Fitness for Life- Deep Dark Secrets
by, 01-05-2010 at 09:01 PM (5159 Views)
Part #1: Acknowledgement
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.
Before: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?
Over the next week, I'm going to share with you my complete workout
plans, Day by Day.
Stay tuned to tomorrow to see my Wednesday Workout!
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