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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

How do you lose sizes and inches? I am losing weight just fine, but my inches are pretty much sticking. I started at a TIGHT 28 at 337 and have lost 59 pounds (now 278) and am only at a tight 26... Is it supposed to be going down more than that? I have started to step it up a bit and get back into strength training and have started using the stairmaster for about 10 minutes a day so far. I want these inches to go down, down, down!!! Am I just still too big for them to go down any?

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REEBADABEEBOOS 12/30/2011 4:29PM

    So true what everyone has says! Strength training and circuit training. For circuit training, I like Jillian Micheal's 30 Day Shred. It's hard the first SEVERAL times, but if you stick with it, it's worth it. Strength training will also firm and tone you and you will find yourself losing inches, although the weight might come off a LITTLE slower because you're adding muscle.

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VALKYRIA- 12/17/2011 4:49AM

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VALKYRIA- 12/17/2011 4:43AM

    You are not too big to be losing inches.

First, take your bodytype into consideration. There is nothing you can really do about where your body decides to lose your fat from first--be it from your arms, your neck, your belly, your legs, your hips, etc. Are you checking all of these inches, or just your waist?

One thing that will help you lose inches is strength training, guaranteed.

I started at a 32 and am now in a loose 28 after only 25 lbs down. (but 3 months of RIGOROUS strength training)

Keep it up, you will get there.

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SEMPERADMELIORA 12/14/2011 11:34PM

    I think there's also some geometry/calculus involved here. Subtracting an inch from a 40 inch waist is more area (i.e. fat) than subtracting an inch from a 30, or even 39, inch waist. At least theoretically that's how it should work.

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1DERLAND14 12/13/2011 9:25PM

    When i first started losing weight the inches didn't come off as fast until I started strength training... I believe that is the key. :) My biggest size was a 26/28 and I can wear an 18/20 now...some 22's ... keep at it and you'll get there! :)

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JANEYINMADTOWN 12/13/2011 8:06PM

    Many good suggestions but I found that exercise is the key....Cardio and Strength training will get there!

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SAESAND 12/13/2011 7:19PM

    I agree with all the other posters that adding strength training to my cardio made me feel a whole lot firmer, which I think helped me go down sizes.

Another thing to note is the measurements of your clothing. Different brands are cut differently. (Many clothing manufacturers will publish size charts on their websites.) I'd also check this out even if you are wearing the same brands you used to because I discovered that a lot of brands have variable differences between size with lower changes between sizes at the lower end of the spectrum. For example the waist of a size 12 jean may be 2" smaller than a size 14 jean but a size 6 jean may only be 1" smaller than a size 8 jean. The point is that at first it may take more inches to go down a size.

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WINNIE1978 12/13/2011 5:03PM

    I started dropping sizes when I started incorporating strength training with my cardio. So far I've gone from a 20W to a 12... and I've lost just shy of 50 pounds.

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MICHELLESMILES_ 12/13/2011 4:53PM

    I started my journey at 357. 28-30 stretch. I didn't think I was ever going to get out of 26's.

It will happen, before you know it you'll be running out of clothes because they'll all be to big!

You're doing great!

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CARLYOLEO41 12/13/2011 2:09PM

    I've been incorporating a lot of circuit and strength training and I think it is helping me lose inches. However, I lost a lot of inches so fast that I wouldn't be surprised if I hit a plataeu there soon. Everyone loses differently, but I do highly recommend circuit and strength training. I feel like I get more of a workout from circuit training than I do from a 3 mile run.

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MRS_ROSS 12/13/2011 1:59PM

    I found at the beginning of my weight loss journey it took FOREVER to drop a size. Once you get smaller they start to drop a lot faster! Hang in there :)

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KT-NICHOLS-13 12/13/2011 1:57PM

    Strength training will help you tone up which will help the inches shrink.

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BECOMING_HOLLY 12/13/2011 1:53PM

    I agree with BeingGuided's statement about unstretched clothes. That wil definitely do it! My other thought is strength training. Exchanging fat for muscle will make your appearance (and inches) smaller and you will feel more confident. I did that a LOT this year and exchanged fat for muscle - but didn't see much success on the scale.

