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12/22/17 4:28 P

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I need to sell some books on Amazon. We have Bible Studies in my church. I don't mark up the workbook or book. My books are really taken care of. I could make a dollar or two.



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12/22/17 6:14 A

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I like the jacket! And Danny, thanks for suggesting those apps. Who knows...maybe they'll help me get rid of some of the nicer stuff I have by currently have no use for.

Getting rid of stuff is fairly easy these days, isn't it? Between thrift stores, apps, and websites like Craigslist, there really aren't many excuses. I keep my trash and recycling bins right next to the garage and as I have worked to clear some of the stuff stored in it, the bin location makes it easy.

I also found a guy on a local Facebook swap and shop site.He is basically a scrapper. So far, he has taken away the older water heater, my dead treadmill, the old garage door motor, and a couple of other small things. It felt so good! Hemakes a little money for the scrap metal and I am storing less garbage.

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12/21/17 5:26 P

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Nice jacket!

Yup my tablet makes a sloth look fast. LOL
It takes about two to five minutes in between commands to load. It is because of the ads. None of the ad block browsers are optimized for my 99 cent special tablet.

I refuse to pay for Spark Premium. Will go to My Fitness Pal before I do that.

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12/21/17 11:59 A

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Yes :) I love Offerup. My bf hates it because I keep selling all our stuff there lol but oh well. As a seller you can say whether you are firm on the price or not. So as a buyer, you already know if the seller is willing to negotiate or not... that makes things easier for both parties.


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12/21/17 11:25 A



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I may have to check out those apps. I love buying stuff !

I just bought a lightly used western suede jacket off ebay. Asking price was $50. but they said make an offer, so I did. We went back and fourth and they accepted my last offer. Now I just have to hope it fits or I'll be selling it on Offerup. LOL.

The listing says it's a large, but the dimensions listed are more like a small to medium.

it looks like this. I have always wanted a western style jacket, but was either too fat or too poor to own one.



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12/21/17 10:54 A

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@LACOYTA your clutter is giving me anxiety lol emoticon. Trust me, use "Offerup"or "Letgo". It's muuuch easier than Ebay, you just have to take a picture directly from the app... and that's literally it. You don't even have to write a description of the thing you're selling if you don't want to.
Those apps are for selling things locally.... so you don't even have to deal with, you know.. shipping and stuff...
Selling stuff there can be addictive :)
You can even post things for free, if someone is interested they can come pick it up... that way you don't even have to bother taking it to a donation center. So yea emoticon

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12/21/17 6:16 A

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Mandie, I feel your pain with the slow internet! I actually refused to switch to slower speeds as I work from home. I need the faster speeds to ensure I am meeting my daily metrics.

But, you still made your entries in spite of the pokey internet. Why? Because it's important! #noexcuses !!!! emoticon

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12/20/17 11:14 P

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I get out and shovel too. Might as well get it over with. Besides if it has the chance to melt and refreeze. It will be ice. Still despise it though. I like it hot. I could live in Florida. Or one of the gulf states.

If I ever wanted to be out in the snow. My family has been instructed to go find my pod.

Another barrier I could use an excuse. I have infuriatingly slow internet and tablet. It often takes 30 minutes to an hour to input all my food and exercise. I still do it. Took me 43 minutes today.

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12/20/17 7:42 P



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In Massachusetts, you have 24 hours once the snow has stopped to clear your sidewalk. If you don't shovel, you get a fine. It is a public hazard to not shovel your sidewalk.

It's just common courtesy. You clean off your sidewalk after it snows. Too many people,"it's not my job". yes, it is. it's all our job to make our sidewalks safe.



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12/20/17 4:21 P

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Many towns have laws to shovel sidewalk; I know mine does. Personally, I wouldn't need that to take care of my property as I am proud of my home. I enjoy the bonus activity. I am sad that we probably won't get the bigger storm predicted earlier this week. Oh well. I will be ready the next time around.

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12/19/17 6:27 P

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My city it's the law to shovel. I also put ice melt down.

It's a good thing that I put ice melt down. We had rain/ snow last Friday. Then temps went down to 25 degrees. Our sidewalk and driveway would have been a sheet of ice.

Then there's the snow plow that build an ice wall behind the cars. Last one of those I had to break with a garden shovel



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12/19/17 6:29 A

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Here in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, we're allegedly getting nailed with some snow Wednesday through Friday and once it's done, we are getting COLD. (I say allegedly because the forecasting models are giving a range from 0 to 5+ inches.) Today the high will be around 37 F and Friday's high is predicted at 6 F. Of course, I will have to shovel my driveway and sidewalk between jobs on Friday. Thankfully, it will be a good stress reliever! But, I have to do it as a responsible homeowner.

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12/18/17 2:01 P

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I remember the year that Boston got all that snow.

I was thinking that if Maryland ever got that much snow I would need a 5150 Psych Hold. Snow stresses me out. I despise it.
My last car accident was in 1/4 inch of snow. Someone nearby was driving to fast for the conditions.



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12/18/17 12:50 P



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"the way you talk, it sounds like you're in a house full of hoarders. But I don't really believe that. I think you just don't want to deal with it. Like your weight, you want it to magically disappear."

