Post # 1
I am trying (unsuccessfully) to motivate myself to go work out more in the months leading up to my wedding. I’m sure there’s lots of other lovely ladies out there in the same boat. Honestly though, I get home after making a looong commute each day to/from work and all I want to do is flop down on the couch and relax in front of the tv. I went out and bought a gym membership in hopes it would motivate me more…but its not working well. I don’t really know anyone in the area that could be a workout buddy. Anyone want to share what helps them stay motivated to go to the gym? I just need some fresh ideas
Post # 3
I have to work out in the morning or else I do the same thing…plop in front of the couch.
I hate the gym so I do at home workout videos, which I love! I also have my wedding dress hanging in the room I workout in, that helps!
Post # 4
i also have to work out in the mornings because of the exact reason you mentioned! it’s not as bad as you would think…even though i get up an hour earlier now, i have more energy because of the exercise.
Post # 5
Here is my trick – at the end of a workout, when I am all sweaty and the endorphins are running and I am finally done, I take a couple of seconds to close my eyes and concentrate on how I feel. Strong. Healthy. Like I can do anything. When the alarm goes off every morning, I try to capture a tiny bit of that feeling. Knowing that I will get there again makes me get up and go.
Post # 6
@pvaultingirl: This is what helps me go:
1) I bring my workout stuff with me to the office and go straight from work to the gym. That way I don’t have the option to just flop on the couch.
2) I find instructors & classes I like (for example, I really like the guy who teaches yoga on Mondays and it’s a great way to de-stress for the coming week). Switching up classes also helps keep it interesting.
3) I “brag” about my workouts. I have a good friend at the office and we’ll often go to the gym together, but if either of us misses, the other always talks about what they did at the gym the night before. It’s almost like a little guilt trip/kick in the butt to go. She’s also in better shape than me so I try to at least match her work out schedule.
4) I don’t make myself do intense workouts every time. Sometimes I’ll go and do the elliptical for an hour, or a hard cardio class. Other times I’ll just do yoga or pilates to get my body relaxed. Finally, if I really don’t want to spend a long time there, I hop on the treadmill and run 3 miles. Only adds 30 min to my day but I can feel good about doing something for my body.
Post # 7
@septcabride:you have much more self discipline than me!! I haven’t yet tried to get up in the morning for a workout because I love my sleep so much. maybe i should change it up though
@KatNYC2011: I like this idea a lot! if i start packing my stuff and going on the way home, i dont even have the temptation of just staying at home when i get there. I’ll have already gone to the gym! It jsut might work..
Post # 8
@KatNYC2011: I definitely agree with bringing workout clothes to work and going straight from there.
I find that even though I’m sooo not looking forward to a workout, I get into those workout clothes (if I’m at home), or I get to the gym, and once I’m dressed or at the gym, I feel like I might as well work out.
It’s getting there that is the biggest hurdle to me. Once I’m there, I’m fine.
And after a week, when you’ve lost a couple pounds, you’ll be highly motivated to keep losing, and you’ll just gain momentum.
Good luck! I know how hard it is. I’ve just started the weight-loss journey myself.
Post # 9
My fiance and I started doing the Insanity workouts this week. We get up at 6 every morning and do that day’s workout. It helps to have someone there to cheer you on and suffer alongside you. It also helps to do this first thing in the morning-I wouldn’t have the get-up-and-go in the evening after work.
Post # 10
The hardest part of getting into an excersize regimine is the beginning…for me, it is a battle in the first few weeks.
By the third I’m addicted and then I feel gross when I don’t workout.
If you can find the will to just start…it’ll get easier.
good luck!! (and as it has been stated above- thinking of yourself in the dress helps!)
Post # 11
For myself (we bought an ellipitcal machine beginning of Jan) I keep telling myself how good will look once the wedding day arrives and also keep telling myself how much healthier and better I will feel. It is a struggle even with having a workout machine at home. So easy to just not do it, but I force myself on that thing. We have had it since Jan 8th and I have used it every single day since then.
Post # 12
@pvaultingirl: It is the ONLY way I can go. If I get home, all bets are off. But once I step in the gym, I will work out and make it count. It’s just getting TO the gym that is the hardest part.
I used to drive to work and had AWFUL commute traffic. My gym was near my office, so I’d go almost every day because if I went to the gym, by the time I was done rush hour was over and I could breeze home.
I’d work out for at least an hour and only get home about 15-20min later (that’s how bad the traffic was).
Now that I commute via subway it is harder, but I do avoid the super packed trains if I go to the gym first.
Post # 13
@Sassygrn: I am so jealous. I’d love to have one at home.
I watch a TON of TV and would just set it up in front of the TV and work out (rather than vegging on the couch).
Post # 14
yes…getting to the gym is the hardest part for me too. Once i’m there i’ll do great workouts. Its just getting my butt out the door that is the problem. I was a college athlete (not too many years ago : ) and I really like working out but ever since i graduated and began working a job ect ect…i just get so tired and blah. I admire all of yall for your perserverance and motivation! I think i need to hire a trainer like Jilian to come yell at me when I’m on the couch and make me get up lol..jk
Post # 15
@KatNYC2011: That was my Fi and gift to ourselves for Christmas. I also work from home so soon as get done with work I hop on it. Either flip on the TV or put the ipod on. Still struggle though many days I want to just bypass it …
Post # 16
lol i need to watch netflix on my ipod while im working out! then i can feed my Say Yes to the Dress addiction while fighting cottage cheese thighs!!!