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For those of you who are familiar with my personal blog, Urban in Suburban, you might have already heard the news about me being accepted as the Lucille Roberts Women’s Fitness Blogger for the Long Island, NY area.  Lucille Roberts is a gym for women that assists with weight loss and fitness through exercise, yoga, and personal training. Their goal is to make health and fitness easy!

If you’re not familiar with me or my blog, I’ll quickly introduce myself and then share some of the tips I learned yesterday during my orientation at the gym.  My name is Nicole and in addition to being one of the contributors here, I’m also a wife to my husband of six years and the mother of our four year old daughter. One of my biggest struggles throughout my entire life has been my weight. I’ve been overweight for almost thirty-two years and have bordered morbid obesity for a good portion of that time. I’ve been on diets for as long as I can remember, my first experience being when I was six and my father sent me off to Stay Slim with a group of older neighborhood women. That’s when I first starting learning all about the importance of drinking lots of water, exercise, eating in small portions and healthy food choices. Despite all of the knowledge they fed me, I continued to gain weight consistently year after year.

My 2nd Grade Photo

Like a lot of women,  I use my pregnancy as an excuse for my weight a lot of the time, claiming that it’s baby weight that won’t come off, but in my case that’s a far cry from the truth. Right before getting pregnant I was at my heaviest, weighing in at 199lbs. During the last month of pregnancy I was 246lbs.  My doctor wasn’t thrilled with that number, but he had anticipated that I was going to gain around 40 lbs, so it was expected.

Within the first month after my daughter was born, I was back down to 199lbs. Within the first year I climbed back up to 240lbs. Now, for the last four years I’ve been maintaining a very unhealthy range of weight of 220 to 235.

To those of you who are looking at my numbers thinking that having a weight in the low-200’s isn’t really that obese, I should tell you that I stand at a mere 5 feet tall, which is a frame that makes even 130 look bad.  Of course, if I was 5’9″ or taller, I’d be considered “normal”, so perhaps I’m just too short instead of too fat? But that’s a whole ‘nother story.

Needless to say, if my weight gain is an ongoing trend as it’s proved to be thus far, if I don’t take any action I can probably bet on being 300lbs within the next five years, which is a place I never want to visit.

This is why the opportunity to take on the challenge of being a Lucille Roberts Women’s Fitness Blogger couldn’t have come at a better time. I’m sure there were hundreds, if not thousands of applicants, and I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the most brilliant writer out there, so I’m just going to assume that there was something more powerful out in the universe that decided that I didn’t just want this, I needed this, desperately.

I’ll have tons of post over the next six months charting my progress and my experience at the gym, both here and on my Urban in Suburban blog, but I’d like to quickly share some of the major components that my personal trainer (I love the sound of that!) , Renita, shared with me yesterday during my orientation.

  • In order to lose just one pound of fat, you need to burn 3500 calories.
  • Half of the weight loss process is eating right, the other half is exercising.
  • To avoid a weight loss plateau, switch your workout regimen every two weeks.
  • You must consume at least 8 glasses of water every day.
  • When trying to lose weight, avoid any alcohol intake which will only turn to sugar.
  • Avoid simple carbohydrates and welcome complex carbohydrates.
  • 30m-1hr of cardio for a minimum of 4 days a week
  • 30m-1hr of strength training for a minimum of 3 days a week
  • Alternate the parts of the body you focus on every 24 hours for results (ie. abs, legs, arms)

As part of this project I was given a complimentary 6-month membership and 12 weeks of personal training in order to get the full experience.  In exchange, I will be sharing my thoughts along the way, good or bad. On Monday I will officially kick off my training and will be able to provide my starting measurements and pictures. While Lucille Roberts can provide the tools I need, only I can provide the will power needed to stick with it in order to get results. Hopefully at the end of my six month membership, I will be able to celebrate a “new me”! Perhaps you’ll join me?

Ladies of all ages, sizes, and fitness levels in class at Lucille Roberts Gym


Lucille_Roberts_logoLucille Roberts Gyms, the leader in women’s only health clubs, is dedicated to improving women’s lives through gym fitness, weight loss, diet and gym exercise. With 45 gym locations and continued fitness center growth throughout New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Lucille Roberts Gyms have been servicing women by providing the best health club value and by offering one low price for unlimited gym visits, unlimited fitness classes, babysitting, diet and nutritional counseling at our gyms, personal training and friendly service run by the experts in women’s weight loss so our customer gets the gym results they want fast!