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12-10-2001, 01:27 PM
Thought I'd start a new thread, as the old one was getting mighty long! 4 pages! :eek:
Anyhoo, had a great weekend! Unfortunately, great = fattening! Alas, the Christmas season is here, with it's parties, and booze, and goodies.... I'll be lucky to stay afloat! ;) Luckily, Curves is here and I'm off to work up a sweat this afternoon!
My mini-goal for this week is to get up early enough to go to Curves in the morning on Wednesday, (maybe Thursday), and Friday... I have such a problem getting there some afternoons... maybe the morning will work out better! Wich me luck!
Hope you're all doing well! Where are you?
12-10-2001, 01:28 PM
Forgot to say! I have two mini-goals for this week! My other one is to up my water intake!
Chug, chug, chug! :lol:
12-10-2001, 01:54 PM
I just did 30 minutes on the stationary bike. Will head to the gym this afternoon. I'll report more later.
Marvin, thanks for starting the new thread. Have fun at curves.
Have a great day, everyone!
12-11-2001, 03:21 AM
I walked the Mall of America, swam laps, played in the pool with Em and walked a few other stores today. I feel really good. I did a crazy aerobics tape on Saturday night that my friend loaned me. It's from 1986 and it was just weird. I think it was hi intensity. Needless to say, I won't be doing it again. Hehe. But at least I got some excercise in!!
12-11-2001, 12:35 PM
Glad to see everyone is kicking. I am also increasing my water intake and cutting back on the ice tea.......I love ice tea with lemon and splenda.
Went to the gym last night and was totally unmotivated. Well maybe not unmotivated I just did not feel well. My head was killing me. I could only do 15 minutes on the bike and 150 crunches. It should of been 30 minutes on the bike, 150 crunches and my upper body routine. I feel better today.
What do you guys eat before you work out? I think maybe I was hungry too. I am going to add Friday to my exercise routine. So the only day off from the gym is Tuesdays.
12-11-2001, 01:05 PM
Looks like you guys are doing great! WTG!
I have those days too, Anne... try not to stress about it too much. I think that sometimes, our bodies are telling us, it's not a great day for this, and the fact that you did anything is wonderful!
Don't you love those 80's aerobics tapes, Pamela? They're so good, just for the laugh factor! :lol: I have a couple, but I haven't done them, just cause I can't get through them! I'm the queen of cheap videos! I can't resist them if they're less than $5!
Dena! WTG on the stationary bike! I have one collecting dust right now, that I really should haul out and ride a bit... I just hate sitting on the darn thing! It hurts my toosh! :lol: I think what I'd really like is my own treadmill....sigh....
As for me, I had another great workout at Curves yesterday... I really am feeling the burn lately! They showed us a better way of doing the ab machines, and it really works! ;)
Tonight is bowling night, so that's good.... and I did really well with water yesterday. I drank about 2.5 large bottles (which is 2.5 more than before!) and today my goal is 3 or more!
Have a great day!
12-11-2001, 02:03 PM
I need some help. I started to go to the gym 2 weeks ago. I need to loose 35 pounds + my arms are big and fat. I don't know what kind of exercise I should be doing and how many repetions I should do. I always like to start with walking on the treadmill or doing the step masters (to burns some calories) but after that I don't know what else to do. There's no expert in the gym so no one can tell me for sure what to do. Any suggestions will be realy appreciate it;) I go every day from 4 pm to 5:30 pm. Thank you.
12-12-2001, 08:23 AM
Good Morning Everybody :wave:
I'm still around but haven't had alot of free computer time lately. It's great to see that you are all doing great :)
Tiana~~Here are some suggestions for working out at the gym.
First of all, I would highly recommend reading the book 'Body For Life". It incorporates nutrition, cardio and weight lifting.
As far as the exercise part of it goes, here's the basic premise.
You exercise 6 days a week, taking one Free Day a week (it's Free Day on food, also!).
Of the 6 days, you alternate, one day cardio (interval training), the next day weights, etc. You then break up the body work out into upper body one day and lower body the next weight-day.
Mon~Upper body w/weights
Tues~Cardio (interval training)
Mon~Lower body, etc.
Upper body consists of one exercise for each muscle -group (biceps, triceps,shoulder, back, chest).
