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Nevada
03-03-2003, 02:27 PM
Okay Ladies I am sure we have all done this at least once in our lives...It is time to reduce the waistline....after back and leg surgeries and having my thyroid out I gained almost 100 lbs...I am at the point that I want to go screaming from a changing room...it would okay it it were spread out a bit but I carry all my weight above my hips...right around my middle...any suggestions from you would be gratefully accepted...my Rogue and I just got some practice swords in so we will be doing some slow sparring so I dont reinjure my back...I would swim again but the Y just upped their rates...again....in other words ladies HELP!

Tink
03-03-2003, 02:36 PM
Well.....speaking as someone that carries her excess weight in the belly area....It is the HARDEST place to lose. So don't let yourself get frustrated easily if you start excercising and don't see immediate results.

My suggestion would be yoga or pilates. They will help strengthen your back and tone you over-all. Of course, since you've had an injury....check with your doc as to what you can an cannot do.

Also, walk or bike. Try to go at a pace that gets your heart rate up. Start slow and work your way up if need be.

I have slimmed my waist line with a combo of walking and pilates.

If you do crunches and that sort of ab work, make sure you do them correctly....
1 to avoid injury

and

2 because doing them incorrectly can *add* inches to your waistline.

Good luck and we're all here for support!!! :cheer:

wench230
03-03-2003, 03:31 PM
Nevada, first of all good for you! Just deciding to take action is half the battle. Be proud of yourself for taking the first step!

I know some people are not huge fans of this system, but I lost 35 pounds slowly but relatively painlessly over the space of a year on the Weight Watchers points system. I hit my weight goal last summer, and have maintained that weight loss now for almost a year. I didn't do any serious amounts of exercise, just some sporadic NordicTrack-ing. I followed their Points System to the letter, and it worked for me. You don't even really need to join... I'm sure there are plenty of people out there who have joined, and can give you the starter materials, and the basics of what you'll need to follow WW's plan without having to pay WW for it. Essentially the WW points plan helps you figure out how to determine portion size, but gives you the freedom to choose what you eat so you don't feel like you're depriving yourself. It slowly reorients the whole way you look at food. It rocks!

If you want to get a gentle start on a little bit of exercise, try going walking. Slowly, short distances, and build up gradually. All you need are your own 2 feet to get started. This is a GREAT form of exercise for someone who's starting a weight loss program, and you can walk with your rogue, too! It gives you overall toning and cardio, and gets you out and DOING something.

Good luck, and good for you! You can do it! Keep us all posted on your progress.

Samantha

Ysobelle
03-03-2003, 04:08 PM
I'm going to have to second Samantha here. I joined WW, but I did it online, and I really like it. It's $44 to join, and $14 from your second month on. There's an online journal and points calculator, and it makes everything fairly painless. There are also online articles and food lists and everything else. It's useful and fun. I lost 4.2 pounds my first week, though average after the first week is generally one to two pounds a week, which is safe. Generally, the slower and more steadily you take weight off, the more likely you are to keep it off.

The most important thing WW teaches you, IMNSHO, is how to look at food realistically. With sensible portions, and sensible habits. It takes a few weeks to get into the swing of it and figure out the system and the website thoroughly, but psychologists say it takes three weeks to make something a habit, so by the time you've adjusted to all the online stuff, you're halfway there.

If you want more info, just let me know.

CelticBombshell
03-03-2003, 04:50 PM
I too am on WW i started today. Althought eating in the mornig makes me sick, oatmeal is soooo good for you if you are on this plan. My big problem is that I eat more on WW than I did when i was eating normaly

Mel

Good luck!

Pamela, Strawberry Tart
03-03-2003, 06:01 PM
Hey Nevada!
Congrats on making the first step. I've lost over 80 lbs on EDiets.com, ($20 registration and abotu $15/month) and though I strayed for a while, I'm back on track and feeling better that I am.

I suggest that you pick up the Sharqui bellydance workout videos www.sharqui.com It's not really hard, just heavily aerobic, and it's almost exclusively concentrated on your waist. Not to mention it teaches you all sorts of interesting moves. *WEG* It should also strengthen your back, so it will be a really good thing if you have a back injury.

Good luck hon!

PirateKisses
03-03-2003, 06:26 PM
Nevada-

I'm right there with you! I lost nearly 40 pounds right before and just after having my tyroid out last October. I attribute it to stress. But when they took me off my meds in Novemeber and December to do a body scan, half of it found its way back to me. They think they have finally found the right dosage for me and hopefully they have because without that being right, I have a snowballs chance in Hades of losing all this weight!

I'm about to join the new Y here in town and start up with their Pilates class. I'm contemplating Weight Watchers and the Atkins diet. I'd kind of like to hear from Wenches who have tried one or the other or both and what kind of success they've had.

