Weight Loss Motivators/Inspiration

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  1. ahsila

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    There are all sorts of things - I am pretty much sticking to the 30 day challenge that they have on there... they have just simple running, in-line skating (uses wii fit balance board), boxing, strength building, and more. They have instructional videos and a calorie counter so you can see approximately how many calories you burn each workout. I'm now at a point where I am trying to do 2 workouts a day - one before my kids are out of bed and one after they go to sleep - because I like doing it so much. Oh, and there's the option to do high, medium, or low intensity. I have been doing medium or high intensity in the morning and low intensity at night. I think I'm even sleeping better (or at least deeper) than I did before I started this. If you have the money, it's a great investment (around $50 I think, and another $90 if you buy a wii fit also).
     
  2. Proud2BATeacher

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    Well...I didn't do C25K today. I forgot it was Canada Day so the gym hours are totally screwed up. I would love to run outside but I'm so clumsy that I trip over pebbles and cracks in the sidewalk (tripped and fell into empty garbage cans once and yes they do make a lot of noise when they fall). I went for a 40 minute walk instead.
     
  3. lemonhead

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    Alisah- thanks for that info. I do have the Wii fit. I might ask for the AE thing for Christmas.

    Proud- there is always tomorrow. Yesterday I used some of the smaller machines at the gym. You just push buttons to change resistance rather than move weights. Anyway, I did lots of repetitions at a lesser resistance than normal and I can really feel it today. I did my c25k again today but I need to skip it tomorrow. I think I need a chance for my body to rest, it sort of took a lot out of me today.\



    Sorry Ms. I.

    You know I hate the fact you have to bust your ass to burn a couple hundred calories but you can eat a couple hundred in one big bite of something.
     
  4. emmakate218

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    Just wanted to say that the C25K program is meant to be done on non-consecutive days, three days a week. When you're new to running, it's important to take a rest day in between since your body needs to adjust to the forces of running.
     
  5. Proud2BATeacher

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    Do we run more often the further along we get in the program or is it always 3 times /week?

    Found the answer...it is 3 times/week for 9 weeks.
     
  6. lemonhead

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    Okay, well I thought I was doing good by doing more often.

    Thanks Emma- I will adjust accordingly :).
     
  7. Major

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    irx7fani, for me I gain weight (bulk up) when I use heavier weights, fewer reps (6-8 reps). For toning, it's just the opposite...... slightly lower weights with a high rep count (12-16 reps). My weight varies from about 215 to 225...... I'm "toned" at the lower number, "bulked" at the higher one.

    How many reps are you currently doing when lifting weights? Like you I believe that guys should stay in excellent shape.
     
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    I stuck with the C25K program, but "cheated" every now and then from week 6 on. I think maybe around week 7, I ran for 45 min. on one run. I physically and mentally progressed quickly when it came to the running. It felt as if I had always meant to be a runner. From week 5 on, I was able to run 3 mi. in 30 min. so even though I stuck with running on non-consecutive days (this is a must for all that are new to runner, your body really does need time to adjust), I extended my runs every now and then because I wanted to challenge myself throughout the last three or four weeks of the program. I now run 3-4 times per week for a minimum up 3 mi. Really abide the non-consecutive day requirement, though.
     
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    Okay I will, follow the non-consecutive day rule, I promise. I used to run all during college and then until after I got married. LOL. I am like you in that I am sure I will push myself on certain days if I can do more. I used to run 6 miles a day but that was during and after college. Certainly not after marriage and kids:)
     
  10. Major

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    You can go "heavy - low reps" for chest, legs, etc as well as arms... But I know what you mean.... you definitely don't want to just work arms.......

    I do leg squats, leg presses, leg curls, etc once a week. It is by far my toughest workout day. Working just arms wont get it...:)
     
  11. Ms. I

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    Thanks lemonhead!
     
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    Well...I did it! I went to the gym!:D...and.... I LOVED it! Now I remember why I used to be at the gym for hours back in my physically fit "skinny" days. I did day 1 of the C25K challenge and I worked on my upper body with free weights. My friend wants to do a 4 hour hike in the mountains tomorrow (I'm hoping he is counting driving time, :lol:)so I will do my day 2 of C25K on Sunday.
     
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    YEAH PROUD!!!!



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    I went with 2 friends to hike up a mountain. It took us 4 hours and 45 minutes to hike 11.2 KM (approx. 6.9 miles) to reach the top -- and yes, I complained for about the last 1.5 hours up the mountain. I didn't know that we were going to leave the beginner trail and for someone who is out of shape it was deadly, lol. Good thing that I pre-warned my friends that I complain a lot when I exercise :lol:. It was beautiful walking through the mountain though. I saw 3 waterfalls, chipmunks, birds, a glacier, some spring water pools and also 3 elk on the way home. Luckily we didn't meet up with a bear, although I think one of my friend's was disappointed that he didn't have to use his bear spray:D.
     