Peck-Deck or Dumbell Flyes:
12 reps at 20#
10 reps at 20#
8 reps at 30#
6 reps at 30#
12 reps at 20#
Then pick another exercise for the chest and only do 12 reps at 30#.
As you can see, you are increasing your weight with less reps in each cycle. It sounds complicated but it's not.
You follow the same program for lower body (quads, hamstring, calfes and abs).
You can go to the www.bodyforlife.com site and look up the training journals. It will show you the Daily Progress Report (worksheet) that makes it easy. You can even download the form and print it out.
Also, www.exrx.net/Exercise.html is a good site to learn about different exercise. You can pick the muscle you want to train, and it will give you a list of appropriate exercises. It even gives you a video demonstration of a person doing that exercise.
Another place to get good exercise info is at www.muscleandfitnesshers.com There are always good articles there on different exercise for women. Check out the section on Training. This month there is even an article on Interval Training Cardio (much better than 50 min at moderate speed ).
Sorry to be so wordy~but I hope I've given you some info that will help you.
12-12-2001, 09:22 AM
Thank you sooo much for your excellent answer. Iam going to check out those sites and also Iam going to print out your answers so that way when I go today to the gym I will follow the steps.;)
12-12-2001, 11:35 AM
Great answer, Sil! And great to see you back!
Taina, I hope you stick around! we're a great bunch of gals with lots of inspiration (and perspiration!)
Good news! I'm right on track for all of my mini-goals! Had my 3 bottles of water yesterday, did some crunches before bed, and I got up early this morning and got my tired butt into Curves! Yay for me! :D
So, I'm feeling pretty darn good this morning, needless to say! I've got another busy day ahead, so I'll shut up now! :lol:
12-12-2001, 04:40 PM
Good for you, Marvin, for getting over to Curves. Usually it's the getting up and over there part that is so tough. once you're there it doesn't seem so bad.
I also got to the gym this morning. I did my upper body workout and was feeling pretty proud of myself. Then in walked this 20-something year old, size 3, tanned with obvious implants. (nothing against them,wish mine looked that good!)
Anyway, she was doing lower body and I couldn't help to see what exercises and how much weight she was using.
Wish I could look that good!
12-12-2001, 07:00 PM
We went to the Community Center first thing this morning (otherwise Emmett gets crabby if we do it last thing on the run). I swam for half an hour and then chased Emmett for 45 minutes. We also mall walked and I did some cleaning. Woohoo! My dad is doing the body for life right now. I have been trying to do some light weight excercises just to do them, but when I'm closer to my goal weight, I will get into the bigger machines.
12-13-2001, 11:27 AM
Pamela~~Why not start now? I started body for life (BFL) after having had surgery on my neck for a degenerative disc that was causing pain and nerve damage. I was losing strength on my left side.
I began lifting weights (per BFL) using 5# dumbbells. We all have to start somewhere, and I had to start at the bottom. But I'm not there anymore.
The fear of STARTING is the downfall to success :)
12-13-2001, 11:43 AM
WoW! We're all rolling right along, aren't we? :cool:
DH and I went to our homebuilder's last night, and signed all the papers to start the building! :D They've set a tentative start date of January 15th! That's only a month away! :D
I did some more crunches last night, and they were tougher than the night before, so I must be working something! I'm gonna keep it up, as my abs are my worst area... I sometimes think that I wouldn't mind being "thicker", so long as my stomach didn't already look pregnant... :( I guess in a way I'm scared because when I do get pregnant, people will want to touch me there (which is a totally different subject that we won't get into ;) ) and I hate the thought that I'll have to tell them you can't feel the baby yet... that's just flab... :mad:
Anyhoo, I did get my water in yesterday, and fo some reason I was terribly thirsty this morning, so I've already had a full bottle! I'm going to Curves after work today (we have a ladies Christmas party tonight, and I need to kill time between work and the party!)
So, I'll try to be a good girl tonight, and not blow the diet too badly ;) but no promises!
12-13-2001, 03:49 PM
Can I join in on this thread?
I am new here, but I have been trying to lose weight for awhile now. I had lost 30 pounds, but I have gained 5 back due to slacking on paying attention to what I eat and exercise. I really feel exercise is the most important aid in my weight loss.
Anyway, so for the past 2 weeks I've been telling myself "tomorrow I will go to the gym" - reading through this forum, I have gotten motivated, so I'm about to head out to the gym right now.
