Post # 1
With sooooooooo many diet plans and workout routines out there, how did you decide on what would work for you?
Last Saturday I stepped on the scales and I weigh more now than I ever have. I was shocked. The weight didn’t come over night, but I really didn’t think the number would be so high. I could feel that I gained weight in my clothes and movement, but the number really killed my spirits.
I decided to start up 17 day diet again. I had great success with it last time, but due to some major stress in my life I started to binge and went off the plan. Now here I am 50lbs overweight, and miserable.
My main problem is working out. In the past I would diet and lose a bunch of weight but still be ‘skinny fat’ because I never worked out and toned up. I would like to really workout now, but I am so confused as to where to start, as silly as that sounds. I’ve also got a long list of excuses. I don’t deny they are excuses, but still can’t seem to get past them, bite the bullet and workout.
Gym’s are out of the question due to budget, so I need some at home workout routines for beginners as my life is very sedentary working at a desk all day and with alot of weight to lose. I have a few hand weights ranging in 2-8lbs.
Any bee’s on a current workout regimen that they would recommend? I have searched the internet high and low, but there’s so much to chose from, I’m lost.
Post # 3
I’ve done the 30 Day shred before, okay I’ll be honest I’ve really done the 15 day shred before. I get bored after awhile. I did see results pretty quickly though as far as clothes fitting better.
I do Zumba once/week and it’s a lot of fun 🙂
Are there any outdoor activities you enjoy? My DH and I bike ride 3-4 times/week. It’s great exercise and different each time depending on which trail we choose. It can also count as a date 🙂 I’ve learned that if it’s something I really like doing, I’ll stick to it and it doesn’t feel like a chore.
Post # 4
I do Insanity. I have lost 15lbs over 5 weeks, I love it. Clean eating also contributed to the weight loss.
Post # 5
I get bored with dvds really quick and I’ve found that just going out for walks, which eventually turned in to jogging works well. It’s kind of relaxing for me too because I can tune things out and think about things. You can even carry your lowest weight with you and swing your arms like power walking and that’ll help tone your arms.
Post # 6
The best exercise is one that you can do, and do often.
So what do you like to do? If you find yourself getting bored or no motivation to hit a gym, try a gym that has classes like zumba or try a bootcamp style where you workout with other people at a set time.
Or maybe lessons of some sort interest you. Boxing? Martial Arts? Dancing like adult tap or hip hop? Rock climbing?
Try everything and mix it up so that you live a more active lifestyle in general. Country Line dancing at the local bar, hiking on Sat mornings.
Since you dont workout much at all, you will find that doing anything reguarly will give you great progress.
Post # 7
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I’d start counting calories to get you to a net 1500-1800 a day after subtracting your exercise. I suggest Livestrong’s My Plate. I find it much less pissy than MyFitness Pall. You could go as low as 1200 without hitting starvation mode, but you might make the whole thing too unrealistic and get frustrated. If you can afford it, get a personal trainer, even if it’s just for a few weeks, so that he or she can teach you how to use weights and how to create your own workout plan. Building muscles will supercharge your weight loss. Then add some cardio. My favorite is running, but it took me a good 10 or 15 weeks to like running. In the beginning, it was hell, and I only stuck with it because I was determined to run a 5k and had already paid for it. My best advice if you choose running is to focus on distance, not time or speed. When you run, run slow. Never run faster than conversation pace (so you should always be able to carry on a conversation while running)–unless you get super serious and end up doing speed interval training, in which case, you’ll run way harder for those short bits, but that’s advances stuff for later. Otherwise, Zumba and spin classes and Bodypump are GREAT for weightloss.
Post # 8
I know a ton of people have probably suggested this to you before, but I’ve seen the most success with Weight Watchers. A slow and steady weight loss but a plan that allows me to indulge – the key to staying on it. It should be a lifestyle change, not a diet.
Post # 9
What I do is a combination of running and weights. I started a couch to 5k program and now run 35 minutes a day 5 days a week. It really helps to do cardio.
Then 3 days a week I use dumbbells and a do 3 circuits of the following:
push ups (knees are fine)
For me it is really helpful. I started with super low weights and low number of reps and tried to add a few every week. It really helped!
Post # 10
I always recommend “The Abs Diet for Women” by David Zinczenko to every woman that asks me for advice. It’s about eating better and fueling your body rather than “dieting,” and I never feel hungry because you eat throughout the day. The book has recipes and workouts, too, which are available on DVD. I lost 50lbs last year because of this book. It really helped me understand how the body processes foods, which made me more aware of what I put in my body.
Also, reading his other books like “Eat This, Not That!” were a tremendous help to me, too! You don’t have to cut out all the delicious things you love, because there are lower-calorie options out there of the same dish.
Whenever I feel like changing up my routine or I don’t have much time (which also consists of DVDs by Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper), I go to Pinterest for some quick body weight workouts! There’s a ton of them in the fitness section. I’m currently doing a “Spartan 300 Ab Circuit” and I’m already seeing results, which is a miracle because my stomach is my problem area!
