Cookiemonster's guided fitness class

TMOORE1 - 11:00AM PDT, Mar 26th 2012

tmoore1

Elizabeth - I see you're a frequent poster, so I hope it's okay that I started this thread about you. If not - just ignore it and we'll get the message.

For everybody else: Elizabeth mentioned in another thread that she was going to start a guided fitness class today. I thought it would be fun (and helpful!) if she shared her experiences. It might encourage others by reading about what the process is like.

So... Cookiemonster, how did it go? :-)

Toni

HW390 CW244 GW180

Last Edited: 11:00am PDT, March 26th 2012

DEEANN - 4:34PM PDT, Apr 20th 2012

deeann
Illinois

Hurry back, we're going to miss you :heart2:

Dee

HW 320 :bang:
SW 298 Joined 4/8/05
Lowest 163.3 (10/7/06) :rock1:
GW 161

April start = 264.5 :rolling1:

Current Pic=Vicki(LUCKDUCK2) & me during a visit summer 2006.


TMOORE1 - 10:58AM PDT, Apr 20th 2012

tmoore1

Thanks for letting us know why you're gone. We'll miss you.

Keep up the fight while you're off-line, and let us know how it's going when you get back up. Good luck (with the computer stuff also!).

Toni

"I can do it. I will do it."
HW390 CW238 GW180


COOKIEMONSTER - 6:41AM PDT, Apr 20th 2012

cookiemonster
SW Arizona

Hi, guys. Just wanted to pop in and let you know that I'll be off CK for the next couple of weeks. My personal computer has a virus that wiped out everything. I'm not supposed to use my work computer for personal internet stuff. My brother-in-law is going to fix my computer when I go to visit in a couple of weeks. Beats spending the $250.00 that Best Buy was going to charge. So, hope everything goes well for all of you and I'll post again when I'm up and running.

Elizabeth


DEEANN - 5:00PM PDT, Apr 19th 2012

deeann
Illinois

Elizabeth, hang in there - and good for you for resisting the binge.

Each of us experience different things at different times. When I initially lost weight (from 320 to 164), it SEEMED easy, even though I know I had struggles, but my motivation helped me to push through, making if FEEL easier.

HOWEVER, since I've gained about 100 of those pounds back, I'm finding it REALLY hard to get back on track and every positive step I take is a struggle. But there's no giving up because that would be the only real failure -- the failure to try.

Hang in there, Elizabeth, the struggle will be worth it in the end.

Dee

HW 320 :bang:
SW 298 Joined 4/8/05
Lowest 163.3 (10/7/06) :rock1:
GW 161

April start = 264.5 :rolling1:

Current Pic=Vicki(LUCKDUCK2) & me during a visit summer 2006.


COOKIEMONSTER - 3:51PM PDT, Apr 18th 2012

cookiemonster
SW Arizona

Thank you so much for all your encouraging words. It's nice to know that there are others who have experienced exactly what you're going through. I went home early from work today because I wasn't feeling well. I've just been so exhausted and can't figure out why. I've been fighting a binge all day. I haven't picked the best foods for today, but I haven't binged either. This is the first day since I started CK that I've had that extreme urge to binge.

I've read posts on CK where people say that the journey was not all that tough. That has not been my experience. The mental aspect of weight loss and lifestyle change has been an uphill battle. I wish all of you the best. Toni- You have done such an amazing job. You're really an inspiration to those of us who have lots to lose. Keep up the good work!

Elizabeth

Last Edited: 3:52pm PDT, April 18th 2012

TMOORE1 - 11:01AM PDT, Apr 18th 2012

tmoore1

Elizabeth, I'm sending you virtual <hugs>, because, yes, we've all felt that way. You are correct, it is a long journey, and yes, it can seem all-consuming. It's not, really, and gets better as you go. But it really seems that way at first. So what you're feeling is completely valid and reasonable. <hugs>

But you can't give up. It's worth it. You are worth it.

