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Do you count ALL calories burned or just cardio?

Thursday, February 17, 2011

I just got a heart rate monitor and I really like it. I think it really gives me a better picture of what I'm doing. However, today after cardio, I forgot to pause it and it kept running through my ST session. Do you count all those calories or just the ones burned during cardio? Does SP calculate calories burned for you when you check those little boxes next to your ST exercise? So I'm either inputting 500 or 750... I've always shut it off before so it was never an issue. HELP!

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KAYWEB555 3/6/2011 4:51PM

    SP count only the cardio but if you have a monitor or Body Bugg count everything !

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    Well I have a body bugg and if I wear it all 24hrs, it tells me how many calories I burn for the while day, which I love because when I put in my calories eaten, I know the deficits of each day (then can kind of gauge what my weightloss should be each week).

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CHEF4RENT 2/18/2011 11:57PM

    I usually only count the Cardio. I do love my HRM. It makes keeping it in the "aerobic" range so much easier:)


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-POOKIE- 2/18/2011 2:35AM

    SP doesn't count them because its too hard to guesstimate for them.

However if YOU have one of these monitors, you can add it as a custom activity on the Add Cardio pop up. Just add the time, the calories burned and give a title.

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KUEENKAREN 2/17/2011 5:53PM

    SP doesn't count calories when you check the ST boxes. Here's a SP link I found about this:

Hope this helps! emoticon

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Am I the only one who does this?

Sunday, February 06, 2011

I change my goal weight on my tracker and in my head several times a week. What is your goal weight based on. Is it simply the "healthy BMI?" Is it a weight you were at one time and felt comfortable at? Or is it a weight that you "hope" to get to regardless of where it falls on the BMI chart? I'm 5'0" tall and I should weigh less than 127lbs to be healthy. That seems ridiculously small to me. Is is because I haven't been that small since middle school? I don't know, it just seems sooo small. Is it because somewhere in my head, I can't imagine weighing so little? The only number recognition I have is 190. I weighed that in college and that's the ONLY number I can remember. Nothing before and nothing after. Originally I started out wanting to weigh 150lbs, still at the high end of the "overweight" category, but that's the number I chose. No reason for it, just a number. Maybe because I can't even imagine getting to that point. I'm thinking I may stick with my original goal, and then change it after I hit it. I want to get to a healthy BMI, but in my head I'm really struggling with that number. Anyone else, or is it just MY OWN neurotic feelings getting in my way?

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MOMOMMA622 2/11/2011 8:01AM

    My cousin April said her healthy BMI would be like 127, and Jillian said hers would be 120, that seems so LOW

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MOM4407 2/7/2011 9:08PM

    What does your doctor say? I know the BMI says I should weigh 130 but for me when I weighed 140 I looked sick. I am focusing on my monthly goals instead of the ending goal. I have 30lbs to go and I just want 10lbs a month. Day by day. If I focus to far ahead I will get discouraged and lost. Stay on track day by day.
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MOMOMMA622 2/7/2011 4:58PM

    My goal weight i 145, 5 lbs less than my healthy bmi to give me some wiggle room. 127 sems tiny. I would just play it be ear. I may be content at 165. I just want to be classified as healthy.

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    I can totally see where you're coming from...I'm told a healthy BMI for myself is 140lbs (I'm 5'7") and that just sounds ridiculously small. I set my current goal as 165, my lowest adult weight in which I was legitimately happy with myself. I suppose we'll have to see where it goes from there. It's just a matter of finding where your comfy spot is, I guess.

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KEEKEE1ST 2/7/2011 2:45PM

    Your goal should be when you feel it should be, not the number on the scale. When you feel good, you look good. That's my philosophy...

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ELLEYKAT 2/7/2011 9:47AM

    I think it's a great idea to set it at 150, or even 190 which is a weight you can remember being. You can always set it to something lower once you hit your goal, and it's good for it to feel achievable. I've got mine set at 127, which is a BMI of 22 for me (I'm 5'4"). According to the WiiFit, that's the "healthiest" BMI to shoot for. Frankly, though, I'm going to be one ecstatic girl to get down to 180 again - which I weighed 5 or 6 years ago, and I thought I needed to lose weight THEN!!

