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10/4/14 1:02 P

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Whoops I never answered this - I started going to a gym. I've never used videos for several reasons (mainly not enough room to do anything in my tiny apartment). I am fortunate enough to be able to get a trainer who I meet with twice a week and do weight training with him (at the gym), then do various cardio the other 5 days. I think I started out with fairly minor goals, like just walking on the treadmill at a speed fast enough to get my heart pumping a little, then adding in a little jogging here and there, then adding the elliptical machine into the rotation. I recommend the Couch-to-5k program which you can do at your own pace and it gives you a bit of a direction, not just feeling like you are aimlessly walking/jogging on the treadmill with no goal or structure, and as those things became easier, switching from walking on the treadmill to jogging on the treadmill to occasionally jogging in the park.

A smallish thing that has made a big difference, when I do the treadmill or elliptical at the gym, I watch streaming video of TV series on my phone and it is so awesome, it just makes getting up and getting to the gym so much less of a chore because I feel like, Oh boy now I get to watch another episode of Scandal/Orange Is the New Black/Friday Night Lights whatever. So if you're a TV junkie who finds walking/jogging on a treadmill or doing other cardio machines super boring, you might want to look into it.

I realize most of these things (gym membership, streaming video, and especially hiring a trainer) are pretty expensive for a lot of people but in some ways I think that made me more serious about it - if I'm spending $X on a trainer and a gym membership, I'm going to work my butt off to get my money's worth and not slack off or skip days or whatever.

I'm getting off the subject, anyway, when I started I was in such bad shape that I had trouble putting on my own shoes, and I think it helps not to be in any kind of rush and just be patient and I think you'll be shocked how quickly you become more able to do more things. I think it was within maybe 6 weeks that I really could tell how much easier it was to go up and down stairs, to walk to the train station without getting winded or feeling like my legs were going to give out. When I look at where I was a year ago and where I am now, it just completely blows my mind, and yes a year is a long time and it has been a slow process but so worth it.

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9/21/14 11:06 P

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Thanks for the response LylaGarrity - Your results are AWESOME - congratulations!

When you started exercising - did you go to a gym? use a video? walk?
I don't have a clue what to do - or even if I can. I've been sedentary for so long.

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LYLAGARRITY's Photo LYLAGARRITY SparkPoints: (63,174)
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9/21/14 9:28 P

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The biggest change I made was committing to exercising every day (or almost every day, anyway, usually every day unless I'm on vacation or something crazy happens). Also I started tracking everything I ate, not super carefully but at least in a general ballpark kind of way. I don't know if I'd call that "cold turkey" because I wasn't really giving anything up but starting two new habits, one kind of drastic (the daily exercise) and one ministerial. Now I'm closing in on 100 pounds of weight loss and today I ran a 5 mile race.

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9/21/14 7:27 P

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My weight/health has really been on my mind the past couple of weeks so I decided to check in with Spark and see it's been a year since I joined! Eleven months of roller coasting - I just can't seem to get started and commit.

You all started the same time I did - Please tell me Spark Friends - how did you begin? Was is little baby steps (and what were they) or was it changing your ways - cold turkey?

I need help -
Jeannie

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