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my very good friend Terry from a town in Pennsylvania with the
name of 84.
In your newsletter you asked for inspiration on exercising.
I will try to explain what worked for me.
I went through this surgery which was may last hope for a normal
life. It did
give me my life back. 160 pounds lost is fabulous. But
it wasn't easy. I have failed at all diets in the past.
I was not going to fail this time. When I started reading
about people who were one or more years post-op regaining 5, 10 or
more pounds back, I got scared. I love being a size 14 and I
didn't want to go back to my size 16 jeans.
exercise was next, and believe me I never enjoyed it; as a child
or as an adult. Gym class in school was, well I can't even
explain it. I hated it. In the past I have joined many
fitness programs along with every diet program or diet gimmick
down the road. I stuck to nothing and lost or wasted tons of
money. So what changed? Like I said it was fear of
regaining weight and being a failure again. So what I did
was go to every fitness center around me and check them out.
I looked at who was there and what they had to offer. I
didn't want to join a place with a bunch of body builder types.
The one I chose has a diverse mix of people who belong from 16
year olds to 80 years olds, fat to skinny, to body builder types
to those who are not. It was more expensive but not that
much more. I joined and started to exercise, my energy level
rose and I became determined to keep going.
started out slowly, and built my endurance very slowly. Then
I got started with the weight machines. It has always been
said that more muscle the higher metabolism. Not knowing how
to really build muscle I decided to hire a personal trainer for 6
sessions. After all $250 was not any more than I would have
spent in the past on pills, exercise machines, or diet
so it started, I now love it. My personal trainer has taught
me the proper form and programs to build muscle. Once you start
seeing results, it keeps you motivated. I then signed up for
12 more sessions that I share with a woman I met there. It
cuts cost and you get 6 weeks, 2 times a week, with a great
trainer and someone to laugh with. I love it. Plus I
have not gained any weight and believe me I can eat some days
didn't want to exercise either, as I just wanted to get home from
work and read. We all know that just sitting doesn't do
anything for us except to expand what we don't want expanded!
is a franchise called "Curves for Women" located all
over the world. There are a few near my home. Since I
know that I will have to exercise before and after surgery, I
figured it was time to get started. I checked into Curves
and lo and behold, what a wonderful place it is and it only
takes 30 minutes to complete a circuit. Of course, I have my
best friend going with me. We go 3 to 4 times each week,
equipment they have is all hydraulics. There is a 4x4 square
board for you to march on along with a step to do stepping
exercises. You stay on each piece of equipment for 30
seconds. There is upbeat music and an announcer telling you
it's time to move to the next station. After 7 1/2 minutes,
you stop what you're doing and check your heart rate.
There's a chart on the wall that shows what your heart rate should
be. The place where I go has more machines so you only have
to make the circuit 2 1/2 times around, but we do 3 anyway.
We feel so good afterward and the women there are really friendly
and lots of help.
with someone to go with you and the moving from equipment to
equipment, it doesn't become boring.
know, I hated exercise until I found SWIMMING!!!!!!! I liked
it a lot when I was in high school, and I cannot tell you how good
I am feeling and how fast I am seeing the changes in my body.
AND it is not nearly as bone jarring as aerobics.
even sleep better since I began swimming, and look forward to the
end of my work day so I can get down to the pool to JUMP IN. Yipeeee!
Connie in Florida:
have a suggestion for exercise. I have been using the aqua jogger
the pool for the last year and it is so easy and makes you feel so
good so quickly you will get hooked on it. Itís a belt
that keeps you vertical in the water and keeps you floating. You
can walk, jog, bike, and cross country ski. Anything you do on
land you can do in the water. I take music and have a good time. I
use the dumb bells and web fingered gloves also. Water gives a
resistance so you get a better workout with less pain on the
joints. I go to a spa in the winter months and soon I will be
using my neighborís pool. I also use a recumbent bicycle as an
alternative source of exercise. I have always had problems
with exercise until recently and find it really does make you feel
better. I finally have a surgery date of March 25 and looking
forward to it. The more you exercise before an operation the
quicker recovery will go. I know this because I have had 40
surgeries in 53 years. I was born with bilateral club feet and
facial paralysis. I have been blessed and feel that the best is
yet to come. Connie in Florida
work as a fitness instructor at CURVES FOR WOMEN and what a
difference this has made in my life. As a full-time working
mother of a 6 year old and a 2 year old, who has time to exercise
in a gym or walk for an hour or two????
is a 30 minute fitness and weight loss center. You walk in (no
appointments necessary after your first visit). The
equipment is hydraulic resistance. There is no need for weights.
The harder you work on the equipment the harder it works your
muscles. There are 20 stations. Each station is a piece of
equipment or a pad on which you jog, march in place or step up and
down. It is set up so there is one piece of equipment and then a
pad and then another piece of equipment etc. You change stations
every 30 seconds-- go around the 20
piece circuit 3 times-- and that equals 30 minutes-- you do
a good stretch and
you're off to do the rest of the days or nights chores. If
you tried to get an
equivalent workout at a typical gym you would have to spend about
an hour and a half.
you build muscle you automatically increase your
metabolism, support the connective tissue and joints (less
knee and back problems),
and you build bone density too!! This can ONLY be done through
strength training. Walking, aerobics, jazzercise, etc. are
all great methods of cardio (strengthening your heart), but those
exercises do not build your muscles like weight bearing exercise.
feel free to check out the website or better yet stop in if there
is one in your area. Curves is the 3rd largest franchise in
the world with 3000+ locations. I hope this helps. Love
helps me to have someone to exercise with. Talking with them
makes the time pass quicker. I've never enjoyed exercising,
but now I really want to so that I can make the most of this
opportunity to lose as much weight as possible so that I can be
healthy. Getting those little endorphins pumping around in
your body makes you feel great, too
also struggle with exercise issues. I have found 2 friends that
exercise at the same place as I do and I have asked them to call
me when they go and I do the same for them. This is a great
inspiration and encouragement for me. I work with a fitness
trainer at the local YMCA and she calls me if I start to slack. I
informed her that laziness would be an issue with me! And some
days we award ourselves by soaking in the hot tub
believe that trying different forms of exercise is important so
you don't get burned out on exercising. I really enjoy step
aerobics and I did even before surgery. I try to go to step
aerobics one day, and walk the next day, I also tried water
aerobics and that was not strenuous at all, but they say it really
is a good work out. Also if you work out 4 or 5 times a
week, allow yourself to take a day off if your body feels like it
believe that weight loss surgery is the best thing I have ever
done for myself, but exercise is the key to any weight loss
I just found your website and was reading the
March newsletter Ė the question of the month was about keeping
motivated to exercise. The
gym where I work out is not real big and I see the same faces Ė
I often donít know the name, but I know the face.
Iíve been going there for about a year now.
We all know that building muscle does not show up on the
scale as weight loss and itís tough to see the scale stay at the
same place for what seems like an eternity.
Many of the regulars and staff comment on how well Iím
doing and ask my secret. Most
are amazed when I say the scale hasnít moved in the last 4
months Ė and my clothing size has not changed either. In
any case Ė I must look healthier or at least my perseverance is
encouraging to them and their comments help keep me motivated.