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  1. #211
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    Quote Originally Posted by redrhodie View Post
    It seems like a lot of the people here who have had successful weight loss have worked out with a personal trainer. How much do you think that has helped, and why?
    I worked with a personal trainer during my last months in London, between October 2010 and January 2011. When I started, I had been cycling to work most days (a bit over 3 miles / 5 km one way), and was eating what I thought was not badly (well... it wasn't, quality-wise, but the portions were too large and there were occasional excesses on sweets beyond what I could afford), but hadn't seen any weight loss from a start at nearly 230 lbs. I hadn't done any organised sport in maybe 20 years, had never been to a gym, wouldn't know where to start using the machines, thought fitness wasn't for me. I'm also not naturally coordinated.

    So when I signed up for a gym I also took a special offer of a few sessions with a trainer. The gym (a large Virgin Active in London) hooked me up with a young man called Jason, and it was a great match. (First important point: you need to be comfortable with your trainer's style.) He was immensely helpful: he pushed me more than I would have, set me a reasonable but doable strength training program and *simple* effective cardio. During the time with him I went down nearly 30 pounds, and he was very proud of me.

    What I didn't work on with Jason but have seen others benefit was nutrition. My frank opinion -- and the following is full of assertions I'm not backing up by much -- is that it is really quite hard to eat the right amount of calories and the right stuff. Most overweight people don't seem to overeat by very much, so like myself it may be hard to see what's wrong with the eating. And almost worse, once people decide to lose weight, I see a lot go for an excessively low 1000-1200 calories and strenuous exercise. I also think it's harder for a woman as our margin of error tends to be smaller. I used (still use) Myfitnespal for calorie counting, read about BMR, listened to the (slightly dogmatic but useful) Fat2Fit Radio podcast, and ate 1400 calories or thereabouts, plus a little extra on high exercise days and once-a-month occasions for about 8 months before upping the calories a little. I've seen others do similar programs supervised by a trainer with great success.
    Chris - formerly of Heidelberg, Paris and London, now of Fairbanks, Alaska

    2011 Kona Sutra 49cm - Selle Italia Diva
    2009 Specialized Rockhopper Comp Disk 15" - Specialized XC Body Geometry, 143mm

  2. #212
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
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    Sorry, forgot Friday, but would like to join back again now after my surgery.

    Starting out at 142.6 lbs, goal for end of October: 140.
    Chris - formerly of Heidelberg, Paris and London, now of Fairbanks, Alaska

    2011 Kona Sutra 49cm - Selle Italia Diva
    2009 Specialized Rockhopper Comp Disk 15" - Specialized XC Body Geometry, 143mm

  3. #213
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    Quote Originally Posted by channlluv View Post
    So, headed in the right direction. 90 pounds to go.
    Congratulations!!
    Most days in life don't stand out, But life's about those days that will...

  4. #214
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Monroe, MI
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    Sorry I missed weighing in! I'm at 215 now. I didn't get to my 199 goal, but losing ten pounds since July isn't anything I'll sneeze at!

    Looking forward to the next challenge!
    2010 Jamis Satellite Sport w/ Brooks Flyer Saddle

 

 

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