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Old 08-16-2014, 12:11 AM   #1
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Arrow Getting fit & losing weight before our next 2015 Disney trip!

In the spirit of the other WISH threads that focus around a goal to achieve, I thought I'd start a new thread for those of us who are looking to lose weight before our next Disney trip in 2015.

I'd like this to be a place for support, motivation, & accountability. What's the promise to yourself to exercise without accountability, right? I've found that if I'm not accountable to anyone, I can easily make an excuse not to exercise.

Please post the following information in your initial post to subscribe:
-First name
-Date of 2015 Disney trip goal
-Reason for the goal
-Target approach for the goal (walk 5 miles/10,000 steps everyday, walk 35 miles/70,000 steps per week, weight training 3x per week, etc.)
-Progress to date/Total goal (i.e. 25lbs/100lbs lost, or 2in/10in lost, or 1size/3sizes lost, etc.)

Here are some guidelines to follow:
-Check-in at least once per week
-Number your updates (Wk 1 update, etc.) to help you track your progress
-Repost the previous information (top 3 bullets) above in each check-in post
-Provide an update on your approach (I walked 50 miles this week, etc.)
-Provide an update to your progress (30lbs/100lbs lost, etc.)
-Post early & often providing support, feedback, & motivation to others
-Try to focus advice & suggestions mainly to good old fashioned exercise & healthy eating. Please try to stay away from suggesting diets or pills
-Be kind & respectful to all

I will update the listing of our group & everyone's progress as regularly as possible. As you reach milestones toward your goal, your name and total will change color in the Group List post.
At 10%, you'll be orange
When you reach 25%, you'll be aqua
When you reach 50%, you'll be purple
When you reach 75%, you'll be blue
At 90%, you'll be red
When you hit 100%, you'll be green!

Let's get serious about doing this & get started together!

Feel free to add a link to this thread to your signature to grow the group!
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Old 08-16-2014, 12:12 AM   #2
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ABDonovan - 20lbs/74lbs
Butterfly123 - X/6lbs
Corinne76 - X/20lbs
Cynister - 24lbs/40lbs
Disneydee6 - 11lbs/40lbs
Disneyseniors - treadmill 30/90min per week
Dizzyr - 10.2/100lbs
Dreamseeker9 - 5lb/60lbs
Feistygalkmc - X/50lbs
Finny1981 - 16lbs/40lbs
Flav - 5/10lbs
Fozziepitysthefool - 3lbs/45lbs
HikingBelle - X/10,000 steps per day average
HoneyBeeM - X/40lbs
Julluvsdisney - 2lbs/50lbs
Keels - X/X
Mamamousejess - 2lbs/50lbs
Maybebecca - 5lbs/40lbs
MeridaLove - 10/42lbs
Myadventurebook - X/36lbs
Smiths02 - 72.8lbs/100lbs
Verleniahall - X/X
VictoriaAndMatt - 35lbs/60lbs
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Old 08-16-2014, 12:18 AM   #3
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-Saving to try to make 2 trips in 2015, May & December
-I want to fit into regular clothes by May, not my 'fat' clothes. I want to look average, not heavy. I want to not cringe at pictures of me.
-My approach is to walk 5 miles/10,000 steps everyday & do weight training 3x per week
-16lbs/40lbs lost. 40lbs is my step 1 goal. After achieving 40lbs, I plan to set a new goal of about 65lbs total loss.
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hi Cynister: My first name is Ruth. My goal is only to be able to walk without so much pain and at a faster pace. You see, I have arthritis and a severe form of fibromyalgia. I usually can only do essential stuff (shopping, cleaning, etc) in the am due to too much pain in the afternoon/pm. So, my goal, is to build up endurance so I can walk comfortably at WDW this November. I know it's not 2015, but we are going to WDW November 18 thru 26th this year, so am putting in my 2 cents worth I have lost 14# in a year just with walking on the treadmill. That is my goal: to walk the treadmill 3 x a week for 30 minutes. I usually walk the treadmill once or twice a week due to fibro, etc. Even with this simple amount of exercise, I can see the difference in stamina and balance. So, I am not able to do all the cardio, 5 mile a day, exercise but am hanging in there with what I can do. Good luck to you on your exercise program. You are lucky to be able to do it, and you will probably pass right by me in WDW I'll catch up later.
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Sorry to hear about your struggles. It's inspiring that you continue to work towards your goals in spite of your pain. I am hoping I can lose some weight before my daughter's MAW trip in the spring. I hate how big I've gotten and hope to have more stamina for keeping up with my twin 3 year olds in the parks! It's a lot of standing and walking and climbing in and out of rides. I want to look nice in pictures too! Good luck and keep it up!

