Shy Newbie Introduction/Could use some friends

bruerin
bruerin Posts: 124 Member
Hello. I am new to all of this-losing weight, lifting, getting healthy, eating reasonably. Been a yo-yoer for many years and always looked for a quick fix. I have done exercise before, but would always stop after a few months. Also new to online postings. I dont' use facebook, twitter, instagram or any of those other social media sites. I want to get the most ouf of this app that I can, and realize that I need to post and add some friends to do so.

I have been reading a lot about fitness and nutrition for the past few months as I've overeaten unhealthy foods. Truth--I would eat pizza, ice cream, and chips while I read online about healthy foods and exercise.

I found this forum by researching weight lifting programs that you can do 3 times per week. I read a lot of the posts and looked around on the my fitness pal app and joined. I know I haven't been using it 100% correctly and still have a lot of learning to do, but I'm willing to do the work to get healthy. I also bought a digital food scale and have begun weighing my foods.

I started the 5x5 lifting routine on 7/23/14. I was able to do squat 45 lbs 5 sets of 5, benchpress 45 lbs 5 sets of 5, and row 45 lbs 5 sets of 5. I am very sore and skipped yesterday's routine. I will do it today. My husband is supportive and helped me with the routine the other day. He said he will watch me and make sure I'm doing stuff properly and help me to follow the program. He likes to lift weights and has a complete setup in the garage. I've only ever done them on occassion with him or in exercise classes with the smaller barbells or dumbbells.

You ladies are very inspiring and seem to really support each other. I didn't see any rude or mean comments to other members in this board as I did on many of the other boards. You all seem to want to do this the "right way," and that is the mindset I am trying to really be in. I think that I could learn a lot from you. That's why I made my first comments on this app here.

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  • Llamapants86
    Llamapants86 Posts: 1,221 Member
    Welcome to the group! I think the group here is great; very helpful and kind. Send me a FR if you would like. My diary is open, but isn't super clean (A&W is my current vice).
  • bruerin
    bruerin Posts: 124 Member
    Welcome to the group! I think the group here is great; very helpful and kind. Send me a FR if you would like. My diary is open, but isn't super clean (A&W is my current vice).

    Thanks for the welcome. I sent you a request. I'm not sure what "diary is open" means, or if mine is open? Anyway, thanks again.
  • krokador
    krokador Posts: 1,794 Member
    Hello there! Welcome!

    First off congrats for deciding to take action and reaching out to people to get yourself a support network! That's a huge step into helping with keeping you accountable and motivate. Be proud of yourself!

    It's good that you have someone to help you out with form and stuff and a home setup! Means you have less of an excuse to skip out ;)

    The food part is the hardest for me as I love training, but I also love eating (my grandma makes the best meals ever and always has dessert and I would go over at least once a week as a kid so I grew up stuffing my face a lot and it's a hard habit to break!) So I hear you. I've done the whole eating pizza while looking up workout programs and diet info too.

    @llama I'm not a huge fan of the A&W burgers (I'm a homemade burger snob, sorreh), but their sweet potato fries.... OMG last time I went there they were out. I was so frustrated! haha.
  • lishie_rebooted
    lishie_rebooted Posts: 2,973 Member
    Welcome!
  • I_Will_End_You
    I_Will_End_You Posts: 4,397 Member
    You can friend me if you want!
  • canadianlbs
    canadianlbs Posts: 5,199 Member
    i am SO GLAD there's someone else who's never heard of social media. well, i've heard of it, but i don't do it. if you turn out not to carry a mobile phone either then we can be twins.

