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How to go to a group fitness class

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

I know a lot of people are uncomfortable or intimidated going to a group fitness class. I am too! It is out of your comfort zone, it is supposed to be a little scary at first. Getting over the first initial uncomfortable stage is crutial and once you have done it you will be fine!

1. Go. To. The. Class. Simple as that. Write to down, hi-light it, treat it like any other appointment.

2. Go a little early. 5-10 minutes is enough. Introduce yourself to the instructor and tell them anything they need to know. For example my intro is "Hi, I'm Jess. Because this is my first class (with you/ ever) I thought I'd just let you know that I'm a quite unfit, so I will try to keep up! I also have a knee injury and problems with my shoulder and use a 'if it hurts, don't do it' approach. So if I stop I'm probably not dying, I just can't do that move". The instructor will usually welcome you and thank you for the info. I have had a few that have given me a funny look, but I would prefer them to know!

3. Look around the room for the nicest looking person. Take a deep breath, smile, and introduce yourself! It is soooo much nicer knowing someones name and if they are as nice as they look they will probably help you get set up, or at least have a little chat with you. If you are shy you can ask the instructor to introduce you to someone, since they will know their regulars quite well

4. Hang near the back. Somewhere where you can see, but where you feel comfortable.

5. Remember that no one is watching you! I have fallen over in a class before and no one noticed but the instructor.

6. Do your best! No one is expecting you to be fantastic the first time! Go at your own pace and do as much as you can, then laugh the rest off. Exercise should be fun!

Now, if y'all will excuse me I'm off to muscle sculpt class!

  
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PURPLESPEDCOW 4/5/2011 7:24PM

    Good way to explain how to go to a class. Let me add that most people in the class will either A. help you or B. ignore you because they are in their own zone not because they are being mean.

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 4/5/2011 6:38PM

    Excellent tips! Enjoy the class it sounds fun. I have always been nervous about group classes, this may help.

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CECE0330 4/5/2011 5:11PM

    Excellent blog! Thank you! emoticon

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DARACOX 4/5/2011 5:01PM

    As an instructor who often has new people in my classes, I think this is a great how-to for fitness classes! Thanks for sharing!

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WOW thanks sparkers (and SDJ!!)

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Thanks to a blog by SanDiegoJohn and lovely, beautiful sparkers I got home today to an inbox full of blog comment notifications. I read each comment and couldn't believe how many people were there for me.

This is why I love this site. I can reach out for help and support and 20 people reach right back. It picked me right up and made me feel so much better. I will loose the weight and I will get back into shape. I can do it!!! With everyones help and support I will get there :D

Thanks so much!!

  
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HEAVENSSHADOW 4/6/2011 3:37PM

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High five. Let's DO THIS!

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TABALICIOUS 4/5/2011 10:14AM

  You can do it!

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EMILY1244 4/5/2011 9:56AM

    emoticon We are all on the same journey. We may be taking different paths, but we are all travelling together. Its better to travel with friends so that when you stumble (and we ALL do at one time or another) we have our friends can reach out and help us back on our feet. Good luck on your journey!

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RUNNER12COM 4/5/2011 9:39AM

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CARLA-216 4/5/2011 9:31AM

    Yes, yes you can!

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MARKDORENE 4/5/2011 6:11AM

    good luck

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DARACOX 4/5/2011 5:41AM

    Yay! Glad it helped!

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LADYRH 4/5/2011 4:57AM

    You can do it one small step at a time.
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Feeling blah, need a push!

Monday, April 04, 2011

Hi guys, I need a little push for the day.

I know Rome wasn't built in a day, but I am having one of those frustrated moments.

I have been working out for a week. Last week I went to the gym twice and I went kayaking. My eating has been sooooo much better than usual and I still haven't lost any weight! I have been drinking plenty of water.

This week I am going to get very serious about tracking my food in the hopes that it helps me to drop some weight. I'm not fussy, just a little bit in the right direction is enough!

Rant over. It is just so frustrating that it takes so long to see results. I am a now person, so knowing that it will probably take months so see improvements really annoys me.

Any motivavtion you wish to provide will be gratefully accepted. As are donations to my "get the hell outta dodge" fund.

  
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1WOMANCRUSADE 4/5/2011 8:52PM

    The gym! Kayaking! All that awesome exercise! AND eating right! You are awesome. How do you feel?

What? I can't hear you! How do you FEEL!?

Because you look darned good.

Keep up the fight!!! You are SOOOOOOOO worth it!!!!!

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AP1967 4/5/2011 3:01PM

    Hopefully, you got over your blah day on Monday. While everyone is different, I know that if Aunt Flo is anywhere near me, I instantly pack on the pounds. Frustrating, but true. Seriously, I can gain five pounds in a week. I hate that b(*ch!

