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Casey4

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  1. Well, you'd be wrong. I'm glad I'm not paying you to be my trainer. I have been a WW lifetime member for 15 years and have been at or near goal for most of that time outside of pregnancy. I journal, weigh, measure and get in all of my 8HG EVERY DAY. I've weighed my food for the past 4 years down to the gram. If I thought for a second I was eating too much, I think I'd have figured that out by now and not asked the question. I don't piss like a race horse for days after I stop weight training because I'm eating too much. I don't magicially start to weigh and measure my food or change when I do straight cardio. This is the 6th or 7th time I've tried strength training and this has happened each time. Maybe there's another board where people will actually answer my question instead of forming irresponsible opinions.
  2. I don't really have any to lose, I'm at goal, but I would like to be down a few more to a personal goal. Gaining weight is gaining weight. When I go to WW and I'm over my goal, they don't say "oh, you're weight training? Okay, you don't have to pay today" When I try on my clothes and they're tight from the water retention, it's still weight. Doesn't matter to me how it got there. I stuck with it this time for 8 weeks and the weight didn't taper off. I gained 7 lbs and was POP the entire time. Gave up and did straight cardio for a week, down 4 lbs. I don't worry about lower body strength because I do high resistance with my cardio whether on the elipical or treadmill, stairclimber or recumbant bike. I would like a stronger upper body, but the weight gain isn't worth it to me right now. What I'm looking for is possible solutions. I know the benefits of weight training, but for whatever reason I seem to be atypical when it comes to the extended weight gain/water reataining periods and I'm wondering if anyone else has this issue and how to resolve it.
  3. I don't know, I can't seem to get past the weight gain that strength training causes. I know the science behind it. I know it's water gain, not muscle mass. But I've stuck with it for periods of 2 months or more and my weight just keeps going up. I've tried eating more, eating less, drinking more, drinking less, sports drinks, more weights less reps, less weight more reps, weights first, cardio first, you name it. I do straight cardio and my weight plummets. I know all the benefits of strength training, but my body doesn't seem to. Any suggestions from anyone?
  4. Just to clarify, in the original post it says they are 3 points for 2 of them, but they are three points for ONE of them.
  5. Hi Lesa, I just wanted to say you ARE succeeding. As one of those fiercely independent, do it myself types I know how tough it must have been to reach out and ask for help. It shows how much you have changed and how much you have succeeded. This journey is much like the rollercoaster you couldn't fit on before. It goes fast, it goes slow, there are ups and downs. You're at the bottom of the hill now, but rest assured, you'll be making that climb again soon. Do you attend meetings? The new WW program is coming out the week of December 7th. There's nothing like something new and different to shake things up and get you remotivated. Best of luck to you.
  6. The Chex mix Turtle that comes in a bag is a total red light food for me. I'm not generally a "bar" person, but I did want to try these, but I noticed they contain chickory root, which is what causes the gas problems for those who eat the Fiber One Bars. I'm wondering if it has the same effect in these bars?
  7. Casey4

    can i ask?

    My feeling is that you can't rely on others to "make" you workout. At some point the motivation has to come from within. I wouldn't think the people at the gym would call you to remind you. Most gyms have hundreds if not thousands of members and I can't see that they'd have the time to do that for people. I think that's part of why you pay a trainer, too. I think there's a lot of technology out there with texting, email alerts and what have you that you could make your own reminders.
  8. Not a leader, but this is my understanding based on my experience. If you are above goal, you pay, whether you weigh in weekly or monthly. I don't believe you can go to meetings and not weigh in, at least not where I attend.
  9. Casey4

    Turbo jam

    I'm a certified Turbo Jam addict I have all the DVD's and love them! I'm a long time lifetime member, so I didn't have weight to lose, but it toned me up nicely and gave me a half decent looking 6 pack I also have Hip Hop Abs and like them also, but don't love them as much as TJ.
  10. I don't think it had very much actual chocolate flavor. You're probably better off adding your own cocoa or SF choc syrup.
  11. They were on sale this week (and I had coupons! LOL, the things that excite me) Even better was the fact that the two varities I bought, the Italian Pasta and SW Vegetable both only had 1 point for the entire can. They have other varities too, but not all are 1 point for the whole can, but are point friendly. I was treated to an unexpected (high point) lunch today, and was looking for a low point dinner and was pleasantly surprised to find the entire can was only 1 point. They aren't as tasty as Progresso Light, but for the price and to be able to save a point for the whole can, they aren't bad at all.
  12. I have to go with the glorified candy bar thing. I'm a little troubled by this recent trend of fiber injected everything, from ice cream to yogurt to poptarts. It's not a criticism for those who choose to eat them, but I'm afraid that those who aren't as informed as most of us WW are, might not use them in a proper way. It sort of reminds me of the low carb thing a few years ago. Low carb doritios and ice cream and all that. People wolfing it all down because it was "low carb" thinking they were making a healthy choice. I tried the bars once, and didn't really see what all the fuss was about, and to me the supersonic gas wouldn't be worth it!
  13. No thanks. It's like lets throw some fiber in junk food to give the illusion of something healthy.
  14. I do Flex but did core a few times, but I'm a strong proponent of varying what you eat. I've been a WW for almost 15 years, lost 75+ lbs and have maintained throughout pregnancies and what have you, and my experience has been that when I eat the same foods all the time, I tend to plateau. Same with exercise. Adding in new foods or a new exercise routine or varying my daily points always results in a loss. Staying with the same foods and the same routine day in and day out usually results in a gain/plateau. That's what has made these boards so invaluable to me. You never know when a new recipie or new food find will become your new must have staple. I think that's especially true with Core. I had no idea that Stuffed Cabbage Casserole would become a family favorite or that I'd eat couscous or barley or quinoa or that I'd crave roasted vegetables. You'll never know all the great foods that are out there if you're eating the same thing day in and day out. I think different foods also provide different nutrients for your body and I think that helps with weight control and overall health. Just my opinion and experience, YMMV.
  15. Casey4

    Hip Hop Abs

    I have it and like it and feel like it's a good ab workout. I like, no love, not having to get down on the floor to do ab work! It's fun, but not a super intense workout for me (I'm at goal and have been exercising a long time). The music is fun and funky and I like that part of it. I don't really care for Shaun T though. While I like that he's not your typical workout instructor, you can always hear him breathing heavy and his voice is kind of, I don't know, like he's got marshamallows in his mouth LOL. I prefer Turbo Jam over HHA. I feel like I get the same ab benefits, but a more overall workout and much more intense cardio.
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