I have recently started a detox program in hopes of weaning myself off the bad carbohydrates,etc.., I have been following the 21 day program in the January issue of Whole Living Magazine; it is also on their website. It was difficult the first couple of days because of the sugar cravings but I was surprised at how soon it took for me to feel better.Felt more energy, less headaches, no bloating and irritability. This is the first time I've been very serious about the food and exercising at the same time. I also stumbled upon the documentary: Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. It is available on Netflix and it also has it's own website. I am learning to eat healthy again and it feels good. My kids love juicing with me and so far I've lost 7 lbs. in 10 days. With the detox and juicing, you will lose weight quickly so I would caution anyone to get an ok with their doctor. Any decent gym should orientate their members to the equipment and how to use it. Start out slow, but do push yourself; you'll be amazed at how tough you really are!!! Most importantly, don't expect results overnight. Stay the course, it will happen if you stick to it.
to lose weight i find if i "keep my eye on the prize" it helps. when i got pregnant for the first time i weighed 130. i know since that was 13 years ago it will never happen again. i am now 31 years old and have a number of health issues. i'm not going to let them stop me from my goal, 170. 3 years ago i weighed 350. wow! thats alot! im now at 260, and feel like i have boosted my self-esteem greatly. i suffer from severe depression. i take alot of meds, but thats ok. as long as i stay on my meds i'll b alright.
First, I think its awesome that you joined the gym! I was 325 pounds 2 years ago, now I'm 162 pounds...so I know exactly how you feel! For me, the most important thing is the way I think. I couldnt handle saying "I need to lose 100+ pounds", so I would say to myself, "I need to lose 5 pounds"...then when they were gone, "I need to lose 5 pounds". Dont overwhelm yourself. Dont be afraid of the gym. You can watch youtube videos of how to use any of the machines at the gym. Next time you go to the gym, write down the name of the machine, and youtube it when you get home...it's like having a tutorial right in front of you!
There are days I have tons of energy and can work out for 2 hours straight...there are other days I go to the gym, and struggle to do 20 minuts on the tread mill...thats NORMAL! It will happen to you too, just dont get discouraged and keep going anyway. You CAN do this! I see it as the 20 minutes I struggled through, is better than no minutes, and tomorrow is always another day!
Sore butt muscles are good!! My thighs are killin' me right now! LOL
Keep pushing yourself...you deserve it! Attitude is EVERYTHING!
Thank you for all the amazing insight! Fflattliner, what did you do besides the gym? I have been supplementing one meal a day for a protein shake and cutting back on portions. I haven't weighed myself in a week because I was out of the gym for 3 days with a sick kid.
I to go to a small gym, and usually someone in there will help. Might not hurt to havea buddy, or make a buddy. You can help each other make much better gains.
Make the initial contact with a trainer. I just finished my 2 part eval with the trainer and thought I'd feel AWFUL or she would make me feel like a big fat blob of worthless fat BUT.....Melody was AMAZING.....We did strength testing, body fat testing, etc and even tho I'm over weight and terribly out of shape, Melody kept telling me this was giving US a starting point.....And I felt SO encouraged...I'd purchased a 6 pak of trainer appts and will have my next appt Tues 1/31/12...Be brave. The trainers are there to HELP each of us reach our goals.....CONGRATS on joining and working out...Push your comfort zone and you'll be surprized how much a difference it makes!
I know just how you feel. I am 335 pounds at 28. I just joined AF and I feel so lost too. My AF is also a very small one and it is intimidating to admit you have no idea what you are doing. I can't give you any advice on what workouts to do but I can give you support. Just know that you are not alone and that you can find great support of AH. I am here for you and we can do this together!
I just started as well, and have NO clue about all of this equipment. I did find that I could get weightloss workout plans on this site and print them out. I take them with me when I go and follow the machines and instructions on the papers. So much easier, and alot cheaper than a PT.Good luck, I look forward to reading how you are doing!
Are you still looking for someone to work out with? A while back I talked with the owner (Debbie) about trying to find a workout partner. I don't know very many people in the area as we moved down here to be closer to my husbands work. I Know that having someone to work out with can make a world of difference from past times when I actually had someone to work out with. Oh did I forget to mention that I go to the AF in Brookyn, michigan too.
I have spent the past 20 years treating my body like crap and am now over 400lbs...I have recently joined Anytime Fitness knowing that this is a critical life saving situation. My diet needs to change drastically and I needs to make it to the gym everyday or at least 6 days a week. Right now I am doing at least a mile on the treadmill and am able to handle about just 5 minutes on the bike. It is more than I was doing (nothing) and I realize that you cannot make a journey if you never take that first step. My AF is pretty big and I still need to make an appointment with a trainer to get some sort of plan in place.