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Workout Equipment / Re: stationary bike
« on: October 13, 2012, 06:02:19 PM »
in response to the P90X: I have not tried it because I have not reached a level of fitness equal to what is required to perform their routine.  My husband does P90X and I have observed the results. I know that it is a good program but I am well over 200 pounds and I cannot do the lunges or the squats much less keep up with some of those movements. When I reach that level of fitness, I would be happy to do P90X.  I do not have a set of resistance bands but we do have a home gym which is a similar idea, I guess.


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Welcome / Hi everyone!
« on: October 13, 2012, 05:39:24 PM »
I am new to the forum. I am over 40, married, and have a large family. My goal is to lose weight so that I can see all of my children grow up. I am hoping to have another child next year but I know that I have to lose weight first. I am vegetarian and I am always on the look out for new ways to get protein into my diet without eating animals.  I hope that I can participate and encourage others to reach their goals as I make the appropriate changes in my diet so that I can be healthier.

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Motivation / Re: Keeping a journal
« on: October 12, 2012, 06:34:42 PM »
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Kudos to Irlady66 for keeping a very detailed journal! I also have a journal but I only write about the food I eat as well as my workout sessions. Writing about your activities and diet daily really does keep you motivated and more focused on your fitness goals. I think that taking photos of yourself every so often is a great idea to keep ones' self motivated and would be a perfect addition to any journal. I recently went down 2 dress sizes since giving birth and I honestly wish I did take photos to document my weight loss journey. For those who want a more hi-tech approach to fitness journals you could try fitday.com. It is a free online diet journal and calorie tracker.
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Wow, congratulations on dropping the weight and especially congratulations on the baby! That is awesome. I know from experience how difficult it can be to lose weight after having a baby. I don't blame my children for my size, however.  I know that the food I put in my mouth was by my choice and I wouldn't change the fact that I have a large family for a slimmer figure.  Babies are simply God's gift to us and I have to stay committed to losing this weight so I can watch them grow up.

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Workout Equipment / stationary bike
« on: October 12, 2012, 06:23:17 PM »
Currently my favorite workout machine is my stationary bike. I do 6 miles every morning. Sometimes, I listen to music but other times I watch a movie while I am riding. It is convenient and quiet and I can exercise without leaving the living room.  It is light enough that when I want to, I move it to other rooms in the house so I can watch what my kids are doing. The kids like it too and my 3 year old has learned a new song that really cracks me up. She sings I can ride my bike with no handlebars while swinging her legs on my bike.

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Exercises / Re: Favourite exercise?
« on: October 11, 2012, 10:11:32 AM »
My favorite exercise is the stationary bike because it only takes 15 minutes for me to complete my 6 miles and I can feel the stretch in my back and legs and it keeps me from gaining weight. Also, is shows how many calories I burn per mile and so if I eat something I should not, I hit the bike and burn that amount of calories. The bike is my equalizer, sort of.

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Nutrition / Raw food versus cooked
« on: October 11, 2012, 09:57:44 AM »
I have heard that it is healthier to eat raw fruits and vegetables as opposed to cooking them. I find that when I eat raw fruits and vegetables I feel more satisfied afterwards and I am less likely to overeat.  However, I am curious to know others experiences with this. Also, is it healthier to cook grains or to eat them raw?

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Fitness / Re: Might be working out in the morning come next week.
« on: October 11, 2012, 09:49:33 AM »
I prefer to work out in the mornings as it helps me to wake up and get moving. I get up typically between 4:30 and 5 to start my day. I eat a piece of fruit before I do 6 miles on the stationary bike. Afterwards, I feel more alert and I have a busy schedule, homeschooling 6 of my kids plus a 3 year old at home. I take time to cook some barley and serve barley and raisins to my kids for breakfast before two of them head out the door to the school bus. Then, I do a work out video for an hour and if the kids want they can do it with me and it counts towards their PE requirement. The rest of the day is math, reading, writing, history science, music, art and Spanish and some lunch somewhere in the middle. I usually keep it simple, whole wheat bread with avocado, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and sometimes monterey jack cheese. There really isn't time in the day to work out later, and I get so tired by evening that I really don't even feel like it. I try to be in bed by 9 every night since I have to get up early.

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Fitness / Re: Welcome to 'The Nuwave Fitness' Community Forums!
« on: October 11, 2012, 09:14:05 AM »
Thanks for providing us with this informational forum about health, nutrition, and weight loss. I am here because I have a lot of weight to lose and need plenty of pointers and extra motivation to stay on the path to better fitness. It is nice to have a place to share ideas about what works and what does not.

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Fitness / Re: Less is more!
« on: October 11, 2012, 08:48:40 AM »
I recently learned something similar to this. That the best workout is to workout to your fullest ability for a few minutes for the best results from the exercise.  Anyway that was good news to me, since I have limited time to work out, now as long as I work up a good sweat in that few minutes, I will benefit from it. Now, when I do the Stationary bike, I pedal as fast as I can and maintain it for at least a whole minute so that I get my heart pumping and then I ride another 2 to 5 minutes just regular to cool down.

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Motivation / Keeping a journal
« on: October 10, 2012, 04:00:04 PM »
I find that to stay motivated, I keep a journal of what I eat and what activities I accomplish throughout the day. It helps me to remember what not to eat because I don't want to have to write it down in my journal! I also keep track of how I feel after I eat and I write down my daily and weekly goals so that I can track my progress. Does anyone else find that keeping a journal helps you to stay motivated? Do you post a before picture at the beginning and periodically take new pictures to see the difference?

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Workout Programs / Re: What's your workout plan?
« on: October 10, 2012, 03:50:03 PM »
My workout plan includes 6 miles on the stationary bike every morning and a cardio workout three afternoons a week to start. My main thing is that I am changing how often I eat and how much I eat. I am cutting my carbs to 15 grams per meal and making sure that I get 25 to 30 grams of protein per meal.  Later, I will add in an upper body workout one day followed by the lower body workout the next day.

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Nutrition / Re: Eat Liver!
« on: October 10, 2012, 03:36:41 PM »
I couldn't stand the idea or smell of liver as a child. Even as an adult the thought of it makes my stomach turn. Of course, I have stopped eating meat all together since I found that I can't digest it well.  If there was nothing else to eat in an emergency I guess I would eat it.

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Nutrition / Re: Favorite Healthy Snacks
« on: October 10, 2012, 03:23:54 PM »
My favorite healthy snacks are fresh fruits like oranges and apples. If I am craving salt then I too go for the celery with peanut butter.  I also sometimes make a fruit smoothie from frozen strawberries and water.

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Nutrition / Re: Sources of Protein
« on: October 10, 2012, 03:16:58 PM »
My favorite source of protein is soy protein powder.  I am vegetarian so I don't eat animal products.  I enjoy my protein in a smoothie with fruit and almond milk. I also like stir fry with tofu.

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