Hi, I'm new to this site, to body building and pretty much working out all together.
I'm 24, 5'4 and about 155. I'm not sure what my body fat % is, but I'm sure its fairly high. I don't have a very active lifestyle. My family and I are pretty much homebodies. And most of the muscle I have now is from carrying around my 35 pound 4 year old. I've tried working out before, I had a gym membership but stopped going after my kids had a bad experience with the daycare there and my husband's schedule didn't allow for him to watch them while I went. I've done Jillian Michael's 30 day shred, but I lasted maybe 15 days. I tried EA Active on the Wii, Wii Fit and now EA Active 2 on the xbox. So pretty much the gimmicky video game work out programs.
I've been feeling horrible about my weight lately and I'm not happy with the work outs from the Ea active 2. I thought to myself "body builders know how to get fit why don't I look into that?" And I found this website. I started the 12 week Jamie Eason plan for fat loss, but since I'm working out at home I need to modify or completely skip some exercises. I do have dumbbells and resistance bands but not a barbell.
My main questions are about the diet and working out at home. My family and I eat fairly clean. We don't eat boxed meals, we cook our dinners and try to use fresh veggies as much as possible. We do need to work on some things like not eating mashed potatoes so much, or at all and not having the occassional pizza. But I've read on a lot of the women transformations about their diets and they scare me. How do moms with little kids (especially picky eaters) make the chicken dinners? I have a hard time finding meals that the kids will eat and I dont want to have to make 2 or 3 separate meals everynight. Are those examples for the cutting process or for the weightloss? Also without having access to a gym, is it possible to get results. I've looked for alternatives to leg curls and extensions with the machines but the majority of what I've found is to just do squats or lunges. I know I need to get more weights, especially heavier dumbbells and a barbell, but in the mean time does it work to hold dumbbells in substitute for a barbell? Also I've read that women need to lift heavy instead of doing more reps with smaller weights. My husband is among those that believe women will bulk up if they lift heavy. Are there any good books that you've come across that explain that? Or any good books about lifting or working out. There are so many that I don't know where to start.
Sorry this post got so long. I appreciate any help and feed back
Thread: new and need help