Author: Sorting Last Post on Top ↓ Message:
DOUGDC's Photo DOUGDC SparkPoints: (32,238)
Fitness Minutes: (27,460)
Posts: 1,474
11/16/12 11:38 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
@EDIE221 - yea, finding a way to mix up the exercises will be key to continuing. Thanks for the suggestions.

 current weight: 1.2  over
 
5
2.5
0
-2.5
-5
EDIE221 SparkPoints: (111)
Fitness Minutes: (35)
Posts: 8
11/15/12 8:43 P

Send Private Message
Reply
Doug, i know what you mean doing a series of exercises over and over again bores me too. but i am just doing what i learned from high school football. those were just the exercises we did everyday before practice and we had always mixed it up and not do all 100 at once but do 10 pushups then crunches then something else then pushups again. doing pushups all 100 at once is hard for me x.x by 20 my arms would fall out. but its easier to do 1 set than something else so your arms can rest a bit. And thanks for the links Alde ill go check them out.

 current weight: 260.0 
 
260
247.5
235
222.5
210
ALDEBARANIAN's Photo ALDEBARANIAN Posts: 1,021
11/15/12 4:55 P

Send Private Message
Reply
You're getting great advice, Eddie. I've made about all the weight loss mistakes, so I don't have any good insight for you. I just suggest you check out 2 important programs I overlooked when I started. I'll put the links you can copy/paste them, or just find them on your own.

First, under the Healthy Lifestyle tab, click the Spark Diet button. It doesn't give you a diet, it's a program of reasonable changes you can make one at a time:
http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/spar
kdiet.asp

Next is Coach Nicole's Bootcamp exercises. It's not very spectacular, but it gets a person going without hurting themselves or over training (a common problem). The article is here:
http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitn
ess_articles.asp?id=1102
You can put it into your favorites to make it easy to get back to the hotlinks for each day's exercises.

Best of success with this.

It takes a long time to grow young. Pablo Picasso

I used to be much older then, I'm younger than that now. Bob Dylan

Strong is what happens when you run out of weak. Healthy Inspiration www.sparkpeople.com/resource/quotes.
asp?Page=13


 July Minutes: 0
 
0
240
480
720
960
DOUGDC's Photo DOUGDC SparkPoints: (32,238)
Fitness Minutes: (27,460)
Posts: 1,474
11/14/12 10:35 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Man, Eddie, I'm impressed. 100 each of pushups, crunches and reverse crunches. I have a routine that includes 2 sets each of 15 of crunches, twisting crunches and reverse crunches. It bores me. I look at Spark exercise videos looking for new exercises because I don't see enough progress to feel that the things I'm doing are worth while.

Great that the program is working for you. I need to find one that works for me.

 current weight: 1.2  over
 
5
2.5
0
-2.5
-5
EDIE221 SparkPoints: (111)
Fitness Minutes: (35)
Posts: 8
11/14/12 7:11 P

Send Private Message
Reply
8 miles? nice i don't think i ever walked or biked to somewhere more than 2 miles. I would just drive if my destination had seemed far. lately i been thinking about joining a gym close to my house (planet fitness) . and even though i get home around 12-1 i normally use the rest of the day working ,studying, and sleeping. it seems the only time i would get to exercise is if i walk home. but i am going to try to go and run every weekend. I also started doing 100 Push ups /Sit ups/ Crunches / And reverse crunches in sets of 10 at night before i go to bed. I plan to increase it by 10 every week or 2.

P.S It feels good to exercise until you start to fill the burn during the day.

 current weight: 260.0 
 
260
247.5
235
222.5
210
DOUGDC's Photo DOUGDC SparkPoints: (32,238)
Fitness Minutes: (27,460)
Posts: 1,474
11/13/12 9:58 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I like your logic for walking home -- not only is it a wash on time, but you get some exercise on the way. I think of that as free exercise, or getting exercise without spending (much) time doing it.

