Hey! How are the on-demand workouts going for you? That's so awesome, because it offers a variety of different workouts. Rotating workouts really helped me out. My big problem this week is my lack of good, consistent exercise. I am walking all over creation (and in the snow!), but I've been too busy to get in some hard cardio time! Tell me how you're doing!
Hi there! Thanks for your nice message. I'd really like to keep up with your progress, so I friended you-- hope you don't mind.
It's really flattering to be asked for advice, and I fumbled through the dark for the first 6 months of my weight loss (no calorie-counting, no Sparkpeople), so I am chock-full of it. When it comes to fitness, I have never joined a gym, because there isn't one nearby, and I'm a poor graduate student. My only fitness equipment I consistently use is handweights, and I've graduated from 3 to 5 to 8 pounds, though I still use all 3 sizes, depending on what I am doing.
The way I started was with low-impact aerobics DVDs and videos, especially ones that had a weight-training section in them. This allowed me to build an aerobic and muscular base for eventual harder training (and I REALLY NEEDED that base. I was so out of shape!). When I started weight training, I used.... no weights! Then I graduated to soup cans, and eventually 3-pounders. Once I was able to do low-impact aerobics, I mixed in a few sections of jumping, and then I mixed in some different kinds of aerobic workouts, like kickboxing and dancing, and if the weather is nice, I go out and play a bit of football or volleyball with my guy friends.
All in all, it didn't take long at all for me to feel better (maybe a couple of weeks), but it will take a while to see noticeable results. I've heard that you need to lose 10% of your body weight for it to be noticeable, and for me, that held true. It really did take around 20 pounds. And that's why you've got to stick with it. It will come! And you will feel stronger, and every stupid crunch will be worth it.
Well, I feel like I've rambled a ton here! If you want, we can be sparkbuddies and hold each other accountable. What do you say?