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Gym Membership

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

I've had a busy few weeks with my clients, and found that I'm only getting to the gym a couple of times a week. This works out at 7.50 per visit!

The rest of the week I work out at home, easier to squeeze in time-wise, as it takes me 20-30 mins to get to the gym, and 20-30 mins to get back home.

And if I only get to the gym once in a particular week, that equates to 15 for the visit!

How many times a week do you get to the gym? What stops you going more often? Would love to hear your comments.

  
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SCREWIE 4/30/2011 1:55PM

    No gym for me, I don't like them. When I can i use the open air gyms near my home, or just do stuff at home.

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KRAV-CHICK 4/29/2011 2:39PM

    Your not including the price of gas or train fare etc for you to go 30 min each way :) It's costing you more than 15 a week. :)

I actually despise working out in a gym...the only time I do it is for my Krav Maga and for Rock Climbing....it's Spring/Summer here and I prefer to be outside, even in Winter I prefer to be running around the lake/park than on a treadmill.

I find that I enjoy it a lot more, I'm outside, the dog gets a workout and my head is just a lot clearer :)

Just my thoughts :)

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MARYMO22 3/26/2011 4:02PM

    I had joined a gym for the winter season - was going 4-5 times per week at first, this reduced to 3-4 times with work commitments - plus I was going out running at the weekend / other nights (Gym was for lunchtimes)
My membership has ended now, but I will re-join in November when the weather gets bad again...

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ADZY86 3/23/2011 1:31PM

    I try and go 5 times a week. I'm like you; I try and calculate how much I am spending "per session", and that kicks my butt into gear and get down there! I really don't wanna waste money...

What stops me going? If I just cannot be bothered! lol Nah, mainly if I have to work late, I don't go. Or these days, if I have netball practice or a netball match, I go to that instead of gym.

Maybe you should try and find a cheaper, more local gyn? 60 a month is pretty steep (says me who pays 50 a month!). What gym do you go to? I go to Fitness First, and absolutely love it.

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DJC0821 3/23/2011 12:20PM

  I plan to go to the gym 5 nights a week, right after work. In real life, I generally get there 3 or 4 nights a week. I save the weekends as "down time" although I get some exercise working in the yard, going for a walk, or strolling around the mall for a couple of hours.

I know I wouldn't have the motivation to leave home and drive 30 minutes to the gym and back for a workout. Is there a gym closer to home for you?



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Great book...

Friday, March 04, 2011

Check out this great book: Turbo Charge Your Life in 14 Days, by Jason Vale.

For those who don't know Jason Vale, he's The Juice Master, a vegetable-juicing guru, who packs a punch with his no-nonsense, no-excuses approach to weight-loss and fitness.

Well worth getting. Plenty of inspirational examples of people who stopped making excuses and started living.

  


A useful motivational trick...

Friday, February 11, 2011

It's been several weeks since I've been on this Sparkpeople website, I've been so busy with new clients. Some days I've not even had time to get to the gym, so I've been doing more home workouts.

However, if you've had a long day and get back home tired, it's easy to skip that workout you promised yourself you would do, right?

So what I do is to plan in advance what I'm going to do when I get home in the evening, and set everything up in such a way that it encourages me to work out.

Before I leave the flat, I prepare my food for the evening, so it's ready in the fridge for when I return.

I also lay out my exercise equipment in the middle of my lounge, all ready for my return, so when I get in, there it is waiting for me to work out there and then. Everything is geared up for my workout, and it makes it so much easier and more fun to dive in and get it done.

Try it and tell me if it worked for you!

  
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EDWINA172 4/27/2011 6:17AM

    As personal trainers with busy schedules, the first thing to go is our workouts. I schedule my exericse like its a part of my job. I pencil in my workout time and what exercise I have planned in my client schedule book. I know that I have to walk the walk, not just talk the talk. Our bodies have to be our billboards.
I plan all of my meals ahead of time. I do batch cooking on the weekend. During my busy week, I don't have to think about what I'm going to eat~its already made.
Sounds like you have a good plan. Have a great day:)

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SCREWIE 2/16/2011 5:51PM

    Great ideas! I need to be more organised!

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FITNESS4LONDON 2/12/2011 3:43AM

    thanks everyone for stopping by my blog! Have a great weekend.

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THEIS58 2/11/2011 5:44AM

    Great ideas

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DAV128 2/11/2011 5:34AM

    Great Idea - Being prepared is half the battle, the other half is motivation.

Thanks for the tip!

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~DIDI~ 2/11/2011 3:55AM

    That's commitment...very inspiring..Thanks for sharing emoticon

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My 2011 Fitness Resolutions

Friday, January 07, 2011

Everyone's talking about new year resolutions, so I don't want to be the odd one out!

