Originally Posted by QuarterHorseLuv
Oh I want to join in!
My "start" stats:
Weight: 144 lbs
Goal Weight: 125-130 lbs, a toned core and improved cardio.
I cannot afford a gym membership so I am doing this all at home. I'm going through this thread and finding some good advice. I'm starting off with an ipod app called "cough to 5k" to get me going as well as basic exercises at home (I have some exercise workout thing for the wii too - that makes you use muscles you forgot you had!). I have support from an amazing good friend who lives with a bunch of track stars.
I live with individuals who do not prepare or eat very healthly meals, does anyone else have this problem? What's your motivation to say 'no' to the unhealthy choices when everyone else around you eats them all the time? I am faced with this problem right now. It's so difficult.
The P90X program is a great, great at-home program. It's a bit expensive to purchase, but it could be something you can save up for, and buy a used one on Ebay
. It is a tough kick-your-butt program. Situps, push-ups, chin-ups, kickboxing (punching and kicking and jumping), squats, lunges, etc. The Wii is great too, but it isn't a hard enough workout for myself.
There are also tons of free fitness videos on Youtube that you can follow at home. I always did that for ab workouts because that is one workout I have a hard time making myself do. But if I follow a 10 minute video, its easy!
I agree with Hoofprints. If you don't give yourself a little treat once in a while, you will set yourself up for failure a binge. Where I work, a few ladies always bring goodies to work. And I grabbed one yesterday.
Couldn't help myself! Yummy monster bars, with chocolate and M&Ms. But I was proud of myself for eating just one. (and I got an hour of cardio in at the gym last night) I always try to get myself to think about how many calories are in that tasty treat, and how much cardio I'd need to do to make up for it. Think about a huge piece of dessert that's 500 calories, or more. You'd need to do cardio for an hour
to get rid of those 500 calories. Not to mention that sugar is horrible to injest when you are trying to lose weight.
Just do the best that you can in saying NO and realize that it is okay to "cheat" on a small piece every now and then. Set it up as a goal! If you are good all week and stay on track all week, tell youself that you will get to have a yummy snack at the end of the week if you stay on track.