I'm in a weird position here because I'm still obese by the charts. I'm still 60ish pounds away from my Dr's recommended goal weight. I'm fat to anybody looking at me. But I've lost so much - 150 freaking pounds for pete's sake! - that I also have the feel for how good success feels. So let me speak from that perspective for a while.

What you're trying to do is difficult. But when you get control of your eating habits, when you get to a healthy weight, when you feel how strong and alive and happy you are, when you see how things both small & large in your life are so much easier and better, you'll look back on the difficulties and smile. Ya' gotta trust me on this one. I know, when you're in the thick of it it's tough, but in hindsight you'll know that it was worth every ounce of effort you put into it.

A setback is just that, a setback. Pick yourself up, dust off, and go again.

You deserve it. You want it. You can do it.

Toni


"I can do it. I will do it."
HW390 CW238 GW180

Last Edited: 11:02am PDT, April 18th 2012

DEEANN - 8:09AM PDT, Apr 17th 2012

deeann
Illinois

So sorry to hear that. And yes, I've felt that way. I quit running over a winter because of being afraid of hurting myself. Then I hurt my hip trying to do too much too soon. I'm still struggling to REALLY get back on that track. But as long as I keep on trying and doing SOMETHING, I feel as if I'm at least slowing down my loss of ground. If I were to give up, I know I'd be back up over 300 in no time.

Hang in there - it'll be worth it in the end. Strive for balance. :heart1:



Dee

HW 320 :bang:
SW 298 Joined 4/8/05
Lowest 163.3 (10/7/06) :rock1:
GW 161

April start = 264.5 :rolling1:

Current Pic=Vicki(LUCKDUCK2) & me during a visit summer 2006.


TMOORE1 - 9:31PM PDT, Apr 16th 2012

tmoore1

So sorry to hear about the knee! Did you hurt it during class? What happened?

"I can do it. I will do it."
HW390 CW238 GW180


COOKIEMONSTER - 7:41PM PDT, Apr 16th 2012

cookiemonster
SW Arizona

Hi, guys. Thought I'd update you on my fitness saga. I hurt my knee early on in the classes and have been hobbling around for the past week. Consequently, I haven't pushed myself as hard as I should be. I'm pretty relieved that it's starting to heal. In a way, I feel like i've let myself down. I haven't been pushing myself to meet my potential, but I'm so afraid of really injuring myself and my ability to work pain-free. I'm tiring of the whole weight loss process. It seems to be all-consuming. I'm only 11 weeks into the process and I'm already losing steam. Does anyone else ever feel this way?

Elizabeth


TMOORE1 - 11:34AM PDT, Apr 11th 2012

tmoore1

Elizabeth, how's the class going? This is week three, is it not?

Toni
"I can do it. I will do it."
HW390 CW238 GW180


DEEANN - 7:50PM PDT, Apr 6th 2012

deeann
Illinois

That is an excellent quote. I do TRY to remember to ask myself sometimes, "how will I feel about this decision tomorrow?"

Dee

HW 320 :bang:
SW 298 Joined 4/8/05
Lowest 163.3 (10/7/06) :rock1:
GW 161

April start = 264.5 :rolling1:

Current Pic=Vicki(LUCKDUCK2) & me during a visit summer 2006.


COOKIEMONSTER - 8:57PM PDT, Apr 5th 2012

cookiemonster
SW Arizona

Found the following quote on the web somewhere and thought it was helpful. Have a great Friday.

"Don't give up what you want most for what you want now."


DEEANN - 7:32PM PDT, Apr 5th 2012

deeann
Illinois

That would probably be a good question for your doctor. An over-use injury can happen too. I did that when I tried to get back into running by joining a group that was training for an event. I got an over-use injury on one hip and ended up in physical therapy. Speaking of physical therapy... maybe that would be good for your knees. They can give you exercises to strengthen the muscles around your knee - helping to reduce the pain, increase mobility, and protect it from injury.

