Post # 1
Well, I thought I was going to leave the bee but I’ve still been lurking a ton. I had a fitness question and my first thought was “the bee knows everything” so here I am…
<br /> <br /> I worked my butt off from 172lbs to 134lbs for my wedding a year ago and I was so proud of my body! (Eeep cant believe we have been married a YEAR this month.) Then I started a stressful job where I’m on my feet all day. I have lost all my muscle, ate terribly and now weigh 140. I only gained 6 pounds but I look like I gained 12lbs since I lost the muscle I worked for. Before my wedding, I was able to attend a wonderful body sculpt class (at my university) 2x or 3x a week and I ran at least 12 miles a week on top of that. I had so much more time back then. Now, joining a gym really isnt an option since the classes dont line up with my free time. I’m only able to run about 2 miles at a time now and have started working on it slowly. That part is going great. I just have NO CLUE how to tone and strengthen the rest of my body. My apartment complex has a gym but I cant stand going in to that dark room and using those machines/weights. At the gym classes, somebody held me accountable and kept the flow of the class going. When I’m in the apartment gym, it’s just me and myself. I get bored, don’t know what to do next and it sucks. I wish I could go back to taking classes. What would the second best option be? I’ll take every suggestion. What has worked for you?
<br />I want to get down to maybe 125 or 128. I have never in my life felt like my body was at its best and this has been my goal for the last 5 years. I’m ~12-15lbs away so I’m almost there!!
Post # 2
try a buddy. when i get bored i get a buddy. but its a bummer you cant do the classes anymore. i gained wieght after the wedding to. and have dropped it by working my ass off for the last 6 months. run those 2 miles. better than none. when i started running out of time i started waking up at 5 am! ugg i know slowly and it took months, i trained myself to wake up. But the netflix classes are videos i used to really like. have you tried videos at home? then you can do a class whenever you have the time. maybe also with a buddy? i dont know where you live but what about biking to work? get some wieghts at home and start slowly, back to the basics.
Post # 3
I watch trashy TV while I work out. It is a great motivator and sometimes you can kind of get lost in the show, and realize hey, I’ve been doing crunches for like 15 minutes straight. Shows that keep me going: Bridezillas, until I got through all the seasons, Marriage Boot Camp, and Crimes of the Century, a CNN documentary (bonus: slightly educational!). We just got HBO Go so I started Sex and the City from the very first ep – should be enough to keep me exercising for the next 20 years, right? I also listen to the Savage Love magnum version, but that’s only about an hour a week.
For toning, I don’t have a strict regime, I just grab my 10 lb medicine ball and swing it around for 20 minutes or so daily while watching TV. You know, over the head, around the waist, toes to head, do sit ups with it, push ups without… I find that counting repitions make me concentrate too much on the exercise and, let’s face it, it’s not usually very fun, so I am more likely to get bored and quit early if I’m paying really close attention to the physical monotony of the workout.
I definitely notice that when I get busy or lazy and go a few days/weeks without working out faithfully, my arms lose tone and my stomach gets softer and poochier. So these exercises, half-assed as they may sound, do help keep me toned!
Post # 4
Try jamie easons live fit trainer. I struggled with the last little bit of weight and this program got me off my plateau. It’s a commitment but she lays out every workout and if you follow it, you will get stronger and lose weight!
Post # 5
sheepandbear: I’m a big believer that strength training is #1. Much better than cardio (especially running, which can actually be detrimental to muscle maintenance/gains). So, if you are totally pressed on time and intimidated by your gym… I would recommend trying some of the challenge DVDs out there that focus on plyometrics and such… Insanity, Beach Body, Jillian Michaels, etc.
Another great option would be to buy some free weights and do an online lifting program like Stronglifts 5×5. It is pretty mapped out and allows you to progressively build your strength up.
Kudos to you on your weightloss and keeping most of it off! That’s a really big loss that you were able to achieve!