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    First of all this is so unlike me to put all my stuff out there. Normally I just ask questions and keep the rest to myself. But following in Chevy6schick's footsteps, I decided to start a journey, in the hopes that I can get help, support and encouragment along the way. With that said if you are going to be mean and cruel, please don't comment. Like I tell my first graders, if you don't have anything nice to say then say nothing at all

    To start, a little background. I'm a 27 year old teacher. I love my job especially the stress that comes with it. I take my work home with me a lot so I stay busy. I grew up playing basketball, softball, running track and swimming. I wasn't happy unless I was outside playing some sort of a sport. I guess you could say I was a tomboy, but a cute one atleast! haha...any way, after hs, I kept up with the gym for a year, then I decided to party like a rockstar. Getting older, and eating like crap and not doing anything but go to class, well you can imagine, I gained weight. Now 140, may not sound like a lot to some of you. But keep in mind I'm practically a midget at 5'0 so, that is a lot of weight for me to carry. I went through spurts after college of working out, then not, then doing it again. But life always got in the way. I'm sick of the excuses I'M making and have no one to blame but myself. I decided to make some life changes in fitness and other personal areas. So this is the start of it.

    I started making a workout/nutrition binder. I have my goals written out, I have some inspirational quotes, and some "before" photos. I don't feel the need to post my measurements on here, not sure I'm comfortable with that. But my trouble areas are my stomach, and arms. I've always had some thighs and a booty, guess I could tone those thighs, but I hope my booty stays. My boyfriend loves it too much lol. Any way, that's all I will say about my body type, midget, wanting to tone a few trouble spots and make some life changes in healthy eating and workout habits.

    So far, I've lost 1 pound by dieting alone. I'm giving up monster energy drinks, which I LOVE, and drinking green tea instead. I've also cleaned out a room in the back that includes all of my workout gear. I'm starting the workouts on Friday. I wanted to try the "diet" first and try and get my body accustomed to that.
    I guess that's all for now. I will update this soon. Look forward to hearing what you all have to say. Be nice, or I will have my 19 6 year olds come find you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by banthony22 View Post
    Won't you join me!

    First of all this is so unlike me to put all my stuff out there. Normally I just ask questions and keep the rest to myself. But following in Chevy6schick's footsteps, I decided to start a journey, in the hopes that I can get help, support and encouragment along the way. With that said if you are going to be mean and cruel, please don't comment. Like I tell my first graders, if you don't have anything nice to say then say nothing at all

    To start, a little background. I'm a 27 year old teacher. I love my job especially the stress that comes with it. I take my work home with me a lot so I stay busy. I grew up playing basketball, softball, running track and swimming. I wasn't happy unless I was outside playing some sort of a sport. I guess you could say I was a tomboy, but a cute one atleast! haha...any way, after hs, I kept up with the gym for a year, then I decided to party like a rockstar. Getting older, and eating like crap and not doing anything but go to class, well you can imagine, I gained weight. Now 140, may not sound like a lot to some of you. But keep in mind I'm practically a midget at 5'0 so, that is a lot of weight for me to carry. I went through spurts after college of working out, then not, then doing it again. But life always got in the way. I'm sick of the excuses I'M making and have no one to blame but myself. I decided to make some life changes in fitness and other personal areas. So this is the start of it.

    I started making a workout/nutrition binder. I have my goals written out, I have some inspirational quotes, and some "before" photos. I don't feel the need to post my measurements on here, not sure I'm comfortable with that. But my trouble areas are my stomach, and arms. I've always had some thighs and a booty, guess I could tone those thighs, but I hope my booty stays. My boyfriend loves it too much lol. Any way, that's all I will say about my body type, midget, wanting to tone a few trouble spots and make some life changes in healthy eating and workout habits.

    So far, I've lost 1 pound by dieting alone. I'm giving up monster energy drinks, which I LOVE, and drinking green tea instead. I've also cleaned out a room in the back that includes all of my workout gear. I'm starting the workouts on Friday. I wanted to try the "diet" first and try and get my body accustomed to that.
    I guess that's all for now. I will update this soon. Look forward to hearing what you all have to say. Be nice, or I will have my 19 6 year olds come find you.
    "I'm sick of the excuses I'M making and have no one to blame but myself. I decided to make some life changes in fitness and other personal areas." Glad to see that you own the responsibility - this is awesome! And definitely a positive step in taking control of your life in managing your fitness and everything else - so kudos for that.

    "I started making a workout/nutrition binder. I have my goals written out, I have some inspirational quotes, and some "before" photos. I don't feel the need to post my measurements on here, not sure I'm comfortable with that. But my trouble areas are my stomach, and arms. I've always had some thighs and a booty, guess I could tone those thighs, but I hope my booty stays. My boyfriend loves it too much lol. Any way, that's all I will say about my body type, midget, wanting to tone a few trouble spots and make some life changes in healthy eating and workout habits."

