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post #11 of 17 Old 06-08-2017, 11:16 AM
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post #12 of 17 Old 06-08-2017, 12:38 PM
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I just want to wish you the best of luck Whatta!

While I've never been "big" I definitely know how it feels to realize you just can't do what you used to be able to, especially the riding.

I gained 30 lbs after I got married after being the same size and weight since about 7th grade. It was a combination of getting a new job (went to desk job after working at a dairy feeding, cleaning stalls, and herding cows to the parlor. VERY active) and hubby being a picky eater, so I picked up his bad eating habits. It didn't physically look like I had gained, but I could feel it. I was always winded, my strength was gone, and I had gone up a size in pants. Riding had gotten to be a chore. I was already wore out after saddling up, and plumb exhausted after I was done. I had also developed stomach issues.

I was tired of feeling like crap. But I HATED exercising. When I thought of exercising, I thought of running and sit ups... yuck! I also couldn't figure out how to change my diet, because I didn't want to make two meals a night, one for me, one for hubby. I grew up on lots of fruits and veggies and made from scratch meals, and he didn't.

I've been blessed recently to have an opportunity to work at an evening fitness studio in town. I check people into the classes for about 15 minutes at either 8:00 or 9:00 depending on the day, and in exchange I get to do the classes free of charge. So for 4 days a week I do either Kickboxing, Zumba, or Yoga. I love that way more than running haha. I've also figured out I can get in my healthy meal at work, so I've been doing lots of meal prep there. I try to drink nothing but water, but... uh... once a month I tend to give in and have a Coke or two...

I've only lost about 5 lbs and sit at about 155lbs, but that's ok. I feel good. I feel strong. I look freaking buff. My stomach rarely hurts. My balance is coming back. And riding doesn't wear me out.

I still have a long ways to go as far as my eating. Hubby also realized recently that he's gotten a bit large and wants to make a change too, so hopefully with us both in the same mind set that will get easier.

Again, I wish you the best of luck, and look forward to watching your progress. You have many people here who will be rooting for you!
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post #13 of 17 Old 06-08-2017, 02:03 PM
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I'm another one who hates exercise, and I'll be the first to admit I have horrible eating habits. I'm not large though. I think I'm lucky, at almost 60, to still be my average lifetime weight of 140ish. What has helped me the most is the exercise I do get - mucking horse poop, grooming, riding, fencing - all that horse ownership stuff! And I will admit, though the stuff I eat isn't always the healthiest (addicted to chips and bread), I don't like sugary things to start with. And portion control is a huge factor. I eat little amounts several times a day so I never feel hungry and don't stuff myself. And - given my own choices (rather than family preferences) I will eat veggies/fruits or granola, yogurt, etc. Chicken with a salad is a meal for me.

Unfortunately, I have my son and granddaughter living with me, and they like real meals (meat, potatoes/mac'n'cheese, cooked veggie) and if I cook them, I will eat them. And if there are chips in the house, well....

I also agree with those who say ignore the scales. Tape measures of hips, thighs, belly are much better, because muscle weighs more than fat and you can loose inches but gain pounds. At my most fit, I was a size 6 and weighed 150 - but I was rock solid (and 35). Now, 25 years later, I'm 10 lbs lighter but a size 8-10. And I wish I'd started worrying about weight/conditioning years ago because it's a lot harder now!!

As an aside - I had a friend who simply quit drinking soda (the only change in her diet/activities) and she lost 20 lbs in 3 months!
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post #15 of 17 Old 06-09-2017, 08:11 AM
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Good luck to you! Here are some things that work for me:

- Find out which foods have low caloric density, and make those the cornerstone of your diet. Do not cut out treats, but use them as flavor enhancers only. If you eliminate goodies from your diet, you probably will binge one day. If you always treat yourself to the tastes you like, but have boring foods to keep you filled throughout the day, you won't have to go on a "diet", this'll just be how you eat from now on.

- I found "Power Yoga" (Check out Rodney Yee videos) and resistance cables very beneficial for "lean" strength building.

- Do not look at your weight!!! As you gain strength and build muscle, your body will get denser. That means you'll look better without losing a lot of weight. Do not let the scale trick you into thinking you failed. Look for muscle tone and keep track of your body fat with skin pinch tests.

- Half an hour a day at home beats once a week in the gym. As I said, no fancy machines necessary, just a yoga mat, some resistance cables, and gravity.

- Riding is aerobic exercise: you'll maintain low-level muscle tone over a prolonged period of time. Personally, I hate jogging - it bores the hell out of me, but you may want to include brisk walks at first in your regime, then pick up the pace little by little.

- Do not be impatient with yourself. With regularity, wait for about 6-8 weeks to see a difference. Too many people are impatient with the progress and either give up or get the liver-killing weight loss supplement from late-night tv.

So, these are the conclusions from a rigorous clinical study with a sample size of 1. Hope it helps a bit!!
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Write it on word and then copy it and post it here.
Or only write half of it and then in a new post the other half (it might be to long?)
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post #17 of 17 Old 07-12-2017, 07:10 AM
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How is it going @WhattaTroublemaker ?
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