1. Improve my tennis to the point that I'm beating more people than are beating me. My arch-rival in tennis is my cousin, who is better than me, and it would be fantastic to beat him regularly.

2. Step up my exercise levels so that I'm making more consistent gains in healthy weight ie muscle, while maintaining my 13% body fat. To reach 14 stone would be good (that's 196 lbs to the American audience!), by the end of 2011. Currently 13 stone 4lbs, so it's another 10lbs I'm aiming for (around 1lb per month).

The gaining weight part is easy, but for it to be healthy weight not fat, that's the real challenge.

3. Widen my range of foods, and styles of cooking, so that eating is a real pleasure rather than just a functional task.

What are your fitness goals for 2011 and why? Would love to hear your goals...

  
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PWINCESSEMILY 1/8/2011 9:48AM

    Love the competitive edge lol!

In 2011 I want to find a sport/active thing that I enjoy enough to do regularly!

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MARYMO22 1/7/2011 4:05PM

    I'm back to my running training again - working back up to a 5k (setting the treadmill to 10 min/mile pace currently) by doing c25k programme.
The second aim once I've run a couple of the free parkruns, is to start training for a 10k towards the summer - and/or the Leeds Abbey Dash in November

I also intend this to be my last year at losing weight, would really love to be at my goal weight by the end of September - a difficult task but achievable I'm sure
2012 maintaining will be awesome!


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Cheese?

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

When I ask my overweight clients what their favourite foods are, very often comes the reply cheese.

In small amounts cheese is ok, a source of protein and calcium, and a source of intense taste pleasure.

But it doesn't take much for it to become a source of excess body-fat.

I eat cheese occasionally, sometimes for dessert after making a meal for friends, we dig into some cheese and biscuits and fruit. Red grapes, apples and pears go very well.

Would love to hear your views on cheese.......

  
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ADZY86 2/11/2011 4:04AM

    I really don't get people's fasination with cheese! lol I would never in a million years just eat a piece of raw cheese! (When I say 'raw' I mean not melted on anything, like a pizza). I don't think I have ever just cut off a piece of cheese and ate it! And with fruit??!! What is that about? How on earth does cheese go with fruit?!

It's very strange to me. I also think all cheese, apart from maybe mild cheddar cheese, is horrible! hahaha I know I am in a major minority on this issue (maybe that's a good thing?) but I just don't get it.... emoticon

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FREEDOMSTAR 1/6/2011 8:22PM

    I like this blog

thanks
John

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FITNESS4LONDON 12/16/2010 4:00AM

    Thanks for these great comments on my blog - keep them coming!

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CONNIELYNN11 12/15/2010 9:52PM

    I HAVE TO HAVE MY WHITE CRUMBLE CHEESE ON MY TOCOS. THEIR MY BIGGEST WEAKNESS! I HAVE THEM EVERY WEEK. I SHAPE MY OWN WHITE CORN SHELLS & I MAKE MY OWN HOT SAUCE. MERRY CHRISTMAS & GOD BLESS ALL emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARYMO22 12/15/2010 2:23PM

    I love cheese - but have learned to moderate it
We went to a Christmas party last year, I chose the cheese board for desert, and managed to stick to a small slice of stilton.
I find that I choose stronger cheese, in smaller quantities now, with the power of spark.
I've been for christmas lunch today and picked the goats cheese and portobello mushroom starter - wonderful, enjoyed every bite. It took a while to eat which just shows how far I've come in 18 months!
I can have a little of what I fancy.... yay me!

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MEOWROWRIE 12/15/2010 1:08PM

    I agree with Hanoverlady - I know it's the cause of a lot of health problems, but a cheese cart instead of a dessert cart is a thing of beauty! I am also more in love with cheese than chocolate, and gladly do extra miles and workouts to enjoy it. My doctor determined that my elevated cholesterol is likely due to genetics, since I changed my diet drastically and it's still high. Yes, I have to take statins now, but in my own sadly cognitively dissonant way - I see it as a license to eat more cheese! LOL

Healthy is better, but life is short and must also be enjoyed.

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HANOVERLADY 12/15/2010 12:59PM

    Oh, my gosh, cheese - LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! It's a bigger struggle for me than chocolate (which I also love). Before I started using Spark, I would sometimes eat an entire wheel of brie with little else. I'm trying to put a portion of cheese on a plate in the kitchen and eat it with low-fat crackers or fruit so I feel more full and don't binge on cheese. My best friend, also a chocoholic, told me once she is also more tempted by cheese than even chocolate. (And this is the woman who was given a ten pound bar of chocolate and wouldn't share!)

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