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Rebecca
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i keep gaining weight

Rebecca, on February 19, 2020 at 4:46 PM Posted in Fitness and Health 0 29
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My wedding is Sept 12 and I have been planning for over a year now. I really want to tighten up and lose afew pounds for our wedding and honeymoon. I eat a pretty low calorie diet and have been trying to eat clean but I have cheat days where I eat alot of crap. My problem I think is lack of exercise. I work 8-5 M-F and I have meetings I attend every Monday, Wednesdsy, Friday and I am gone till 10 at night. I could go on Tuesdays or Thursdays but I am exhausted! I have tried to push myself to exercise at home but I am not seeing the results. I need some motivation or a miracle 🤦‍♀️

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Latest activity by Yehuda, on April 29, 2020 at 7:54 PM
  • Rebelle Fleur
    Master July 2021
    Rebelle Fleur ·
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    Try the kept diet. I’m seeing results already. Meal prepping will help you. I took a picture of me in my dress and everytime I want to go on a binge I look at it to remind myself that’s not how I want to look on my day.
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  • S
    Devoted October 2020
    Stephanie ·
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    I’m not sure where you live, but I have been using the app Class Pass and have been taking classes at so many different studios! I have recently fallen in love with hot yoga and since I enjoy it so much I make the time for it. Everyone has busy schedules, but if something is important enough you will make the time for it.
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  • Melle
    Legend June 2019
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    Do you workout on weekends at all? Or what about during lunch time? For me working out at night after a long day of work was horrid so I used to go during lunch when i already feel productive
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  • Rebelle Fleur
    Master July 2021
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    I say 15-25 min 3x a week is all you need. And a diet that you can stick to.
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  • Kelly
    Champion October 2018
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    I would look up a TDEE calculator online and see how many calories your body typically burns and try tracking what you eat to put yourself in a moderate deficit. Eating less than you burn is the only way to lose weight. You may be eating more than you think.
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  • Joanna
    Dedicated October 2020
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    Girl you're not eating enough calories! With your schedule, you should be eating more! It sounds like you need to redo your diet. Instead of eating low calorie, look at your macros (calories, carbs, fats, proteins) to make sure that you are getting enough of everything. Once that is balanced, your cheat binge days will lessen, and you'll be eating clean. You don't have to restrict yourself to lose weight. A friend of mine lost 11 pounds a couple of months ago because he was restricting himself in a low calorie diet, and then once he got off of it, he gained half of it back.

    Get into a routine where you work out Tuesdays and Thursdays and Saturdays, track your macros, eat CLEAN, and you'll be where you want to. The key is a good eating diet, and staying consistent! You got this!

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  • Rebecca
    Dedicated September 2020
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    Joanna I have always had a low calorie diet I haven't really changed much about how I eat because I dont eat much, lol. I was drinking 1 or 2 meal replacement shakes and eating 1 meal a day for years. Now I am trying to go between that and lean lunches every few days just because I am bored and enjoy salads. I really just got to to the gym everyone is right. If I want it I will do it.
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  • Kristen
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    I got to the gym. Three times a week at 6 am before work. I am gonna be straight forward as that's what is keeping me in check. You wanna look back on your day and think you didn't look your best? I am limited cheat days to every two weeks and going to gym no matter what bc I refuse to feel like I looked chunky on my day. It's not easy but if you want it you gotta fight. You can do it.
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    Alys ·
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    In my experience (and based on my research) diet is 70-80% of weight loss. Exercise is great for your physical health and helps you fall asleep easier at night. Don’t stress if your schedule can’t accommodate a lot of workout time at the moment. Reevaluate your grocery, cooking, eating out habits. Once I cut white rice and white pasta from my diet last fall, I lost about 5 pounds over 2-3 months without changing anything else about my diet or exercise. Sure not a quick fix but I only wanted to lose about 5 pounds and be more toned. Now I just have to maintain the weight. If I lose a couple more pounds, I’d take it but not essential. Can exercise help? Sure, but a healthy, nutritious diet is much more important. Recently I’ve began trying to train myself to eat smaller, more appropriate portions as well. Fiancé has always said he tends to overeat around me because I love to keep eating and getting seconds and thirds. I’m eating smaller meals but snacking on nutrient dense foods more throughout the day so I don’t get hungry and succumb to junky snacks.
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    Dedicated September 2020
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    Also, try to make your workouts less a chore/obligation and more of a social thing (workout date with friend) or a personal goal (learn to play tennis). I like to skip around for workouts because I get bored easily. Last summer, I swam laps 3x/week in the mornings before work because we wanted to get our dive certification and you have to do a treading and swimming test for that. Every November to about Feb/March, I’m very good about doing ski conditioning workouts multiple times a week because I want to avoid injury and enjoy our ski trips. In the past, I’ve also had weekly tennis dates with another couple before I got bored of that. I’ve signed me and FH up for a 10k to motivate us to run and train together. If you get bored or lack motivation, move on to the next thing. Keeping moving on to a new form of exercise is way more fun and miserably doing the same workouts over and over.
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  • Aurora
    Dedicated July 2020
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    Try 2o minutes in the morning and 20 minute in the evening of cardio. It will increase your metabolism, every week add a little more time. I personally weight lift, because muscle looks tighter then fat, to look the leanest. So you could do a quick weight workout then do a walking cardio after with intervals.

