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CILER11 Posts: 265
4/1/13 10:28 A

I too have suffered in the past from going too hard too fast and burning out. I still go to the gym for two hours a days some days (one hour at lunch then a class, running, or the elliptical) but if I don't make it I don't beat myself up.

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3/29/13 1:01 P


I give all new members one piece of advice and it's this,"Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you did for yourself today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction.

The reason you're burning out is because you're doing too much too soon. You don't have to exercise an hour to two hours a day to lose weight and be healthy. That's a misconception I blame on the Biggest Loser. If you want to lose weight and keep it off, you must be mindful of what you eat. Good nutrition is what takes the weight off and keeps it off. Exercise is what keeps our bodies fit.

In short, you can't outrun a bad diet with exercise. If you want to lose weight, you must eat right and watch your portions first.

What to do ? Spark People encourages its members to start with some simple changes first. Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated. Example, if you're not eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies each day, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. If you're not drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. If you're not used to regular exercise, don't try to exercise an hour a day, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. Once you've achieved these goals, then you set new ones.

And that's how good health starts. It doesn't start with "all or nothing". No one ever became a healthy eater overnight. it's impossible. that's why we start with a couple of simple changes so that those changes will eventually become a HABIT.

So, let me ask you, what simple goals are you willing to set for the week ? If you're enjoying zumba and would like to continue, that's great. zumba is wonderful exercise. But, don't do it every single day or you will end up burned out. You want your exercise routine to become just that, a routine.

Do start with some simple changes so that you're not overwhelmed. You didn't gain the weight overnight. it's not coming off overnight.

As the Coaches all say,"Trust the process".

EUREAKA27 Posts: 7
3/29/13 8:30 A

I definitely learned the hard way and burned myself out :/ so now I'm only doing one hour. Two hours usually is because I'll walk with a friend for and hour or hike, and take my Zumba class at night. I can't believe I was working out for 3+ hours before.

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3/29/13 7:26 A

There is NO need to exercise 2 hours a day.

Barring any medical issues, managing your intake is the key to weight loss.

EUREAKA27 Posts: 7
3/28/13 10:36 P I still have my doctor's appointment on tuesday to have my horomones and thyroid and all that checked just incase that's the reason I'm not losing weight. But......I've been eating poooooorly for the past few days. "Guessing" the calorie amounts (I usually overestimate but I still could be way off) and working out for only 2 hours a day, or just an hour. I don't drink nearly enough water. I think I burned myself out for the first 2 weeks, and now I wanna quit. The "myfitnesspal" app on my phone even got tiring with having to scan in my food and list them all each time I ate and the exercise does not really compensate for eating more to be honest. I think that's why I've gained weight eating more. So for everyone struggling and getting tired...DON'T give up. WE WILL GET THERE. Even if it takes a year. Because a year from now, you'll be in better shape, you won't be killing yourself, and you'll be able to enjoy life. I saw a Zumba instructor that was overweight teaching a class this week, but he was the most fun instructor I've ever met and I could barely keep up with him. So don't look at other skinny people and start to get down. My goal is to be a size 7 by this time next year, and a Zumba instructor by this August, whether I am thin or fat :) Don't waste hours and hours on cardio, 30 minutes a day is enough, plus another 30 for maybe for toning. If you're getting bored take an exercise class once a week....that'll be you're hour. Or mix it up and just walk an hour. I'm 195, and I burn almost 300 calories just walking at a 2.5 mph leisurely pace. I've learned alot from reading other posts, my own discouragement, and taking fitness classes. As far as late night snacking or overeating....the best thing you can do is overeat on healthy foods, with minimal calories and will give you a "full" feeling. I don't know about you, but when I overeat, I don't wanna go anywhere, I feel lousy and sick going to bed. Try apples, oatmeal, carrots with light ranch (hidden valley...yum), grapes, any food that already has water in it. You'll probably still want to overeat no matter what in life, if you're like me, but once you hit a goal, let yourself do it once in awhile. I eat a hamburger and fries that equals 1000 calories once a month just to shake it up and just exercise a teeny bit more on that day. And then I know if i eat healthy the whole month, I look forward to that day :) So hang in there. WE CAN DO THIS! See you at the finish line!

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