I highly recommend doing circuit training which is strength AND cardio because you go from one ST exercise to the next without breaks and you go as fast as you are able. Let me know if you want to know more :)

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BEINGGUIDED 12/13/2011 1:48PM

    Oh it will change. It took me 50lbs just to go down a size, then after that it only took me like 15 to go another size and like 10-15 to go another. Took me 50 to go from 28 to a 26, then down to 24, then now I am between a 22-24 and I squeezed into a an 18/20 jeggings for my birthday ensemble.

Just give a little more time and the sizes will start to go down and down and down and fast! Don't know whats the dang deal going down from 28. Maybe it is the type of clothing. I remember at 28 I wore a lot of stretchy pants, so I was actually probably a solid 30, but had stretched out my stretchy jeans by then. Now you are trying NEW UNSTRETCHED UN WORN clothing and the sizes don't quite seem to move. Maybe that is the coalition between tons of pounds being lost just to lose one size, but then not much being needed to drop to other sizes. Maybe because after the first big loss, we are basing our sizes on "fresh new" clothing sizes. Just a thought.

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Health Survey - stolen from Daniellesautumn!

Thursday, December 01, 2011

1. What did you eat for breakfast?
Oatmeal with raspberries

2. How much water do you drink a day?
Not enough. Mostly depends on the day. About 2 big glasses throughout the day at work, two more after working out and one or two with dinner. Gotta be careful or I'm up all night!

3. What is your favorite workout?
Elliptical - all I really do so far. Gotta branch out!

4. What is your favorite fruit?
Raspberries and Cuties (oranges)

5. What is your favorite vegetable?
Corn and asparagus

6. How many calories do you burn a week?
I try for a lot... 4,000 or so

7. How many calories do you eat a day?
Around 1200-1600 depending on the day

8. What are your favorite healthy snacks?

9. What do you usually eat for lunch?
Hot Pocket, lean cuisine, salad

10. What is usually for dinner?
chicken, lots of chicken. Rice. Chili, spaghetti sometimes, healthy meals.

11. What is your favorite body part to strength train?

12. What is your least favorite body part to strength train?

13. What is your least favorite exercise?

14. What is your favorite exercise?

15. What are your "bad" food cravings?
Pizza, Sweets

16. What is your go to workout song?
Lately its been Britney Spears - Till the world ends

17. Do you take vitamins or supplements?
multi every morning

18. How often do you eat out?
Once a week for sure, Tuesdays. Panera night. Otherwise once in a while on the weekends depending on whats going on.

19. Do you eat fast food?
Not normally. I have had taco bell twice in the past 4.5 months. That's it.

20. How do you stay motivated?
Looking at the progress I've made and knowing how badly I do NOT ever, ever, EVER, want to go back to 337!

21. Who is your biggest supporter?
My boyfriend. He keeps telling people how much I've lost and saying how proud of me he is!

22. How much weight have you lost?
51 pounds since August 15th, 2011

23. How did you determine your goal weight?
Just wanted to be anywhere below 200.

24. Do you have a gym membership?
Just signed up for Gold's gym. Currently going to a different gym till GOld's opens in the end of December.

25. How often do you work out?
No less than 6 days a week. Often times 7.

26. How did you find Spark?
Just surfin' the net, needing some inspiration... FOUND IT!!!

27. How much sleep do you get a night?
I try for 8 otherwise I'm a major crab!

28. Are you a morning or night workout person?
I used to do it in the mornings and realized I couldn't push myself as hard. Now, during the week, its right after work.

29. Do you have a "cheat" day?
If I do it's normally on a Saturday after I weigh in. But I try not to. Sometimes you just gotta though!

30. Do you drink soda?
Only if I'm really craving it. And its always diet. Regular is disgusting!

31. Do you drink alcohol? How much?
Vodka... not much though. Maybe one or twice a month.

32. What is your favorite thing about Spark?
Definitely the inspiration and motivation you can find by just reading a blog or chatting with a friend.

33. What do you not like about your body? What do you love about your body?
Right now... I dislike almost everything. However, i LOVE that my fingers are getting slimmer, as well as my face. I have a waist now too!

