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Re: Mandie's Mission

Postby yoyogirl88 » Thu Jan 29, 2009 12:16 pm

Hey Mandie, I am still floating around too :).

As for Exercises, I have a DVD here that has 3 10 minute workouts on it. I actually have 3 DVDs One is Cardio Hip Hop another is a total body workout and the last is a pilates Abs. I got them from Big W. You can just do the 10 mins whenever you have time. If you can't find them I don't use them anymore so I could send them your way if you like. I have a special Pre natal one for me now and I will get the post natal one for after :).

Good luck getting back into it.

It sounds like you are already getting going with the food and walking around. Is the elevator still on fire?

115 by March is VERY doable. Best of luck, PM me if you want to know more about the DVDs. I will drop back in in a few days to check :).
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Re: Mandie's Mission

Postby Mandie » Tue Feb 03, 2009 12:19 pm

Thanks everyone!

Thanks for the offer yoyogirl, but I have heaps of exercise DVDs and I don't do them - we only have one TV, and I'm hardly ever home without Joel, and there's usually stuff on he wants to watch in the evening, unfortunately. So I don't use them.

I was watching the Biggest Loser and I got totally inspired to lose weight again. But my problem is - especially when its hot - getting up, putting on my gym clothes, going to the gym - feels like so much effort! I can do a workout at home, but I don't work hard by myself, and I ALWAYS get distracted by something else to do. Even in the gym, I don't push myself as hard as I could go..

I started thinking... what if I had a personal trainer, like those on the Biggest Loser get after they are booted out? Obviously I couldn't afford one every day, but what about once a week?

I've had personal training at the gym and it was okay - but the sessions are only 30 minutes, the competition for good timeslots is immense, and they often switch trainers around so you don't have much continuity.

So I've started looking into mobile personal trainers. Turns out, they aren't too expensive (compared to the gym ones, anyway!). I have found a few who will come out to you and take you somewhere near your place to work out. They could do it one on one for $50-$80 per hour, and similar rates ($60-$120) for couples (just in case Joel wants to do it too, haven't asked him yet!). That's in the region of what my gym charge for a half hour session with a PT ($60), and it sounds so much better! All of these people will come to you, bring the equipment, commit to YOU - no trading for other trainers, and best of all - will design a program of "homework" for you!

I had my best results 4 years ago when I was seeing a dietician regularly - I had someone constantly on my a$$, someone to weigh in with every two weeks, someone to work at an awesome food diary with. I'm actually STILL doing really well with food - obviously I have my slip ups, but generally I eat pretty healthily - it's the lack of exercise getting me down!

Ugh this is so rambly. Point is - I think I am gonna get a personal trainer. An hour a week, plus I will commit to whatever exercise plan they come up with for me. I will stay accountable, and I will LOSE THIS WEIGHT!
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Re: Mandie's Mission

Postby EvilWombatQueen » Tue Feb 03, 2009 12:53 pm

What about group personal training? If price is the main factor that could be a good solution. I've seen flyers for a company called Step Into Life around my area, and I believe they have trainers all around the country. I won't link to the website because it's a commercial venture, but it's easy enough to find on the web. Group personal training is cheaper than getting your own personal trainer, and you get the added bonus of socialising with a group of people. Provided they have sessions at a park near you it could be nearly as convenient as having your own trainer too. And competition for good times won't be as tough because everyone exercises together.
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Re: Mandie's Mission

Postby Mandie » Tue Feb 03, 2009 5:01 pm

I've done group PT - Bootcamp, in fact, last year. I did enjoy it, and I was pushed... but not quite enough?

I don't really know how to explain it. I was definitely the biggest girl in the group, and the most unfit. It meant that while I worked hard, no-one expected much from me - I was given the shortest distances to run, the smallest challenges. I don't know - I felt that people expected so little because I was the worst, so it didn't matter how I did - I was always the worst?
And everyone always said how well I was doing, even when I KNEW I wasn't trying hard... it's like because they were all out of my league, I knew I couldn't catch up, so there was no point trying?

So I think the best way for me to be accountable at the moment is with a personal trainer.. I need someone who knows what I can do, who can get to know me properly, and who can call me out on it if I'm not working as hard as I possibly can. I think I really need the support of one-on-one right now. Does that make sense?

