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New to Beautiful_Us [03 Jan 2007|11:29pm]

[ mood | determined ]

Hi, I've been looking for a community that really focuses on weight loss. I am inspired by the stories I have read and really want to get started. I am 21 and I weigh 215! When I had my son I left the hospital weighing in at 180. I have really let food control my time and need some help. I am willing to get started if I can just have the support I need.

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[03 Jul 2006|12:53pm]

Looking for a new fitness program? How about trying the Presidential Fitness Challenge. This challenge comes in three varieties:

1. The Active Lifestyle Program - For those of you who aren't active on a daily basis yet, this is a great way to begin. The rules are basically to get a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise at least 5 days a week, for a total of 6 weeks.

2. The Presidential Champions Program - If you're already active and want a new challenge, this program is for you. Your goal is to see how many points you can earn by staying active. Points are based on the amount of energy each activity burns. So the more active you are, the more points you'll get. When you reach 20,000 points, you'll earn a Bronze award. Then you can continue on in the Presidential Champions program for a Silver or Gold award.

3. The Advanced Performance Presidential Champions Program - This is basically the same system as the Presidential Champions Program, except that the award goals are higher. For instance, you need to get 40,000 points to earn a Bronze award.

The Presidential Champions Fitness Program Website (where you can log your progress and also order your awards when you've reached your goal)

Also, if you want, come join the LJ pres_challenge community to chat with others who are challenging themselves with this program.
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5K training [24 Apr 2006|12:39am]

I officially start my 5K training tomorrow. I'm doing a two-month plan here: http://www.coolrunning.com/cgi-bin/moxiebin/bm_tools.cgi?print=181;s=2_3;site=1 instead of a 12-week one I was planning on my own. I'll extend this one if I need to, but hopefully I'll be running a 5K by mid-summer, and lose some more weight along the way. :)
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Starting over.... [22 Apr 2006|12:06am]

Glad the community is back up and running. :)

Basics: I started a walking / hiking program about 6 weeks ago. Now, I've added running, strength training, yoga, and tennis as well. I've lost 18 lbs so far. :) I started another routine earlier this year that I didn't stick with long enough, but my ex moving out was a huge kick in the butt. I've got a lot of motivating factors to keep me going now, but most importantly, I'm finally doing it for me! :)

Beginning of this year: 315.6 lbs

Official starting weight for this program: 310.8 lbs

Current weight: 292.8 lbs

My Program: I started out giving myself a goal of walking 10 miles in a week. I did that for 2 weeks. Then I upped my goal to 12 miles / week for 2 weeks; then 15 miles. I'm finishing up my second week with the 15 mile goal now. This past week, I've also added a few days of playing tennis for an hour, and I've committed to at least 3 days per week of strength training. I also stretch a LOT before and after every workout (which makes the difference between whether my body can handle it again tomorrow) and do yoga a few times a week, even if it's just a few poses to help me stretch out my back or whatever. The plan next week is to keep the 15 mile goal, but up the intensity more - I decided to start training to run a 5K (I'm giving myself about 12 weeks for that program), so running will be the biggest increase. I'm also keeping my miles the same, because my sister wants to start playing tennis more in the evenings - any day she doesn't have a track meet - so 3-4 days per week.

Nutrition: I haven't focused much at all on my eating. I used to a lot, and it would frustrate me. Then this amazing thing happened. I was working out so often that I didn't have time to nosh. I also had a lot of energy, so I'd sink into more work or hobbies instead of going for a snack. Today, I actually had to force myself to reach 1200 calories, because my body had just naturally adapted to eating less, and I was too preoccupied with other things to think about food. I'm not starving myself in the slightest (averaging around 1300-1800 cals per day most days). I eat whatever I want (and I like LOTS of pizza) ;) but I'm paying more attention to it w/o really trying. For instance, if I want pizza, I'll have it (same with fast food or whatever). But I make myself more aware of what's in it, and I compensate for it by eating less of it or eating healthier the rest of the day, or adding an extra workout to burn off the calories. It's like my body's finally cooperating with my mind, and I don't have to put a whole lot of consious effort into it. I couldn't be happier. :)
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Hi again! [21 Apr 2006|07:17pm]

This little community has been forgotten about ): I think it needs a kick start (:

I'm serious about trying lose weight this time around. I've gained 20 pounds in just a few months and I hate the way I feel. Plus I'm dating a man that I want to marry one day and I've found the perfect wedding dress.