34. Do you have a workout buddy?
Nope. Sometimes I drag the boyfriend to the gym... but that's hardly ever.

35. What is the best thing that has changed about your life since committing to this Healthy Lifestyle?
So far, nothing. lol Just that fitting into a smaller size is nice. I haven't lost that much yet so the changes are a tad noticeable, but not as much as I'd like!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 12/5/2011 7:07PM

    An amazing list of Q&As.

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Goals and Updates

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Hi everyone! Things have finally started to settle down a little bit over here and I finally have some time to blog.

Updates from the last time... not much! Been so busy with Christmas shopping, baby showers, friends over for the weekend, cleaning and so on that I haven't had time to do much else! I have only missed two days of exercise in the past three weeks though! I'm making a very conscious effort to get to the gym whenever possible, even if I only have 30 minutes to work out. 30 minutes is better than nothing at all!

Thanksgiving came and went no problem. I was very good on Thanksgiving day/night by watching my calorie intake and making sure I got a good workout in before even starting my day. Weigh in days are Saturdays so I tend to go weigh in in the morning and take my "off day" after that. However, these off days are never too far out of my calorie range. I did have a second thanksgiving with some friends and I had a piece of pecan pie, which was FULL of amazing goodness. That put me over to about 2500 for the day. I'm hoping that all my working out this week will take that piece of pecan pie right off! It was worth it though. It's nice to splurge every now and again... just not all the time!

So for the biggest loser challenge I was the biggest loser of the week for last week (thanksgiving week) with 4 pounds lost! This is my 2nd time being the BL for the week! Whoo hoo! My goal was to lose 15 pounds in this 8 week challenge and I'm at 19 pounds so I think I'm doin' good!!

My goal for 12/31, which has been changed twice now (first it was 300, then it was 290) is at 280. 6 more pounds to go to get there and four weeks. TOTALLY DOABLE! These small goals are what keeps me going. I have to focus on the small picture before even looking at the big picture. I look at how much I have to go and it seems SO daunting. 130 or more pounds?! Good god! But 10 pounds here and there... now that I know I CAN do it, is nothing! This goal of 280 is actually now 277 in my mind. That would put me at 60 pounds down in 4.5 months. I am gonna push for 277, but if I only make it to 280, that's ok too. I know I worked hard to get there.

So other than my weight goal of 280/277, I have a few more I want to make for when I hit that goal. Starting at 280 I want to start strength training on a regular basis. Right now its kind of a "when I feel like it" sort of thing. I want it to be at least 4 days a week, worked into my routine just like cardio is.

I also want to start running. I am absolutely terrified by this. I remember having to run a mile in high school and I HATED it then... I'm still scared of that 225 pound girl not being able to do it without being so winded... what about now?! I am going to do the C25K as soon as I can build up enough courage to do it.

I've never stuck by ANYTHING for this long. I am still amazed that I'm still doing this. I'm doing it for me and nobody else. I have willpower... who knew?

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CARLYOLEO41 11/30/2011 8:10PM

    I completely second everything that BEINGGUIDED said about C25K. I started it when I was 349 lbs and ran my first 5K (without stopping) at 330. It's totally doable! You can totally do this! Don't worry about speed, you can work on that later... and always repeat weeks if you don't feel like you're ready to move on yet. emoticon

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BEINGGUIDED 11/30/2011 6:57PM

    Don't be scared of C25K. My first steps running were some of my proudest moments, I almost cried right there in the YMCA. I started C25K at 301lbs. YOU CAN DO IT! Don't try to be too fast, just go a pace you can sustain. Do not try to compare yourself to others. Running is about you and only you, so don't worry about anyone else. The C25K is an amazing program that teaches you how to push your mental limits. Every week when I saw how long we were supposed to run I told everyone that knew I was doing the program that "THIS IS CRAZY, THERE IS NO WAY!!!" but every week I continued to progress. Every week I realized that it was my mind that was holding me back, not my body.
Just do it woman. YOU CAN! You will be really proud of yourself. Just keep trying and you will progress. If you don't make it today, try again tomorrow and then day after that. YOU CAN RUN!
C25K was the breaking point in my brain. It changed everything for me. It made me realize that I COULD do things I thought I couldn't do; it was me holding myself back. Running is way more mental than physical. Your brain will say stop long before your legs ever do.
I believe in you.
Don't be afraid.

