ADF1981   12,466
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Before photo, from last year at 220-222 lbs





Down 55 lbs 01/28/2014, wearing a coat again. Got to do better with my progress pics!








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Here to lose weight to feel better about myself and be healthy. Been down this road before and really don't want to do it again so I am working very hard to make better choices when it comes to food and exercise.

My Major Motivation Points:
Personal Appearance: I want to:
•Wear a swim suit on the beach (and look good in it!)
•Firm up what I have
•Keep my thighs from rubbing
•Look better naked!
•Have my clothes fit better

Health & ...
Here to lose weight to feel better about myself and be healthy. Been down this road before and really don't want to do it again so I am working very hard to make better choices when it comes to food and exercise.

My Major Motivation Points:
Personal Appearance: I want to:
•Wear a swim suit on the beach (and look good in it!)
•Firm up what I have
•Keep my thighs from rubbing
•Look better naked!
•Have my clothes fit better

Health & Fitness: I want to:
•Live longer
•Have more energy
•Climb stairs without being winded
•Not feel/get sick all the time
•Feel and be stronger

Friends, Family and Social Life: I want to:
•Play and be active with my kids
•Stick around to see my grandkids grow up
•Do more active things with my spouse/siginicant other

Everyday Signs and Situations: I want to:
•Be more confident in myself, with better self esteem
•Prove to myself that I can do it.
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 current weight: 155.0 
 
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Member Since: 6/25/2013

SparkPoints: 12,466

Fitness Minutes: 15,270

My Goals:
Setting some mini goals or milestones that I am excited to reach!

199 by September 1st
Done! 08/30/2013

183.5 halfway mark
Done! 11/04/2013

180 by Thanksgiving
Done! 11/15/2013

173 no longer obese by
December 6th
Done! 12/13/2013

165 before 2014
Done! 01/16/2014

150s in February
Done! 02/05/2014

150 by May 1st

148 no longer over
weight by May 15th

Get out of the double digit sizes by fall

My Program:
Update 07/31/2013- Avoiding both dairy and gluten now. Walking everyday.

Eating about 1200 calories a day with 3 meals and 2 snacks. Currently trying to limit dairy to just yogurt and avoiding gluten. Drinking lots of water and walking about 30 minutes most days. I weigh on Monday and Friday.

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Wife and mother who loves to take photos, enjoys the outdoors, and has many hobbies. I like photography, scrapbooking, knitting, crocheting, drawing, and painting.

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FEARLESSNOW
3/9/2014 12:43:50 PM

Thanks for the friend add! I am looking forward to keeping up with your blogs. :)



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BEANIES_MOM
3/6/2014 6:35:25 AM

Thank you for reading my blog. I am in awe of you I must say. I have 30 day shred and I have just been way too intimidated to even try it. After going back through some of your blogs to find out more, I may give it a go at least see where I stand.



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NANCYANNE55
3/5/2014 12:51:13 PM

You are very welcome.

For muscle building I would MUCH rather see a female do 3 sets of 8-12, or even 2 sets of 8-12, with heavier weight than 2 sets of 15-20 with lighter weight. Try to be maxed out at the last rep of the last set, regardless of the rep range.

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NANCYANNE55
3/5/2014 9:41:34 AM

Yeah, I don't tend to pull any punches. Some people don't like it, but others appreciate it. I've never been much for sugar-coating.

The daily exercise thing: I used to believe in giving at least 1 rest day between working a muscle group, but I started the Strong Curves program, which focus' on butt, 5 weeks ago. He has you work butt every single workout. I'm doing it the max times a week he recommends, which is Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Fri. I tell ya, my butt is looking better for it! So I'm starting to think waiting at least a day between is an antiquated idea that has no foundation in science. Also, I know that when Arnold Schwarzenegger needed to grow his calves, back in his body building days, he worked them every single day, 10 sets of 10. So obviously this works for small muscle groups as well as large.

There HAVE, however, been studies done on multiple sets of the same exercise. The most good is done from the first set, then less comes from any subsequent sets. This isn't to say you won't get added benefit from more than one set, because there is a cumulative effect, but if you only have time for 1 good set, that's where the majority of change is elicited. Personally, I would never do less than 2 sets, simply because the fist set I kinda use to get "in the groove", and the second set is usually where I get a better pump.

I haven't blogged on either topic yet, so these might be coming up in the future! Thanks!

As for doing the same exercises most days for 2 months: You haven't hurt anything, and have indeed helped yourself. But keep in mind that bodies adapt quickly, so changing it up regularly promotes muscle and strength growth. I never keep a client, or myself for that matter, on a routine for more than 4 weeks. So don't fear changing and making yourself weaker. In actuality you will be recruiting different areas of the muscle and making yourself stronger overall.

One last suggestion, if you do not mind: Bring abs down to 2 days a week and do lower 3. You will burn greater calories that way and therefore see greater muscle definition in your abs. :-)

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NANCYANNE55
3/4/2014 8:04:57 PM

I don't mind you adding me at all! It's my pleasure. I added you, as well.

Thank you for the compliment on my blogs. If you ever think of something you wish people would blog about, please let me know! I love fresh ideas!



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