Okay so now I have a Bowflex and a elip machine...

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    Feb 18, 2010 11:08 AM GMT
    ...how on god's green earth do I start? I am overwelmed. I can't spell. Any help would be great, do I do 20 mins of cardio, then hit one muscle group, wtf, I want to be a size 4, jk, movie line, had to put it in there. Just would like to be in some type of shape before the summer. Please anything that would help, any books, links, chats, whatever it is.
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    Feb 18, 2010 1:01 PM GMT
    Do carido on the elliptical one day, resistance workout on your bowflex the next.

    Start on your elliptical at whatever interval you can do and work up to an hour. At an hour, your metabolism will really change.

    Leave at least one day between working a muscle group on your bowflex. It takes about 40 hours for a muscle to recover after it has been worked.

    Take it easy for the first week. Give the muscles a chance to realize that you are serious about this and they will need to grow.

    Realize that the weight didnt go on in a day and it wont come off in a day. Be patient.

    Change your eating habits. For starters and a rule of thumb, half your dinner plate should be veggies, a quarter protein, and a quarter carbs. Start reducing your portion size. Eat all the colors of in veggies and fruit to get the complete spectrum of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients you probably never knew were good for you. There is more to nutrition than vitamins and minerals. Avoid processed food as much as possible...hidden fat, salt, and sugar. Eat fresh food that you prepare yourself is best. Transition into this new way of eating. Figure out what you can prepare to suit your schedule.

    Dont make this too arduous at first or you wont stick to it. Transition into your new life style. Living one way or the other isnt as difficult as the transitioning. It will take time to figure this all out for yourself.

    Make it enjoyable with listening to music that you enjoy and the keeps you pumpin'. If you have an iPod, there is good workout music you can buy on iTunes.
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    Feb 18, 2010 4:08 PM GMT
    Good points from Caslon, especially about not making it too arduous at first. Can't tell you how many people I know who start getting in shape, and for a month or two really go at it, don't change other habits, and end up getting discouraged at the huge amount of effort needed to make little or no result - and they give up. Balance your goals between realistic and ambitious.

    I also think it's a bad sign that you have a specific time frame. Getting healthy and in-shape should be a permanent change. First, you set yourself up for failure by saying "I want to look good by swimsuit weather," and second, even if you reach that goal, you may pat yourself on the back in the summer and then slowly quit your efforts, regaining all your losses.

    I'm not a fitness expert, many others on this site have tons of experience, some of it professional. But as someone who made a life change a couple of years ago to get in shape, I was successful at sticking with it by being careful about my goals and ambitions. I doubt I'll ever reach an ultimate goal, it's a constant work in progress.

    Oh... and find great music, as Caslon said.