I didn't take measurements when I begin this journey, but the second month I did. Amazingly when I took measurements during month three, I lost several inches even though the scale was not being kind to me that week. Have you taken your measurements?

Good luck!



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LOIDAEG 4/5/2011 12:02PM

    You can do it! You are doing great things for your body! The scale is not our friend :-) It's just a number. The important thing is that you feel good about yourself.

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LIBRARYLASS 4/5/2011 11:48AM

    (shove) There you go! :-) Hang in there, I know it's tough. But you're doing good things for yourself, that's the main thing.

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LIBRARYLASS 4/5/2011 11:48AM

    (shove) There you go! :-) Hang in there, I know it's tough. But you're doing good things for yourself, that's the main thing.

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MOM2MXKE 4/5/2011 10:10AM

    We all need the extra push every once and awhile. Remember never give up (:

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FUNFROG79 4/5/2011 9:39AM

    You can do it! Hang in there! Stay strong and positive and know you are worth it!

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CARLA-216 4/5/2011 9:29AM

    KOKO (keep on keeping on), my friend. The scale will have no choice but to get its ornery self in line with your exercise and better nutrition. Meanwhile, do track your food at least to see where you stand with that. Hang in there!

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SNOOKUMS19 4/5/2011 8:07AM

    Just rememmber, when it comes down to it, its all about our health, right? So if you keep making the right choices you are getting healthier. Your heart is stronger, your cholesterol will be in a healthy range, your mind clearer, and your bmi will be lower. Guess what that means? The scale will show a difference emoticon Try to remember the big picture. Keep up the good work!

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PUFFPASTRY 4/5/2011 4:37AM

    I hear you and empathize...think of it this way: at least you're not REGAINING weight like me! I've regained 7 pounds, and believe me, that makes me despondent and disgruntled. It's really hard not to get tremendously discouraged at stuff like that. So -- congratulate yourself for doing so much physical activity and being so dedicated, and trust that your body is responding gradually, on its own schedule...because it is! It will, and it is.
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MOLLI15 4/4/2011 11:14PM

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Keep up the good work even though the scale isn't budging--it pays off in other ways and long term you WILL see the results. I totally know what you mean about being a now person--why don't our bodies just obey right??

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NURSE_FAWN 4/4/2011 9:55PM

    Keep doing the right things and your scale will catch up. Your body needs time to re-set to your new habits. Also, the scale won't tell the whole story. How do you feel? If you feel even the tiniest bit better, you are winning.

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PURPLE180 4/4/2011 9:50PM

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PURPLESPEDCOW 4/4/2011 9:45PM

    Sometimes I find that my body will be stubborn about things...that is when you dig in and plan a bit more and make sure you are eating within range and not trying to eat less than you should. Stick with your plan and it will work.

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MRDPOLING 4/4/2011 9:38PM

    Don't give that scale the victory! You are doing what is right, even if the scale doesn't give you the numbers you want, look for the changes elsewhere. Measure yourself. check the fit of your clothes. How do you feel?

You are doing great and if you keep it up, eventually you will be rewardeded!

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MIQUEY73 4/4/2011 9:05PM

    emoticon Keep doing what you know is the right thing to do. You'll see results eventually.

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WALLAHALLA 4/4/2011 9:03PM

    push...shove...push...shove...push.
..push...push...Whew...pant...p
ant...Hope you come across something that makes you laugh so hard you pee your pants! Sometimes comic relief helps us overcome on frustration, then we can get back back on track in great spirits, minus the stress than frustration brings. I'm pullin' for you! and pushing...and shoving... emoticon

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DARACOX 4/4/2011 8:01PM

    It is so frustrating when we feel like we are doing everything right and the scale won't budge! Keep it up girl, it will work for you! We totally live in a generation that wants to see results two weeks ago (myself included) so I know this is not easy, but you can do it! You can stick it out!

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KKINNEA 4/4/2011 7:58PM

    Keep doing those things that are good for you and trust that results will come. You can do it!

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ANNE7X7 4/4/2011 7:42PM

    You can SO do this!!! Just keep at it, sometimes it takes our bodies time to adjust. Eat well, move and you'll see results, even if it isn't in the form of a number on the scale! We're cheering for you!!!

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BMRBUDDY 4/4/2011 7:24PM

    I know you can do it. You're doing it right. Keep tracking and keep active. The weight gained didn't come on overnight and won't come off that quick either. Just keep plugging along and it will come off! emoticon

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CATHYJR73 4/4/2011 6:43PM

    emoticonBecause you are emoticon Keep up the hard work and it will come!! emoticon

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KATYAROSE 4/4/2011 6:35PM

    You're definitely on the right track, so keep doing what you're doing and incorporate more healthy habits as you go along. You're now tracking your nutrition starting this week, and that is a great addition to the already healthy habits you started last week.

