Here's some background on me and weight loss. First off, I was born to a skinny little family with skinny genes (not to be confused with skinny jeans) so I was a skinny, shapeless girl until I was about 23. Then I seemed have hit adult puberty and suddenly got some curves. Then came Baby #1. And the harsh reality of Post-Baby Body. I had like 15 pounds to lose, so I began my quest to lose the weight.
First thing I tried: Treadmill a few times a week. Clearly, that (combined with continuing to eat lots of cookies) did not work.
Second thing: P90X. I know you know what this is, and if you don't, you have been living under a rock. For you rock-dwellers, it's an intense 90-day video workout. I did it for about 30 days, but got burned out because I felt like it was a poor way to use energy. This sounds dumb, but in reality, I just don't think you should have to kill yourself doing 100 pushups when you can get the same results by doing bench press. But there were a few videos that I loved and kept doing, and still do pretty regularly. One of them is yoga. It is the most challenging yoga video I've ever done!
Third thing: Joined a gym. I thought it would be fun and I had a friend who I started going with. But here's the thing about gyms...they are so unstructured and random (unless you pay the big bucks for a regular personal trainer.) Yeah you can feel like you get a great workout, but I ultimately didn't know how to track my progress or stay consistent with working certain muscle groups. And I HATED dragging myself to the gym every night because it was the only time I could go.
Fourth thing: After a lot of research and discussion, we finally decided to invest in a Bowflex system. These are fairly pricey, but we felt good about the decision because it was something we could use for the rest of our lives. And it won. It beat out everything else, hands down. Why?
1. SO easy to use. Women can easily weight-train, which is essential for weight loss.
2. Very quick. Workouts take like a half hour.
3. Great results! I lost my remaining baby weight in 6 weeks and my husband actually lost 30 pounds in that same time!
4. Love that it's at home. I can do a quick workout while my baby naps.
5. Very quick and easy set up and take down.
6. Doesn't take up a ton of room (when folded up)
Anyway, Now that we've got the Bowflex, I know I'll be able to lose weight whenever I want the rest of my life. That's such a great feeling. If you are tiring of having no success and can afford a Bowflex, I really recommend it!
(PS. I'm not getting paid or anything to say this...I genuinely love the Bowflex!)
Me and My Weight
July 22, 2010 By 6 Comments