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how about increasing the intensity on the elliptical (and I mean REALLY increase it) for a full minute? This may help strengthen your knees. I'd go for intensity rather than speed, but you can play around with it and see what works best for you.

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Ladies, these are great HIIT's for running! However, do any of you have any idea of how I can incorporate a HIIT on the elliptical? I love to run, but lately I have been having issues with my knees. I want to wait on the running until this spring or this summer. So, any suggestions about a HIIT for the elliptical?

Thanks in advance!

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Yes, HIITS are great. I do a modification because sprinting causes my sciatica to flare up. What I do when I run on the treadmill is to raise the incline to 10 to 13% and continue running at my normal speed. I do this for a minute, I go back to 0% incline after the minute is up, continue running for the next 2 minutes, and go back up to 10 to 13%. It's fantastic and it helps your recovery rate. I love it. I do this same pattern when I power walk also. As you get stronger you could go longer at an incline and reduce your time in recovery or at 0%.

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Steph - I do HIIT. I will get on the treadmill for 30 minutes, start running at my normal speed of 6.1mph and warm up for 5 minutes. Then I crank it up to 7.2mph for 30-60 seconds, bring it back down to normal speed for 1 1/2 minute, go back up to 7.2mph, back down and keep it going for the entire time on the treadmill.
When I'm strength training and in between sets, I will go and do some plyometrics (jumping off & on step; jumping jack squats, squat thrusts, etc.) for 30-60 seconds. Then I go do another round of ST and them do some plyometrics again.
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I am doing some investigating on HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). Is there anyone out there who is doing a type of HIIT? If so, what are you doing? I am really wanting to challenge my body to the next level and I want to try to lose 5 pounds this month! Please share!

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i saw (at a bookstore) when i went to get my Eating Clean book and cookbook, a ball with resistance bands attached right to it. anyone see these before? it's kind of a cool idea think i should go back and get it? think i will...it's only 20 bucks. great for flys etc...hmmm

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How are we all doing on fitness? :)

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HEY - thanks a lot for the info and the time you took for it!!



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taken from Wikipedia:
"Sucanat (a contraction of "Sugar Cane Natural") is non-refined cane sugar.[1] Unlike refined and processed white sugar, Sucanat retains its molasses content; it is essentially pure dried sugar cane juice. The juice is extracted by mechanical processes, heated and cooled at which point the small brown grainy crystals are formed.
Sucanat is generally accepted as a substitute for brown sugar.[citation needed] Unlike regular brown sugar, sucanat is grainy instead of crystalline. Of all major sugars derived from sugar cane, Sucanat (not a "processed" sugar[2]) ranks the highest in nutritional value, containing a smaller proportion of sucrose than white cane sugar.[3] However, Sucanat (in common with all sugars) is not a significant source of any nutrient apart from carbohydrate."

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Hey thanks - my biggest worry is the time it will take from the recovery room to the car!! It's a same day thing and I do not want to linger on the premises!

That and getting back to the groove of exercise!

I will be taking all that down time to read all my new "clean eating" material.

Does anyone know what Sucanat is? I found this ingredient in an Oxygen recipe - I believe it is a sweetener - but have never heard of it before.

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Jan - all the very best of luck with your knee surgery.

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Ah, Jan,

good luck with the knee surgery! Please keep us posted on how you're doing. emoticon

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I really need to get busy on this thread - lots of good stuff.

I am facing knee surgery (meniscus) at the end of the motnh - so I will have lots of time to "cath up"

You guys are a great inspiration!!

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I just wanted to jump in quickly about workout routines and kids. I'm a SAHM, so this may not work for you. I bring my children to the gym, we have a great child care and they come with me 5 days a week and my sixth day is my day there without them. I used to bring all 6 of my children (13,11,4,twins are 3 and baby is 2) With school in session I only bring the 4 youngest ones. My current schedule is up early, 6:30-7am, kids fed and dressed, throw in some laundry and take care of what ever household stuff I can do. At 10:30 we are off to the gym. Our gym gives us 2 hrs of free child care. Child care is my main concern when looking for a gym.