You can do it, regardless of what your goal ticker says is your "goal." Just keep working for what you want - doesn't matter if that changes on a daily basis! =)

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TEMPEST272002 2/6/2011 4:49PM

    I think you hit a nerve with this question. I set my goal weight at 150, the high end of healthy BMI for my height. BUT this is just a loosey-goosey number. I have absolutely no idea of how I'll feel once I get there. Really, it's been so long since I was under 200lbs that I'm still wrapping my brain around that.

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    I question my goal sometimes, wondering if I should go lower or not. I've never ever been below 200lbs except when I was a growing child, so I have no idea what skinny is for me, or what weight I like. I do know I am going to lose my stomach because it's tortured me for years (long story, but my papa was HUGE and I have a stomach similar to his..ugh) so once I lose it, I will REALLY question where I need to stop at, but it'll be a while before it's gone because it's still a good 20lbs heavy in the stomach!

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MADTHENURSE 2/6/2011 1:14PM

    My thoughts... goals are something that we set for ourselves as a means to better ourselves, our lives, our families, or even the world around us. Once we meet our goal, it's time to set new goals. We should always strive for better - whether it's our weight, our stress levels, to be better at volunteering, whatever. When we reach success, it feels great and motivates us to do more. At the same time, if we set our goal SO high that it seem unreachable, then we end up giving up. So, here's my thoughts. Set a goal that is attainable and within a reasonable amount of time. Once you meet that, look at where you are and decide for yourself - what's next for me? Go from there... Regardless, know that you are not alone. I think we all play mind games with ourselves on a daily basis... or at least I do!

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CHUBBY_MOM 2/6/2011 1:07PM

    I do the same thing. My goal weight is 170, which I'm sure is very large to some, but it is a weight I haven't been in forever. It is something I feel I I can do.....

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AMLGARRIDO 2/6/2011 1:01PM

    I am right there with ya! I'm 5' 2" and I'm suppose to be anywhere between 104 pounds and 131 pounds, according to the BMI table. I chose 131 since it's at the highest end of its range, but any smaller I can't even imagine. I may try to go smaller once I get there, but since I've never known what it feels like to be "skinny", I'm scared of such a small number. It seems so tiny!!!

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HEIDIC75 2/6/2011 12:44PM

    it is all about being healthy and happy!!! Start at your goal and then if once you get there change it if you want...you go girl you can do this!!!

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NIKKISEZ 2/6/2011 12:29PM

    You are not alone. Stick with goals that feel comfortable for you & then re-evaluate how you feel. I'm also 5'1. Several years ago I lost a lot of weight & got down to 122, which is mid-range for healthy for us vertically-challenged ladies. But I looked awful. I lost so much weight in my face that I looked like Skeletor. After gaining back 50+ pounds, I decided I'd gone too far in the other direction. When I told my partner that I was going to lose weight & get healthy again her comment to me was, "Ok, but don't get as skinny as you did last time. It wasn't healthy." So I'm going for 130 so I can officially say I'm in the "normal" BMI range, but I think my best weight range will be 130-135.

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 2/6/2011 12:10PM

    I just blogged about this today. I've acknowledged that I've lied to myself for years and held myself hostage at this weight and size because it's the lightest I ever was... but it's not the lightest I'm possible to be. I'm tired of seeing people whose only goal is to be a size 4 when that concept doesn't exist in my brain. Just my two cents, it's not only you.

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MY2CHIX 2/6/2011 11:32AM

    Glad to know I'm not the only one doing this. LOL
I change it in my head everyday too - wondering what I would feel/look like under 200 lbs.
We will find out won't we!!
You will know when you hit "your" feel good weight.

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CHRISTINA791 2/6/2011 11:26AM

    I know how you feel - I'm 5'1 and the weights I'm supposed to be aiming for seem so tiny. I didn't weigh myself back when I was skinny or normal, and I can't remember being lower than 150 so it's all new territory.

I'm kind of playing by ear. I set my first goal at 130, so my 'healthy' BMI rounded down to the nearest 10. Looking at where I'm at now halfway to the goal, I think that I'll actually still have room to lose after that point, but I'm waiting to see what my body tells me. That's the part that's really eye-opening - there was a lot of hidden weight on my body. A lot of what I've lost has happened in toning and smoothing up, so even though I couldn't imagine being in the 120's before, I can see how it could happen now and I've adjusted my goals based on that.

