June is FLABbergasted

While I’ve lost weight since I moved here, first from the act of moving in, and then from not drinking because all alcohol looks like a mug of migraine to me now, I haven’t worked out at all, really. I did one day of HIIT for old people on YouTube and while you’d think that would do it, it hasn’t.

I can’t even stand myself. Please help me decide which workout to do next. You have 23 hours to answer. Right now it’s 7:50 Eastern time on January 16. Whichever is the winning selection, I will try for three months and report back to you.

58 thoughts on “June is FLABbergasted

  1. I’m committed to Pure Barre through October, but after that, I’ve been curious about Crossfit. I hate people who do it because they don’t shut up, but Pure Barre is only making me leaner and I want to build more muscle mass. Point is, if you don’t come back to Pure Barre (I wish you would), maybe I’ll see you at Crossfit in the fall.

    Also, don’t do anything you hate doing. You’ll burn out fast and then feel like a failure. I like the idea of setting goals for yourself–doesn’t have to be a number on a scale. Ten pushups in a row, 50 crunches without resting your head, 90 second plank, whatever.

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  2. Go for it, whatevr you choose. Don’t become a lump like I did. Use it or lose may sound trite but it’s true!

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  3. Speaking as a person with destroyed knees, I vote against running. I voted for gym membership, since I just got one myself and misery loves company.
    And you still look gorgeous, vvoot.

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  4. I suggest a combination of walking, yoga and Tracy Anderson. I wouldn’t shell money out for gym and personal trainers are expensive. A friend messed up his shoulder on his first day at the gym because no one would help him with the equipment unless he paid extra for a personal trainer. Then he had a heck of a time when he wanted to cancel his membership because they were automatically billing his checking account.

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  5. I voted for yoga because I think it would ease your migraines and help de stress your brain. It’s the only exercise I’ve ever consistently done. It’s the only exercise in which I leave feeling better than when I arrived. I’ve never thought of it specifically for weight loss, but it’s improved my overall health for sure (especially in the noggin-I’m less anxious when I practice yoga).
    That being said, the most fun exercise I’ve ever done is Zumba. Seriously FUN. My favorite instructor moved away and none of her replacements has been as good, but I still like it.
    Can’t wait to see the poll results tomorrow!

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  6. Burn Boot Camp! HIIT workouts geared towards women. Try it for 14 days for free. I’m 57 and love it and hadn’t worked out for 14 years when I started.

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  7. I voted for yoga because it sounds nice even though I’ve tried it a few times and it’s hard as hell for a fat girl. You seem to walk a lot already so maybe the combination will get you where you want to be. I’m personally waiting for a magic pill.

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  8. The older I get, the more I see what a toll running, spinning, and hard workouts take on bodies. Knees, hips and backs suffer greatly. Many of my friends who are/were in great shape are now finding themselves undergoing hip and knee replacements. So, after consulting with a few trainers who specialize in working out with people over 50, the consensus was to spend some time each day with hand weights – starting at 3 lb. and working up to 10 lb. weights. – in combination with a stationary rowing machine. The rowing machine is easy on the joints, but gives a full body workout for aerobic benefits and toning all areas of the body.

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  9. I voted for yoga because I like yoga and because you don’t have to shell out any more money to do it, unless you want to be social and go to a class. Maybe alternate yoga with some pilates or with your Tracy Anderson.

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  10. I lost weight, and toned up, exercising to Gilad videos. His program is on TV, and YouTube. He also sells his videos. His looks inspired me. I’m old enough now to get a free gym membership. I think the machines are boring, so I do Silver Sneakers and Zumba classes. Zumba is actually a lot of fun. Maybe find a Zumba class.

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  11. Forget the workout. Start the Optavia eating program. You will lose weight, have energy, your blood work numbers will be great, you will sleep like a baby and you will feel awesome.

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  12. Planet Fitness. And prioritize strength training over cardio, especially at first. You won’t lose weight as fast but you will lose weight without being as miserable. I joined Planet Fitness in September of 2017 and have lost about 25 lbs, added a decent bit of strength / muscle and have not yet made any improvements in my diet. I didn’t do any cardio for the first 6 months (though I did make a point of being more active in general and sitting less), then added 2-3 days a week of moderate cardio (15-20 minutes on rowing machine) and 6 months after that added 2x per week HIIT. I wish I had started the HIIT a bit sooner, but other than that this has been very effective for me. Because you have much more of an exercise history than I do, you could no doubt hurry that timeline along. But for me, building my exercise around strength training has made all the difference.

