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Old 06-01-2009, 03:07 PM   #1
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Unhappy loosing your belly???

ok here is my situation...
I have had four kids, which means I have been over 210lbs twice.
I have given up on worrying about stretch marks but the belly has got to be the most annoying thing ever.
Here we go...
I weigh 140 lbs and I am 5'4".
I have always been physically strong, I started weight training in high school.
I go to the gym at least 3 times a week but since knee surgery (on 5/8) I can only work my upper body.
I use the elliptical and can go a little over a mile in twelve minutes, which for healthy me is bad but since I am healing a knee I think it is ok.
then I go and work my arms, chest, back and abs as the gym owner has suggested.
He says to keep doing the abdominal isolator, which is the best thing for me at this time. But I am just not feeling it.
On the back isolator I can do 100+reps of 120lbs and then I move on to the ab isolator and do 100+reps from 80 - 110lbs.
but I never seem to feel sore or like I have even worked on my abs.
What can someone who can't push their lower body do to work their abs? I can't do crunches or leg lifts because of the knee brace and the positioning.

any one have any good ideas?
I mean I don't have a big ol gut, it is just that stupid little pooch that drives me nuts!
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Old 06-01-2009, 03:11 PM   #2
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Swimming- if your knee and the doc gives you the a-ok. Swimming and good diet.
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sounds like your abs are strong enough and you just need cardio or diet to get rid of the fat.
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pilates... and i mile on the elliptical is not going to do you justice. trust me. you need to go for about 30 mins minimum. Its not about speed its about endurance. Working out at the gym 3 times a week is not enough if you have a time restraint i will suggest you eat better and then you dont even have to work out. 1200 cal diet.
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Abs are made in the kitchen.

The thing is, you probably already have some pretty well defined ab muscles hiding in there, it's just getting them to show. Burning off fat means dieting and more cardio type workouts. You can do ab exercises all day long, but unless you are burning enough fat to shrink the pooch, you'll never see them. You can't target where your body burns fat, it does so evenly over your whole body. Continue working your abs, but the biggest things will be burning away the fat, not toning the muscles.

Try to eat clean and healthy and up the cardio. Calories in < calories out = weight loss essentially.
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Oh, and obviously this will be hard now with the knee and everything, but one of the best ways to burn fat quicker is with interval training. Ex: if you're running for your cardio, jog at a light pace for a couple minutes to warm up, then jog 75% - full sprint for 30 seconds - minute, slowing back down to a jog for 2-3 minutes. Go through several cycles of that until you've reached your time limit or as much as you can.
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oh and cut stuff that has high fructose corn syrup. Like sodas, and fake juices.
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pilates... and i mile on the elliptical is not going to do you justice. trust me. you need to go for about 30 mins minimum. Its not about speed its about endurance. Working out at the gym 3 times a week is not enough if you have a time restraint i will suggest you eat better and then you dont even have to work out. 1200 cal diet.
I can't swim yet because of ROM, and the same for the elliptical... After about 10-15 minutes I am in pain.
My endurance is amazing... when I am healthy I am usually going for 30 - 45 minutes with high resistance but my knee is me up.
My diet is good, I usually don't take in more than 1500 a day.
I don't have time constraints at the gym. I stay as long as I like. but the knee is messing up my routine and It will be this way for the next couple of months. that is why I am looking for something other than what I am doing.
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I can't swim yet because of ROM, and the same for the elliptical... After about 10-15 minutes I am in pain.
My endurance is amazing... when I am healthy I am usually going for 30 - 45 minutes with high resistance but my knee is me up.
My diet is good, I usually don't take in more than 1500 a day.
I don't have time constraints at the gym. I stay as long as I like. but the knee is messing up my routine and It will be this way for the next couple of months. that is why I am looking for something other than what I am doing.
Then I guess your stuck with and food.


Kinda stuck with the knee :(, I would focus on making sure that heals correctly, and focus on better food. Then, when the knee gets better, work your way up with cardio
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[quote=SpeedCheeser;2018189]Oh, and obviously this will be hard now with the knee and everything, but one of the best ways to burn fat quicker is with interval training. Ex: if you're running for your cardio, jog at a light pace for a couple minutes to warm up, then jog 75% - full sprint for 30 seconds - minute, slowing back down to a jog for 2-3 minutes. Go through several cycles of that until you've reached your time limit or as much as you can.[/QUOTE]
This is extremely similar to my normal work out, but yea... the knee is fkn it up.

