I am starting body for life tomorrow, went grocery shopping and decided that this is it. I am concerned about doing the exercises, I have really bad lower back problems, but am hoping that I can work through them to get the exercises done. My question is, can a 400 pound woman see results? I've been looking at before and afters and have yet to see a person my size take the challenge. I don't expect to have a hot body after 1 challenge, I am fully aware that this is a life change. But can someone direct me to a blogger or know someone in my situation that is doing bfl? I appreciate any help at all.
Absolutely!! and congratulations on your desire to change your lifestyle. All I would say for now is to start slow..."Rome wasn't built in a day" as they say. Be really focused and diligent on your eating habits and put great effort into following a clean meal plan. If you do this and follow even a moderate exercise program you will see great results. I truly wish you all the best. You owe to yourself to make this positive change in your life.
fit4life "The dream must be bigger than the pain"
Absolutely! Check out the Champions from 2009. Michelle Simpson was over 300 pounds and after several challenges, became a BFL Champ. She is now doing CrossFit.
You can do this. Just keep to it!
Jessica Mighty Max ~ 2013 Body-for-LIFE Champion ~ Champion is a VERB!
Congratulations! So happy for you. I am convinced this program will work for everyone. Best of everything to you - And remember the forum will help motivate you - answer questions - and just cheer you on!
This can definitely help you.....how could it not? It's healthy eating and exercise added to your life. Just take the exercise part slowly, while still doing the best you can. I also have back problems, and started at around 250 pounds, but noticed that if I keep my form correct while doing weights, and don't try to advance at a crazy pace, my back actually feels stronger and I have less problems. You should still check it out with your doctor. Do you have objective issues with your back, such as herniated discs, etc?
Thanks for all the support. Yes I have herniation in L4, L5 and S1 trouble. Sometimes my back goes out for a month at a time. My back recently went out this past December and I am still not walking right. Today was my first day on BFL and I did the upper body work out. My fiance and I do them together, so its nice to have that support. I am mostly afraid and nervous about the lower body workouts since I'll have to do a lot of squatting, but I'm going to take it slow and if it doesn't work I will try to switch it up to where I can get it done. I know one of the main if not the only factor that is stopping my back from getting better is my weight. So I hope that these exercises will help me get stronger as well as lose weight.
Today was my first day, and the question that I asked earlier seems so silly now. OF COURSE I WILL LOSE WEIGHT! I guess I thought that eating 6 meals a day was going to really mess me up, but so far I'm staying within a good calorie range and am following a 6 day menu I made.
I'm really excited about this!
Yes Yes Yes!!!!!
I am so proud & motivated by you & your story. You can achieve great results IF you are patient, work REALLY hard & sitck with the program.
I'm gonna be honest with you & let you know that I am in week 3 challenge 2, never ever weighed myself (didnt want to know, dont care, just knew it was time to change my life forever because I was a size 24/3x & was SICK to death of it)
I am currently a tight 18 and a 1x...is it where I want to be, HECK NO but is it wayyyyyyyyy better then what I was just 16 little weeks ago YESSSSS!!!!
Moral of the story: it works, period, plain and simple JUST be sure to be careful, patient 7 want it for the right reasons..yourself & your health
Do the workouts at your own pace. You dont have to go crazy the first few weeks, just let your body get use to what you are doing to it, it's a shock & it will rebel (tired, sore etc) but SOOO worth it.
For lower body, dont do squats, you dont have to to get results. I couldnt for the first challenge & my legs got stronger & leaner as did my back (which I have some issues with also). I did leg extensions, leg press, leg curls(seated & laying)
ALL the best to you & your fiance..you can do this!!
Definately!!!! I was close to that (385 or so) when I started my first challenge and now I am down in the 228lb range after the second challenge. (you do have to be realistic but optomistic with your goals on that first challenge, that helps).
I'm in week 7 and haven't been doing any squats either...too hard on my knees and my back problems, but have been doing leg extensions, presses and laying curls without much trouble so far. You can do it, but listen to your body and realize you don't have to accomplish everything quickly. If you pay close attention to your nutrition plan that will help immensely. We're here for you.
Hi there! Yay for you and starting the best thing ever! I, too, am very obese and starting out slowly with the exercises, I do what I can and modify to not stress joints, back, etc. Your body will get stronger as you go along, your mobility will get better, you will be able to do more, move more. Patience is the key right now, no hurry, no worry! Please keep us posted on how you and your fiance are doing, and Yay for him for coming along!! Brightest Blessings - NorthWytch
Yes you can do it! Just start out easy with your weights. Nothing to heavy, just moderate. Or, if you need to see an example of a lady who lost 500 pounds, check out this link. www.youtube.com/watch . You can do this!
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