I really do believe that small goals work better, so I'm hoping that I can just keep pushing for five pound losses and know when I've reached the spot my body wants to be.

Interesting dicsussion, thank you!

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ADALAI 2/6/2011 10:54AM

    I know for me, the healthy BMI is something I -should- aim for but I am not. For me, i needed to break it down into two groupings. I want to hit 190, because it was my weight before I started the cycle of overeating to pain, and then emotional eating. Before that, was just a lack of activity, and plain over eating things that weren't good for me.

So my plan (again, for me, and not it might not be the best thing) is to hit 190, then to turn around and reset that goal line again, after I maintain there just a bit. Then will regroup, and refocus on achieving the healthy BMI. emoticon

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NICOLEY-O 2/6/2011 10:52AM

    My goal is based on where i can remember myself being happy with how I looked and felt. You've got this!

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OK sparkfriends, which is correct?

Sunday, February 06, 2011

I guess I never paid much attention. When I input 30 minutes on the elliptical into my fitness tracker, it says I burned 518 calories. According to the readout on the actual machine, it says 360. Which do you use? I would think it's the one on the machine. That's a big difference as far as calories in calories out goes... What do you all use?

I checked out a few other online calculators, as suggeted by MADTHENURSE, and I had to put in my weight. They all said I burned between 475 and 600 calories. I think I may just go with SP!

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KKP4673 2/6/2011 11:49PM

    Good that you double-checked! However, I really think there are so many varying factors involved in how many calories you actually burn.

Reward yourself with the fact that you burned them for the minutes!! That is how I would encourage you!! Pursue the time in and .... Go for "Progress, not Perfection!"

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TABALICIOUS 2/6/2011 2:56PM

  I've often wondered the same thing

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LOREENYK 2/6/2011 2:00PM

    I don't know about ellipticals but most treadmills assume a weight of 120 pounds, therefore, calories burned will be off if you weigh more or less. The closest you will get to actual is if you use a heart rate monitor that calculates calories based on effort (actual heart rate).

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 2/6/2011 12:38PM

    If you can, get a HRM since it takes into account your weight and what energy your heart is expending. Here's my example. I did the elliptical for 60 minutes. The machine told me I burned 600 calories, my HRM said 390. 210 calorie difference!!!

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MY2CHIX 2/6/2011 11:36AM

    I 2nd what MADTHENURSE wrote - You have to factor in your weight - a 250lb person doing the same exercise as a 135lb person is going to burn a lot more calories. If you have ever noticed that the fitness part of spark does calculate your weight when factoring your exercise. Such a great site!
WooHoo - you are doing GREAT!

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TEMPEST272002 2/6/2011 11:22AM

    As others have said, I'd use the one that factors height & weight. To tell you the truth, I always wonder how accurate these calculations are - so I tend to focus more on my time goals. Great job getting the exercise in!

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THINAGAIN66 2/6/2011 10:24AM

    I get a difference when I walk on the treadmill too. SP is always lower, so I use that. Makes me work longer and harder.

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BLEGNER1 2/6/2011 8:48AM

    The machine may not take in all your vital statistics so I would venture to say that SP would be more reliable.

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SCHUBERTR1 2/6/2011 7:42AM

  360 is more accurate especially if you're putting your weight into the elliptical. Another note: the machines are often off by about 10% so you're probably burning more like 300. If you really want to be accurate get a heart rate monitor. Polar makes some really good ones.

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RIDLEYRIDER 2/6/2011 7:25AM

  Whichever one factors in the weight and height would be more accurate, I would think.

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MADTHENURSE 2/6/2011 7:22AM

    Does your eliptical have your height and weight programmed in? If not, I'd definitely go with SP. Weight plays a huge role in how many calories you burn with any activity. Typically, the exercise equipment (unless it's really expensive stuff) has an average programmed in. We don't yet fit into the average group...(but those days are comming!!). There are a few on line "calculators" that you could compare and see which you think is closer, but I'd guess sp is more accurate.

