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oops i was having a memory failure there i was still thinking about the old post when we were considering # of workouts determining the winner.

 

i'm having problems w/ the bust measurements. it doesn't see right to me to go around the arms across the boobs. shouldn't we just go across the boobs at the fullest part and under the arms? i mean, we're already doing arms in a different measurement.

 

geez, i've amended this a few times. sorry guys, i'm going to have to go w/ $15

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Becka, you measure under the arms around the fullest part of the breasts. For arm measurements, you would measure around the fullest part of the bicep/triceps.

 

KittySky...I was an aerobic instructor and personal trainer for almost 6 years...and I worked out regularly every day (except Sundays) for 4 of the last 5 years. In fact, I was in my regular clothes 12 days after I had my daughter (and that was only because my hips didn't want to go back down! LOL)...but that was 3 1/2 years ago. I got lazy last year and packed on the (35) pounds. Now, I'm just not happy with my weight (nor my lack of energy) and so I am going back to my old workout routine. ;) My cardio routine today kicked my butt and I'm ready for bed. *sigh*

 

I can't wait to get started!! I'm in for up to $20...so anything to that amount and it's a go for me.

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ok, here we go:

 

bust: 36

natural waist: 32

belly button: 36

hips: 38

upper thighs: 22.5

arms: 11

 

145 lbs, 5'7 1/2"

 

w/ a body frame like mine it makes sense to do both waist measurements,

ie. at my belly button I'm a fair bit larger than my natural waist measurement, and I rarely lose any inches at the natural waist. I need 4" GONE at the b button!!

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That's amazing! That is because you were so in shape, if you worked out like that again I bet you'd lose the 35 lbs pronto.

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AWESOME! I was also a Aerobic Instructor!! Did some light personal training, but just for friends and family. :icon_bigg I also have a Bachelor's Degree from UF in Nutritional Science with a Specialization in Dietetics... What did you teach?

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These are my measurements

 

1. Bust 36

2. Waist 32.5

3. Hip 39.5

4. Upper Thigh 22

5. Arm 12.5

 

Total inches: 142.5

 

Weight is 140 lbs

Height is 5'4"

 

Ack!!!!!!!!!! It looks bad typed out, lol didn't realize I needed to lose so many inches..

I can not wait to start this challenge.....

 

This is a before photo of me :0) Not very pleasing to look at I know, but it is me. Hopefully after this challenge I will look a ton better. I couln't take a pic with my camera cause it is broken the cat knocked it off the table about 3 weeks ago and have yet to get another one or get that one fixed for that matter. Anyhow this wasn't that far ago anyways :0)

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Ok I hope I'm not too late for this - but I'm in as well! I'll be a Group 2 person, I was into a decent routine of working out towards the end of last year, but have done nothing at all since. I need the motivation! Plus I'm in an LDR at the moment and the next time I see my boyfriend is the first week in April (and it'll be a bikini holiday, aah! :icon_chee ) so I want to look gorgeous.

 

I will take my measurements tonight and post them up in the morning.

Good luck everyone! Oh and I'm happy to put in anything up to $20 as well.

 

Thanks for the great challenge girls!

 

PS Also, I'm hoping I'll get to know you all better through doing this together :icon_love

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I taught aerobics: CardioBoxing, Beginners Cardio Jam, Cardio Pump (which did cardio workouts and then utilized weights...more like an interval intensity workout). I also taught PilatesBall and Advanced Abs (I hated this class at first. It was a 45 minute "Ab class" and the instructor before me just worked on different ab routines, but you can never just work out abs, you have to do back and legs...I ended up turning it into a "core workout").

 

Anyways, I was certified, but have since let my certification run out (you need to update all the time). I have no more interest in doing training...except on myself.

 

The hardest thing for me is to go to the gym and watch people do weights WRONG...I am constantly fighting with myself if I should say something or not. Of course, the Sagittarius in me usually wins out and I say something. LOL Oh, well. ;)

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Okay...here I am. :) Since I don't expect to experience changes that would be noticable with clothes on, I'm going to 'bare almost all' for my before and after shots. I'll wear this same swimsuit in my after shots, too! Oh, joy. :icon_roll

 

What I hope to achieve during this challenge is better all-over muscle tone and a reduction in inches in my waist, hip and thigh area.

 

I placed myself in Group 1 because I'm already in a workout routine: 45-minute cardio + low weight sculpting 6x per week. I'm using Leslie Sansone's 3-mile Walk Away The Pounds, spot exercises, plus a restriction on junk food. In January I already lost a half-inch on my thighs, hip and waist and chest (each) and one-quarter inches on my arms. I know I can do better and hopefully being in this group will push me further! :clap

 

Here are my stats:

 

Height: 5' 5.5"

Weight: 127.0 lbs

 

Arm: 10.25"

Chest: 34.00"

Natural Waist: 36" (well, it's 35 and 7/8 but I'm not doing math on that!)