I don't want to deal with the mess, I'd like my family to care as much as I do and have cleaning sessions to together. But we're so busy during the week that we don't do that because we are tired. Of course that chore called Christmas is taking up A LOT of time!

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You don't care about the clutter. if you did, you'd be working to clear it out. Have you ever heard this phrase ?

"If you want something done, you're going to have to do it yourself".

Do you want to clear out the clutter ? Okay, then you have to take the initiative. No more whining or groaning that no one will help you. You're on your own. If you want something done, do something about it. That's how change happens.


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12/18/17 6:18 A

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Shoveling snow can be a GREAT workout! It's definitely true that weather can never really be an excuse.

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12/18/17 6:11 A



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Boston gets an average of 40 inches of snow, but one year we got 100+ inches. Do you know what I did for exercise that year ? I shoveled !!

Yesterday, I ran in a local jingle bell 5k. It was 19 degrees when I woke up. It was around 30 degrees when I ran the race. I didn't stay in bed complaining that it was too cold to run or walk. I just wore the right amount of layers.

There are some weather conditions which can be dangerous. That's when you exercise common sense. If you can't do one workout, you find something else to do.

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12/18/17 12:27 A

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I live in the DC Metro area. We can have below zero windchill. Usually we get 10-15 inches average snowfall. Which isn't bad if you get in increments. Usually we get it in one storm. One year we got three feet of snow. In one storm.

The summer can be over 100 degrees. Especially in July or August. With 80% humidity. Spring and fall are fickle. One May 21rst. Our local food bank hosted a Spring into Summer 5k. It was 35 degrees. Two degrees above freezing and raining.



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12/18/17 12:16 A

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One time I was checking my dad out of the ER. The Nurse there noticed I was exceptionally tired. Why wouldn't I be. We went in at 7pm and we were getting out at 6:30am.

He took care of his elderly mother and also worked 12 hour shifts in the ER.

He said to me. Take care of yourself. If you are sick or unhealthy. You will be of no use to your parents.

So I have to make appointments to exercise and to take care of myself.



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12/17/17 4:24 P



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You wont sell books on ebay unless you have a first edition or something unusual. If you want to sell the book, you need to sell it on Amazon as one of their sellers.

What sort of stuff (clutter) is there ? If it's mostly clothes, sell what you can on ebay. If the clothes don't sell, donate them. All of it if no one in your family wants to deal. I know you don't want to deal either. BUT someone has to step up if you want to get the junk out of the house. Saying,"it's not my job" isn't going to cut it. You want space ? It's your job.

What stuff do you need to get rid of ? clothing ? furniture ? old books ? All of it can be donated to charity.

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12/17/17 3:20 P

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"If there is that much clutter, you need to sort it out and sell whatever you can. It will take a few weeks or even months, but if you start selling off that junk, you'll start making space. And yes, I've seen a lot of junk sell on ebay. "
It's going to take years! I've got a book listed on ebay but no bids

"the way you talk, it sounds like you're in a house full of hoarders. But I don't really believe that. I think you just don't want to deal with it. Like your weight, you want it to magically disappear."

I don't want to deal with the mess, I'd like my family to care as much as I do and have cleaning sessions to together. But we're so busy during the week that we don't do that because we are tired.
Of course that chore called Christmas is taking up A LOT of time!


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12/17/17 2:33 P



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Lacoyta,

If there is that much clutter, you need to sort it out and sell whatever you can. It will take a few weeks or even months, but if you start selling off that junk, you'll start making space. And yes, I've seen a lot of junk sell on ebay.

If they left old magazines, unless they are rare copies of Playboy or Life, they can be put our for recycling. Is it clothing they will never wear ? The clothing that's still in good shape can be donated to Goodwill, Salvation Army or thrift stores. the money will go to charity.

If it's larger items like furniture, put it up on FREECYCLE or when the weather is good, put it out in a yard sale. If you don't think the furniture will sell, then put it out for garbage collection or for one of the neighbors to take.

If you do a little each week, with time, the clutter will decrease. If you just don't want to deal with the stuff, call 1-800-GOT-JUNK or whatever hauling company is in your area. Yes, you will have to pay for them to take the junk away, but they will do it. then you will have workout space.

the way you talk, it sounds like you're in a house full of horders. But I don't really believe that. I think you just don't want to deal with it. Like your weight, you want it to magically disappear.



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12/17/17 7:27 A

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Laoyta, even if the clutter isn't yours, you still need to take care of it. It's unfortunate that it fell on you and your mom but clearly the clutter is affecting your quality of life and the two people who created the mess are sadly no longer with you.

Weather is also a shabby excuse to fail to exercise. I live in Minnesota and we get weather. All sorts of it from bitter cold to icy and snowy to hot and humid. I have run races in the winter when the air temperature is -5 F and the windchill makes it feel like -20 F. I dressed appropriately and was downright warm when I finished. I have also run races in the summer when the dewpoint is around 60 in the early morning. So, I dress appropriately and know my finish time will be a bit slower. I have a gym membership at my local community center that is climate controlled. It has an indoor track too. So, I can take a class, use a machine, or use the track. I also have a decent DVD collection at home that I use quite often.

Any other weak excuses? I am sure I or someone else would be happy to blow holes into them.

