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09-23-2003, 11:58 AM
I don't know about you guys but I need motivation to exercise. I plum right out can't stand it.

What are you guys doing and how has it helped you w/your weight loss ?

09-23-2003, 12:07 PM
i'm not doing any right now, unless you count unpacking boxes. before moving, i was walking up to ten miles a morning. i saw no more results with 8 to 10 than i did with 3 to 5 a day. i think my body just got used to it.

09-23-2003, 12:32 PM
WOW ! 10 miles a day, my feet hurt just thinking about it lol

Do you get any leg cramps ? I've been taking 2,400 mg Calcium/Magnesium and I'm still getting lower caf cramps. Could it be I need more water ? I'm already drinking 64 oz, just can't get anymore in.......egads LOL.

Believe it or not, I used to power walk 5 miles a day, but that was when I was young and stupid, now I'm just old and stupid LOL :o

09-23-2003, 12:52 PM
no, i didn't get leg cramps. the only time i've had problems with that is when i needed more potassium. so, i'd eat bananas. on atkins though, couldn't do that. i believe NoSalt is straight potassium. you might check into that. walking feels really good on my back. i had a ruptured disc removed in 96. once i get my boxes done, i plan to start walking againl. the leslie sansone walking tapes are good too. i'm trying to estimate if i will feel safe walking in neighborhood before my husband leaves for work, usually between 6 and 7. we have been living out of the states for three months. i've not felt unsafe so far, but don't want to be stupid either. walking is really the only exercise that i've ever stuck with. good luck!

09-23-2003, 01:56 PM
Unfortunately, I don't exercise - with work and other committments I just don't take the time.

09-23-2003, 02:34 PM
This my area of most I am a LAZY, LAZY FROUFIE...

We have a treadmill at home, so there is no excuse (except for lack of time and motivation of course)....and I have been walking outside, but it is getting dark earlier these days....and unless I leave by 6:30 pm or so, which is next to impossible due to dinner time) I can't go walking.

Yes, I do have videotapes I can do, but I really have to WANT to do them...I prefer "dancing exercise" so have a couple of the Richard Simmons tapes.

What do others do to ensure that exercise is a priority in their lives?


Kim in NJ
09-23-2003, 06:37 PM
I have pretty much an entire gym's worth of exercise paraphenalia and yet I don't do it...YET! I am starting to feel better about myself so I might make the plunge within the next week. I think I'm going to start with Jane Fonda's low impact aerobics (since I remember the steps from years ago)...and then move on to lifting weights 3X a week. If I could do these 2 things I would be SO HAPPY!!!!

Leens - I used to have lower calf pain too when walking. I went online to Runners and found that picking up a pair of sneakers at Payless was probably not such a good idea. I went out and bought a pair of Asics GT2050's ($90) and WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!! I bought them at "Athlete's Foot" because the salespeople there really know what they are doing - well at least the guy I dealt with. He didn't even freak when he saw my size. But before the new sneakers my feet would burn and my lower calves felt like my muscles were locking up (almost like a charlie horse). With the new sneakers I could easily walk over 3 miles. I used to quit because of the pain each day, after the new sneakers I was ending my walk because I was running out of time and had to get to work. Hope this Helps.

Jennifer 3FC
09-24-2003, 01:23 AM
I have become sort of addicted to my treadmill. I have always HATED my treadmill, and hated my basement, home of the treadmill, even more. It has been called the Dreadmill in the Dungeon for years. Well now I love it, and I think it is because I have gotten a habit of it, FINALLY. I really procrastinate big time, so I always set my goal low. It was 20 minutes. I could convince myself 15-20 minutes was all I had to do, so just get it over with. My 15-20 has moved to 30, but I almost always do 45, sometimes 60. Knowing that 30 is my goal, and I can stop there and be satisfied gets me there. Once I have been on there, I usually want to keep going until I am all worn out.

I think it took tricking myself to get in the habit, and now my system is hooked on the endorphins!

09-24-2003, 09:56 AM
Way to go girls, Jennifer I also was addicted to walking, when I power walked 5 miles 6x a week (less then 1 hour :D ) I started out w/15 minutes of slow walking and built up to that. sigh lol

Kim now you got me curious, what size shoes do you wear or shouldn't I ask :fr:

I have an eliptical sitting in my living room, and I look at the darn thing every day and say, thats nice. But do I get on it.. NOPE. Just can't get myself to do it yet. But believe it or not I do keep thinking about it, so maybe I'm getting closer to maybe even trying it lol.

