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Tell me about your journey from fat and can't move to fit.

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ferriswheel Sun 12-Nov-17 22:41:07

I'm 17 stone a bit overweight. I have lots of excuses reasons. If I do ten minutes exercise twice a day then how long will it take me to see a difference?

Ethylred Sun 12-Nov-17 22:46:35

Ok I'll bite.

You are 50 kg overweight. 10 minutes twice a day will burn off 2 grams.
50kg/2 gm = 25000 days = 80 years approximately.

hula008 Sun 12-Nov-17 22:48:42

I weighed 20 stone but have lost 2 stone recently. 10 minutes exercise twice a day is nothing for me and would make no difference, but people’s bodies react in different ways. For example, I need to go to the gym for an hour and work out in (comparatively high intensity) 15 minute segments with a couple minutes break in between to feel like I’ve worked out enough, but someone else might. Exercise has realistically made no difference my my weight, but has made me feel healthier and fitter.

I personally have found that counting calories in and out has had the biggest difference I originally though “well I don’t eat crap so calories in/out won’t work for me” but once I started doing it I realised I’ve just generally been more conscious about what I eat every single day. However, this approach wasn’t making me feel any fitter which is why I now go to the gym

If it makes any difference I am 24 and have no health issues otherwise

Bubblebubblepop Sun 12-Nov-17 22:48:55


RunningOutOfCharge Sun 12-Nov-17 22:49:16

You can’t seriously believe ten minutes here and there will make any difference?

Bubblebubblepop Sun 12-Nov-17 22:51:25

My husband thinks that running 😂 Granted he's not 17stone overweight but at least a couple. He goes to the gym and does 15 minutes on the treadmill then 5 lengths of the pool! I told him he needs to go on a diet today he said he'll up the gym to 3x a week instead

19lottie82 Sun 12-Nov-17 22:52:52

In fairness if you did 10 mins twice a day of High intensity training, then it would help a Lot, but TBH you really need to be addressing your diet. They say losing weight is 80% diet and 20% exercise.

Even if you’re exercising every day you won’t lose weight if you’re eating more calories than you’re burning.

Saying that you don’t want to eat too little calories because if you do, then it won’t be sustainable long term and chances are you will put back on what you’ve lost.

Pipsqueak11 Sun 12-Nov-17 22:53:17

If it helps with perspective I'm about the same weight as you but run slowly for about3km 2 or 3 times a week - not lost any weight doing that . I have started losing weight found slimming world . 10 mins a day will make no difference I'm afraid,

bathandpjs Sun 12-Nov-17 22:53:30

It might be worth incorporating exercise into your life. Walk instead of driving when you can, get off the bus a stop or 2 early that sort of stuff. I knew someone who when ironing took each individual item upstairs and putting it away before starting on the next.

10 mins a day is a start if you don’t do anything but you can’t do 10 minutes then reward yourself with a McDonald’s.

If you can’t do any exercise start at 10 minutes then up it to 15 mins, then 20, 30 etc but as previous posters said 10 mins won’t make much of a difference.

bridgetreilly Sun 12-Nov-17 22:56:54

Exercise is great for health and fitness. Try for 20 minutes 3 times a week to start to see a difference - e.g. less out of breath when climbing stairs.

It's not the best way to lose weight, so if that's your main goal you'll need to look at your diet. Try the Blood Sugar Diet or something similarly focussed on low carbs. You won't feel hungry, you can eat lots of lovely protein and fats - bacon and eggs for breakfast! But you'll definitely lose weight and be healthier for it.

Battleax Sun 12-Nov-17 22:57:27

I'm not sure why you're getting snarky responses.

I would think you'd want to concentrate initially on building muscle, which burns more energy even at rest. (Conversely adipose tissue, AKA fat, excretes hormones which work against weight loss.)

JaceLancs Sun 12-Nov-17 22:59:05

Diet is a much bigger part of it than just exercise
I’ve recently lost 4 stone and want to lose another 2
I swim and go to gym 2-3 times a week and am doing very healthy eating - mainly low fat and low sugar

kirinm Sun 12-Nov-17 22:59:49

I’d aim for longer than 10 mins - although I suspect that would come the more used to it you become. Your effort needs to be with your diet for weight loss though.

ferriswheel Sun 12-Nov-17 22:59:56

OK. I'll bite.

