Weight Loss Forum Thread for the Week of 2/24/11 through 3/2/11

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This thread is designed to post about your goals, find weight loss buddies, and share when and where you’re struggling and succeeding!

This is also a great place to share a tip that you’ve learned throughout the week, although there will be a thread for just “weight loss tips and tricks.” I will also be pooling my resources on a weekly basis and be writing a weekly blog post on our EdenClubs Blog page specifically about weight loss tips and tricks!
02/24/2011
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Anybody have a gym membership? What's your favorite exercise at the gym? I have two! I love leg presses! It makes me feel so strong because I can press almost my whole body weight! My other favorite are back extensions on the roman chair. It makes me feel strong that I can lift my upper body without the help of the resistance that the machine provides! Both are great for the lower back!
02/24/2011
darthkitt3n darthkitt3n
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Originally posted by BBW Talks Toys
Anybody have a gym membership? What's your favorite exercise at the gym? I have two! I love leg presses! It makes me feel so strong because I can press almost my whole body weight! My other favorite are back extensions on the roman chair. ... More
I wish I had a gym membership, but the only one that was around here closed down. I have a membership at Curves, which is just not the same. You have to follow a certain routine every day and do each exercise for the same amount of time. I'd much prefer something that I can change up, since it would be much more challenging. Some days I just feel much more like running than using a resistance machine, but I need to make sure I am getting my money's worth for my membership.
02/24/2011
Maiden Maiden
I can't afford a gym membership, nor could I get to a gym every day where I live. I use the Wii Fit. I do 20 minutes of Yoga to warm up, 20 minutes of strength training exercises that combine cardio, then 5 minutes of running in place to get my heart rate up even more. Then I do some more yoga and stretches to cool down.

I also have two Yoga videos that I alternate and will be trying to do them twice a week. I love Yoga. I love how it stretches my body and relaxes my mind. If you do a wide range of poses in a constant fluid workout with no pauses, you can really get a good work out. The Wii Fit isn't good for that, at least the first version that I have, as you have to stop between poses and exercise reps to select and start them up. The Wii Fit Plus has an exercise routine program that allows you to pre-select to avoid this problem. Hopefully I will be getting that soon.

I had a membership to Curves several years ago. What I liked about that was the circuit training. It mixed cardio and strength training by having you rotate exercises, changing every three minutes to keep your heart rate up. It only took 30 minutes, which was great for me. I get bored quickly, so having constant change kept me interested and the work out was over in no time. The few times I had joined a regular gym when I was younger, it would take forever. I had a trainer and we set up a routine. I would do 45 minutes of cardio and an hour of weight machines. Combined with travel time and shower time, I just hated taking that long to work out. In turn, I wouldn't go as much. Curves was great. I went every day without fail, knowing it would only take up an hour of my day tops, including a shower and travel time.
02/24/2011
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Originally posted by Maiden
I can't afford a gym membership, nor could I get to a gym every day where I live. I use the Wii Fit. I do 20 minutes of Yoga to warm up, 20 minutes of strength training exercises that combine cardio, then 5 minutes of running in place to get my ... More
I love yoga too.

If you have Netflix, they have fitness workouts for free streaming. That helps change it up a bit. Even yoga!
02/24/2011
Serenesub Serenesub
I have a couple machines at home to workout with. Right now I am entirely too self conscious to actually join a gym and go. Another thing I'm working on.
02/24/2011
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ATTENTION!! I'm going to be making this post a monthly post. At least until the club gets off its feet. If we ever get to the point where we're getting a lot of posts in a week, we'll revisit this and change it to weekly or bi-weekly. But for now, we'll have it as a monthly thread. So disregard the dates above!
02/25/2011
Woman China Woman China
I have been searching for the link. But am coming up empty.

I hate stomach crushes and sit ups. I never do them right and no matter how I try just cannot seem to get them just right. I found this simple exercise that really does work. BE CAREFUL... it does work and you won't realise it for about thirty hours just how much it works.

1) lay on your belly. Forearms on the ground, like the serpent position in yoga. Put your toes on the ground, lock your hands together
2) Push up so your body is straight. Pull your stomach in.
3) Hold for a moment (I now start with five seconds)
4) return to ground
5) do a few sets

It works all your core muscles, your arse and the backs of your thighs.

BE CAREFUL... about thirty hours after the first time I tried this... my belly and sides were in so much pain from over use.
02/26/2011
Maiden Maiden
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Originally posted by Woman China
I have been searching for the link. But am coming up empty.