Long ago I used to go to Curves, no child care. So I would take care of everything in the morning including cooking dinner so that I could leave the house to get to the gym when my husband got home. Other times I would do my workout while little ones were napping. Using WATP and other videos, plus we have workout equipment in our garage.

Hope something of what I said helps. I make working out my priority, and I'm willing to shuffle things around to make it work. My husband knows that working out makes me feel good, so he is accommodating.

I hope you are able to find something that works for you.

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CBREADY, isn't it strange how the body works and how it craves things? Why would the body crave to run so suddenly?? I hear ya about the cold. I love to run outdoors, but we've had a cold spell here too, so I've been hitting the treadmill. I kind of love it too!

Plateaus: I did the twice a day workout just before my wedding. I had anticlimatic results, as well as burn out. I recommend HIITs (high intensity interval training). It will jump start your body and your metabolism. Consider giving it a shot. And make sure you're getting all your calories in. Sometimes the body rebels if you're too stingy with the calories.

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When you have little children it is very difficult to maintain a consistent workout schedule. There are 2 things - find a gym that has a daycare or purchase some weights for home. Places like Target, Walmart etc have miscellaneous weights fairly cheaply or invest in a good selectorized set. Buy yourself a stability ball, some hand weights, some tubing, maybe a medicine ball and you are golden.

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I have a quick question. How long did it take before you started to see changes in your body? I know in times past, I would see immediate changes in my upper body. Now, the lower body is an entirely different story. I am just curious!

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I hope thjis isn't a hijack... but I'm wanting input on buying weights or joining a gym. After baby #1 in 2006 I would get up at 4 am or so and lift. I did that 3 days a week, and ran, cycled or did Tae bo 3 days a week. It worked with 1 baby, but I'm wondering if I should just buy a weight set for home to save time since I'm breast feeding my 4 mo and things are harder to fit in right now with 2 little ones. Any thoughts?

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As I was catching up on the threads I absolutely felt like I needed to respond with hopefully some helpful tips. Twice daily training is not advised unless you are highly conditioned and even I wouldn't perform that training scheme. This is a good way to burn out and potentially overtrain which will shut you right down. We always need to remember that it didn't take overnight to get out of shape and trying to overtrain yourself to get there will not give you the outcome that you want. Exercise routines should be changed up every 4-6 weeks. But there are many ways to make your workout more effective and efficient just by changing up your set/rep scheme or the order of your exercises. A great way of course is circuit training but another great way is to vary your set/reps either each workout or each week. For instance, 12-15 reps, 8-10 reps or 6-8 reps. As your reps decrease, increase the weight you are lifting. You will know you are at the right weight when the last 3 reps are difficult but not impossible to lift. When you lift like that you are lifting at your max weight potential for that exercise and number of reps. Another way is to add more sets. Instead of doing 3 sets do 4 or 5 and stay with the 8-10 or 6-8 rep scheme. 12-15 reps are for endurance basically, if you want growth and the ability to lift heavier get your reps down. And finally twice a week strength training is basically for maintenance. If you want growth then you should train at least 3-4 days per week. If 3 days, make them full body workouts. If 4 days do split training. I do hope this helps answer some of the questions. The important note to remember is that overtraining will not get you beyond a plateau. Train smart, safely and not extreme - the results can be amazing and remember plateau's occur for everyone.

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I think I need to shock my body too, I have been doing my workouts, but I don't feel like I am pushing myself hard enough.

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Yes, I think I am going to stick to changing my routine and shocking my body instead of working out twice a day. For example, I am going to start the C25K run/walk routine this week! That definitely should shock my body!

I just wanted to hear opinions! Thanks!

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HI STEVIEBEE569,
Have you tried changing up your workouts to break the plateau? I know some people who have done the 2 day workout thing. I don't recommend it because it can cause overtraining of the muscles which could lead to possible injury. You may want to try interval training if you're not doing that or changing up your weight routine, of course calorie intake is very crucial. Circuit training is another great way to get the body to break the plateau. Good luck!!

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Steph,

I have thought about working out 2 times a day, morning and evening. But thats as far as I get. My schedule hasn't let me do it. I have heard of many people doing it though. Burn as many calories as you can! Go for it!! Good luck in braking your plateau! Just be careful you don't over-do it.

