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#1 Imabee

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 08:33 PM

I started working out at a gym near our house 9 weeks ago. Both my husband and I started going, which really is kinda nice. We go 5 times a week without fail. I've never worked out in a gym before, so I've kinda been figuring out my plan as I go. I normally do the weight machines 4 times a week, rotating upper/lower body - on those days I do 30 minutes of cardio on the treadmill or eliptical. One day a week I just do cardio - 60 minutes on something. This week I'm resting from the weights and have done an hour of (to me at least) pretty hard cardio. So the problem is, I'm not losing any weight! It's getting frustrating. I've been at the same weight +/- two pounds since December. Two weeks ago I had this really shocking loss - 3 pounds! But at my last weigh in I'd gained it all back!
Has anybody had the same kind of frustration - starting a workout plan with all these big expectations and then the scale doesn't show all your hard work? I'm 6 pounds away from goal, yep the same 6 pounds I was away on December 1st of last year. Any thoughts would be great - maybe I'm doing something wrong and need to work out less? or more? or I'm just doing something that is making my body just all confused and my metabolism is off...I'm working so hard and eating healthy, sure wish the darn scale would give me a little payoff! Thanks all!!
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#2 SonyaCele

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 08:48 PM

What are you eating?   Chances,are you need to eat more with the amount you are working out.
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#3 a_red_dress

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 09:26 PM

I've always had luck just doing very light weights and with more reps.  The cardio is where I kick it into gear...then when I get the weight off then I kick the weight training back up.  In your case I might even consider stopping the weight training and just do the cardio just to see if the weight starts to go down any if it does...then wait to start on the weights till all the weight is lost.  Then kick back up the weight training full speed ahead and carry on with building those muscles to be toned and fabulous.  Just my point of view.
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#4 I Called Jenny

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 04:43 AM

What does your JCC say? It might be a matter of more calories needed or possibly changing up your exercise and doing more cardio than weights..

Also remember that while the weight might not be coming off, I bet that you're dropping inches like crazy.
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#5 DesireeAshley90

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 05:04 AM

When I lift a lot/often, I tend to gain. Currently I only strength train three times weekly but it's mostly strength, I don't really do much lifting. The first week I gained and have been losing ever since. I really couldn't tell you what's going on but if I were you, I play around the the exercise. Try not lifting for a week and you might need to up your cardio. I've only been exercising for two months and I'm starting to up it to hour and a half on days I don't strength train and I make sure it's vigorous like interval running, eliptical with very high resistance and incline, and the stairs. Most definitely the stairs.
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Posted 14 March 2013 - 07:01 AM

My recommendation is to incorporate interval training during your cardio routine & I agree with others that you could try decreasing your weight training.  I have personally found it difficult to build muscle & lose weight at the same time.
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Posted 14 March 2013 - 07:35 AM

JKA2 Same here, hard for me to lose and weight train too.  However to avoid losing muscle, at halfway you should by this point have at least started some weight training that's why I do light weights (1-5 pounders) but more reps.  Only 3 or 4 days a week.  Kicked up cardio though!
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#8 Imabee

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 04:50 PM

Thanks all - I've definitely kicked up my cardio this week and went light on the weights. I weigh in tomorrow night, so we'll see if this strategy makes a difference this week! I'll let you know!
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#9 Golfer1990

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Posted 30 December 2013 - 08:05 AM

It is always important to remember that muscle weighs more than fat so if you are truly going to the gym and following the routine you outlined above you are still getting into better and better shape while maintaining your weight.

That being said I have started back to the gym and have seen nothing but better and better losses each week when combined with JC. My routine is as follows (I know it sounds tough but throw on the ipod and enjoy the pain)

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

30 minutes on the elyptical on the cross country porgram for warm up
2 walking laps = 1/4 km
Tricep extensions 3 sets of 12
Bicep curls 3 sets of 12
2 walking laps =1/4 km
Lat pull downs 3 sets of 12
Shoulder press 3 sets of 12
2 walking laps = 1/4 km
Chest press 3 sets of 12
Rope extensions 3 sets of 12
2 walking laps = 1/4 km

This workout total takes me about 1 hour 15 minutes (GO HARD OR DON'T GO)

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

1 km warm up walk
15 minutes treadmill maximum incline fast walk
2 walking laps 1/4 km
30 minutes elyptical cross training program
2 walking laps 1/4 km
15 minutes excersise bike
1.5 km cool down walk

These workouts are what have worked for me and anybody i have worked out with finds them difficult but rewarding
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