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6/14/12 9:25 P

So today was day #2 of the dvd and I am happy to say that I made it through almost one full series of workouts. Much better than day 1. I even feel energized afterwards.

Thanks all agian for the encouragement.

6/14/12 9:43 A

The first two days I worked out at a gym, I came home, lay down on the floor in my entry and napped for at least an hour. I couldn't even make it to the bed.

Now I do 60 min on the treadmill six days/week (with incline), take Pilates classes daily, work out with weights four days/week, lap swim at least twice a week and finish each evening with a 2.5 mile walk.

Find what will work for you, and you will get there. And you will be so glad you stuck with it.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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6/13/12 10:47 P

Girlfabuluous... keep up that attitude, and you'll do just fine. Listen to your body, and avoid the overtraining monster. I've recently discovered that my months-long plateau wasn't only because I'd overeat a bit too much... I was overtraining! I wasn't giving my body a chance to recover and heal.

I cut back just a bit, and take better, more quality rest days, and have lost 4 lbs. ;)

6/13/12 9:51 P

Thanks all for the encouragement. Its just been a REALLY long time since I've worked out. I was a little sore today, so I took it light today and just did some simple exercises. I'm afraid of over doing it and burning myself out. Def do not want to fall off the wagon again.

JBARBER1953 Posts: 297
6/13/12 5:45 P

I can remember (back few years) I started walking. Thought 17 minutes a mile was ALL I could do and only 1 mile at that! Then I thought 2 miles was gonna kill me!! Now I'm RUNNING not walking more than 6 AND 1 hour bodypump!!
AND YES IT DOES GET BETTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
6/13/12 5:20 P

The first time I stepped on a treadmill I was going at the speed of 2. I went for 2 minutes and thought I was going to die. I got off that thing so winded and out of shape. Now I can go for my morning run of 3 miles and be just fine. Moral of the story is does get easier. You can do this...............

6/13/12 2:03 P

Let me tell you this, I am obese, my current weight is 226 pounds, I did 30dayShred when I was 212 pounds and it was REALLY HARD for me to do it, combined with a healthy diet I lost 8 pounds, I was able to do 16 days in a row, then I stopped controlling my calories and working out (this is something that I do constantly :S) and gained all the weight back and more, I know for a fact that I CANNOT DO that DVD right now at my 226 pounds, I tried it and got dizzy I had to stop because not enough oxygen was getting in my brain and I almost fainted... BUT I started to do the c25K program, I'm on week 5 and I've lost 4 pounds, and I am feeling GREAT and I am falling in love with running, I burn 500 to 600 cals doing the c25k + 10 minutes walk, I do this 3 times a week... so, I think the 30dayShred is AWESOME! and I cannot wait to do it again, but for me, it's better to start with a less aggressive workout to improve endurance and then do the 30dayShredd.

Best wishes sweetie :D

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6/13/12 12:44 P

It will get easier. Eventually it will get the point where you can't believe that it used to be that hard and you'll be so proud of yourself for persevering, .

LAURENBNJ SparkPoints: (0)
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6/13/12 12:12 P

It really does get easier. Congratulations on your workout! Ten minutes is just a start - you didn't fail. It is worth it. Even though you didn't complete the workout on DVD, you completed your workout for the day! Everyone's workouts are not the same or created equally. If you liked it, keep doing what you can. Don't give up! Working out isn't easy and it takes time to get used to. However, it is worth every minute and every pound lost.

Try and mix up some other exercise as well, so you don't feel so defeated. Try using a stationary bike or walking at a slower pace than the video. Your heart and lungs need time to get used to what you are doing.

KFWOHLFORD SparkPoints: (3,013)
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6/13/12 12:02 P

Oh man, I remember my first couple workouts after not going to the gym for 6 months. I didn't think I'd get that out of shape after not exercising for such a short period of time. But I was red in the face, pouring sweat, and very uncomfortable throughout the workouts. But I stuck with it, and I've lost 20 lbs. so far, and the experience of exercising is something I look forward to at this point.

The one advantage of starting out? You lose weight faster at the beginning of a diet/exercise regime than later on when you have less to lose. You burn more calories at a higher weight. So keep it up, and you should see a few pounds disappear pretty soon!

DEEO12 SparkPoints: (27,676)
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6/13/12 10:52 A

I does get easier. emoticon

AJAMARIEW SparkPoints: (0)
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6/13/12 10:45 A

Hey there. I SWEAR to you it gets better. Then it gets worse. And then better again!!! Hang in there!!!

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6/13/12 10:39 A

It truly does get better! You started at a very hard level - although I've reached my goal weight, I don't think I could keep up with Jillian. I do mostly strength training - but I do it every day. If you track ALL of your food and all of your exercise, really, really avoid sodium and sugar - you can get there, too! I am not even 5'1", with very small bones (5" wrist, 7 1/2 inch ankle) - and I lost 28% of my body weight in 5 months without ever using a cardio dvd - just weights and low, low, calories. The trick is maintaining - but so far, it's working. I still track everything every single day! May God bless your success on this journey we all share. emoticon

6/13/12 10:04 A

I will second everything Oakdale41 said. I began with Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds 1 mile walk and could barely do that. Now I am (barely) up to walking 4 miles without dying. Yes, it does get easier, and better, and more fun!

JENMC14 Posts: 2,786
6/13/12 9:18 A

It does get better. Know your limitiations. One thing for me, in the past, is that I'll jump in whole hog on some crazy workout program and end up burnt out in 2 weeks. Last year, when I decided to make a lifestyle change and not just "diet to lose", I started a bit slower and worked my way up. Perhaps watch the JM video and incorporate one or two of her moves into your routine on your own with a 15 minutes walk. Then, the next week, increase the walk and learn a few more moves. You can start slow. Any movement is good, it's getting you into the habit, which is what's most important.

OAKDALE41 Posts: 973
6/13/12 9:09 A

Wow to start with a Jillian dvd you are brave!! Good for you!! I have found that if a dvd is too hard I won't stick with it. I love the Leslie Sansone dvd's because (at my low fitness level) I can complete them. I have now worked my way up from barely being able to complete one mile to being able to complete 4 miles.

I now feel I am ready for something more and I purchsed the 30 day shred. It is really hard and I am on level one. I hope I can stick with it.

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,451
6/13/12 8:45 A

Absolutely. The good thing about starting off a low fitness base (and most of us are on Spark precisely because we haven't exercised enough in the past) is that fitness increases pretty quickly.

You should see noticeable improvements in your fitness from just a week or two regular exercise. It doesn't matter so much what you do, or whether you can 'keep up with' the instructor, just that you do it regularly.

Keep up the great work!


STDWYNWEN SparkPoints: (11,748)
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6/13/12 7:42 A


Everything gets easier with practice.

I myself just started TurboFire and struggled with the moves (and I'm in the fit category).
It's getting better each time I do it.

Being disappointed you didn't nail a difficult workout your first time out is just setting yourself up - to give up.

Think of this as a challenge you can conquer by being consistent. Watch the DVD a few times to reinforce the moves. Before you know it, you'll be able to get through the whole thing and wonder why you were being so hard on yourself.

KARENCRANER Posts: 3,425
6/13/12 7:28 A

It really does! My current weight is 291, down from 328. I started with just 10 minutes of stationary biking and set my own goals, adding a couple of minutes a day. Hang in there! It does get easier! emoticon

6/13/12 7:11 A

Let me start off by saying I am in the obese category. I worked out for the first time yesterday to Jillian Michaels dvd. I was only able to make it though the first 15 min (including the warm up). I keep telling myself, "atleast its a start" but I'm disappointed. Please tell me it will get easier over time.

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