5'6'' and about 145
if you wanna be buddies that'd be awesome
I'm also 5'6", and I was 170 back in May - now I'm 154 (4 more lbs to go until my first personal goal). I'm not in the age ball park (I'm 36), but I would be happy to share any tips that might help.
The first thing I started doing last year (when I was at my max of 198), was to start doing at least 20 minutes of exercise a day, but low impact (Walking, light pilates on an exercise ball). But the real difference was made when I started monitoring my portion sizes. I started looking at labels, and was astounded at how much I was overeating. At first I just cut restaurant portions in half, but logging my food here at CC is what really educated me on what a portion size actually looks like. (3 oz of chicken is the size of a deck of playing cards, a balled up fist is about a cup, etc.)
My exercise now consists of Tae Bo, Power Yoga, lunch time walks, and Pilates when I can squeeze it in, and my diet includes a lot more vegetables and whole grains.
If you have any questions, ask away! Good luck!
So far for workouts, I just get on the treadmill for 30- 60 minutes, at about 3.8-4.0mph. Stairstepper: usually 5-15 minutes; Bike: 20-40 minutes. I've never done anything like Tae Bo, Yoga, Pilates, and other such. Any ideas?
Well, all you need for Tae Bo is one of the DVDs, a DVD player, some workout clothes, and a pair of shoes. If you can't invest in the DVD, Blockbuster and Netflix carries a wide range of both Tae Bo and other workouts, and you can return them if you don't like it.
Yoga and Pilates only require comfortable clothes, a DVD and a yoga mat (~$15 at Target). DVDs for these types of workouts are also available through Blockbuster and Netflix. There are also a few places on the web where you can get free routines (yogatoday.com, for example).
The treadmill, stepper, and bike are already good pieces of equipment to have to vary your workout, and it sounds like it's pretty rigorous already. (I've personally never been fond of equipment - I found them too boring and they all wound up turning into clothes/towel racks.)
As for other workouts, a good resource to check is the "exercise" section here at CC. You can design your own with the options listed, or go with the "12 week plan" which is pre-structured.
Good exercises to do with absolutely no equipment at all: lunges, squats, leg lifts, pushups (either full or at the knee), crunches (and variations), jumping jacks, and walking.
Yeah, my bike is actually a coat rack, because my room is so small, but I do use it as a bike . . . most of the time. :D
For those workouts I listed, I never really use them all together. It's either the treadmill or the bike or the stairstepper. Then I do some situps(50), obliques(40), and pushups(30). Myself, I've never really liked lunges and squats (bad knees). But jumpings jacks, that I'll have to try.
If you're on CC plus, there's a tab for it at the top of the page. I haven't been on CC classic in so long, I wouldn't know how to find it, but I'm sure it's still there.
I know you said "workouts with essentially nothing", but you might also consider investing in a jumprope. They're very inexpensive, and can give you a decent cardio workout if you get tired of jumping jacks.
Wow, 16 and bad knees? My hubby can definitely relate to that - he had very bad knee problems in high school because of soccer.
Yep. Bad knees run in the family, unfortunate. They don't really bother me too much if I don't 'aggravate' them.
Hi Im 5'6" and im 147pds... I am doing this kinda on my own too, so any support is good :)
I think we can add each other as friends on this site to, and that way we could do weekly weigh ins and ask for advice and stuff.
Im hoping to hit my Goal of 130pds.
I have also just started reading the book by Dr. Phil (about weight and the 7 keys to success)... It is really good!!! If you are from Canada, it is onsale for $5.00 on Chapters.ca.... with shipping it is only $11.55
Anyways... my biggest advice is WATER... I have trouble with it but it is really important
good luck, chat soon!