Definately needing encouragement.....

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

So, I'm not gonna lie....I haven't logged into this site for quite awhile but I'm feeling really down today and could really use a boost. I've been at my biggest ever for awhile now (208) so a little over a month ago I joined Xperiance Fitness with my sister. I've been going 3x a week since July 16th. Everyday I do 15-20 minutes of cardio and then about 30-45 minutes of weights ( a different body group each day) and then I do about 10 minutes in the steam room. Everyone tells me that the gym is working and I'm looking thinner but I've only lost 5 pounds in the whole month! Now, I tried not to get upset about that number because I know sometimes that's not the most accurate for showing progress. So, last night, I had my mom measure me again because we started with measurements at the beginning....there was a little good news: I lost 1/2 an inch in my arms and 2 inches at my natural waistline. BUT everywhere else I was bigger!!!!! I felt myself tear up and choke up. I feel so discouraged right now. I have a little bit of an idea though. Two nights ago I ran into a friend at the gym that I haven't seen in like a year. She weighed about the same as me and in 6 months she's lost 40 lbs! Yea! She asked me how long I've been going and have I been seeing results. When I told her what was going on she told me to stop doing weights everyday. She said thats what people told her to do when she first started and she didn't see results either. Then she switched to mostly cardio and she started losing. She told me,"I wanted to see the results first, then start building the muscle." That's exactly how I feel. So everyone out here: what do you suggest? Any words of encouragement? I really could use some help here!!!!! emoticon emoticon
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    It's absolutely poisonous to compare yourself with someone else: we are each UNIQUE and SPECIAL! If you know inside your head that the nutrition and exercise you're doing is healthy, then keep on keeping on.

    After all, did you gain all that weight in 4 weeks? Why would you expect to lose it in 4 weeks then? It's the TREND that matters, not how fast the results occur!

    Since you spend a lot of time working out in various ways, it's a good idea to talk to one of the trainers at your gym to assure you're making good use of your time. Perhaps they can tweak your exercises or the amount of weight you're using so you'll feel confident that you're doing the best you can for your body's health.

    Are you tracking your foods? I was surprised when the Spark program suggested I eat MORE calories every day than I was. Apparently a body can go into "starvation mode" and hold onto every calorie you give it, when it senses it's not getting enough of the right nutrients. Go figure!

    Just don't give up! Use your discouragement as a springboard to keep up your momentum.
    2837 days ago
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    I think everyone wants immediate results when we start something new but your body and mind has to adjust to it. When I started losing weight it was slow and then one week something changed. I lost 6 pounds in a week and lost a pound or two every week since. I know the same will happen for you too!! Keep your head up and keep going to the gym. Having people to encourage you makes all the difference in the world! emoticon emoticon
    2839 days ago
    First of all, well done with a month of solid gym time! I would suggest doing mostly cardio but throw in some small weight with it. If you are not looking to add bulk you don't want to do heavy weights. I use hand weights to work arms and when I work my legs. The small amount of weight will give you the good workout but not the bulk. Maybe talk to a trainer for tips. Make sure you let them know what parts of your body you are wanting to work the most. My trainer asked "what part makes you feel pretty? what part of your body upsets you the most?" and we went from there.

    Good luck! You can do it!! emoticon
    2839 days ago
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