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Let's Do This!!
10-10-2016, 09:21 PM
Post: #21
RE: Let's Do This!!
Hey, there is NO shame in not knowing where to start... We ALL had to start somewhere, and that somewhere was ground zero! Instead you should be proud that you took that first step!

Since you have never done any lifting before, it is really important that you get started with good form on all of your lifts, no build a solid foundation and to avoid injury. I would really recommend either doing a few sessions with a trainer, or at least buy a DVD or instant download of a Cathe Friedrich (http://www.cathe.com) workout video. She has impeccable form and I think if you followed along with a few of her workouts that you would find it helpful and inspiring. There is one workout called Muscle Max that really covers a lot of basic lifts, or her Gym Styles series is a 3 DVD set that would really give you a good start. If you keep an eye on her website, she has Daily Deals and rotates all of her programs through so check back often. Of course, there are lots of other good lifting programs out there, but honestly Cathe is my favorite - great place to learn proper form!

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10-11-2016, 01:16 AM
Post: #22
RE: Let's Do This!!
Hi! Glad you picked up some weights and Anitra is always spot on with her advice. And, since you can't unlearn something you've never learned, you can get off on the right foot and learn to lift correctly from the get-go.

Before I got started too much though, I would really work on getting your calories up! At 1500, you are BARELY eating over your BMR of 1429...and that is not good, unless you do just happen to be on bedrest right now. You don't want to keep adding more activity causing an even greater deficit in your calorie level. Try to set some interim goals as you work up to TDEE, 100 calories at a time. Don't even worry too much about getting the macro percentages balanced right now. You need to feed your body so it can operate as it is intended.

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10-17-2016, 07:34 PM
Post: #23
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Ok, so I was researching about lifting weights and I found Stronglifts 5x5 that I could also try with dumbbells. It seems quite simple that it doesn't have so many moves. So today I began doing the Workout A. I was concentrating on really doing the moves correctly, I even followed videos I found on Youtube. I swear my body sounded with "cracks n creeks". LOL!! I was doing the squats, but my one of my knees was hurting when I would bend it. But I did it!! happy And I ate this week!! I averaged almost 1700 cals/day. I just have to continue to not be scared to eat.

"You must unlearn what you have learned."

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10-17-2016, 08:29 PM
Post: #24
RE: Let's Do This!!
Great job! Yep, the most important thing is to get the form down first - even if it means starting with no weights and using body weight only. It is SO much easier to start out correctly than to try to correct form mistakes later down the line. StrongLifts is an awesome, time-efficient, full body workout. You will outgrow your dumbbells before long, but what an awesome way to start! (and yay on eating!)

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