How do you guys keep yourselves motivated to go? I tend to do well at first and then if I miss a day, I keep missing days until I haven't been for weeks. It's horrible.
Anyway, just wanted to say hi and all.
12-13-2001, 08:18 PM
I've been going to the gym these last few days and feeling so much better for it. In fact, yesterday and today I started working out on the weight machines. I haven't touched them for a couple of months, due to the incident. So I was kind of scared at first. But I'm starting out slow and doing just fine. And I also went on the treadmill and exercise bike.
Purrfekshun, how do I keep motivated? I just know I always feel better afterwards. Exercise just makes me feel better physically and mentally.
Hope everyone is having a great day.
12-14-2001, 11:28 AM
I have been going to the gym now for 2 full weeks and I am very happy so far. Yesterday I did not go:( because I had a get together with people from my office and at the end of the night I felt really bad because I ate too much (no junk) real food and also did not exercise. Now that I have been going to the gym I enjoy the time that I spend there and I feel like a new person even though I haven't loose that much only 3 pounds since 2 weeks ago. Just keep going, at least while you are there you will be away from food for that time and your mind will be busy. Don't give up. Good luck!;)
12-14-2001, 09:00 PM
I went to the gym for a whole hour today, and feel super! I'm back to my old self!!
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!
12-18-2001, 03:43 AM
Well, I needed to take a break but I'll be back on track tomorrow! I think I might investigate those very frightening looking weight machines tomorrow. All I want for Christmas is to be buff, LOL. Uhh, not really;).
12-18-2001, 11:18 AM
Hi Purrfekshun! Welcome to the thread! :) I wish I could help you out with motivation... most of the time the only thing that keeps me motivated about Curves is the fact that it costs me money! :lol: I guess that problem is, when you stop going, you have to start right up again... I can't let myself not go for more than a couple times, or I lose all my momentum... good luck!
As for me, not so great... :( I skipped Curves on Friday, and then again yesterday... I have bowling tonight, so no time for Curves, but I'm going tomorrow morning for sure! Cross my :love:!
So, for this week, my goals are to make it to Curves on Wed thru Fri, drink my water, and do my ab exercises every night.
Talk to you all later!
12-19-2001, 11:38 AM
Haloooo out there!
I didn't make it to Curves this morning...:( We stayed out a tad too late last night after bowling... tis the season, I guess.... but I'm going to try to fit it in during lunch, since I can't get there after work today. Wish me luck!
Did good with my water though, and I did my ab exercises, so I'm happy with that. I'm going to look at one of those exercise balls next time I'm up at Walmart.... And, has anyone in here ever used one of those ab wheel things? Any success? Walmart has both those things for $10 each, so I might give it a try....
Anyhoo, I hope you're all doing great, rushing around getting ready for Santa :D
12-19-2001, 06:02 PM
Went to the community center today and did some weights and some aerobic things. I wake up now and tell myself 'I'm going to eat good today' and then pray that God gives me His guidance in the choices I make. I think it's working, LOL. I feel sooo good today. My emotions are getting more balanced too. Woohoo! I'm excited about Christmas again, LOL.
12-20-2001, 11:14 AM
Good for you, Pamela! Sounds like you've got the right kind fo Christmas spirit! :)
As for me, I'm losing my momentum at Curves! :( I did, however, pick up an exercise ball, and a video last night, so I'm going to get into that! I did my ab exercises (on the ball!) last night, and drank a ton of water, so I'm okay.... I am definitely going to Curves tomorrow, but I have NO time today... but I'm going to try out my new exercise ball video tonight, I promise! :p
12-22-2001, 10:32 PM
Hello all. My name Is Kathy and I would like to join you. I haven't been a dedicated exerciser ever but plan on it starting Monday!! My daughter came home for a visit, and put me thru her routine, and I am determined to do this, no matter how long it takes. I have about 70 lbs to lose. My goal is to get mean and lean. She has always looked gorgeous but she is totally beautiful now. And if she can do it..I can do it....
This is my plan...Arobic machines (preceptor, step, bike) for at least 30 minutes...I will do a good work out with lots of little sprints to get the heart going good. (i will do this arobic thing 5 to 6 days a week, and maybe on Wed/Sat I will do 45...
Mon/Thur Upper body
Tues/Fri Lower body
Wed/SAt extra arobics
I know it seems like alot to start out with but I can not do this half way..It doesn't work that way with me..It is all or nothing..Either I do it, Or i don't This time I am going to do it and suceed.
