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An exercise plan that actually makes me sweat

So, I'm currently on a self-improvement kick that I'm looking to turn into a marathon. You might imagine that having cerebral palsy and being in a wheelchair adds a speedbump or two, and you'd be right. One of the things I've wanted to work on for a while has been my weight, flexibility and physical independence. I'm about 100 lbs overweight right now, and I know that much of the decrease in quality of life that I've experienced over the past few years has been my own doing. I either sit in the wheelchair, or a desk chair, or on a couch/bed. I never move. Ever. I know that needs to change, and I've spent considerable time researching wheelchair fitness, but haven't really found anything that fits my very particular needs. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on May 26, 2014 - 19 answers

That Clean ...Risky?! Chew

I need to get more fit. Part of it has to be done by controlling my intake. I've had success in the distant past with gum. But now I'm worried about the non-sugar sweeteners that most use - sorbitol and xylitol. Should I be? [more inside]
posted by batmonkey on May 13, 2014 - 12 answers

Getting in shape without getting bored

Over the past year or so, due to several factors (busytimes with work, moving places twice, a surgery), I let my diet and my fitness slip up. I would like to get back in shape and lose some weight as well. Typical problem: how to come up with a solid exercise/diet plan so that it becomes routine? [more inside]
posted by lost_lettuce on Dec 31, 2013 - 15 answers

Weight Loss and Benchpress Plateaus: Help me burst through my stagnation! Details inside...

Weight Loss and Benchpress Plateaus: Help me burst through my stagnation! Details inside... [more inside]
posted by MMALR on Dec 26, 2012 - 11 answers

Lose without being a loser

I'm trying to go from a mostly sedentary person who, frankly, is greedy, to someone who enjoys exercise and eats well. But working in an office full of gymbunnies and no-carbers is making it surprisingly hard... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 11, 2012 - 24 answers

Help me find the right workout system for loosing weight

I'm 22, 6'3" and about 270 lbs. I have been steadily gaining weight over college (which I'm starting my senior year next semester) and really haven't had much time to devote to fitness and weight loss. I know diet & exercise are key. I want to drop down to at most 250 in weight. I've started to have lots of back pain, mostly I think due to being overweight. [more inside]
posted by snow_mac on Apr 7, 2012 - 30 answers

A red fish in a tank of blue fish

How can I stick to eating healthy and exercising in a household full of sedentary people who practically live off junk food? [more inside]
posted by never nice on Feb 27, 2012 - 27 answers

How can I tell how much of the weight I've gained is muscle?

How can I tell how much of the weight I've gained is muscle? [more inside]
posted by reticulatedspline on Feb 23, 2012 - 16 answers

Help me quantify my physical life.

Please hope me find the right tool(s) to monitor/log calorie expenditure, calorie consumption, heart rate, and sleep quality. [more inside]
posted by IndpMed on Feb 1, 2012 - 4 answers

Retail Workout

Are there any simple things I can do to burn off a few extra calories/tone up some muscles during my downtime at work without looking ridiculous? [more inside]
posted by kittenmarlowe on Oct 7, 2011 - 12 answers

Off, damned fat!

What cardio exercises/machines would you recommend to someone who really, really hates cardio? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 23, 2011 - 45 answers

How can I feel better when I'm feeling overwhelmed?

How do I keep my chin up when I’m feeling overwhelmed in every part of my life? [more inside]
posted by gumtree on Jun 7, 2011 - 9 answers

Losing Motivation with weight loss.

I've been working out and seeing progress but everything seems to be like taking 2 steps forward and then 1 step back, making it hard for me right now to keep up the motivation. Just trying to figure out if I am doing anything wrong or if something could help. [more inside]
posted by loser8008 on May 18, 2011 - 8 answers

Snarky, sane, smart and down-to-earth weight loss support?

I want a weight loss community for people like me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 12, 2011 - 26 answers

We both want it, but how do I help?

How can I support my girlfriend in losing a small but persistent amount of weight? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 18, 2011 - 80 answers

43% body fat. What the hell?

43% body fat. Am I about to drop dead, or is my scale wrong? [more inside]
posted by Sijeka on Feb 26, 2011 - 19 answers

Get my head in the game

Weight loss motivation - I got a lot of great tips on a question I asked a little while ago, but I'm still having trouble getting my head together to make progress on my weight loss goals, so I'm looking for books on weight loss plans/motivation. [more inside]
posted by odayoday on Feb 21, 2011 - 7 answers

I don't like to move it (move it)!

