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

COOKIEMONSTER - 8:47PM PDT, Mar 26th 2012

cookiemonster
SW Arizona

Thanks for starting this thread for me, Toni. I just got back from my first "Fit Club" class. I've been so anxious and nervous about the whole endeavor for the last couple of days. It was all I could do to darken the doorway without running back to the car. I'm a wallflower and like to fade into the background. That's a little difficult to do when your 150 pounds heavier than everyone else in the room. Luckily, a woman sat down beside me and we struck up a conversation. I was so blessed to have her as a partner for the night.

They began by taking "before" pictures of everyone in just their sports bras. It dawned on me that most of these people have no idea what it's like to be obese and the psychological hurdles one has to get over just to do the simplest things. I passed on the whole picture thing. I don't need a picture to know that I started out fat.

They took us outside and told us that the first task was to run a mile, followed by 20 repetitions of about 8 different exercises. I almost cried before we even lined up to run. I can't remember ever running... ever. It took me 15 minutes to walk/run and I was the last to finish, but I did it! By the end of the class, I didn't care what anyone thought. I was thrilled that I had survived. A few of the girls were so kind to me. A couple of them even did the last exercises with me since I was the last to finish. I felt so humbled and grateful. Even with all the pain, anxiety, fear and embarrassment, I'm so glad that I've started this new journey. I can honestly say that I'm proud of myself for the first time in a long time. Wednesday, we do it all over again...

Elizabeth

Last Edited: 9:18pm PDT, March 26th 2012

DEEANN - 5:45AM PDT, Mar 27th 2012

deeann
Illinois

Elizabeth, you're off to a great start. kudos to you :rock1:

I totally understand why you passed on the picture in a sports bra - I would have too. BUT I would highly encourage you to take a before pic at home (in clothes). If you don't and things go as well as I suspect they will, you will regret not having a starting pic.

I lost over 20 lbs before I took a before pic, and lost over 130 lbs before doing my first Bod Pod. I soooo regret not having done the Bod Pod sooner, but first of all - I had never heard of one when I started, and secondly - I had no idea that I would be successful.

Now that I've lost over 150 lbs and re-gained about 100, I at least have visual proof that I did it once, so I should be able to do it again. And also soemthing to look at that says, "This has got to stop. I don't want to look like that again!"

Anyway, you're off to a great start and we're here to cheer you on every step of the way! :thumbu2:



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.


TMOORE1 - 5:53AM PDT, Mar 27th 2012

tmoore1

OMG, the before picture thing sounds horrific!! Good for you for not doing something that wasn't right for you. You're strong! Remember that.

I don't have a good "before" picture, either. I agree with Dee, it's something I wish I had, but I would certainly do it in private, and NOT in a sports bra. Ugh, never ever, would I have consented to that. I probably would have walked right out. Again, good for you. You're strong and smart.

Wow, a mile right off the bat? Sounds like a pretty tough regime. Seems like you, again, made good choices and adapted it to fit your needs. <high five> You keep at it.

Toni

HW390 CW244 GW180

Last Edited: 5:53am PDT, March 27th 2012

DEEANN - 8:34AM PDT, Mar 27th 2012

deeann
Illinois

And actually, after taking a second look at your post.... a mile in 15 minutes is AWESOME for a first mile. Dang! I can remember the struggle I had to just get over 3-3.5 mph with my walk/running - let alone starting at 4 mph!!! WooHoo! You go girl!

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.


COOKIEMONSTER - 2:59PM PDT, Mar 27th 2012

cookiemonster
SW Arizona

Thank you for all the support and encouragement. It's much appreciated. Not sure what a Bod Pod is but I'll have to look into it. I'm really hurtin' today so I'm trying to take it easy. Hope you are all having a good day.

Elizabeth


TMOORE1 - 5:33PM PDT, Mar 27th 2012

tmoore1

How often does your fitness class meet?
Be sure to keep us up on how it's going!

Toni

HW390 CW244 GW180


DEEANN - 7:36PM PDT, Mar 27th 2012

deeann
Illinois

A Bod Pod is an egg shaped (really does look like an egg) thing that you sit in and it tells you how many of your pounds are fat and how many are lean along with the percentages. It only takes about 20 seconds and is, as far as I know, the most reliable/accurate measurement you can get.

I had one done when I had gotten down to 178 lbs and I was at 28% body fat. I've had it done a few times since (as I've gained weight back)), and Ugh!, my last one was around 50% fat. I really wish I knew where I was when I first started my journey. I wouldn't be surprised if it was around 60% or more. :blush4:

But even without something like a Bod Pod, a picture is invaluable. It's so motivating to visually see where you were and be able to see the progress.

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.


COOKIEMONSTER - 7:39PM PDT, Mar 27th 2012

cookiemonster
SW Arizona

The Bod Pod really sounds interesting. They had a body fat machine at the gym yesterday and it calculated that my body fat is around 43%. Can't tell you how that made my day.
The classes are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for 14 sessions. I am in such pain right now. It hurts alot worse tonight than it did when I woke up. Feels like someone has taken a meat grinder to my upper legs. Any suggestions on how to recover quickly? I would soak in the tub, but don't know if I can get back out. I can't believe I have to do this all over again tomorrow. Hoping this wasn't a HUGE mistake. I'm thinking the quote, "Pain is weakness leaving the body" is a crock of s#@t! The whole thing would be quite funny if it weren't my legs I was talking about. Oh well, this too shall pass. Have a great evening.

