100 lb. Club - Starting exercising...remind me to keep my head on straight!




Eliana
01-14-2010, 03:02 PM
I'm going to start exercising. I've been convinced. What convinced me was a conversation here at 3CF about two women both 5'0", both 155 lbs, one was in a size 8 and the other a size 12. Yep...that's why I need to exercise. Because I don't want to lose 40% muscle, I want to lose 100% FAT. But I have an all or nothing mentality, so I need some help keeping things in perspective. I do not want to go off the deep end! I went off the deep end before, hit a wall and quit. By deep end...I mean think training for the olympics.

I'm starting with:
3 days working with my exercise ball (strength training)
2 days nice long walk...to be determined. LOL!

This is not too much, right? And by how much should I increase my calories? I NEED to increase them. I'm at 1200 without the exercise. I'm really not trying to be stupid. :^:


LizR
01-14-2010, 03:26 PM
Congrats on starting an exercise program. Yours sounds great to me. I am an all or nothing type person too. I think over exercising until I couldn't take it anymore is the reason I failed the last two times I tried to lose weight. For me I have "drawn a line I won't cross" to keep myself in check. I will not exercise more than 30 minutes a night. I also walk 2 miles a day with my kids. This is naturally limited because you can't just look at a 7 year old and say "let's do another 5 miles." :p

As to how much more to eat I think others can answer that better than I can. I think 1500 cals a day would be a minimum.

dragonwoman64
01-14-2010, 03:47 PM
I think the exercise sounds good. I love to walk (though it has been a little artic here lately, makes me lose my enthusiasm for the great outdoors!). My bf got me a swiss ball a while ago, I use to use it more, I like it.


SNMomof1
01-14-2010, 03:57 PM
I think how much you increase your cals depends on what you want your deficit to be. You can certainly continue eating 1200 and then increase it if you feel yucki or aren't loosing any weight. I'd probably go up about 200 (to 1400) for the first couple of weeks and take it from there. 1500 sounds like a reasonable number as well

Eliana
01-14-2010, 04:40 PM
Liz, that does sound like me! Some people may not the understand the statement "I will ONLY exercise X number of minutes" but boy, I sure do! It must be sustainable. What I was doing before...so not sustainable!

Dragonwoman, it's been frigid here too! FRIGID! But today actually hit 45 so it felt really nice. The snow is melting.

SNMom, I already feel "yuck". I'm tired all the time! I know 1200 calories is too low and that's the reason I'm tired. It's just that it's working! 30 lbs in two months! It's going to be hard for me find a balance but I need to. And if I increase the exercise, I really need to increase the calories too.

Kae
01-14-2010, 04:55 PM
30lbs in 2 months... wow! That's great. I think I need to start exercising now too. I gotta kick it up a notch... I was doing the mental battle over it on my lunch break today. Do I make myself exercise tonight... or maybe I should just start next week 'cause that sounds good.... LOL. Thanks for the motivation. I WILL workout tonight!

Eliana
01-14-2010, 05:16 PM
30lbs in 2 months... wow! That's great. I think I need to start exercising now too. I gotta kick it up a notch... I was doing the mental battle over it on my lunch break today. Do I make myself exercise tonight... or maybe I should just start next week 'cause that sounds good.... LOL. Thanks for the motivation. I WILL workout tonight!

I toyed with starting next week, but then I though the best diet advice I ever give is to just start now. So I started today. :D I walked a half hour. I was surprised by how invigorating it felt.

thundahthighs
01-14-2010, 07:02 PM
Hooray Eliana!

I have done yoga and walking for a couple of years now, but have, just this month, added in some serious toning and weight training exercise.
I can already flex my upper back!! I am convinced I look firmer!

Do it. You'll love it. LOVE IT, I tell you! :carrot:

thistoo
01-14-2010, 07:07 PM
I'm going to start exercising. I've been convinced. What convinced me was a conversation here at 3CF about two women both 5'0", both 155 lbs, one was in a size 8 and the other a size 12.

Well, I'm wearing size 10 jeans, in the interest of full disclosure, and I have a very small frame.

Having said that, no, that is not too much exercise to start with. I would try increasing to 1400 calories-ish and see what happens. Good luck! Obviously you're not going to regret adding exercise into your routine; it can only help, after all.

marigrace
01-14-2010, 07:37 PM
OK Eliana, it is really all your fault...You are responsible for finally getting me off my butt and doing... two sets each :

Seated dumbbell shoulder press
Wall pushups
Bicep Curl
Standing side bend
Low mount Seated rows
Crunches
Glute kicks
Lying Abduction
Lying Adduction
Scizzor Kick
Bridges.