I'm about 25 lbs heavier than I'd like to be, and need information and motivation to help me get started eating better and moving more. I've previously lost a considerable amount of weight (growing up I had weight issues, and topped out at around 210. I'm a 5'6" female, and currently weigh 165) but that was mainly through very controlled eating, and while I was a smoker. I've quit smoking and now live with my boyfriend, which has led to me loosening up on my eating. In some ways that has been good, but has also led to weight gain. [more inside]
posted by odayoday on Jan 3, 2011 - 23 answers

The best-laid (exercise) plans of mice and men

Vanityfilter: Smart, busy people of Metafilter, how did you get in incredibly good (looking) shape? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund on Dec 27, 2010 - 22 answers

Lighten my wallet, lighten me.

What should I spend $100 by the end of the year to help me lose weight? [more inside]
posted by po822000 on Dec 22, 2010 - 37 answers

Bodyweight weight loss plan

Having received much excellent and helpful advice on how to improve myself in my last question, I then set out to improve myself. Now that I've decided on my goals (and suffered/learned from some mistakes) I present to you my current cardio/weight loss/bodyweight plan, and hope for any advice/additional tips/corrections, and pose some questions that would be nice to have answers to. [more inside]
posted by wz on Dec 18, 2010 - 6 answers

Does my trainer know what she's doing?

Does my personal trainer know what she's doing? Or am I doing things wrong? [more inside]
posted by arniec on Oct 11, 2010 - 25 answers

Getting in shape without a gym.

I want to loose the fat tire around my belly but I'm having a few problems with: motivation, timing, diet, exercise plan, and a lack of a gym. I need a some serious self-motivation advice, and some tips on how to workout without a gym. Help a guy in his 20s get where he needs to be! [more inside]
posted by Political Funny Man on Aug 12, 2010 - 30 answers

Why am I looker thinner but getting heavier?

Why am I looking thinner but getting heavier? [more inside]
posted by Spamfactor on Aug 7, 2010 - 14 answers

Do I need to be trained?

Weight loss going good, workout not so much. With money tight, do we need a personal trainer? [more inside]
posted by arniec on May 5, 2010 - 20 answers

Optimize my cardio, Hivemind Trainers

I've been fairly successful with my diet/exercise plan since mid March, but I know I could be doing better. Tips? [more inside]
posted by TravellingCari on May 2, 2010 - 11 answers

Lose fat; not muscle?

How can I lose fat, without losing a significant amount of muscle mass? [more inside]
posted by fatty magoo on Apr 19, 2010 - 19 answers

When will I drop pounds and not just inches?

I'm losing inches, but not so many pounds. How long til the weight drops? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 7, 2010 - 18 answers

How can I improve my (unusual) exercise regime?

How can I improve my (unusual) exercise regime? [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel on Mar 28, 2010 - 25 answers

Weight loss challenge websites wanted

My office wants to a "Biggest Loser" style weight loss challenge. Any good websites we could use to track people's progress? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Mar 5, 2010 - 15 answers

100 PUs + 200 SUs = Freaky figure?

Will 100 push-ups and 200 sit-ups a day make me look like an idiot? [more inside]
posted by Franklin76 on Jan 20, 2010 - 28 answers

Puff, puff, OWWWWWWW

All my life I've had this problem when doing any sort of cardio activity: my throat can stand my breathing for about 15 seconds before it starts to burn like hell. I've tried breathing differently, asking for medical advice, drinking various beverages before/during/after working out... nothing. It's happened when I've been in better shape and when I'm a lazy slob. So I avoid cardio, which I have always desperately needed. How can I overcome this and work out pain-free? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Dec 28, 2009 - 16 answers

Good online workout plans?

I need some recommendations for free online workout programs I can work into my fitness plan! [more inside]
posted by internet!Hannah on Aug 10, 2009 - 7 answers

My mystifying metabolism, defying all logic

Over the last 4 weeks, I've changed both my eating habits and my exercise habits pretty drastically. Yet I'm still at the exact same weight and body fat percentage. Why? [more inside]
posted by egeanin on Aug 4, 2009 - 57 answers

Help me, O Exercise Gurus.

