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  • 20 pound challenge week of October 3

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    15 posts, 7 voices, 711 views, started Oct 3, 2010

    Posted on Sunday, October 3, 2010 by Cynthia Schmidt

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      I’ve come to the conclusion that it really is all about the exercise. I’m lucky - I’ve never had a problem with exercise except during the worst of perimenopause. The discomfort was so intense that I virtually gave up exercise for over a year. And, I paid the price with a lot of weight gain.

      I’m happy to say that I’m once again moving my body nearly every day and beginning to challenge myself more and more. As we are getting older, our metabolisms are slowing, we‘re absorbing nutrients with less efficiency, we‘re losing muscle tone as our hormones wane and exercise is more important to our health and well being than it has ever been.

      What are you doing for exercise? How often are you moving your body? And, please share any helpful hints for those who may be struggling with motivation in this area.

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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Oct 3, 2010
        • Just watching the transformation in my body, albeit slow, is motivating me to continue. The cardio work I’m doing gives me a sense of pride as I increase my speed, add running and find my heartrate recovers quicker by the week. The yoga I’ve added is making me walk taller, and my flexibility is increasing. The weight lifting is sculpting and defining my muscles and boosting my fat burning capability. But for anyone who’s struggling with motivation for exercise, how can we help?



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          MaryAnne Carrier-Harrison wrote Oct 4, 2010
        • Thanks to all the encouragement from everyone it makes a big difference in how I feel about working out and eating healthy. Knowing that others have the same problems and I am not alone in the journey makes me feel stronger.

          Thank you to everyone!

          Have a great week!estatic



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          Max0125 wrote Oct 4, 2010
        • I recently discovered a great kickboxing DVD that I love. The instructor, Violete Zaki is so great that I picked up a couple more of her dvds. I have alo doing pilates, yoga and my eliptical. I love finding new forms of exercise to try.

          I love this challenge and all of he support I have been getting! I hope everyone has a great week!

          Mary



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          Vikki Hall wrote Oct 4, 2010
        • Even tho I have been exercising and watching what I eat (I do sometimes cheat tho) I am still struggling with my middle. I am overall happy with my butt and down, my arms have always been 13 in around and continue to be in spite of my workouts so I will just have to be ok with them. It’s just that middle.............grrrrrr



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          Anne E wrote Oct 4, 2010
        • I have started walking 1-2 hours a day and have really cut down on my eating.  My pants are noticeably looser.  Next month I’m going to add the treadmill and some weights. happy



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Oct 4, 2010
        • Vikki, I’m still really struggling with my middle too. I can see everything else getting smaller but alas the menopot is still there. I think that it’s really hormonal and as long as we stay with our plan it will eventually catch up with the rest of the weight loss.



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Oct 4, 2010
        • Anne, that’s great! We‘re all in this together!



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          Vikki Hall wrote Oct 5, 2010
        • Thx Cynthia for the positivity! I really struggle with that.....worried



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Oct 7, 2010
        • That extra girth in the center of the body is sometimes disheartening. I can see everything else shrinking but there’s that “gut” when I turn sideways and look in the mirror. Joe says he can see a difference even in that area but who knows.

          This morning, though, I got on my treadmill for an hour but jogged for 20 minutes of it at about 4 miles per hour. Not a sizzling pace but I’m really on this 5K race thing. Not sure which 5K I’m going to do but I’ll be doing one when I’m fifty in a few months.

          I’ve had asthma since childhood. I was held out of lots of physical stuff in school because the teachers didn’t want to deal with my having an attack. And asthma meds were not nearly as advanced then as they are now. I started jogging in my 20’s just a little but when Flovent came out and I started using it, it changed my life. I started running with a group of girls in my 30’s and started doing races with them. It was a dream come true. I still have the race bug in me, I guess.



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          Max0125 wrote Oct 7, 2010
        • To try to combat my menopot, I am doing pilates and kickboxing, along with yoga. I really feel like it is making a difference. I am trying to mix up my workout everyday and I feel that it is really making a difference.



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          Lucy Chappell wrote Oct 8, 2010
        • I hate my menopot, but I agree that mixing up workouts helps. I don’t want to ‘settle’ just because I’m 51 now! I believe that I can look and feel better despite my age!



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Oct 8, 2010
        • Lucy, that smile of yours could light up the room! And you certainly don’t look 51.  What do you like to in your workout routine?



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          Vikki Hall wrote Oct 8, 2010
        • I don’t think I have shared this exercise tip from my trainer. And if I have sorry for the repeat.....

          Equipment: 2 paperplates(the slick coated ones are best), your body and the floor.

          Lay on your stomach, put the plates under each hand, push only your upper body up with hands straight out in front of you, circle them around at the the same time to the sides and then back to starting position, then go in reverse circles. # sets of 10 reps on each circle. She calles it breast stroke.
          Then using the plates again with upper body up take one arm from in front of you to your side (almost touching the side of your knee), then the other arm, again 3 sets of 10.... I call this the back fat remover.

          There’s a few more that I do (Great to do while traveling) but will only share this last one since they are hard to explain (maybe I will do a youtube)

          Again on stomach with plated on toes, come up on your forearms (plank position), hold your stomach in, and slide feet out and back in, then up (downward dog) and back down.

          These are hard and I break out in a sweat but I feel like they have helped me with my strenght and helping some tough body spots.

          Let me know what you think!



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Oct 8, 2010
        • Vikki I love the idea of the paper plates. And using the body’s own resistance is brilliant!



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