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You have to have realistic expectations when you start to learn a new art form. No one is good at ANY form of dance when they first start out. It takes consistent practice both to become better and to build a dancer's body (both in terms of looks and muscle memory). If you are interested in picking up belly dance as a supplement to your other endeavors, check out the Sparkling Belly Dancers sparkteam -- the team leader shares lots of great practice videos available for free on YouTube.

To get well-defined, muscular legs, you need to make strength training a consistent part of your week. Fitness Blender is another site that provides free workout videos (via YouTube, but their site is easier to search and includes a calendar for planning your workouts). They have a lot of lower body, booty-building workouts, some of which don't require much space or any equipment. You could check them out as well, and start with 10 minutes of strength training and gradually move up as you get stronger... but again, none of this will be effective if you don't do it consistently, and if you don't start to fix the issues with your diet.



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12/16/17 10:03 P

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"If you've got absolutely no space and that's a/the major barrier to working out, I guess you have no choice but to take up belly dancing. It's good exercise, and has long been famed for being able to be performed in the space of a single floor tile! "

Tried it a long time ago. It didn't help and I was bad at it. I'm tempted to try again I tried one of my Pilates DVDs again and it was more challenging than I remembered
But what would I do about my legs? I've decided if I can't have the slim legs of my dreams they should be really defined.

Another problem:the clutter isn't mine:it belonged to my late brother and my uncle in the nursing home. moving it has fallen to me and my mom.

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I told myself I wasn't going to reply to any more of your threads because it's a lost cause at this point... you'll change when you're ready, or not at all. However... I found myself chuckling as I skimmed this one.

If you've got absolutely no space and that's a/the major barrier to working out, I guess you have no choice but to take up belly dancing. It's good exercise, and has long been famed for being able to be performed in the space of a single floor tile!

(A more realistic suggestion: set out a box or large bag. Every day, put one item to donate to charity in the box/bag. Take it to your charity of choice to donate every week. The clutter will go down very quickly that way.)



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12/16/17 6:43 P

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"I take care of my elderly parents. It's like having kids, sometimes they are like toddlers and sometimes teenagers. It's 24/7/365.

My dad will decide he needs to go to Costco, yesterday. He can't handle those bulk items. So I have to go. We had to go back to Costco and get some smoke detectors. We found out are smoke detectors weren't working. When my mom left something on the stove and burned it up. We have to return something to Costco. I will have been there four times this month. One visit a month is my limit.

Don't get me wrong. I don't mind taking care of my parents. If not me. Then it would be my SIL. Or they would have to hire someone."
I help with my folks a lot. I'm more "assistant" than "caretaker"though. And almost every time Dad goes online, he needs help. I have the same feeling you do, but when am I supposed to improve myself?

"Also, that was March. What about April ? May ? the entire summer months ?"
I don't remember but sometimes it's too hot in the summer to workout.



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"In March I got sick for a couple weeks and never got back on track."

When you get sick, you take care of yourself. It might mean skipping your exercise routine for 2-5 days in order for your body to shake the cold/flu. However, having a cold doesn't mean that you toss our all your other healthy habits. You can still eat right. You can still get plenty of fluids in the form of hot tea or soup.

Also, that was March. What about April ? May ? the entire summer months ? One cold throws you off track for months and you don't consider that a problem ? Being off track for two weeks shouldn't throw a person off track for months at a time. if it does, maybe that person has other problems they aren't acknowledging.

We all get sick. It happens. When you get sick. You take care of yourself. Depending on the illness, you could be sick for a few days or up to a month. If you're sick for a month, time to talk to the doctor if you can't seem to shake a cold. When people are in poor health, they have weakened immune systems. it means it takes longer for them to recover from a cold.

How to fix that ? Eat better. When you eat healthy foods, that strengthens your immune system. So, if you want to help boost your immune system, start eating more fresh fruit and veggies. avoid the chips. if you want to eat chips, get the single serving 1 oz bags and limit the number of times you eat them during the week. Decreasing the junk will also boost your energy.

You said it yourself. When you got more sleep and started eating a little better, you felt better.


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A couple years ago. I had a bad cold. Which caused me to develop vertigo. When I had vertigo. It felt like I was spinning on a merry go round. Even when laying down.

The result is some loss of balance. My doctor tells me, the only way to recover my balance. Is to do exercises. That force my brain to tell my feet to compensate and balance.

So even though I despise single leg deadlifts. I do two sets of seven three times a week. Six days a week I do other balance exercises.

(If you have balance issues. Please consult your doctor)



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I take care of my elderly parents. It's like having kids, sometimes they are like toddlers and sometimes teenagers. It's 24/7/365.

My dad will decide he needs to go to Costco, yesterday. He can't handle those bulk items. So I have to go. We had to go back to Costco and get some smoke detectors. We found out are smoke detectors weren't working. When my mom left something on the stove and burned it up. We have to return something to Costco. I will have been there four times this month. One visit a month is my limit.

Don't get me wrong. I don't mind taking care of my parents. If not me. Then it would be my SIL. Or they would have to hire someone.





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"Let's talk about these challenges that have stopped you from working out regularly or eating right for longer than one month. You said that you start out okay. You eat better. You start exercising, but then something happens. a challenge. a road block. Tell us about the challenge. What has stopped you ? maybe if you told us what happened, those of us who have faced that challenge can tell you what we did. "
In March I got sick for a couple weeks and never got back on track.

