getting BACK in shape...??

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Registered: 08-06-2004
getting BACK in shape...??
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Sat, 02-21-2009 - 1:02am

I've been lurking and I'm a 26 year old mother of 2. I started running when I was 12. I was on the track team during high school (2 mile was my event) and I ran cross country too. I ran everyday I was pregnant until I was 8 months pregnant with my first child. I have done ju jistsu, kickboxing, karate, etc all my life. I was just born in shape...ya know? I've never had to "get in shape"


I was in pretty good shape until I got pregnant this last time. I had some health issues with the pregnancy....and I'm going through a divorce so I was bummed for a while about doing this all alone.


I recently joined the gym. (2 weeks ago) I changed up my diet back at Christmas and I've lost 16 lbs. I am 5'2" and I weigh 118-119. Im attaching pictures. My question is...aside from the cardio that I do at the gym 2 times a week and the strength training that I am starting Tuesday (getting a demo from the trainer at the gym) what can

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Registered: 09-02-2004
Sat, 02-21-2009 - 7:54am

I would up your cardio to 4 days. Two of those days, do HIIT (high intensity interval cardio), which has been proven to be the best cardio for fat loss.

http://www.alwyncosgrove.com/hierarchy-of-fat-loss.html

I assume that you know you cannot target fat loss from certain areas of the body. Try to pick compound exercises that move more than 1 joint or muscle group (squats, deadlifts, pullups, pushups) rather than isolation (bicep curls, tricep kickbacks, leg extension). I also would push the trainer to show you free weights rather than machines.

Lift heavy - 3 sets of 8-12 reps. The last few reps might slow down a bit due to effort but maintain good form.

8.5 years ago, I was 135 pounds at 5'2". Now I am between 110-115. Focus on fat loss and body composition rather than weight loss.





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Registered: 07-09-2008
Sat, 02-21-2009 - 12:03pm

Hi, and welcome to gymrats.

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Registered: 08-06-2004
Sat, 02-21-2009 - 4:59pm

thanks! yeah I know I cant just pick a place and lose fat

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Registered: 11-09-2001
Sat, 02-21-2009 - 8:50pm
Hi - I just wanted to say that you may be impatient but you're far from lazy!! And your children are beautiful. I'm sure you have a very full and busy life so give yourself some time. And besides all that, you look great as you are right now!! The fact
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Registered: 08-06-2004
Sun, 02-22-2009 - 12:37am

Oh, thank you very much!. Sometimes you get in such a rut of being down that its hard to see the positive.


Thanks also for the comment about my kids...I LOVE THEM! they are so funny and sweet.


They are my motivation to stay in shape. I am a vegetarian and I feed my kids all homecooked organic meals....and its very important for me that they learn a few core principles of life......some of those being financial resposibility,

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Registered: 07-09-2008
Sun, 02-22-2009 - 10:26am

Can you see if you can include your chilldren in your aerobic activity?

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Registered: 03-20-2003
Sun, 02-22-2009 - 5:40pm

Hi Shannon--welcome to gym rats! You've already gotten some good advice. We're all our own worst critics and I have to say I don't see the same problem areas you do, plus you're at a healthy weight for your height.






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Registered: 03-20-2003
Sun, 02-22-2009 - 5:49pm
I didn't notice the weight loss ticker until you pointed it out. Great job, Shannon, on that!





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Registered: 03-25-2003
Mon, 02-23-2009 - 11:54am
i agree with the suggestion to get creative about "exercising" with the kids - it's a win-win-win because everyone gets healthier, plus it's valuable family time. i don't have specific suggestions because i don't have kids, but i bet with some thought and some googling, there are a lot of great ways to get a workout while playing with kids.
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Registered: 02-23-2009
Mon, 02-23-2009 - 1:55pm
Hi addiesmomma23.

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