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    OK, I confess:

    The whole surgery scheduling thing knocked me right off the wagon!

    I'm back on tomorrow.
     
  16. lemonhead

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    Dang! That is amazing!! No mountains by me at all. I would love to do that, sans bear.
     
  17. lemonhead

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    Okay Alice! Hop on in the morning. :)

    I was reading up on how important water is while trying to lose weight. I mean I always knew it was good but I didn't know why. (yes I know I should have known that but when you tend to really dislike drinking water...you sort of go in denial on the whole 8 glasses a day thing)
     
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    Wouldn't you have to be really, REALLY close to a bear for that spray to be effective??
     
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    Yup, 5 meters. He also brought a couple of knives to kill it with:lol:. I told him that my other friend will scream and I will use my walking stick to ward it off while he dug to the bottom of his backpack to get the spray and his knife:D. The trail is one of the most popular ones and unfortunately for him, it is rarely frequented by bears.
     
  20. lemonhead

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    Today I started writing down what I am eating. I caught myself a few times about to grab something mindlessly. This might help me.


    Also increased the water I am drinking.

    Off to the gym now. I am starting week 3 of c25k. Hopefully I can do it. Seems like a big jump from week 2.



    BTW, yesterday I brought a lowfat berry trifle to a party. It was a huge hit and very tasty.
     
  21. Ms. I

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    Well, back to the gym tomorrow!
     
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    I went to the gym today. I did day 2 of wk. 1 of C25K and I used free weights to work on toning my upper body. I also did about 10 minutes of ab work. I'll probably be doing an outdoor activity tomorrow; either canoeing or hiking again.
     
  23. lemonhead

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    Yeah Proud! Great job! I wish I had a place to hike. Ms. I you need to get there, girl.

    Day 1 of week three wasn't bad at all. I did that then about another half hour on the treadmill, eliptical for 20 min, bike for 5 min(too boring), stairmaster for 15 min and back to the treadmill to cool down. I then did those smaller circuit machines---Life something---. It was hot in the gym today.
     
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    Did the elliptical on level 6 for 30 minutes!! It kicked my butt!
     
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    Although hiking was hard on the way back from the mountain I began thinking how much driving time I would save by applying to a district closer to it:lol:. It is about a 75 minute drive to the hiking trails and if you go hiking for about 4 hours it does make for a long day.
     
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    Congrats TeacherNY, I used to love the elliptical. I'll have to try it out tomorrow if the rain cancels out our hiking trip.
     
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    I LOVE hiking!! There are actually some trails in my neighborhood but I don't want to go alone. Can't find a hiking partner!! I must have lazy friends :lol:
     
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    You can come and hike with me Lemon..... I promise you will have a good time.... Bring an oxygen tank... :lol::lol::lol:

    On Tues-Wed-Thur I plan to "bag" at least two "14ers" and maybe a 3rd one in the San Juan Mts....... Anyone out there who doesn't know what a "14er" is??.....:p Normally I can do one a day but I plan to do lots of jeep trails also......

    Major.......:)
     
  29. Kat53

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    I'm about two weeks into my diet and down 14 pounds! YESSS!
     
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    Wow, that's outstanding Kat53!
     
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    Way to go Kat! I was suppose to go canoeing today but the rain put a stop to it, so I haven't done any type of exercise. I'm going to cook dinner early and maybe (hopefully) I will feel like going later tonight after the after work crowd.
     
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    Congrats Kat!!

    I haven't had a soda in 7 days.
     
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    :eek: on the 14er...no clue.

    All in on the Jeep!!
     
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    What the He**????

    You go girlfriend!!!

    Edit: what the He** is jealousy only....:eek::D
     
  35. lemonhead

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    STG Yeah on the soda!

    I have been trying to drink more water. Did not go to the gym today because I was up so late and I am dragging. I'll hit it hard tomorrow morning but I want to be home in time to see the MJ memorial broadcast.
     
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    :lol:I knew you were joking! :lol:I'm doing this with the help of a doctor so it's just not all me. I wish I could do this on sheer willpower alone but that hasn't gotten me very far!!
     
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    OK, so I was a good girl and went to the gym today. I try to pick the machines that aren't too close to anyone else. Just out of courtesy I don't want to be right on top of other people unless the gym is full.
    Well, some guy decided to get on a machine RIGHT next to me and he STUNKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK OMG I thought I was going to gag or pass out. I finished my workout on the elliptical 5 minutes early because I couldn't stand it any longer :mad:
     
  38. lemonhead

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    ewwwww!
     
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    LOL, I would have gotten off pretty quickly too & got on something else! :lol:
     
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    Gross!!
     

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