The Biggest Loser - Winning by Losing For discussion of the NBC tv show The Biggest Loser and the book Winning by Losing, by Jillian Michaels

 
 
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Old 01-31-2006, 12:11 PM   #406  
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ledom...WOW!! Congrats! I can't wait to finish week 2, let alone 12 weeks.
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Old 02-01-2006, 09:27 AM   #407  
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You'll do it. And you will do it before you can even realize.

So, back to workout 1. It was so much easier than the first time round. I could really calculate my strength gains. One of the biggies, I can now do REAL pushups. My, my, who would ever have thought that.

OK, so I am thinking of one change I want to make. I miss yoga in my life and I think it really compliments everything else I do. So, for day 3 of each week - day after first rest day - I am going to do my mile walk around the 'hood and then do my yoga video. I'll have to figure it out so that as I go I alternate from front to back but how hard can that be. I am excited about the change. The other change is that I am continuing my treadmill instead of the jacks, mtn. climbers, etc. doing 2 min. instead of one min. recommended for week one and two.

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Old 02-01-2006, 10:56 PM   #408  
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I was hoping someone could help me out if you've been in this situation. I have been doing great will Jillian's workouts. I am in week 6 day 2. I have lost 13 pounds and am thrilled. I'm doing great. But for some reason, I am having difficulty trying to find motivation to workout. Yesterday, I took a rest day and today I had to force myself to do the circuit routine. I don't know if I'm getting bored or if the circuits are becoming too hard/tough. I really am craving doing some treadmill time or step aerobics. It's not that I don't want to exercise, it's just that I dont' want to do a circuit right now. Do you think it is because week 6 is a repeat of week 5 and I know what is coming? I'm getting tired of the mountain climbers, especially. And now that she had added in weights on the jumping jacks makes those harder too. Any ideas???? I don't want to quit, but just need to find that motivation again. Thanks in advance.

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Shaunarae - I don't know if I can give you motivation, but I'll give you some advice. You are going to be so happy with yourself if you don't quit. How about some modifications within the framework. Are you working out at a gym or at home? Can you hop on a cardio machine for the cardio intervals? Can you seperate the wieghts from the jumping jacks. Just make minor changes within the frame work of what she has laid out. If I were you I would be so into thinking about 199 on my ticker. Can you hold that thought when the going gets tough? 13 lbs. in 6 weeks is amazing! I have to say as I felt myself getting stronger and started to see muscles popping out, I came to be addicted to what these workouts were doing for me. Can you go back and read the first 3 chapters of her book on motivation?

Just some thoughts, whatever you decide good luck but I'd sure like to see you work through. Maybe you should take a week to do what you want and then get back to it. I went on a vacation in the middle of my twelve weeks and was able to pick it right back up so maybe you could do something like that.
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I started over today with week 1 day one. I had a two week break...So this time around I'm concentrating on form and actually pulling off the whole minute of jumping jacks and so on. I felt kind of drained and didn't do the whole hour but I'm nursing the end of a cold. I did get through the circuits.

I had a great trip and it also feels good to get back to working out in the gym - the crowds from New Years have already tapered off.

Shaunarae - I think if you really hate mountain climbers, do something else instead. Try substituting butt kicks....I have a really hard time with the weights and the jumping jacks, too. I usually do them separate. If you are craving treadmill or aerobics - try concentrating on keeping your heart rate up. I do think you won't be sorry if you keep the weight training up, though. I'm really glad I'm keeping it up. It pays off in toning and definition.

Hi everyone else - you are all doing great!!
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Thanks ledmon and chick in the hat. You both gave good advice. I workout at home and I could hop on the TM instead. I kinda want to follow her by the book because I know she has a reason for everything we do, but if it comes between the choice of quitting or substituting, then I will substitute. It is not in my plan to give up, I just need to get past this hurdle. I like the idea of a mini-goal too and I think 199 is a good thing to plan for. I've been looking forward to that day. Also, I think it was a great suggestion to reread the book and I think I will do that too. It was just last week I was so pumped and told some friends how addicted I was to this program. I know it works and I just need to stick it out. Thanks, guys!

ETA I don't know why sometimes my weight tracker is here and sometimes it isn't. It is marked to automatically show in signature. Oh well!

ETA part 2- LOL, I just realized that I think your post has to be longer than your avatar in order for it to show. It appeared after I did the ETA above.
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Shauna - I think that the signature just shows on your first post of the page. I guess our signatures have all gotten so long they take up too much room! I have to say the signatures are among my favorite things about 3fc. I woke up thinking about you this morning Shauna and your last post. I am all too familiar with the feelings you describe.