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Am I doing this wrong?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

**This will probably be long and rambly...I apologize in advance!**

Tuesday night I had a free physical health assessment test with my new gym (Golds). I knew it was going to be figuring out my BMI/Body Fat Percentage, where I am health wise and so on, but the whole thing kind of threw me for a loop...

I get there and of course this trainger is BUFF. Muscles on muscles and physically fit. He gets some information about me and asks my weight. I tell him it is 292 and he gives me the once over... I ignore it. I then have to hold my hands onto this machine that gets my heart rate and body fat percentage (45.9... eech!) He immediately starts talking about how that number is too high and how we have to get it down and focusing on that number more than anything else. I understand that its high, I understand that its not his (he had to tell me his was 21), but I'm working on it!! He asks if I've been eating healthy and working out and I told him I do the elliptical every day for about 45-65 minutes and eat around 1400 calories. I tell him that I have lost 40 pounds since August and all he says is "You're doing it wrong."


Don't congratulate me or nod your head in approval or anything... scold me and tell me I'm doing it wrong! He finally started to explain that because I haven't started weight lifting yet, I am not incorporating everything I need to to lose weight the right way. I know I need to start weight lifting, I just wanted to get my weight lower so that when I did start to weight lift, I felt ok doing it next to the big guys in the back, hanging on the machines all the time.

The whole time he's telling me this he's looking around blankly, not focusing on me or what's going on, just spewing information. He then says that he wants to see where I'm at physically. He puts me on a bike for 4 minutes and tells me to keep it above 65. No problem, piece of cake. Next was squats holding a weight out straight in front of me. This one was harder, something I know I'm going to work on (after this week, my legs are KILLING ME right now from those 30 squats!) We did a few more exercises and we go back to his desk and puts some information into the computer. He doesn't tell me how I did, what I need to work on, where I'm at or anything. He presses a button and viola... Prices for physical training appear. For two times a week for a year it says $312. For one time a week for a year it says $254... I think these prices are fine, I'm about ready to sign up when he springs it on me... These are per month....

I'm sorry? Excuse me? $312 a MONTH?! That's $39 a session... that's $3,744 a YEAR! Are you insane? You must be, because with that amount of money I could go on vacation, TWICE, or put a downpayment on a car or any number of things. I understand its to get me healthy, but I'm already paying for a gym membership and using it much to my advantage so no thanks!!!

I guess I didn't expect it to be a sales pitch... I expected it to be a "here's where you are, here's where you want to be" type thing.

So overall, other than the not weight lifting... Am I doing it wrong? I can't afford a physical trainer for that amount. I'd be able to spend maybe $90 a month, but any more than that is just insane to me... I have bills to pay just like anybody else.

If I don't weight lift is my body fat percentage going to decrease a lot slower than it would if I was? I'm going to start on Monday, but I had to get that guy outta my head... "you're doing it wrong" Grr!

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MJROBB 11/20/2011 1:33PM

    Man, some people are real jerks. I agree with others (somewhat hypocritically, but I'll explain in a sec) that strength training is a great thing to do. A year-ish ago I was ST 3x a week, usually for 45-60 minutes, and I noticed HUGE differences. Not only was my body changing faster than it was before, but I also just felt better in general. I haven't done any since then because I was laid up for 8 months with a broken arm (broke it once, 6 months later broke it again, then had surgery at the end of August.) Now I have a plate in my arm and it's supposedly stable, but I don't have doctor clearance yet to pick weights back up. Actually currently scheduling an appointment to get that checked out, but that's neither here nor there... Anyways, once I do have doctor clearance to hit the weights again, I'm going to join the community center in my town. There's lots of different exercise opportunities, from a full weight room, to cardio machines (good, because running outside is getting COLD!), to lots of classes.

