(Closed) That annoying 10ish lbs to lose…

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Well, we live somewhere where there really is no winter, so we can be outside year round!  However, I have lived in places where the winter is wicked bad and found that mostly the treadmill was my friend.  Cutting out sugar altogether will help take off most of that weight.

Do you have Celiac?  I know you mentioned a stomach problem and I had a friend who had Celiac and had a hard time losing weight (unless she ate a no-no, in which case she was sick as a dog but lost weight like crazy!)

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Cut out refined carbs and sugars, if you can. Other than that, given your health constraints, I would consult a doctor before changing anything major. It’s more important that you’re living healthy than losing weight (although I realize the latter might seem more pressing!).  if you’re already eating healthy foods, lots of veggies, avoiding sodas and other junk food, and staying active, I wouldn’t try anythign more intense without checking with your health professional.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I was stuck in a plateau for the longest time, and it was strength training that got me out of it. It doesn’t have to be anything heavy or super intense – I started with 5lb dumbells and just did some basic workouts with them. The number on the scale pretty much stayed the same, but I toned up so that I actually looked smaller.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Could you start just walking?  Like on a treadmill maybe?  I think incorporating some cardio and weight training (as PP mentioned) may put you over the top.  I’m not sure what your current activity level but just adding 30 minutes of walking a day may have a HUGE impact.

Good luck!  I too am struggling with the final 5-10lbs!

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I’m in this boat too. I’ll stick to a healthy eating plan for a few weeks and then go off if it.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

As a trainer we are taught that to lose weight you should be doing 50 mins of cardio 5-6 days a week.

Honestly, I’ve been in your same boat but I hate cardio with a passion. I did the whole healthy eating thing, but due to illness there’s only so much I could do food wise. I got into clean eating, basically cutting out processed foods which has seemed to help. On top of that I’ve gotten into strength training. It’s okay for females to lift heavy weights as long as youre keeping correct form and doing the exercise right, females are not going to bulk up like men do our bodies are just not built the same. I would say look on Bodybuilding.com for a program that works for you to start strength training on your own or if you’re really not sure check out a trainer at a local gym to help really specialize a workout for you and your needs.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@dfontaine07:  Let me ask you a question about this…I’ve heard that doing weights you will burn calories long after you stop the workout, but cardio you only burn while you’re workingout. So in my head it makes more sense to do more weight days then cardio days…but is this wrong thinking?

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@MrsConnick:  I’m not sure I’ve ever really heard it put that way. Cardio burns more calories during the workout if you are doing moderate to vigrous activity long enough. It takes about 12 minutes to get into that fat burning mode. The reason strength training burns calories after is in addition to the afterburn, you are gaining muscles and that’s usually about an extra 30 calories burned. But overall more calories will be burned with 40 minutes of moderate cardio than 40 minutes of strength training. Which doesn’t mean chose one or the other, it’s good to have a nice mix.

There really is no wrong way to work out (that’s not true you can hurt yourself if you do something really wrong but that’s different). I’ve seen plenty of professionals post workouts that every other day is cardio mixed with weights. The program I do personally is 4 days of weight training, 1 day of cardio & abs, and 2 days of rest.

For me personally I’m not trying to lose anymore, just maintain and tone so even though cardio burns more calories in a workout if you doing it long enough, the amount of calories I burn strength training is all I need at the moment. But I throw cardio in for good measure once a week.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@dfontaine07:  that makes sense. I’ve been alternating cardio and weights 4-6 days a week. I’m thinking I might do cardio more and maybe weights 1 for 2 of cardio. I’m trying to loose and right now I’m at the weight I have the hardest time moving past. It’s pissing me off! haha But I swear for every trainer I’ve talked to they all tell me something different.

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I lost 12 pounds in a month (140 to 128) by running 3-4 miles 3-4 days a week, trying to eat around 1500 calories 5 days a week and giving myself two cheat days to eat and drink whatever I want. I’ll probably try to crack down and run everyday and cut out sweets and alcohol a month before the wedding, but I doubt that will happen with the bachelorette party, showers, etc! I want to lose ten more pounds as well, so I’m hoping the running continues to work!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@MrsConnick:  That’ll happen with trainers. It really depends on what their certification is through, but I would never say that one way is better than the other. It honestly depends on your body, because everyone is different. I realized what works for me through trial and error. If you are looking for something that helps with losing and toning and is pretty easy to follow, I’d say to look into LIVEFIT Trainer by Jamie Eason. It’s not a hard program but it works for all different people from what I’ve seen. It goes in 3 phases, cardio doesn’t really start until week 5, which I liked but I know others who just couldn’t cut cardio so they did their 30 minutes anyway.

 

@TigerFanRN:  I love cheat days, I don’t think I could have done so well with losing if I didn’t give myself them. & I thought about cutting out the alcohol before the wedding too, but I’m already such a light weight that I’m afraid if I do, I’ll be a hot mess at my wedding with only one light drink. lol

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I Think it’s super duper important to remember that the digits of your weight are not the only numbers that should be taken into consideration when loosing weight. We all fall into the trap of Obsessing with the weight, me too!!!, but forget that weight in our bodies fluctuate due to cycle day, water retention, metabolism, etc. Thus it’s very important to measure yourself, that is your waist, thighs, stomach contours. If that is going down, the weight eventually will.

Just keep doing what you were doing to shed the previous pounds , and you’ll eventually knock off the last ones. Or maybe you won’t because you have more muscle now for example, but your body size will be smaller. For example fat has more volume than weight. Thus you can reduce in size but not reduce that much in weight. Dont weigh yourself every day too. Thats a will power killer.

Drinking lots of water is vital. And cut all salt. No late night meals. Of course no fatty foods either. The pounds will shed off eventually. GL!

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