has anyone joined a gym recently and wants to motivate and be motivated ?

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travellingwilbury Mon 25-Feb-13 17:49:20

I have only joined today , I need to lose 3 stones and I really want to get fit .
the first step has been taken and its my day off tomorrow so back again then .

but I know I will need a bit of a kick every now and then to keep going .

anyone else want to join me ? grin

travellingwilbury Thu 14-Mar-13 06:38:47

Body combat sounds hard work kettle , well done on that , I don't feel up to going to any classes , I like going on my own and just getting on with it . Hoping to go after work today if I have time before school run . It is tricky to fit it in but I still feel determined .

Bssh , that is a brilliant weight loss , any tips ? I am trying to lose three stone , half a stone lost so far .

KettleCrunch Thu 14-Mar-13 09:41:29

I'd like to get to the point where I can just go on my own and get on with it too, but I'm trying to go to lots of classes to begin with so I get in the habit of going to the gym and get used to the feeling of moving and sweating. Otherwise I know me, I will just go and do two minutes on the cross trainer and then think 'phew, that's quite enough for me' and go home! Not the best way of getting fitter.

BsshBossh Thu 14-Mar-13 16:30:31

Kettle I just did basic calorie countingusing MyFitnessPal. I worked out the calories I needed to maintain my current weight (via this calculator: scoobysworkshop.com/calorie-calculator/) - my TDEE - then simply ate daily/weekly at 10-15% reduction of that. I started at 210lbs in Feb 2012 and am now 155lbs. I didn't do any exercise last year. So it was diet alone. Never cut out anything. Ate sweets, chocolate, crisps as well as the good healthy stuff. Now I do 5:2 fasting and am losing average 1 lb a week (and am exercising).

BsshBossh Thu 14-Mar-13 16:34:03

Was at the gym today. Did 30 minutes on the treadmill at 6.5 kph on a 4% incline and was sweating like a pig and my heartrate was at the top end so happy with that. Then did 15 mins on the stepper. Felt so invigorated. And it's a fast day today so I exercised on no food. It was fine. But looking forward to my dinner tonight smile

I'll go again tomorrow as I couldn't go earlier this week due to buillders in the house.

travellingwilbury Thu 14-Mar-13 16:50:19

Sounds good bssh , I managed to get there as well today , twenty mins treadmill and half hour cross trainer . I did do some weight machine stuff but I don't like it .

Don't think I will get there tomorrow but Sat should be able .

KettleCrunch Thu 14-Mar-13 23:05:30

Well done both! I went out for a run today, so got some fresh air to complement my gym time.

Bssh I'm back using MFP today. Just logged today and didn't try to cut down on food. Turned out I am (surprise, surprise) eating far too much. Tomorrow I'll be much more aware, hopefully.

BsshBossh Thu 14-Mar-13 23:30:38

Kettle MFP has completely revolutionised my understanding of normal portions. I now read the backs of packets and pay attention to the recommended serving size. It's been a real eye opener. At my heaviest I was eating well over 3000 cals, daily. I had no idea. I still eat alot (as I refuse to do low calorie eating and mess up my metabolism - I even refused to eat at MFP's recommended, to me, 1200 cals - I averaged 1800-2000 cals and lost weight) but still not enough to hinder weight loss anymore.

KettleCrunch Fri 15-Mar-13 08:58:25

I had no idea how much I was eating either. I tried to exist on 1200 cals for a while but I didn't lose much weight and I felt absolutely terrible. I'm 5ft 11, and my BMR is around 1700, so it's no wonder really I was feeling so rotten on 1200. I'm going to aim for the same as you - 1800-2000, with plenty of exercise and paying attention to portion size, and see what happens.

BsshBossh Fri 15-Mar-13 15:37:40

Kettle at 5ft11 you should actually eat more than 1800 (I'm only 5 ft 4.5!). Input all your data here and eat at 10, 15 or max 20% cut of your TDEE:
scoobysworkshop.com/calorie-calculator/ If you eat too much under your TDEE then your body will get used to eating low calories and you don't want to eat so low for long do you?

Update, I lost another 2 lbs this week - so 57lbs in total in a year. Hurrah!

BsshBossh Fri 15-Mar-13 15:39:37

Was at the gym again today. My usual: speed walking at 6.5kph on a 4% incline for 30 mins then stepper machine for 15 minutes. I was doing C25K but stopped last week due to TOM. Will resume that next Monday. Am on week 4.

