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Fitness for Life- Deep Dark Secrets

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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:
Now
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!

You can view additional information in our Weight Loss forums:

http://fitness.budget101.com

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Comments

  1. wilbe95's Avatar
    Okay now you are starting to give me some hope, lol! After the baby, how much did you weigh and how long did it take to lose the extra pounds? Now I am asking about your weight say a few months after giving birth .

    I put on about thirty pounds since I moved to the freezer section of the US. I know that my problem is some of what I eat, but mainly the amount I eat! That is what I am focusing on cutting down on the amounts
  2. FreebieQueen's Avatar
    Okay now you are starting to give me some hope, lol! After the baby, how much did you weigh and how long did it take to lose the extra pounds?
    4 hours after I gave birth I weighed 218lbs, 8 months later I weighed 142lbs.

    Today, I bounce between 133-138lb depending on the season. Honestly, in the fall I cook everything you can imagine, pumpkin cheesecake rolls, biscuits, breads, all things that should be forbidden. By the end of December, I'm over it and I'm ready to go back to Salads, grilled meats, funky fruits, etc.

    I put on about thirty pounds since I moved to the freezer section of the US. I know that my problem is some of what I eat, but mainly the amount I eat! That is what I am focusing on cutting down on the amounts
    I did that too when we were in Frigid WI. It's pretty difficult to walk 3-6 miles a day when its -15 to -50 Below outside. Which is why I revamped my workout.
    I also found that if I stick with weightlifting (even small weights) I can keep the weight off and only workout about 30-35 minutes a day.

    As far as cutting the amounts of food, I eat 6x's per day, I'll post more on that this week. Love your snowman avatar, he's too cute!
  3. fosterfamily5's Avatar
    Ok This will be fun!! I'm trying to "tone up" a few areas. Can't wait for your posts!! btw you look great!!
  4. knits's Avatar
    I had lost 70 lbs and gained 80 back. It was like I just couldn't stop from gaining weight regardless what I did. That was a couple of years ago. I'm on my way down again. I just got done rearranging stuff in hopes that it will help motivate me. I also ordered Pilates for the inflexible.

    Did you have a time after about 6 month maintaing where all of a sudden you appeared to gain weight regardless of what you did?
  5. bgbell's Avatar
    Hi Can someone tell me what size weights you are suppose to use...10?
  6. bgbell's Avatar
    Hi Can someone tell me what size weights to use?
  7. Liss's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by bgbell
    Hi Can someone tell me what size weights you are suppose to use...10?
    Use whatever size you can handle, if you don't have weights use full water bottles. You increase your weights as you go based on your own progress/needs.
  8. Tigger78's Avatar
    I just found this en it is exactly what i need a scheme day by day, gonna have to save up some water bottles