I'm so impressed with all your exercise, you're going to be amazed at your fitness level before you know it. :thumbu2:



Dee

HW 320 :bang:
SW 298 Joined 4/8/05
Lowest 163.3 (10/7/06) :rock1:
GW 161

April start = 264.5 :rolling1:

Current Pic=Vicki(LUCKDUCK2) & me during a visit summer 2006.


COOKIEMONSTER - 7:15PM PDT, Apr 5th 2012

cookiemonster
SW Arizona

Yep. Class again tomorrow evening. I don't think Telegraph Pass is on the schedule again, but I plan on hiking it sometime before it gets too hot here. Right now, I'm struggling with knee pain. I don't know how you can tell between an injury and plain old soreness. Does anyone know? It hurt on Wednesday, but stopped hurting during exercise. Now, it's stiff and painful. I want to keep pushing myself, but don't want to get hurt.

Elizabeth


TMOORE1 - 6:48PM PDT, Apr 5th 2012

tmoore1

Sounds like a very cool gizmo. I'll have to decide whether or not I can afford it. (There's one of those barrier things again.) In the meantime, I'll just keep sweatin' the old fashioned way.
;-)

Class again on Friday, yes? Are you going to do the Telegraph line again? Remember to drink lots of water!

Toni
"I can do it. I will do it."
HW390 CW238 GW180


COOKIEMONSTER - 3:31PM PDT, Apr 5th 2012

cookiemonster
SW Arizona

Toni- I purchased the Polar FT7 from Amazon for $74. I mainly bought it because I was interested in seeing how many calories I burn in a given session. It was easy to set up and easy to use once you learn which buttons do what. It times your sessions and tells you calories burned, heart rate and how long you were in the fat-burning or fitness stage. It will hold up to 99 sessions in the watch, or you can upload the data to the Polar site. There's an additional cost for the gadget that uploads the data to the net, which I wasn't really interested in. It can give you your heart rate in beats-per-minute or a percentage of your maximum capacity. It has a pretty comfortable chest strap that you have to wear to get your heart rate. I was concerned that the women's unit wouldn't fit, but it does. I have to let the strap all the way out, but it's still comfortable. I'm 42" under the bust if your wondering if it would work for you. My wrist size is 7" and I have plenty of room to spare for the wrist strap. I'm pretty happy with my purchase. Let me know if you have any questions.

Elizabeth


DEEANN - 10:57AM PDT, Apr 5th 2012

deeann
Illinois

WooHoo! :rock1: You're doing awesome !!!

Dee

HW 320 :bang:
SW 298 Joined 4/8/05
Lowest 163.3 (10/7/06) :rock1:
GW 161

April start = 264.5 :rolling1:

Current Pic=Vicki(LUCKDUCK2) & me during a visit summer 2006.


SYDNEY - 8:38AM PDT, Apr 5th 2012

sydney
Ventura, California

:hi::hi:
Elizabeth..don't forget to do measurements!
those types of classes (which i love) build great muscle mass)
muscle makes for a better metabolism!!


~ Sydney ~
**sw231~cw212**
:love: Healthy Habits :love:
231.....179....171....159.........115!
.......^......................................


JPSKITTS - 5:05AM PDT, Apr 5th 2012

jpskitts
Dallas, NC

Fantastic Elizabeth! Way to go.

~Leslie Fay
HW:385
CW:371
GW:200


TMOORE1 - 9:47PM PDT, Apr 4th 2012

tmoore1

<high five>

Heart monitor sounds cool! Tell us more about it. Where did you get it? How does it work?

Toni

HW390 CW238 GW180


TAINATLC - 8:36PM PDT, Apr 4th 2012

tainatlc
Chicago

:rock1: Congrats!!! Elizabeth,
Good to hear the postive tone in your message.
Taina
I can do this...I know I can. It takes time & patience.