You can do this! Stay strong. 🙂
Post # 11
I LOVE Zumba Fitness Rush on XBOX Kinect. It’s the one form of exercise that I actually enjoy doing and it’s an excellent workout! I also use MyFitness Pal to count my calories and track workouts. With the two programs, I’ve lost 21 pounds since January! YAY!
Post # 12
If you are sedentery you have to start at the beginning. Sure, you can get some videos, but I think the best and most natural way to get in shape and stay in shape is to change the way you move daily. The most simple workout is walking. Use your light weights and walk around your neighborhood in the morning before work, in the evening before dinner, whenever you have the time. To get the most out of your walking, walk in intervals of 5 minutes medium paced, then 2 minutes as fast as you can, and one minute slower. Then shoot back up to medium. This will burn more calories and keep the workout from being too boring. First shoot for 30 minutes 3 days a week. Finish each walk with 10 pushups, 20 lunges each side, 20 squats, and 50 crunches (or as many as you can). As you get used to this, increase the pace to a power walk, or light jog or add an extra day per week
Also, each day try to move more. You would be surprised, but things like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking your car further, and walking a bit during your lunch break all add up to more calories burned and more muscle strength
Post # 13
I did P90X about a year ago with great results. The DVDs are a little pricey but it’s a one time investment and you can use them for as long as you want.
Beachbody puts out a lot of other fun DVDs as well, like TurboFire and Brazil Butt Lift. Insanity is good too, but it may be a little difficult for a “beginner.”
You can also try hiking, running, browsing your local Groupon for deals on fitness classes/memberships. I recently got a month long membership at LA Boxing for $49 that I’m using now. There’s ALWAYS fitness deals on there (and LivingSocial). Rock climbing is a great workout also – check out a local climbing gym. Day passes with rentals are generally less than $20 or you can buy punch cards to save a little bit.
Post # 14
This requires no equipment whatsoever.
I highly suggest doing this every day. It’s only 20 minutes, but it will keep you active. On days you are particularly motivated, you can do the more intense workouts, but try to do 20 minutes when you’re not motivated. I find it is a lot easier to say no to an hour long work out, but there’s no excuse to not do the 20 minutes. I spend more than 20 minutes on this site several times a day.
Post # 15
I’ll throw in another vote for MFP. It has helped me so much. I thought I was eating well before I started keeping track, but my calorie count was much higher than I thought. I’ve lost 7lbs in about 7 weeks since starting (spread pretty much evenly, so ~one pound a week), which is the longest successful string of consistent weekly weightloss I’ve had in years.
As far as exercise, I walk at least 4 miles a day (everyday unless something big comes up, which is usually less than 1-2 times a month), which takes about 1 hour (but usually a little less). I walk farther than this pretty often (usually about 3-4 times a week), and I do about 8 miles then (usually split between 1 morning and 1 afternoon/night session). I run sometimes, but I really dislike it. It does burn the same amount of calories a lot quicker (it could also burn a lot more calories if you ran the same amount of time, but I don’t have that kind of stamina), so I need to get back in the habit.
I find that I do best if I don’t take breaks from exercising. If I stop for a day or two, I don’t want to start back. I start making those excuses you mentioned, and I’ll end up way off track fast. However, if I make a commitment to go everyday no matter what, I feel terrible if I skip even one day. So, I make it work (which usually isn’t all that hard; I just don’t always want to do it).
I’m bad about weight training. I rarely do it because I hate it, and I don’t want to gain much muscle. Most say women simply can’t gain much muscle unless they’re really going to extremes, but I know my number loss on the scale comes to a screeching halt when I start working with weights. I have a Jillian Michaels tape that I’ve been trying to get motivated to use again. I like it pretty well (as far as workouts go), and it would be a good starter routine.
Post # 16
In march I decided I had to do something because I knew my engagement was coming, which meant a wedding was coming and I wanted to look better but I also knew that starting our family in the next few years, I wanted to be healthy.
So I started bike riding. I would do anywhere between 5 to 10 miles a day. I loosely started to watch what I was eating and kind of cut out soda. I lost about ten pounds.
Then i went to the Doctor at the end of June and there is something very real about seeing your weight and having “the” health talk with your doctor. So a couple weeks back I had purchased ten pound hand weights that I hadn’t really used and EA active sports 2 for wii (only 10 bucks, what a baragin). I started the 60 day challenge on it. And I focused more on what I was eating, cutting out most sweets and soda completely gone and upping my water, vegetable/fruit intake. I am down another 10lbs.
So really I am just watching a little closer what I am eating and using EA ACtive 2. I try and be active every day. The EA active has two rest days but I use other exercises on there to fill in a day and although I don’t “exercise” on my one rest day, I do try and be active.
Whatever, I’m doing its making me happier and I do see some change. I’ve thought about joining a gym but can’t afford it. Just pick an exercise you enjoy.