I joined Curves tonight and I think I'll be able to make myself go at least 3 times a week. It's the eating better part that I'll have trouble with ):

Wedding dress I've fallen in love withCollapse )
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[01 Sep 2005|08:28am]

[ mood | awake ]

I just wanted to let everyone know that on Sept 16th, I'm going to go for a consultation for gastric bypass surgery. I'm going to document this is my journal and also post pictures here and what I learn also. That way maybe someone who isn't as obese as I am might be able to learn something to help them lose weight.

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[17 Aug 2005|10:39am]
[ mood | sad ]

hi my name is sara and im 15. right now i would say that im definately having trouble with my weight. i am around 5 5 and am 125 pounds. i am pretty active- i do yoga once a week and i run on a tread mill at night. i try to watch what i eat. my mom is an extremely healthy person, but my dad isnt. however, my mom has been on vacation for the past 2 and a half weeks, so im sort of on my own at home, because my dad is always (basically ) at work. and i have to say, i get bored quite easily, and when i am bored, i rummage in the kitchen for things to eat. i know this is a really bad habit. also, when with friends, i sometimes eat junk food, but when i start i usually cant stop, even if i realize that i am full. i have gained 6 pounds over the summer. i am going to a new school next year though, and i really want to be fit and i want to be able to be proud and love my body. for the past couple of days i have cried at least once a day about my appearance and about this mental weight problem that i have. i have tried to watch what i eat, but i end up binging and then trying to starve myself. i know that this is EXTREMELY unhealty, and i do not want to be living this way. i really think that i have a problem, but it has been quite recent and i have never talked to anyone about it. i really need some support and advice. i really liked how this community seemed very supportive and loving towards your bodies; i really respect that. please, do you have any advice? i would really value it.

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yeah [27 Jul 2005|12:49pm]

[ mood | accomplished ]

So lately I've been thinking more about my health then ever. I don't want to have a heart attack at 35 or anything like that. I'm already half sick because of my weight. So I'm doing things about it.

I'm doing morning excersises that I find on the TV on OnDemand. It's toning for your stomach and then belly dancing. While at work I walk more, while I'm sitting, I'm doing excersises to my legs and ankles. Like lifting them and doing simple rotations.

After work I'm going to head onto the Gazelle that I have and grossly don't use. I can put some music on the computer for a 15min work out. That's going to be increased slowly. I think I'm going to start doing that in the mornings too.

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[18 Jul 2005|10:53pm]
hey everyone. im new here and i thought i'd intorduce myself.

my name is randi. and no, its not short for anything. =)

today i went to get a physical and i found out that im 171 lbs. with a height of 5' 8''. at 15, i shouldn't be this weight. i have tried dieting before, but i lack motivation and consistency, so any positive comments you guys can give me will definately help me out way more than you think. my stepmom owns a gym, but i rarely get over there, though im going to start making it a point to do so. unfortunately my stepmom is one of those people to whom i tell that im going to lose some weight and she'll say, "okay" and then turn around and offer me some kind of fatty food.

before i get started, i'd appreciate any tips or things i should keep in mind to help me on my way to becoming more physically fit. thanks so much.
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[24 Jun 2005|08:15pm]

Hi all! Losing the weight is getting easier, as long as I can stay away from pizza and oreo cookies, but I still need more support.

