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11/30/17 10:18 P

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11/30/17 4:58 P

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11/30/17 4:00 P

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Looks like that article covers what my suggestions were going to be!

I'm a huge fan of any body weight and balance exercises - anything that makes you engage your core while doing a movement I think is huge to helping get to that point.

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11/28/17 6:23 P

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11/28/17 6:10 P

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You might find the Spark article You Can Progress to a Pull-up of interest. www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
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11/28/17 3:10 P

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Okay, thanks for the ideas.

(the seated w/o's are something I HIGHLY recommend. I love them.)

I've gone from 2 lb wts a couple years ago, to 7 lbs wts now...which are pretty tough for some moves...so I go between 5 and 7 depending on ability.

Planks I can only do for about 15 seconds on elbows. Longer with straight arms.

I just did straight-arm planks on the 3rd step and those seem like a good height to try to reach 2-3 minutes. Maybe I'll try to do those 2-3 times a day.

( I had ovarian cyst surgerie two years ago and an incisional hernia surgery this May, so I am still required to be careful not to strain.)

I know that in order to be able to do the chin-ups, my core is going to also have to tighten up, or I'll just tear all those muscles as well. The last thing I need is an injury...injuries have been the cause of 'giving up' in the past.

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11/28/17 2:47 P

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As a *really basic* starting place...check out the Spark Seated Exercise videos on Upper Body Strength. Its about 10 min long... You can start with something as simple as water bottles to lift, and then progress to hand weights. We found some good deals at our local thrift stores and now have a sets up to 8lbs...

There are also some good Resistance Band exercises on SPark which can help increase your Upper Body Strength.

Once you have some strength, then I'd suggest starting to work on floor exercises like planks, pushups, etc.... You can start those anytime...just don't overdo it and get frustrated.

Once you have outgrown handweights at home...then start looking at some gym time to use heavier weights and perhaps machines that target specific muscles.

We'll look forward to a picture of you doing that Chin-Up someday in the future!
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11/28/17 1:43 P

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Okay, here's a challenge for any coach-y type people out there.

I've had weak muscles all my life,(probably from thyroid disease?) even when I was within my healthy weight zone.
One thing I've always had trouble with was anything that required me to hold my own weight (chin ups, climbing a rope, crossing the monkey bars). There's a possibility that my joints are weak as well.

I would love to have chin-ups as my long-term goal, but know I will have to work up towards that, and that it will probably be many years down the road before I can reasonably expect to reach that goal.

My ideal wt is between 110-145 (I am 5'4 and medium bone), but I am currently 250.
As I am losing weight, what are the best exercises I can be doing to point me in the right direction (without damaging my muscles).
Keep in mind, that even just HANGING straight down is impossible for me to do right now. ( I think I made it one whole second before.)

I would love to have muscles exposed as the weight melts off.

Please help me reach this very 'mind-lifting' goal. If I can do this, by the time I am within my healthy wt zone, it will be very empowering and I will know that I've succeeded- I will be stronger than even when in my youth.

Does anyone who has experience in this have any serious suggestions for me?
Thanks,
Susan

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