100 lb. Club - I'm not scared anymore

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11-02-2005, 03:01 PM
Hello guys. Still here just reading everyone's posts. Today I went to a class (24 LIFT) at my gym. I have lost nearly 30 lbs (29.5) over the last 3 months. Basically with intense cardio 5 days a week. Last month I added weight training 3 days a week. And today I changed it up a bit and went to a weight training class. Whowza! It was wonderful. Even thought my newly strengthend muscles are going to be under a few layers of fat. . . . I feel stonger. And I am going to keep going to this class once a week and cut down my own weight routine to 2 days. I think I may be in love. And after 60 minutes of curls, lunges, squats, dips etc. I broke a great sweat and feel like I am now on the right track.

About the gym. I have been so reluctant to get into the classes. What will I look like? What will people think? Now I realize they don't even care. People aren't even paying attention to me. So, I might as well turn it up and reap the benefits. It took 2 months for me to step across the divide between the cardio and weights area. It is true about the divides at the gym. How did you guys get started with stepping out over the lines in your gyms/ health culbs?

11-02-2005, 03:04 PM
I for one couldn't get over it.... so I joined Curves!!! :-)


11-02-2005, 03:04 PM
Oops, silly me, CONGRATS on conquering this amazing feat. Keep up the good work!!


11-02-2005, 03:08 PM
I don't go to a gym. I have only one I can afford (my university fitness center which I pay for through tuition and fees) and have issues b/c everyone who goes there are super tiny and super fit. So I feel out of place... Working on that...

But I just had to say, WOW. Congratulations on the weight loss. You are really working heard, and apparently reaping the benefits. Keep up the good work.

11-02-2005, 03:49 PM
Wow, great job with the gym. Congratulations. :)

I was extremely nervous when I went into our local gym, the Y, a few months ago. I had never gone to a gym before, so I picked one that was more family oriented, with a variety of types of people. (I go early in the morning or mid afternoon too, when it's emptier.)

I started out doing cardio and resistance, the resistance room is across the hall. People have either been helpful or haven't even paid attention to me (because they're concentrating on their own workouts). I guess I'm oblivious to any "divide" there might be between the two rooms. Lots of the same people work out in both.

I think if I'd realized what it would really be like (and I can understand that not all gyms are alike), I wouldn't have waited so long to join. I was so encouraged to see women at this site who'd been about my size and had made great progress by going, that really helped me get over my fears.

The gym makes me feel more positive about my weight loss and my mood lifts after each time I go. I'm stronger, healthier, have much better endurance, have lost inches, gained muscle. I have a long ways to go, but I'm very happy I made that step.

11-02-2005, 03:50 PM
that is an awesome accomplishment. WTG :bravo: I don't go to a gym either. But when I did I just went where I wanted to go. I wasn't there to be eye candy or the butt of people's jokes I was there to get in shape. I did what everyone else at the gym does, ignore everyone else.

11-02-2005, 03:51 PM
Congratulations on the weight loss and on taking that first step to the gym!

Hhmm, I guess I've never noticed a divide. Perhaps I just don't notice it, or perhaps there isn't one at our club. I go to the gym during the day when there are a lot of retired people and SAHMs in various stages of fitness. Most people I see do both cardio and weights and attend classes. I've actually only seen your stereotypical weight lifters (big, sweaty guys :) ) at the gym a couple of times.

Goddess Jessica
11-02-2005, 03:58 PM
The knowledge that I learned working out at a gym is that no ones cares what you look like. The gym is where you concentrate on yourself, those other people aren't giving you a second glance.

11-02-2005, 04:05 PM
The owner of my old gym was one of those muscle guys that wears vaseline and does competitions. Ok, you're right, I should have never joined, but it was the cheapest! The weight room was seperate from the cardio area and the people lifting were intense! It's very intimidating. They make it clear they really don't want you lifting without a costly trainer. Anyways, things at Curves are fantastic. If I'm having a bad day I find myself saying, relax you get to go to Curves tonight. I <3 Curves!!