I've looked it up at my gym, and I can buy personal training sessions individually, without a weekly/monthly/yearly fee. They're not cheap: $40 for a session, but I figure I can get a couple in the beginning to get some ideas of what I should be doing to strengthen my arm (it has about 0 muscle left. Being in a sling for 8 months will do that to it...) and get the rest of me strong as well. Then I can add in sessions when I need them, once a month? Maybe? I'm not sure yet. Does Gold's have an option like that? Can you buy individual sessions WITH A DIFFERENT TRAINER? That might be a good idea. Good luck!

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WILLPARKINSON 11/19/2011 6:45PM

    Strength training is very helpful. That guy was NOT. I don't like it when you get people who are more physically fit than you who think it's OK to look down at you when you're trying (and succeeding very well).

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MYLADY4 11/19/2011 2:59PM

    Wow, what an A hole. I can agree with the part that you should incorporate strength training but no way would I pay that much for it. There are so much information out there that you can use to create your own program. A set of dumb bells and your own body weight is all you need to get started.

I have a personal trainer that I see once a week but I pay about a third of the price. I pay for a group rate but most of the time I am by myself. He challenges me in a way that I could not or would not challenge myself. My time at the gym will be ending come the first of the year but he has taught me new ways of training that I am starting to use at home.

Good luck

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VALKYRIA- 11/18/2011 2:26PM

    You are working very hard and that is commendable -- but I have to say, you DO need to strength train.

you DONT , however, need that guy, or his personal training. What a dick.

Sparkpeople has a ton of strength training exercises you can do with your own body weight (check out the fitness tracker!). Just try it twice a week... it will keep you from losing muscle when losing fat (and, although you may not lose as much weight per month, you will lose FAT and not MUSCLE, so your metabolism won't slow down and your weight loss will not plateau at a certain point, and your body will not go into starvation mode trying to recover lost lbs). Seriously, if you do not strength train, you will slow down your metabolism for months and it will eventually start hindering your progress.

Use the weight machines at the gym. Pay them for ONE training session, if you must, just to feel comfortable.. and ask them to show you the leg press, leg curl, chest press, lat pulldown, bicep and tricep machines, and ab crunch machine. That's all you need... a full body workout twice each week for 30 min.

I Know you might not feel comfortable using the machines around muscley people, but that really is something you just need to get over.... I am 385 lbs and I use them, and no one ever gives me dirty looks or anything--the fear is all in your head... it will go away after a week or two of doing it. I promise. Also, strength training helps you re-sculpt your body into the shape you want, instead of just a smaller version of your current shape.

YOU CAN DO IT!!!! You don't need some insensitive trainer prick and his expensive trainings sessions to gain muscle and lose fat. Do it yourself... it will be much more gratifying that way.

Check out spark's article on strength training:>mmunity/ask_the_experts.asp?q=54

Why women should strength train:

The muscle building quiz:

And create your own routine here using no weights but your own body:

Good luck! You can do it!

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PANDASUE2 11/18/2011 1:30PM

    Thanks for the messages, guys! I appreciate the feedback. I wish finding a new gym would be that easy. Around my house (within a 5 mile radius) there were seven or eight gyms. Within the past two months, 4 of those gyms have closed and one is in the process of closing. Gold's opened up and took over the WHOLE town. The other two that are going to be left open are an Anytime Fitness and another local gym. The local gym is small, crowded and dirty... not worth the $50 a month they wanted. The Anytime is $40 a month and not too busy but the machines are cheap and feel like plastic... walmart type machines. So Gold's it is... I don't think it'll be so bad once it's finally open (right now they just have a preview center with a very limited number of machines. I've been going to one of the other gyms that they bought out until they open the new gym). I'll just have to steer clear of Mr. Macho.

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DOGSTARDADDY 11/18/2011 12:41PM

    What a bunch of crap. This dude was just trying to sell you something. I hate people like that. I would absolutely never go back, and find a different place to work out. Easier said than done, I know.. but still.
I think what you've done so far is amazing.

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-PRETTYINPINK- 11/18/2011 10:54AM

    This "trainer" was a complete idiot. The personal trainers at Gold's get a fat commission check for selling training packages. Seems like to me that you were nothing but a dollar sign to him. Which pretty sure he doesn't sell very much personal training. I would not want to be around someone like that. I have had a personal trainer at one time at a 24 hour fitness. She was a very sweet lady. She had written everything down for me, my goals, to help me with food, etc. And we would meet every so often. I think its all a matter of finding somebody good to work with.

