March 26th, 2003, 04:03 AM
Okay, I'm a mommy of three. The youngest being two. I'm small and have no problem getting the pgcy weight off due to years (and I do mean *years*, LOL) of breasfeeding- I'm 105 lbs right now.
BUT- my body is flabby. I have a tiny, but flabby stomach; tiny, but flabby thighs; tiny, but flabby arms; tiny, but flabby rear, and most distressing, dimples of cellulite in my thighs and rear. So I need to tone tone tone and strengthen, but not lose weight. Anyone been there done that, and had success?
March 26th, 2003, 04:32 AM
I know the tiny flabby thing - I used to be just that! I weighed about 98-100 pounds, but I never did any exercise, so all of that weight was flabby fatty icky stuff.
The solution - you need to build some muscle :) It won't necessarily make you any bigger, but it will make you firmer, more shapely and probably a bit heavier too (muscle is 5 times as dense as fat, so you can pack a lot more muscle pounds than fat pounds into the same tiny body). I'm now more like 108-110 pounds, but I am actually slightly smaller in inches/size than my tiny flabby days. It's taken me abot three years to get to here, but of course I saw most of my results in the first months - the changes are coming a lot slower now.
There are lots of ways of gaining the lean, toned tissue you desire. Any kind of exercise that builds strength will do it, it is more important to pick something you enjoy and can stick at, rather than what has worked for someone else.
Personally, I started off by doing yoga, and within a few weeks I had new and exciting muscles in my arms and stomach, and after a few months my thighs were firmer. After about 18 months of yoga, I added Pilates to my routine, which seemed to complement and enhance the results I'd been getting from yoga. Finally, I added in weight training, which built up even more lean tissue, burnt off the overlying fat by increasing my BMR (muslce burns calories even when you are doing nothing at all!), and added a lot of shape, tone and definition.
So, I'm still tiny, but no longer flabby :) Another bonus of all this muscle is that I can eat more than I used to without gaining inches. It *is* possible, it just takes a bit of commitment.
(I still have cellulite though - I think that it's here to stay :()
March 26th, 2003, 09:10 AM
I agree with the routine that KT suggested. sounds good to me.
March 26th, 2003, 08:33 PM
I agree also. I've been lifting weights for almost a year now and I notice my shape changing for the better. I use the Firm system.
I like the Firm because it "combines fat burning aerobics with weights" ;)
It's good to hear KT say that she kept seeing results 3 years later, that means we can look forward to better tiny things and less flabby tinies ;)
April 1st, 2003, 07:49 PM
i'm no expert in health and fitness. but lemme tell u from what i know.
cardio reduces the fat... when u do that, the fat tissue melt away leaving many small pockets of empty spaces... now all we have is untoned muscles and the pockets. well, we are talking abt the look under the skin. the skin just covers over these untoned muscles and pockets. thats why the dimply dimples which we call cellulite.
this is just a layman's view with no techie terms.
cellulite can be surely got ridden of. atleast minimised to a great extent.
and weight training is the way to go....
ok, here's a link from my much coveted bookmarks
this has some anti cellulite workouts. incase u havent done any kind of weight training till now, taking a personal trainer for a month would be a great idea. if thats not feasible, then my suggestion wud be to sign up for online personal trainers - one such worked for me. but i had already had a personal trainer before who taught me on the various posture and stuff. so that helped me when i took the online trainer.
workout on alternative days if u workout the whole body. if u need to workout daily, then alternate between upper body workouts and lowerbody workouts. the above link that i gave u has innumerable workouts to pick and choose from.
and yesssss, chk out the latest shape magazine for april 03... they have a great anti cellulite workout and meal plan for 3 weeks. they tested this on real women - not those paperthin models. and the success rate is pretty good. the best thing abt this workout is that these women worked out just 3 days a week.
hope u say bye-bye cellulite soon!