"Didn't get home until 6pm. I had a 12+ hour day and I still made the time to workout in the morning.

No, I don't like hauling my keister out of bed at 430am, but I did it because I wanted to make sure I got in my workout for the day. "
I have 12 hour days regularly.

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Lacoyta, here is an article I saw on my Sparkfeed this morning. It may help you as you start to refocus on setting realistic goals for YOU not irrational ones. And don't be afraid to ask us for help on how to deal with situations like the being out all day or other roadblocks.

www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the
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I can't make fun of your collection of DAD's I probably have a similar collection myself. I should sell it or donate it. Or something

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PS - Out all day.

Yesterday morning, I had to be at the gym at 630am to work with one of my personal training clients. I got up at 430am to get in MY workout. ate a quick breakfast and out the door. When I finished with my client, I had to go to my day job. I left my day job around 5pm. Didn't get home until 6pm. I had a 12+ hour day and I still made the time to workout in the morning.

No, I don't like hauling my keister out of bed at 430am, but I did it because I wanted to make sure I got in my workout for the day.


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Did you ask your doctor about depression when you were talking about your stress ? If you were afraid to talk to your doctor about depression, that's fine. Your choice not to discuss depression with your doctor.

What did he/she suggest you do to reduce your stress ? Do you know that a regular exercise program can help you reduce stress ? Do you know that regular exercise can help reduce symptoms of depression as effectively as some medications. What did your doctor recommend ?

Let's talk about these challenges that have stopped you from working out regularly or eating right for longer than one month. You said that you start out okay. You eat better. You start exercising, but then something happens. a challenge. a road block. Tell us about the challenge. What has stopped you ? maybe if you told us what happened, those of us who have faced that challenge can tell you what we did.

Example, a challenge I've had to face. At a previous job, I had a cube that was close to one of the meeting rooms. There were meetings/conferences in and out
of that room all day. most if not all of the meetings had meeting food. could have been eggs/bacon or pastry for breakfast, sandwiches/wraps/pizza for lunch and for snacks, cookies and brownies. No joke. if you had access to the meeting schedule, you never had to bring your lunch. you could live off the leftovers.

And that was MY challenge. During my time near that conference room, I packed on 15-20 pounds from eating the leftovers. Was I worried ? No. I didn't even think I was eating too much until my pants started getting too tight. That's when I realized I didn't fit my size 6 pants anymore and was into snug fitting 8s. I was eating too much. I wasn't being mindful. I was complacent. Who could say no to free food ?

What did I do to get past this challenge ? I brought my OWN healthy snacks. I started eating 2-3 servings of fresh fruit each day. I made sure my lunch was healthy and filling so that I didn't have an urge to hit the leftovers. It took several months of watching what I ate, being mindful of my portion sizes and walking past the leftovers, but I took the weight off. And I kept it off.

At my new job, they don't have as much meeting food. but if there are leftovers, I am much more mindful. I don't gorge myself as if I would never eat a chocolate chip cookie every again. I remembered that one brownie or muffin could have as much as 600+ calories.

As I started eating healthier foods (think more fresh fruit/veggies), my cravings for the leftovers stopped. I still get them now and then, but not to a point where I would sit and eat a cookie, brownie, sandwich ON TOP of the lunch I already ate.

Left over meeting food is a challenge I faced. It's hard to resist free food. For a while, it got the better of me. Then I just started with some simple changes to help ease me back into a healthier way of eating. so yes, even I can fall off the wagon. I didn't cry, woe as me I gained 15+ pounds. No, I did something about it.

So, tell me about a challenge you've had that stopped you from eating right or exercising after a month. You said that's why you stop after that time. You face a challenge that you don't know how to deal with. We're here to help you deal with that challenge.

I encourage other members to tell you about some of the challenges they've faced. you'll see you're not the only member who faces them. We all do.

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I had another thought. How about instead of more excuses, you start asking how others handle situations like being gone all day? Or how to alleviate DOMS?

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There is plenty you can do if you’re going to be gone all day. You can pack your food into a cooler bag. You can wake up earlier and maybe get a 10 or 15 minute workout in.

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"You said that you can't lose weight because there are too many road blocks (challenges) to you face. Guess what, YOU are creating those road blocks. That is what you refuse to admit. "

Sometimes one has to be gone all day and there's nothing that can be done.

"You keep saying what you can't do. I keep asking you what you CAN do. "
I can put all of my vitamins near each other so I take them all. And put on my workout clothes before going online. (I'm not at the point of working out before going online)

"So, what happened at your doctor's appointment ? Did you talk to them about ways to cope with some possible depression ? "
We talked a little about stress which doesn't help me feel better. I figure if I get rid of that, that should help me feel better.

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Lacoyta, you have to actually try to do it for the long haul. Every single day. It's a choice to eat right, exercise, and do life. And you have to decide to do it DAILY for 24/7/365, not a few days, a week or two, or a month. This a journey of a lifetime, not a quick trip somewhere.

So, you need to decide for yourself: are you in for the journey of a lifetime or a short weekend trip? If it's the latter, don't come back whining and complaining the way you do.