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GEMINIJENNY25 2/6/2011 7:14AM

    i would use the one on here i think spark factors in your actual weight/height stats? not sure

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Total waste of time... mostly

Saturday, January 29, 2011

So I went to the gym for my free meeting with the trainer. I had high hopes for this meeting. He'd be able to tell me what exercises to do, to rid me of the bat wings and what I can do tone my whole body and up my cardio. Well, it didn't exactly happen that way. Of course we filled out paperwork, and he asked me a ton of questions. He was impressed with my weight loss and knowledge of nutrition (insert plug for SP here). He made me get on the scale, which is hard enough to do , let alone on a different scale at the end of the day, UGH! After all the talk, I was waiting for him to take me out to the gym and give me the magic combination of cardio and ST to really jump start things, and get me moving into the next phase of my journey... so WRONG! He says "I charge $75 for 5 sessions, where I will tell you exactly what ST and cardio you need to do, to really drop the weight and get healthy at the same time." I was totally heart broken. I really was about to cry. I thought this was my salvation, my saving grace. Someone was finally going to tell me what to do and how to do it. NOPE! I love SP and I would NOT have been able to do this without them. I love the website and all the info on it. The recipes, and tracker, goal setting and the workout videos. But having someone teach me face to face how to do this would have been so great! As disappointed as I was with the meeting, he did say a few things that I hope will help. He told me I wasn't eating enough calories. I'm staying in the SP range, but on the lower end. He told me I should never eat fewer than 1500 if I'm working out 5 days a week. My workouts should consist of 30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of ST, and a lower carb / higher protein diet will help me lose fat and build lean muscle. So even though I didn't get a step by step instruction guide on what type of ST to do, I did get some good info out of him. Bonus... I didn't have to pay $75!

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TEMPEST272002 2/4/2011 5:25PM

    How disappointing. Not exactly what you were led to believe you'd get. He should have, at the very least, shown you how to use the machines. I agree that you should go back and ask for this to be thrown in.

As for workout ideas, I see that sparkpeople have an option to include gym machines in the workout generator. Have you checked it out yet?

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    That "sucks" :( It's hard when you get your hopes up...when you feel like you'll finally find THE answer, and it ends up being disappointing.

Just a thought, have you considered doing some kind of circuit training alla curves style? I've been doing some research, and it seems that a total body workout provides more bang for your buck as time/energy expenditure go. Also, it provides better all-over toning.

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MY2CHIX 1/30/2011 9:06PM

    That doesn't seem right - he should have atleast shown you how to use the weight machines properly. I understand about not setting you up on a plan with out getting paid but he should have told you the basics. Oh well, thank goodness for SP - they do have some nice info articles on fitness. Plus you can always ask plenty of folks on ehre - there are some certified trainers on here too. :)

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TIME4AMY 1/30/2011 8:03AM

    I feel your pain... but, "Yay"... for getting some useful info and THANK YOU for sharing.

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MOMOMMA622 1/29/2011 5:33PM

    I am sorry to hear you were disappointed .=)

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DEEPGREENBEAN 1/29/2011 12:14PM

    Don't give up and don't get discouraged! Anytime we expand our knowledge and get ideas for fitness, we are moving in the right direction, I think. emoticon

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GONICNIC 1/29/2011 10:49AM

    Oh honey, that is sooo disappointing! You did get some great information from him, but my cousin is a personal trainer, and after a quick call to confirm the info he told you...she suggest that you do your strength training on alternate days from cardio..preferably 3 days each focusing on a different body group. 1 day legs, 1 day arms, 1 day core. She also suggested asking the manager to throw in one training session for someone to show you the machines and determine a ST routine to get you started. I have a hunch they will be open to this, if you are going to be in their editorials!
Anyways, take or leave that info, I just wanted to ask her if the information he gave you was good. From my own experience, I know how intimidating those machines look, but I was lucky, I found a gym buddy who showed me the ropes of the equipment and we would strength train together on the circuit training equipment.
Chin up, be proud of yourself for going and seeing it through...that was a huge achievement in and of itself!

