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Losing It With April Davis- Week 4

It's time for my final story for "Losing It"-my 30 day quest for fitness. I've shared my workouts, nutrition advice from a dietitian, and a counselor's wisdom on finding the motivation to get fit. Now I'll show you how all my hard work paid off with my weigh-in and measurements, and answer some of your questions you sent on facebook.

I've been working out and eating right for 29 days and it's time to see how my body has changed and step up on the scale.

First let me lend you my trainer, Mike Vann with In Tone Fitness, for some free advice to answer some of your questions from facebook.

Sandy said: "Maybe you can include some easy exercises for those with health problems. I have a ruptured disc in my low back as well as fibromyalgia and arthritis. I`m not over weight , just out of shape. I know that exercise is supposed to be helpful for all of these ailments."

 "They can do ball squats because their back is supported. It doesn't put a lot of pressure on their knees, so that's good for fibromyalgia also arthritis." said Vann. "The ball squats strengthen your whole lower body, so your abs, your glutes your hamstrings it does it all."

Carla posted: "I need a good work out that I can do almost anywhere and doesn't take a lot of time. Between two jobs and going to school full time, I have very little time which goes to my daughters!"
 
"There's all kinds of stuff you can do anywhere without any equipment whatsoever," said Vann.  

Mike demonstrated how you can do crunches anywhere, or work your core by laying on your stomach and alternating lifting opposite arms and legs. If you have a workout ball- you can try a reverse crunch.

"You want to come up where your body is in a straight plane. In other words, you don't want to come too far back. If it arches your back too bad it's not good for your spine," said Vann.

For Carla who works 2 jobs, Mike says work out at the office using your chair for squats and leg lifts and whatever you have around- even soup cans for a chest and arm workout.

Amanda posted on facebook: "I take a doctor prescribed diet pill called phentermine. It has significantly decreased my appetite. I'm going to be honest up here. I weighed at my heaviest 314.8 lbs. I weigh 288 now."

So are diet pills the answer for weight loss? I asked Mike.

"We call those kind of like crash diets or diet pills. It's going to help you lose weight quickly, but you'll also lose muscle mass at the same time, so we don't want to do that. We want a good diet, exercise, cardio plan. So I really don't advocate taking diet pills if you can get away from it," said Vann.

That's what  I've been doing for the past month. Eating well (for the most part). , cardio 5 times a week and weight training 3 times a week. Let's see how it paid off. Mike measured me and great news! I lost a total of 3.25 inches, and I lost 5 pounds.

"I know I gained muscle and I wore a pair of jeans this weekend I couldn't fit into a month ago, so I'm happy. Thanks so much Mike!" I said as I gave Mike a high five.

Many people have told me they find it harder to lose weight as they get older. It took me 3 weeks to notice any weight loss.  I was frustrated the number on the scale didn't move right away, but my clothes fit better and I felt like I had more energy after the first few workouts. So don't give up! I'm continuing my healthy eating and workouts an I'll keep you up to date on Facebook. Thanks to everyone who encouraged me along the way.

 

It's time for my final story for "Losing It"-my 30 day quest for fitness. I've shared my workouts, nutrition advice from a dietitian, and a counselor's wisdom on finding the motivation to get fit. Now I'll show you how all my hard work paid off with my weigh-in and measurements, and answer some of your questions you posted on Facebook.

I've been working out and eating right for 29 days and it's time to see how my body has changed and step up on the scale.

First let me lend you my trainer, Mike Vann with In Tone Fitness, for some free advice to answer some of your questions from Facebook.

Sandy said: "Maybe you can include some easy exercises for those with health problems. I have a ruptured disc in my low back as well as fibromyalgia and arthritis. I`m not over weight , just out of shape. I know that exercise is supposed to be helpful for all of these ailments."

"They can do ball squats because their back is supported. It doesn't put a lot of pressure on their knees, so that's good for fibromyaligia also arthritis." said Vann. "The ball squats strengthen your whole lower body, so your abs, your glutes your hamstrings it does it all."

Carla posted: "I need a good work out that I can do almost anywhere and doesn't take a lot of time. Between two jobs and going to school full time, I have very little time which goes to my daughters!"

"There's all kinds of stuff you can do anywhere without any equipment whatsoever," said Vann.

Mike demonstrated how you can do crunches anywhere, or work your core by laying on your stomach and alternating lifting opposite arms and legs. If you have a workout ball- you can try a reverse crunch.

"You want to come up where your body is in a straight plane. In other words, you don't want to come too far back. If it arches your back too bad it's not good for your spine," said Vann.

For Carla who works 2 jobs, Mike says work out at the office using your chair for squats and leg lifts and whatever you have around- even soup cans for a chest and arm workout.

Amanda posted on Facebook: "I take a doctor prescribed diet pill called phentermine. It has significantly decreased my appetite. I'm going to be honest up here. I weighed at my heaviest 314.8 lbs. I weigh 288 now."

So are diet pills the answer for weight loss? I asked Mike.

"We call those kind of like crash diets or diet pills. It's going to help you lose weight quickly, but you'll also lose muscle mass at the same time, so we don't want to do that. We want a good diet, exercise, cardio plan. So I really don't advocate taking diet pills if you can get away from it," said Vann.

That's what I've been doing for the past month. Eating well (for the most part), cardio 5 times a week, and weight training 3 times a week. Let's see how it paid off. Mike measured me and great news: I lost a total of 3.25 inches, and I lost 5 pounds.

"I know I gained muscle and I wore a pair of jeans this weekend I couldn't fit into a month ago, so I'm happy. Thanks so much Mike!" I said as I gave Mike a high five.

Many people have told me they find it harder to lose weight as they get older. It took me 3 weeks to notice any weight loss. I was frustrated the number on the scale didn't move right away, but my clothes fit better and I felt like I had more energy after the first few workouts. So don't give up! I'm continuing my healthy eating and workouts and I'll keep you up to date on Facebook. Thanks to everyone who encouraged me along the way.


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