(Closed) The new and improved me! Well…that’s the plan.

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  • Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Im doing 30 day shred at the moment – MAN – it is tough and so easy to do, it only takes 25 minutes!

    Might be an idea to move this to fitness though?

    Post # 4
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 1999

    I second the 30 Day Shred!  It’s an amazing workout that is short, sweet, and simple! 

    Good Luck!!

    Post # 5
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 2012

    I am going to start working out hardcore when I get home next week, and I also plan to watch my diet (no starving; just watching portion sizes and eating more fruits and veggies).  As far as working out goes, here’s what I have planned so far:

    -Swimming.  Great because it’s both resistance training AND cardio.  I’m going to go for about 45 minutes of swimming laps each day.

    -Hiking/walking.  This won’t be as regular of an activity, nor do I plan on it being particularly strenuous.  I just want to go for some nice walks with my Boyfriend or Best Friend and see some beautiful scenery.  Basically just get myself up and moving.  I suppose just walking a few laps around the mall will work, too.

    -Dancing.  Every Monday night, for two hours.  Traditional British country dances.  They’re fun and silly.  I may try to drag the Boyfriend or Best Friend to the occasional swing dancing class, too.  This is also a great way to get out and meet people!

    -Pole dancing.  Yes, yes, I know.  Lots of gyms offer classes.  A friend of mine has been doing it recently and says it’s lots of fun, a great workout, and a chance to feel silly and empowered, even though she doesn’t ever plan to try it outside of the classroom.  I agree that it sounds like lots of fun!

     

    Does anyone else have some exciting, fun ideas that aren’t just busting butt on the treadmill?

    Post # 6
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I agree with working on portion size.  The best way to lose weight is through diet.

    Post # 7
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    Sounds like a great plan! Good on you! I’ve been doing some training with a trainer at the gym and something that I’ve found really fun is boxing stuff. Really good cardio, we do boxing combos and then things like, lunges, squats, push ups and stuff in between. Exhausting, sweaty but still fun! I’m also hitting up the treddy but I’m trying to make it a bit more fun by challenging myself to run for longer each time. I was just super excited I could run at all on it to begin with. I’m up to 7 mins now and hopefully eventually I’ll be doing heaps more! Good luck with it!

    Post # 8
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    The 30 Day Shred (or any of Jillians DVDs) is an awesome way to get in a workout from home.  I started doing these in April and have toned up consiterably.  I would also recommend keeping a food journal of what you eat throughout the day.  Just write down everything you eat without bias.  I found that by eliminating my almost daily dessert with lunch and 1/2 and 1/2 in my coffee I was able to start making small changes that have helped me feel healthier and more in control.  So many of us struggle with weight, you are certainly not alone!  Good luck 🙂 

    Post # 9
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    When it comes to dieting I like to follow the 300 calorie rule: don’t ever eat more then 300 calories at a time, just eat often.  I actually break it down even further then that and I eat very small portions every 2 hours between 630 am (when I wake up) and 630 pm (my dinner).  That way I’m NEVER hungry (which prevents over eating) and it actually makes my work day go by faster lol.

    For exercising I’m lucky enough that my Man of Honor is a personal trainer.  He kicks my butt on a regular basis lol.  I vary the intensity (Saturday/Sunday are “easy” days – light cardio and 30 minutes of Pilates, Monday and Friday are “kill myself cardio” days, Tuesday and Thursday are medium cardio and hardcore toning, and Wednesday is my “off” day, though I do play kickball in a league that day).

    I’ve been at this since June 21, and though I haven’t lost a single pound my body has undergone a complete change, and I LOVE IT!

    This winter I’m going to do the Insanity workouts (luckily a friend of mine said I could have hers, so I don’t have to dish out a ton of cash for it) since I won’t want to go to the gym (I go right after work and I would have to carry like twice as much stuff like a sweatshirt and sweatpants to wear home since I won’t want to put on my nice coat when I’m all sweaty, and I already carry WAY too much) and I think I might do the 30 day shred at the end of next summer!

    Post # 10
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Hi Ladies!

    I think the shred is great too, I think its a great kick start into fitness. Once youre doen the month you can eitehr keep going or work something else in.

     

    I have been using teh spark people website to help log calories etc, and have foudn it really helpful! also everyone there is very friendly and encouraging!

     

    If you want to find me, I have the same user name on there as here! Is anyone else on sparkpeople?

     

     

    Post # 11
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I really love the Cook Yourself Thin practice. It’s slower progress than the 30 day shred but it’s more about changing the way you think about food and the way you portion out your food for long-term healthier benefits. 

    Post # 12
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    What about pilates?  It’s fantastic for creating long, toned muscles — and muscle tone burns fat and increases your metabolism!  Also, I think you see the results pretty fast, not in a way where you drop tons of weight right away, but more in that you’ll notice your muscles taking shape and your clothes fitting better pretty quickly.  When I’m good about doing pilates, I can see my arms and abs starting to look more toned in just about a week.  When you see results, you stay motivated!

    Good luck!

    Post # 13
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    Buzzing bee

    I do Zuzana’s 12 minute workouts at http://www.bodyrock.tv.  It’s free and she is insane.  In fact its a lot like the insanity program but free.

    Post # 14
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    Buzzing bee

    I do Zuzana’s 12 minute workouts at http://www.bodyrock.tv.  It’s free and she is insane.  In fact its a lot like the insanity program but free.

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