If it stops you all taking the piss. I'm divorcing for domestic abuse and am a single parent with a 2, 3 and 4 year old.

I feel felt enpowered-- for finding those ten minutes.

Thanks for your support. (Light hearted but suitably sarcastic smiley face).
The last time I felt so understood was when I returned from a walk and he shouted at me for eating because it cancelled out the steps I walked. And in case you re wondering he'd helpfully worked it all out.


ShirleyPhallus Sun 12-Nov-17 23:00:40

First step would be to get in to a pair of shorts and sports bra and take a photo of yourself, front and side. I recently lost 1.5 stone and have photos from every few weeks to show the journey - from the start to now is amazing and shows me how far I've come if I feel a bit porky every now and again

Recommend you cut portions down, don't cut too much out all together just yet, pick a few things to replace (ie 2 sugars with 1, half your pasta with broccoli). Then walk walk walk.

Once you've upped your fitness a bit then start doing some body weight exercises too (press ups, squats) and incorporate more protein

Good luck!

RunningOutOfCharge Sun 12-Nov-17 23:01:18

What do you mean? ‘You’ll bite’?

You had a choice and you chose to drip feed!

Battleax Sun 12-Nov-17 23:02:11

What do you mean? ‘You’ll bite’?

Clearly she's echoing the very first bit of snark she got.

Ohyesiam Sun 12-Nov-17 23:02:32

I've lost 2.5 stone, with another 2 to go. I do low carb, but not like boot camp, just no potato, rice, bread etc, so use the blood sugar diet as a guide, but I do 1000 to 1500 calories a day.
Download my fitness pal, makes the whole counting thing ok.
I swim twice a week , and my limbs in particular are looking ok, really quite toned.
Walk two miles ( about 40 mins,) most days, although I did that when I was fat too.

I've fallen of the waggon loads, I get bad premenstrual sugar / carb cravings. Infact I can't quite believe how much cheesecake I have consumed and still be losing.grin

I have always known I'm a compulsive/ emotional eater, I wonder if i have food addiction issues, but I feel ( and look) a while lot better when I am addressing it, than when I'm drowning in it.

I've always managed to lose 1.5 stone, then ground to a halt before. But I know I'm in it for the long haul now.
Hope that helps, ask questions if you want to.
Oh, and I was 15 stone 5 when I started.

Migraleve Sun 12-Nov-17 23:02:37

If you want to lose weight you need to change your eating habits.

dolphinbbq Sun 12-Nov-17 23:02:50

I’m in the same position as you, have changed my diet and joined the gym. Have went 5 times last week, on day 6 I attempted a spin class and had to leave half way through.

Take your time. It will be hard but worth it in the end x

Calvinlookingforhobbs Sun 12-Nov-17 23:02:59

Starting is the hardest bit. HIIT exercise are going to be your friend if you have limited time and want to burn fat. Realistically, fitness is made in the kitchen. Declutter your diet, snacks sugar and junk need to go. The first 5 days will be tough. Up the protein and eat healthy carbs. You have a lot of work with 3 young children but sound motivated and strong. High five and good luck!

ferriswheel Sun 12-Nov-17 23:03:17

Just caught up with the thread.

Thank you to those who are offering actual advice.

If I'd wanted belittling comments I'd have saved myself my pending divorce.

Pp I honestly think you should question your smug judgement.

MrsTerryPratchett Sun 12-Nov-17 23:03:35

You started moving? GREAT! Now don't stop. You tone in the gym and lose weight in the kitchen so don't expect to lose weight just exercising.

I started running a year ago and went from red-faced wheezing, sweaty mess after one minute to a lower heart-rate, feeling better, sleeping better and I ran an 8km a couple of weeks ago.

Battleax Sun 12-Nov-17 23:05:20

You can build more movement into your day too. Even if it's just reminding yourself to pace about it while the kettle boils.

MrsTerryPratchett Sun 12-Nov-17 23:05:24

And a mental health exercise... don't focus on the less helpful comments. Focus on the helpful ones and tune the others out. It doesn't matter; you don't know people here and it's not their journey.

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