    you started out strong! i'm impressed :happy: my first introduction to this kind of thing was in late march, and all it took to put me out of commission for 4 days was a one-hour circuit class where bodyweight squatting and lunging was done. i hope you'll find stronglifts is the right system for you; but if it doesn't quite work for you then one of the nice things about here is all the people with experiences to share about tweaking and adjusting it to make it fit better for them.
  • suremeansyes
    suremeansyes Posts: 962 Member
    Hey! Welcome to the group! I think your observations about the group are pretty spot on, this is one of the most supportive and active groups I have ever been a part of. Not much snark, if any, and everyone seems genuinely interested in helping one another. I hope you enjoy stronglifts. If you have any questions, they usually are answered within like 12-24 hours here, usually sooner. :)
  • bruerin
    bruerin Posts: 124 Member
    I appreciate all of your warm welcomes and kind words. I wasn't sure what to expect when I sent out my introduction message. I will admit that I am pleasantly surprised by the kindness of strangers. To take time out of your day to respond and provide information to someone you don't know in real life speaks to your character. I really think I will like stronglifts. It is very straight-forward and that is what I need to help be consistent. I'm also going to be walking and am planning to start doing Pi-Yo in a few weeks (only on non-weights days).
    i am SO GLAD there's someone else who's never heard of social media. well, i've heard of it, but i don't do it. if you turn out not to carry a mobile phone either then we can be twins.

    you started out strong! i'm impressed :happy: my first introduction to this kind of thing was in late march, and all it took to put me out of commission for 4 days was a one-hour circuit class where bodyweight squatting and lunging was done. i hope you'll find stronglifts is the right system for you; but if it doesn't quite work for you then one of the nice things about here is all the people with experiences to share about tweaking and adjusting it to make it fit better for them.

    I'm relieved to hear that someone else who doesn't use social media has not been banished from this planet! I do carry a mobile phone, though. I started out with what the routine said, and it was very hard. I'm proud that I was able to do it. I was red, sweaty, and breathing hard the entire time. I know that I took longer rest breaks in between than I should have, but I figure as I get stronger I may not need to take as long of breaks.
  • canadianlbs
    canadianlbs Posts: 5,199 Member
    I know that I took longer rest breaks in between than I should have, but I figure as I get stronger I may not need to take as long of breaks.

    i don't think there is a 'should', with sl. the only 'should' is you do 5 sets of 5 reps, with good form. you take the breaks and you increase your weight within those parameters. so you take the break that you need in order to be back to wherever you need to be i.e. in order to do the next set. it's one of the things i like about it. i find it strangely restful, compared with cardio stuff.
  • perseverance14
    perseverance14 Posts: 1,364 Member
    Welcome aboard!
  • Gen2703
    Gen2703 Posts: 197 Member
    I'm late to this party!! Welcome :) You can also send me a friend request! Hope you enjoy your journey of weight lifting!
  • skittlesnhoney
    skittlesnhoney Posts: 651 Member
    Welcome! I started the Stronglifts program in May and have really been enjoying it. Feel free to add me if you'd like.
  • Fittreelol
    Fittreelol Posts: 2,535 Member
    Welcome!

    The funny part is when you get stronger you have to take longer reats :)
  • CoadyMarie
    CoadyMarie Posts: 165
    Hi :flowerforyou: I'm pretty new here too, feel free to add me :) Fellow social media avoider, but I've found the people in this group very welcoming and supportive!
  • bruerin
    bruerin Posts: 124 Member
    Welcome!

    The funny part is when you get stronger you have to take longer reats :)

    Great...guess I might as well move into the garage then since it takes me so long!
  • SezxyStef
    SezxyStef Posts: 15,268 Member
    Hey there and welcome....

    Your story and mine are so similar...except this time....

    I have been on MFP for just over a year, doing SL for just under a year and hit my goal weight a month ago...holding steady around 153 atm and still lifting but doing 3x5.

    I only do FB...not twitter, not instagram etc...

    any questions please ask away we all try to help as much as we can and there are a few extra people here who pop in to help as well...ie Sidesteel.

    My diary is open as well..which means when you click on the pic beside our posts you see 3 buttons...if our diary is open...click on "view diary" and you can see what food we eat...

    Mine is open as well but I am at maitenance so I eat a bit more than most...but lots of my food is "good" as I follow the 80/20 rule where 80% is healthy and nutritious the other 20% is treats..but are still good food...ie sushi lately is my vice, chocolate as always can be found in my diary almost daily...