I think you have been doing great. You are losing weight and keeping it off. But ST will definitely help you build more muscle and probably help you lose more weight. Muscle burns more calories than fat. I am currently not using a gym, so my ST is done at home. One thing that has helped me is resistance bands exercises, I also bought a cheap 10 pound kettle bell from Target. Those really work your muscles. And then also a 5 pound weight ball that I purchased at Walmart. All are considered some type of resistance exercise and will help you build muscle. :) Keep up the hard work. You are doing great :)

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MCLIZZY 11/17/2011 10:58PM

    I'm going to concur with everyone else-- you are NOT doing it wrong, obviously, since you've lost 40 pounds, and the trainer was an asshole. I too have had to put up with the meathead personal training schpeel at a gym I was a member at in the past and it's totally annoying and useless. I would complain to management and tell them that if you weren't already getting the consultation for free, you would have demanded your money back and that their customer service skills need some serious work. You might consider switching gyms too. Gold's was started as a gym for bodybuilders. I don't know if that's still their main clientele, but you may want to look at something like the Y or a Planet Fitness that takes a more well rounded approach to fitness.

I have been told by the doctor that I'm seeing for my weight loss issues that weight training is imperative to losing weight and keeping it off. It helps boost your metabolism and can especially help blast through plateaus. I understand your reluctance completely to exercise next to the big buff guys that hang out at Gold's. Personally, I stopped caring a while ago about those people because I figure that I need to be there more than they do, but not everyone has those views! Spark has some great videos that you can do that incorporate resistance training without the use of any equipment you could try at home for a while if you wanted.

In any case, I totally feel your pain and it sort of makes me want to march into the gym and give 'em what for on your behalf! Good luck, girl!

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CARLYOLEO41 11/17/2011 9:18PM

    Ugh, I feel like that trainer was giving you a sales pitch and not even listening to you. He didn't even comment on the 40 lbs lost?

I've had people tell me that ST is necessary for those of us with over 100 lbs to lose and I've had people tell me that we just need to focus on cardio. I mean, I've had trained fitness professionals tell me both of these exact opposite things. I feel just as confused as you. However, I have recently started High Intensity Interval Training and Circuit training and I feel like it's paying off a lot. I do 30 secs - 1 min of cardio, and then immediately grab my weights for ST. I rotate it like that. Idk if that's right, but I'm sweating my butt off and sore afterwards so it can't be hurting, right? Maybe their point is that ST is necessary, but we still need a lot of cardio. idk... lol

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AIRPEACH 11/17/2011 9:18PM

    You are most definitely NOT doing it wrong. He was a complete and utter posterior, and I'm fairly certain I ran into someone just like that about 7 or 8 years ago at another gym. I think there's a factory somewhere that must churn them out, ready with that blank look.
You sound like you are doing a great job, going at your own pace. Keep going.

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KT-NICHOLS-13 11/17/2011 9:13PM

    RUDE! That's what he was.
Although I don't use a trainer nor have I in the past I am familiar with them at my gym. They are on average low key and supportive. This guy is clearly trained on the hard sell, which he isn't very good at.
Plus, why would anyone want to use his services with his negative attitude and lack of attention to one on one time.

Block him from your memory! Cleanse your mind of his attitude!
Doing it wrong?! Excuse me Sir?!

Do your thing girl. Start researching different methods of strength training and find a path that works for you. Please keep in mind that all strength training isn't the same - pilates and yoga are great examples.

Comment edited on: 11/17/2011 9:14:48 PM

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MAPLECANDY3 11/17/2011 8:06PM

    Ive never heard of golds but we have goodlife here and my gosh, the way they sell themselves they must work on commission! I refuse to sign up there because of it.

You dont need a personal trainor to lose weight AT ALL!! It helps, for sure, but I guess that depends on what kind of person you are - I tried it once and didnt like it - I told her over and over i wasnt exercising much because my feet hurt so bad I couldnt even walk. She didnt beleive me, and seemed frustrated at my "excuces" (turns out I needed orthotics)

You arent doing it wrong. You are doing it the way that works best for YOU! And obviously from your great weightloss you are doing it RIGHT.