Elizabeth

Last Edited: 7:43pm PDT, March 27th 2012

TAINATLC - 10:31PM PDT, Mar 27th 2012

tainatlc
Chicago

Elizabeth....GREAT JOB....:thumbu2::clap::clap::clap::thumbu2:

To start the process and succeed is great....keep up the good work. I am just hoping I can get my knee issued answered on Monday, in the meantime I can only do very low impact exercising...do not want to cause more injury.


Taina
I can do this...I know I can. It's just going to take time & patience.

HW - 325.8
SW [2/9] - 320
CW [3/21] - 311.7
3/31 -50lb - 303
IW[10%] - 282
GW - 130


TMOORE1 - 4:07AM PDT, Mar 28th 2012

tmoore1

Elizabeth, do you have access to a pool or jacuzzi? After I work out on land, I always try to get a good soak in. I find it loosens up the joints and reduces pain, later.

If there's no pool where you work out, yes a soak in the tub (try epsom salts too) helps. And yeah, getting in and out of the tub is a challenge in and of itself. At least it's in private... Doesn't matter how goofy we look getting out. Can you put a chair or stool next to the tub? I used to find that having something to pull up on helped.

Sorry about the pain. maybe hold on to the idea that this is as bad as it gets. You're getting better, fitter, stronger. so if you can just work through this, it'll get easier and better.

We're all rooting for you.

Toni



HW390 CW244 GW180

Last Edited: 10:23am PDT, March 28th 2012

DEEANN - 6:52AM PDT, Mar 28th 2012

deeann
Illinois

I agree with Toni. I used to always sit in the hot tub for a few minutes after a workout and I never got sore (back then). I'm sure I'd get sore anyway now -- mine tends to be delayed a day or two - I think it's an age thing), but even now, I'm sure it would lessen any after-effects from the exercise.

And remember -- sore is a good thing! LOL, It's proof you got a good work out. :cool6:

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 - 7:32AM PDT, Mar 28th 2012

jpskitts
Dallas, NC

I've heard that drinking plenty of water and continuing to move at a much slower pace right after intense workouts helps to remove the lactic acid from within the muscles. Like walking a few laps after a hard run. The buildup of lactic acid causes some of the soreness and stiffness we suffer after working out.

I'm with Dee on feeling the effects of an intense workout a couple of days later. My intense workout was a FIRM video that focused on thigh work and it hit me a day later. OMG...I had to have help getting on and off the toilet. It made for a funny memory for me and my mom.

The courage you showed to not turn and run is truly inspirational!!

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


DEEANN - 8:52AM PDT, Mar 28th 2012

deeann
Illinois

Leslie, water's a great idea. And I was thinking "walk it off" -- like you said - working at a much slower pace, but I couldn't remembe if that was for real or just in my head. But since two of us are thinking the same thing, I'm thinking it's for real. :wink3:

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.


COOKIEMONSTER - 2:53PM PDT, Mar 28th 2012

cookiemonster
SW Arizona

Thanks for all of your helpful suggestions. I'll definitely try to use them. I was so sore and crabby at work today. It doesn't help that I have a job with some field work that requires getting up and down off of my knees. I know it will eventually get better. Your support and encouragement means alot to me. It helps me keep on going.

Elizabeth


TMOORE1 - 4:47PM PDT, Mar 30th 2012

tmoore1

Elizabeth, how did the first week of the class go?
How's the soreness?

Toni

HW390 CW244 GW180


COOKIEMONSTER - 9:29PM PDT, Mar 30th 2012

cookiemonster
SW Arizona

The soreness on Wednesday was off the charts, but I still had to make it to class. Funny thing is, once you start exercising again the pain stops. However, it starts again once you've stopped, but at least I was able to get through the class. The past couple of days haven't been nearly as bad, pain wise.
Today, we hiked Telegraph Pass and I made it to the top! I've always admired people who hiked this mountain and thought they were a little crazy. It took me almost three hours and I finished in the dark- last again. I must have stopped to catch my breathe 20 times. I'm just so amazed that I did it. I have the best co-worker in the world. He's encouraged me and believed in me since the beginning. He showed up at the trail and walked with me the whole way. I appreciate him so much. Here's the internet description of Telegraph Pass: "This is a 5.62 mi Hike in Yuma, AZ. The Hike has a total ascent of 1,122.05 ft and has a maximum elevation of 1,637.14 ft." Hopefully, this excitement will carry me through the pain this weekend. Thank you guys for your support and interest. Have a great weekend.

Elizabeth

Last Edited: 9:34pm PDT, March 30th 2012

DEEANN - 5:55PM PDT, Mar 31st 2012

deeann
Illinois

:rock1: WooHoo! :rock1: You rock!!

Keep up the good work :thumbu2: I find that so motivating.

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.


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


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 - 4:40AM 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


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


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.


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


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 - 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

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


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


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

jpskitts
Dallas, NC

Fantastic Elizabeth! Way to go.

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


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!
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