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12/1/08 11:04 A

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ANYTHING4BABY, sounds like you are a busy gal! I would keep up what you are doing, maybe add some arm exercises that specifically target your problem areas!

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11/27/08 7:06 P

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I'm so flippen dense and really am not getting anything from the strength training that I've been trying. Although, I may not actually be doing any actual strength training at all, or maybe I'm working at the wrong level for me.

Here's what I do. The elliptical that my husband bought me for my birthday, I got it way way early seeing as my brithday is tomorrow, has handles, for cross country type training, with a resistance adjuster. I ALWAYS use these handles because I have horrid bat wings and the work out instruction manual/guide said that using the handles would help tone arms. (I know that's technically cardio, but it's part of my routine.) It adjusts to 12 and I've got it set on 4, giving serious consideration to moving it up to 6.

At the request of my husband, and because it looked just plain fun, I've taken up belly dancing. I've dropped alomst 4 inches from each theigh and 6 inches from my waist. I'm still in the beginners class, but I'm having a blast so I'm going to keep it up.

When I asked the trainer at the gym he said that yoga or pilates would be a good strenth trainer, since I'm a big baby and won't pick up a weight.

Also, I'm a CNA so I'm constantly lifting, pulling, and turning people. I work in a long term care facility, taking care of the elderly. My dr says the work I do counts toward strenth training because I consistanly lift 150lbs or more by myself. (That's the limit in TN, anyone over 150lbs must be transfered by two aides.)

One more thing, in the course of an 8 hour shift I walk somewhere between 30,000 to 40,000 steps. That's not counting the two or three mile hike my husband makes me take everyday. He's such a good motivator. "Stop whinning and start walking!" He used to be a drill sgt in the Army, so he's not very tactful but he gets me up and moving.

After all that, my question is. Should I add something more to help get rid of the bat wings and belly flab, or would yoga or pilates be a good starting point? I've typed a novel. Sorry about that. I'm normally a shy poster.

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9/17/08 7:43 A

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Smox12 that's a start.

I am going to start today trying to add some strength training. There are so many ways to sneak it into your day. When you put groceries away do some bicep curls while holding your milk. If you are putting something away over your head reach up and down with it several times. Wall push ups are great. If you have small kids use them. Lift then up and down, hold them and do squats, sit in a chair put them on your feet and lift your legs. I try to do things with my boys and they love it plus I get a little added resistance. Today however I am going to try and do a little structured using my weights.

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9/16/08 12:29 P

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I am not so good at this either...I do 15 wall pushups everytime I got to the bathroom though :)

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9/15/08 9:14 P

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I have to admit I haven't done much yet. I am still working on trying to fit the cardio in. Then I will try for the strength training. But this may give me ideas of what I could do.

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9/15/08 8:27 P

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Strength training is a great way to increase your metabolism. it helps to increase muscle mass which burns calories at a faster rate than fat. So what type of strength training do you do? How often?

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