PK
who is fighting with a new avatar that doesn't want to work right...

cyd
03-03-2003, 07:57 PM
I too am on WW i started today. Althought eating in the mornig makes me sick, oatmeal is soooo good for you if you are on this plan. My big problem is that I eat more on WW than I did when i was eating normaly

Mel

Good luck!

Actually, there's a point to that, mel.

The body works FAR more efficiently if it's constantly being fed. Constantly. If you eat small amounts all day long, the body has the fuel to burn what's there, if that makes any sense. If the body thinks it's constantly being fed, it works more to burn what's there. If it thinks it's being starved, it reduces your metabolism in order to conserve what "little reserves" you have left.

Think about it. If you had ten gallons of water every ten days (as in no water for nine days and ten gallons on the tenth), your body would bloat from the amount of water you had all at once. It couldn't handle the water, wouldn't process it efficiently, and while you'd wind up floating on the tenth day, you might die of dehydration before you got there. And you'd lose the benefit of all the water, because it would be all at once, and the body wouldn't be able to process it properly. It'll try to store it all up at once, but then you just feel bloated.

If you only eat once a day, the body can't process it as well. So instead of processing it all at once, it saves the rest for a rainy day. If you feed it bit by bit, it'll process each little bit as it comes in, but not save the rest...

Did this all just make sense?

Cyd

Nevada
03-03-2003, 08:59 PM
I used to bellydance while in high school, lo these may years ago..i tried it again but the movement makes back spasm...dr told me to cut it out

Theresa Grant
03-03-2003, 09:33 PM
I belong to 'Curves', and have for the past month. They weigh and measure you every 30 days, and we'll get to that in a moment...

Curves is women-only, no exceptions. It's not a high-pressure environment nor is it a shark-tank. The women are supportive, the staff is well-trained, and the workout is 30 minutes on hydrolic machines.

I joined it for the muscle toning and because the local gym alternative is a joke insofar as 'oh baby oh!' action. ;) We've got everything from 17 year olds to 80 year olds, from women who are HUGE to women like me... small, but could use the toning, etc. anyway.

Today was my first re-weigh and measure. Are you ready for the results?

I gained half a pound, and a half-inch on my thighs and upper arms but it's -muscle-. I lost a TON on my middle, my hips... My first month and I lost 5.75 inches overall, I feel leaner, I have muscle definition, and I lost 5# of body fat.

My size 8 jeans that I put aside actually fit comfortably after only a month, and I feel GREAT. There's no diet, there's no turture, just 30 mins three times a week is recommended, and it's FUN without emotional or physical pressure.

There are franchises all over the US - it's not expensive and I think it's well worth the time and money.

:)

Bronya
03-03-2003, 11:30 PM
...I too joined Curves....my first measurement I had a huge inch loss and only 3/4 lb weight loss and a 4% body fat loss...so Curves does work like Theresa says and no worries about feeling out of place or having to wait it for the tread mill while someone flirts with the guy trying to lift weights while he is flirting with the girl on the thigh machine...they make you feel so comfortable and your in and out in 30 min...I also do yoga once a week thru the community service dept. There are a lot of places you can get some excercise/yoga/low impact/line dancing etc thru the city, check with your community service dept and they can let you know $$$..............good luck............its also great to have all these wonderful women here on this board to help get thru the roughest part...the starting is the hardest part and youve made the biggest step...

Morrigan
03-03-2003, 11:40 PM
Making up your mind is half the battle ... go grats to you!

I'm currently doing WW and i totally love it! Since January 4th... i've lost 13 lbs! and gone from a 26 to a 22!
It's easy and you can eat what you want... just have to watch your points!
I also bought a Gazelle thingy... and it's great... I have really bad hips.. and there is NO impact...

GL to you hun! we are all there with you when you need it!

Also if you do decide to do WW or just diet in general... here is a web site that has the most awsome message board!
www.DWLZ.com
People there are awsome, helpful and VERY supportave!

Tink
03-04-2003, 10:07 AM
Dranaan had mentioned Curves to me about 2 months ago. She kept hearing wonderful things about it from women she knew who had joined. One of her friends Vicki is doing really well with it.

I have been keeping an eye out for one to open near me. Dranaan is in NJ and I'm on Long Island. I guess they hit NJ first.

lauradake
03-04-2003, 10:31 AM
I put on about 30 lbs after I got married, and decided to lose it a few years ago... I didn't join any programs (being way too cheap for that *grin*), but instead just started watching what I eat--drinking more water, cutting out all fast foods and junk foods (except for the occasional treat here and there!).

I also started exercising--practicing Aikido, a form of martial arts. For me, the Aikido has been a lifesaver--it works my mind, my body, and my spirit... and when I actually work out a lot (we practice outside, so we haven't been working out as much as we usually do thanks to the nasty weather!) I develop great muscle tone and strength.