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  13. I would vote for Zumba or any kind of dance! It is more fun than a lot of stuff. I love to walk my dog too but I am on hills and my knee is being bad this week and Marley is just not as sociable as he should be – so dog walking is a bit limited. Dance!

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  14. I am so not a gym person – paying just annoys me. Now, if I could have a Personal Trainer that would be another thing altogether.

    I normally run but since I’m in New England and we have really bad, cold, snowy, icy weather this time of year, I need to have options. I have been using an app that I’ve been recommending to everyone. It has both live and on-demand classes. I like that the classes have a real trainer just as if you had schlepped to the gym, but you can do the classes in the privacy of your own home so no one has to look at your (my) fat flinging around. There is HIIT, bootcamps, pilates, yoga, mobility, boxing, kickboxing, and running classes all in this one app. You just pick the one you want and go. It is called NEOU.

    That is my contribution to your health in 2019.

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  15. I like walking. It’s easy, you can go fast or slow, you don’t have to sweat if you don’t want to, and you can do it pretty much anywhere. But I also voted for Jazzercise because it sounds like fun.

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  16. I voted for yoga, and since The Poet likes it also, why not go together? Add in Edsel-time (love the explore different areas each week idea), some Tracy Anderson, maybe Pilates too (love!), and some weight lifting. Do it all, and it keeps shaking up your body’s metabolism. Also, no Pop Tarts for a while (sad, cutting out the sugar)…

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  17. I have no dog in this fight, as someone has said. My knees are painful, I have a hideous varicose vein, bad back (herniated a disc years sgo, I ice my back after a large grocery shop). I also have exercise induced asthma and get leg cramps so even my beloved swimming pool idea is not an option. I have lost weight, 40+ lbs. over the last few years, diabetes, stress and IBS induced. My bat wings are hideous. Maybe someday I will care enough to try to do something. Right now it’s the caregiver’s exercise program which is plenty hard enough for me.

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  18. I loathe exercising where people can see me and the purpose is to exercise. Sweat is involved, or at least implied. I don’t like to sweat or be around sweaty people who are actively demonstrating how sweaty that they can get. That being said, I do go, occasionally, to Planet Fitness because attitude and throwing the shade is banned there.
    I was encouraged by an article I read on NPR which has a 22 minute workout that you can do in the privacy of your own home: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/01/13/684432540/get-fit-faster-this-22-minute-workout-has-you-covered
    Just a thought! Thank you for asking.

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  19. I put running. But I liked that part about running being a strong term. I just think being outside helps with stress almost as much as being active in some way. Just walking sometimes is a time commitment problem, so jogging is nice in that way. You can do 40 minutes and feel like you got a good workout. Also after being a serious distance runner for years I can’t do it myself anymore and I miss it so bad. I have a gimpy foot that breaks down on me. Luckily I found road biking.

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  20. Something plus yoga. I started with once a week and worked all the way up to . . . sometimes twice a week! Good for the stressing, and for the muscles you’re using in the something part. Namaste, coot.

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  21. Find something you like they say. Find something you love, they say. You know what I love? Hiking in the mountains. That’s what I love! And I don’t mean the damp Smokies. I mean the Rockies! That is the only thing that overcomes the misery of exercise for me. But I live in NC so I read. That’s the second thing I love. Nobody in this temple gonna be able to help you, kid. Check in down the street.

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  22. I have found that I freaking love pilates. There is a studio near me. I feel like one of the crazy cross fit people, in that if I talk about it, I cant stop talking about it. I have found what you exercise you love to be a real personal choice and so many factors go into your love or hate.

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  23. Get a Simply Fit board. It’s ridiculously easy to use once you remember to keep your knees a little bent and tuck your butt under. Improves balance and core strength without doing stupid crunches or planking. You can do it mindlessly while you watch tv or find workout videos. You can pretend you’re doing the twist because you are. You can “walk” it around the room (or the house) when your balance gets better. It’s fun. It’s not a hard core workout but your balance and core strength are very important in staying fit.

