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I used to uber fit. Now I'm fat!! Help make me a schedule to get fab again!!

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upahill Tue 09-Aug-11 08:26:17

Today is the day I get my body back!!!
I used to be an 8 /10 and in the last two years I have put on 2 1/2 stone and now a good 14.

Here's what I love doing exercise wise
mountain biking - treks
some road biking
gym
some classes
archery
caving
swim
I have promised a friend I will go running with him
I occassionly rock climb.

Any ideas how I can make a programme that will get me slim again? - of course i am addressing food and drink intake.
At the moment it all seems daunting, as if I'm an impossible challenge.

I want to be a good deal fitter for when I go to Spain in October.

Joby1970 Tue 09-Aug-11 12:57:02

Myfitnesspal App is meant to be amazing for the food/drink portion.

It sounds like you have a good mix on the exercise front. Try & do yourself a weekly exercise schedule mixing up resistance and cardio.
Eg
Mon: Body Pump (cardio & resistance)
Tues: run
Wed: Gym - free wights or weight machines
Friday Run/Swim
Saturday: Biking
Sunday off

upahill Tue 09-Aug-11 17:50:08

Thanks fors replying.
I just need motivation and to be prised away from MN
I've made a start but it seems like an up hill battle and almost impossible to do.

Any been to the gym 30min cardio and some kettlebell stuff.
Maybe a family bike ride tonight!!

Sleepwhenidie Tue 09-Aug-11 21:21:27

Joby's plan sounds good. I have a similar schedule, every other day I go to the gym and do 20-30mins of heavy weights and 20-30 mins cardio, rowing/stairmaster/treadmill, preferably interval training. On in between days I run or swim for 40-60 mins (classes not great at my gym but I would do spinning or boxing type classes if they were on when I could do them). I usually have one day off a week.

Also until about a month ago i used livestrong app to track food intake, in general I just reduced processed food and carbs, especially in the evening, and increased my protein intake. I never considered myself to be on a diet though and I don't let myself get really starving as I find that is when I overeat. I have lost 2st since new year and gone from size 14 to an 8 and I feel confident in eating pretty much whatever I want, knowing the exercise takes care of lots of caloriessmile. Most of all I am enjoying feeling fit and strong though. It is now such a habit it feels wrong not to exercise for more than a day. If you can keep up daily exercise for 2 months I really believe it becomes a habit you don't want to break. Good luck!

upahill Tue 09-Aug-11 21:40:38

Thanks for that post sleep. It is inspiring.

I used to be so into exercise even after having babies, heck years back I was an aerobics instructor.
About two years ago my work schedule changed and since then i have played about with fitness.

I want to be super fit again. I have done an hours cardio today and ended up going for a run, well very slow jog. I didn't want to do too much too soon.
Body Combat in the morning!!

I feel happy again.

Sleepwhenidie Tue 09-Aug-11 22:45:33

You sound like you have been bitten by the bug again already grin I am sure you will have no problem getting super fit quickly, especially given your previous fitness and the range of things you enjoy.

Focussing on the fact you know you will feel better after a workout when you are tempted to skip it is always helpful I find. I also try and mentally approach exercise from the starting point of knowing/accepting I will do something every day, so if the thought of a run is horrible, a swim doesn't seem so bad - a bit like giving your toddler a choice between red top or blue top, the Fancy dress costume (or for me, sitting on the sofa eating cake) is just not an option!

Finally, refuse to get into comparing how fit you used to be with how tough you are finding things now, I did that for a while and got despondent. You will get back there but it will take time, don't push your body too hard, enjoy the gradual improvements each week or month and before you know it you will be where you used to be. I am sure you will feel fab on that holiday in October grin.

Joby1970 Mon 15-Aug-11 13:10:01

Upahill - how's it going - are you getting the pleasure endorphins from exercising yet?

upahill Mon 15-Aug-11 13:28:08

Hi Joby

I did the run (only 2k blush and it nearly killed me but I liked it I think. My mate did two laps of the resevoir and I did one.

I haven't done much formal exercise BUT I did a 6k walk over the moors with the kids that I work with and over the weekend I was working away which meant I lead a mountain bike session in Grizedale ( I was fitter than the 15 year old lads who struggled!) I also took them out for a (literally) midnight walk in the rain and wind - we did about 5 k and they had enough.

Today I'm about to cycle to work and then go to a class and swim tonight.

So yes I'm enjoying doing things!!!
This week I have more time to get an exercise regime sorted as I'm not going on anymore residentials for a while.

Earlybird Mon 15-Aug-11 13:44:49

Hello - watching with interest, as I am in the same 'boat'.

Dd begins school this week, so am hoping to use that daily structure to implement a regular exercise routine/regime.

I find I'm less likely to opt out if:
1. I am meeting a friend, so it is social as well as exercise
2. I find classes I enjoy at times I can go (a set time is better for me than an 'at some point today......' approach)
3. Variety to stave off boredom

My first class is late this afternoon - let's hope I get there.

OP - do you have difficulty with motivation?

And do the 'pleasure endorphins' mainly come from aerobic exercise (as opposed to Pilates, yoga, etc)?

upahill Mon 15-Aug-11 14:09:10

Hi Earlybird!