With this combo I lost my 30 lbs and I'm in better shape than I've ever been... I'm even thinking about starting training to run a marathon. :) :) :)

Whatever method you use--best of luck!

AllieSutherland
03-04-2003, 11:35 AM
Just wanted to pass along that I seem to remember that I heard that you can now deduct gym fees, weight loss plan costs, etc. from your taxes. I'm unsure of the specifics (maybe you have to have a doctor's letter, be clinically "obese," etc.) or even if there are any that apply, but it's worth looking into!!!!

If so, more "bling bling" for Faire!!! :bananada:

Here's to happier, healthier Wenches!!! May they all see LESS of us at faire! ;)

XOXOXOXOXOX
Allie

lauradake
03-04-2003, 11:43 AM
Ah, but may the "less" come from the proper places--waist, thighs, butt, and arms. ;)

When I lost my weight, I also went from a nice full "C" cup to a low-range B. Ugh. :(

-Laura, the boobless

Dranaan94
03-04-2003, 12:23 PM
Ummm, can I ask that you watch your "Ughs", please? Some of us have always been small B-Cups and are perfectly happy with them. It certainly doesn't make you boobless and I have to admit I found that comment a little insulting.

Yes, loosing weight does sometimes make you loose your breasts - they are, basically, fat, though the kind of fat most people like. But not all people have that happen. Genetics - go fig.

Dranaan
A little sensitive today and endlessly sick of the socieity's overemphasis on tits, especially since her mother suffered A LOT of health problems from a boob job.

PS congrats to all the ladies who are working on their bodies - just rejoined a gym myself, so go us!!!

lauradake
03-04-2003, 12:37 PM
I certainly didn't mean to be insulting--and I was not making comments on anyone's body but my own. Please don't read any more into it than that...

We all have personal prefrences and "comfort levels" when it comes to body shapes, sizes, and types. A weight that I would consider myself as being comfortable at, others may think would be too heavy--for them. And vice versa--a weight that I feel is too heavy FOR ME may be another woman's goal weight.

Personally, I liked my breasts when they were fuller. I liked the weight, the feel, and the shape better at a C cup than a low B cup. I had felt safe sharing that here on the boards, since I was making comments on NOBODY ELSE'S BODY BUT MY OWN. Sure--I could understand being insulted if I said I disliked YOUR breasts... but to comment on my own? I see that as being akin to saying "Wow, I was born with brown hair... I really don't like brown hair, I wish I was a blonde". I'm not insulting brunettes, I'm just stating that I'm unhappy with the hair I was born with.

-laura

cyd
03-04-2003, 01:38 PM
Ah, but may the "less" come from the proper places--waist, thighs, butt, and arms. ;)

When I lost my weight, I also went from a nice full "C" cup to a low-range B. Ugh. :(

-Laura, the boobless

I'd give you some of mine if I could... *sigh* For some strange reason it's the first place that gains weight, and the last place to lose it. Drives me nuts.

When I was in college, I was a 34B, and very happy with it. Went up to a 36C. Okay, I could deal with that, C was good. Got in the way a touch when playing sports, tho. Then I went up to a 36D. Then a 36DD. And now I'm even having problems fitting properly into DD cups. And there is NOTHING compared to the feeling of accidentally snapping yourself in a boob when you're doing archery. :cuss:

My biggest issue is actually the fact that I gain weight in my belly and my back... Fairly evenly, so nobody notices much when I'm wearing street clothes, except me. I constantly get people telling me "oh, you're fine, you don't need to lose weight"... But that's NOT what I want to hear. You know why? When I was in early high school, I was 112lbs. When I was in college, maybe 125. And for someone 5'4", somewhere in that range is perfectly fine. Actually, 120 would be perfect. But I am now in the range of 160... and while most people don't think I've gained much at all, *I* know. *I* know because my bodices don't fit me right anymore (and I literally split the seams on one of my favorite bodices last year because I was busting loose!). *I* know because my pants are tight. But I don't look fat. Just feel it. There's a reason people don't see me wearing swimsuits.

I'm currently trying the slim-fast diet thing again. Worked for me when I got out of the hospital in 94 (corticosteroids... gained 40 lbs in three weeks! ew!). It takes me a while to build up weight... I can stick to a fairly reasonable weight for a long time before it builds up on me again... it's getting it OFF that is the issue. I only put on a lot of weight this last year due to the huge amounts of stress... buying a house, having a wedding, the fatherinlaw having a stroke, yadda. *sigh*

And every time I've lost weight, the *#&@$* boobs are still there... I swear, I'm never gonna hit the archery range with a recurve again, I may be sticking with a crossbow for life...

