@LEELOODIUM: I know what you mean by looking in the mirror and not liking what you see, however, I have found a way to realize that the hard work is paying off. Pictures! I HATE taking pictures, but pictures are what motivated me to start working out! At my family's annual Easter hunt we took our traditional family pictures, and when I uploaded them to my computer I about died!!! What I saw in the mirror was not the same person I saw in the pictures! The pictures were nasty and I looked very overweight. That day I decided to start an aggressive exercise regime, so that while on our family vacation in July those pictures will reflect hard work, and someone in shape, rather than the person in the Easter photos.
I started Insanity's 60 day program and I put off taking pictures, but I figured I better do it, and besides who will ever see them? So, I took them from neck down on my camera phone and there they sat. 50 days into the program I looked in the mirror and still saw someone overweight and, to me, gross. I felt frumpy, bloated, and unhappy that my 6 days a week regime was not working. Then I remembered the pictures. I opened Microsoft Word and I downloaded the pictures from my phone of Day 1 of Insanity, took another picture present day, and put them side-by-side. I could not believe the big difference! How did I miss the vast changes? What I couldn't see (or refused to see) was my considerable inch loss and toning. I even saw where my abs began to form! I then took other pictures of golf outings we did as a family one month apart and I saw changes in my face and the way my clothes fit. I went crazy with the number of comparisons I made, but I was so excited! It definitely motivated me to finish Insanity and continue with my lifestyle change.
I am still doing side-by-side comparisons and because of the huge difference in only 2 1/2 months, I posted the pictures on SP that I thought no one would see. I actually put my disgusting "before" picture on SP, but didn't care because of the transformation I had made. Then I got in my bikini I want to fit in again, and this time had my husband take pictures of me at all angles. That was a major step for me! I just really want to see my progress. And I didn't look that bad! I was revved!
What I am trying to say is that maybe you are feeling low because you are being too critical, and you see your body every day so the changes may not be as noticeable. But, if you were to put side-by-side pictures on your screen, I bet you'll notice the changes you couldn't see before. You are being critical of cellulite, but what if you are the only one who sees it and others see a beautiful person making progress on their goals? We are always our worst critic, but pictures don't lie!
Don't give up. You are creating a new lifestyle and eventually you'll reach your goals, and think "why was I so stressed out before?" Remember that we always convert fat to muscle first so the scale may not be showing a weight loss, but if you were to get one with a body fat % indicator, you'd see your body fat % changing. We also burn more calories when we have more muscle, so the conversion process is gearing your body up for major weight loss and beautiful changes.
We all have depression days, but we can never give up because we would only be failing ourselves and may never find out if we could reach our goal weight and transform our bodies. Who wants to have that hanging over their heads?
Best of luck, keep working out, and find ways to gauge your progress!
You can do it!
Edited by: AMLDIXON at: 7/12/2012 (22:35)
Going to be at my goal weight before the holidays! Going to surprise the family.
Starting: 140.5 Ending: GW 110
Milestones: Goal: 119 by vacation 7/29/2012 . Actual: 123 but got bikini ready! Only 4 above goal. Returned from vacation with 2 extra pounds.
Goal: 123 by birthday 08/22. Actual: 123.5!
Goal: 118 by son's birthday 09/10. - Slacked so much and still at 123.5ish (haven't officially weight in yet)
How? Workout 6 days a week, burn at
Pounds lost: 18.6
Fitness Minutes: (685) Posts: 4 7/12/12 3:33 P
Unfortunately, once you have cellulite it is VERY hard to get rid of! One thing you can do is get a foam roller and use it to massage the fronts and backs of your legs. Part of getting rid of cellulite (or lessening it) involves vigorous massage.
Even at my super skinniest I still had it.
Pounds lost: 0.2
Fitness Minutes: (1,346) Posts: 11 6/21/12 6:06 P
You should do a little research on cellulite, it has to do with fat getting between the layers of skin. The dimples come from the attachment point of the two layer, the fatty deposits cause the dimples. If you think about how much space there is between layers of skin ( not much at !) even a small amount of fat can cause cellulite. Genetics plays a role in how easily fat can get between layers, but once it is there it is stuck- even skinny people have cellulite.
You should focus on the positives, I also am saddened by own cellulite. However I once had these huge dimple on my thighs, caused by the extra weight and skin dropping down. After starting a running program and doing it for 2 month I can see that they are almost gone!
current weight: 200.6
Fitness Minutes: (1,498) Posts: 24 6/15/12 9:00 P
Its hard to get rid of all of it...I have had 3 kids so I've decided I'm stuck with a certain amount of cellulite and stretch marks -UGH. However...I do find that self tanner helps make it less noticable!
Try not to be too hard on yourself - just remember that all those magazine covers airbrush the cellulite away! Unfortunately in the real world, most of us have it regardless of our wait. Just keep working toward your goal and pretty soon you'll start noticing your clothes fitting more loosely - something that feels really great.
current weight: 118.2
Fitness Minutes: (11,023) Posts: 57 6/13/12 7:30 P
I was putting on my gym clothes and caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror; YUCK !! All that hard work and I think I look exactly the same! I feel physically tired and heavy and now I don't want to work out. I feel depressed . All that hard work and I still don't look good. Maybe I should accept that I'm getting older and that it's all going to go downhill from here. Is it really possible for a 30 yr old women to lose cellulite and be thin again??
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