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I know how much it sucks to go to the gym and everyone else is thinner than you are. One thing I've done to make it easier on myself is to go at a time when there are not a lot of people there. I typically go between 11pm and midnight, and I have the gym to myself much of the time. Just make sure you're pushing yourself outside your comfort zone. I feel exhausted while I do my cardio, but as soon as I step off the machines I feel like I accomplished something, even if it's small.
I've found that by tracking everything via this site, I'm able to get a handle on what I need to do. I input my calories and my workouts daily in the trackers, and it's especially nice to see progress with the graphs. Plus when the scale doesn't move how I want to, I have visual proof that I have lost a pound or two in the last week. I've lost 32 pounds so far with a goal of being 140 (healthy BMI for my height) by Christmastime.
I have been a member since January '10 and I need to lose about 100 lbs so I know how you feel. However, I have noticed that AF is very different than other gyms. Even with fit people around me I don't feel out of place. I have never felt like I didn't belong. The other good thing about AF is it's usually not that crowded at any time. I started working out with a personal trainer about a month ago. In January I started out with 2 minutes on the elliptical and now I can do 60 minutes. So even though my clothes may not be as loose as I would like them to be I know my heart health is much better. Just push yourself a little at a time and you'll get there. But the main thing is to keep going. Don't stop. You'll get there. I have to remind myself I didn't gain this weight overnight and it's going to take time. You can do it!
Write down everything you eat, and of course, you can track it here. When you write it down, you realize how much, how little you eat...
Eat more, smaller meals. Portion snacks ahead of time, instead of bringing the whole bag.
Eat until you are not hungry, don't eat until you are full. You will be amazed at how little you really have to eat to not be hungry. You will then be hungry sooner, which is good, so eat again!! Smaller portions, more often.
Exersize!! I really like "Body For Life". It teaches you to change your lifestyle, not just to do something for a short period of time. YOu don't have to buy all the products, just change your lifestyle.
One step at a time.. don't rush, don't expect the wieght to just fall off.. be patient. Just do a little more each week.
There are thousands of people with our same problem. I know where you are comming from at age 27 I weighed 489 lbs. I felt depressed, that I was "too far gone" and I felt ashamed of myself, and basically worthless. One day I decided to visit a doctor for a cold I could not get rid of. Well the doctor took my Blood pressure and it was thru the roof. 180/120. They told me I needed to get on some medication to lower it emediatly. So I did. The next week I went in for a check up and got what I thought was the normal "weight loss talk" from the doctor. Since the scale at the clinic was not large enough to weigh me, he wanted me to go to the hospital to get weighed. Normally I would have just ignored him and went home, but for some reason I went and got weighed at the hospital. I had no idea what to expect from that scale. I got to the hospital and the nurse found the scale and I got on. As soon as 489 came up on the display, I began to cry. Not man crying either, I was a wreck. The nurse actually tried to console me, but I just left, even more depressed than ever. After I left the hospital, I began to think about what he said and one thing stuck in my head "you need to eat to live, dont live to eat" and "any amount of excersise if better than none at all" Which is very true. This was my "aha moment". I decided I wanted to lose weight. To me it seemed like an impossible task for me to look at myself at 489 lbs and think I could lose as much as I need to, to get to a healthy weight. I set my first goal of 10 lbs. The way I looked at it in my head, if I needed to lose 200 lbs, it was going to be easier to lose 10 lbs 20 times than concentrating on the big goal of 200. I started out walking for 15 min. after work, then slowly worked my way to longer and longer until I was walking outside on the sidewalk for 60 min.
This probably took a good 3-5 months. Since I had to go to the hospital to be weighed I would go once a month and weigh in. Which was good, because I weighed in in front of someone, so I wanted to make sure I lost at least somthing. It made me be accountable. After about a year of walking I decided it was time to take the next step and join at anytime fitness. This was a big step because I was still right about 390 and definatly the biggest boy there. I was definatly self aware when I was there, I didnt want to be seen. You know what though, fit or not fit, everyone is there for the same reason. This is the one place you dont have to worry about someone making a comment. You are amoung your peer group at the gym. Like I said, we are all there for the same reason, to make a change. I went to the gym 6 and somtimes 7 days a week for 1 1/2 to 2 hrs a day. This may seem like alot but you will definatly hit a spot in your weight loss where you cant get enough working out. When the scale starts moving, and people start noticing, that is a great motivator. It took about two years maybe 28 months but I got down to 224lbs (lost 265). I watched what I ate and excercises as much as I could. I never went on a diet though, I changed my life style. You will definatly have times were you will have setbacks, be it eating a fast food meal, or actually gaining weight, when you think you did really good and lost weight. It happens, its a long journey but well worth it. Your worth it, its never too late and I am proof. Life couldnt be better for me and my wife right now, and I am no longer missing out on all of lifes little things. Good luck on your journey and if you need to talk or want to know anything else about my story, here's my email. Jeremy_Blahnik@yahoo.com. I also have a video on Anytimefitness.com
Congrats on taking control of your health! Give yourself a pat on the back for getting on the right track.Please don't be embarrassed, the skinny person next to you may have been overweight at one time too. We all have a story to tell. Most folks are supportive so hang in there and don't worry about what anyone thinks. Don't beat yourself up because of your weight, concentrate on what you are doing now! We can't change the past but we can change bad habits and replace them with good ones. The suggestions thus far have been good ones. For me, keeping a food journal and an exercise journal are very important. It keeps me honest and accountable. Don't forget to drink enough water and get enough fiber in your diet. Most folks need between 25 to 35 grams of fiber each day. Don't skip breakfast!!!
