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Old 08-16-2005, 09:55 AM   #21
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I've just started going 3x a week to a 'Curves' gym. This is a big step for me. I'm not so much interested in losing weight anymore, I just want to be healthy and flexible and hopefully someone who will age gracefully! The ladies at the gym are fun to listen to - all the talk is about restaurants and food ;)
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Old 08-16-2005, 11:27 AM   #22
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Sandyj, I hope you find that you like Curves. I've been working there since February and have lost about 20 or so pounds and almost as many inches, plus have some muscle definition now that I haven't had since my twenties.

I think you have the right approach - people need to realize that weight loss is usually a side benefit of regular exercize, along with improvements in flexibility, bone density, lowered cholesterol, and other good stuff.
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Old 08-16-2005, 12:13 PM   #23
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Mudbug - you GO girl! Okay, I said I wasn't interested in losing weight, but...I fibbed a little. It would be nice to lose 20 lbs. I just decided not to obsess over it or make it the only reason to exercise. Vanity prevails. Sigh. Always does!
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Old 08-18-2005, 05:11 PM   #24
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I think the one biggest thing that causes failure for women and fitness is the thought that if we start a fitness program we will loose weight and start looking like we did at 18, or like some woman we saw on TV.

I think the first thing all of us need to realize is that if we do it, we will feel better, and have a better attitude on life, and be healthier. Somehow, that isn't enough for many of the women I know. Most women I know give up on exercise the second it gets in the way of their very busy schedule of kids, hubby, grand-kids, hubby, parents, etc. After all, they aren't any thinner, so why bother?

I've exercised most of my life, more and more as the years have gone on. Unfortunately, it hasn't turned me into a thin woman (something I wasn't to begin with).

I just wish many people (male or female) would get out and exercise without the expectation that it is going to make you slim or get you back your youth or ....

And I wish people wouldn't assume that because you are overweight you DON'T workout. I'm quite overweight, but work out quite a bit.

If you do it to improve your attitude and feelings about yourself and life, rather than to lose weight or look better, you'll feel better and do better on your program.

Exercise because of a million other reasons, and leave how you look out of it. You'll have more success with staying in your workout program.
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Old 08-18-2005, 10:56 PM   #25
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Sometimes we need to not think about the scale and think about how our clothes fit. Seven years ago I weighed 20 pounds less than I do now, but I am able to wear many of the clothes I wore then. The difference is that I have been taking a strength training class twice a week for the last 5 years. A pound of muscle takes up less space than a pound of fat. I'd still like to lose hose pounds, but more importanly, I'd like to fit into all of those clothes.
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Old 08-19-2005, 01:13 AM   #26
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Unfotunately, I do need to think about the punds, as I was morbidly obese, now I am just plain obese!!! I get my body fat measured by electrical impedence, and really that will be my main indicator of when I get to goal weight. I am aiming for 25% or under.

I did cardio and tummy at my works gym yesterday, and have gotten up extra early today to go and work out this morning. I have split my workouts in that two days a week I will be going twice, in the morning for cardio and in the evening for weight training, and today is one of those days I will be doing it twice!!!!
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Old 08-20-2005, 09:59 PM   #27
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Did not mean to imply that people shouldn't work out to lose weight. Just that you need to find something you enjoy, and get other benefits from. When you hit those plateaus, when you backslide and re-gain weight, you can't say, "exercise isn't working" and quit. So you need to find something you enjoy. What can I say? I skipped my Friday workout. However, I hiked a mile (straight uphill) to read to my ladies, so, it is something. My friday routine got disturbed because I just felt ****ed tired. However, as I was walking from my ladies' house after reading, it was all downhill, and the weather was perfect. I was walking down a perfect little lane to meet hubby and freinds for our usual Friday afternoon drinks. All I could think of was how perfect the day was ... and it was a part of my workout routine.

If you suffer from depression (and most of us do at one point or another in our lives), one thing you cannot beat is time spent walkling outside. It is so hard to get your dead butt out the door, but even when the weather is pooopy, a half hour spend walking outside will boost your attitude. There are many reasons to get out there and move, and not all of them are geared to acquiring a great figure. Acquire a great life, acquire a great attitude. Even when it is gray and miserable, you'd be surprised at how being outside for 20 minutes will help.
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Old 08-21-2005, 04:09 PM   #28
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I got what you meant, that you need to focus on more than just weight on the scales. I can't wait til I don't have to worry about getting to magic number, just having to stay there!!! Not that maintenance is going to be that much different to losing weight practicality wise, but in psychological terms, it should be a bit easier I hope!!!

I had a lovely walk out this evening, up hill and down dale, I saw sheep, cows, horses and squirrels!!! I was on the look out for a deer, but none tonight, maybe tomorrow!!!
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Old 08-21-2005, 04:21 PM   #29
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Kyles, I've been stuck in the house all day, and every now & then, pop in to see what's going on in dc. Your walk sounds soooo nice! Maybe later after dinner I'll do the same. My company gave everyone pedometers on Friday to measure steps. Mine keeps falling off. -Sandyj
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Old 08-21-2005, 08:49 PM   #30
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I have started taking long walks at lunch time around the floor of my factory. Iam not certain how far it is but I do about 10 laps of the plant. My employees think I have a screw loose but they know I am working at taking of weight and they are supportive
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