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Astrid67,

A smile came to my face when you told about how you started running. I started running when one morning I woke at 5:30 and had the urge to run! I ended up walking more than running that day. But I definately have the "runners high". I only run outside though. Living here in the North, my running is limited. I have my eyes set on my first 5k run this spring. Thanks to "weird" stories on how we start a new exercise journey!

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Good Evening Everyone,

I have a quick question! I know it takes 3500 calories burned a week to lose 1 pound of fat. Has anyone ever considered working out twice a day? For example, working out once during the day and once at night. I was thinking about doing it! Can someone please share your opinion? It would be greatly appreciated, because I really want to break this plateau as well as challenge my body!

Sincerely,

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If you are new to working out then it sounds like you are on the right track. If you have been working out 5 days a week for at least a couple of months, then you need cardio everyday or at least 30 minutes 6 days per week.


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Are both weights and cardio necessary to be done on the same day?
I'm just starting/working into a routine and I don't have time to fit in both in one day.
Mon-cardio, Tues-weights, Wed-cardio, etc.
Realizing I do need to warm up the muscles before weights, I do about 10 minutes of cardio.

I've tried working out in the mornings. But I already get up at 5:30am, I can't imagine getting up any earlier.
And when I do workout in the AM, I am truly physically sick the rest of the day, especially the morning. I get so light-headed and queasy. Can anybody else relate to this "morning illness"?

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Hi everyone!!

My fitness plans includes 6 days of cardio, which entails either a Yoga Booty Ballet dvd or a kickboxing dvd, as well as a full body strenght program 3 days a week on my home gym!



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Hi all,

I am just back getting into the swing of things, so my schedule is still bouncing around......

but I am managed to get out every morning in January, YEAH! Everymorning!!!!!!!!to workout before my work day, basically I am doing the following:

Monday: running (HIIT) at 4.0mph to 7.1mph 30min
weights: chest/triceps / abs

Tuesday: weights after short warm up
back/biceps/legs

Wednesday: same running/jog as Monday but building to 40minutes
abs

Thursday: weights chest/triceps/legs

Friday: continuous run at 5.4 5.8 mph with changing inclines up to 2.5 30min (abs, back/biceps)

Saturday / Sunday : I get up early and do some form of exercise at home, dvd, i have an old Firm tape (does anyone have any home dvd they can recommend) and one day I just relax and let life take me somewhere.


Just a note on morning exercise.....as first waking up at 5:30 am and going to the gym was very difficult, the workout, the rest of the day, etc.....but now I have much more energy and I am looking forward to my morning workout..........I also have a new workout buddy who comes along with me (that helps too).

Anyway, If you are struggling to put exercise in your day, try it in the morning and it might work out for you.

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Good Afternoon Everyone!!!

I just joined the team yesterday and am still trying to get caught up on all the great threads...this really is a jumping team!!!

I do cardio 6 days a week...45-60 minutes on non-ST days and 30-40 minutes, split between the treadmill and elliptical on ST days, which now is 2 times a week. I also have been doing Yoga on Saturday and am looking to add another Yoga or mat Pilate's class and possible give up one ST day.

For the last few weeks, I have been doing a jog/run on the treadmill but I would like to start running outdoors...I actually am starting to like running much to my surprise!!!

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I am trying something new this year.... working out in the AM... when I do work out I like to do my variation of the 5 factors of fitness...
i warm up on the treadmill or elliptical machine for 10 minutes, then i do weights Tuesdays ARMS, Back, ABS-- Thursdays Legs, Gultes, ABS- Saturday Yoga/Pilates/or a dance class. I like Saturday to be a fun workout day...

I could use some help staying on track... maybe we can have a feburary work out challenge or something ... what do you think?

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okay i've read 3/4 of this thread and there doesn't seem to be anyone like me here :(

i have 6 kids and am VERY BUSY! on the go go go and then when it stops I can't!! always something to do

I hate running because i have a bad knee so that is out.

