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Any suggestions? I've been trying to do some routines from fit TV, but they are very much too hard for me at my fitness level. Then I get frustrated and give up. It's not so much about the endurance as i is about the fact that they are asking me to move my body in ways that are physically impossible for me, carrying an extra 100-125 lbs. Seriously, my stomach is in the way (not sure whether to <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> or <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">: at that!).<br><br>
So, ideas? I know Richard Simmons has some with larger sized people in them, but his personality annoys the [email protected] out of me, so I'm not sure I could handle it (though I suppose I could put on my own music and turn down the sound). Any others that have worked for you? My goal is to just have a DVD or two that I can actually get through with out feeling badly about myself and my size and my fitness level. Hopefully I won't need them for too long!
 

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Have you heard of Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds? It is a really great DVD--I love it. She only uses four basic steps in her videos, so they are easy to follow and can be modified to your skill level. She has a sweet personality and is a good motivator as well.<br><br>
I would start with the 1,2, and 3 mile DVD, and that way you can start with one mile and work up to it.<br><br>
These are the only videos I can do and NOT hurt myself. I am not overweight, but I have a bad back with bulging discs.<br><br>
Go to <a href="http://www.collagevideo.com" target="_blank">www.collagevideo.com</a> and you ca see samples of her DVDs to see if you like her style.<br><br>
Good luck, Sweetie.<br>
Lisa
 

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I am going to second WATP, i have not done it personally, but i've heard its great. If i had the money i would buy it.
 

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I know exactly what you mean!<br>
I third Walk Away the Pounds. There are so many different ones to choose from. And with her most recent videos, she even has more intense options that you can work your way up to. I also recommend the George Foreman/Petra Kobler videos. There's a yoga video called "Just My Size Yoga" that has a plus-size model doing the yoga moves. For an introduction to weight training, I'd also recommend Tamilee Webb's I Want Those! series (Has Arms, Abs, Legs). There are so many options to choose from for those who are just starting out. Good luck with your fitness journey!
 

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I fourth the walk away the pounds. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I was going to recommend it before I even read the replies! Awesome DVD's. I have the 1 and 2 mile brisk walk and Leslie even says "If at any time, you can't keep up, just go back to walking. It's that simple".
 

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I just ordered <a href="http://ttapp.com/" target="_blank">T Tapp.</a> I haven't done the full program but I borrowed her seminar from my chiro and it's really doable for all body sizes and shapes, as long as you are capable of standing for a while and getting up and down off the ground. No difficult choreography either! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> It reminds me of Pilates but not as stressful on the back (I injured mine this summer in a car accident.)
 

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Look at the Oxycise! site. It has an Easy Does It Series, and more advanced. It really works! (I say that from personal experience.)
 

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These are all great suggestions! Thanks! Especially for the yoga recommendation. I love yoga, but it's been ages since I've done it. It will be a lot less intimidating to try with someone who looks abit like me demoing some of the moves.
 

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If you have access to a rebounder, the Schneider's Perfect 20 minute workout can be done with or without a safety bar. The exercisers on the video are approximately half seniors. My mom has always been obese, and she was able to do it. Just gentle lymphatic bounces did wonders for me postpartum. I also liked that it was just 20 minutes.<br><br>
Okay, I know that's a big IF ... but putting it out there just in case.
 

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okay, I just decided to use my free netflix trial to get WATP and the Yoga one. I'll let you know how it goes!
 

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I lost about 90 pounds over the course of a couple years (and I could still stand to lose just a bit, so I know exactly what you're talking about). I began by walking during the warm months...and once it got cold, I checked videos out at the library, trying a variety. I also bought a used set of bellydance videos, and worked through the Beginner and Intermediate over the course of the winter. By March, I was ready to get out and start walking (and work into jogging and eventually running), and I am 100% sure that being willing to just do something, anything, through the cold months kept me from backsliding and giving up.<br><br>
My favorites were dance, yoga and pilates for less flexible people.<br><br>
Good luck, and enjoy!
 

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I bought t-tapp before I got pregnant. It's easy to do. I would just do as much as I could and then stop. The next day, I'd be able to do a little bit more & work my way up. I didn't stress about not being able to finish the video. At least I was moving.<br><br>
Walking is a great way to start out, but I get bored walking unless I listen to podcasts.<br><br>
I'm going to start doing t-tapp again.
 

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Don't forget to check your local library too! I always forget that they carry a ton of workout videos <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 
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