I will drink water..tons, and I will eat good food. I am going to apply lots of different tool that work for me and make up my own plan. It will be interesting!!!
bye for now..
12-24-2001, 11:16 AM
Good for you! :) It sounds really ambitious, but I'm sure that you'll do great!
A little about me.... I'm 26, and I'm roughly 30 lbs. overweight.... I below to a gym called Curves for Women (here's their website: www.curvesforwomen.com) and my biggest problem is my midsection. I don't follow any particular "diet", but I try to eat well-rounded meals and not snack too much, which is really hard at this time of year, but I'm managing! ;)
As for exercise right now, I haven't been to Curves in over a week, but I did get that exercise ball a-humming the other night... so much so that I had to take a couple days off to recover! :lol: Seriously, I'm feeling ab muscles I never knew existed! I love it!
Hope you're all having a great holiday, and that you get the chance to check in! And again, welcome Kathy!
12-25-2001, 11:59 AM
It is great to see people committed to exercising daily.
12-26-2001, 04:24 AM
I can't wait to get back on track! I didn't get too off track but my body is totally reeling from the M&M's I ate today and the fact that I haven't really been able to excercise the past few days (tried to walk but it was way too bitter in the wind today). I'm going crazy, LOL. This is good, right? New Year's Eve shouldn't be too bad as long as I eat good up until then. I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas or happy Holiday!
12-27-2001, 01:13 PM
Hope Santa was good to all of you...he brought me a nasty cold! :mad: Seriously it was dh's nieces and nephews that made us both sick, so we've been a bit miserable the past few days.... needless to say, no exercise, but we haven't been eating very much either!
DH wants to go see Lord of the Rings tonight, so hopefully, I'm feeling up to it... thank goodness for drugs! :D Otherwise, we'll probably keep laying low for now, and try to shake this thing! Blech! I hate being sick! :p
12-28-2001, 02:30 AM
We've got a cold here too! My dad, Emmett and I all have it although mine's not too bad. I'm miserable first thing in the morning and feel almost normal the rest of the day. That's kind of keeping me from excercising plus we still have a lot going on here. I was craving pistachio pudding today so I got some tonight, hehe. It's so good! LOL. All righty then. Tomorrow is a new day!
12-30-2001, 08:17 PM
Still got a cold, just trying to eat/drink whatever makes me feel better (water is actually helping!). I did get some new sneakers specifically for working out at the gym and I'm really excited to wear them. Wal-Mart also has some really good deals on excercise clothes right now so I may go and get some. New stuff helps motivate me.
I'm excited about tomorrow! A bunch of net people will be here (most I've met, just not the guy from Australia!). I've got some healthy food for it too.
Wishing everyone a happy, healthy new year!
01-02-2002, 12:01 PM
WTG, Pamela! Don't you love new stuff? ;) It's a great motivator!
As for me, I had a very laid-back holiday, with very little exercise, but my eating wasn't too bad... I've got to get back to journaling with Fitday... it helps so much!
I did my exercise ball workout last night, and it felt great! I still can't finish it, but I'm working up to that! ;) Just doing it at all is a great accomplishment!
I've made some goals for this week (and this year!) and here they are:
Here's to setting off on a new year on the right foot! *clink* (toasting you with my water bottle! :lol: )
01-02-2002, 01:58 PM
Ok, here goes. Im starting my new life today! I'm tired of this weight. Been thin all my life til 6 yrs and 3 kids ago!
I bought the TaeBo tapes about a year ago and theyve been sitting in my bookcase staring at me ever since. Today I'm gonna get one out, and attempt to get myself on track! If I can only last 5 or 10 minutes.. I'm going to look at it as 5 or 10 min I wouldnt have done, if I had just sat there. And next time I'll add a few more minutes! I can do this!!!
Thanks for giving me somewhere to go, I've needed a place like this for years.:spin:
01-03-2002, 10:57 AM
Good for you, Honeyrose! You've just taken the first step, and once you've done that, it DOES get easier! ;) Well, most of the time, anyway! :lol:
As for me, I barely made it to Curves last night, but I'm so glad that I did.... it was a really hard workout, considering that it was the first time in over two weeks! :eek: But, again, it's the first step, and I feel good about it....
