20-Somethings - I'm sure this has been asked before, but...




Mommywannabe
10-01-2008, 12:21 PM
At what weight did you start exercising? Or did you start exercising as soon as you started whatever diet you are on?

Thanks :D


JamieJo
10-01-2008, 12:24 PM
You can start exercising no matter what weight you are at. Exercising is typically a big part of the loosing weight. But start small and work your way up. It always helps me to work towards a goal... I really like the "Couch to 5K" program.

junebug41
10-01-2008, 12:25 PM
I always exercised first. I would "commit" myself to losing weight and would go to the gym, but do nothing about my eating, so that's always come pretty easy.

Even if you don't exercise now, you can work up to it by walking, swimming, etc... Just do something that you know you can do every day (or almost). I think I really benefited from working out because I could mark my progress in ways that didn't necessarily involve the scale (although it affected it).

ETA: I do know that you can exercise all you want, but if you aren't eating well you won't benefit much. There are a few people on here who due to physical limitations or whatever have managed to lose a significant amount of weight by diet alone and I do feel like it's 90% diet and 10% exercise. However, I've also noticed that exercise is really important for maintenance, at least for me :)


caligirl98
10-01-2008, 12:25 PM
Well, the first time around, I started exercising before I started eating right...I wasn't quite ready to give it up...but then I started eating very little so I stopped working out because I wasn't taking in enough calories...still lost weight. This time around, I'm trying to do it evenly...though I'm still in the habit of cutting my calories drastically when I don't work out.

ducky0224
10-01-2008, 01:00 PM
I started my diet last monday, and now I joined the october fitness challange so I committed myself to sixty minutes each of cardio and weight training. Start today.


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sxulcmnky
10-01-2008, 01:14 PM
i started to do Walk away the pounds when i was 223 and decided i needed to do something. i wasn't even calorie counting at that point, but i was exercising.

Taurie
10-01-2008, 01:26 PM
I always tackle exercise first... then make modifications to my diet.

When I exercise it gives me a sense of accomplishment, so once it became a habit I would make modifications to my food intake. For me once exercise becomes habit it motivates me to eat better.

sxulcmnky
10-01-2008, 01:34 PM
I always tackle exercise first... then make modifications to my diet.

When I exercise it gives me a sense of accomplishment, so once it became a habit I would make modifications to my food intake. For me once exercise becomes habit it motivates me to eat better.

this is true... i just can't do the treadmill yet or bike.... damn knee

but i'm going to start to do my WATP videos tonight to see if i can do them yet

pipernoswiper
10-01-2008, 01:35 PM
everyone's bodies are different. for me i exercise only when i want to, but that is because when i was 18 i lost over 100 lbs in less than six months because i was eating like a bird and exercising 4 plus hours a day. of course i didnt keep it off and when i gained it all back i gained that and then some. this time around i decided i didnt want to be a slave to exercise.
with that said, it is important to know this, while i have had success with eating healthy and exercising at my convenience, and knowing i'm doing something i can really stick with, i've kinda screwed myself by not exercising on a more regular basis, this is why, LOOSE SKIN!
the more weight you have to lose the more of a risk you run of having excess skin. i think age is also a factor, but now i don't know what i'm going to do about this loose skin trainwreck i have going on EVERYWHERE.
this is what i think about exercise..............i don't think you HAVE to exercise just to lose weight (i'm living proof of that) but the benefits of exercising are huge, i mean of course you will feel better, you will lose more quickly, make your body stronger, and tone up all at the same time, and in the end, don't we all want to look better, live longer and be the healthiest we possibly can be?
yours truely
the exercise hypocrite :)

Mommywannabe
10-01-2008, 01:36 PM
Thanks for the replies everyone :D I am already doing some walking/powerwalking and light weight lifting but i was just curious as to what everyone else did when they started...

sh3l5
10-01-2008, 01:48 PM
I started exercising as soon as I decided to loose weight....
i started moderately and eating more than what i do now....
and gradually increase intensity and time of workouts....
and dropped my food intake to what it is now!....

MonteCristo
10-01-2008, 02:20 PM
I started walking as soon as I decided to lose weight. I also did some light weight and ab stuff. However, I didn't begin running until I was below 200lbs, as I was worried about joint injuries.

Lovely
10-01-2008, 02:25 PM
I began simple walking when I was about 320 lbs.
I began walking on the treadmill when I was 300.
And then walking with an incline probably 20 pounds after that... and then jogging/walking about 250ish.

junebug41
10-01-2008, 02:25 PM
I started walking as soon as I decided to lose weight. I also did some light weight and ab stuff. However, I didn't begin running until I was below 200lbs, as I was worried about joint injuries.

Good for you! I didn't even think about running until a couple of years after I hit my goal. It's always been so uncomfortable and I'm sure I could have started sooner, but I think I was a little scared.

Blcarter84
10-01-2008, 02:33 PM
I started running on the elliptical and weights every other day...so far it has been 2 weeks and I am feeling 100 times better.

ChileanChick
10-01-2008, 04:04 PM
I started both at the same time (only two days ago lol). The dr recommended it and exercise has always helped with stress and anxiety, so it helps with my eating right too.
If you don´t want to go to the gym, or run, maybe you can get a pedometer (like 5 dollars) and commit to walking xx steps daily, and that way you´re getting exercise in without noticing..

puffypigeon
10-01-2008, 09:16 PM
I have always aimed for exercising daily, but it ends up being whenever I have the motivation.

flabbyblue
10-02-2008, 01:21 PM
I currently have two jobs...one full time, one part time, and so as yet, the best "exercise" I've forced my tired self into is walking around the block when someone calls my cell phone at night. I just wear light sweats all nights, with tennis shoes on, so when someone calls my "at-home" business, I can stick in my ear thing and pop out the door. Unfortunately, walking, even for 60 minutes a day, barelllly counts as real exercise (Certainly not getting my heart rate up that high) but at my weight, I figure anything can help me.

All the weight I've lost(When I started before 3FC, I was 158) so far has been due to diet. I'm hoping to deal with my exercise issue this month, because I know my weight loss will go much faster if I exercise, plus I'll look far better - I have no intentions of losing 100 pounds just to look "skinny fat" (completely untoned) and not all that healthy. :)

Smiling_Sara
10-02-2008, 01:30 PM
high 270's is when I started, albeit it was short and I tired quickly. As I lost weight I can go longer.

Anti222
10-02-2008, 02:48 PM
I started eating better and exercising at the same time, though I only started on Monday this week :)

I've been a member at a local gym for about 3 months now and can count on two hands the amount of times I've dragged myself down there. However, this week I've been feeling a lot more enthusiastic and motivated to go (thanks to everyone on here!) so I went last night and I'm going again in about half an hour. Got to find a way to keep the enthusiasm going though as I can always think of something more fun to do :?:

I spend an hour there doing mainly cardio stuff. Last night I did 30 minutes fast walking on the treadmill (close to jogging but I don't jog because I always hurt either my knee or my ankle when I try :dizzy: ...maybe when I drop a few pounds I'll give it a go). Also did 20 minutes cycling at the level recommended by the gym owner and then 10 minutes on the cross-trainer (think it's what I've heard referred to as an elliptical). I hate those things though, I'm sure they stole the idea from something found in the torture chamber of an old castle! I'll also do some upper body weight training if the blokes aren't using all the machines...or any in the vicinity of the one I want to be on! ;)