Cyd

lauradake
03-04-2003, 01:47 PM
Yeah--the grass is always greener on the other side. I have naturally curly hair, and it drives me crazy.... but my girlfriends who have beautiful long straight hair are envious, and vice versa. ;)

I know what you mean about losing weight for YOU--I'm not 100% happy with the weight I'm at (5'7", fluctuating between 130-135), but I have lots of people telling me that I don't need to lose weight--and mocking me because I watch what I eat, etc.

But if I'm not happy where *I* am, then I'm not going to be happy... losing weight and working out shuld be for YOU, not anyone else. :) So if you feel like you need to lose weight, then go for it--and know that you'll have lots and lots of support from the wenches here. :)

Morgan Ravynswood
03-04-2003, 02:00 PM
I love Curves! I joined a little more than a year ago, and it's fantastic! I've lost about 13 inches and about 17 pounds with just working out. No dieting. Well, actually, I changed my habits, and I think that's the key. Just watching what you eat and how much of it. The best part is, is that it's staying off. Around Thanksgiving/Christmas time I gained about 4 pounds, but it came off within a month.
Keep up the good work everyone! :cheer:

emalia
03-04-2003, 02:06 PM
From someone on the ever changing weight journey...

My face and breasts are the first to gain or lose weight on my body. I could lose 25 lbs, and it would mostly be boobage.. =(

When I was 118 I wore an A cup, with not much to fluff... At 128, I graduated to a B cup that looked full... Now that I am plus sized, I feel more physically comfortable in a C cup bra, than in the DD that they told me I should be wearing (any larger than a C and they poke me in the arms) I guess I don't have much underarm boobage..

As i digress, I would really love to lose the weight, but I have come to the realization that I am just too selfish with my down time (What little I have) and would rather sit on my butt at home watching the Boob Toobe...

Tink
03-04-2003, 02:32 PM
I don't lose weight in my chest. Hence, why I had to have a reduction 4 years ago. I even grew a cup larger since what I was reduced to by the surgery. Nature wants her way... :lol:

For those that do lose it off their chests....may sound crazy, but I know from personal experience, I was less critical of the rest of me when my boobs were bigger, I guess because comparitively my bigger boobs made the rest of me *appear* smaller....

So if you keep losing weight, but never seem satisfied, maybe it's the boobs being smaller....

When I was still huge boobed, my worry was if I flattened my stomach. I'd look like a walking porno ad. I of course hadn't flattened it by the time I had the surgery and for a LONG while I had to re-adjust my thinking because I suddenly saw my gut as being MUCH bigger than I used to think it was, *because* it was no longer in the shadow of the Grand Tetons....

I do relate to those who say that they feel they still need to lose, even though those around them say they don't. I always reply to those people by saying, yeah in *clothes* I look fine....see me naked or even in a bathing suit....

I *know* I am not heavy. However, I have a belly and want to flatten it. Most people don't see my belly because the way I dress hides the bad and emphasizes the good.

My long drawn out point here is: Society has made a lot of women get very obscured ideas of how they should look and be shaped....If you've lost a lot of weight and still feel like you need to lose more.......Make sure you haven't fallen prey to society's trap. Sometimes the people around us see things more accurately than you do.

Tink
03-04-2003, 02:34 PM
Can someone PLEASE tell me why I insist on hitting quote when I mean to hit edit?!! ARGGGGGGGG!!! :evil:

Theresa Grant
03-04-2003, 03:28 PM
To find out the location of a Curves near you, visit http://www.curvesinternational.com/BullseyePro/findacurves.asp and put in your zip code.

I really do love it. :)

Tink
03-04-2003, 03:34 PM
Awesome there a few by me!!! Now I just have to break my pre-season stall and motivate myself to go join. :lol:

Nevada
03-04-2003, 03:45 PM
You ladies have been great...it has been hard since my thyroid went away so to speak, I really miss my 5k's and horseback riding...I would join another gym but money is tight...but just found out our new office location has a small workout center open to us YAY! so I can at least do some weight work before I have to clock in...on the boob issue...I was immensely relieved I didnt inherit my moms and abuelas...they are both large d cups..and I know how many probs they had with back pain etc...thank the heavens I am at a c cup...though the last time I lost 100 lbs the boobs went to a b...oh well at least everything had gone down also...just wish I could recontrol my sweet tooth..I dont do caffeine..dont smoke...rarely drink...but sugar is my demon..that and a Rogue who is a damn good cook..he doesnt believe in skim milk or margarine

cyd
03-04-2003, 05:19 PM
I don't lose weight in my chest. Hence, why I had to have a reduction 4 years ago. I even grew a cup larger since what I was reduced to by the surgery. Nature wants her way... :lol:


OMG I have a friend who was that way... supposedly only 5% of women who have reduction surgery grow back, and she's one of the 5%. She had a HH bra (yes, I said double H). Got herself reduced to a C cup. Four or five years later, she's back up to a DD. *sigh* Poor girl. Her husband doesn't mind a bit, but it drives her up a wall.

