Just Ask For Help!!!

Every gym offers orientation for new members where they give you a tour and show you how to operate different types of machinery.  Afterwards, the gym staff is available at any time to help you with familiarize yourself with gym equipment you are not familiar with.  Please take them up on that offer.  Otherwise…

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Product Review: PHENTERMINE Fan or Foe?

Several months ago, I life became both an obstacle and excuse preventing me from maintaining a regular schedule at the gym.  I had a trip coming up, and I was looking to drop weight.  At the time I was interested in a quick solution that would allow me to maximize my efforts in weight loss.  I spoke with a doctor regarding my interest, and without hesitation, he prescribed me Phentermine.phentermine37BigSpecks

If you are not familiar with Phentermine, I will simplify it by stating it’s doctor prescribed appetite suppressant that helps you to lose weight with little to no physical activity and reportedly provides you with an abundance of energy.  The appearance of the pill varies with your prescription from your doctor-(mine looked like the red, white and blue capsule below).  My doctor warned me to make sure I ate several times a day, and continuing my exercises for maximum results.

The first day I took, it, I noticed my appetite was reduced, but I was still able to eat, and I felt pretty good.  A few days later, I had no appetite for anything.  I was forcing myself to eat any tiny bit of food, and drink even water.  I was losing weight and dropped two pant sizes within a month.

imageseon_blueI was excited to lose the weight before my trip, and told myself that I would use my refills afterward along with returning to the gym to reach my goal.  The challenge with that plan was that Phentermine was not providing me with the energy it advertised.  Because I had no appetite and often went the entire day without eating anything more than a half sandwich, or half a bowl of cereal, I had no energy to do much of everything.  I was tired all the time.  I couldn’t take anything additional for energy because most energy supplements and beverages contained caffeine and I am caffeine sensitive.  I didn’t want additional caffeine in conjunction with what I was already ingesting through Phentermine.  Ultimately, my weight loss became totally dependent upon my reliability of the pill.

Another challenge I experienced with my taking Phentermine was that it caused major constipation.  Regularity is highly reliant upon a well-balanced diet, and water consumption.  My negligence in both left me “backed up” and I sought relief through using Now (brand) Magnesium Citrate supplements.  I still suffered because I still did not have an appetite and not drinking much of anything.

After using Phentermine for about 4 months, I was in a happy place image wise, but I began losing my “toned” look I worked hard for at the gym, and I was tired, so I chose to stop taking it.

My appetite remained suppressed for several weeks after I stopped taking Phentermine and my energy level was still pretty low.  After about 2 months without it, my appetite returned with a vengeance.  Now 6 months had passed that I hadn’t worked out, and I lost my motivation.  My weight slowly returned.

My experience led me to consider Phentermine more of a Foe than making me a Fan because I enjoy being active and I lost that while taking the prescribed diet pill.  EON06440Did I get results from taking it?  Yes, I did; however, I missed working out, I missed looking and feeling toned, and strong.  I missed the excitement of watching my body healthfully transition.  In the end, I was slimmer, softer (less muscle tone), and felt weak.  (I felt jiggly).

Everyone’s experience with Phentermine is different, and I think prior to taking it, one should consider what their goals actually are.  If you’re looking for a quick way to slim down without adopting healthier habits and nor creating an overall lifestyle change, then Phentermine might be for you.

However, if you are like me and desire a healthy life, over being “skinny”, then I suggest skipping the pill and developing a plan that will help you reach your desired goal.  Allow yourself to re-learn what to eat, and how much you should eat and start working out!  Set small goals that will lead you to your ultimate goal and enjoy every part of it.  After all, your main focus is to change your life for the better.

 

Charisse

Home Training…My first day back to interval training at home

I started my workout sessions from home yesterday, and I’m surprised to say that my entire body aches…

I called my first day “100’s” because each group of the following equates to 100 exercises.  Completing all three groups is 300 exercises.

First Group (25 repetitions each)

1. Side Lunge Medicine Ball Touch (10lbs)

2. Medicine Ball Sit Ups (10lbs)

3. Mountain Climbers

4. Push Ups/Dips

Second Group

1. Squats

2. Donkey Kicks

3. Jumping Sumo Squats

4. Front Kicks

Third Group

1. Good Mornings (10lb barbell)

2. Jumping Jacks

3. Leg Raises

4. Sumo Elbow to Knee (10lb barbell)

Overall, the workout took me 20 minutes to complete, and I feel every part of my workout over every inch of my body.  I think this change is exactly what the doctor ordered at this stage in exercising.  I had forgotten how effective and impactful short, high-intensity workouts can be and now I remember what attracted me to Zuzana’s interval training methods.  I will continue to familiarize myself with different methods of interval training and will share my journey with you.

In the mean time, here’s some articles worth checking out!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/27/exercises-bodyweight-training_n_2543656.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anja-garcia/interval-training-benefits_b_3116673.html

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/on-fitness/2011/02/01/4-things-women-should-be-doing-in-their-training-but-arent

http://www.muscleandfitness.com/workouts/legs-exercises/high-intensity-interval-training-home

Homework…

Now that I am going back to working out from home, I am honestly getting excited about working out again.  I remember when I was previously enjoying fitness at home , prior to getting yet another gym membership, I used to have fun watching videos for hours at a time and piecing together my routines.

Tonight I reintroduced myself to my favorite home fitness diva Zuzana “Zuzka” Light.  She introduced me to exercises that I had never seen before.  She challenged me, how to improvise, and she taught me about interval training-those who have worked out with me before dreaded seeing me pull out my timer! Lol!  I guess they knew I was ready for business!

Another favorite fitness diva of mine is Jennifer Nicole Lee.  She took working out to a whole new level and built her own franchise.  But she also  guided me through great workouts; however, it is her energy that I enjoy most.

Although I still applied the same effort in organizing my workout prior to going to the gym, I would end up changing my routine when I got to the gym.  Sometimes I would have to cut my routine short if I noticed the gym was getting crowded-(I still had to get weights in); other times, it would be challenging finding an open area where I could complete my routines without interruption.

Whether you workout at home or at the gym, what is most important is to keep moving!  Here are a couple of favorites from both ladies, and I have posted more under the “Workout” tab under “Videos”!

Enjoy your week!