Working with a personal trainer is very helpful. They can design programs that are suited for you..and they do challenge you. They can also make new programs so you don;t get bored. I have saved programs that Chris Nerat made up for me and I switch them around to keep things interesting.
Don't be discouraged if you have a bad week. You may not lose every week. Just keep plugging along and you will get there. Also, you will learn things along the way, so do share with the rest of us. (:
Good luck and keep us posted.
Hi my name is Danny I am 312 now but when i started i was 337.4 I think Jeremy Blahnik realy hit the nail on the head its a LIFE STYLE CHANGE not a diet and that was something i struggled to relize for years and paid the price by failing at weight loss attemps time and time again - the best advice i could give you is remember what your doing this for and thats YOU not the little priss priss on the machine next to you and remember to set small goals like 5 or 10 pounds or walking a mile a little faster so your workout is filled with successes and not what seem to be unreachable goals and remember you will have times where you wont loose any weaight or might gain a pound or 5 but wait a week and you will see it come of as if by magic and that can be caused simply by stress or certain things in your life causing you to retain water and
I'm in the same boat, my friend. Name's Jeff, and I am 340 lbs. i've been up and down my whole life, but stress over work and the experience of nearly losing my kids soon after their birth (preemies, fine now) has sent me up the big hill this time.
But I just joined. I'm as anxious and fearful as you seem to be, but facing a gym and an exercise bike is a damn sight less frightening than facing diabetes, being bedbound, or being buried too soon.
I'm determined to make this work. To make this stick. It's nice to know others out there are in the same fight.
Welcome to Anytime Fitness!!! You are in the right place. It took a lot of courage for you to make that step. I know! Two years ago when I walked into Anytime Fitness, I weighed 431 pounds. Little did I know how life changing joining Anytime Fitness would be. To date, I have lost 195 pounds. I believe a lot of my success has to do with the owner and members of this gym. And Anytime Fitness as a whole. I have been shown so much compassion and have been encouraged every step of the way. I also enlisted the help of a personal trainer too. Being that heavy, it was important for me to not get injured. She also kept me focused and committed. I would be happy to have you keep in touch. If there is anything you want to ask, I would be more than happy to share with you more of my story. I have a Success Story Video on Anytimefitness.com My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Hang in there!!!
Wow! All I can say is wow, the community on her and in my local AF is amazing! I think I have finally found a home at a gym. I signed up today and am really excited. I have about 150 lbs to lose and I am so intune right now. The support on here is making me want to go back to the gym but I also have to learn how to balance final studying and gym time. I can't wait for my session with the trainer tomorrow to get a plan down on paper. Good luck to all you can do it!
if anyone who has posted here wants to set up a little mutual support group, my email's email@example.com. would love to give and get some support.
I joined AF in September 2009, hit my 100 pound milestone when I weighted myself today. I couldn't be happier. I think the best thing for me was having a personal trainer, he keeps me accountable and keeps me from getting bored in the gym. I know I did this myself, but I couldn't have dine it without him!
My two big things:
Don't beat yourself up when you have a bad day, just get back on track the next day and don't look at it like a diet, look at it like a lifestyle. Your nutrition and fitness need to be something that you can do for the rest of your life!
Wow man...this is absolutely amazing!!
You guys are all an inspiration...
Please keep the posts coming, and if you have specific questions, continue to post them in the Q&A or in this thread. I think I speak for many in saying that we're here to motivate, educate, and inspire...and believe me, it's a two-way street!!
I look forward to chatting with each of you in the coming weeks and months.
Reading all of your posts makes me see how many others are out there in the same situation. When I saw the scale hit 299 one day I told myself that was it I am not going to let myself hit 300. At that time I joined AF in January 2010. I am now down 15 pounds. I admit I wish it was coming off a little faster but I know I did not put it on fast so it is not going to come off fast. I have found logging my food on this wesite and logging my workouts very helpful. Whenever I take a break from doing it those are the weeks that I do not lose weight. Thank you for all of your inspiring stories and I look forward to hearing more from all of you.
I joined up about a month ago, weighing in at 329. I have struggle with my weight quite a bit. My high was just after I got married at 341. My goal is to get back down to the 240ish range that I was in high school playing football.
The big thing that has been pointed out is that it is a lifestyle change, don't consider it a diet. There are days where you will eat fast food, or a meal you probably shouldn't have. Just realize that it will happen and don't beat yourself up over it. IT SHOULD HAPPEN! If you try to cut yourself off, you will only regress as you will constantly feel "deprived". By just making a conscious effort to work out, eat right a majority of the time, you will notice the lbs dropping and you will also find it much easier to eat right more often because it becomes your new habit.
It is no different than smokers trying to quit, its much easier to change your habits over time and create new habits, than it is to try to start something "cold turkey".
Down to 314 as of my workout this morning.
Also, once your down to under 330 I highly recommend a wii fit, you can play some of the games/activities on it to help add additional calorie burn to your routines. My wife and I play them and compete (she is working on losing weight too) and its fun going back and forth. It also allows you to weigh yourself, check your BMI, improve balance and create routines for yoga, strength, and aerobic activities. Its a nice compliment to AF and gives you an additional outlet.
My next step will likely be to consult a trainer and find some others at my local AF in Indy that I can work with to maintain motivation. Feel free to add me as a friend if your in the area, or not and want someone to chat with.