Exercising at home - anyone would be a god send!

I am an 18 year old girl and I have always hated the way I look. I know most girls do, but not how I've felt. When I was younger my mum's boyfriend called me fat, ugly, I wasn't going to get anywhere, no one loved me etc, and it was different compared to silly school kids teasing each other because it was someone you're meant to feel comfortable with.

Anyway, I think about my diet CONSTANTLY. I wake up and fall asleep thinking about it.. Right now, I am not confident enough to go to the gym and want to try exercising at home to make myself feel that little bit better about myself.

This isn't really a confession, I just wanted to call out for a little bit of help. Any ideas on exercises I can do at home? Burn calories and feel fit quickly? It wouuld be a god send if someone could help me.

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  • Oh yeah and yoga won't get you s***. Neither will walking. If you want possibly get the insanity home workout DVD. That's a killer. If you want to put on muscle and loose fat you could lift weights but if you just want to get skinnier then run.

  • I personally do track and cross country and am in pretty good shape. From personal experience I would say your best bet is to start running. Not short distance but long. You may think that sounds awful but your will get in shape for it. Just start out going about a mile for a week then 2 miles the next week then 3 then 4 and you should be good once you hit 5-7. That along with a generally healthy diet and you should shed some weight fast.

  • Try yoga it'll calm you down and give you a better peace of mind while helping you become more limber and flexible, not to mention you lose weight when doing it.

  • Honey, I think lots of girls do think the way you do. You're not alone in obsessing about your diet. Why do you think the diet industry is a multi-billion dollar concern?

    As for your mum's boyfriend, he's not alone in his attitude. Advertising tells us we're not good enough as we are and we must be (fill in the blank) before we deserve love.

    I'm really sorry you haven't heard enough positive messages to drown out the negative stuff that bombards us.

    How would you treat someone else who's been brainwashed into thinking she's not good enough? This is what I'd like for you:

    --a diet of positive, supportive messages. Eliminate Cosmo magazine and its ilk. Spend less time on movies and TV shows where everyone's skinny. Why not watch the TV series, "Drop Dead Diva" for a more positive image?

    --Love yourself as you are now. That doesn't mean there aren't things about yourself you'd like to change--maybe study more for better grades, or socialize more, or whatever. Positive change comes with self-acceptance and self-love in the present. You deserve to be loved.

    --Out of self-love, treat yourself well. This means feeding your body healthy food, getting fun-for-you exercise, getting enough sleep, and so on.

    --Find other obsessions than food. Food is fuel for our bodies and a way of creating community with others. It doesn't have to be a reward or punishment.

    --Push the envelope a little! Dare to do something small you haven't done because you didn't like your body.

    --Smile at yourself and the people you meet.

    I know what you're going through--I've been there too. I wish you all the best.

  • Maggie goes on a diet.

  • What a cruel and miserable human being your mom chose to date. Hope she's still not with him. First of all, don't give it another thought what your mom's boyfriend says, because he doesn't matter and you know it's not true. Good for you for being proactive and taking care of yourself, but don't go overboard. Do little things that create a lifestyle you can actually live with. Don't get too caught up in the numbers game (size of your clothes) or how much you weigh or how many calories you're eating. Just be healthy. Drink water, get enough sleep and exercise. Eat more veggies and protein..and limit the amount of sugar, soda and junky foods. For exercise make things fun. Mix things up - yoga, run, dance, jump rope, lift weights. Even grab a friend and go for a walk or run or play tennis. Remember the weight didn't go on overnight, so average weight loss is 1-2lbs a week. Go to the gym, they are there to help and no one is going to laugh at you. A trainer could take you through a routine to help maximize your workout results. They can also help you set goals and help you attain them. Don't get discouraged, you'll get there. Most important, be kind to yourself.

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