Gina - welcome back!!! Missed your regular posts.

One thing I can say about starting over with week 1. I don't think it is a step back. I woke up this a.m. with more muscle soreness than I remember for a while. I think just changing the routine period is very effective.
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ledmom- Thanks for thinking about me. I have no intent to quit, I just needed help working through this situation. I'm going to try your suggestions. There are just days when it seems so hard and you don't "feel" like working out. I can do it though. I have no doubt of that. Thanks for all of your help. I'm sticking with it because I want to see those results. I plan on going on past 12 weeks too!
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Hi Shaunarae...... I found the same thing about week 6 also. I got tired of the circuits so I took a mini break for a few days and did some workout classes at my gym and lots of treadmill work. It was just what I needed and then re-started my week again for a do-over. Hey? its all good!!! Jillian herself would probably say.....at least you're moving, and challenging yourself its okay. You are right though.....she has a reason and its a good one....BECAUSE YOU ARE WORTH IT!!! What about popping in a tape of hers and then some treadmill. Her dvd workouts (front) is a good workout and you still get your Jillian 'FIX'. Good luck!!!
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Old 02-02-2006, 01:55 PM   #415  
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Hello Everyone,
I am only in my 4th week of actually moving and working out. Yesterday, was one of my off days and I didn't do the workout I was supposed to do. Today I am determined to get back to my normal routine and not simply give up. I am still confused about my metabolic type but I will be trying the Vitamin C test to figure it out.
As for the nausea I was getting, I narrowed it down to a new daily multivitamin I was taking. The days that I took it with my lunch, I felt nauseous. Actually I felt nauseous regardless of the time I took it. I am no longer taking it and I feel a bit fatigued, but not sick to my stomach - now that is a nice thing

Have a great day everyone !!
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Hey tyneebutt - that's great you figured it out....especially that it was nothing with you.

Shaunarae - sometimes the hardest part is talking yourself into exercising...but I find it helps me to think about how good it feels once oyu get going. Sometimes I start myself out by saying I'll just put 1/2 hour in, but once I get warmed up - I usually get the whole hour done. I agree that Jillian has reasons for the exercises she picks - but you hit it right on the head with that if it comes down to the choice of quitting or substituting. I also think that if Jillian were personally training each of us she would be personalizing the routines as well. I just need to stay disciplined and not sustitute out of laziness.
ledom - I don't think starting week 1 again is a step back, either. If I ever get to the point where something feels too easy I can always bump it up a notch.
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tyneebutt - oh yeah vitamins can be downright evil like that! Glad you solved that,

OK, drum roll - 3 lbs. this week. Here's my latest stats. Week before last I lost 4, last week 1, this week 3. It works and don't let anyone tell you it doesn't. I did notch my calories down a touch this week. I haven't counted in a while but I substituted out my evening snack to the tune of about 200 calories. I have mixed feelings about it. I think I want to keep the snack 2 or 3 times a week. I don't want to take calories so low that I always have to do that in order to lose.

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ledmom- Way to go on the 3 lbs. That is awesome. Do you mind me asking how many calories you eat a day? I'm around 1600, but sometimes I go lower. I'm up one pound so far this week. Don't know why, but my official weigh in is on Sunday. I often have popcorn as a late night snack, but maybe I should throw that out too!
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Shauna - This is a guess - I think I was in the 1300 cal. range most days this week. Though last weekend I had an enounter with a chip basket and last friday a.m. I had a pastry. So, 2 free meals early in the week. I guess I try to do any free meals right after weigh in so I can recover before the next weigh-in. Prior to this week more like 1450/1500. I do try to track every now and then though I couldn't track everyday. Just not built to do that. I think this week I will build the extra 200 cal. back in on an every other day basis. Not that I think it is something I really have to worry about I don't want to lose too fast. I believe that 2 lbs. a week is a good rate though I am ecstatic when I do lose more.
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Yay ledom!! Wow 8lbs in 3 weeks is awesome!!
Do you do the circuits in the book? If you do roughly how long do these take you? Yesterday I did WK1 Day 4 and it took me only 30 minutes?!! I had to extend it with 20 minutes cardio to bring me up to 50 mins @80 - 85%.

I will be doing the circuits in the book just to change things up for me and for any of you who are doing the workouts in the book, How long on average should I expect these to last me?

I am happy to hear of all the progress with Jillians program. It is awesome!! I have yet to figure out what type of metabolizer I am. I did the vitamin C test and did not feel anything. I may have to resort to the niacin test just to make sure I am a slow metabolizer.

Have a great day everyone - Sorry about my rambling - I tend to do that
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