I hate stomach crushes and sit ups. I never do them right and no matter how I try just cannot seem to get them just right. I found this simple exercise that really does work. BE ... More
I do this already! It really does work. Another great way to work the abs is by using a work out ball. If you rest your lower back on it while you are doing crunches, the gravity forces you to work those muscles to stay balanced on the ball. Also, on the ground, if you pull your legs up, it forces you to do the same thing. It takes your legs and hips out of the equation, forcing you to use your core muscles.
02/27/2011
liilii080 liilii080
I signed up for a 10k in April. I have always been fit but it's gotten harder being in school. I went 2 months without working out and now I am determined to get back into it. I signed up, bought new running shoes, and went for my first run yesterday. 3 miles. I had to walk for a minute, but I did it and it felt to good after. I am rededicating to myself and my health and well being. I am going to do it!
02/27/2011
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Originally posted by liilii080
I signed up for a 10k in April. I have always been fit but it's gotten harder being in school. I went 2 months without working out and now I am determined to get back into it. I signed up, bought new running shoes, and went for my first run ... More
Congrats. I would say the C25K would be helpful, but it seems like you can do 5K no prob! Good luck with the training!
02/27/2011
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Just a lil' bump!
03/02/2011
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So today was a terrible day for me! I went to the gym and I was in pain during my cardio, so I stopped that (don't want to injure myself) and then went to go do my strength training. This was all going fine and dandy until I started my lateral pulldowns. The machine is in a corner... a mirrored corner. I could see every roll, all my fat bunched up, my arms... everything. It was terrible. I had been doing so well during the summer with my swimming and working out and was starting to see all this definition and toning and it's all gone. Even in the summer, I was seeing all this definition and yet I still wasn't losing weight. I'm having the hardest time just losing 5 pounds. I can't afford my trainer (he's awesome and he'll help me with teaching me how to do something different, but he can't afford to train me for free). There's a big part of me that wants to just GIVE UP THE GYM but I know that is NOT the answer, and if anything, will just make me heavier. I have so far to go and so much work to do, but I want to wake up in the morning and like what I see, and I just don't. I feel like it's going to take forever.
03/07/2011
liilii080 liilii080
Aw, I know how you feel. Hugs! There's nothing worse that feeling like you're trying so hard and then looking in the mirror and feeling like nothing you're doing is working. Do NOT give up on the gym! If you still feel this way after a month, then consider it, but right now, it's just that negativity talking. Give yourself some time to tell it to shut up and you'll probably feel different then.

I have 2 thoughts for you. One, try taking a picture of yourself every week in the same outfit. Sometimes it's hard to see the progress you're making when you look in the mirror because you see it everyday, but weekly pictures in the same outfit can capture all those little changes we miss.

The same outfit is my other thought here. By wearing the same thing each week, you will start to see/feel where things that used to feel tight have loosened and then get baggy. And, you can see you're getting fitter by clothes faster than the scale. Hang in there and tell that negative attitude to stuff it! We don't have room for him here!

(ps- I've used C 25k before. I think I can do it though. I did 4 miles yesterday and it was hard, but I'm committed. We can do it one step at a time!)
03/07/2011
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Sh-sh-sh-sha-shameless bump!
03/09/2011
BadassFatass BadassFatass
I am a faithful Curves member but currently have a muscle tear in my back. I'm frustrated as hell lately. It seems like something as simple as going for a walk irritates it. I'm in physical therapy and getting better slowly but I want to be able to work out again. I'm doing great with maintaining my weight but losing any (which I NEED to be doing) just isn't happening.

I eat a very healthy diet. I get lots of lean protein, keep my carb intake pretty low and get plenty of fruits and veggies. I also have a thyroid condition that no one can seem to get under control.

If anyone has any helpful hints or suggestions, please let me know. I'm feeling awful about myself right now and like all of the progress I've made is slowly going down the drain.
04/15/2011
Maiden Maiden
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Originally posted by BadassFatass
I am a faithful Curves member but currently have a muscle tear in my back. I'm frustrated as hell lately. It seems like something as simple as going for a walk irritates it. I'm in physical therapy and getting better slowly but I want to be ... More
A muscle tear in your back? OUCH! You use your back muscles a lot doing even every day activities. I'm sure you are in pain and frustrated. I know I would be. I don't really know what I could suggest for exercise, you may want to ask a doctor or your PT about that, but I will say that you heal faster by moving and not staying sedentary. I would just keep watching your diet, drinking LOTS of water, and maybe taking Epsom salt baths could help? I would just try to do some light walking to stay active, or some very light yoga stretches to keep your leg strength or at least flexibility up.
04/16/2011
Kat Shanahan Kat Shanahan
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Originally posted by BBW Talks Toys
Anybody have a gym membership? What's your favorite exercise at the gym? I have two! I love leg presses! It makes me feel so strong because I can press almost my whole body weight! My other favorite are back extensions on the roman chair. ... More
I don't belong to a gym; the only one around here is the YMCA, and not only is it too expensive, but I've been a member there before and found that it was next to impossible to get to use anything in the cardio room because of the sheer number of people there. It's not a big place, so it doesn't take many people to make it crowded.