To help yourself survive this for the long haul, breaking things into shorter goals truly helps. Instead of telling yourself you need to lose, for example, 50 pounds, break it into smaller goals like 5 to 10 pounds and give yourself a goal date of 6 to 8 weeks. Once you hit a smaller interim goal, reward yourself with something.

And of course we wouldn't tease about the DVD collection. We want to help you.

I am glad to hear you actually did speak with your doctor and are getting some bloodwork done. Also, I like that the vitamin and getting to bed at a reasonable time are helping you feel better. Remember that feeling for when the times get tough on the journey.

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"None of us can force you to want to do the right thing when it comes to your health. You have to make that decision. And right now, I don't see you doing that. too many excuses of why you can't. A person who wants to get out of a rut says, "I can't do this, but I CAN do that". "
The thing is I know a challenge will come up once I start doing good, I won't know how to deal with it and then I give up. Always happens.

Of course a challenge will come up. No one said this is going to be easy. In fact, every single one of us has told you many time, losing weight takes a lot of HARD WORK.

You don't get six pack ABs doing a DVD workout for a week or a month. You don't lose 10 pounds in a month just because you start to eat a little better. Losing weight takes time. It takes hard work. Yes, there are going to be challenges. lots and lots of them.

Every single person who has replied to you has faced these challenges. We did it, so can you if you stop quitting each time a challenge happens. Remember what I said in an earlier reply ? You said that you can't lose weight because there are too many road blocks (challenges) to you face. Guess what, YOU are creating those road blocks. That is what you refuse to admit.

You keep saying what you can't do. I keep asking you what you CAN do.

So, what happened at your doctor's appointment ? Did you talk to them about ways to cope with some possible depression ?




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I didn't realize how important DOMS was so important in exercise. I wish someone had said something to me a lot sooner.
Actually my Tone It Up DVDs were the only ones that got used at all while I was trying to get skinny for my sister's wedding lol

"Now let's talk about the excuses. This is why many of us hope that when you talk to your doctor, that you ask about depression. As I have said before, when someone is depressed, they wont do the right things for themselves even though they know they need to do them. They make up excuses why they can't. "
Physically I'm feeling better because I'm going to bed earlier, taking more vitamins and getting more protein. I noticed a difference in my motivation and it's only been a week of this. I'm hoping if I keep up this sort of thing, I'll be okay. What I did mention to the doctor was stress and forgetfulness (he thinks it's trying to do too much at once) I'm going to get bloodwork done.

"None of us can force you to want to do the right thing when it comes to your health. You have to make that decision. And right now, I don't see you doing that. too many excuses of why you can't. A person who wants to get out of a rut says, "I can't do this, but I CAN do that". "
The thing is I know a challenge will come up once I start doing good, I won't know how to deal with it and then I give up. Always happens.

"Looking at that list of DVDs, which ones CAN you do on a regular basis ? Let's work with what you have and not worry about what you don't. Do you want to get out of your rut ? What CAN you do ? "
I can do The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Hardbody Bootcamp practically in my sleep lol The low impact section is just that. The bonus arm workout is kinda hard though. The "ab assault" routine? Not so much

Thanks for not making fun of my big collection of workout DVDs, everyone. emoticon

"IF the OP would have taken all this advice when it was offered 5+ years ago, and if she actually DID what was suggested to her way back then, she would more than likely have achieved all her goals by now."
I wish I had too-I'd have a fantastic body and would've looked great in my sister's wedding pictures. It'd be great to change. but I don't know if I can do it for the long haul-that scares me.



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When you do get to go to your doctor's appointment. Mention how you're full of envy. When you see someone who you think is thinner, prettier or better dressed.

Plus how you imagine they must lead a charmed life with no problems, whatsoever.

Like I have mentioned before. Envy will eat you alive. I've seen it consume people. I'm watching it consume a family member. It isn't/ wasn't pretty.



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Luann, I know...That's part of the reason I am so frustrated with her! I hope she gets the help she needs with her medical team.

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IF the OP would have taken all this advice when it was offered 5+ years ago, and if she actually DID what was suggested to her way back then, she would more than likely have achieved all her goals by now.
My prediction - we will be hearing the same excuses 5 years from now.

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I would love to be able to play the piano and sing.

I can buy every available music book.

Unless I open them and practice. It will be a waste of money



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And speaking as someone with a desk job, that is one reason I make sure I exercise each and every day. This doesn't mean I go to boxing every day, nope. But each day, I do something to stay physically active. it's true. Sitting at a desk for hours is very bad for my joints. That's why I periodically get up and move around.

DOMS, happens to everyone. Ask me about the week of DOMs I dealt with after running my first half marathon. Even though I had prepared and run long distances, I can not tell you the ache I felt post race. Guess what ? Still had to go to work.

As the others have noted, the DOMs is short term and will decrease as your body adapts to the new workout routine. Yes, I have seen the cleaning staff bend over and do a lot of physical labor, but not all the time. I've seen them chatting or sitting in a chair looking at their phone. I'm sure you're doing the exact same thing. So, no excuse that your job is too physical.

When you talk to your doctor, you have to talk about depression and what to do about it.