    Good. Make sure your goals are SMART goals. And remember that no matter what, you can always ADJUST them along the way if need be.

    Also remember that you can NOT "spot reduce" any area - it's like trying to empty a pool of water from one side only and expecting the water on one side only to go down. You can't say, "I'm going to lose here and here, but keep this" - your body does not work like that, and if your goal is fat loss, then you will lose fat from ALL over, some areas losing it faster than others, and generally an area lost from last.

    Losing weight, as I've mentioned to you before, is easy, but you want to make sure you ONLY lose FAT. That said, the FIRST priority of fat loss SHOULD be MAINTAINING the muscle mass that you currently have, with fat loss secondary - yes, you CAN do this (remember that if you lose lean body mass, it's not necessarily muscle, since lean body mass is ANYthing in your body that is NOT bodyfat!)

    You can start training whenever you like. Make small changes as you go along, adjusting them as need be along the way.

    All the best in achieving what you want to!

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    Rosie, my goals are smart goals. I'm reading PUSH, by chalene johnson and it talks about setting smart goals, so I'm all over that!!
    Thank you for continuing to give me good advice, that's why I'm here, for help!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JajaNe20 View Post
    I'm in for the journey! Full speed!
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    Starting the workouts today! WOooo

    Here is today's work out. Keep in mind I have a home gym, and I'm improvising! I'm also not trying to do too much until I figure out what my body can do so not using any weights today. But I will soon

    5 rounds:
    Bodyweight squats 30 seconds

    15 second rest

    Alternating reverse lunges 30 seconds

    15 second rest

    Jumping jacks 30 seconds

    15 seconds rest

    Inchworm 30 seconds

    15 second rest

    jumping jacks 30 seconds

    15 seconds rest

    Mountain climbers 30 seconds

    15 second rest

    side lunges right side 30 seconds

    15 second rest

    side lunges left side 30 seconds

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    Now after that I was thinking of going for a light jog for maybe 20 minutes probably a brisk walk after that lol. What do you guys think?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by banthony22 View Post
    Starting the workouts today! WOooo

    Here is today's work out. Keep in mind I have a home gym, and I'm improvising! I'm also not trying to do too much until I figure out what my body can do so not using any weights today. But I will soon

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    Now after that I was thinking of going for a light jog for maybe 20 minutes probably a brisk walk after that lol. What do you guys think?!
    Even at home, you can do a lot of resistance exercises with just your bodyweight, or adapt with things around the house for more resistance (i.e. using tire tubes for "cables", doorframes or beams for "pull-up" bars, etc.). Check out my article The Emergency Workout: Don't have time to go to the gym? Train at home with an improvised session . . . for some ideas on what you can do (ignore the title - you can do this at home any time).

    You can go for a run after resistance training, but I would say just do the jog; there is no need to do a lot of cardio.

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    I have resistance bands too that I can use and incorporate in later! I'll check out the article, thank ya!!
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    I guess eating clean most of the week, and kicking butt in m workout paid off, I've already drop 2 pounds! Wooooooooo
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    Quote Originally Posted by banthony22
    I guess eating clean most of the week, and kicking butt in m workout paid off, I've already drop 2 pounds! Wooooooooo
    I thought u were trying to bulk up.
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    No sir!! I said I don't want to be a meatball! I'm 5 0 and 140 pounds. Not good! I need to lose and tone
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    Quote Originally Posted by banthony22
    No sir!! I said I don't want to be a meatball! I'm 5 0 and 140 pounds. Not good! I need to lose and tone
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    Quote Originally Posted by banthony22 View Post
    I guess eating clean most of the week, and kicking butt in m workout paid off, I've already drop 2 pounds! Wooooooooo
    As long as you're consistent and are doing what's right for you the majority of the time, you will get results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rosie Chee Scott View Post
    As long as you're consistent and are doing what's right for you the majority of the time, you will get results.

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    Awesome its good to see people getting their life in order. I've noticed alot of people start with fitness and it carries over into all aspects of their life. Just stick with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rsnake21 View Post
    Awesome its good to see people getting their life in order. I've noticed alot of people start with fitness and it carries over into all aspects of their life. Just stick with it.
    Oh yea, I have life goals too that I'm already working towards. Big year for me! Thanks!
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    Just finished my food prep for the week!

    Breakfast; myofusion shake, green tea, apple(possibly a snack when I get to work)
    lunch: turkey burger (no bun), brown rice, green beans.
    snack: 80 calorie luna bar or almonds
    dinner:big salad
    multivitamins, smart blend pills.

    Basically I'm eating the same thing every day and packing snacks in case it's not enough. I used a food scale to measure out my turkey burgers.

    Wish me luck!

