’m on a hike or something like that, I just think, I want to still be able to do this in 20,30,40 years. Not only do I want to live a long life, but I also want that long life to be functional!
Post # 7
I am a huge advocate of doing something you love. Makes it so much better to keep a healthy habit if its enjoyable.
I am a rock climber. I’ve had health problems, and for the past 6 months I haven’t gone. I went today for the first time. And it kicked. my. ass. My strength and indurance were even worse that I had expected. Worse than it has been in years. Sigh. But I know if I keep it up I will slowly get stronger again. Thanks for sharing!
Post # 8
Before and after pics! The scale is awful And sometimes the mirror lies too… Side by side pics of yourself are pretty accurate though!
Post # 9
I set small goals that I want to achieve. Like do 7 ‘big girl’ push ups. Then 10, then 15, etc. And when I start achieving that I also start looking better and that keeps me motivated to KEEP GOING.
I am no fan of the scale but last time I started doing P90X, I actually did make it a point to weigh myself everyday. Reason being that it was my 1st time doing P90X and I didn’t know if it will work or if I am doing it well enough etc. I wanted to create a baseline. Then came a time after 6 or 7 weeks that I stalled and I was at a certain weight for 2 weeks straight. Then I realized I need to make some changes because my work out may have stagnated and my results weren’t coming quickly. That sort of thing.
Post # 10
I also set small goals for myself to continue to strive to where I want my body to be. Hitting smalls goals makes me feel better about myself that I was able to accomplish something.
Post # 11
My doctor finnally got to me. He explained how many problems I was having due to my weight, and how much weight loss would help with those. I am feeling so much better already, and I’m only 40% to my goal.
Post # 12
- Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas
I am motivated by my pants that are all too tight, so I either go around with huge muffin tops or wear stretch pants. I will fit back into my pants!