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JULY 2, 2008

My name is Sue Ann C. and I am a 40 something who has been trying live a healthy lifestyle. I just joined a gym 3 months ago and I go about 4 days a week. I take 3 group classes that use barbells and do at least 1/2 of cardio 2 out of those 4 days. I am also trying to eat correctly and to have protein before and after a workout to maximize the workout results. I try to leran something new about nutrition/excercise everyday through excercise forums on the internet.

July 3, 2008

I joined this group yesterday. It took some time to navigate my way around, figure out the whole process of tracking my stats, cardio and exercise, food and such.

I have spent a couple of hours reading up on other people's journey and am sooooo impressed! There are people trying to lose so many pounds and achieving their goals, I should feel inspired but am in my own personal trials with weight.

Some people who look at me might not think that I need to lose but I know what I look like without the protection of clothing! I have had two children, gaining 44 pounds with my first child and 19 pounds with my second. The sad part is that I am at the same weight I was when I was 9 months pregnant with my daughter! That was 9 years ago.

I joined a gym on April 28th of this year. I have managed to go at least 4-5 days a week since then. I do group classes and cardio on the treadmill and the elliptical trainer. I do at class called Body Pump . It involves using barbells with weight (you can add on weights as you progress) and we do squats, lunges, bicep curls, tricep stuff, planks, ab work and more.

I have not ventured to the machines. I feel intimidated by those. I have had a personal trainer who works for the club go through the machines with me and feel that I could do it but I still feel out of place.

I have belonged to a couple of gyms over the last 20 years with no success. I have never made it past 2 months of training. Something clicked this time. I have been begging y husband for a tummy tuck and I know we can not afford it but I tried anyway. My husband kept saying that I didn't need a tummy tuck, I just needed to work out and that he would train me. Well, we started last January of 07 with changing what we ate. We switched all breads to whole wheat. I started eating whole wheat pasta instead of white pasta. Vegetables and fruits became staples (but expensive at times) We started walking 3 miles about 4 days a week. I was 144 pounds. I didn't see any changes at first. I felt better and was proud of myself for taking the time to come home after work, change into my walking clothes and just do it. It took over 6 months for me to see any weight loss. In August, I weighed in at 136 pounds! I had lost 8 pounds. I was so excited, I was able to buy size 8/10 for work clothes and it just felt so good............................then the holidays hit. It just crept up on me. I work in a school office and the way parents say thank you, happy holidays is with food. Doughnuts, cake, cookies, was everywhere! Holiday lunch, breakfast, parties, I just couldn't say no. It was just a little bit here, little bit there........January 2008 and I am 140 pounds. I had gained 4 pounds of the 8 I had lost. BUMMER!

My 15 year anniversary came on April 18th of this year. My husband was so sweet, he gave me diamond earrings, and he was so understanding when I asked him if I could return them so I could join a gym. He had no problem with that request, did not hold it against me and went with me to check out the local gyms.

I joined a month later. This it the VERY first time that I truly started gung ho and am still gung ho. On the mornings I have class, I wake up and automatically get my gym clothes on. I put on my sneakers, put my hair up in a pony tail and then there is no reason NOT to go that day. I do not work in the summers so I can go either in the AM or PM but prefer to go AM while I can because when school starts, I have to go after work which is 5:30. That really digs into the family time but I HAVE to do it for me.

This week marks 3 months of my gym commitment and my lifestyle change commitment. After reading some of other sparkers blogs, I realize that this is NOT a quick fix, I WILL NOT see dramatic results like in the Biggest Loser. I am not 400 pounds. I will NOT see 30 pound weight loss each week. I do NOT have a personal trainer, I am NOT in a secluded facility where I work out 5-6 hours a day with no family commitments, no work commitments. I DO have the support of all of you, my family and my friends. I owe it to myself to do this for ME, for my children, so they can see how mom takes care of herself and hope that eating well and getting fit will be a way of life for them as well.

It will not be easy, I will have setbacks, I will have sabatogers along the way, well meaning friends but I have to just make this commitment. I hope you come along the ride!

September 30, 2008
It has been almost 6 months of this new way of living. During the summer I was so dedicated, went to the gym 4 times a week and really watched what I ate. Now that I am back to work, I am only going to the gym 2 sometimes 3 times a week. It has been really hard with all of the food being passed around at work. I am dedicated and know that I just have to say no and bring in food I CAN eat.

