Post # 1
I’ve recently started working out to tone up and also make sure i fit in my wedding dress. As of 2 weeks ago I can’t get it zipped by about 3 inches.But I also have a wide ribcage vs being fat but I am kinda fat there lol and I don’t want to build muscle I just want to zip the dress
I want to tone my arms and lose weight on my thighs tone them up and also tone my legs and abs.
This is my routine so far: Eating less fatty foods *so hard*
Walking about 2 miles a week *some uphill terrain*
doing lunges 20 reps 2 to 3 times a week
lifting 3 pound weights *i have tennis elbow and much heavier could hurt me* different ways every night for about 10 mins
crunches *i hate em so about 10 min once a week*
want to start jumping rope and will join be joining a gym with a step class and rowing machine
any other advice or ideas on what to do
please and thank you
Post # 3
I recommend nixing the “eat less fatty foods” rule. Eating fat does not make you fat, that’s a common myth. Eat REAL food (cut out soda, junk-food, and overly-processed food), whether it has fat or not. Depriving your body of dietary-fat actually makes it hold onto your body-fat more.
Post # 4
I would definitely increase the amount of walking. To loose weight, an hour a day of brisk/ fast walking would be ideal (4 miles per hour). Here is some info I found:
- Daily Steps: If you are just tracking your daily steps with a pedometer as you go about your job or putter around the house, you can use 2 miles per hour or 2.5 miles per hour. That is 3.2 kilometers per hour to 4 kilometers per hour.
- Easy Health Walk: If you take an easy walk around the neighborhood or park, able to keep up a full conversation, use 3 miles per hour or 5 kilometers per hour as a rule of thumb.
- Moderate to Brisk Walk: If you are walking at a determined to swift pace and breathing noticeably, use 4 miles per hour or 6.5 kilometers per hour.
- Fast Walking: Fast walkers usually know their speed or have measured it. Racewalkers can walk 5-6 miles per hour or even faster. That is 8-10 kilometers per hour.
Post # 5
Once you join the gym I would book an appointment with a personal trainer who will be able to do up a program for you (this might even be free with your membership, most gyms I have joined do the same thing). I think that would probably be best, they can see your body and talk about what routine will work for you. I agree re eating real food (not too much of it), and more cardio. Mixing up the cardio and weights/toning will get you looking fab pretty quick 🙂
Post # 6
Yes, definitely increase your walking in addition to joining the gym. Runner’s World has some good plans to get you running 30 minutes without stopping (starts by alternating running with a lot of walking), which will increase your calorie burn in whatever amount of time you have to devote to walking.
Post # 7
I think you need to dramatically increase the amount of cardio you’re doing. The brisk walking is great.. Maybe try to do 2 miles a few times a week instead of just once a week. I’ve found that cardio has been the key to my weight loss. In the beginning I set aside a lot of workout time for lifting weights, doing crunches etc. but the cardio has helped me see the most results.
Post # 8
Also, I bet some bees who read fitness threads are tired of seeing me write this, but do the 30 day shred!!!! I consistently did similar weight/toning exercises to what you are doing for years while watching tv, but doing them in quick succession with cardio intervals made a HUGE difference–I lost an inch off my hips in two weeks. The total time spent with hand weights is 9 minutes, so that about matches your current ten minute limit on hand weights.
and worst case scenario, could you add a corset back to your dress?
Post # 9
wow thank you ladies so much for all the great advice…i will be taking it and hope to post results for you! i see now that i need to do more walking and more cardio so hopefully I can get going on that and really start seeing some results!!!
oh and by fatty foods i meant like i need to quit eating big macs and pizzas lol i’ve been dong pretty good lately eat more whole grains and wheat bread..low fat milk products and a lot more veggies. so hopefully all together it will work good for me
Post # 10
“by fatty foods i meant like i need to quit eating big macs and pizzas”
Oh yeah, definately cut those out! They are just bad for you in general! But you don’t need to cut out things like avacados, olive oil, milk/cheese, butter, eggs, etc.
Real foods = good
Food-like-substances = bad
And if you can’t pronounce the ingredients, don’t eat it!
Post # 11
@abbyful: lol no i understand what you mean by that me and exercising buddy are looking this over and hope to start the plan on monday *one last horrah this weekend lol*
i know i can’t cut those foods out completely but really once a month is plenty!!
Post # 12
If you want to lose weight, you need to look at your calorie intake versus calories spent. That is how the majority of weight is lost. You can track your calories online with an application like sparkpeople. Basically, you need to eat fewer calories than your body needs to maintain your weight, eating 500 less calories a day than your basal metabolism rate will help you lose a pound a week.