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Could use some help!

I just ordered my wedding dress yesterday so the pressure is on to get in fantastic shape before I start with the fittings/alterations. That gives me 3-4 months to get to my ideal size so I can limit the amount I spend in alterations. I would like to lose about 3 inches from my waist, maybe 2 from my bust, and a few from my hips. I don't care about the scale I just care about inches!

I currently spin M, W, F at 6 am before work, and sometimes on Saturdays for 2 hours. I was doing a boot camp but it ended so I'm not currently doing any strength training. I like structured classes, but there isn't much offered when I'm off work (around 6:30 or 7 pm). I get sick of DVD's because I can't stand the repetitive nature. I thought of doing Cross Fit through my gym but I can only make classes 2x a week because they cater more to non-working schedules.

I'm going to really amp up my nutrition by trying to cut back on sugar and processed foods. Working out comes easy for me and eating healthy is always harder.

Any suggestions?

 

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Re: Could use some help!

  • Ditto Xcaly. And just remember, you can't really spot reduce, so don't hold yourself too strictly to losing a certain number of inches in specific body areas. 
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  • Why can't I be one of those girls who finds nutrition easy and working out is the hard part. The dress is on order so I'm feeling extra motivated! Hopefully the weight will come off where I want, but I'm not holding my breath. What kind of eating do you ladies do?

     

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  • Maggie0829Maggie0829 Ravens & Bohs & Crabs & O's member
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    I do find the eating part harder then the exercise part but that is because I freaking love to eat! 

    The 6 months leading up to my wedding I worked out consistently for about an hour a day, 5-6 days a week.  That was the easy part.  With eating, I didn't cut anything out (except diet soda) but I just kept a close eye on my serving sizes.  For example I would eat about 4 ounces of spaghetti for dinner, which is two servings, so to help cut back I would only eat 2 ounces and add in a chicken breast for some protein.  This way I was still eating things I loved but just in a smaller more healthy amount.

    Also, even though I made some healthy changes to both my diet and exercise regime, I also was stressing about things and was constantly busy with work, buying our first home, moving, doing a whole bunch of DIY things for the wedding, etc, so that definitely played a part in me losing weight.


  • Cross-training and lifting make a tremendous difference. Spinning burns calories, but the more you do it, the better your body gets at it, and that sort of efficiency can reduce calorie burn over time. Adding in a lifting session or two every week, along with some other sort of cardio (running, arc training, etc) may give you a bit of a kick.

    CrossFit 2x per week is plenty to get some HUGE benefits, so unless you're losing money by not doing more classes, I'd go for it!

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  • If your looking to cut back on sugar and processed foods... myfitnesspal.com has a great food tracker.  It also includes exercise tracking.  I've used it now for about a year now, and have had great results.  You could also join "groups" on this website that gives daily/weekly/monthly fitness challenges.

  • ShellD13ShellD13 Can't get there from here member
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    I agree with Bookie's comment - I've been using MyFitnessPal for the past 1 1/2 months and the food diary is very easy and has opened my eyes to how I was sabotaging my weight loss efforts (I was previously focusing on exercise only).  Now I'm down 15 pounds and well on my way to meeting my goal.  Good luck!
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  • I've had good results inches wise with Pure Barre.... it's a bit pricy but I had better results with Pure Barre than a personal trainer- especially with legs/butt! I personally get too "buff" when I lift a lot of weights so Pure Barre is good for getting those smaller but toned muscles.

    I'm with you on the eating part- my main thing is to stop eating after dinner... no snacks, etc. I think the little handfuls of pretzels can really add up!
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  • I defiantly agree with the other ladies about myfitnesspal! I found out I was under eating and my metabolism had sowed way down and weight lose stopped even w exercising, so I now have increased my protein and veggie/fruit intake to meet the calories I need to be super active, I started to lose weight again :) hope this helps and good luck!!
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