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11/3/07 7:57 P

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Lewis89, I do the strength routine here in Sparkpeople including the programs coach Nicole has developed, yoga (power yoga with Rodney Yee and Namaste Yoga on Fit T), Body in Motion with Gilad and Body Sculpt with Gilad, Caribbean Workout( sometimes, step workout, sometimes ball exercises). The last three also on Fit TV, I found it has good programs and is free, that is, is included in what I paid for cable, I even tried belly dancing, latino dancing and hip hop dancing workouts, they were fun and oh boy I sweat! emoticon
Let me tell you at the end of October I was one size down in jeans and blouses, it paid off all the sweating donīt you think?
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Edited by: PUNCHILOUIE at: 11/3/2007 (19:59)
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10/28/07 11:44 A

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I agree, you can have great arms in your 40's. I'm 43 and have very little fat in my arms (legs are another story...) I have been working w/ a trainer for the last 4 years, lots of push-up variations, bicep curls, shoulder presses etc. You can see these on this site in the exercise section, and it may be something to do in addition to the video you are currently doing. If you've been doing the same thing for some time, it's good to switch it up. My routine changes all the time, so I'm constantly working my muscles in different ways.

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10/25/07 1:09 A

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I hear ya! I'm 46, been maintaining for 9 months and my body is still changing, though I'm pretty happy with most of the changes. For me, losing the weight was a journey with a start & a finish, but maintenance is more like a tightrope act where balance is more important than the destination. Nowadays I'm always "tweaking" something...water, veggies, new exercise twists...it's a continuous series of small changes/adjustments, like finding new challenges or keeping to a healthy eating plan.

I agree with PUNCHILOUIE, you're plenty young enough to build muscle and firmness! Good luck to you!

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10/24/07 5:24 P

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PUNCHILOUIE, what kind of strength exercises do you do?
I do Leslie Sansone's "Walk Away The Pounds" with resistance bands. The resistance bands build muscle, but only in the arms. The legs are built up by the other walking exercises.

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10/24/07 4:52 P

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Do you practice strength exercises? I'm 57 and since I started to practice them I notice how my body is firmer, you are young at 40. Take care

What makes a person who they are, are the choices they make. Albus Dumbledore

Our choices define us. E. Kant

If you keep believing in yourself and seek enthusiasm inside your soul, things will get simpler, more spontaneous. P. Coelho

Knowledge is like the wind, once you obtain it, you can go anywhere. Yellow Hare(Native-American Chief)


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10/24/07 10:17 A

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The best thing on the planet for bat wings is rock climbing. And the best thing about rock climbing is that it can be indoors, very safely, at a gym. You're harnessed to the wall the entire time, and it's a very cerebral exercise, I find. You have to find the holds that are comfortable for you, and really use your sense of balance, flexibility, and body awareness. And with some experience, most of the work ends up being done with your legs/calves/behind. But wow, it does great things to your hands, arms, and shoulders, too!

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10/24/07 9:10 A

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My body changes are not something that bothers me too much, but I admit....I notice it and think about it when I go to put on a skirt that I looked great in 3 years ago that now my belly is a bit too "bloated" looking for it.

I am at the same weight I was 3 years ago when I wore that skirt! UGH.

I am doing exercises to help keep my "bat wings" at bay, but sit-us usually just firm my upper abs, not my lower "baby trophy" area. emoticon

Oh well!

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10/24/07 8:41 A

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I definitely noticed in my first few months of maintaining that things "shifted around", and that pants that I'd bought were too big on me, even at the same weight. It's not surprising that muscle will develop in areas and leave others, or that the body changes over time. If it's something that's bothering you, maybe changing up your exercise routine would help.

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10/23/07 11:00 P

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emoticon for motivation and support and the friendships that are cultivated over time. Yes, maintaining is hard work, and I have slipped up a a little, but hope that I will lose that water retention very shortly.I have learned I have to watch mu sodium intake. Doesn't take much to "blow up" like a balloon!

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10/23/07 10:40 P

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Gravity is our enemy forsure. I feel for you because I can relate and feel exactly the same.

Happiness is within us all, it's up to us to find our joy - we can't expect others to find it or provide it for us.

The only 'real' thing in our lives thats an absolute constant is CHANGE...and somehow, someway, me must be willing to except and adapt.


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10/23/07 10:22 P

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Hi,
I have been at or below my goal weight for a few years now and find that maintaining is so much more work than losing!

I got to this weight with Weight Watchers. I have moved to another state now and do not have a good meeting close by or at a time I can attend. I felt I still needed some support, so I started doing Spark People and I like it a lot. Keeps me accountable.

Well, I may be the same weight, but boy is my body changing as I am getting older. I am only 40, but this year especially I notice my arms are a bit less firm (even though I do resistance training on them several times a week!) and my abdomen is getting a bit more flabby.

I exercise regularly and am pretty fit as I can go up hill bike riding with my 10 year old and beat him up the hill every time!!! I don't have to stop, either!!! Fun!

I love being fit, but hate "gravity" and how it seems to be affecting me.

Thanks for this board. Maintaining is hard work!!!

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