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hi. [Mar. 11th, 2009|03:03 pm]
hi ladies.
I just joined Curves with my friend,and I was wondering if anyone could give me tips.
I really enjoy going and working out,but I am having a hard time giving up the "bad stuff".
I am motivated,or otherwise I wouldn't go.
The little old ladies that gives it their all is what makes me want to exercise more.
Any tips are helpful.


[User Picture]From: lonejedi
2009-03-12 01:08 am (UTC)
Welcome to curves. I hope you like it. Here are some tips for your success.

1. Make an appointment with yourself. If you put your workout on your planner or calendar, you're more likely to do it, particularly if there's an alarm next to it.

2. Make sure you're consistant with times and days so you always know when it's time to go.

3. Don't be ashamed to find an accountability buddy to work out with you. Or, make friends with a fellow member so you'll expect them to come and visa-versa.

4. don't kick yourself if you don't make it one day. Just start again at your next expected time and date.

5. Bring water or change to buy water. Also, be sure you've had a light snack before you go.

6. Reward your efforts with something you enjoy. I would not suggest food since you're trying to avoid bad eating habits.

7. Many women like to overdo themselves. I've seen some women attend as often as five times a week, and they exercise vigorously. Most of the time, three times a week is enough so long as you work hard on the circuit. If you decide to go more than that, exercise lighter on those extra days. in any case, know that you don't have to jump in all at once, if you have to, take it slow in the beginning.

8. Don't forget to stretch. Stretching helps you maintain the benefits of your workout. Stretching also prevents decreases in flexability as you gain muscle.

While we're on it, let's talk about food since diet and exercise go hand in hand.

1. A healthy diet is all about timing, portion control, and variety. Eat every three hours whenever possible and alternate between snacks and meals so you wind up with three meals, two snacks, and a small treat at the end of the day. Don't restrict any food groups including carbs and fat; you will crave them and eventually binge on them otherwise. Talk to a doctor or nutritionist about the number of calories you should be eating since it depends on your size, how much weight you want to lose, and your activity level. You can also find calorie charts online to help you determine how many calories you need per day. Finally, don't forget to eat the foods you love. just eat them moderately.

2. If you go on a diet, be sure it's sound, healthy, reasonably priced, and not overly restrictive. Research shows that those who embark on restrictive diets are less likely to succeed because of self deprovation. Research also shows that those who eat moderate diets tend to keep the weight off longer/don't gain it back even if weight loss doens't happen in a short time.

3. If you go on a diet, don't feel guilty if you should get off track. there's o sense in beating yourself up. just start again right where you left off.

4. Reward positive eating habits with some reinforcer that isn't food.

5. Take a look at how your emotions affect your eating and visa versa. you might be surprised to realize that certain foods make you feel miserable and/or that misery causes emotional eating. If this is a concern for you, keep a diary of when you eat and why. If you find yourself eating for emotional reasons (you're sad, anxious, bored, etc) consider sharing your emotions with a friend or substituting alternative methods of relieving your emotions other than food. If certain foods make you feel miserable, don't eat them or eat them less frequently..

I hope these tips help. cheers to you and your success.
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From: blue_kavenders
2009-03-16 09:29 pm (UTC)
Wow. Thanks,i was half expecting a new short sentences not all the information that you gave me. I do have a workout buddy that comes with me,and I think she enjoys it just has much as I do. The dieting is the whole issue that I am having problems with,normally I fix my son something;and of course I eat the same thing. And it is not always the best foods to eat. But I do give myself credit,I am trying.
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[User Picture]From: rubyreader
2009-03-20 04:35 am (UTC)
I find is so much harder to eat right when I have to feed my kids. Well that sounds like great parenting huh? I just know that mt kids would never eat some of the healthier choices. So when I make chicken stir fry for me, I might make them chicken nuggets. Then I just start thinking "why make two meals?" and next thing you know I'm having nuggets too.
I do find that the advice of drinking more water does help.
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From: blue_kavenders
2009-03-26 03:41 pm (UTC)
you are honest,it is easier making one meal.
but then i start thinking,i'm complaining about my weight and feeding my son something not healthy.
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