<snip>


When I was still huge boobed, my worry was if I flattened my stomach. I'd look like a walking porno ad. I of course hadn't flattened it by the time I had the surgery and for a LONG while I had to re-adjust my thinking because I suddenly saw my gut as being MUCH bigger than I used to think it was, *because* it was no longer in the shadow of the Grand Tetons....

Oh, did I understand that. It's one of the reasons I never won pageants. I was a pageant contestant when I was younger. I kicked butt on the talent section, had a kickin' interview, but my swimsuit was just so damned out of proportion... My legs are "petite", but I'm VERY long waisted (15" busk, average woman is between a 9" and a 12"). Couple that with large boobs. Last time I did pageants, I was down to about 120. I had a size 6 to 8 pair of pants at the time. And a 34D bra. *sigh* I was in the best shape I'd ever been in, but I could do nothing about the fact that I was giving off a severe Dolly Parton impression. I kept on getting first and second runner up because I could do nothing about *those*.


I do relate to those who say that they feel they still need to lose, even though those around them say they don't. I always reply to those people by saying, yeah in *clothes* I look fine....see me naked or even in a bathing suit....

Zactly. Although, thing is, I KNOW I'm heavy for my size. I'm not so concerned with how it looks as to how it feels. I'm trying to get back into the shape I was in sometime in college. I don't have to be 112 lbs like I was in high school. Just get me back down to 120-125, and I'll be happy with myself. And get rid of the pooch. ;)


I *know* I am not heavy. However, I have a belly and want to flatten it. Most people don't see my belly because the way I dress hides the bad and emphasizes the good.

Yep! Nobody even realizes the belly exists... because of the clothes I wear...

Clothing is usually one of the best aphrodesiacs... because it shrouds the body in mystery... ;)


My long drawn out point here is: Society has made a lot of women get very obscured ideas of how they should look and be shaped....If you've lost a lot of weight and still feel like you need to lose more.......Make sure you haven't fallen prey to society's trap. Sometimes the people around us see things more accurately than you do.

I know I don't need to look like a supermodel. I just need to get back to a HEALTHY weight. I don't need to look like Kate Moss (besides, the boobs just wouldn't go with it). I just need to get down to what I consider a healthy weight. Something I won't feel overly concious going out in a swimsuit in. ;)

Cyd (who needs to lose some of the verbosity, too. *grin*)

Theresa Grant
03-04-2003, 05:28 PM
A few things:

1) Regarding Curves, I'm not sure if it's nationwide or not, but for the next 3 weeks in my area they're doing a drive where if you bring in a bag of food to donate to the local food bank, they'll waive your sign-up fee.

2) Tink ... trust me. Go check it out. It's FUN. And the results are quite amazing. It's now part of my 'me' time and I get pissy if anything gets in the way of it.

3) Breast size... sigh. Before Andy I was a 34B, sometimes 36B depending upon the bra. I am now an A cup and measure in at 33 inches. Yes, I -lost- with the baby. I want augmentation so badly it's not even funny anymore. I'm ashamed to be seen in public without a padded bra, because one side is so lopsided it's an AA instead of an A. I don't even get support or cleavage in a bodice, really. I don't feel like I'm at all pretty and god help Jim if he wants to see me naked. ;) I don't want to do anything weird - I'd like my breasts to be even again in cup size, and even a solid A would be nice, but a B would be better I think. Jim discourages it because he says they'll feel like bowling balls or something.

I think that covers what I wanted to say. :)

Dranaan94
03-04-2003, 05:55 PM
Please be very careful if you do seriously consider augmentation. Be sure to find a surgeon who uses teardrop shaped implants that are 100% saline. You might also want to consider waiting just a little while longer to see what kind of strides cosmetic surgeons make with fat transfer.

I saw my mother go through years of trouble with her implants. Yes, they were silicone and we all know now what an awful thing those were, but she still has trouble with her new saline ones. Just be careful.

It's funny - I was reading a book earlier today about male-to-female transexuals and all of the therapy they are required to go through prior to surgeries. I often wonder if women who want augmentation should not get a small percentage of that therapy themselves, to make sure of the reasons why want the operation before going under the knife. I am certainly not saying anything about our Ms. Grant, who I have had the pleasure of speaking to on a number of occasions and who I like very much. Nor am I saying that the average woman who wants cosmetic surgery is enduring anywhere near that amount of questions that most transexuals say they endured, both from others and for themselves. But there are an awful lot of genetic women, for want of a better term, who get the surgery and then regret it, as with several other cosmetic surgery options as well, so I often wonder if a short course of therapy might not be a good thing before opting for a change in appearance that requires a scalpel and lots of bandages.

Just a thought. No offense meant or intended. Tired today so apologizing in advance for any rambling or just total nonsense that may be in this post.