11-02-2005, 05:43 PM
But I just had to say, WOW. Congratulations on the weight loss. You are really working heard, and apparently reaping the benefits. Keep up the good work.

Thanks so much. It has been a lot of work and just me battling with all the reasons why I let this weight creep up on me. (Why isn't there a boogyman emoticon). But, thanks for your kind words. . . . It mean a great deal to me. J

11-02-2005, 05:50 PM
The gym makes me feel more positive about my weight loss and my mood lifts after each time I go. I'm stronger, healthier, have much better endurance, have lost inches, gained muscle. I have a long ways to go, but I'm very happy I made that step.

Thanks for your kind words. You know what? It is something about the gym that does that to me too. Even the 1st day and the 2nd day (when I hadn't lost an ounce) I felt like. . . YOU GO GIRL!!!! Because I started to realize the number of days I sat on my couch or on the floor and ate, ate and ate without doing a thing for activity. I just started patting myself on the back realizing that I was avoiding the behaviors that made me overweight. Not one person on this earth enjoys Chips Ahoy like I do or more than I do. I enjoyed them so much, I have been packing an al ltime high amount of them on my back, hips, and thighs for way too long. So each time I leave the gym feeling sweaty, strong and healthier I mentally feel like I am getting a step ahead of those cookies. :D

11-02-2005, 11:22 PM
Motivating thread guys. Reminded me of the Power I felt when I used to run and lift weights at my old gym. Not quite there yet, but I have been using my bowflex for the last 10 days. Congratulations on starting to lift. Increasing muscle mass makes a HUGE difference in so many ways.

11-03-2005, 05:33 AM
I love going to the gym. I especially love weight machines. I cancelled my gym membership earlier in the summer cause I was throwing in the towel! :) I wouldn't go. But we are thinking of getting another membership. There is a gym a quarter of a mile from our house. Isn't the cleanest or the nicest but it has the equip and its $17 a month and its within walking distance!

It does feel good! Congratulations on your new found love!

11-03-2005, 09:34 AM
Good thread. I actually felt more out of place at a women's only gym that I had joined years ago. I guess because we feel as women we are being judged (who knows :shrug: ). When I joined the co-ed gym, I found the guys did not care at all. They were there to work, and I have actually found the guys super supportive in the boxing class that I take. I found I push myself a lot harder to keep up with the "boys".

11-03-2005, 10:16 AM
You know sometimes I think we may limit our success just because of some stupid barrier that we have dreamed up. After going to that gym for 3 full months . . . watching people enjoying their classes and wishing I where in there too - I now know that I should have been joining the fun 12 weeks ago. It was weird for some reason I would look through the glass doors and walls of the room and just watch them. Basically thinking - jeeze they are good. Well, those days are over. I am going to take full advantage of everything that gym has to offer. Heck, I should!!! We have been paying them for 8 months. And have only gotten 3.25 months out of them. (Because we signed up and they started charging us in April. But we didn't make the personal commitment until August.)

Thanks you guys for all the feedback on your personal situations and motivation discussion. J

11-05-2005, 02:44 PM
Ok. I am Bumping myself up w/ this message. I have a new "stepping out of the box" addition. I went to a Super SET class:strong: and to a Turbo Kickboxing :carrot: class this morning. 24HOUR (http://24hourfit.schedulesource.com/public/schedule.aspx?club=00330) That is a link to my gym's class schedule w/ descriptions. Long and short, it was KICK BUTT. It was enough for me. 2 hours of w/o other than cardio and weight machinces, I am done for the weekend! And on top of all that . . . today is a "extra fine" workout day for me. As in - an extra day for me to become fine. I promise my self 5 days and this is 6. YAY ME!!!! If you have steped or are stepping out the box, let me know about it.

11-05-2005, 04:33 PM
Excellent job, jenhai! :bravo:

11-07-2005, 10:58 AM
Way to go Jenhai! That sounds great - I sure wish my budget would allow me to take up some classes like that.


Amanda Panda
11-07-2005, 05:11 PM
Sorry I'm a bit late in replying Jenhai - but I must agree with your post 100%!

