(Closed) Bees with fitness goals: what are you doing? and is it working?

posted 7 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I lost 20 pounds so far and want to lose another 20, which will make me pretty slender for my height (I’m 5’9). So far I’ve been counting calories only 1500-1600 per day and working out 4-5 days per week. 3 days of cardio and 2 days of strength training and its been working! I work out at the gym and love to take group classes. Some of my favorites are spin class, hot yoga, body works and zumba. It makes working out much more fun.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2004

hey i just started body for life.. it is awesome! i have only been on it for one week and lost 5 pounds.. its sooo easy as well. but im not saying you dont have to push yourself when your working out, but its for such a short amount of time.. so it feels easy!

you do a cardio work out for 20 mins 3 times a week and then you do weights for around 40 mins. so you alternate them, day 1 cardio, day 2 weights, day 3 cardio, day 4 weights..etc.. and you then have a day off where you dont do anything..

and there is an eating component too. you eat 6 small meals a day. you dont cut out carbs. but you have to eat low gi carbs, and you dont feel like your starving, so its good! i havent felt lethargic at all while being on this!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I started doing crossfit. It’s expensive but SO awesome. It’s all about using your own body weight and pushing yourself to the very edge of what you can handle. I think you should be in relatively decent shape before beginning, and make sure you going to a reputable crossfit gym.

My dress was too tight when I bought it (its a sample) and they were going to let it out…after 2 weeks of crossfit it fits perfectly!

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

I am doing Jillian Michaels DVDs 4-5 times a week, couting points with weight watchers, and keeping carbs under 100 per day.

I have PCOS so carbs really make me gain weight, but cutting white sugar, bread and pasta may help you shed.

Good luck! I know its difficult, but if you keep at it, you will lose!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@loveknows, yes, strength training is super important! I hate using the machines at the gym, so I go to a strength training class called Body works, you may have one at your gym and its awesome and such a great work out. After the class I can barely lift my arms and I noticed the past month of so, I have had to increase the weight size that I use because my body is actually gaining more muscle, its awesome!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I watched Groupon for a while until a bootcamp option came up locally.  So now 3 times a week I have been attending bootcamp and it has been a huge help!!  I have lost weight and overall am feeling more energetic. 

I also think running was what actually tipped me over.  I started running in the mornings before work and then eating a healthy breakfast. 

The key for me was not to try diets or anything too strict.  Just an overall eat healthy, dont drink sodas has been really working for me!!

Also weight can be a tricky way to measure your progress.  The new bootcamp I was in explained that muscle weighs more than fat so it is possible to gain weight while losing inches.  So it is best to take some measurements – around your waist, thighs, etc and then track your progress that way.

I am new to all this so I am sort of just regurgitating what people have been saying to me recently.  But it has been working for me =) 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@lizzieloverex – I’ve heard Body for Life is wonderful – I’m actually doing the Game On! Challenge which is built upon the principles of BFL! It’s a game created by one of the BFL Champions.

@Loveknows – How much water are you drinking? I’m up to 3+ Liters per day and it’s helped a lot with the bloat that comes with dehydration. My body isn’t holding on to that extra water weight that it was before.

I have lost 9.2 lbs in the last month doing Jillian Michaels’ Ripped in 30, combined with eating 5-6 small meals per day, drinking a ton of water and now doing Jillian’s 30 Day Slimdown rotation of DVD’s. I have 6 more lbs til my goal and I’d like to get there before my vacation on 9/23. Of course, I may gain it all back on vacation! D’oh! Then I’m doing Supreme 90 after vacation to carry me through the holidays.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Also, I track everything in the Noom weightloss app on my phone!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Take your measurements in addition to weighing yourself.  You might find that you’re gaining muscle so you weigh more, but are shrinking.

Currently I’m doing cross training, yoga and eating low-carb (ie:  basically only lean protien and vegetables).  It works really well (7 lbs in 2 weeks, and I’m smaller-framed to begin with), it’s easy to do (no counting calories, just eat a palm full of protien at meals, and a thumb size of protien at snacks, with as much veg as you want) and I’m not hungry at all.  Only problem is that it’s really boring.  I’m so freaking sick of chicken and vegetables lol.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’ve just refocused on my fitness…specifically, running.  My goal is now to run a half marathon, hopefully in the next year.  A few weeks ago I ran 15 km (doing 10 and 1s) and three days ago I ran 11km without a break.  I feel like I’m getting somewhere!

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

-Do weight training at least 3-4 days/week.

-Try to do at least 3 hours of cardio/week on top of weight training. (So in total, I was working out 5-6 days a week for about an hour a day)

-Jillian Michaels is kinda crazy but she makes a good workout video!  No More Trouble Zones, 30 Day Shred, and 6 week 6 pack are awesome.  If you have Exercise TV on demand, there’s a lot of other good options too. 

-Get some measuring tape and take your measurements every few days, it’s a much better indicator of whether you’re getting smaller than a scale.

-Avoid carbs as much as possible… take a nibble of a dessert but not a whole pastry, eat fruits (and occasionally whole grains) if you want carbs, and try to avoid restaurant food altogether b/c they sneak in fat, sugar, and starch like you wouldn’t believe.  High protein, low carb, low fat, lots of spices!

-I don’t know if you drink, but try not to more than once a week and when you do, make sure it’s relatively low calorie.  Margaritas are yummy but nobody gets skinny from drinking them 🙁

Post # 16
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Newbee

PROTEIN!!! Cut all carbs, fill it in with protein. I understand on weekends someone wants to go on a pizza run, so eat a pack of tuna and a couple of hard boiled eggs (no yolk) first and instead of eating 2 slices you’re too full to even finish the 1st slice.

water water water!!

women often make the mistake of thinking cardio is the most important thing, and men think the same for weights. You have to do them both. Don’t skip out especially on legs and back. You want a lean torso? Don’t focus on abs; you could do a thousand cruches a day and I promise you you will not have a 6-pack. I swear by squats, every single kind to include lunges. Squats will engage your entire body, but you can’t cut corners at the gym. Make a schedule of the different muscle groups you will be working out.

Don’t get into a routine when at the gym because you WILL plateau. You get better and quicker results with muscle confusion.

Also, remember that muscle weighs more than fat. I’m 4’11 and I weigh 113. By reading that, I’m sure many are thinking, “golly, Riki weighs a lot for being that short!” I’m also only 11% body fat and people actually guess my weight as 100 lbs. So don’t worry what that scale says, in fact, throw that shit away.

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