I think I posted the link to my site here before, but it wasn't quite ready for the public eye at that point. I encourage all of you to pay us a visit again and check everything out.


I've been working hard on getting this all up and running, so I would appreciate it if you all could take a moment, check it out, and let me know what you think.

The NEW Realeasyweightloss.com!

-Weight Loss Journals
-New Recipe section!
-More content!
-Weight Loss Newsletter
-More Weight Loss programs than ever!
-Review and comment on any and all programs/stories on this site
-Vote for your favorite prorgams and help others acheive their goals!
-All new forums!
-Much much more!

Roam around the site and let us know what you think and how we can better help you. Also, don't be afraid to share this wonderful resource with others.

Thank you all for your time!

Sorry for the x-post
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[17 Apr 2005|03:28pm]

[ mood | good ]

wow, no one's really posted here in awhile ^__^

So I went and bought a Gazelle. I can say that I've used it almost everyday since it was put together (came in pieces)

I like it and since it's in the living room, I can watch t.v. at the same time. (I get bored easily) I think I'm going to start doing this everyday to build up some stamina and then start to switch it off with some other things (like tai-bo and tai-chi)

And I've also started watching what I'm eating so. Here's hoping!

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hi [01 Feb 2005|04:27pm]
[ mood | cheerful ]

Age: 29
Height: 5'9"
Goal Weight: 125
Highest Weight: 200
Current Weight: 185

Hi everyone! I'm OZ and I'm joining up for a bit of support. I've lost 15lb over the last month using the weight loss patch and am here to share my experiences with everyone. See my website for photos if you like!

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Last lot, promise! [well, for now ; ) ] [01 Feb 2005|07:01pm]

[ mood | hopeful ]

To achieve well-shaped and toned legs, combine regular cardiovascular workouts with resistance exercises using specific upper and lower leg muscles such as the thighs (which include the hamstrings and quadriceps) and calves. This is where you get lucky: Lunges and squats are the ultimate lower body exercises, training every major muscle in the upper leg and calf as well as the muscle in your butt at once. In other words, a terrific time saver!

1. Lunges (for quadriceps, hamstrings, butt, hip flexors and calf muscles)
Stand with feet together; slowly lower body into a lunge position - step forward with the right leg and lower the left leg, keeping front knee and back knee at 90-degree angles. Keeping the weight in your heels, push back up (slowly!) to starting position. Never lock knees at the top and never let knee bend past toes. Keep torso tight and upright (don't hunch!).

2. Squats (for thighs, hips, butt, calves, shins and lower back)
Stand with feet shoulder-width apart; slowly lower body as though sitting in a chair until thighs are parallel to the ground. Keeping the weight in heels, push yourself up slowly until reaching starting position. Don’t let knees extend over toes; keep torso tight and erect.

3. Plié or Ballet Squat (for inner thighs, quadriceps and butt)
Stand with feet wider than shoulder-width apart, toes out at a comfortable angle. Bend knees and lower body towards the floor, keeping knees in line with toes and squeezing through heels when pushing back up. Don't lock knees at the top of movement; keep abs and back tight and straight.

For each exercise, aim for one to three sets of 10 repetitions, and rest for one minute between sets.

Buns, bum, backside, derrierre... whatever you call it, practically everybody wants a firm, shapely one. As discussed in the leg section, lunges and squats are super for your posterior, but this exercise also targets the muscles that extend your hips - the hip flexors.

Straight Leg Reverse Lift
On your hands and knees, straighten left leg, keeping right leg bent to support weight along with arms. Begin to lift leg towards the ceiling, contracting buttocks muscles at the same time. Hold at the top for one count. Lower leg and repeat. Switch sides.

Aim for one to three sets of 12 to 15 repetitions and rest for 1 minute between sets.