It is really good to hear posts from people who are having really positive experiences from having the courage to join a gym - it was exactly the same for me, yet for so long I was terrified of joining!

I pretty much decided that as soon as I joined I would make full use of the facilities - which meant cardio, weights, pool, sauna and classes - I wanted to get my money's worth! Of course, I was worried about everyone looking at me, but like you say - it is rarely the case and people are focused on their own workout. I just forced myself to go for it - even though inside I just wanted to hide away!

Within a week I tried my first cycle class (spinning) - I was the fattest person there, it was done in front of a big mirror and I couldn't even keep up - but I had THE BEST TIME!! The instructor was lovely and just said 'do what you can' - which I did, and over a month I built up and now do 2 advanced classes a week! The boost this has given to my confidence is ENORMOUS - I have always stopped myself from trying new things for fear of looking foolish, but I now realise that it is only by challenging ourselves in these ways that we grow in confidence and self esteem.

The gym is now a second home for me and I do not feel uncomfortable at all - sometimes if I feel I need a boost, I'll try a new class just for the thrill of it, because I feel so proud of myself after! Plus, shaking up your workout regularly really helps your weight loss!

Good for you for stepping out and valuing yourself!

Love Amanda x

11-07-2005, 07:17 PM
Hey Guys -

Sheila - Thanks . . so much

newfiedarling - speaking of budget . . . It is a big deal for us to strech to pay the gym each month. But, my hubby really loves working out and wants to revisit the weightloss of a past day! And I really like that they have a fun play area for my little one. So, it is a nice $ that we pay (over time) but I see it as an investment in our future. If we don't pay, go and get into shape now (and stay in shape) our son (3yo) will be worried about our long term care and nursing home bills when he grows up. So, we just dec'd to pay the 65$ a month to save ourselves healthcare bills (now). Diabetes, heart disease related issues run in both our families. So, it is kinda like an extra that we now feel is well justified. So, maybe you may find a way to S___T___R___E ____C____H your budget to make it happen. But, I also know how that budget streching is hard. Keep up what you are doing now and then just come up w/ more economical ways of changing up what your doing. But, I know you don't need pointers from me because you are already doing great on your own. :cp:

Amanda Panda - Thanks for much for noticing this little thread. You know, it is amazing how just a slight change in behavior makes a difference. About the spinning. I did it a couple of years ago at the local YMCA! It was a killer. I vowed to myself never to try it again. But at your positive raves about it, I am going to check into it. OK HERE IT IS. There are spinning classes at my gym everyday (I think). So, I promise here that I will try to SPINN at least once before the year is out. Amanda, check in to make sure I do it? ACCOUNTABILIY . . .plEASE? Thanks you have now helped me. Jenh-ai

11-07-2005, 09:00 PM
Just found you guys today. I have been a "lifter" on and off for about the last 8 years (mostly on) and for some years before that also. I was a fairly serious bicycler in my youth (one spring and summer I road 6000 miles) which I can't even fathom now.

The thing I discovered this year at my gym was cardio!!! I love it and have worked up to an hour at a time. It really helps physically and emotinally and love that I get lost in the rhythm of it. I think I will add in more lifting later this year or next but for now it's cardio, cardio, cardio.

Amanda Panda
11-12-2005, 04:40 PM
Couldn't agree more active adventurer - for me it's all about the cardio! I just love the high you get, and I agree that you can totally lose yourself in it!!

Jenhai - You are right spinning is a killer class - but there is nothing that compares to it for weight loss (IMO). I went to one today and boy was it tough - you do not want to see me after an advanced spinning class - I look such a wreck, but I feel great! I know a class is challenging me and making me work out at my absolute peak level, when I am swearing under my breath at the instructor for making me do yet another long sprint! :lol: It is not an easy class AT ALL, but that makes me feel all the more proud of myself for doing it! The thing is just to do what you can, e.g keep the resistance a little lower, or don't sprint quite as fast, until you build up. It doesn't take long at all - I think it took about 6 or 7 classes before I could complete the whole thing. If you love the high you get from intense cardio, then spinning is your thing baby! Let me know how it goes - I'll be cheering you on!

Love Amanda x