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AMLGARRIDO 1/29/2011 10:23AM

    It sounds like you were kind of deceived, but I could be wrong. Anyways, I'm glad that you at least got something out of the meeting!!! Good luck!

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-POOKIE- 1/29/2011 10:23AM

    Have you set your activity levels here on SP to reflect what you are doing? Maybe just double check that before you go changing stuff, especially Im sorry to say on the advice of somebody who is there to make money off you... I bet some protein supplement from the gym would have been recommended had you taken up the course.

I eat lower carb/higher protein, take a look at my trackers if you want for some ideas, or feel free to ask me anything specific.

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HOLLYBELLE77 1/29/2011 10:16AM

    Maximus did the same thing to me a couple years ago, which is why I'll never go back. They had a special where the registration fee was waived and the monthly fees were really low, but once you added in the meeting with the trainer to learn how to use the stuff, you were actually paying more than just their regular prices. It was crazy! But at least you were able to get SOME information out of them.

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SWEETS86 1/29/2011 9:52AM

    Sadly trainers are all about the money at the local gyms I have been to. I worked at a gym over a decade ago and those trainers would not talk to any one with out $$. Remember you can not spot train, so get your cardio in and switch off ST days with you Lower and Upper body to give those sets of muscle rest to gain strength and repair. SP has a list of exercises to be done on gym equipment. You can make a list of them, or they will make it for you if you add ST to your fitness trainer. Then just print it out and bring your list to the gym with you.

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AMYSRUN4LIFE 1/29/2011 9:48AM

    That is very frustrating! If it would help I'll tell you what ST machines my CSC coach started me out on. Only 7 machines and 8 exercises to begin and I can add more as I go. There is one machine I don't work out on that I think would REALLY help my upper arms, and I think that will be the first one I add. (not sure what it's called though)

Don't let this get you down. You know you're a strong woman and you can figure this out too! Look how far you've come! You can do anything!!!!

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XKANDI2005X 1/29/2011 9:34AM

    I strongly dislike when trainers to that. They know that if you didn't need them then you wouldn't have come to them in the first place. But it is great that you got the bonus advice :) This has been my first month starting The Spark, and there are some things I am still confused about. I get so frustrated and sometimes just sit and scream "THIS WOULD BE SO MUCH EASIER IF I HAD SOMEONE TO SHOW ME WHAT IM DOING RIGHT AND WRONG!" LOL. Keep your head up sweetie, you'll learn many new things and tips along the way as you continue down this journey to becoming a happier and healthier you! You CAN do it!

"Nothing Worth Having Was Ever Achieved Without Effort"


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Never thought I'd go to a gym...

Saturday, January 22, 2011

but I did. When Snap Fitness calls and says, "You've been chosen to get a 2 week free pass to come in and try us out," well, I can't say no to free can I? I was talking with my husband 2 weeks ago and told him I wanted to join Curves or Contours Express, somewhere that I can strength train, because I HATE doing it and other than this bootcamp challenge, I've not done it at all on a regular basis. So I went to check it out. They have really clean and very nice equipment. There are several treadmills and cross trainers. Some of which are connected to TV's. They have stationary bikes and free weights, and the reason I'm there, ST equipment, and TONS of it. So I began listening to the schpeel they give about the pros of signing up now verses after the 2 weeks (50% off if I sign up now) and he started asking questions about why I was there and what I wanted to accomplish. He was reviewing my paperwork which had my weight loss goals on them and blah, blah, blah... He was impressed that I had lost 70lbs by myself with just diet and exercise (this is where I put in a HUGE plug for Sparkpeople). Because of my commitment to health, he asked if I would consider being used as part of their editorials. They would love to show how THEY helped me during this journey... and I'd get a few free months out of it. Well, again, who am I to turn down free stuff? So after touring the gym and trying out several pieces of equipment, I decided to take the plunge and sign the contract. I now have 24 hr access to the gym which is only about 4 blocks away from my house, a HUGE bonus! I went this morning and there weren't too many people (thank God) and they were so engrossed in their Ipods or TV's, they didn't even notice me walk in. So I did the cross trainer and then moved on to the ST equipment. It was great! I really enjoyed feeling those muscles work, and they're actually a little tired now. I'm really glad I decided to do this, I think it's going to help with the bat wings and sagging thighs. At least that's what I hopping for. I meet with the trainer (free) on Tuesday to get a plan set up and on Friday I meet with him again (again, free) to have a fitness test done. A little nervous about that, not sure what it consists of. I really don't want my lungs exploding during tmy first week. I'm very excited about of all it, and I'm looking forward to the next phase of my journey.