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Beach Babe by Tone it Up
Beach Babe by Tone it Up 2
Beach Babe by Tone it Up 3

I did a search to see if these listed on amazon. Here is your chance to decrease your clutter and make some money. Those three DVDs are currently listing for $29.95 to $74.95. I can tell you they aren't selling at that price. BUT if you were to put those three up as a lot on ebay, I will bet you could get $30 at $10 each for used.

Kettlewerx is a decent kettlebell workout. From your list of DVDs, the ones that I would do would be the Kettlewerx and the Windsor Pilates. I have a few Windsor pilates too. They are VERY GOOD. So, if you want to save some money and get back into shape, start with the Kettlewerx and the Windsor DVDs.

Now let's talk about the excuses. This is why many of us hope that when you talk to your doctor, that you ask about depression. As I have said before, when someone is depressed, they wont do the right things for themselves even though they know they need to do them. They make up excuses why they can't. This is something I did when I was morbidly obese. When I was 200+ pounds, I made the same excuses. I can't do X because... And I spent years stuck in the exact same rut as you. That's where you are now, you're stuck in a rut. The problem is you don't want to get out of the rut. You want change, but aren't willing to do anything beyond one month.

If you want to lose weight, get those flat ABs, you have to understand you're in it for the LONG HAUL. if you don't acknowledge this, then you're not ready to lose.

None of us can force you to want to do the right thing when it comes to your health. You have to make that decision. And right now, I don't see you doing that. too many excuses of why you can't. A person who wants to get out of a rut says, "I can't do this, but I CAN do that".

Looking at that list of DVDs, which ones CAN you do on a regular basis ? Let's work with what you have and not worry about what you don't. Do you want to get out of your rut ? What CAN you do ?


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Have you ever considered volunteering? Everybody can spare an hour a week for a cause they love. It would help take you out of yourself.



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Well you guys have inspired me. As I type this I'm sweating away on my almost 40 year old schwinn stationary bicycle.

Envy isn't good. It will eat you alive. I'm not kidding.

A bible proverb "A merry heart is like good medicine"
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I have never in my life seen anyone with more excuses. You're lucky to have a physical job because the more you move the faster the DOMS goes away. If you were stuck at a desk all day your muscles would stiffen up more and you would be sore much longer. I've managed to go about my daily business of heavy yard work, chasing escaped livestock and packing around 30 pound toddlers 2 at a time not only with DOMS but with a pulled abdominal muscle as well. Just move. It's not that hard.

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Excuses, excuses, excuses. You sure have a lot of them. It's exhausting and extremely frustrating to hear the same ones over and over and over again from you.

Didn't you say you had to move a lot of crap to work out? Then work on getting rid of that crap to give yourself a bigger workout space.

"I'm a janitor I can't have sore abs (or anything) because I bend and move all night"
DOMS is an inevitable part of working out if you are doing things right. You wont have it every time but it is part of exercise,especially when you try something new.

So, either workout and deal with the DOMS like the rest of us do or don't exercise. If you choose the latter, I don't want to hear you complain about anything exercise related ever again. Yes, those are strong words but I am seriously tired of it.

I also think your work excuse is poor. I work a full time desk job and as a hostess part-time at a local dinner theater. My fellow hostesses and I are on our feet for three hours at least to help prep the theater for the guests and then we spend time showing them to their tables; we are carrying stacks of heavy menus and going up and down stairs. Once everyone is seated, we help the serving staff by filling water glasses and pitchers which means carrying heavy water pitchers around and clearing plates.

I share this only because it makes me sore sometimes and I have gotten up on a Saturday or Sunday morning after a theater shift to run a race. I have also run 5k and 10k races on a Saturday morning and gone in to work that evening. (I do run longer distances like 10 mile and half marathons but I don't have any scheduled until 2018.) If I don't have a race scheduled, I work out at least 60 minutes on Saturdays and at least 75 minutes on Sundays.

Am I sore sometimes? Of course. But, I have bills to pay and so I work without complaining. Exercising is part of being a healthy person so I can be a better employee and enjoy life more.

*edited to correct some spelling and grammar issues.*

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"So, now an alleged lack of space is your excuse? "
It's always a reason. in my room it's 30 inches by 5ft2. In front of the computer it's less.

"My workout space (in my bedroom) is the width, length of a yoga mat. "
I don't have room to roll out a yoga mat entirely.

"So... list please ? Let's see what you have "
Some I do use once in awhile but I don't know about getting rid of them
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-Beach Babe by Tone it Up
-Beach Babe by Tone it Up 2
-Beach Babe by Tone it Up 3
-Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Hardbody Bootcamp
-Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Body Slimming Yoga
-Kettleworx Advanced 8 week Rapid Evolution (bought because it was $1.99)
-Kettleworx 8 Week Rapid Evolution (7 discs)
-Love Your Body by Tone it Up
- 10 minute Solution Rapid Results fat burner
- 10 minute Solution Knockout body
- 10 minute Solution Special K two week challenge
-- 10 minute Solution ultimate bootcamp
- 10 minute Solution Special k fashion fit workout
- 10 minute Solution Tone trouble zones
-Tone it up one Day fat blast
-Winsor Pilates power Sculpting
-Winsor Pilates power Sculpting abs
- Weight watchers Punch

"The DOMS goes away after a few days and it doesn't return unless you stop exercising for a while. To see improvement you have to work hard enough at every exercise session that you are REALLY fatigued every time."
I'm a janitor I can't have sore abs (or anything) because I bend and move all night

"How are you doing with that doctor's appointment? "
Tomorrow unless the weather's bad.

