Post # 1
I am about 7 months out from my wedding and simply NOT motivated to kick my workouts up to high gear. I don’t need to lose weight per se, but need to tone up and want to look my best.
I am not even a stress eater but last night snarfed half a tube of pringles and half a mr. goodbar. Seriously!?!? I think that I am allowing myself all of these indulgences because I have "plenty of time" to get in shape. But, when summer and wedding season hits, I know I will be traveling a lot and it will be hard to keep up with eating well and working out.
I am curious…what keeps you motivated/ on track?
Post # 3
Ditto! I had a mini-breakdown this morning. Wedding is in 45 days and have not lost an ounce! 🙁
Post # 4
After our vacation, I’ve taken a few days off of my dieting. I’ll resume again in a few days when the second wind hits.
I ate a chili-cheese hotdog yesterday and dammit it was GOOOOD! I am not ashamed for my 30 minutes of guilty pleasure enjoying the cheezy, chili concoction!~
Post # 5
bellenga — hahaha! I dont even like cheese dogs and you just made it sound delicious!
I am actually in the same boat, Erin, my wedding is 10 months away but I’m just like "eh I still have time" but I have 10 weddings to attend in the next 10 months before my own!
I was doing really well with my motivation for a while but I have hit a hard stop. I think for me it’s the lack of variety in working out and eating healthy. I need to start adding some spice to my life – literally!! I think finding fun new recipies and new work out routines might be necessary.
I also think I am going to buy a $50 ipod nano — I currently use my iphone while I work out and it is so big and bulky and hard to move from machine to machine (and I have caught myself checking my email while on the treadmill!!!) … I’m hoping the investment in the nano – where I can’t see what song is next or if a text message has come in … will motivate me to just keep going!!
Post # 6
I agree that variety and good music are key! However, that is always true for working out. In terms of motivation with a date so far in the future I have a couple motivations. First of all, though the wedding and looking fit and thin for the big day are definitely motivators, I want to be fit and thin for life too. Working out is hard, most Americans don’t do it – I could give you some scary statistics on our sedentary society but I won’t (occupational hazard). Weddings or not, investing in a lifestyle that involves routine exercise is something that everyone needs to do regardless of their weight, BMI or bikini goals. Like Erindesmar, I do not need to lose weight but what average woman wouldn’t want to trim up a bit? In this boat the motivation can be espeically difficult because any gains are so small. To keep up my motivation I not only think about the lifelong benefits of fitness, I also think about the things that being fit allows me to do – eat cookies when I want, even if that is few and far between – beat people in arm wrestling (still a goal but I’m working on it). I also mix it up – I love SELF’s little cards each month – I don’t subscribe but they are always lying around the gym and they are available online. The cards have simple exercises that are variations on the same thing over and over again so you’re still working the important muscles but the variety is just enough to keep it interesting. And finally, having a work out buddy (for me it’s the Mr.) is SO KEY. There are definitely days when one of us doesn’t feel like going to the gym but rarely are those the same days. Neither of us wants to disappoint the other so we end up at the gym about 6 days a week! Yep, that’s right and we like the bragging rights that it brings. I may never have a rock hard abs, even with 6 days a week, but I know that I am better for all of hours there and I feel better about life. Cliche, maybe, but you have just got to get yourelf there as much as possible and make it part of your routine. The wedding and the bikini for the honeymoon – yeah, I want to look awesome in those too – but that’s icing. Using the wedding as an excuse to set lifelong habits is the best motivation. You just have to remember to keep it up after the day!
Post # 7
Sign up for a half-marathon. I never liked running (and still have to pscyh myself into it), but when you think about each of the 13.1 miles you have to run, you have no other choice but to put those running shoes on and get working! 🙂