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Hoping to have a date soon. My daughter is a wish kid and asked to meet all of the princesses! We asked for Feb, Mar or April of 2015.
Disney is just my short term goal for weight loss.
My husband is also overweight and we plan on following DDP Yoga program together. I'd also like to put in at least 9 miles a week walking/jogging.
My goal is to look noticeably smaller in trip photos, to be more comfortable. I've gotten to the point where I am uncomfortable in my own skin.
If I were to put a number on it, I'd say 50lbs for a start and eventually another 50 off to be at my ultimate goal of a healthy weight for my frame.
Thanks for starting this!

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Old 08-17-2014, 11:20 PM   #7
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hi Cynister: My first name is Ruth. My goal is only to be able to walk without so much pain and at a faster pace. You see, I have arthritis and a severe form of fibromyalgia. I usually can only do essential stuff (shopping, cleaning, etc) in the am due to too much pain in the afternoon/pm. So, my goal, is to build up endurance so I can walk comfortably at WDW this November. I know it's not 2015, but we are going to WDW November 18 thru 26th this year, so am putting in my 2 cents worth I have lost 14# in a year just with walking on the treadmill. That is my goal: to walk the treadmill 3 x a week for 30 minutes. I usually walk the treadmill once or twice a week due to fibro, etc. Even with this simple amount of exercise, I can see the difference in stamina and balance. So, I am not able to do all the cardio, 5 mile a day, exercise but am hanging in there with what I can do. Good luck to you on your exercise program. You are lucky to be able to do it, and you will probably pass right by me in WDW I'll catch up later.
Hi Ruth! Great to 'see' you here. It sounds like you are already doing 1 30 minute walk per week? That's 1/3 of your goal! I don't know if this will work for you, but I'll share a few tips I got a while ago about walking. 1st, don't try to walk for a whole 30 minutes at a time if you have issues walking. Break it up into 10-15 min bursts throughout the day. You'd be surprised how much ground you can cover that way. 2nd, if you walk or do an elliptical for 15 minutes at a fast pace, your body will continue to burn calories for the next 1-2 hours with carryover. So it pays to pick up the pace for short bursts, but then slow down to something more comfortable.

From what I hear November is a beautiful time to visit. Please share your experience when you get back! I've never been at that time of year.
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Jess
Hoping to have a date soon. My daughter is a wish kid and asked to meet all of the princesses! We asked for Feb, Mar or April of 2015.
Disney is just my short term goal for weight loss.
My husband is also overweight and we plan on following DDP Yoga program together. I'd also like to put in at least 9 miles a week walking/jogging.
My goal is to look noticeably smaller in trip photos, to be more comfortable. I've gotten to the point where I am uncomfortable in my own skin.
If I were to put a number on it, I'd say 50lbs for a start and eventually another 50 off to be at my ultimate goal of a healthy weight for my frame.
Thanks for starting this!

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Hi Jess! It is great that your daughter is going to meet the princesses! That is very exciting I'm sure.

I can totally relate to your comment about photos. When i see full-body shots of myself I just cringe. I need to make that change. A year ago I was just about to start a walking program at work. I didn't exercise at all, so I wasn't used to it but I knew walking was probably the easiest to start & to keep doing. I can tell you, you definitely can do this. I started out doubting that I'd be able to maintain a walking pace everyday that was close to 5 miles, but I did it & you can to. I'll share my tips, just like I did with Ruth.

1st, get yourself a good digital pedometer (not the rattly kind from Walmart). You can get reliable (non-rattling ones) for $20+ at Walmart, Target, etc. 2nd, walk for 10-15 minutes at a time. No more. Do this multiple times per day. Think of it this way, if you walk at a brisk pace for 15 minutes, you'll probably get close to a 1/2 mile. Do that 10 times per day, you've done 5 miles! 3rd, since it is only 10-15 minutes find ways to fit it in. Don't let tiredness or weather be an excuse that you can't do 15 minutes! Walk laps around your kitchen if you have to. That's exactly what I did in the winter.