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Hope these are helpful : ) [01 Feb 2005|06:55pm]


Great arms require attention to both your biceps and triceps. The triceps are located at the back of the upper arm and are used whenever you push something, i.e. a baby pram or shopping trolley. The biceps, located at the front of the upper arm, are used for lifting light objects. The key is finding the right amount of resistance to reach fatigue in 6 to 20 repetitions.

1. Alternating Bicep Curl
Hold weights at sides with palms facing the body. Contract abs and squeeze shoulder blades together; align elbows and wrists with shoulders. Bend arm at the elbow while turning wrists outward until palms are facing the ceiling. Lift weight towards the shoulder without moving upper arm. Stop the motion when the weight meets the shoulder; hold for one count. Return weight to starting position. Repeat.

2. Triceps Kick Back
With left leg forward and slightly bent, place left hand on thigh for balance. Hold weight in right hand, elbow bent at a 90-degree angle, at waist height. Without moving the upper arm, straighten the arm at the elbow, so that the weight goes backward. Hold; return to starting position. Repeat. Switch sides.

For each exercise, aim for one to two sets of 10 to 20 repetitions, and rest for one minute between sets.

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eDietsuk.co.uk [01 Feb 2005|06:50pm]


The secret to flattering abs is good posture and focusing on those muscles while you exercise. By contracting the abdominal muscles, pointing the tailbone towards the floor and keeping your shoulders back and your head balanced on your neck (not leaning forward), you can look and feel taller and slimmer before you’ve counted one sit-up. Ab exercises should target the rectus abdominus (the muscle extending the length of the front of the abdomen) and the internal and external obliques (the muscles extending along the sides of the abdomen at an angle).

1. Ab Crunches (for upper abdominals)
Lie on your back with hands crossed over chest. With feet and hips on the floor, bend knees toward chest. To begin the exercise, lift torso slowly, elevating shoulder blades and moving ribs towards hips, crunching rib cage toward pelvis. Hold for two counts and lower to the starting position. Repeat.

2. Reverse Curl (for lower abdominals)
Begin in the same starting position used for the crunches. Contract abdominal muscles to lift hips off the floor; bring knees toward chest. Concentrate on using abs to lift pelvis toward lower rib cage. Hold for two counts and move hips back to the floor. Repeat.

3. Diagonal Crunches (for oblique muscles)
Begin in the same starting position used for the crunches. Raise shoulders, moving one shoulder (one side of chest) toward the opposite knee. Hold for two counts. Return shoulder to the floor and repeat. Switch sides. (Do not touch elbow to knee.)

For each exercise, aim for one to three sets of 10 to 20 repetitions, and rest for one minute between sets.

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[25 Jan 2005|08:28pm]

I just threw out my candy stash. I am much better off without it.

I really need to start being more active. Unfortunately from having Myasthenia Gravis, my body prefers to remain stationary because it always feels so worn out. I know I shouldn't use my disease as an excuse not to be more active, but I always feel so tired all the time.

omizu and I have been trying to get to the Y for some time now, but things always seem to pop up. I just need to go. Just make myself go after work, carry my workout clothes with me. I'm sure actually being active will help with my energy level. I felt amazing when I first started at the Y before the symptoms of my MG got really bad.

Okay, that really was pointless, but it makes me feel better.
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Tips from "More" magazine... [24 Jan 2005|10:19pm]

[ mood | sleepy ]

Tips I found in a magazine, may be helpful...

  • Want to lose up to 4lb immediately? Beat fluid retention by drinking dandelion leaf tea.
  • To avoid bloating: eat slowly, avoid foods like peas, beans, sprouts, cabbage and onions and have a probiotic drink or yoghurt such as Yakult or Actimel everyday.
  • A lack of sleep increases your appetite by up to 300 calories per day, so lie in and lose 5lb in two months!
  • Burn up to 60 calories during a 15-minute phone conversation just by walking around. Just five telephone chats like that each day will help you lose up to 7lb in 12 weeks. Result.

