Sunday, October 9, 2011


I've had my membership with the YMCA since September 4th, and I gotta say, I'm pretty impressed.  I enjoy all the drop in fitness classes and I enjoy the weight room floor...but I think most of all, I really love the Fitlinxx System. 

What is Fitlinxx you ask?  Well, basically, it's a computer program that is connected to all of the cardio and weight machines and it tracks your reps, weight and your form.  I use it mainly with the cardio machines - i.e. the stationary bike and the elliptical.  My strength training, I either use the dumbells or the lat pull down and seated row etc.  I try and do my weight training as "manual" as possible.  I have worked on the "machines" a few times, but every time I do, I feel as though I don't get as good as a workout as I would if I was doing it manually with the weights.  For one thing - I'm just sitting there - and it just doesn't feel right to me.  On Wednesday, I hit an all-time goal (I think) for my dumbell chest press...I hit the 50lbs mark.  That's 50 lbs in each hand.  I managed to squeak out five reps, but I still did it - and paid for it the next day!  

So...yeah...I'm happy with the YMCA.  Sure, it's no ALIVE, but it helps with my fitness routine, and for the first time in a long time, I'm feeling motivated and happy about my exercise program.

I seem to have plateaued in the weight side of things...and it's starting to drive me crazy.  My surgeon doesn't seem too concerned about it, but I am.  I'm eating well and exercising like crazy, so eventually the scale will go down - in the right direction.  My clothes are fitting a lot looser and I've been getting lots of comments from people saying that they think I have lost some.  I've just decided to take it day by day and TRY (the operative word here is try) to not be so hard on myself.  I am in no race and there is no hurry to get the rest of my weight off. day at a time...I will beat this plateau!  Stronger both physically and mentally...I will do it.

Cheers and love to all!



  1. I used to work out at the YMCA and I LOVED the Fitlinxx system. I think that's really what got me started using the weight machines. I'm not sure I would have done it without that because I was intimidated of them.

    You have the right attitude about the weight! As long as you are eating right and working out, the weight will start to come off! I know it's frustrating in the meantime, but you can focus on NSVs and the way your clothes are fitting to see the difference. :)

  2. Thanks for your support Andrea - I really appreciate it! I've just been feeling so frustrated lately with a lot of things in my life - along with this plateau. Thanks for your feedback (experience that you had) with the Fitlinxx system...I really am enjoying it!

  3. I have never heard of the Fitlinxx system but I am jealous. It sounds interesting.

    Keep up the good attitude and the weight will start to come off.