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How to train?

Monday, July 08, 2013

Ugh! I am so frustrated. I am trying to make a timeline to reach a goal. Whenever I try to research how long this timeline should be- EVERY source says "First lose weight, when you reach your goal weight- THEN start (insert living here)". The problem is this: If you tell me that I can't start living until I start losing weight- I lose motivation. (and a HUGE dose of FU! enters my negative memory banks). So, it won't be as "inspirational" if someone my size can dead lift 200 pounds. Think of how much more "impressive" it would be if you were lighter and lifting. So it isn't as "cool" if someone my size climbed a mountain. How much more awesome would it be if you lost 100 pounds and then could show the before and after pictures at the top? What you are telling me is this: At your current weight- we are surprised that you can even get your fat ass to the car. Congratulations. So- as long as I keep getting my fat ass to the car- I have done enough for today, right? So what if I drove my car straight to the closest fast food window- that is what you expected anyway, right? You want to be helpful? Tell me how long it would take someone who is UNFIT (I did not say obese) to train, and how to train, to climb the presidential traverse in a 4 day weekend (I am thinking next summer). Talk to me like you would talk to your best girl friend who has had a desk job for years and has been a couch potato forever. If your first comment is "well, first you need to lose 100 pounds"- then just don't bother. I am aware that training is hard at this size, and I know that weight will probably come off during the journey. However- I need non- scale goals. I am SOOOOO tired of this. Those of you who know me well, you know there are tears involved in this post- and you know that I am on the verge of just going back to the couch.
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    if you keep waiting you may miss out on your life. Start living and doing the things you want to and you might just find the weight comes off in the process.
    2318 days ago
    Angie we know we can do it. If no one will give you goals set your own. If it weight training, lift 20 or 50 or whatever you feel comfortable with, When you can do that with ease, add some additional weight. You know how to increase your hiking, as you just keep going further a little at a time. Now quit your bawling and start moving. (I wonder how many calories crying uses up?)
    2319 days ago
  • ANNETTE117
    Hang in there my friend. Begin a little at a time and continually add 5 to 10 minutes or hike a landmark farther every couple of weeks. Believe in yourself. All of us believe in you. emoticon
    2319 days ago
    Don't go back to the couch! Use the "FU" attitude to the max and show your stuff off! Don't have a timeline - if that is what upsets you screw it. Just do it!

    I am still trying to hike to the top of a mountain. Haven't gotten there yet - but I will keep trying until I finally get there!

    So just do it! Do what you want on your time line - no one else's! You do what you can do with the weight we have. Hell, only we know our bodies and what we can do.

    Get angry - use the attitude and DO IT!

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    2319 days ago
    I agree with the others. You don't need an official schedule to follow. Just keep hiking and increase your time each week. For runners, the rule of thumb is to not increase more than 10% per week for distance or time. The most important thing is to listen to your body and take occasional rest days. Don't forget to strength train too. You'll need strong muscles to power up all those mountains.
    2319 days ago
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    Forget timeline. You are just putting extra stress on yourself. Just keep walking and hiking and increase it every few days. This is a piece of cake compared to all you have been thru. emoticon
    2319 days ago
    You are not going back to the couch. emoticon

    You design your training plan.
    You know what is achievable right now, so commit and do that every day for a full week.

    Then add 5 minutes each on cardio and strength training every week for a month.

    That is your first timeline. Once you commit and see it through for the month you can accurately re-evaluate and schedule what you need to do for the following 2 months, .

    Angi you have all the education , and have read so much , you know you best.
    I believe you can do it emoticon
    2319 days ago
  • PATTI7177
    Don't go back to the couch! I always dreamt of being a runner, but as a fat over forty woman, I believed as those articles are telling you-that fat people don't run. Then, this amazing show started on TV-The Biggest Loser! After less than half a season, I said to myself that fat people CAN run and SHOULD run! It's no different for your goal. Train like they would suggest anyone else train. Whatever they say the fitness requirements would be to climb the Presidential Traverse, then that's what you shoot for. I came in third in my age group in my first-and only-5K after only twelve weeks of training from doing nothing and weighing 230 lbs. Is your goal to do it in the fastest time ever or just to do it? You have it in you to do that and no one should be telling you any different! Reading your post tells me you already know this so just remember that every day-post your goal on your mirror or anywhere else you will see it everyday. emoticon
    2319 days ago
    Celebrate the little things, and take baby steps, you will get there
    2319 days ago
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