*Low Waist: 38"

Hip: 38.5"

Upper Thigh: 21.5"

 

*Not sure if we're counting this, but I measured in case we will.

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Kerry, I just want to say you look absolutely great! Congratulations, and also sounds like you have a good routine going. I'll use it as inspiration for mine.... :icon_smil

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Tiffany, what a cute pic! You look adorable!

 

Clairey, congrats on joining up with us! :clap I'm looking forward to getting to know you better, too.

 

Kerry, woo hoo! Looking good. You have an awesome routine already established and that's fantastic! This challenge is exactly what i've been needing. I can't wait to get started!

 

I don't have anyone here to help me take pics so i'll post my measurements and pics tonight. I'm kinda nervous.

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Hi Claire, welcome! glad you're in, we need all the support we can get around here!

 

Kerry, you look spectacular. OMG, and looking great in a bathing suit too !!

 

ok gals, can't do a bathing suit shot, no WAY !! i'll do yoga pants though

 

so hows everyone doing? when's the next workout? i know we haven't hit feb 4 yet but i'm going to TRY to go tomorrow. i think i'll take my gym clothes to work tomorrow and stop on the way home, might make it a little easier. anyway "try" is the key word there LOL

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Awesome! I started out with 1 Yoga and Pilates combination class, and then it got so huge that I had three of them going a week, and I also did a spinning class and an urban rebounding class... I used to HATE the UR class bc I didn't think it did much, but I ended up loving that one and my Yoga/Pilates classes the best!

 

I would LOOOOOOVE the Advanced Abs class you taught! I am an abs FREAK!! Even though my other classes were overall body workouts, I would ALWAYS throw in abs and kill them... :icon_chee I was such a mean teacher... :icon_twis

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Kerri you look gorgeous already! :icon_love And no, we won't count the low waist measurement. Just the arm, chest, natural waist, hips, and upper thigh.

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Thanks everyone! *hugs!* :icon_redf Where I'm at right now is great, considering at the beginning of 2004 I was around 138lbs. That was when I started walking 3-4x per week and I dropped down to 130 and pretty much hovered around that weight until this January. But I know I could have lost more because I never really pushed myself, I was "okay" where I was at and I ate a LOT of junk food during those two years. Now I'm ramping up my exercise routine and saying no to daily bowls of real ice cream, and daily dips into the Cheez-It box...and those occasional pieces of chocolate... No wonder my weight wasn't dropping further!

 

Welcome Clairey! *waves!*

 

Tiffany - you are so pretty!! What do you think you'll do for exercise?

 

Becka, you'll look great in yoga pants!

 

VG and Leila - glad to have some authentic workout goddesses here! We'll need you both for support! :clap

 

Okay, ladies! Tips time! Here's mine...for those beginners who don't go to the gym yet or have machines at home, I really have to recommend Leslie Sansone and her walking videos. These are easy to follow, and will get your heart rate up and keep it up while not being so intense that you'll cough up blood. The videos work with upper body weights and a variety of leg movements so you get a nice core workout. She offers a series in one package that gives a 1-mile, 2-mile and 3-mile workout, plus sells the videos individually. They're available on Netflix too!

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Ok...I'm going to committ myself to this, now...I'm posting my measurements and they're really shocking to me...I'll post what I am NOW and get some pics later...

 

Overall BF% - 30.2

Bust - 40"

Ribcage - 38"

Waist - 34"

Hips - 41"

Thigh - 24"

Arm - 14"

 

It was a REAL shock taking the measurements...I'm working towards this goal:

 

BF% - 21%

Bust - 36

Ribcage - 34

Waist - 28

Hips - 36

Thigh - 20

Arm - 12

 

Soooooo...away we go!!!

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My tip is that you keep a daily journal of everything you put in your mouth. Quickly jot down the time, how you're feeling and what you ate/drank. It's amazing at how quickly you realize that you may be "sabotaging" your healthy eating. ;)

 

My other tip is that if you are going to weight lift (and if you want to lose fat/tone up, you're going to need to incorporate weights/resistance) that you do so in front of a mirror. Proper posture/form while doing resistance training/weight lifting is vital to muscle development. Always listen to your body and if something hurts or doesn't FEEL right, stop and check your alignment/posture/etc. If it STILL hurts or doesn't feel right, find another exercise. Don't try to "push" past the pain...it will never get better and you may injure yourself enough to not be able to work out at all for weeks or months.

 

If you have any questions or problems, please feel free to PM me or post a question!!!

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That was PERFECT advice! Exactly what I would say as well! Make sure you guys "listen" to your bodies! They will tell you when you can push yourself and when you can't!

 

And remember to STRETCH! Before and after exercises... If you don't know how to, or want some stretches to do, post up or PM me. :icon_chee

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