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May 2, 2010 6:39 PM Subscribe
I've been fairly successful with my diet/exercise plan since mid March, but I know I could be doing better. Tips?
posted by TravellingCari to health & fitness (11 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Read a lot of good threads here so I know the hivemind has some good thoughts on exercise, so be my virtual personal trainer, please? :-)
early-mid March, I got on the scale and saw a number that horrified me. It prompted me to join Weight Watchers and then several weeks later, a gym. In seven weeks I'm down 22 lbs and happy with that as sustainable loss because I'm making changes I can do long term.
My diet could still be improved (whose can't) but it's a lot better than it was and it's getting better. Overall, I could do with more protein but I'm happy with the progress I'm making on that front so I'm asking about exercise.
On weekdays I aim to burn ~250-300 calories and weekends, 500-700 as measured by a heart rate monitor with a chest strap so it's accurate. If I can't make it to the gym I use the wii fit and do exercises at home including the 200situp, 100 push up challenges. I'm limited in what I can do here due to small space for both moving and storing "stuff" so I'm focused more on the gym. Today for example I did: 25m elliptical (been increasing that), 10m row (1500 meters) and 25m recumbent bike. The row is lower than normal because my shoulder is sore and I didn't want to overdo. That's fairly typical of a weekend day. No weight training today because I did that yesterday. Usually rowing is longer, bike, which is my cooldown, is shorter.
Thoughts? Suggestions? Optimizations? Should I try for more on the weekends? When I get to the gym on weekdays it's usually just one machine due to time. I have yet to take a class because I'm worried I can't keep up, but I'd like to try spinning one day ditto the body sculpt class. I took advantage of the free personal training sessions and she taught me some good exercises but I can't afford ongoing personal training.
Only thing I CAN'T do is run. Not cleared to by my orthopedist and really trying to avoid 2nd knee surgery. I'm cleared to do all else so long as it's not very high impact, the issue with running.