Kim in NJ
09-24-2003, 01:59 PM
Leens - you are so funny! I didn't mean my shoe size....I meant my clothing size :lol: I walked in wearing my size 26/28 asking for a pair of running shoes! Not a snicker or a comment from him and he was so nice. As I checked out he wished me luck with my new program and told me to start slow so as not to burn out.

09-24-2003, 03:55 PM
I don't do it everyday but I at least shoot for 5x/wk. Its not that much but this is what I do. I work night shift in a nursing home and it is VERY quiet at night. Its a large building with long hallways. So I walk for 20-30 min at a fast pace with my walkman everynight for my lunch break. After I wake up in the afternoon, I watch TV doing my elliptical program, just the 20min easier program on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The other days I have a Bun and Thigh Rocker but really don't know if I get any benefit from that. I also do a short upper body toning band workout days I do the Rocker.

I used to have an XL Glider. I loved it. Had it for years. But Sams Club had this $499 Elliptical on the clearance aisle for $139!! I had to have it so the XL is in the shed as I don't have room for both. It was a great deal but I miss my XL.

09-24-2003, 04:52 PM
Originally posted by Kim in NJ
Leens - you are so funny! I didn't mean my shoe size....I meant my clothing size :lol: I walked in wearing my size 26/28 asking for a pair of running shoes! Not a snicker or a comment from him and he was so nice. As I checked out he wished me luck with my new program and told me to start slow so as not to burn out.


I though maybe you were like a mens size 20 or something like that.

Did you ever see the movie Duce Bigalow (sp?). The one woman he dates has feet the size of my entire arm :lol: Well in the movie it sounds like they are making whoopie because she is moaning and groaning, but he is really massaging her feet :s:

09-24-2003, 05:10 PM
I don't exercise much, I need to though. I do walk for about 30 min at work by running errands between buildings throughout the day, but the rest of the day I'm sitting down or by the copier. Then when I get home, I'm lazy and plant myself in front of the TV, which is a habit I really want to change. As for right now, I don't have any plans this minute of starting, but I'm counting on that much-talked-about-burst-of-energy to get me motivated!!! :p

09-24-2003, 10:24 PM
I am the laziest person on Earth but for the past 9 years or so, I've been trying to get to the pool 3 X a week and do deep water jogging and other water exercises with some friends. I dont always make it but lately I've been trying to be more consistent.
Recently, I began doing the Body Flex Plus Workout and I have to say it's the first exercise routine that I've actually enjoyed and I'm beginning to see results. Not in size, because I've expanded instead of shrunk :?: but I think I'm building a new layer of muscle under my flab. My hope is that eventually the muscle will eat up the flab and I'll be thin and toned. BF is only 15-20 minutes once or twice a day and you can do it sitting down...just the ticket for a couch potato. :lol:
BTW, last summer I bought a recumbant bike which resides in our guest bedroom. There's even a tv in there that I could watch. Guess how many times I've ridden it. ONCE!! :o

09-25-2003, 01:04 AM
I do think exericise is very important with any weight loss approach but I am a procrastinator too...i work second shift and i rarely get up in enough time to cook something for lunch..cook something to take to work plus go to the gym...recently bought a bike so that way i can just hop on it..but havent even done that! agh...but i was losing faster when i was exercising and i felt alot better and had more energy

09-25-2003, 02:00 AM
I've been jogging 2.5 miles/day and walking 1-2 miles a day with ankle weights. I jog and walk 5 days a week. I walk 3-4 miles a day on Thursday and Friday and don't jog those two days.

This has been helping me, I think. But, I just wrote a thread about the Atkins bars - I think they are causing me to stall.... :(

April Marie

09-25-2003, 09:57 AM
April, thats a heck of a work out, you should pat yourself on the back :D

Do you log your food intake into fitday ? this might help you figure out your stall.

I've heard of so many things that can cause stalls, and the bars is one of them.

09-25-2003, 03:06 PM
I work out 6 days a week at either the gym or on my treadmill at home. I do 35-45 minutes of cardio (Treadmill, Elliptical or Recumbant bike) and 35-40 minutes of weights. (At the gym)

I used to do aerobics tapes at home, but I needed something to motivate me to actually do it. The fact I am spending the money on the gym and drive past it on the way home from dropping my kids of at school everyday makes me go there!!! I try to get to the gym 3-4 days a week and the remaining days I used the treadmill at home.

