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1/2/13 3:51 P

I am just starting to track my eating, and I can definitely see areas of concern.
I started right before Christmas, so I was hoping that even starting to exercise would
help even if I wasn't completely following my diet. (HA guess NOT).

This is good advice, I think I need to hear it....although it is discouraging to have my butt feel bigger, I noticed today that while my pants were tighter than normal it was in my butt/thigh area and my tummy actually looked and felt a bit I can see how muscles can swell---I mean it HAS been awhile since I really worked them--and I forget how much of full body workout cross country skiing is, until the day after.

i will continue to carry on, and really start to track my food (my weak area!)


AM_MORRIS87 Posts: 703
1/2/13 1:47 P

Not that I would want to disagree with a Sparkcoach, but I seriously doubt your muscles would be retaining water to the point where your pants were getting tighter! I mean, I've never even heard of such a thing haha. Muscles retaining water? Yes. But not in your waist/hips/thighs to the point where your pants would start to not fit. Especially since you're doing a light amount of cardio, and you said you're use to being active.

The other poster is right, cardio is a very small part of fat loss. Are you accurately tracking everything you're eating? (And by accurately tracking, I mean weighing and measuring as well.)

You're definitely on the right track with being active, but the most important part is diet. Make sure you have that 100% in line, and you should start to see results!

Edited by: AM_MORRIS87 at: 1/2/2013 (13:51)
SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 58,902
1/2/13 12:58 P

Any time you start a new exercise program, your muscles tend to retain water. It's a temporary thing, but can cause an increase on the scale for a few weeks. As long as you're tracking your food and staying in your recommended calorie and nutrient ranges, you're on the right track.

Hang in there!

Coach Jen

"You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call "failure" is not the falling down but the staying down." Mary Pickford

"No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch."
1/2/13 12:55 P

What are you eating? Did you go off plan over the holidays? Is it bloat?

Cardio is only a small part of fat loss. To change your body, hit the weights and most importantly watch the nutrition!

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1/2/13 12:40 P


I have been active in the past (hiking, walking, etc...the outdoorsy stuff) but am new to the concept of working out in a gym, and since I am a beginner I haven't really worked with weights yet.
I have been walking on a treadmill for 30 minutes (I try to work up to a 15 min mile) then I will stretch and maybe hop on an elliptical for 15-20 minutes.

I also cross country ski (usually not on the same days I walk)

it seems that my pants are already not fitting....but in a BAD way. They feel TIGHT!

Can anyone give advice on whether I am doing something wrong, or if it is a phase, or just any advice at all in general about starting a workout routine?
I know i should be incorporating weights, but am just not comfortable with them yet.

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