My example was a place I worked about 8 miles from home. I could drive there in 15 min. But I could bicycle there in about half an hour, one way. Result -- I got an hour's worth of bicycle riding in daily but it only "cost" me half an hour of time I could use differently, and I got the benefit of the exercise.

 current weight: 1.2  over
 
5
2.5
0
-2.5
-5
EDIE221 SparkPoints: (111)
Fitness Minutes: (35)
Posts: 8
11/13/12 6:50 P

Send Private Message
Reply
Again thanks a lot guys this is all great advice and i have already started by today just simply cutting back on how much i eat and i also walked home today instead of taking the bus! like i was just siting there at the stop and im thinking like... the buss will take about 20 Minutes just to get here and about another 10min just to get me home because of a all the stops when it would only take me about 15-25 Minutes to get home.

 current weight: 260.0 
 
260
247.5
235
222.5
210
XXJDXX's Photo XXJDXX Posts: 110
11/13/12 5:34 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
You've gotten some great advice here from the guys; small changes over time & moderation. I would like to add that you may want to lessen the amounts of processed foods. Not all are bad, but you'll want to keep and eye out for foods that have high sodium, sugars & unhealthy fats. Eat an apple instead.

My Mom is a great cook as well, and when I visit home all bets are off... so I understand you there. One trick I used was that if I felt like I was going to over-eat something I really enjoyed I would split my portion in half and save it; that way I could enjoy it again the next day.

Find a reason to do what you want to do and focus on it.

Best of luck.

 current weight: 173.0 
 
220
206.25
192.5
178.75
165
BOSS61's Photo BOSS61 SparkPoints: (14,243)
Fitness Minutes: (11,019)
Posts: 3,624
11/13/12 5:09 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Ah, College. You have special motivation, too.

Ahem: all those girls!!!

Do it now. Just do it. Exercise includes push-aways (from the table).

Critical path: use the nutrition tracker and make it your life. Secndary: walk. Third: drink all the water you can muster. Fourth: track and limit sodium (salt makes the pounds stick around).

Report back here and tell us about the girls, too, as you make progress.

"Some day we will look back on this, and it will all seem funny" - Bruce Springsteen (The real BOSS, as opposed to me.)





 Pounds lost: 30.4 
 
0
30.75
61.5
92.25
123
EDIE221 SparkPoints: (111)
Fitness Minutes: (35)
Posts: 8
11/12/12 10:48 P

Send Private Message
Reply
Wow thanks a lot of the advice and support. i really didn't expect to get so much feedback from you guys. Also the walking advice is great the thing is i am the type of person that likes to procrastinate. for example i would go for a run today and i would tell myself I'm gonna start running every other day and when that day comes when i wake up I'm so tired i would tell myself oh... maybe tomorrow. and the pattern goes on and on. And what Boss61 said about portion control is one of my major problems also. you see currently i live with my mom and she loves to cook, and her food is to die for which makes it hard for me to control myself when i eat. but i think that problem will go away once i move out for my second year of college. :)

 current weight: 260.0 
 
260
247.5
235
222.5
210
BILBY4's Photo BILBY4 SparkPoints: (45,815)
Fitness Minutes: (180,361)
Posts: 1,974
11/12/12 5:34 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Get yourself a scale. Borrow one if you can't afford it right now. But it's a useful tool to keep you on track, as long as you don't obsess about it.
I agree with the walking advice. It's easy, you don't need special equipment, doable, also convenient when you realise you can slip a little bit in anywhere.
There's lots of advice in the Spark Quickstart that is designed for new people, so take time to read it.
Personally I would recommend using the trackers to log your food and your exercise. And make them public. That way, the next time you shout out for help we can see exactly what your program and diet is which makes it more likely someone can tailor advice specifically to your situation.
Alan



 current weight: 146.0 
 
211
194.75
178.5
162.25
146
DOUGDC's Photo DOUGDC SparkPoints: (32,238)
Fitness Minutes: (27,460)
Posts: 1,474
11/12/12 4:29 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Both BOSS61 and BOBROBAPEX are offering you great advice. The idea is that you need only start something and adjust, tune and get it right as time passes. For now, just take some of the enthusiasm in your post and use it to 1) become clearly aware of what you're eating and 2) get a bit of intentional exercise that you can increase over time.
emoticon Just do it.