    I'll post my workouts tomorrow
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    No luck just hard work and dedication... U got this
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    Quote Originally Posted by rsnake21 View Post
    No luck just hard work and dedication...
    ^^^ Luck has NOTHING to do with it. It's whether or not you want it badly enough to consistently and persistently do what it takes until you get to where you want to be!

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    Like Rosie said "there is no luck to your success" It is you versus you in this battle. Looks like you been doing well, keep it up champ. If all your cards are in line, then the only variable is time. With time will come results, be patient and work hard!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JajaNe20 View Post
    Like Rosie said "there is no luck to your success" It is you versus you in this battle. Looks like you been doing well, keep it up champ. If all your cards are in line, then the only variable is time. With time will come results, be patient and work hard!
    Oh friends, I need luck with waking up at 430 am to get my workouts in on some days! That's what I meant by luck. If I can work out in the afternoon, I'm on it! But when it's time for 430 am...hmm I'm lucky if I get up! See my boyfriend switches back and forth between day shift and night shift every 8 weeks. When he goes back on nights he has trouble sleeping on his days off. So he will wake up in the middle of the night, get up, wake all 3 of our dogs up, and basically I end up sleeping maybe 1 more hour before I'm late getting up for my job! Sleep is a priority for me especially since I work with 6 year olds. So anyways, yes it's luck But everything else you say is true. I'm being patient, I'm preparing for meals and when I can work out in the afternoon, I work out as hard as I can! Yesterday I didn't get to work out because 430 didn't happen it was one of those nights described above and I had to work my 2nd job until 8. i'll post today's workout later, I'm knocking that out this afternoon Thanks for all the support!
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    My dog stole my ab ball! But I still managed to get a workout in! Here's what I was working with today.
    15 minutes of intense HITT training.

    2 rounds of 20 squats, 20 lunges, 20 stepups, and 20 seconds of plank.

    I feel greattt and I didn't eat the frosted flakes no worries !
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    How are you feeling? How are things going? Just checking up on yah, I started my journey 2 weeks ago for my natural competition; we are in the same kind of boat! Keep pushing forward and believing in yourself!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JajaNe20 View Post
    How are you feeling? How are things going? Just checking up on yah, I started my journey 2 weeks ago for my natural competition; we are in the same kind of boat! Keep pushing forward and believing in yourself!
    I'm feeling great thank you for asking! I haven't been posting much up here because not too many people were really responding and the whole point was to get some continuous input from experts. I don't really know what I'm doing. Just trying to stay consistent with my meal plans. Which for the most part I have. I've been working out 5 days a week too. I feel myself getting a little bit stronger and able to do more. I'm not seeing many results with the losing weight though. I'm just one of those people where it's hard to lose. Mainly around my stomach area. I guess that's normal, I'm not sure. But I'm staying positive and continuing to work through it. I keep telling myself it's only been 1 week and 2 days. Normally at this point I've already given up. So that's a plus. Def doing better this time around.
    What's a natural competition? Thanks again for the kind words!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by banthony22 View Post
    I'm feeling great thank you for asking! I haven't been posting much up here because not too many people were really responding and the whole point was to get some continuous input from experts. I don't really know what I'm doing. Just trying to stay consistent with my meal plans. Which for the most part I have. I've been working out 5 days a week too. I feel myself getting a little bit stronger and able to do more. I'm not seeing many results with the losing weight though. I'm just one of those people where it's hard to lose. Mainly around my stomach area. I guess that's normal, I'm not sure. But I'm staying positive and continuing to work through it. I keep telling myself it's only been 1 week and 2 days. Normally at this point I've already given up. So that's a plus. Def doing better this time around.
    What's a natural competition? Thanks again for the kind words!!
    Don't get discouraged - people will comment when you post. And if you don't know what you're doing, then a Trainer is definitely the best thing for you to consider - I know finances are tight, but even just to get a plan, so you KNOW that what you are going to be doing WILL work.

    As far as not seeing weight loss, like I said before, DON'T focus on SCALE weight - focus on BODY COMPOSITION and how your body looks in the mirror and fits in clothes and feels overall. Most people lose fat from their midsection LAST and so it's just persevering until you are lean enough that it goes from there.

    A "natural competition" is a Figure or Bodybuilding competition where the Federation is considered "natural".

    Keep at it - a week is NOTHING in the grand scheme of things. Keep your eye on the prize and envision yourself the way that you want to be EVERY day!

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    Rosie gives great advice.
    I know though than when maybe I stuck on something I always ask some of my helpful friends around here. You can always good and you tube as well to see videos and get ideas.

    I'm offering a logging opportunity if you're interested you can apply... It's worth a shot for a free sup to help performance in the gym and sleep. Thought I'd through it out there for ya.

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    Thanks for answering that Rosie. Yes we are all here willing to support and help you if need be. Just helps if you post so that we know you haven't "fell off the train." I know it's hard but you can do it, believe in yourself and be consistent. Each day is a victory and this isn't a sprint, think of it more like a marathon
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