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TIME4AMY 1/27/2011 1:12PM

    Good for you!! I give you a lot of credit, because I have to draaag myself to the gym. I hate doing it alone, I think.

I also would've thought that I'd hate any aerobic type workout, but I tried Zumba for the first time last week and loved it! I'd take that any day over the gym. I just can't get there as often. Although, I might have to tweak my schedule soon.

Keep up the good work, my friend! Here's to new adventures! (Even if they are not the most exciting things to look forward to. Just think how exciting it will be when you walk in the gym one day...and they ARE "checking you out"! haha... emoticon

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LCHADBOURNE 1/25/2011 10:19AM

    This is so great!!!! How awesome and what a great pat on the back for all of your hard work! Way to go!

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HOLLYBELLE77 1/23/2011 7:26PM

    Can't beat free! :) Good for you! I was at a birthday party last night and ran into someone who always was at Curves the same time I was. She's trying to get me to go back. I need a couple more months to figure out if it'll fit in the budget with the hefty ER bill I'm now paying off from my bout of ickiness in August. Hopefully. I think the reason I keep stalling out at home is because I get bored without someone else there working out with me.

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TEMPEST272002 1/23/2011 4:49PM

    Great job on getting the free stuff & actually using the equipment. It's great that it's so convienently close to your house. That will make it easier to get in there and use it.

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 1/22/2011 9:06PM

  snap fitness is an AWESOME gym.. that's the one I go to. :) I love the fact that it's open 24/7 and when I go .. it's usually empty! :)

have fun at the gym. :)

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MY2CHIX 1/22/2011 8:02PM

    WOOHOO!!! YAY for you going to the gym! Do they have any classes or just equipment? I have got to get my butt to the YMCA that we belong to - just not handy to drive 25 minutes when it is freezing out not to mention I have a perfectly good treadmill sitting here in my living room. I need to get moving on the exercise!! Again - way to go!!!

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AMYSRUN4LIFE 1/22/2011 7:48PM

    Yeah!! You can't beat free! I love our Yexpress, super close too, which is very helpful!! Glad your so excited about it too.

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GONICNIC 1/22/2011 7:06PM

    Congrats! I am very happy for you, you must be very proud! Bat wings BE GONE!!!

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AJBOYER222 1/22/2011 6:53PM

    So so cool. Good to hear they were impressed with your health goals. You would be great to use for editorials, I hope it goes well! Glad you are liking the gym so far!

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MOMOMMA622 1/22/2011 5:39PM

    That is awesome. I am super pumped for you. The only way I can join a gym would be FREE LOL. Good luck!

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SILLYRICHIE 1/22/2011 4:46PM

    Way to go! And awesome job on getting so many freebies lol. That's an exciting day :)

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 1/22/2011 4:01PM

    Super cool. Soak up the free while you can!

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SHERRY_LYNN1979 1/22/2011 3:43PM

    WOO HOO!!! That is awesome that you get some free months in there!!! What a bargain!!! I wish I could afford the gym in my town, rather than have to go all the way to campus (40mi) to work out-- however I am there 4 days a week, so getting in 2-3 days isn't going to be killer. Besides, until I graduate-- it is free!!! A definite plus. :) However, they don't have any fitness trainers there, which kinda sucks, because I think I need a drill instructor! LMAO

I wish I knew where my old RDC (navy drill instructor) was, if she was close, I would BEG her to whip my fat arse into shape!!! LOL

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AMLGARRIDO 1/22/2011 3:37PM

    Yay for free!!! LOL. I hope you enjoy the place and all of its benefits! I recently started ST, and I'm loving it!!! And like you, I want to work on the bat wings and saggy thighs!

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SWEETS86 1/22/2011 2:47PM

    Woot! Good for you for taking the (free) plunge. Nothing like some freebies to get you started. I am glad you enjoyed it.

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