I will alternate this (35 min) workout with walking every other day.
Thank You !

bluebutterfly
01-14-2010, 08:31 PM
I think the exercise sounds good. I love to walk (though it has been a little artic here lately, makes me lose my enthusiasm for the great outdoors!). My bf got me a swiss ball a while ago, I use to use it more, I like it.

Umm...what's a swiss ball? thanks!

19Deltawifey
01-14-2010, 10:00 PM
I just started back working out again since 4 weeks ago and of course once I start working out again I gain 2 lbs but since it happens all the time when I start exercising its no surprise to me. Just be prepared for the scale to go up a little when you do hit the gym. Also when you up your calories from 1200 to 1600 or more be prepared for the scale to go up a little. the pounds will start to drop again but just give your body time to adjust to eating more and working out. I am 5'4 and my nutritionist recommended 1800-2000 cals a day. I workout about 3 times a week. Since I just started back up I walk with interval hills for about 20 mins, and then I get on the elliptical for 10 mins and do intervals, and then I lift weights on about 3 machines. 3 machines is my goal. I try not to kill myself until I get in better shape.

thistoo
01-14-2010, 10:13 PM
Umm...what's a swiss ball? thanks!

Swiss Ball (http://www.dompannell.com/Swiss%20Ball.jpg)

Often referred to as a balance ball or exercise ball as well. :D

Ophelia31
01-15-2010, 03:37 AM
Whenever I see people say how cold it is where they live and talk about the snow and all that, I am reminded how lucky I am to live in AZ now. It's about 75 here. It's been absolutely beautiful out which is so lucky for me because my main exercise is walking and if it was fridged out there it wouldn't be so easy to get out there everyday. I can't afford a gym.

And I agree with all the others...exercise can only help. You won't regret it. And your plan sounds great.

Plus...30lbs in 3 months? That's awesome! That right there has inspired me! LOL

Eliana
01-15-2010, 08:59 AM
Well, I'm wearing size 10 jeans, in the interest of full disclosure, and I have a very small frame.

Having said that, no, that is not too much exercise to start with. I would try increasing to 1400 calories-ish and see what happens. Good luck! Obviously you're not going to regret adding exercise into your routine; it can only help, after all.

I'm so sorry. I fretted about this all night long thinking of a way to respond. When you responded that way I realized what I said probably didn't come across right. I'll start by saying I'm jealous of your size 10 jeans! I'm jealous of size 12 jeans and of 155 lbs! LOL! I guess that what I meant, and still probably won't say right, is that muscle weighs more than fat, and while I already know that, knowing that a woman can fit into a size 8 pair of jeans while weighing 155 lbs amazes me. And that's because she has some heavy muscle on her. I was 135 in size 10 jean when I graduated from college! I don't think there was any muscle stuffed into those jeans, which is probably why I wasn't happy with my body at the time.

Eliana
01-15-2010, 09:05 AM
Ladies, I did it.

I walked a half hour last night at a good pace and couldn't believe how much I felt it! Pathetic, I tell you! But I keep telling myself that's good for the first day. It has been three years since I've done ANYTHING!

This morning I got up just 10 minutes earlier. I usually listen to the radio for a good half hour before actually getting up. So this morning I set the alarm 10 minutes early and hopped right up with the alarm. My goal was to walk up and down the stairs 10 times. I made it 5. LOL! I used to walk up and down the stairs for a full 20 minutes as a WARM UP! :dizzy: I also remember killing my legs the first time I ever did it and didn't want to do that so I listened to my muscles and stopped after 5. :p

Then I did some lower body stuff with the ball.

All and all, it was a good workout. I can't believe how much I've lost in the way of strength, endurance, and muscle, but it will all come back. I am not training for the olympics!

thistoo
01-15-2010, 09:29 AM
I'm so sorry. I fretted about this all night long thinking of a way to respond.

Oh, goodness, I'm so sorry I made you fret! My tone on this board so often comes across differently than the way I am thinking the words; in RL I have a very dry sense of humor and the people who are used to me know how to take it, but online it comes across all wrong. I just wanted to make sure no newbies got the impression I was running around bragging about wearing size 8 pants (currently I have *one* pair of size 8s I can button, but I wouldn't wear them outside my closet!)