Didn't journal yesterday, or drink all my water, so those are my goals for today... And I plan on either doing my exercise ball routine tonight, or yoga.... but I'm definitely doing something!! Come to think of it... it's pretty warm out (for an Alberta winter!) so I might take my dog for a brisk walk up the road...we'll see!
Keep on movin'!
01-03-2002, 08:06 PM
Today was great. I got out of the house early with my children, we went on a long walk outdoors. Although the temp was only 20 degrees, the sun was shining and it was a beautiful day. The fresh air did wonders for me. We also had a trip to the grocery. I planned a list earlier today, cutting out all junk and sticking with healthy foods. Gotta work on water intake. My Tae Bo tapes are still sitting. I'd rather do my exercise outdoors if the weather permits. Makes me feel better! Im looking forward to spring so I can get out the rollerblades. I wonder if I can still do it?:?:
I just feel wonderful after being outdoors most of the day, and I feel a good kind of tired. Like I accomplished something!
Tomorrow is another day... maybe the TaeBo.. who knows??:spin:
01-04-2002, 11:28 PM
Hello everyone. I haven't posted for awhile, but I'm back to some serious weight losing. I've been off for Christmas break but have to go back to work on Monday. Blah! I teach first grade and have two small children. Somehow I fit in my treadmill.
What I've tried as of lately is to walk on the treadmill with 80's music. It's amazing, but the music actually makes me move. When there isn't any music, I just push myself to keep walking. As soon as I hear a good song, my body wants to dance! I'm not a dancer, so this is all done in private! LOL! The kids even have to be in bed if I want to walk. Hubby has an office out back. Very nice. Has anyone else tried to use songs for walking? Just curious.
I better go. Hubby is watching the kids (bless his heart) and it's nearly bath time. Dread!
Talk to you later!
Plan- walking/slim fast/no eating after 7pm
So far, so good. So hard!
01-05-2002, 04:45 PM
Hi Heidi! Nice to have you here!
I am going to start borrowing my dad's cd player for when we go to the gym. I love music and I know this will really help me especially if I pick some upbeat songs.
Doing good with the excercise and trying to do better with the food! I'm excited to be so close to my prepreg weight! Woohoo!!
01-06-2002, 11:08 AM
Everyone seems to be doing so well!!
Congrats to all on your strength and willpower to keep moving!
I myself have had the flu and not posted for 2 days:( .
Not much to say here, been walking to the bathroom if that counts!!
My diet has been poor. Although I'm craving liquids since I've been ill. Very very dry with this flu.
Ive been able to tolerate
and water :)
Ive lost 3 lbs in the past 2 days from being sick, although I do not feel like that is an accomplishment. Im sure as soon as I take that first bite of "real" food, it will go straight to my thighs!!
Keep up the good work, I'm so proud to read your posts and see that you are doing well!!!!!
Best of Luck
01-07-2002, 01:44 PM
:wave: hello everyone,
my name is karen! And I desperatly want to lose weight. but then who here doesnt want to lose weight:dz: ! I'm still in the process of finding a way to do that! I have an online freind who did it and I will be hopefully getting tips from her! you can see her transformation at http://www.bodychangers.com/krainey_inter.shtml its amazing! well I could use an online buddy too! if you are interested my e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org *karen*:eek:
01-07-2002, 09:23 PM
Hello all :wave:
I hope everyone has had a good day.
I'm still ill of course and can barely walk across the room so exercising is impossible :(
Welcome Karen, I hope you find the comfort in posting as I have found. Its great to have somewhere to go where people can relate to you. Hope you decide to stay with us :)
I've done well on the diet, even tho I've not been able to exercise and I feel really discouraged because I WANT to be able to get up and move.
b- toast with brummel and brown, oj, and coffee
l- skipped it (couldnt eat anything for coughing :( )
d- small slice of meatloaf made with rice, gr round, and eggbeaters.. to lower calories.. a sm baked potato with i cant believe its not... spray ( lo in calories) and a cup of unsweetened applesauce which i didnt finish.
Plus 64 oz+ of water. I lost count as 64 oz around 3pm :)
and 1 diet soda
Tomorrow I hope to at least be well enough to walk a bit :)
Good luck all, keep moving and keep up the water intake!
01-07-2002, 09:27 PM
thanks for the welcome! and I will post as often as I can here! *karen*
01-08-2002, 11:10 AM
Psst.... I started a new thread... join me over there! :)