100 calorie treats-

  • 2 single (25ml) measures of a spirit with a diet mixer, such as diet cola or slimline tonic.
  • 275ml bottle bacardi Breezer Diet Orange.
  • 2-finger Kit Kat.
  • 1 small packet of Skips crisps.
  • 1 Boots Shapers Double Chocolate Treat bar.
  • 1 sachet instant low-fat hot chocolate and 2 chocolate fingers.
  • 25g pack Marks&Spencer Count On Us... Salt and Pepper Pretzels.

...yum yum : ) i hope they are helpful...


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Taken from "www.eDietsuk.co.uk"...might be helpful : ) [22 Jan 2005|12:54pm]

[ mood | cold ]

Interval Aerobics Workout for the Abs

Cycle or jog on the spot for 30 seconds. Without resting, perform these exercises:

Clamshell Crunch
Tones your upper and lower abdominal area.
Starting position: lie on your back with feet flat to the floor, bending the knees. Place your hands behind your head for support but do not pull the head.
Movement: Lift your shoulders and hip/butt area off the floor at the same time (cross legs if you wish). Keep your back flat on the floor and flex your entire abdominal area as hard as possible. Return to the starting position and repeat the movement until you have completed 15 repetitions. Without resting, move to the next exercise.

Floor Oblique Crunch
Tones your side oblique muscles, making your waist look smaller and creating lines of definition; gets rid of love handles.
Starting position: lie on your back with your feet flat to the floor, bend your knees. Place hands behind your head for support but do not pull the head.
Movement: Keeping your back flat on the floor, bring your right elbow to your left knee. While doing so, flex your entire abdominal area and feel the flex especially in your side oblique muscles. Return to starting position and repeat for the other side. Repeat until you have completed 15 repetitions. Without resting, move to the next exercise.

The Bicycle
Tightens the entire abdominal area while toning the lower butt.
Start position: lie on your back with your right leg bent and your left leg nearly straight up.
Movement: Do a bicycle-like movement. Keep your back flat to the floor, but flex your stomach muscles as hard as possible through the movement. Do 15 repetitions for each leg - a full repetition will include both legs.

Once you have completed 15 repetitions of the three exercises with no rests in between, get back on your piece of exercise equipment or skipping rope or walk on the spot. Repeat this superset for a total of 10 minutes, and then repeat it every other day for best results.

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[07 Jan 2005|01:33am]

Hey everyone.
i'm 15, 5 foot 4, and this is the heaviest i've ever been in my life. i weigh 155 pounds. im so unhappy, because everyones always like "oh your so pretty .. if only u could lose some pounds" how mean can u get! like argh!! and i want to lose my flubbage so i will feel bettr about myself and not feel sick and bitchy all the time. i need to lose weight for summer.. my goal is to be 118 before June. i need some encouragement because I have NO willpower whatsoever. and i always give up on workouts because i think there never going to work. id appreciate some motivation or something. thanks. <3
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I'm ready! [30 Nov 2004|10:44pm]
[ mood | calm ]

Hi everyone. I'm new here. To give everyone a bit of background information I am a 14 year old girl trying to lose weight safely and effectively, most of all. I am a freshman in high school and it is hard to be the heaviest one in my group of friends. I have tried to lose weight before unsuccessfully. I have tried Weight Watchers...that didnt end up working too well...and i tried the south beach diet...i didnt have enough self control for that. Basically I'm just looking for a plan that is not sooooo strict. If anyone has any suggestions that would be fantastic and I would really appreciate it.
I am 5' 9.5" and I have always been tall. I weigh aprox. 177lbs currently...i lost a few over the summer. My heaviest weight was 185lbs. I hope to someday be about 158lbs.
I have no will power whatsoever but am working on it. I also never want to exercise...If anyone has some fun-ish program that works for them I would love to know about it. I have a YMCA in my community and wish i used it more. If anyone has any tips I would love to hear from you! thanks so much! This community should really be the support boost i need!

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