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I think willowy has more to do with your height and bone structure. Which as you know you cannot change.

As well as how your fat collects on your body.

So some of us to be willowy would have to be under 100 lbs. Which may not be a healthy weight for many women.

How are you doing with that doctor's appointment?


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My workout space is a yoga mat. A thirty year old exercise bicycle. Plus some other stuff. Like hand weights, a kettlebell and stretch and tone bands. So maybe five by five?

Even in intense routines. They show a modified version.



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In order to improve your fitness or fat percentage you have to be willing to endure discomfort. Always being comfortable is what got you in the shape you are in now. The DOMS goes away after a few days and it doesn't return unless you stop exercising for a while. To see improvement you have to work hard enough at every exercise session that you are REALLY fatigued every time. Ir you aren't ready to be uncomfortable during exercise and with calorie restriction you aren't going to see any changes. Pain from injury is one thing, but sore muscles and fatigue is what produces improvement .

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My workout space (in my bedroom) is the width, length of a yoga mat. it's where I do my circuit routine with weights. Any DVD workout I've ever done has been within the space of that mat.

Disclosure, I don't do jumping jacks in the house. I'd wake everyone up. ;) Since I take martial arts classes, anything high impact (like burpees or jumping jacks) are done there. Weight training is done at home with hand weights, resistance bands and body weight exercises.

So... list please ? Let's see what you have and like I said, someone may say, let's trade. that's a win win situation.


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So, now an alleged lack of space is your excuse? My workout area at home is maybe 6 feet by 5 feet. If I take a class at the gym, it’s even less.

To remind you, what you are experiencing is DOMS delayed onset muscle soreness. Bad form would most likely cause injury.

I ask now for you read Arch’s request from earlier today and list those DVDs

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I think I'm done with the Tracy Anderson fantasy. I shoved crap around and put on a youtube video and two days later I'm still hurting. I think it's because the amount of space was so small I was forced into bad form. She needs to wake up and realize not everyone has a mansion.
I've long wished DVDs said how much space you needed to do them. Tracy's would say "huge room dedicated to your workouts"

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@ARCHIMEDESII I love this idea!!!!!!

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LACOYTA,

You have 18 workout DVDs ? Okay, here's what I'd like you to do. I'd like you to LIST out all those DVDs on this thread. I will bet you have some good workouts that are as good as anything Tracey Anderson has to offer.

Let's say there are DVDs you don't want anymore, I will bet there is someone reading this thread who would be willing to trade you for them. Someone with Tracey Anderson DVDs may say I want some of the DVDs you have.

Let's see that list.


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Lacoyta, those 18 DVDs are indeed the worst if you don't use them. Personally, I workout at least 60 minutes a day 5 days a week and, during the work week, I get in 45 minutes of walking too. You know how I got to this level about 10 years ago? By building it into a non-negotiable habit.

And intense doesn't mean impossible. A beginner workout can be intense. I just said intense because they are a good workout. So, if you want them, the offer still stands.

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"I would send any or all of them to you at no cost to you and no strings attached if you want; I was just going to take them to the Goodwill after January 1. You can probably check out the workout descriptions on Amazon. They are quite intense"
I appreciate that but I am more intermediate level than intense.

"My suggestion would be to dig out every single DVD workout you've ever bought."
Oh my! There's 18 of them and one has seven discs! I must've chose the worst 18 DVDs money can buy.

"You never know. Just like you. Everyone is struggling with something."
Can't I be struggling in beautiful clothes and a willowy body?


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Just like Archimedesii said, just because someone is thin doesn't mean they are healthy.

I don't want to spill anyone's tea. Maybe they are so thin because of an auto immune disease? Maybe they have anorexia or bulimia? Or their diet consists of cigarettes and coffee?

You never know. Just like you. Everyone is struggling with something.

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Out of curiosity, I checked amazon to see what they had for tracey anderson DVDs.

If you look through the amazon sellers listings, I found her DVDs as low as $2, add $4 for shipping and you're paying $6-$10 for a used DVD.

My suggestion would be to dig out every single DVD workout you've ever bought. Pick out one and start doing it. If you have 6-7 DVDs, you do one workout each day for 3-5 days. You do this for 8-12 weeks. In that time, you should see some improvements. Will you get a 27 inch waist ? NO.

You can't expect miracle from a DVD workout. You can't expect miracles in less than a month. You have to be ready to do some serious work to achieve your goals. and that skinny person you admire probably watches what they eat. They probably workout regularly. they may even SMOKE.

You assume that just because someone is thin, they must be healthy. not true. there are skinny women who do some very unhealthy things to be thin. You don't want that. If you really want to be healthy, that needs to start from the inside. When your insides are healthy, that reflects on your outside.

In short, you need to learn to eat right. You need to give up the BBQ chips you love a little too much. since you can't portion control them, they need to go until you are ready to eat them in moderation.



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So do you think the people around you live a magical life of privilege? Maybe they do? Probably not. Most likely not.

Envy is not a good emotion. Nor is it a good excuse. For not achieving your goals. Envy even made one of the Ten Commandments. That's how God feels about it.

