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Getting used to Home

Monday, February 25, 2013

Okay, so I've been back home for about 10 days now and things have settled down (a bit). I've looked into the nearby gyms and have almost made a choice on which to sign up for. Still haven't tried their classes (going to hopefully finally try Zumba tonight).

The transition has been nice, but also a bit unkind to my weightloss goals. Despite my efforts something always came up and I did jump a pound or two (it keeps fluctuating). Pet peeve with this site at the moment is that it tracks a number, not a unit. As I've had to switch from kg to lbs, this presents a bit of an annoyance vs MFP which is my go-to on the go tracker... which was just a change of settings to make all my previous numbers change as well.
Anyway, yeah~ its a lot harder to keep on-track than it was in europe. Everything seems to be more calorie-packed and the portions certainly fool you into eating more. I'm getting better though ^_^

We did get a food scale, which helps, though I can't use it for everything without upsetting dinner. Also did several outings with friends, including a couple parks in Cali... so that was also a major calorie overload.

I think my main problem is that I've yet to get over the "if people are eating, we're *all* eating" thing. I can't seem to allow myself to be the only one without food in front of her when we're in a group (though I did only eat a fruit cup and a bite of a friend's burger while people had burgers for lunch... so I'm taking it as a step in the right direction)... anyone know how to get over that without looking like a hard-core dieter or overly picky eater?

As far as gyms go, I've so far developed a slight love/hate relationship with them. I *want* to like then, I do. But... well, I still feel a bit overwhelmed in figuring out what I want from them, or what to do.

I've shied away from the 'big boy' equipment, mostly sticking to treadmills and some of the machines that clearly show what the hell to do (many don't, especially in the gym that's at the top of my list atm ; its older and smaller, but far closer than other options and I'd assume it still has all the stuff I need). I have yet to try free weights, which I know are supposed to be a far better exercise than the machines... but yeah. Don't want to hurt myself doing it wrong. Any tips? I'm finding it especially hard to figure out how to do cardio for significant lengths of time. I did Insanity okay, not saying I kept up with everything, but okay... I can't do treadmill for more than 10min. I get bored and tired and just decide to move on. I keep doing cardio and strength routines. Any ideas for non-running gym cardio?

So yeah... overall, I need help with the gym thing -_-; Part of me is wondering if going back to doing insanity wouldn't be wiser, but I do want to incorporate strength, etc... and I do have a lack of good workout space at home. I'm hoping I don't get too high a setback before I figure everything out. Here's hoping ^_^
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BEANIES_MOM 2/26/2013 4:37AM

    The gym overwhelms me mostly because I feel super self concious, but I find that a buddy helps if you can get someone to go with you it makes it easier. A sparkfriend on here also suggested meeting with a trainer a few times just to get a routine and get familiar with the machines.

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BOPPY_ 2/25/2013 2:35PM

    Minor suggestion:

Reading is a lot easier with blank lines between paragraphs -- 'specially for us oldies with weak eyes. emoticon

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