- 4 years ago
Calling all fitness savy bees! I need help. I am an overweight hypothyroid sufferer. My whole life I’ve always been slightly pudgy. A few years ago, I hit my biggest after my mother passed. I was over 235 lbs, and realized I needed a change. I successfully lost about 50 ish pounds, and was down to 177 at my lowest! I was very strict, eating less than 1,500 calories daily, with little carbs or sugars. I was also working out constantly. There was a gym by my house that offered hour long fitness classes, I went to 5 or 6 a week. Usually step aerobics, Zumba, kickboxing, power, and the occasional yoga.
Fast forward to today, and my weight has crept back up to about 205. My diet isn’t poor by any means, but I have started birth control, have a much more sedentary job and have moved away from that gym with the classes. My goal is to get back down to 180 ish by my wedding in March, and think I won’t be able to unless I seriously kick up the cardio like I did a few years ago.
But I have NOOOOOO IDEA what to do with myself at the gym! I know how to use the equipment. But I don’t feel like I’m getting anywhere with my treadmill and elliptical routines. I know I need to vary and dabble in weight training, but honestly get unfocused and ineffective when I don’t have immediate guidance. Unfortunately a personal trainer is out of the question. And I’m looking for an affordable gym with classes in this area. But in the interim does anyone have tips on how I can optimize my time at the gym? What should my workouts look like? Since it’s summer I can also look at routines to do outdoors!
any help is GREATLY appreciated!