Size 8 skirts are much more forgiving, of course, but I can't wear a size 8 in anything that hugs my hips, so even pencil skirts are out. I *am*, however, wearing a size 8 top today, and it's a button-down, which is a style I used to avoid like the plague.

Anyway, you're absolutely right. Muscle makes SO MUCH DIFFERENCE. I'm thrilled to be 40 pounds overweight and almost in an 8 jean, that's for sure. And my legs (under the fat and extra skin) are pretty much solid muscle at this point. So definitely building muscle helps with how you look and how you feel about yourself.

And while I'm here, I'll say congratulations on getting back into your routine! I'm not sure I could do 20 minutes of stairs right now, so I'm frankly impressed that you ever did that at all.

Nada
01-15-2010, 09:40 AM
Congratulations, Eliana on getting back on track with your exercising. I really feel so good when I do it regularly that I can't understand how I can stop and get out of the habit---but I do. And then getting back up to speed is soooo difficult.

My curiosity is aroused. Ignore if this is too intrusive, but what was the sport you were training for?

Eliana
01-15-2010, 09:45 AM
My curiosity is aroused. Ignore if this is too intrusive, but what was the sport you were training for?

:rofl: None!! :rofl: I was just insane!! I wanted to lose weight so very badly I just made myself a nut. Seriously! If I had a day off work, I'd spend three hours at the gym. One day I swam TWO miles which took just under two hours, then I did weights then I did the elliptical machine. In ONE day. I was doing spin class, exercise ball class, HIIT...and I was getting nowhere. That's not entirely true. I was THE most fit fat person out there. My BP dropped tremendously. But other than that...I got nowhere.

dragonwoman64
01-15-2010, 05:06 PM
Ladies, I did it.

I walked a half hour last night at a good pace and couldn't believe how much I felt it! Pathetic, I tell you! But I keep telling myself that's good for the first day. It has been three years since I've done ANYTHING!

:carrot: hey, congrats!

not pathetic at all. my bf tells me that change takes time, I was basically a couch potato for a many years, getting in shape isn't going to happen in a flash. I've come a long way, baby, ha.

saef
01-15-2010, 05:27 PM
Eliana, I think I understand you. Maybe. Let's test this: Does what I'm about to relate sound familiar to you, like some of your former thinking?

The last time I lost an enormous amount of weight, I noticed that I kept adding onto my exercise routine.

First I was walking in the mornings. Then I was riding an exercise bike, but I also had to walk afterward. Then I was doing weights and stretches, and this also had to be included to the routine... all on the same day, in the same session. Okay, that's not bad. That still sounds balanced. But wait ...

Then I took up horseback riding, but on that day I also had to walk & bike.

When I tried an aerobics class, I worried I might be getting less of a "burn," so in addition to aerobics at night, I walked & biked in the morning.

Then I felt I still wasn't doing enough, so I added walking at lunch hour.

What I mean is, I just kept adding & adding to my exercise routine & it kept growing longer & longer. There was a morning session, some activity at lunch, and again in the evening. Instead of my shaking it up, with a varied activity each day, or trusting that new activities would give me the same or better results, I just piled on more & more.

Lessons learned:
1) To swap out, rather than add in, and to keep the total time consistent.
2) If I have exercised in the morning, and the evening is free, to spend that evening time doing something that enriches my mind, rather than my body.
3) To ask myself, "Is this what your average person would do, or am I starting to verge on single-minded & crazy?"
4) To ask myself, "Am I moving the goal posts? Am I demanding quasi physical perfection, or to become a professional athlete, when my original goal was just to be healthy & to feel & look somewhat better?"

Because I have a problem with that. With moving the goal posts, I mean. I start off by feeling inferior, and wanting just to feel "normal" and "average." But somewhere along the way, the goal changes, and I want to be more than "average." I start making comparisons with fitness instructors, fitness models, serious athletes. I start wanting to excel. It happens slowly but the fog creeps in & nothing ever seems like it's enough & then one day I find myself with four consecutive hours of exercise scheduled.

I'm trying to leave the goal posts in place this time. I'm trying to keep my ambitions fairly moderate. Getting a little better gradually is healthy. It keeps the routine interesting. But aspiring toward absolute excellence ... there are some things in life I'm just going to accept being just "okay" at, since there jus isn't enough time in the day & there is a lot of life to enjoy.