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Old 06-12-2002, 01:47 PM   #1
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just starting out

OK...so, I was at the hospital today with my son, and found a scale while I was there. Much to my surprise, I found out just how much I actually do weigh. It was kind of a scary number!! Anyway, when I got home my bf said that he was also feeling a bit big so we went out and bought a scale.

Now, my question is, how often do you weigh yourself. I know first thing in the morning after you go to the bathroom, but how often during the week?

I also went and did groceries, and took some of the tips from other posts that I've read, and geeze, my cart looked like I was a health freak!!! It's a good thing I like fruits and veggies. I also started drinking more water than I used to, although I've been putting a slice of lemon in it for some kind of taste, I hate the taste of the water here.

I'm also wondering, when's the best time to exercise...morning or night, and before or after you eat? And I heard that just walking wouldn't do too much for me..anybody have any suggestions on that?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks...Jess

 
Old 06-12-2002, 02:50 PM   #2
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Re: just starting out

Jess:
If just walking is all you can do right now, DO IT! A little bit of something is better than nothing at all <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif"> As for the weighing yourself thing, it's really up to you. I do it a few times a day, whenever I'm in my upstairs bathroom *L*, but...I don't let it drive me nuts. A good rule of thumb I guess would be once a week. Some people only do it once a month. I noticed you didn't say how much the doctor's scale said you were at. I know that feeling. Took me a while to say how much I weigh, even if it IS only online, and there may be ALOT of people here, but...nobody knows me. I'll likely never see any of these people, so...made it easier to fess up to it. That, and the fact that (most days anyway), I don't look near as heavy as I am. Thank goodness! I know, it makes no sense, but...welcome to my life *L*
Good luck starting out. Hopefully you have more willpower than I have some days <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">
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Old 06-12-2002, 03:30 PM   #3
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Re: just starting out

ok...a lot of people may say that I shouldn't be complaining at all here..but here goes...I'm 5'5 and weigh 141lbs. I know that's not a lot, and I'm not really trying to lose a lot...just trying to get down to about 125. I was pretty much always about 125 or 130 until I quit smoking in January. I know it's not a lot and most people are saying you don't need to lose any weight, but I'm not comfy in my own skin. If I thought I could just do some weights or something to tone up and look the way I want, I would...but that's just not gonna cut it. I used to be proud of the way I looked, I didn't mind being seen in a two piece swim suit...right now I don't even wanna try mine on.
I added some jogging into my walk today...so I only went for about 35 minutes instead of the usual hour. It's the first time I've jogged since college and it hurt like a bugger!! I have to admit though, I went easy on myself, I jogged 2 laps around the track and then walked one. Didn't wanna give myself a coronary, and I felt like I was gonna have one for a while!
Ok...enough from me. I hope everyone's doing well tonight..if there's anything I can do...I'd love to help.
Jess

 
Old 06-12-2002, 04:07 PM   #4
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Re: just starting out

Jess:
Well, after 2 kids and too much good eating I guess *L*, I'm 5ft4, and now weigh 200lbs. Sounds horrible, but like I said, thank GOD I don't look near that big or I'd never leave the house. I know what you're saying though. 141lbs may not be much to alot of us in here, but for you that extra 15lbs is more than you're willing to deal with. Don't worry about having to justify yourself in here though. Probably have to do that more with people that actually see you because you probably look fine...just aren't comfortable. Anyway...gotta finish making supper. Don't feel like tracking points tonight, so it'll be my splurge for the day/week/whatever <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">
Stephanie

 
Old 06-12-2002, 06:48 PM   #5
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Re: just starting out

I wouldn't recommend weighing yourself daily. A person's weight fluctuates throughout the day, too. I weigh myself once a week. If you weigh yourself every day, you might get easily discouraged. I'd recommend doing it once a week.

Mostly all the experts agree that the morning is the best time to exercise. If you cannot exercise in the mornings, then you should exercise at least 3 hours after eating a meal.

And, lastly, walking is a good form of exercise. Depending on your weight, you can burn from 400-500 calories by taking an hour walk at moderate intensity.

 
Old 06-12-2002, 08:19 PM   #6
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Re: just starting out

good luck! if ya need to weigh daily, 1x is all i recommend.

 
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