DreaBeth
03-04-2003, 06:08 PM
I have to put in my two pence on Curves. I joined as my b-day present to myself last September. I really liked the short workout, the fact that it's close to home and very convenient, and that the price was right. Well... It's been just shy of 6 months and... I've lost 19.5 inches of me (combined: arms, bust, waist, stomach, hips and thigh). My clothes fit better and I'm feeling a lot better about the way I look! The only drawback is that I'm going to have to get sewing, 'cause none of my garb is doing to fit! 8)

Andrea
#1025
aka Geneva

Tink
03-04-2003, 08:44 PM
I have to put in my two pence on Curves. I joined as my b-day present to myself last September. I really liked the short workout, the fact that it's close to home and very convenient, and that the price was right. Well... It's been just shy of 6 months and... I've lost 19.5 inches of me (combined: arms, bust, waist, stomach, hips and thigh). My clothes fit better and I'm feeling a lot better about the way I look! The only drawback is that I'm going to have to get sewing, 'cause none of my garb is doing to fit! 8)

Andrea
#1025
aka Geneva

So ladies on Curves....is it like a circuit training system on machines or what? The web site mentions hydraulic machines, but doesn't go into much detail.....Is it cardio or just toning or a combo of both?

Okay...jumping in here via edit to say....I JUST CALLED AND MADE AN APPOINTMENT FOR A TRIAL WORK-OUT FOR THIS MONDAY!!!!! WOO-HOO!!!!! :bananada:

I am VERY psyched!!! The lady was very nice and says it is a full cardio work-out.....a circuit of machines that you repeat 3 times in 30 minutes. It's on the way home from work too....so it will be convenient.

PirateKisses
03-04-2003, 09:14 PM
They are getting ready to open a new Curves about 3 blocks from my house! That may even be better than the Y!

Way to go, Morrigan! I'm hoping to see those size 22's that I've been hoarding away fit again by my birthday. If the new meds that the dr put me on are the rigth dosage, my non-existent thyroid (literally) should be kicked back into high gear and I should be able to start losing weight again. Keep your fingers crossed!

PK

Nevada
03-04-2003, 09:42 PM
So far my synthroid dosage has stabilised but it is still a hard road..will keep my fingers crossed on yours

Ysobelle
03-04-2003, 09:56 PM
So how much does Curves cost?

Bronya
03-04-2003, 10:21 PM
:cheer: I do the month by month and I pay 49.00, initially to see if it was for me. After my first month, Im ready to commit!!! If you sign the contract it is 39.00 and you can work at any Curves. It is circuit training on (in ours)8 machines and 8 blocks (bigger stores have more machines and you pick which ones you want to use) we make 3 circuits on every machine/block (used for running in place, jumping jacks, twisting, "boxing" etc. and you take your pulse every 7th (i think) movement. I love our's -the 2 young girls that own it make it so enjoyable and friendly-we play trivia games in between,you answer questions while working and get "curves bucks" for correct answers that you can use to "buy" workout bags, bottles, mugs, soap etc.They decorate for holidays, have promotions, contests...they really take this seriously and make us all, no matter what size/shape/age like we are the most important clients they have, without competiton or the meat market feeling at most gyms. Maybe becasue it is only for women. There is a stretching/cool down area and you are in and out within 35-45 min...hope you enjoy it as much as I do...........I look forward to the work out, and new friendships I am making. :cheer:

Tink
03-04-2003, 10:29 PM
That's not so bad...figure if I get there 4 times a week. It's 10 bucks a visit.....If I like it I just might go with the join for 39 a month....

PirateKisses
03-04-2003, 11:23 PM
That's pretty much what the Y would cost me curves is going to be a helluva lot closer. I could go after work on Tuesdays and Thursdays when Rhiannon's Nana picks her up from school and on Wednesdays after her Grandpa picks her up for the their midweek "date". I just want to get my old body back. I'll never be one of the really thin girls, I'm one of those who is meant to be curvy and a little soft. I'd like to be back down to an 18.

Nevada- they had me on Synthroid to begin with and then no meds for nearly 2 months for a body scans. Then they put me on Levoxyl and the new dosage made me toxic. I ended up with hives that migrated across my body and cellulitis on my face. So they adjusted my dosage and put me back on Synthroid. I'm just now finishing up all the antibiotics. I swear, I hate taking them! I start loading up on yogurt as soon as i hear the word antibiotic and I ask for a Diflucan to go with it for the inevitible yeast infection that's going to accompany the "getting better." :pfft:

So it's looking like Curves is going to be the winner, hands down, in the battle of the gymns. Now which eating program is the best one to work with?

PK
whose head is simply aching from all the info that's been poured into it today!