    I'll bet the closer you get to the wedding the more motivated you will be! I am only semi-motivated and I am 5 months away from my wedding date! I workout 5-6 days a week but it's being clean with the diet that's the hardest challenge (only healthy carbs: e.g. whole grain oats) and adding in the cardio on top of the weight workouts. It helped me to be in an online support group and challenge. I lost 40 pounds in 7 months, I was also a competition winner so I do know a little of what I am talking about haha. And I am with you on the getting motivated thing. I got to get that cardio in!

    Best of luck!

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  • Fleur
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    I have never been one to gain weight ever, until I started planning a wedding!! Literally have gained 15# in the past few months. I just started walking on my dads ancient treadmill for 15 minutes a day the last week and stopped drinking Starbs (horrible idea btw don’t recommend lol). Already down 2lbs and hope to see more results soon!! Struggle and stress are for real.
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  • Patricia
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    Hi Rebecca! I have the same schedule as you, and if I can do it, you definitely can 😊. It's tough at the beginning, but once you start and you see some difference (physically or mentally), you'll love it.


    I'm not sure how long your commute is every morning, but I set up my alarm Tues/Wed/Fri to 5:30am and make sure I'm downstairs ready to workout no later than 5:45am. I make sure I'm done by 6:30-6:40am. Then on the weekends I go whenever works better that day, depending on what I have scheduled.


    I have weights at home, but there's this AWESOME FREE APP called "Fit On" that has cardio, HIIT, pilates, barre, yoga, weight training, and it's awesome. If I'm feeling a bit lazy and don't want to do my progra, or I slept in, I use it. It's super cool because you can connect the app to your TV or use your pc/laptop. They also put a little program together for you based on what you want to do and how many times a week you want/can workout.


    I know everyone's life is different, but I know you can do it. Good luck!! 🙌🏼😊

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  • Amazing Planning
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    Depending on your job, if you do desk work you could shift to low energy workout while at work. Such as a yoga ball instead of a chair, standing desk, desk pedaling, stretch bands around the back or on the legs, using a paper weight as a arm curler, ect.,
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  • Rebecca
    Dedicated September 2020
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    I am going to try this app! The time going to and from the gym is what kills me with my schedule it's more time to work out. Also once the weather gets better I can start walking on my lunch. You all have really motivated me to get in gear.
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  • Amazing Planning
    Dedicated June 2016
    Amazing Planning ·
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    Also try checking with both your primary care doc and gynecologist(which helped me alot!) To check levels(hormone, insulin, vitamins). With this they can also recommend you to a dietitian that will use these to give you a better plan that's custom.
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  • Danielle
    Expert November 2020
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    Same boat. trying to get up before work, but lately ive been working out at night late before work.


    even if you have 10-20 minutes it does make a difference i think. Also weights.

    doing things like at lunch time i used to do planks and wall squats. i haven't been doing them as of late. People teased me a little but i had two other people join me at one point. it only took a few minutes during my lunch break.

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  • Taylor
    VIP October 2020
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    I live far from my office but we have a wonderful gym there. I refuse to pay for a gym membership because why spend money when it's already free? I've been having to wake up at 4:30 to make it work though. I can't do it in the afternoon because I intentionally get to work early so I can leave before 5:00 traffic. If I workout after work I end up stuck in the middle of it. It's ROUGH, don't get me wrong, but I'm trying to be as healthy as possible!

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  • FutureMrsHadi
    Dedicated May 2021
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    THIS! Yes, the amount of calories you consume is important, but I think it's far more important to know the kind of calories you're consuming! Meal replacement shakes are full of sugar and lots of nasty stuff! And also, if your calorie intake is too low your body goes into a starvation mode and can actually make you gain weight. This is also why you have the binge cravings, is because your body isn't getting the right nutrients or enough of them. You can find online a good recommended calorie intake depending on your height, weight, and activity level as well as a good macro split. Try to focus on lots of healthy veggies and lean proteins! Try and make yourself go to the gym once or twice a week and alternate between weights and cardio. You got this!

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  • Margaret
    Master October 2020
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    Count calories and measure. Get an app to help keep you accountable.


    1lb = 3500 calories so to lose that lb, reduce your weekly intake by 3500
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