Member Since: 7/2/2008

Fitness Minutes: 2,518

My Goals:
Goal to get to 125lbs

Lose 10lbs - (12/2/08)
Lose 15lbs - (4/09)
Lose 20lbs -

To get the courage to step out on the gym floor and get myself a workout routine using a variey of machines, cables and free weights. To get away from the boundries of "group classes" due to time constraints. (Attained September 2009)

My Program:
I try to Eat Clean as much as possible. No quick frozen dinners, no boxed quick foods. Fish and chicken is a major part of my diet.


Monday - legs/glutes/shoulders/abs
Tuesday - Cardio
Wednesday - Back/Biceps/Abs
Thursday - Chest/Triceps/Abs
Friday - Rest
Saturday - sometimes cardio, sometimes not
Sunday - Rest

Things I can not live without:
1. iPod
2. Lifting Gloves
3. Water
4. Protein/Shaker
5. Cute Workout Clothes

Personal Information:
Personal Goals:

Beginning Weight: 144lbs
Goal: 125lbs
Current: 128lbs

Run a 5k -

Run a 10k - 1hr/11min
(Attained on 3/7/10)

Run a 5k in better time than the first!

Run a 1/2 Marathon

Run a full Marathon

Get rid of my apple shaped mid-section!

Other Information:
-Huge Bon Jovi fan
-LOVE 80's Hair Bands
Van Halen
Skid Row

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    Wow! Great time on that 10k!
    It's good to hear from you again!

    Time to log all this stuff??? lol Well, I usually cook in bulk for the week so I have a good deal of repeated meals throughout the week. So, for me, it's not too time consuming. I just copy meals from one day to the next.

    I actually track my workouts on another site where it is a bit quicker. Then I just cut and paste items into SparkPeople. I like the other site for workout tracking because it monitors personal records, total volume lifted, and some other cool things.
    3968 days ago
    Hey! How are those abs coming along? :)
    4158 days ago
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    I noticed you added me and came to check out the page. Wow, you look fantastic and your weight!! I actually can't be that low - body fat at 14% is 136 for me, so 125-128 would be way too low to maintain - especially since I love food!

    I did P90x and threw in some elements from P90x plus also for a while. I finished it and moved on to Cathe Friedrich Slow & Heavy and will rotate that with her Gym Styles routine for 12 weeks.

    Then I plan on going back for another P90x round and hopefully I will have lost the last bit of excess body fat. Muscles don't show (just like your friend below said about abs) until you get to a certain %. I am starting to see an ab outline, but not the true ridges everyone craves.

    Honestly, it's not possible for everyone..some can get there and some can't. I'm just going to keep on trucking and see how far I can go. My muscles aren't growing much anymore - so I started the new program to see what happens. But, I am also in cutting mode - so muscle growth is slower after all.

    Good luck to you and I agree with poster below about the Ab Ripper X it's serius business. But, I am not doing too much on abs yet because my body fat is so high. They are worked when I di kickboxing and other cardio DVD's, so I am not too concerned about wasting time on it. I am more focused on major muscle groups and cardio for total body fat burn.

    Once I get down to a more desired body fat - then I will kick it up a notch with the abs and muscle work.

    I do not have a barbell and am now wondering if I should take some classes that incorporate them. I currently use my dumbbells, but they dig into my shoulders and it's harder...

    Keep it up - you look wonderful!

    4187 days ago
    Hey! Thanks so much for the kind words! Funny... I live right by the LFF on SR 70... but, I strength train at the one on 41 because it is closer to my work. I think following your friend is a fantastic idea to get an understanding of her plan. For abs... well you are not going to like this answer... CARDIO!!!! I used to train my abs very hard (5 - 7 days a week). But, without reducing body fat levels the results were not that great. Now I "trade" a little ab work for some extra cardio. Now I work abs 3-4 days a week. I do not have a set routine. I just make sure I do at least one exercise (4 sets) to target each area of the abs. SO a typical ab workout for me might be...

    4 sets - Lower Abs (hanging leg raises OR decline reverse crunches {with or without weight} OR hanging pikes)
    4 sets - Upper Abs (kneeling cable crunches OR weighted crunches OR long arm crunches OR decline crunches OR crunches on a ball)
    4 sets - Obliques (oblique crunches OR cable rotations OR wood chop OR mason twists)
    4 sets - Transverse Abdominis (Plank OR Side Bridge OR Ab Roller)


    If you do not typically work your lower back, I would include it with your Ab routine.

    Lower Back (back extensions OR weighted back extensions OR supermans)

    Another great ab workout that I do is the Ab Ripper DVD that comes with P90X. I picked it up off eBay for $20. It's only 16 minutes long, but it works the abs pretty good.
    4205 days ago
    Hey there!

    I hope you are doing well. I think I may have seen you at Lifestyles??? I'm at the one on US41 in Bradenton. How about you?
    4207 days ago
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