If you make the commitment to try to stick to this walking plan, here's how it will go. Week 1 you will question what you are doing & if you can do it. Week 2 you will continue to question if you can do it, but you will also be a little sore. Week 3 your butt/calves will hurt but you'll keep walking through the soreness because you realize you are doing the same distance in less time. You are getting faster. You are also realizing that you aren't so out of breath, so you push harder. Week 4 you are feeling stronger. The soreness has pretty much gone away. Now it just feels good. You push faster & harder because it is getting easier & that's exciting. You are doing it!

Let us know how it goes! Good luck!
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Old 08-19-2014, 01:16 PM   #9
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Two days of walking down!
I have decided to just start walking everyday and be committed to walking at least 30 mins until I can do more and then start back on Couch 2 5k. I started it once and had to quit when my daughter fell ill.
Yesterday, I walked 0.9 miles on an walking trail. It had rolling hills and I definitely felt it in my legs when I got in bed last night.
Today, I'm not sure how far I walked, but I went from my house to the pharmacy to pick up my prescription. I live on a pretty decent hill and it was a struggle on the way back. I'm sure it was at least a mile, but I plan on downloading a pedometer or running app on my phone and measuring it the next time I take that route.
Tomorrow might end up being a day off because we have to take my daughter to a doctors appointment 2 hours away and it makes for a long day.
We are slowly making diet changes, so hopefully that helps.
Hope you're having a great day!

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Two days of walking down!
I have decided to just start walking everyday and be committed to walking at least 30 mins until I can do more and then start back on Couch 2 5k. I started it once and had to quit when my daughter fell ill.
Yesterday, I walked 0.9 miles on an walking trail. It had rolling hills and I definitely felt it in my legs when I got in bed last night.
Today, I'm not sure how far I walked, but I went from my house to the pharmacy to pick up my prescription. I live on a pretty decent hill and it was a struggle on the way back. I'm sure it was at least a mile, but I plan on downloading a pedometer or running app on my phone and measuring it the next time I take that route.
Tomorrow might end up being a day off because we have to take my daughter to a doctors appointment 2 hours away and it makes for a long day.
We are slowly making diet changes, so hopefully that helps.
Hope you're having a great day!

MamaMouse to C (DD, 3, wish kid) and Z (DS, 3)
Woo hoo! Good job! You are spot on with breaking your goals up into manageable chunks so you can concentrate on mastering & committing to each one. Then as you've gotten over that hurdle, you can just add to it. It will be easier that way. Way to go!
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Hey Cyn! Thanks!

Today I downloaded a mapping app and I walked the same route in 20 mins and found out that it's 1.05 miles! Very excited to report it wasn't as bad today and I even had a little breeze! Hope you're having a great day!

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That's great news, Jess! See? You can do this!

For me, today was a bust. Between the dentist, dropping my car off for work, grocery shopping, & playing with my son, I got only a few miles in. I feel really crappy about that. So, that means I'm going to be pushing myself tomorrow. Yesterday I got over 13K steps in (about 6.5 miles), Tomorrow I'm aiming for at least 15K. I really want to make up for today. I think I'll be hurting by tomorrow night.
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I didn't get my mile in today. I had an errand to take care if in another city and then it has been storming all afternoon/evening here. I will have to try again tomorrow! 15k, Shew! Get it girl!

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I fell off the wagon for a few days, but I'm back! I did a mile this morning and did it quicker than the last one! I need to remember when it's garbage day on my street and walk somewhere else though...ewww. Hope you're all having a good day!
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Hi, all - I'm Amanda.

I have 2 Disney trips planned for next year - June 2015 to Disneyland (I have a conference in Anaheim and of course must go to DL!), and late Sept. 2015 to WDW for my 40th Birthday!

I'm 80-100 pounds overweight. I want to feel healthier, look better, fit on any and all attractions with no worries, shop in any store for clothes, and find my Mr. Right . I've let my weight hold me back, and I've used it as an excuse to hide in many aspects of my life. No more!

I'm currently active on SparkPeople - I use the nutrition and fitness trackers there. I just started the Jillian Michaels Body Revolution, a 90-day DVD program with a meal guide that I'm loosely following. The workouts are 6 times a week, 30 minutes a workout - 4 are circuits (strength & cardio), and 2 are just cardio. I also sometimes am able to fit in walks.

- 1 pound/60 pounds lost so far. 60 pounds is my first goal, then I'll see what I want to set my next goal for - probably 25-40 pounds.

I'm glad I found this group! We can do this!
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