Post # 1
I’m wondering if there are any nutritionist/personal trainer bees who would be willing to look over my fitday.com food journals for the past ~3 months and give me any tips.
I *am* losing weight, but not as quickly as I’d like. I’ve been focused mainly on diet and haven’t done much in the way of exercise. Due to financial limitations (and lousy knees that prohibit running), any exercise I do will probably be heavily tied to my Wii Fit and the various dance games that go with it (Zumba, Gold’s Gym, etc.). I also have a handful of free weights (ball, bands, 5 and 10 lb. dumb bells, etc.) that I have access to. I ordered my dress about a zillion sizes too BIG, so that’s not really a concern. I’d love to get my waist as small as possible and have my arms look strong and slender.
My fiancee and I are both full time students and unemployed at the moment, so I’m hoping for some bee help. I wish I could afford a gym membership, trainer, and nutritionist, as I’ve always had success with that in the past, but it just isn’t in the cards right now.
Height: 5′ 5.5″
Original Weight: 179 lbs. on 9/27/11
Goal Weight: 120 lbs. on 5/1/12
Current Weight: 166.6 lbs on 12/10/11
My FitDay.com Info: http://fitday.com/fitness/PublicJournals.html?Owner=brittaful
Thank you all *SO* much for any help you can offer!!!
Post # 3
Ive been using Jillian Michael DVD’s for a few years now and I find that they give me great results. I recently cancelled my gym membership because I never used it and I found that I got a better workout done at home. I have the 30 day shred and the metabolism boost video and they have strength, cardio, and abs in the DVDs. I highly recommend them.
Post # 4
Any exercise is better than nothing. You’ll get more results if you have a concentration on both.
Post # 5
@MsNarwhal: Thanks for the suggestion! After reading the reviews, I’m not sure if it’ll work with my existing knee issues, but I’ll keep looking!
@MissGreen: I’m definitely aware of that, but was hoping someone would be willing/able to give some custom advice. Thanks anyway!
Post # 6
@brittaful: From looking at your profile really quickly it doesn’t look like you are getting enough calories. Adult women should not be eating less than 1200 calories a day. Also, are you eating the majority of your calories in the morning or at night? What time do you stop eating? Make sure you stop eating before 7 or 8pm.
Post # 7
@kate169: Thanks for the feedback, I’ll try to up my calories.
My food is spread pretty evenly throughout the day, although I do tend to have a slightly larger meal at dinner. Morning is usually protein shake, kashi bar or fruit, and a small piece of low fat cheese. Snack is usually another piece of fruit and some veggie bologna or turkey. Dinner is usually a combination of protein with some veggies and a little bit of fat (tsp of olive oil in cooking or something along those lines). Evening snack is usually a protein shake and maybe something else, depending on where my calorie balance fell throughout the day. I stop eating late (usually around 10pm), but I don’t usually go to sleep until 2 or 3 am…
Post # 8
@brittaful: Can you run or jog at all? In order to tone up you will need to incorporate cardio into your routine too…cardio is the best for melting fat because you can sculpt your muscles all you want but it won’t matter if theres a layer of fat over the muscle.
Post # 9
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Post # 10
I would suggest you up your calories above 1200. You can use an online calorie calculator to determine how many you get per day to lose the amount of weight you want over the given time. I never go below 1400–it’s too few and makes it too hard.
Your percent carb is kind of high in my opinion, and your fiber looks low. I would suggest cutting all the “white stuff” out of your diet for a few weeks and see if that makes difference. Instead of a cookie, eat a piece of high quality dark chocolate.
You can also try more veggies–like carrots, frozen greenbeans, etc. They will make you feel fuller and give you more fiber. I have found that trying to eat the full five to seven fruits and veggies is tough–but will help full you up and replace bad snacks.
Finally, drink water and try to get eight hours of sleep. If your knees have problems, do arm weights. Weight bearing excersize is the best thing you can do.
Post # 11
No gym? Do pushups! You can also borrow fitness DVDs from the library for free. You can do squats and lunges without weights, or pick up some cheap weights on craigslist or at target. I would get a pair of five pounds, and a pair of ten pounds. If you build muscle now, it will also make losing weight easier.
120 at 5’5″ is pretty ambitious. Realize that as you lose weight, you also want to be building muscle. You can have someone who is 120 with no muscle in comparison to someone 130 with muscle and they can look very different. Especially when you lose a lot of weight, realize that as you get closer to your goal your plan should be flexible enough to adjust. Don’t get too married to a number, and remember that while everyone wants to look good in the dress, this should also be about improving your health, stamina and strength. That’s what helps with long term maintenance.
Congratulations on the ten pounds you’ve already lost!