Newbie/Lurker with a question

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Registered: 01-04-2007
Newbie/Lurker with a question
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Wed, 09-16-2009 - 10:31am

Hello everyone!

I'm hoping you can help me, since I know nothing about exercise but I'm commited to becoming a gym rat no matter what! LOL

A little background: I'm hoping to get in better shape and also lose about 30-ish pounds. My eating habits are pretty good, I have the theory that I want to eat a way I can live with for the rest of my life, not a crash diet that will work short term. So, I'm happy with my food choices most of the time. The problem is I suspect I'm having thyroid issues (I had them during my last pregnancy, 5 months ago) Unfortunately, we are between health insurance coverage, so I have at least a month before I can get into the doctor to get that checked. So, right now I have not lost so much as an ounce in the 2 months I've been working out :( I should also mention, I have degenerative disc disease, so I need to avoid high impact exercises.

Here is my current gym routine:
~monday & wednesday evening- 30 minutes on the treadmill (I just increased my speed from 3.5 to 3.7, which brings me just under a jog. I'll not go higher then that because I was told jogging will be too hard on my back), speed of 3.7, random setting, and intensity of 7. After the treadmill I take a 60 minute water aerobics class (which I love because it helps my back pain so much!)
~two -three more times a week: I will do 30 minutes on the treadmill, then the strength training circuit twice (about 45 minutes) then 30 minutes on the bike (doing about a 3 minute mile, intensity of 8 or 9, random hills setting)

I'm here today to get some advice, if possible! I just discovered the rowing machine, and I really like it. When I do the treadmill I watch the clock, just counting down until cool down. But, on the rowing machine I get into a "zone" and just go. Plus, I feel like the treadmill and bike works only my legs, and the rowing feels more full body work out.

I'm wondering, would it be possible to do the rowing machine instead of the treadmill and bike?

I'm sorry if this is a silly question! I really am still new at working out. Thanks for any advice you can give me!


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Registered: 03-20-2003
Wed, 09-16-2009 - 12:28pm
Hi Jessi! Welcome to gym rats. Don't underestimate your knowledge of working out--you've put together an excellent program for yourself and are changing it to challenge yourself as you get used to it. Definitely do rowing instead of treadmill or bike, especially if you enjoy it. I think it's one of the most underutilized pieces of equipment at the gym. It's one of the few cardio machines where you get both an upper and lower body workout. Even if you aren't seeing the results on the scale, the working out makes a huge difference with your health. It can be frustrating with thyroid disease when weight loss is difficult so hopefully you'll be able to get it under control soon. Keep up the good work!










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Registered: 07-09-2008
Thu, 09-17-2009 - 8:56am

It sounds like you have a very healthy and balanced perspective on working out as a part of your life.

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Registered: 01-04-2007
Thu, 09-17-2009 - 1:30pm

Thanks so much for your reply Jean!

I keep telling myself that the weight isn't the reason I'm doing all this...but I'll admit, it's hard when I feel like I'm working my butt off, but my butt is still there LOL


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Registered: 01-04-2007
Thu, 09-17-2009 - 1:43pm

I never even thought to look into a free clinic! That is a great idea! I think I'll look into that this afternoon.

The gym has definitely become my me time LOL The kids love it too (we go to the YMCA) because they can each go to their own activities.

Thanks so much for your advice!


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Registered: 03-20-2003
Thu, 09-17-2009 - 2:25pm
Yeah, it is nice to see results on the scale. But, think about how you feel now vs when you started. And, when you see new muscles, that's always a thrill!