In the future, as I get fitter and I could really be competitive in a group, I would love to try bootcamp or something similar again. But right now, I don't think it's going to push me the hardest.
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Re: Mandie's Mission

Postby Fireball » Tue Feb 03, 2009 7:40 pm

I was going to suggest a group PT but if you can afford, having a personal trainer would be the tops. They can focus on you, exactly where you're at and bring in a whole lot more personl level of accountability. Let us know how you go. Do it this year. Go Mandie
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Re: Mandie's Mission

Postby milkyway » Tue Feb 03, 2009 8:22 pm

Mobile PT sounds like a grand plan, Mandie :) Totally get what you're saying about the Bootcamp situation.

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Re: Mandie's Mission

Postby Mandie » Tue Feb 03, 2009 11:34 pm

Work is mental.. I'm doing leave relief, so I am being chucked anywhere and everywhere! Somehow got a couple of days off this week, which is why I'm trying to sort stuff out! But it's impossible to stick to any decent routine - another reason why group PT is tough at the moment - I'm doing a lot of shift work, so I can't commit to a specific time each week - will need to be adaptable!

I've gone through the internet and found myself a shortlist of PTs.. I'm quite excited! It's cheaper than I thought - much cheaper than PT at the gym (about the same price for half an hour at the gym as it is for an hour with a mobile PT!) - some even as low as $40/hour. I'll do it once a week, and when my gym membership runs out next month I won't renew.. I want to get into training outside. I am looking forward to learning to love outdoor exercise myself, and I also have a long term goal of learning to run with a PT, and maybe running an event like City to Surf somewhere down the line? Hard to imagine at the moment :)

Will let you all know when I set something up and get into it!
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Re: Mandie's Mission

Postby Shalimar » Wed Feb 04, 2009 8:24 am

Well done Mandie, I can't wait to hear how you go on your PT sessions. Please keep us up to speed with it.

Good Luck :D .
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Re: Mandie's Mission

Postby Mandie » Wed Feb 04, 2009 6:16 pm

Well, I got one! Her name is Natalie and she seems really nice. $40/hour session so the price is right too! I am going to do it once a week, and she will help me come up with a program for the rest of the week. She's coming over tomorrow (!!) to do measurements and a fitness test (eek!) and chat to me about my goals and stuff... and we get started from there!

Will let you know how it goes!
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Re: Mandie's Mission

Postby milkyway » Wed Feb 04, 2009 6:34 pm

Fantastic! Be sure to let us know how you go. C2S is great goal, Mandie :)
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Re: Mandie's Mission

Postby Shalimar » Wed Feb 04, 2009 7:20 pm

Good on you Mandie, you are a braver girl than I. I can't wait to hear how it pans out.
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Re: Mandie's Mission

Postby Jisgone » Wed Feb 04, 2009 8:16 pm

if shes good i might give her a go! my gym charged $50 for half an hour and the pt isnt very nice!
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Re: Mandie's Mission

Postby Mandie » Wed Feb 04, 2009 8:27 pm

I'll let you know Jeweles! Yeah I was pleasantly surprised that it's less than half the price of PT at the gym (mine charges 50-60/30 mins!)!! Plus she said she'd work out a full program with me, and that she works off results, and does measurements every 4 weeks.. hooray :)
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Re: Mandie's Mission

Postby Fireball » Thu Feb 05, 2009 12:34 am

I gues they dont ahev the overheads that a gym has - you are paying for the person not all the equipment, building etc. Sohh it does sound exciting. Have fun.
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Re: Mandie's Mission

Postby Mandie » Thu Feb 05, 2009 10:09 pm

Okay, met her today!

She's lovely :) Really friendly and sounds great! Went through a detailed questionairre with her about my goals, lifestyle, etc. Went through my diet and things I can improve on as well. She told me she doesn't do scales because weight fluctuates so much and is a poor indicator of results (finally someone speaking my language!) so she measured me up and did skin fold measurements too - we are going to re-measure in 4 weeks and see what I've lost!

Then we did a fitness test - 1 minute of star jumps, sit ups, push ups, lunges etc as many as I could do, then record the number.

We're going to meet next week to do a proper session - I'm a little frightened, she was pushing me hard even just in the fitness test! But in a really supportive, encouraging way - not a mean way! It was awesome :)

In short -I'm really excited about it! Also, I'm chuffed because she said I was much fitter than she thought I would be.. so that's a plus!
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