HW :326.3lbs, SW [2/9/12]:320.0lbs,
Feb: -6.6, Mar:-6.1 (307.3)
CW [4/2] - 307.8
5/1-50lb - 299.9
IW[10%] - 282
GW - 130


COOKIEMONSTER - 8:05PM PDT, Apr 4th 2012

cookiemonster
SW Arizona

Just got back from day #5. Everything went well and I'm pretty happy with myself. I was really excited because I got my new heart rate monitor in the mail before class. I love it! It's a huge motivator during exercise. I ended up burning 830 calories in 90 minutes, which is about what I had eaten for the day up to that point. This could explain why I haven't lost much weight since the first class. Anyway, I'm pretty motivated right now (since the day is over). Monday was really tough and I appreciated all your kind words and encouragement. I'm back to good!

Elizabeth

Last Edited: 8:11pm PDT, April 4th 2012

TMOORE1 - 10:01AM PDT, Apr 4th 2012

tmoore1

Wednesday is class day, isn't it?
Let us know how it goes!

Toni

HW390 CW238 GW180


COOKIEMONSTER - 2:39PM PDT, Apr 3rd 2012

cookiemonster
SW Arizona

Thanks for all of your encouragement. I'm definitely not going to give up. To be honest, I'm recognizing that I'm at the point where I usually sabatoge myself. Amazingly enough, I'm conscious of it this time. I have a very hard time with the mental and emotional struggles that come with weight loss. As long as I don't quit, I'll be successful. Thank you so much for your support. I hope things are going well for all of you.

Elizabeth


DEEANN - 6:28AM PDT, Apr 3rd 2012

deeann
Illinois

Toni has a good idea. Have a heart to heart with the instructor and tell her your feelings. I'd say there's a good chance she'll make adjustments for you +/or work something out.

DH & I joined a group fitness thing like that here last year. I believe it lasted 6-8 wks and there was about 8-10 of us working with a personal trainer. Both of us have bad knees and I have a bad shoulder. The trainers were more than willing to work with us; if they did stairs, we did laps instead. If it was an exercise that would be hard on the shoulder or knees, they'd give us an alternative or warnings on how far to move.

At any rate, hang in there Elizabeth - no regrets!


Dee

HW 320 :bang:
SW 298 Joined 4/8/05
Lowest 163.3 (10/7/06) :rock1:
GW 161

March start = 258.8 :rolling1:

Current Pic=Vicki(LUCKDUCK2) & me during a visit summer 2006.


JPSKITTS - 6:06AM PDT, Apr 3rd 2012

jpskitts
Dallas, NC

I hope a good night's rest has helped you feel better this morning, both physically and mentally. My gut reaction is to say, "Stick with it and tough it out!"...but, the decision is a hard one.

Just keep in mind that we are usually our own worst enemies and toughest critics. No doubt that some things are out of reach right now, but only for now...Toni's right, giving up is not the option. It's easy to beat ourselves up over what we can't do instead of thinking on what we have done...think Telegraph Pass. Plus, you've encouraged us to get out there and try something new!

~Leslie Fay
HW:385
CW:375
GW:200


TMOORE1 - 4:40AM PDT, Apr 3rd 2012

tmoore1

Oh no, Elizabeth, sorry you're feeling frustrated.

Can you talk with the instructor, and have her give you alternates to the partner work? Good instructors should be flexible.

You don't get to throw in the towel entirely :-) but you may have to adjust the program a bit to fit your needs. Giving up is not an alternative.

(And thank you for being so honest and sharing your frustrations & worries here. Your candor helps all of us.)

So, how can we make this better?

Toni
HW390 CW238 GW180


COOKIEMONSTER - 8:43PM PDT, Apr 2nd 2012

cookiemonster
SW Arizona

Week 2 of the exercise classes and I'm totally frustrated. They do alot of partner work and I always feel like I'm holding my partner back from her potential. I just don't have the stamina or fitness of the others. I'm essentially carrying the weight of a second person on my frame. I really feel like throwing in the towel at this point. Maybe I'm just tired. I'm hoping I'll see things in a different light tomorrow.

Elizabeth


TMOORE1 - 4:28AM PDT, Apr 2nd 2012

tmoore1

Elizabeth, this is week two of your new class, correct?
Good luck! Hang in there!

We look forward to your reports.

Toni

HW390 CW238 GW180


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