A particular feature of the Spark pages is that there is no guilt or shame here for not getting it right all the time. If you are honest about recording how much you eat on the Nutrition tracker page, no one else need ever see that information, unless you choose to share it. If you ate way more than you think is appropriate last night, you are the only one who knows, although I can't imagine there is anyone on this site who has not done the same. Same with your exercise log (the Fitness tracker). You can be honest and watch your progress without feeling others are judging you.

So -- get with it. A little at a time. Ask questions. Lots of people here are ready to share their successes and failures.



 current weight: 1.2  over
 
5
2.5
0
-2.5
-5
BOBROBAPEX's Photo BOBROBAPEX Posts: 137
11/12/12 3:46 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
My advice is to start walking. Nothing necessarily fast or far, just walk, maybe 20 minutes if it's not too much. For eating, I would start with just tracking what you eat and entering it in the food tracker. Whatever you can measure, do it. Start being aware of portion sizes and reduce your portions slightly at the start. Finally, drink your water nd track it!

Good luck!

 
5
2.5
0
-2.5
-5
BOSS61's Photo BOSS61 SparkPoints: (14,243)
Fitness Minutes: (11,019)
Posts: 3,624
11/12/12 3:43 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
But of course. I have a published a comprehensive guide to newbies, which I was less than a year ago. I'm 5'8" and started at 281 so you have a head start on me.

Check my blogs (click through on my name, to my Spark page) Red them chronologically forward; they are full of helpful pointers.

Also, click around the site and navigate. Critical is "My Nutrition" - if you are at all like me, your main issue is portion control. It is critical that you count calories and achieve nutritional balance. Spark makes it easy and healthy.

As for exercise, just walk for now. 10 minutes today. tomorrow its 11. The next day maybe its 11 again, but cover 5% more ground in that time. Have a treadmill? Watch Sports Center? Up on the machine during the programming, water breaks during the ads. No treadmill? Have an mp3? Walk for three songs. tomorrow its four. The next day, five..

Hey, drink as much water as you can. The solution to pollution is dilution. More on the blogs and welcome aboard!

"Some day we will look back on this, and it will all seem funny" - Bruce Springsteen (The real BOSS, as opposed to me.)





 Pounds lost: 30.4 
 
0
30.75
61.5
92.25
123
EDIE221 SparkPoints: (111)
Fitness Minutes: (35)
Posts: 8
11/12/12 1:21 P

Send Private Message
Reply
Hello my name is Edwin, I'm 5'10 and weigh about 260 pounds i am not sure since i do not own a scale but the last time i had a physical which was around a few months ago i was 250 and since i haven't been exercising and eating healthy I'm thinking maybe i put on a few pounds. right now i seriously need to loose weight. when i joined today the site set my goal to loose 50 pounds by May 2013 But i have no idea where to begin... i don't know what exercises i should start with . or what foods i need to start buying. I am just completely clueless at the moment. Can anyone help out?





 current weight: 260.0 
 
260
247.5
235
222.5
210
Page: 1 of (1)  

Report Innappropriate Post

Other Men, You're Not Alone General Team Discussion Forum Posts

Topics: Last Post:
Motivation 1/28/2014 2:02:06 PM
Eating Before Working Out in the Early AM, Or Not? 4/10/2014 4:24:09 PM
Finish the sentence... 3/12/2014 10:44:49 AM
ya never run to slow 3/20/2014 12:36:36 PM
Exercise with a buddy: Make a friend: Stay on targ 9/7/2013 1:36:24 PM

Thread URL: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x50797873

Review our Community Guidelines