Theresa Grant
03-05-2003, 12:36 AM
Let's see if I can explain Curves. :)

It's a 30-minute no-impact workout designed to strengthen your heart rate, improve your muscle tone, and burn fat. And yet somehow I barely manage to break a sweat.

The hydrolic machines are set up in a circuit and in between each one is a floating/padded square that we call a 'recovery station'. You begin the workout on a recovery station, and this is where you move to keep your heart rate up. It's 30 seconds on the station, then you move to the machine next to it, then 30 seconds on another station, then 30 seconds on the next machine, working in a circle. It's all put to music and they tell you when to change stations.

Every 7 minutes you stop, step away from the machine or the station (it's prompted between the music) and you take your heart rate. There's a chart on the wall that tells you where you should be. If you're too high they want you to do less on the recovery station; if it's too low, they want you to step it up a bit.

It's called a 'recovery station' because this is where you should be catching your breath. You're supposed to put your energy into the machines, not push yourself to have an aerobic workout on the recovery station.

You do this for three rounds. Each machine works a different muscle group, and some might be harder than others dependent on whatever your body is naturally used to.

The first few times I did it I felt like I wasn't 'working out' and I really was skeptical. I hadn't done anything like this before that translates to deep muscle toning, so I was expecting a stress on my body similar to bellydancing or mid-impact aerobics. But I put the skepticism aside and I stuck with it. When it came time to measure I told my mother-in-law (who does this with me) that I really didn't expect any results.

Boy, was I wrong. :)

Oh, and Dranaan - no offense taken. Augmentation is something I've thought through since I was in my late teens, honestly, because I was teased so much about being 'flat'. Now that it's 15 years later or so, I can honestly look at it and say it's not about what the men think, it's about what I think. I just don't feel attractive or confident with such lopsided breasts. My right side is almost completely flat, like when you first start developing and you start getting a swelling in tissue and such. There are days I feel completely foolish if I wear something thin because it's like I have these bumps on my chest and I'm 'waiting' for them to do something. I'm 35 years old, I think I deserve to look like a woman instead of a prebuscent teenage girl, and I think wanting to have a solid A cup (or even a B) is reasonable. It's not like I want to do D cups and model for Victoria's Secret; I just want to feel... hmm... whole.

:)

Tink
03-05-2003, 11:22 AM
The work-out sounds really cool.

A co-worker here just told me her daughter does it and she looks like a different woman since hse started.

Theresa...too bad you don't live here. The doc that did my reduction, also does augmentations and he is fabulous. Chief of Plastic Surgery at Lenox Hill hospital. Rocket...refered me to him, as she used to be his OR tech.

CelticBombshell
03-05-2003, 12:48 PM
I am like PK meant to be curvy. After being on the depo shot and gaining 100lbs in 6 months, I am now in the worst shape i have ever been in in my life. I like my body but due to health issues ( high colesterol, insulin resistance, and they are watching my thyroid) i have to lose about 115lbs. Lets just say that on a 5'2 frame 260lbs looks odd.


So it's looking like Curves is going to be the winner, hands down, in the battle of the gymns. Now which eating program is the best one to work with?


It all depends on you. I am doing WW b/c I need the support of the meetings. There are tons of diets out there. I like WW(granted today is day 3) I eat more healthfully and due to the fact that I am starving I actually eat veggies (no points for most)

Does anyone have any good recipies they would like to share?

Mel

Nevada
03-05-2003, 12:55 PM
I wish I had 40$ a month for Curves but money major tight here... PirateKisses---have you had your thyroid out yet? I went a year before they finally had to take mine out with its ever so lovely tumors...eeeww..whats ironic is when the found the first tumor I worked in a cancer ward and when they took it all out I worked in Surgery..will be on synthroid forever....better than the alternative though...most blessed words ever is "its benign"

Bronya
03-05-2003, 01:06 PM
Teresa is right, they are called recovery stations (50's fog set in for a second :oops: ) It does seem tho, that most of us, at the one I go, to do get a huge workout and thank gosh they have towels...even some of the smaller ladies end up red faced and "glowing"...guess its all in your metabolism/size/how hard you work/etc..nonetheless...at least go try it and see how it works for you...good luck

PirateKisses
03-06-2003, 05:34 PM
Nevada-
Last September at my yearly poke and prode, they found a mass on the left side of my thyroid. It was partially cystic, partially solid so they decided the best course of action to take was to remove the left side and leave the right. So October 7 I underwent surgery to remove the left side. The following day, when I was expecting them to come in and tell me that I could go home the following day, they came in to tell me that they had found stage 1 follicular cancer in the left side and that they would be taking me in the next day to remove the right side as well as my para-thyroid. I was really lucky that they found it as soon as they did and that it was completely contained (confirmed by a later body scan) so there was no need for chemo or radiation. The downside has been that part of the weight that I lost pre-surgery has come back. Now that they think they've found the right level of Synthroid for me, it should be easier for me to lose weight again.