What has this done for me? Well, the first 2 weeks on atkins I lost 8.5 pounds then stalled. I started to exercise and found that all though I still didnt lose weight my clothes started getting loose. Then after about 2 full weeks of exercise, the weight started dropping again, now 4 full weeks of exercise later, I am really starting to see the scale move! WOO HOO! 191 was a set point for my boddy as I hovered there for about 2 years. I know I have another set point around 160-165 as I sat at that weight for about 4-5 years in college and my first few years of marriage. I know exercise will get me through it!

Exercise has also helped me with my symptoms of PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) I am also a much more even tempered wife and mom! And I feel soo good after exercising.. my body even feels thinner! :) And I tend to get chatty! :) LOL!

10-01-2003, 01:51 AM
I have been an on again and off again exerciser and I feel so much better when I exercise. I like the Walk Away The Pounds videos I have a set with 1,2,or3 miles. So if I don't have much time I do the shorter one. The set I like is for the abs and has resistance cords, and is a good work out.

Now that I am doing the Atkins Thanksgiving Challange I have been going to the gym when I can and doing cardio and weight training.

Lets get motivated and exercise.


10-01-2003, 05:34 AM
dinki, i love the walk away the pounds videos too. i have yet to locate mine though. i'm sure they will be in the very last boxes that i unpack. my goal today is to find them though. i have the set with the water balls. i don't really care for them though, as they get slippery when my hands sweat. i've got to get going with it though. i have one richard simmons' tape that uses bands that i really like. i found it a few days ago, but haven't started using it due to the recent herbal tea fiasco.

good luck to all of us!

10-01-2003, 02:27 PM
For me at least, exercise is critical. Even watching my calories, I have the metabolism of a slug. Over a year ago, myself and some other moms from School (Hi -L :wave: ) joined a local gym. Most weeks we go 4 times a week (we have coffee on the fifth day :lol: ). It really makes a difference, both to weight loss and how you feel about yourself. I spent the first year just on the treadmill, getting back in shape and adding time, incline & speed. This fall I've started doing the elliptical trainer. I'm up to 30 minutes (at low settings) and then I do another 20-30 on the treadmill.

I've been reading Dr. Phil's book and he recommends 5 hours of "intentional" exercise a week and another 2-3 hours of lifestyle exercising (gardening, cleaning, walk the dog kinda stuff). I really only get about 4 hours a week so I need to figure out a way to add some more in. My treadmill at home has given up the ghost so I need to replace it so I can get an hour or two in on the weekend when I'm not at the gym. *sigh* I definitely wish exercise were optional but I know it's not so I'm working hard to make it a habit.

BTW: I agree 100% that good sneakers are critical!! I have a pair of Ryka's and love them. They are designed specifically for women's feet - they are wide at the ball of the foot and narrow (compared to men's shoes) at the heel. I have to buy a bigger size (9 instead of 8) but they are a great fit and well worth the money.

10-01-2003, 03:07 PM
Dinki I'm w/you on the exercise... I HAVE to start mine soon, or I'm going to crack :dizzy:

I took my Walk off the Pounds video's out yesterday, as soon as this cold / flu / stiff neck and back goes away I'll be walkin.


10-04-2003, 12:50 AM



10-07-2003, 01:36 PM
I finally started walking. I walked the dog for only 15 minutes last night as it was almost completely dark when we started and did 30 minutes today on my lunch break. My goal is walk for 30-60 minutes after work with dog and 30 minutes on lunch break. I also want to find my bodyflex tapes to do once a day. I hate to exercise worse than anything but I've been stalled for too long.

Good luck girls!

10-08-2003, 12:55 PM
Cardio 4-5 times a week 45-50 min each time
Running (HIIT) High Intensity Interval Training, Sometimes Treadmill (highest incline)

Lifting 5 days a week 50 min to 1 hr each time. Highest weight I can handle for 8-10 reps

I hardley ever cheat on diets, but if it happens, that is no excuse not to work out. Even if you are not on a diet. At lease you can maintain.

10-08-2003, 08:18 PM
Hey girls. I decided I needed some accountability, so I chatted up another mom at my boys' bus stop and we head out each morning after the bus takes off for a good 2 mile walk. Some of the 2 miles we jog in sections, each time getting longer. My only concern is that it is so dark out at 6:30 am and I don't even want to think about it when the time changes. The other night she called me up as she got home early from work and we headed out for a second time that day. I find it rev's me up to start my day and gets me going. I was always finding excuses or something else better to do if I left it up to myself. Finding a buddy was the best thing I ever did.

10-08-2003, 11:02 PM
I started walking with one of my coworkers today. Her legs are shorter than mine but I had to work to keep up with her. She is a regular walker. I could feel the effects a couple of hours later. I'm gonna try to stick with her cause I don't up a good pace on my own.