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    • Fitness for Life- How I lost nearly 100 lbs

      Happy New Year! Each year I tend to avoid making any solid New Years resolutions, partly because I feel they have a tendency to set people up for failure, partly because I already expect too much of myself on a daily basis, I hardly see the need to add more to it.
      However, with that in mind, I'd like to share a Deep Dark secret that I've been harboring. I used to be Fat. No, Really. At my absolute heaviest, (March 21, 1996) I weighed 232 pounds, (as per the doctors scale!). Granted, I was pregnant, but I was also, FAT. I wasn't only unfit and unhealthy, I was absolutely miserable.

      I felt it was imperative that I immediately get into shape and lose as much weight as I could, as rapidly as possible. Biggest loser hadn't yet been thought of, I'd watched friends and family struggle through weight watchers meetings for years, counting calories, weighing foods, trying the latest fad diets, atkins, the zone, south beach, you name it. To me, the answer seemed quite simple, get off my widening rear, get moving and stop eating ridiculous amounts of food.

      I read numerous bodybuilding and fitness websites trying to figure out what type of workout plan would work best for me. What I learned (and I am greatly simplifying) is that in order for your body to burn larger amounts calories, the larger muscle groups need to work. The more they work, the more calories they burn. The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn.

      Pretty simple stuff!

      How much you need to workout entirely depends on your own lifestyle.

      • Are you fairly active?
      • Do you sit down most of the day (for your job)?
      • Do you walk to work, drive?
      • Are you trying to lose weight or maintain weight?
      • Why are you getting fit?

      Here is the complete Free Workout plan for each day, including video clips of each exercise to help you use the correct form. In addition, each workout includes a free printable workout worksheet.

      1. Monday -Triceps, Biceps, Forearms
      2. Tuesday - Legs & Abs
      3. Wednesdays Workout - Rear End!
      4. Thursdays Workout- Shoulders, Traps & Abs
      5. Friday's Workout Hamstrings, Quads & Back
      6. The Weekend Workout

      You can view additional information in our Weight Loss forums:


      What to Eat- or better yet, what NOT to eat!
      Here are a few guidelines of the dietary changes that were made to accomplish this rapid change. Food Guidelines
      Comments 16 Comments
      1. mos's Avatar
        mos -
        I would love to see your weekly plan, but I just can't read a guide that is one letter/line at a time!
        Anything that you can do?
      1. gizer25's Avatar
        gizer25 -
        Quote Originally Posted by mos View Post
        I would love to see your weekly plan, but I just can't read a guide that is one letter/line at a time!
        Anything that you can do?
        I opened the links and saw what you saw but when I enlarged my window, everything was back into paragraph form and easy to read If I misunderstood your dilemma, sorry that I wasn't any help.
      1. quiettaryn's Avatar
        quiettaryn -
        It's kind of like Google is extending the ads all the way down, which squishes everything, even in a full screen... I don't know what you could do, really, but I'm thinking of copying and pasting into wordpad, so I can remove the ad...

        I love that someone pointed this article out. I missed it the first time and have so very much to lose.... *sigh*

        Taryn, sitting a squidge under 300 lbs...
      1. FreebieQueen's Avatar
        FreebieQueen -
        Could someone who's experiencing this issue take a screenshot and send it to

        contact @ budget101.com (without the spaces), so we can fix it- we need to know what browser you're using, which version the browser is (like FF 3.2, etc) also, if you happen to know what your Monitor screen resolution is set at, that would help greatly as well!!

      1. youngheather4's Avatar
        youngheather4 -
        Dang girl me and myranda didn't belive you were ever heavy . You really are the woman that can do it all . Myranda misses you so much . i want to be like you when i grow lol
      1. Liss's Avatar
        Liss -
        Dang girl me and myranda didn't belive you were ever heavy
        lol, Hi heather, hugs randa!!! I miss her too, haven't seen her in ages.

        i want to be like you when i grow lol
        lol, k.. but what if I don't ever want to grow up?

      1. sprinkles2's Avatar
        sprinkles2 -
        Very impressive! Did you follow any special guidelines for eating?
      1. jj2020's Avatar
        jj2020 -
        very impressive! thats alot of hard work, and by yourself, no groups! where's your diet/eating guidelines? I'm trying to lose weight, and redo our eating habits-my husband had his cholesterol checked @ his last appt. the Dr. called in a panick, his cholesterol was over 500! I need to figure this out and on a budget! thax
      1. FreebieQueen's Avatar
        FreebieQueen -
        The food guidelines are listed in the link above. Here it is again:

      1. ValerieAnne's Avatar
        ValerieAnne -
        Thanks so much, this may be one of my favorite sections. I am a new member, so I am still working my way around the site! You look great!
      1. ZXjon's Avatar
        ZXjon -
        wow you look great! grats on the new you
      1. MM100MOM's Avatar
        MM100MOM -
        I'm starting slowly to lose weight. Most of my life I was thin and able to lose weight easily after each baby but since our middle child was brain injured as the result of his service in Iraq 7 years ago I'm sleeping odd hours and not as organized as I used to be and am having a hard time. I'm also an emotional eater so you can see where that's going haha I've been working on a plan that is slowly coming together for me. I used to never weigh more than 125 lbs but now wear 200 lbs.

        First I'm getting on a sleep schedule that gets me at least 7 hours a day. I don't always get to bed before it gets light (I'm the night nurse) but it's my goal to do that because I sleep better if I get to sleep before it gets light outside. This is not as bad for me as you all might think because I've always been a night owl and am at my best from 6PM onward.

        After reading Covert Bailey's books --- he's a biochemical engineer I think -- I've started riding my stationary bike for 15 minutes before each meal. This revs up your metabolism and continues to burn calories more quickly for some time after you finish riding. This worked for me the last time before our son was injured.

        I'm eating the same food I've always eaten but am using a forced portion control. I never eat the food I've cooked for the current night's dinner. If I do I have a tendency to go back for seconds. I'm freezing my meals in the smallest square snaplock container which is 10 oz and eating from the freezer OR having a salad for all three meals. I was never much for breakfast foods so this works well for me. I'm never likely to go back to the freezer and thaw a second container of the meal I've already eaten no matter how good it tasted.

        So I haven't lost any weight yet but I don't feel deprived, I have plenty of energy and my clothes are feeling looser. Maybe this method might work for some of you who are having trouble sticking with a plan.
      1. wed2B's Avatar
        wed2B -
        I too am overweight. My weight came from wrong medicine prescribed, eating the wrong foods, eating too much, emotional eating and eating when I'm tired. I do not have the money for the gym and do not have a stationary bike. I have been off from work since Jan 31 and have gained more weight. Thinking of walking during lunch when I return to work on Monday - at least. I need more vegies in my diet too. Maybe we could join up and work together to lose our weight? They say it is good to have a partner who wants the same thing. Anyone?
      1. MM100MOM's Avatar
        MM100MOM -
        If there is anyone who wants to chat privately about weight loss I'm Linda Prince Johnson on FB or maybe we want to start a forum? Not sure how to do that.
      1. Goodnagirl's Avatar
        Goodnagirl -
        wow awesome, very proud of you hun Xx
      1. BonnieKing's Avatar
        BonnieKing -
        Reading this posts is inspiring. How has everyone done since July? I really need to lose 100 lbs. myself.

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