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nycparis100 : OK so I’m plus sized, now more than on my wedding day. But there was a time I was thin, 120 on five foot four. Now I won’t say my weight but wedding day I was about 180. More now.
Anyhow weight does NOT budge on me currently so I couldn’t lose weight but I worked on toning my arms every single day.
I did bicep curls AM/PM three sets of ten. No rushing go slow even on the way down. I did laterals (arm by hip with the weight and lift up it’s super hard so start on a low weight). Edited to change exercise. I did the side lateral raise. This works your lats.
I also tried to do 20ish push ups a day. And planks for 30 seconds each. Works your core but also arms.
It totally helped! I do not hate my arms in my wedding photos!!
If I remember the name of thst modified exercise I’ll post back.
Best part is these did not cost extra. I did it at home.
If you tend to get a sore neck start slow and stop if you have sharp pain.
I would avoid any crash dieting besides the obvious reasons, there was a story posted awhile back where a woman wanted so badly to be thinner for her wedding she dieted enough to where she felt sick on her wedding day. I think she even had major diarrhea. You do NOT want to be or look sick on your wedding day. Especially if you plan on suddenly eating all the food after having not. That can make you so so sick.
Even though I’m plus sized I’ve tried many lifestyle changes and super low carb actually made me very sick and caused stomaxh issues. Obviously it works for some but if you start to feel sick listen to your body. Honestly I think dieting destroyed my metabolism. I’d lose then gain plus more several times and had I just stuck with the original diet/lifestyle I’d likely still be 150 pounds now.
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Honestly you can probably afford to put on muscle weight. Don’t focus on the numbers on the scale: muscle weighs more than fat, but it’s good for you and will make you look fitter.
Daily push-ups transformed my arms and they’re pretty toned now, even though I’m not quite as skinny as you are. I started off with something like 50 knee-push ups throughout the day, and now I do 245 full ones daily. It’s made a big difference to my shape and I’ve gotten compliments about it.
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amongclouds : 245 full push ups every day?! Impressive 👏👏 How long does it take you to do them?
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valintine : I do them in 7 sets of 35, which makes it much more manageable than doing them all in one go. It probably takes me less than ten minutes in total, which is achievable even when I’m extremely busy – in the last 194 days, I’ve only missed one day of pushups. I would highly recommend this approach!
My fiance does 350 per day (7 x 50), but I’m definitely not ready for that. He’s been doing them for 223 consecutive days, which is crazy.
Post # 51
Everyone pretty much covered it but EAT MORE, like a lot more, and lift heavy. You need to do muscle toning and need the energy from food (including carbs) to build muscle. Don’t look at the scale. Honestly you could gain 5 lbs of muscle and still look slimmer than you do now if you eat the right amount of calories – you will not gain any muscle on 1200 cals + working out daily.
Post # 52
Thanks so much for the very helpful suggestions. I have too many people in my close circle professional ballet dancers along with my job. I work in the fashion industry in NYC . I also come from highly critical parents so it was really nice to hear outside honest opinions. I’m going to do my best with the suggestions on weight lifting and tweaking my diet a little . I see gorgeous plus size women with arms I would love to have definition wise . I guess I was listening too much to family members who said I could work out all day but unless I lost weight you would not see definition in my arms.