When you think your life is so unfair. Remember that there are still people in Puerto Rico. Who still have no power and no water.

We have so many things to be thankful for.

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LACOYTA, I have an offer for you. I currently have 6 DVDs from The Firm. I was going to donate them as I haven't used them in ages but they are a good workout. They are as follows:

The Firm: Calorie Explosion
The Firm: Target Zoning Zero-in-Ten
The Firm: Body Sculpting System
The Firm: Hard Core Fusion
The Firm: The 500 Calorie Workout
The Firm: Cardio Inferno

I would send any or all of them to you at no cost to you and no strings attached if you want; I was just going to take them to the Goodwill after January 1. You can probably check out the workout descriptions on Amazon. They are quite intense. I guess the only thing I would ask is that you donate them if you take me up on my offer and decide you don't like some or all of them.


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"A DVD would be $10 on ebay . That's a lot of money to me when I'm not sure it'll work. I'm trying to make myself over for free. "
See if your library has a copy... that would be free.
You can also get free exercises on YouTube... also free.

But you actually have to GET them and diligently USE them, for weeks.

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I have a few exercise videos but I als9o exercise to the free videos on Spark People.



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The DVD will help you get fit if you put some effort into. Sometimes, you have to spend a little money to get the tools to aid in living a healthy life. Please stop making excuses!

I found several Tracey Anderson options on Amazon for under $10 including shipping. I didn't share a link as I don't want to share to my personal Amazon information,

If you want to try a sample, try YouTube. I just found some free samples just by doing a basic search:

www.youtube.com/results?search_query=tracy
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"Also, I have found that the more effort I put into a workout, the more I burn. For example, I have several Walk Away The Pounds DVDs. A lot of the time, Leslie Sansone and her people are just moving their legs and have there arms just hanging there. I learned early on that moving my arms with the movement really helps increase the burn. "
Doing nothing with their arms? weird. I try to add little things with the DVDs I have (calf raises and standing on one leg,etc)

"Do you believe that the thin people on the internet. Just had their fairy godmother wave a wand and thinness just happened magically? "
I ment the skinny people I see everywhere in town. The other day at work their were tons of them leaving (I'm a cleaner) all ages too. They are thinner than me I'm guessing they can stream workouts and their lives are totally different than mine. Maybe they belong to gyms and have a trainer They probably don't have aging parents to help and have more money and no extra clutter in their homes. And their time management skills are probably better too.

A DVD would be $10 on ebay . That's a lot of money to me when I'm not sure it'll work. I'm trying to make myself over for free.


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Gwyneth Paltrow also eats a super clean, gluten and grain free diet. She thinks she has adrenal fatigue and Candida over growth. It also costs $600 a week for one person. I daresay 99% of people can't afford thathat

Figure out which DVD you want and ask the front desk to order it from another library.

Check buying it second hand from Amazon like Mlan suggested.

Seriously though there are people who exercise with soup cans and watersuggested. Or the free spark people strength training.

Do you believe that the thin people on the internet. Just had their fairy godmother wave a wand and thinness just happened magically?

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Lacoyta, you know that nutrition is more important than exercise when it comes to losing weight. You control what you eat, not some random, slim, Internet stranger.

Also, I have found that the more effort I put into a workout, the more I burn. For example, I have several Walk Away The Pounds DVDs. A lot of the time, Leslie Sansone and her people are just moving their legs and have there arms just hanging there. I learned early on that moving my arms with the movement really helps increase the burn.

If you really want to try a DVD, see if you can purchase a used one through Amazon or Ebay. Thrift stores are another options. I have found several good exercise DVDs at the Goodwill for $1.99 each.

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Our library system doesn't have a decent selection of exercise DVDs. So they don't have any of hers.
I can't do exercises from the computer because there's no room in front of it-that would be an accident waiting to happen.
I've started thinking all the best workouts are over computer and streaming and that's why everyone who works out is thinner than me.
Honestly, it's miracle I'm not fatter with as little resources as I have.

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Why don't you go to the library and see if they have it ? If so, borrow the DVD from the library. If your branch doesn't have it, ask for it to be sent over from a branch that does have it.

You can also find some of her workouts posted on YOUTUBE.

Don't pay money for a DVD you'll only do once. We all have a collection of DVDs we thought we'd use only to have them taking up space on a shelf.

Tracey Anderson workouts will work if you do them consistently. If you do them a couple of weeks looking for instantaneous results, then these DVDs wont work for you. They work for Gwenth Paltrow because she been doing these workouts for years.

If you buy a DVD, be ready to use it for months. that's how you know you'll get your money's worth from it.


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They might work beautifully. If they just sit on the shelf, they won't.

Her website may have some sample workouts. If you do those consistently. Then maybe invest in DVD's.

You may be able to find some of her workouts on You Tube. You Tube is how I found out Zumba just wasn't for me. Two left feet



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Isn't she Gwyneth Paltrow's trainer? That may be a good indication. She was never overweight though. Even after giving birth.

My brother gave me the best piece of advice when I wanted to buy a new exercise doo dad. Use what you have first. If you consistently use what you already have. Then consider buying said doo dad

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Anyone ever do any Tracey Anderson DVD workouts? I'm interested, but don't know if they're good.

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