I don't have a gym membership for several reasons. time, money, work, kids

what I have at home is a treadclimber, treadmill, handweights in 5# 8# and 10#, dvds up the ying yang

Hip Hop Abs series
pilates
1 yoga
and Biggest Losers cardio and sculpting

those are the main ones I go back to and enjoy

right now I have a bad foot and can't walk. it's been a week and I have the same pain as day one and i'm hobbling around. this has be TOTALLY FRUSTRATED and starting to depress me

does anyone have any ideas for me at all as to how to set up a good schedule with what I have?

(when my foot is better i'll be gung ho for fitness)

right now i'm just crunching, pushups, a little mat work from pilates and that is it.

thanks so much!!
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Beginner Abs??

that was me a couple years ago. I just started out doing as many as I could in the morning noon and night. I think it was actually only 20 3x a day. I was consistant and now i'm crunching nonstop 100 4x a day. I see results fast in my abs too so it just keeps me going

I also do other ab dvd workouts like the Hip Hop Ab Series but it's not for everyone.

I always still go back to the basic crunch especially when i'm short on time.

and to clarify as I got stronger in my core I added the reverse crunches, double crunches, side twists and other variations to keep me crunching.

I had a thread started on another group called CRUNCH THE MUNCH! LOL we just added our daily crunches there and it kept beginners motivated.

you can work up to as many as you can but you do need to be consistant to see good results.

my tummy has gotton pretty flat after each of my babies, my last one has been the toughest but i've not been as consistant with anything especially food

that is changing quickly though.

Steph


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Ohh lala nice topic!

I swim every other day so about 3 - 4 days a week for 30 minutes.
I str train for 30 minutes a day every other day - 3 - 4 days a week.
I elliptical, stair climb and cycle changing off every day for 45-55 minutes. I change it up to keep from getting bored.
Usually once or twice a week I will cycle or elliptical alternating between intense and normal cardio for two minutes at a time for 20 minutes. usually I finish up my time on whatever is scheduled so if I was on cycle for 20 minutes I would end on elliptical - reg speed rate for my cardio for 30 -35 min.
I do pilates about 3 times a week - one class at the club and two at home DVD work outs by Ana Caban.

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Hey all,

I'm shiny and new to this team, although I've been with SP since last May. I used to hate, hate, HATE running, although I tolerated other forms of cardio. Then one day this past year, I was on the phone with a girlfriend when I suddenly heard myself say to her, "I've got to go. I must go running." And I've been running and loving it every since. Isn't that weird?

As for strength training/weight lifting, I absolutely love it! But I get big. Never mind what the books say, about how women don't have enough testosterone and therefore don't get big; I get BIG! And I'm strong. And I can lift like a guy. So now I only do light weights that are incorporated in the step/core classes I take and thus limit my weights to piddly, little 5lb dumbbells and do lots of endurance training. Oh well ...

My workouts look like this:

Mondays: Running (anywhere from 3.3 miles to 6.6/ HIITS)
Tuesdays: Step/Core training with weights (60 minutes class)
Wednesdays: Rest
Thursdays: Running (with some HIITS)
Fridays: Step/Core class with weights
Saturdays: Running
Sundays: Rest

And that about sums it up. You all are so motivating! You are helping me get out of the holiday/post-holiday slump! Thanks! emoticon

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Divegoddess, I LOVE that book by Paulo Coelho! (you made a typo though... The Alchemist)
He also wrote 'Eleven Minutes" which is also fab!

Wherever you are, be there totally. If you find your here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options: remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally.

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Right now I am focused on my capoeira training-Brazilian martial arts disguised as dance. It involves acrobatic movements and things, cartwheels, hand stand walks, etc. I'm the only adult in my class so it pushes me to keep up with teenagers.
I also weight train 4 or 5 day split-I'm lifting heavy this month.
I also do HIIT 2 to 3 times a week but I'm trying to do capoeria instead at least for the next 5 weeks.


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"When you really want something, the entire Universe will conspire to fullfil your desire".
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I started working my core and it strengthen my abs quite a bit. I like a dvd by Cathe called Core Max.

I am really working towards my abs so I am there with you!!

We will have that 6 pack before no time!!