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  24. My idea is none of the above – because they would all involve some type of schedule commitment – everyday Tuesday – ugh – perhaps this Tuesday I am not feeling the vibe of whatever class you choose – not that I have anything at all planned on any day of the week really not the point – but I am loathe to schedule a regular occurring activity especially exercise which is just plain old unpleasant. My idea for you is to find a new area each to walk your dog – you get to explore new areas and Edsel gets to explore new smells – sometimes you will have to even drive to new area – so once a week, twice a week – weather depending – new dog walk, no schedule and exploration.

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  25. I voted for Tracy Anderson because you are already familiar with that and own the discs. I am sure that if you joined a gym you wouldn’t keep going to it over time. The secret, I guess, is doing something you like and will keep up with. My major form of exercise is walking which I have been doing for 30 years with various dogs every day. Since Gus died there have been days I haven’t walked and I have gained weight. My daily goal is to walk a mile which is very achievable for me. I also do yoga once a week. That keeps me flexible but yoga for weight loss does not seem in the true spirit of yoga. Find something you love and you will be able to keep up with it. Good luck, honey.

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  26. I think, since you love your new home and being with your pets when you’re not at work, I recommend that you print out calendar pages and create your own bootcamp. Start out slowly for the first month. For example: Walk Edsel 30 minutes 10 times. Do Tracey Anderson 4 times. That way if you miss a day for migraine maybe you can just catch up the next week.

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  27. Totally off topic, but every day when I come here, I stop and stare at the picture in the header because I Love It That Much.

    I am not the person to discuss exercise, she said fatly and outofshapely.

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  28. I have two comments – not advice. 1. My kids are all good examples of fitness and health and they remind me CONSTANTLY (shut up already! Who taught them to be such NAGS!) that “you can’t out-exercise your diet”. Weight and health are more what you eat than they are what you do. 2. As for exercise, pick whatever you think will be the most fun, as you’ll more likely stick to it if you enjoy it. Things that address agility and flexibility appeal to me most right now as I am feeling myself getting creaky and crackly.

    Also – flab? You don’t know from flab my friend.

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  29. What’s going to be best for you in the long run is lifting weights, since you’ll build strength and stronger bones, and the more muscle you have the more fat you burn automatically. When I had a Golds Gym membership, I really liked the Les Mills Bodypump classes. They’re a very approachable way to start lifting weights, and you don’t have to try to put your own program together. And it helped to have all levels and ages of people doing whatever level worked for them.

    I don’t know if the vibe would be the same following along at home, but for a lot cheaper than a gym membership you can do the Bodypump classes online. Free for a month and then $12.99/mon. Depending on what equipment you already have you could try the free month and see after that if you want to pay for monthly and invest in a few more pieces of equipment. (Play It Again Sports has some stuff for good prices sometimes.) As I recall, you need a step, yoga mat, small bar (weighted or with plates), and some hand weights. https://www.lesmills.com/us/workouts/fitness-classes/bodypump

    Goodness knows it’s not the same as “good” weightlifting, but it’s not awful…just don’t try to talk to crossfitters about it. (And don’t do crossfit. You’ll hate it and depending on the “box” you could get hurt.)

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  30. In the same dilemma and unwilling to pay a trainer, I joined the Y and took up racquetball. I have to reserve the court online which forces me to show up. If I don’t, someone else could have booked it and I would feel bad if I deprived my fellow man/woman of knocking the crap out of a rubber ball. R-ball burns calories and relieves frustration. There’s something about the bright white room that does make you feel like you’re in an insane asylum, though. (It might help your migraines or make them worse.) Then I work out on the bike/elliptical that has the trips through France on it and I feel like I’ve traveled. Pickleball is really big now. You could try that. It’s the accountability factor that’s key.

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  31. I do Zumba because it’s so much fun and I lift weights because I want to tone up. I can slowly see results from the weightlifting, so I vote for the gym.

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  32. Big Girl Dance Class….then I can watch you on my Big Fat Fabulous life! Not everyone on there is big…it is just about including everyone.

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  33. I have decided running is not good for the bones. I have several friends that were runners and their joints are giving them fits, requiring major surgery (hip replacement, knee replacement and horrible back surgery). Most of my friends are seniors, as in old people. I read walking is better as we age.
    Tee

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    • I’ve never been a runner and MY joints are giving me fits, so I’ll provide the counterpoint to that. Although I agree that running is bad. Everyone who’s ever run has ended up dead. Eventually.

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