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TARACHELLE's Photo TARACHELLE Posts: 201
9/5/09 4:19 P

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One of the biggest, most noticeable changes that I started with was drinking 16 glasses of water a day. I lost 11 lbs of water weight in the first 3 days! That, along with my diet revamp and gradually increasing fitness activities have brought me to where I am today!



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8/15/09 6:59 P

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Unfortunately, when I first started I was so tired and weak that I could only go 2.0 on the treadmill for maybe 30 minutes with a few breaks. That was extremely discouraging considering I used to be able to get up to 3.5 on a high incline and go for an hour or hour and a half depending on music and tv shows. :)

So I decided to go to a "super store" ;) a few times a week and park mid parkinglot and walk around for at least 30 minutes. I also started cleaning more, because that burns too.

On my first day I had so much energy that I volunteered to help wash three cars. Something I had not done since HS, and it floored my parents. The next morning I had lost six pounds. It was AWESOME! Unfortunately... the night before my weigh-in I caved and had a large philly cheese steak, large order of cheesesticks, container of ranch dressing, and large coke. I only lost a few pounds at weigh-in. PLUS, it made me sick on my stomach. Something it would not have done the week before.

Regardless, don't sit at the computer all day and it'll count toward activity.

Hang in there!

Lis

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MICHELLE1083's Photo MICHELLE1083 Posts: 1,200
8/4/09 10:49 P

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I joined a gym and did the elliptical for 30 minutes 3days a week. Twice a week, I took two different classes that were offered.

Michelle

"Pain is your friend, your ally, it will tell you when you are seriously injured, it will keep you awake and angry, and remind you to finish the job and get the hell home. But you know the best thing about pain?
It lets you know you're not dead yet! "
-GI Jane


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JERSEYGIRL2683's Photo JERSEYGIRL2683 Posts: 70
8/2/09 10:56 P

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It's only my first week but I have many years of experience of working out and being in shape. I've just been really lazy for the last 2. I have been trying to do a whole mile a day of walking on the treadmill. When it stops raining out here some days I'll be walking around a lake for a nice change of scenery. I think walking is the best way to start getting your legs stronger for you to start working out. If you enjoy dancing I recommend picking up videos that you can dance and work out to. My friend and I are doing Belly dancing and Zumba at the moment. Belly dancing is a bit more relaxing but you can really feel it. The Zumba cardio really keeps you moving. I can't quite do the whole thing yet but I will soon :) It really makes me happy doing these. I recommend workout videos if you can afford them. Half of the time I pick up used DVDs on Amazon.com Read the reviews from other buyers before getting them to make sure they have helped others. You probably can find workout videos on youtube as well. Well that's just a few suggestions from me.

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7/29/09 4:58 P

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I started out my work out thinking I had to work my butt off at the gym for hours until I was completely exhausted. That got old fast because who wants to do that? Then I talked with a couple of trainers at the gym and got some tips. I usually do 20 to 25 minutes on either the treadmill, eliptical, or bike doing 2 of the 3 every time I am at the gym. One of the trainers told me that the best thing to do is sprints, where for example I walk at a pace of 3.8 mph(had to work up to that)for 2 minutes and then bump it to 5.5 mph and sprint for 30 seconds then back down to the 3.8 for 2 minutes. This has obviously been working for me. I do the same on the eliptical and bike. Find a pace that is comfortable for you and then really push yourself for the 30 second sprints. When I first started out I had to even work up to the 3.0 pace and now I am at 3.8. When I started out my sprint pace was at 4.4 The trainer told me that the purpose of sprinting is to shoot the heart rate up and down which makes it attack more fat.

It comes down to a simple question: what do you want out of life, and what are you willing to do to get it?
"Nothing tastes as good as thin feels!"


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7/9/09 12:30 A

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I too think its important to set realistic reachable goals, so I started just walking the dogs around the block (about .6 mile), after a few days I decided that one walk around the block wasn't good enough, so we went again, now I am walking at a faster rate and we walk a couple blocks, I'm up to 1.5 miles a day now and it only took a couple of weeks...I'm going to continue to add more distance every week. It makes me feel good when I do that little bit more and I look forward to my walks everyday instead of dreading it.

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7/8/09 8:50 A

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When I first started my whole process I took it really slow. I didn't bother with monitoring my caloric intake or even weighing myself. I just tried to consciously make better choices and completely quit drinking pop. Then about 2 months after doing this I started to monitor my food on fitday.com and I stepped on the scale for the first time in about 4 months. I was absolutely astonished when I saw that I had dropped from a weight of 370 to 337. Now in the last month I've added a work out to my routine. I walk at least 1.5 a night 5 days a week and have now just joined up with weight watchers. I think for me, especially since I am so heavy and am use to living a certain unhealthy lifestyle for so long it was important for me to take my time and get into the swing of things instead of a drastic life change. I have set goals for me (small usually 10lb goals) and for each I buy myself something special. Right now for my 330lb goal I will buy myself a new charm for my charm bracelet. For 300 I plan on buying a new pair of pants and so on.