I'm going to make room for $40 a month in my budget for Curves. I eat pretty darned healthy as it is, lot's of veggies and soy products, not a lot of dairy, and lot's of the seafood and fowl. My cholesterol and blood pressure are better than my mother's, who is the same height (5'8") and wears a size 5. Her cholesterol is through the roof and her blood pressure is awful! But she lives on processed foods and absolute junk. She's always hounded me about my weight but has always managed to be less healthy than I have been. Go fig.

PK
who just got Black Adder in the mail from Netflix and is about to go have a Brit Comedy Fest!

Nevada
03-07-2003, 09:38 AM
Glad all has turned out well Pirate...and as a side note...very jealous of your black adder fest :pfft:

justLori
03-07-2003, 04:52 PM
Well, I lost 20 pounds on eDiets and training for the Beast Cancer 3-Day two years ago. I've managed to gain it all back, because I didn't maintain my eating habits (And Maggie Moo's opened. It's all the ice cream parlor's fault--nevermind I have tried every flavor.... :lol: ) Seriously, I loved that eDiets would give me a menu I could change, and then, ye gods! it provided a shopping list based on that menu. I loved not having to think about what to have for dinner--it was already decided. Makes life easier on a stressful week.

A Curves opened up here in town a couple of months ago. I used to belong to an all-women gym--and loved it. This sounds like something I should look into. Either that, or cheap cardio kickboxing classes. Nothing like feeling like you can kick butt...

Oh, and for starting out, I highly recommend walking. Early Saturday mornings outside on a trail near you, especially this time of year (and as it gets warmer) is a sacred moment in time. You can hear the World Choir then, easily.

I am a DD. I have been for, oh, years. I was a small DD when I lost that 20, but now I'm almost in overflow zone. I remember C--it was in college. I would be happy to be able to buy the "pretty and sexy" bras in Victoria's Secrets, not just their what I call "foundation pieces". That means dropping a cup--anyone want it? I would love to share...

just Lori

AllieSutherland
03-08-2003, 12:31 PM
I am curious, and my questions are directed toward those who may have lost a great amount of weight sometime in their lives (or know someone that has)...

1.) How did your boobs look after major weight loss? I am losing a LOT of weight, and I'm afraid that they're going to be REALLY saggy :pfft:

2.) Did any stretch marks go away? Get worse? New ones?

3.) Has anyone had to have skin removal from losing weight?

XOXOXOXOX
Allie

Molly
03-08-2003, 10:25 PM
1.) How did your boobs look after major weight loss? I am losing a LOT of weight, and I'm afraid that they're going to be REALLY saggy

2.) Did any stretch marks go away? Get worse? New ones?

i don't know how "major" you're looking for, but between the time i was living in africa and now (almost two years later), i've lost 70 pounds. i can definately tell when i've lost weight because my boons do get smaller... i was once a dd, but now i'm a d or a c depending on the bra (and the biggest change is that i used to be a 44, now i'm a 38)

also, as for the stretch marks, they kind of went away... they got lighter for me at least. but i still have a long way to go (i was at 360, i'm now at 290... thank god i'm 6'2" and have a large frame to begin with... when i tell people how much i weigh, they're shocked).

i would LOVE to try curves... angola just got one. unfortunately, i'm going to school to earn another degree and working full time. guess i just have to stick with the treadmill in my family room... and i must say, i do so enjoy being able to sweat my patootie off in the privacy of my own home :D

Molly
03-08-2003, 10:27 PM
oops, that should have been a 38 up there, not the three and the silly smiley thingy... hmmm, how did that happen?

Nevada
03-09-2003, 09:18 AM
I have already once lost 100 lbs..I like to say I only got to take my new boady on a trial run when hell hit and I gained the weight back due to steroids, thyroid etc...my boobs did go down and they definitely werent perky anymore...but that never bothered me..however I did look into have the excess skin from my belly taken away..however when he asked if I planned to have kids and I said yes he told me to wait..because pregnancy would just re stretch the skin and I would have to have it done again.....

Theresa Grant
03-11-2003, 11:14 AM
So how did the trial visit to Curves go? :)

I got my MIL to join last month, I even offered to pay for it. She went grudgingly, then got into it, and the other day she had her first weigh/measurement day.

Now my MIL is not fat but she is a big woman. She has years of sitting in front of the TV and eating lots of fatty foods to get past, I think she's a size 16 or 18. Know what?

She lost 5 inches overall. Even though she somehow gained 2 in her chest. -mutter- Her weight stayed the same but her fat % is down, and those inches make a difference since 1.75 of them alone came off her hips. She says she noticed already because her pants fit differently, as in 'better'.

That's after the first month. Your experience may vary, but I'm really proud of her. :)