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My name is Kya, Irish (born of an English mum and an Irish dad) and I was born in 1984.

I didn't have any trouble with weight until I turned sixteen, and that's when my metabolism just wen't belly-up. All that food that just disappeared and never made me get fatter suddenly helped me pile on the pounds, and with my darkness of my life in general, I never properly focused on how I could change it. I was at my heaviest when I was eighteen, I weighed 12 1/2 stone and I literally refused to do anything about it more as an act of rebellion against the world than because I didn't care.

Because I did care. I was truly terrified about how big I had gotten, and as the years passed, my weight fluctuated. I stayed around the 12 stone mark, even when I went on diet after diet, with my mum trying to get me to realise that I truly needed to lose weight in order to not get worse, health wise.

It's only recently that I decided to do something about it. I looked at my life and realised that everything wasn't going as I had ever planned, and that the Depression I had hoped would be under control after ten years (I was diagonosed with it when I was 15) was still pulling me down. My weight wasn't the main factor about my Depression, but it was still one of the major ones, and so from last year (around last Christmas), I have been trying to lose all this extra 'baggage'.

Since then I have dropped a stone, but it took me nearly a year to do it. It wasn't due to me being serious about it, I would exercise and watch what I ate for a few months and then fall off the band wagon again. I was still trying to kid myself that my weight wasn't something that I could control, just like the rest of my life.

But three months ago I finally got my head on straight, after a serious talking to with myself. Since then I'm still on the 11 stone mark, and haven't lost much, but I am determined that this time I will lose all the weight I need. That I will fight my Depression by doing something about the weight.

And I thought it might help if I had a list of my Goals on my Sparkpage.

1) I will drop down to an European size 8. (I am currently a size 12)

2) I will be 9 pounds at most, hopefully managing to one day to be 8.5 (my recommended weight for my height and frame)

3) I will participate in a 5K run in the next two years, raising money for a charity.

4) I will continue to exercise, even when I reach my goal weight.

5) I will continue to watch what I eat and I will never creep up to my current weight again. (And if I do, then I will, as soon as possible, lose it again safely).

When I complete these Goals, I'll have some marker to show that I've reached them. And some rewards, which I'm not so sure of yet. I'll hopefully think of them as I lose weight.

And I wish the best for everyone else trying to meet their challenges!

Kya


Member Since: 5/7/2009

Fitness Minutes: 22,813

My Goals:
My Goals are to lose 40 pounds over the next couple of years and keep it off. I just want to be healthier, and am hoping that with this new view on life, to be able to remove a major chunk of my Depression.


My Program:
I am hoping to do all of this by:

* using My Fitness Coach: Cardio Workout three times a week for an hour,

* Get In Shape at least twice a week,

* EA Active at least three to four times a week,

* Wii Fit Plus as my warm-up and cooling down for all of my exercises

* doing an hour power-walk (eventually moving into doing this jogging),

* Step Count (hoping to move this to over 15,000 steps a day soon),

* walk at least 12 miles a week (this will also be updated to more after Christmas),

* Strength Training five times a week for 45 minutes,

* Cardio workouts five times a week also for 45 minutes a session

and undoubtedly more will be added.



Personal Information:
As mentioned above, my name is Kyabett and I was born in Cork, Ireland, though I now live in Dublin. My dad is Irish and my mum is English. I have one sister, younger, who helps me motivate myself.


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  • v DAVEFITZ1
    Believe it or not my daughter has one and I've never used it. Don't let a piece of technology determine or castigate you about weight or BMI. In relation to the weather, Cork's ok now, but the rest of the country is getting worse. Keep in touch.
    Regards,
    Dave
    3641 days ago
  • v DAVEFITZ1
    Well we're fine on the cardio front. 1.5 hours of circuits is far too long. Your body will tell you when you can increase weight lifted, so once you can easily achieve those 15 reps, up the weight and go back to 12 reps. A swiss ball [stability ball] is the one that needs to be inflated, whereas a medicine ball is like a heavy football, great, but you really need to train with a partner to use one effectively. Hope this all makes sense.
    Just 2 tips;
    1] Overtraining is worse than undertraining
    2] Don't spend money on isotonic drinks.Make your own: half water, half fruit juice, and a teaspoon of salt.
    Post away Kya; I'm glad if I can help.
    3668 days ago
  • v DAVEFITZ1
    Hi Kya, well I've read your goals, and your workout plan. Not sure how much you know about training with weights, but your rep range indicates you know some. Strength and toning are totally different; inthat for strength you lift at about 80-90% of your capacity 6-8 repetitions, while for toning purposes you lift at around 50%, 12-15 reps. If your ultimate goal is toning, I would do toning initially. So all exercises would be 12-15 reps [once you can easily perform 15 reps, then it's time to up the weight and go back to 12 reps]. Everything is progressive as the body adapts quite quickly. Timing is important too; make the exercise more difficult by lifting and lowering the weight more slowly. Any physical activity we engage in is 80% nutrition, we are what we eat. If I were you I would use everything you have to hand, and I would buy a swiss ball [for abdominal and lower back work] rather than a medicine ball. You can also lift weights while sitting on a swiss ball; a bit more difficult, but uses the core more, and improves balance. It's essential to work the core-upper abs, lower abs, obliques [love handles] and lower back. If you feel that you just need to do cardio once a week, that's fine, but I do cardio every workout; 3 times a week for 20 minutes more practical. You can get a good cardio workout simply by using a reebok step, stepping up and down to a tempo [bit boring, but effective]. For variety re. weights, why not try training upper body on day 1 and 3, and lower body, including the core on days 2 and 4. Start with cardio, then try for example:
    1 + 3. Chest, back, shoulders, biceps, triceps.
    2 + 4. Legs, calves, glutes, core work.
    Always stretch after training. This whole workout should take 45 minutes roughly.
    Recommendations:
    Chest-chest press with d/bs [dumbbells] or resistance band.
    Flyes-d/bs.
    Back- single arm bent over row with d/b
    reverse flyes with d/bs
    Shoulders -band or d/b overhead press
    d/b side lateral raises.
    Biceps-d/b curls
    Triceps-d/b kickbacks.

    2 + 4. Legs-d/b or resistance band squats.
    d/b lunges.
    singe leg squats.
    Calves-calf raises.
    CORE WORK-
    Crunches: 3 x 20
    Reverse crunches : 3 x 20
    Oblique side bends with d/b: 15 each side
    Back extensions: 3 x 20.
    As with all circuits, start with exercise 1, move on to 2, 3, 4 etc. Once finished repeat whole sequence x 3-4.
    I would do core work as written, not as a circuit.
    Prior to finishing-STRETCH.

    Spark has examples of all these exercises, but if this is like reading Arabic, please post back, and I'll get some demo pics.
    Keep in touch,
    Dave.


    3668 days ago
  • v DAVEFITZ1
    When I want to work my entire body I workout on a kick/punch bag. Cardio kickboxing is good, but to get a truly thorough workout, and get rid of pent-up frustration and stress, nothing like it!!
    Regards,
    Dave
    3670 days ago
  • v DAVEFITZ1
    You go girl, I'm proud to have you as a friend, I believe that it's not life that's s..t, but how we overcome it. Hope that's not offensive.
    3670 days ago
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