Pick up the pieces and try again tomorrow, thats all I can do!


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6/29/09 5:21 P

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Like many others have said, I just started trying to get 30 minutes of cardio in per day when I first started. I would go to the gym and do the elliptical or treadmill during a sitcom or something, which would make the time go by quickly. But just don't overdo it in the beginning or you will either injure yourself or just burn out!

MEGEEK- I am in the same boat! My BF owns every gaming system under the sun, and so his wii sits in a corner collecting dust. I honestly don't think he'd notice if I stole it for a while :)


Hoping to lose 101 lbs!

Goals/ Reward:
230- teeth whitening - Reached 3/3/09!
220- workout clothes - Reached 6/30/09!
210- new hair style- Reached 8/25/09!
199-cute jeans- Reached 11/24/09!
190- iPod


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MEGEEK's Photo MEGEEK Posts: 14
6/29/09 1:18 P

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I COVET the Wii. My boyfriend has one, and he NEVER EFFIN' USES IT! I think I should steal it. That looks like a really good way to get moving without it feeling like work, which is my biggest problem.



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ASHLEY13184's Photo ASHLEY13184 SparkPoints: (0)
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6/27/09 5:33 P

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For me, I have been walking at least a mile a day (usually closer to 2 miles, cause I walk in my neighborhood and just keep walking), count my calories (I stay between 1350 & 1800), and I have not had any soda or alcohol. 7 lbs in a little more than a week seems to prove that it is working.

**GOALS**
220 lbs by Jan 31st - Met Feb 10th
217.5 lbs by Feb 14th (25%) - Met
210 lbs by Mar 15th - Met
200 lbs by Apr 30th - Met
195 lbs by May 7th (50%) - Met
190 lbs by May 31st - Met
180 lbs by Jun 20th - Met
172.5 lbs by Jul 14th (75%) - Met
170 lbs by Aug 17th - Met
165 lbs by Sept 5th - Met
160 lbs by Sept 30th - Met
155 lbs by Oct 31st - Met
150 lbs by Nov 9th - Met


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CHELSEA0828's Photo CHELSEA0828 Posts: 91
6/26/09 2:02 A

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What i've been doing is walking to work most days, which takes me 15 minutes, and sometimes i'll walk home which is another 15 minutes, so 30 minute total walk, which isn't pretty bad. It depends if my feet hurt or not, I work as a service clerk at Walgreen's so i'm always on my feet :(. lol. I also do Turbo Jam, Leslie sansone walk away the pound dvd's, i have a couple Biggest loser dvd's but those are hard for me to do, and i have Jillian michaels 30 day shred, and i'm starting to get the Billy Blank Dvd's.

That's about all i do...



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6/22/09 5:59 P

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I, too, am just recommitting myself, and my goal right now is to walk on our treadmill for a min. of 30 5 days a week if not everyday. I at least try to get in over a mile on there and then I use my 5 lb weights afterwards. I also am thinking of getting the wii fit, or the ea active not sure yet lol, after I start loosing a little weight. I don't really get a REAL lunch break at work, we just kind of eat at our desks and whatnot, but I think during my "lunch" I am going to go walk around the block. Of course I decide to do this right when summers starting lol. Oh well!

*Casey*



Goal 1: 258 - DONE!

Goal 2: 233

Goal 3: 208

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FINAL Goal 5: 175


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ANAMOLY85's Photo ANAMOLY85 Posts: 193
6/8/09 9:46 P

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That Gold's Gym game sounds awesome!

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KRISTEN528's Photo KRISTEN528 Posts: 7
6/8/09 5:13 P

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Good for you for wanting to get up and move! It's not easy but it really is worth it. I started using Walk Away the Pounds dvd's, and then when I was given a Wii and Wii Fit as a joint gift for me and my husband's birthdays I started using that. The Wii has been really great! It's fun to use, you can work out at your own pace and for however long you want. I do the Golds Gym cardio workout game for the Wii now, which is kickboxing, and man is that a workout!

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ANAMOLY85's Photo ANAMOLY85 Posts: 193
6/7/09 10:53 P

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Hey there!

I think 1.5 miles per exercise session is a great goal! For me, when I started, I was going for time. I wanted to make sure that I got 30 min. of walking in.

Now, I do the elliptical 3x/wk for at least 30min.

Best of luck on all your goals! The fact that you are making these goals is great and I hope that you are super excited!!!

Take care,
Juliana

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5/31/09 3:50 P

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Hello, I am recommitting myself to becoming a healthier person. I am trying to find out what did everyone do exercise wise to get started with exercising regularly? I am thinking of just telling myself that I must do 1.5 miles on the treadmill a day. I figure that is a pretty good start and work my way from there. But I would like to hear how everyone else started.

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