As for strength training, its so great! It builds muscle so that you can be stronger, leaner, and the best part? muscles burn more calories all day long!! You get to eat more! lol Oh and I find weights so much more achievable. Anyone can do it, regardless of fitness level, and I love that.

If youve never done machines then have someone on staff show you how to use the machines correctly. (which is free at all gyms Ive heard of) Start out with a few machines until you are comfortable with them and do lots of research about weight lifting so you can have the confidence and assurance that you are doing whats right for YOU.

ps if you ever do get a pt, dont go to that idiot!! LOL

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FLYINGB16 11/17/2011 6:37PM

    Trainer dude was an idiot. I understand that you wanted to lose weight before going to a gym and subjecting yourself to the scrutiny of others. I waited four months before I joined. I hired a trainer (EXTREMELY QUALIFIED) and met with him every other month. He measured me, gave me a new workout and talked about my goals. $35.00 x 4 meetings was all I needed. I know how to work out now. I also cancelled my gym membership this month. I have bands, dumbells, a stability ball and DVD's. :-)

For us sparkers with a lot of weight to lose ST is even more importiant. The muscle will help to fill out lose skin and torch calories. You will also look a lot better. I promise you won't regret it.



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SUCCESSN2014 11/17/2011 4:57PM

    I've had a personal trainer for 2 years. When I moved to FL a few months ago I canceled my gym membership (closest one was half an hour one way). I made sure all of my sessions were used up with my trainer before I left TX.

I won't bore you with all the details of me having a trainer for 2 years other then to tell you I loved it. However, I've also learned in these 2 months of being in my new home in a new state I don't need a gym membership or a trainer to lose weight. I've been doing this on my own for almost a month now and I've lost 6 pounds. It takes a lot of planning, dedication, and motivation.

That trainer was totally rude (IMO) and as soon as he printed off a list of prices I would of handed it right back to him and said 'No thanks" and walked out. Yes, having a personal trainer has it perks. My trainer had a background in occupational therapy which was very important for me because I was in a car accident that almost killed me 2 years ago. My body isn't the way it used to be and knew he oculd only push me so far because my body just couldn't handle certain exercises.

The way I put it to 24 Hour Fitness was "I would like to have a trainer but I'm not going to be teamed up with someone who looks down at me and makes me feel inadequate. I want someone who listens to me, takes my concerens to heart, and helps me lose weight." Trainers can be a great asset to have on a weight loss journey. They help you to stay motivated, show you different ways to exercise, and overall are there to cheer you on.

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SKIRNIR 11/17/2011 4:54PM

    Don't take Gold's Gym too seriously. I stopped by there at one point to and found the place interesting, but oh, my gosh, they gave me the same sales pitch. "Imagine what you will look like in a year if you don't join us!" I so wanted to walk into that place so many pounds later and smack that woman across the face. I have walked by a few times on my much cheaper walks and had interesting thoughts in my head. I think they only hire jerks in that place. The hard sale was so bad that I am not sure they could pay me to work out there. I hated that woman, because she was rude and didn't pay any attention to actually me. She spent more time judging and making a gym something required. Then the fact that at the time they wanted me to sign a 2 year contract or some such, I have to say I wanted to tell them off.

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Week 4: BLC 12 Challenge

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Reflection for the BLC #12, week 4- I'M ALMOST AT MY GOAL!!! I wanted to have a reasonable goal, something that I knew would be attainable after an 8 week challenge. 290, my goal, is only ONE pound away!! I'm hoping to be at 288 next week, blowing my goal out of the water. I wanted to only miss three days of working out in this 8 week period. Today was the 4th day I've missed, but I think I'm ok with that.... I'm on track and doing well.
Can't wait to finish this last four weeks!

Only 11 pounds to lose to meet my goal of 280 by Dec. 31st!

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NICKELDAWN 11/14/2011 8:26PM

    Awesome!!! You're doing such a wonderful job!!!!!

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ITISABOUTME 11/14/2011 8:06PM

    Great job!! emoticon emoticon

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