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oh and cut stuff that has high fructose corn syrup. Like sodas, and fake juices.
I drink mostly water. Maybe a tea with lunch or dinner but I limit my soda intake to 12 or less a day.
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140 lbs at 5'4 is a good weight. I wouldn't worry about dieting but I think you are on the right track in regards to continuing to build muscle mass for lean.

A trainer gave me a good tip to work the waist and all stomach core muscles and it should make you sore. I am sure there is a way you can do this with the brace on too:

Sit on the floor with your knees angled, or in the air, or crossed in the air. Lean back and get a 10 lbs free weight or 10 lbs medicine ball. Take the weight and twist to the right, touching the ground to your left, then twisting to the left, touching the ground to the left. Do as many reps with as much weight as you like to build up. Base is 10 lbs - 12 reps each side, 3 sets. Go from there depending on what stage and shape you are in already...

With your knee brace, you may even be able to put a pillow underneath your knee for added support?
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12 oz a day?

That's what I used to do, I got down to 1 can a day. Helped ALOT

Now I'm down to maybe 16 oz, every 3 days or so. And it really shows.


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Then I guess your stuck with and food.

Kinda stuck with the knee :(, I would focus on making sure that heals correctly, and focus on better food. Then, when the knee gets better, work your way up with cardio
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140 lbs at 5'4 is a good weight. I wouldn't worry about dieting but I think you are on the right track in regards to continuing to build muscle mass for lean.

A trainer gave me a good tip to work the waist and all stomach core muscles and it should make you sore. I am sure there is a way you can do this with the brace on too:

Sit on the floor with your knees angled, or in the air, or crossed in the air. Lean back and get a 10 lbs free weight or 10 lbs medicine ball. Take the weight and twist to the right, touching the ground to your left, then twisting to the left, touching the ground to the left. Do as many reps with as much weight as you like to build up. Base is 10 lbs - 12 reps each side, 3 sets. Go from there depending on what stage and shape you are in already...

With your knee brace, you may even be able to put a pillow underneath your knee for added support?
do you think I could rest my legs in a chair? I have a whole free weight system here at home so the weights are no problem.
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12 oz a day?

That's what I used to do, I got down to 1 can a day. Helped ALOT

Now I'm down to maybe 16 oz, every 3 days or so. And it really shows.


Just heal up girl. That's whats important.
some days I only take a drink or two out of a bottle and stick it back in the fridge and others I will have some with a meal. Just depends on the day. I love Diet dr. pepper.
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Thank you. I'm honored to be lumped in with Pammy on anything! Plus- been there (200 lbs) done that (but I stopped at two).

My stomach/belly is amazingly strong, so I feel you on never feeling ab workouts. We will never lose the extra skin without surgery- it just can't happen. When I get down to about 113 (only 5') then I notice that my tummy looks more muscular, but at 118, it looks a little flabby. I know my muscles are there, they just hide behind all that freakin' skin now.
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Another thing you can try if you aren't already, try eating more frequently. If you're taking in 1500 calories in 3 meals, try to make it 1500 in 6 meals (more like 3 meals and snacks here and there). Continually eating keeps your metabolism going stronger longer. Obviously though, this isn't a free pass to take in more calories then you're used to. And knocking out soda is such a huge difference. A can of soda is close to 200 calories of absolutely nothing but sugar which leads to nothing but fat. My problem is beer :-(

Another thing you can try - when you're doing your weights/upper body work out, try to do everything in circuits and supersets. Do 1 set of one exercise then move immediately into a set of the second exercise (of an opposing muscle) without rest. Then try to limit the amount of time you rest before going back into the 2nd set of the first exercise. You keep moving more and faster, thus keeping your heart rate up, which kinda helps make your weight training more like a cardio at the same time.
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Pam, you do not need to lose weight. Trust me.
Good luck on the exercise. I think I will try Faylaricia's weighted ball technique to avoid messing around with my knee (pinched nerve that my wussy just can't work through).
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do you think I could rest my legs in a chair? I have a whole free weight system here at home so the weights are no problem.
I found it on the web, this site loads very slow for me, but it shows the exercise. http://http://www.ab-core-and-stomac...exercises.html

I think technically you could even try and do this while sitting in a chair without a back.
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