I kind of wish there was a less expensive alternative around here, because all I've been doing is walking, and I feel like I should be doing some kind of weight/resistance training.
04/16/2011
Kat Shanahan Kat Shanahan
I've been on a weight loss/nutrition plan since January 26. That's not day I joined Weight Watchers; I'm the type who needs the pressure of weighing in front of other people to keep me accountable. *L*

I've lost 19.4 pounds so far, and I'm only .6 away from my 10% goal. My first mini-goal is to lose 31 pounds by my 31st birthday (coming up on May 22.) I'd love for this mini-goal to become a reality, but if I don't make it, I guess I won't beat myself up...too much.

All in all I hope to lose 75 pounds, to bring me down to 125 pounds. That will put me in the normal range for my height and give me a normal BMI (something I haven't had in, like, twenty years...lol.) Plus, there are a LOT of health problems in my family that are affected by weight, and I don't want to end up like my parents -- in my 60s and on a pile of medications.

Sorry for the novel. It's just that, even though I have my WW group and they are all very supportive, I still like to have online support, too.
04/16/2011
Maiden Maiden
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Originally posted by Kat Shanahan
I've been on a weight loss/nutrition plan since January 26. That's not day I joined Weight Watchers; I'm the type who needs the pressure of weighing in front of other people to keep me accountable. *L*



I've lost 19.4 ... More
I am not sure how much money the YMCA costs, but Curves can be cheap if you sign up during promotions and it wouldn't hurt to call and ask them if they have any deals. When I had a membership it was $30 a month, but that was years ago. It's great when you are starting out and it only takes 30 minutes to do a workout. It combines cardio and resistance training that helps build lean muscle, which in turn helps you burn more fat doing any activity. If you have a Wii system, The Wii Fit is fun and really does work you out. The problem is making yourself do it. I found that since I was paying monthly for Curves, I went and worked out almost every day. Also, it was 30 minutes, so I didn't feel like it took so long. I work out for an hour on my Wii Fit to get the same results.
04/16/2011
Kat Shanahan Kat Shanahan
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Originally posted by Maiden
I am not sure how much money the YMCA costs, but Curves can be cheap if you sign up during promotions and it wouldn't hurt to call and ask them if they have any deals. When I had a membership it was $30 a month, but that was years ago. It's ... More
We do have a Curves here; I used to be a member. To be perfectly honest, I didn't find Curves to be useful for me personally. I know that a LOT of women have had success with them, but for me...I just found it wasn't *enough* of a workout. I didn't even find I was breaking much of a sweat. I was pretty disappointed in it, so I didn't go back after my membership expired.

Apparently, though, there *is* another gym here in town that I didn't even know about. It's on my walking route, so I'm going to drop in there to see what their prices are compared to the Y.

I don't have a Wii, but to be honest I'm really thinking about buying one. My best friend has told me she's had a lot of success using her Wii Fit -- she works an insane schedule and can't get to a gym, so she just does her Wii Fit at home and still is seeing results.
04/16/2011
BadassFatass BadassFatass
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Originally posted by Maiden
A muscle tear in your back? OUCH! You use your back muscles a lot doing even every day activities. I'm sure you are in pain and frustrated. I know I would be. I don't really know what I could suggest for exercise, you may want to ask a doctor ... More
My doctor and PT just keep telling me to take it easy, which I am for the most part. Simple tasks like cleaning and doing laundry are pretty painful. You really take your back for granted until it just won't work right. I just really, really don't want to put any weight back on. I'm being so careful and have even cut out an extra 100 calories a day. My nutritionist told me that if I cut out much more that I'll start losing my muscle tone and such and I don't want that either. I've been walking about a mile a day because more is really painful. I guess I'm just frustrated and want to be back to my normal, active self, which could take 6-8 weeks. I'll have to give Epsom salt baths a try. Thanks for the suggestion.
04/16/2011
Maiden Maiden
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Originally posted by Kat Shanahan
We do have a Curves here; I used to be a member. To be perfectly honest, I didn't find Curves to be useful for me personally. I know that a LOT of women have had success with them, but for me...I just found it wasn't *enough* of a workout. ... More
Well, the Wii Fit does really give you a workout, but for me, I have a hard time making myself do it. For some reason if I pay for a membership, I will make myself go. We just can't afford it right now.
04/17/2011
Maiden Maiden
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Originally posted by BadassFatass
My doctor and PT just keep telling me to take it easy, which I am for the most part. Simple tasks like cleaning and doing laundry are pretty painful. You really take your back for granted until it just won't work right. I just really, really ... More
Your welcome. The baths really help me when I strain my muscles exercising. It may not help much, but it doesn't cost much for a big bag of the salts, and it wouldn't hurt to try. Hope you feel better soon. Healing your back is a long process, so I know you are going to be frustrated. You can only do what you can and try not to worry about what can't.
04/17/2011
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