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they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31

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I'm new to strength training. I've been consistent on cardio for over 13 years now.
I'm really struggling with abs work.
It's embarrassing to admit but, it's very hard for me to finish my 3 sets of crunches. Does anyone have any suggestions for the beginner? Specifically abs?

Wherever you are, be there totally. If you find your here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options: remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally.

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I love cardio! I love kickboxing, the elliptical trainer, walking, and running. I just got a membership at a new gym and cannot wait to get back into the gym swing of things. I love going to the gym! I love being around those machines! So, call me the typical cardio nut!

However, I do love weight lifting as well. Currently, I am using Jari Love's weight lifting workouts. They are challenging, but awesome! I, also, cannot wait to start taking those weight lifting classes at the gym. I am ready to take my body to the next level.

I just love working out! I love how I feel afterwards. I love sweating and not looking so beautiful, but I do feel beautiful on the inside, because of the transformation that will take place in the near future! So, let's continue to work out and allow the transformation take place!

Steph

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No one can do what you are called to do, but you!

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You're doing great, Lauren!

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I have been enjoying the stepper for cardio and doing my typical 5 days a week strength and crunches also.

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MTC is a 30 day intense exercise/diet program, and then she has a 7 day program to get rid of all excess water to show off your muscles for special events. I actually have quit doing the formal program. I am still doing the upper body exercises, but the lower body with the running was too much on my legs. Also, I wasn't getting enough carbs to fuel my runs. So I have decided to just do the upper body exercises while training for the half marathon I am doing in May. I may try the whole program again after the marathon, but John and I decided that's what I need to focus on right now!

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Just starting to work my way into clean eating and loving it. As for exercise my usual is a total body strength 2x per wk, Elliptical/stepper/ARC trainer for cardio 3-5x per week and 1or 2 NIA classes a week. But a recent bout of plantar fascitis has sidelined any impact cardio, so on to plan B!

I've been going to try spinning. So, I guess its that, rower and swimming, which I love (but not putting on a bathing suit:). I am also going to follow Oxygen mag's w/o. I'm kind of bored w/my current plan and not getting many results.

"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone." Bill Cosby

"Right now we all have a choice: To continue living under other people's opinions passed down to us about life; or to embrace change here and now and begin to create our own positive thoughts based on a few principles: Unconditional Love, Abundance, Forgiveness, Spiritual Awareness, Inner Peace, Deserving Kindness and Mind/Body/Spirit Balance."

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Is MTC- Jillian Michaels just a book with exercises and food suggestions?

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Good morning all,

I have been going to the gym 5 days a week. I started splitting up my workouts in December.

30 minutes cardio (treadmill or eliptical)and then 2 or 3 body parts and Ab's.

I don't know if it was the work out or the change but it made a big difference for me. The scale seem to be stuck and so was the tape measure. But I lost 4 inches and 3 lbs. So I am going to try it for another month and see what happens.

I think it might have changed my metabolism also because I am starving all the time now.
Pat


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March 09 22%
April 09 21%
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Hi everybody! I'm just beginning to be consistent with at least cardio although I've been on Spark for 6 months. But I've come a long way, believe me. I've this week, stepped up my cardio to 60 minutes a day.
Although I love strength training, I don't do it regularly, but that's coming soon.

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thanks guys!! your encouragement is such a great pick-me-up!!
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That which does not kill you, only makes you stronger.
The benefits of exercise include the joys of virtuousness.
"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily." Zig Ziglar


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Clever cutie, don't let anyone intimidate you!

I've been sick almost a week and don't even know where to begin now that I'm well.

Add to that I'm a single parent and you can imagine how drained I am from the Holiday :)

Your program sounds great! Just remember to lose weight keep up with cardio as much as you can.

:) Eventually you'll add some weights- though it's never too soon to start :) Weights will boost the speed rate of calorie burn (metabolism)

:) Not overnight but soon enough!

Good luck lil miss thing! :)

I'm only as strong as the coffee I drink and the hair spray I use...

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Isn'tSheClever, it won't take you long to catch up to anyone with the routine you outlined. I think it's fabulous that you're with us and I look forward to celebrating your success along with the rest of the team.

Best of luck!

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