As someone else said, your scale may not be moving just yet, but you may be seeing other results such as higher energy levels, not feeling so sleepy during the day, clothes a little bit looser, etc. And even though you can't see some of the changes yet, such as muscle replacing fat (which means you're losing fat), know that it is happening, and you will see the results over the next few weeks. Treat yourself to a little reward for getting through the first week and remaining committed for the second week. emoticon

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RAVENSTORM27 4/4/2011 6:28PM

    Oh, and don't forget to get enough sleep! Studies have shown that people who actually manage 7-8 hours per night are more likely to be active and less likely to overeat. I learned this one the hard way. emoticon

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KIMI_SILVA 4/4/2011 6:21PM

    Please keep in mind that if you are working out your body is building muscle. Muscle is very dense and weighs quite a bit more than fat. There are pictures that show a pound of fat (HUGE and gross) with a pound of muscle placed on top of the fat. The muscle is very tiny in comparison. What I find is that sometimes the scale is not a very good judge of our progress. The way your clothes fit are a much better judge. Also, the way you feel. You are doing the right things for your body, and for the quality of your life. Just keep up the awesome work, and you will see the results you are looking for.

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RUNNER12COM 4/4/2011 6:15PM

    You have already made a major move in the right direction, just by reaching out for a little help when you feel stalled.

You can do this. Heck, you already ARE doing this. And the results will come.

Hang in there!

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TWINSMOMMY607 4/4/2011 5:48PM

    Sometimes it takes a few weeks for your body to realize that you are serious about the change and start dropping weight. Don't give up, you can do this!!

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SUSANMOMOF6 4/4/2011 5:37PM

    Thanks for your honesty. Keep doing what you're doing, tweak it, definitely track your food and that scale will move. I PROMISE! Hang in there and keep up the good work! emoticon

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I went to boxing and ate some chocolate

Monday, April 04, 2011

Boxing was tiring. Arm shakingly good, you could say. I was no longer the new girl and ended up partnering up with a new girl! She was lovely, but had a good base of fitness, so I found it hard to keep up with her. Its hard being this unfit, but it will only be a few weeks before I start getting better.

I also ate chocoate. 3 rows of coconut rough, my favourite. I didn't eat the whole block, and I stopped after 3 rows (12 pieces) because I didn't want anymore. Me, not finishing a block of chocolate by myself in one sitting. Miracles do happen.

I had to buy some more grapes. I ate the whole bunch. Oh, they were good. I know a lot of fruit isn't good, but its better than the same amount of chocolate!! I'll try to stick to a reasonable amount next time!

And....ummm...I did some assignmenting. They suck. Seriously I hate doing assignments. One is printed and ready to go, and one should be done tomorrow night (I can't do anymore tonight, I may explode). I have 4 due in the next 2 weeks. Icky, icky.

  
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CARLA-216 4/4/2011 8:21AM

    Good job on boxing. Keep on and you'll get fitter and fitter!

Wondering what coconut rough is...Google is my friend! Good for you for not eating the entire block! Eating many grapes is better than eating the same amount of chocolate, for sure.



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I can't be bothered thinking of a good title...

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Arms = sore
Eating = OK

Kayaking REALLY works out the arms and shoulders. I felt it today. I can't wait to go again!!! We are thinking that our next adventure will be horse riding, but we will go kayaking again very soon.

Today my eating was OK. Not great, not terrible. Breakfast was peanut butter on toast which kept me full for ages. Morning tea was a mocha hot cross bun. Oh yeah, I went there. Lunch was leftover fajitas. Afternoon snack was sweet, crunchy green grapes (YUM) and dinner was roast lamb with lots of veggies.

No exercise, I did heaps yesterday. Tomorrow I am doing a lot of assignments and then going to my boxing class. And eating more grapes. Oh, they were good!!

  
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CARLA-216 4/4/2011 8:22AM

    I love good grapes!

Your food doesn't sound bad at all. You balanced out that hot cross bun well in my opinion.

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ENDURETHERAIN 4/3/2011 6:53PM

    You just reminded me that I got grapes yesterday! Love those grapes!

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DARACOX 4/3/2011 10:08AM

    Your title should have been something about grapes...

But seriously, kayaking sounds fun! I wish there was somewhere I could do that, it would be a nice change for my workouts!

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BAYSIDE07 4/3/2011 6:04AM

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