I don't know why but I have lost motivation for some reason, this is what I am trying to get back.
Even after I had my babies, who are now 15 and 11 I had no problem with going back to the gym and made a big effort to get the weight off - which it did.
3 years ago my job changed. I used to do very hard physical exercise on a Monday Wednesday and Friday and sometimes Satuday mornings as well as going to the gym. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings became work evenings and my whole routine was lost.
I put on a few pounds and thought it doesn't matter, it's coming up to winter, then a few more went on. Then it became a stone (or two) so next thing is I feel so self concious and don't want to do all the things I used to enjoy!! Now it seems an impossible task to be skinny again!!

I know people will take issue with saying skinny but honestly it is the way I felt most comfortable and happy.

The only thing I really kept up was mountain biking, but not doing enough to get the weight down and hill walking.
I think another 'problem' is that DH and I had more money about us as his buisness got more sucessful.
We had a few very hard years but now we are very comfortable and Dh likes us to go out for meals as a family, he likes buying me 'treats' on his way home from work, we go out socialising a heck of a lot.
When we had no money we couldn't afford these luxuries.

upahill Mon 15-Aug-11 14:10:01

Blimey!! I put my heart on my sleave there didn't ? blush

MABS Mon 15-Aug-11 17:51:49

Hi all - can i join too please? I have a stone to lose and went for first run today. Did just 1.5k in 15 mins and it nearly killed me sad plan to do same tomorrow. Hoping to do a couple of circuit classes each week and maybe a body pump class too - do you think this sounds viable for weightloss? thanks all. am watching food too sad

upahill Mon 15-Aug-11 18:27:50

Cf Course you can MABS!!

I'm going to Body Pump in about 15 mins then I'm having a swim.

I'm seeing if my mate wants me to come running with him tomorrow although I have to admit after I did that rather paltry 2 km last week my legs hurt.

I'll have another go!!

MABS Mon 15-Aug-11 19:23:37

enjoy Body Pump smile

MABS Tue 16-Aug-11 08:16:54

am trying to motivate myself to go for a run in a minute, it not working!! Could so relateto your dh bringing little treats etc, I have banned mine from doing it. He always gets me wine gums when he gets petrol several times a week, ystdy he didn't! i was so put out smile

MABS Tue 16-Aug-11 09:57:25

managed short run...eventually

upahill Tue 16-Aug-11 11:17:42

How was the run?

I went to body pump last night and it was a bit chaotic. The women had the wrong disc so we kept starting and stopping and she shouted so much that my ears were ringing. There were only 15 of us in but she would shout so loud and hold the word for ages it really pissed me off. So she would so move SUPER SLOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!

DOUBLE THIS TIMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!

After that I went and did an hours cv.

Going to more cv stuff in about an hour or so.

Not going on my bike today, I would get blown over it is that windy!

MABS Tue 16-Aug-11 14:01:25

the run was short, around 1.5k i afraid. I love Pump so that is really bad that you had a crap instructor, makes such a difference if instructor is good. Think i may try 45min spin class later on today tho

upahill Tue 16-Aug-11 15:38:57

I used to love Pump an' all!!
I'll probably go back but with some ear plugs!

Box fit tonight all though I'm tired. Haven't done my cv stuff yet!

Your run was OK!! I went breathless and blotchy when I attempted last week!!

MABS Tue 16-Aug-11 15:44:55

oooh I am impressed, Box Fit is way beyond me..

upahill Tue 16-Aug-11 18:08:14

It's not!! If you managed a 1.5k you will be fine.
Work hard and slow it down when it gets too tough. If you stop start again before you are fully rested.

I used to go to kick boxing 3x a week and my weight dropped and fitness was great. I haven't got the confidence to go back to those classess yet so I'm going to make do with box fit and boxercise!

MABS Tue 16-Aug-11 18:16:41

intersting, will give it some thought. am thinking about getting a personal trainer, what you reckon on them?

upahill Tue 16-Aug-11 18:23:54

RE personal trainers.
Hmmmm I think they can be good for several reasons.
THey can get you started if you are feeling lost about exercise
THey can give you personalised programmes to help meet your goals.
They can give you motivation - once you have made a commitment to go an you have paid for it you are going to turn up!

Disadvantages
Biggest one is the cost!

Maybe sign up for a set number of classes and see how you get on.

Are you still going to spinning tonight?

MABS Tue 16-Aug-11 19:49:48

yep, that's what I was planning to do, book a block with one so i have to do it! couldn't go to spin as dh only just home sad

upahill Wed 17-Aug-11 19:59:56

I've just been to Kettlebell training and all I can say (just!!) is BLOODY HELL!!

I am going to so ache tomorrow. At least I know tomorrow that I am on a rest day as I am busy from 8.00am until midnight so no formal exercise.

At my gym they do some one to one instructor training for £20 an hour. I spoke to one saying I'm thinking of using one now and again to mix things up and he reckons it's a good way to do things.
The exercises on the 1 2 1's do look real mean hardcore stuff!!

I'm getting my old motivation back !!!

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