KettleCrunch Fri 15-Mar-13 16:11:45

Right Bssh, looks like I should be eating around 1991 calories a day to lose weight! Though by that reckoning it'll take about a year to reach my target... which seems a long time to only lose 30lb. Ah well, can't be too impatient about these things I suppose.

Well done on making it to the gym!

BsshBossh Fri 15-Mar-13 16:28:35

Come join us on this weight loss thread kettle. A bunch of incredibly supportive women trying to lose weight - some quickly, some slowly. They all use MFP and I've found the support inspiring. Many are exercising too.

www.mumsnet.com/Talk/big_slim_whatever_weight_loss_club/a1696110-Calling-all-Chiefs-who-Choose-Their-Hard

KettleCrunch Fri 15-Mar-13 18:03:41

Thanks! OK, I've posted over there too. It's very nice to feel part of a supportive weight loss club without actually having to go and be weighed in front of strangers...

travellingwilbury Sun 17-Mar-13 14:57:07

Hello all , just back from the gym and I can feel its easier than it was . Day off tomorrow so will get there again .

If you are doing mfp do you eat your exercise calories ? I always feel its a waste if you do but I know some people say you should .

KettleCrunch Sun 17-Mar-13 18:47:42

I can never decide. I usually eat some but not all of them? But I guess that's just sitting on the fence!

I'm going tomorrow as well. Rest day today. Every day this week (until today) I've either been to a gym class or been for a run so I thought my achey muscles deserved a bit of recovery today! Body pump tomorrow though, for the first time... little bit worried!

body pump is great. Start with low weights so you can get the technique correct as there are a lot of different moves to make. Once you get into the swing of it you can increase the weights.

travellingwilbury Sun 17-Mar-13 18:53:48

Well done kettle , that is very impressive . I have been pretty good but it was my dhs birthday so I have also eaten pizza. Risotto and drunk beer and wine so I am not expecting miracles tomorrow .

Was fun though , and I am weirdly enjoying it still .

KettleCrunch Sun 17-Mar-13 19:45:29

Glad you're enjoying it still travelling smile I had some G&Ts and cake with friends today too, so like you I'm not expecting miracles.

Thanks powerhoop! I actually went to TWO powerhoop classes last week for the first time - it was fun!

travellingwilbury Sun 17-Mar-13 20:00:17

G & T sounds so much more refined kettle .

Powerhoop ? What the buggery is that ?

powerhoop is a hooping class using a weighted hula hoop. It is great fun and targets the problem tummy/hip/waist area. I now need to downsize my bra back size because of it!

www.powerhoop.co.uk/powerhoop.html

travellingwilbury Sun 17-Mar-13 20:12:19

I can't even do a normal hulahoop , what are the chances of being able to do that ? Looks good though , but I might look an idiot .

its easier than a hula hoop as its weighted. It took me a while to be able to keep the hoop up but now I can move my feet and do arm movements, etc at the same time. The ones that have been going for ages make it look dead easy and can dance about, go up and down a step, etc while hooping but I'm not quite at that stage yet. I use a 5lb hoop that dh got me for christmas as i found it easier to keep up than the 4lb hoop they have at the classes.

My claim to fame is that I was one of the powerhoopers that broke the Guinness World Record for the largest Powerhoop class on the 2nd March this year - 407 of us: Clyde 1 DJ Gina McKie hosts Guinness World Record powerhoop attempt at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility - the women at the right of the top picture is my zumba and powerhoop instructor and is fab at both.

travellingwilbury Sun 17-Mar-13 20:44:07

I like the idea of that , and well done on the world record , my ds will be wo jealous . He really wants to break a record .

KettleCrunch Sun 17-Mar-13 20:54:12

Awesome! It's a lot of fun but I have some impressive bruising on my hips now... hopefully that'll go down before my next class. I'm fine with sending the hoop to the right but can't keep it up at all if I try and do it to the left! Hopeless.

I looked as if I'd had a good kicking in the ribs after my first class - lovely black bruises. They did go away and I didnt get any more after that. I also had bruises on my legs from the hoop falling down! I am still better hooping to the right and cant really move my feet much if going to the left. I started in November and have managed to work my way up to 3 powerhoop classes a week.

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