Burning calories while exercising: how important is how much effort you put into it? Does difficulty enter the equation, or is it all time and distance? [more inside]
posted by canadia on Jul 3, 2009 - 10 answers

Help me build an exercise routine.

General advice in the area of finding my exercise/fitness niche? Good, structured DVDs or programs to try? [more inside]
posted by so_gracefully on May 8, 2009 - 12 answers

Only 1200? Harsh!

I should only be eating 1200 calories per day? Really? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 8, 2009 - 38 answers

So I've mastered Sitonmyassana

I'm losing the stress with yoga, but how to lose the pounds, too? [more inside]
posted by Eudaimonia on Apr 7, 2009 - 27 answers

Best way to lose weight, losing fat mainly from thighs and stomach?

Best way to lose weight, losing fat mainly from thighs and stomach? [more inside]
posted by loser8008 on Feb 7, 2009 - 32 answers

How does a 19 year old couch potato lose 50 pounds?

Ok I’m an overweight college student here. I’m a male coming in at 6’2” weighing 275 pounds. I want to lose 30 in 30. Ideally I want to shed 50 pounds and get down to 225 lbs, which is what I was back in highschool. [more inside]
posted by BoldStepDesign on Dec 9, 2008 - 54 answers

There's gotta be a fun social solution to working out, right?

I need to get fitter, but I am notoriously bad at sticking to an exercise regimen. Help me think of fun, social things I could look into to get fit and meet people! [more inside]
posted by actionpact on Oct 20, 2008 - 28 answers

Will my exercise/commuting plan work?

Will my exercise/commuting plan work? Maybe I just need some affirmation. Maybe I'm wrong and I need some advice. Let me know. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 28, 2008 - 12 answers

Hurry up and weight?

Have been working out hardcore and just can't. lose. weight. Frustrated and at the end of my rope. Help me Mefi, as only you can! [more inside]
posted by Sock Muppet Acct! on Jul 2, 2008 - 57 answers

Help whip my post-obesity body into shape

I used to be obese. I have lost about 80 pounds out of my goal of 100 lost, and am struggling to lose the rest. My body, even though I am in my mid 20s, is now a complete mess. I am covered in stretch marks from head to toe. I’m hardly exaggerating. They start at my shoulders and don’t let up until my calves. I have big hanging flaps of skin and fat under my arms. Some bits of stretch marks and loose skin on my tummy, hips, thighs, and rear. I look like I had a baby or four. My breasts sag and are also covered in stretch marks. I’m aware that I’ll likely only ever look normal by plastic surgery, but what I am looking for is how to improve my body as much as I can through accessible methods until I can begin to afford surgery (or better, avoid it). I’ve tried searching Google and here, but I can’t seem to find the right information. Lots of questions/background inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 12, 2008 - 34 answers

At the very least, I imagine that the people in these Before pictures actually look like the ones in the After pictures.

I'm looking for user-uploaded before, after, and in-progress fitness photos. I'm hoping that AskMeFi would be able to point me to some galleries or sites. [more inside]
posted by Weebot on Dec 17, 2007 - 8 answers

Changing your life starting with health and weight loss

Looking for resources and/or your experience with changing your life, stress and it's effects on the body and health, and overall health/taking care of yourself (especially weight loss)... What helped you to be successful? [more inside]
posted by healthyliving on Dec 7, 2007 - 8 answers

Weight, weight, don't tell me...

Cardio isn't doing it for me. The diet change is working verrry slowly, but I want to lose 10 pounds. Problem is, I can't lift anything heavier than 15 pounds, so is weight training even an option? [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob on Oct 22, 2007 - 20 answers

Please help me determine the cause of my recent weight gain.

Please help me determine the cause of my recent weight gain. [more inside]
posted by sequential on Aug 20, 2007 - 9 answers

Calorie intake and gaining modest amounts of muscle

Calorie intake and gaining modest amounts of muscle (i.e. not hardcore body-building). Plus, what is happening when your muscles are getting stronger and harder, but you've been running on a calorie deficit and losing weight? [more inside]
posted by peep on Jun 20, 2007 - 12 answers

Desperate to set up an effective weight loss strategy

I badly need some help / advice on getting my weight under control. I get mixed messages everywhere I turn, but I feel like I don't have time to play around anymore. I'm completely desperate to get myself to do something and stick with it so I can at least get from "obese" to "overweight" if not to "normal". [more inside]
posted by catfood on May 29, 2007 - 51 answers

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