(Closed) breaking down… Need guidance from fit bees!

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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2765 posts
Sugar bee

I’ve trained with a personal trainer several times… my appetite has always increased at least as much as my caloric burn, and I’ve only been able to maintain or gain weight (although of course, some of that was muscle!).  The only exception was when I was boxing/sparring, which was the hardest workout I’ve ever done in my life and caused me to drop a lot of weight.

But I’ve always lost weight when I modified my diet – with an emphasis on eliminating sugar/processed carbs, along with portion control.

Exercise is an awesome way to burn off stress!  People on the boards have been swearing by the 30 Day Shred… you could maybe sample some of it on Youtube to see if it’s for you?

Post # 4
Hostess
18641 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I know what you mean about feeling so hungry after working out!  What I do is try to eat filling things that don’t have a lot of calories to them like a smoothie with protein powder or an apple and peanut butter.  A lot of the girls here love the 30 Day Shred DVD.  I still haven’t tried any of the Jillian Michaels DVDs but I’m thinking about getting the No More Trouble Zones.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

So I started DVRing the work outs that are on Discovery Health at 8 am on weekdays.  They vary between dance workouts, yoga, strength training etc…and are all about 25 minutes to get you going.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

The diet will do most of the job. I have lost over 20 pounds 3 years ago, maintained it and now lost 10 more. For the first 20, I was not exercising. Only the diet did it.

As for exercising in the morning, it will probably be hard to get in the habit, but you will find that it increases your energy level during the day, and then you sleep better at night also.

I used the Mari Winsor Pilates 20 minutes abs workout and 20 minutes bun&thighs. Works wonders for toning. You could also use an exercise ball.
I put my bike on a stand and use it indoors when watching movies. Good for cardio.

For the food, here’s what worked for me:

– drink. a lot of water. add lemon in it. and then drink again!
– you can have as many vegetables as you want.
– have a minimum, and a maximum of two portions of protein every day, space them by minimum 4 hours (1 portion = 3,5 to 4 ounces of meat)
– limit your carbs intake – in my case I can only have rice/potatoes/corn because of gluten intolerence. but I had 1 portion/day, and popcorn (airpopped or SmartPop) when I had the urge to snack. works wonders – I have a huge bowl almost everyday.
– dairy counts as your protein intake. So if you have cheese, you cut your meat intake, for example.
– fruits contain lots of sugar, you should choose a veggie for snacking before choosing fruit. 2 portions per day max. (although, I don’t enjoy fruit that much so that one was easy for me!)

 

You’ll probably get lots of advice, ensure that whatever you choose to do, is something that you can maintain for life, and that you enjoy. It’s key!

Good luck, and let us know how it works for you!

Post # 7
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2006 posts
Buzzing bee

Exercising in the morning won’t make you sleepy, it will actually wake you up! When I used to exercise I would get up at 6, work out for 45min-1hr, shower, eat breakfast, and go to class. I was so awake all day, but by 10pm I was definitely ready to go to sleep πŸ™‚

I’ve done the 30 Day Shred and like it well-enough (I HATE exercise). I would go with that DVD, or similar cardio work-out to try to shed the extra fat. You could have the most toned abs, but no one will be able to see them if you don’t get rid of the fat sitting on top! The nice thing about the shred is that it includes a lot of cardio, but also includes ab work.

As far as getting hungrier when working out, I try to supplement it with drinking more water. Also, right after a work-out I make sure I have an awesome breakfast. Here are some examples of what I eat post-workout:

Breakfast 1: 2 Scrambled egg whites, half a piece of whole wheat toast with 1/2T all natural peanut butter, medium banana

Breakfast 2: 1/2 cup dry oatmeal made with 1 cup skim milk, medium banana

I find a mix of protein/complex carbs for breakfast makes me less hungry the rest of the day. I also will take a Muscle Milk Light in my bag for a quick meal/snack during the day.

Hope that helps a little!

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I found the website sparkpeople.com to be very helpful. Don’t know if you’ve checked that out yet. The website has several tools that track your food intake, exerice and things like how many calories you’ve eaten in a day and how many you burned. It gives you meal ideas and grocery lists.  It helped me realize how many calories that i was eating per day and it was shocking!

I do own the Jillian Michaels video 30 day shred. It is good for cardio but not for much else, at least for me. The work outs are about 25 mintues long.

 

Hope that helps!

Post # 10
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2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I’ve enjoyed using the big giant balls.  I was amazed at how much of a workout you can do with one.  You can do arms abs and legs.  I think that would be a small investment for you and you take with you on your move.  Also, you should try drinking some protein after workouts to help with the cravings or grab a handful of nuts.  Good luck

Post # 11
Hostess
18641 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

@DDW: I think all you need for the 30 day shred are hand weights.  Actually, I think a bigger breakfast and smaller dinner is great.  You need most of your energy first thing in the morning and as long as you don’t get late night munchies, you will be golden!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

You’ve got to cut out the bagel. My personal trainer puts a big NO on those things. I usually do a thing of yogart and piece of fruit or a smoothie.  One thing though is becareful about some smoothies because they put creamer.  Just tell them to keep it out. 

Post # 13
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2767 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

could you sign up for any exercise bootcamps in your area?  they usually meet a few times a week each morning and don’t last a whole year.  How about aerobics classes?  There are other things you can pay for to get in shape that don’t require a year long gym membership.

I always like 8 minute abs on youtube.  It’s great for toning the stomach.

Post # 14
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640 posts
Busy bee

As a personal trainer, I hear a lot of clients say they are hungrier after working out. Most people I’ve spoken with are eating a high or fairly high carb diet which does not keep you full as long as a high fat/high protein diet. If you want some workout tips/nutrition tips pm me!

Post # 15
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655 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I recommend Weight Watchers and any of the Jillian Michaels DVDs, or Beach Body Insanity. You can even do Weight Watchers just online for only $12 a month, though meetings are especially helpful to learn healthy eating guidelines.

I also think your idea of working out in the morning is great. I just started doing that in the past month or two, and have found that my energy and hunger are okay if I eat protein and filling foods at every meal. Also, I swapped my lunch and dinner, and now lunch is my biggest meal of the day and I try to make sure I eat every 3-4 hours.

Your goal is completely attainable in your time frame. Good luck!

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