Workout Sound-off

Discussion in 'Teacher Time Out' started by Jem, May 25, 2011.

  1. PCdiva

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    Nice Jem! I need something like that to give me accountability! That is why I liked doing the Biggest Loser at my gym, even though there was no chance of me winning-didn't have enough to lose-It was worth every penny to me!
     
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    I don't really like working out so I joined my local TapnBurn class. And I love it!!
    If you have always wanted to tap, this class is so much fun!
    And now it is available online. I go to class 2-3 times per week and now I can do classes at home. You do not HAVE to have tap shoes but they are fun! Just don't tap on your hardwood floors.
     
  3. PCdiva

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    I've never heard of TapnBurn...I've been a tapping at a dance studio for the past 6 years and about 8 years when I was young.

    Is it a franchise like Jazzercize or Zumba?
     
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    TapnBurn was a local business that has expanded to Pennsylvania in the past year. I don't work for them but I love the class. Love to get in my tap shoes and sweat!
     
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    I tried to do the 30 day shred and literally could not move after the first day. So, my new goal is to try yoga and the couch to 5K program. One of the reasons I quit work was to get in shape because it is so important for my lungs so I have to get on this!
     
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    Hey all, thanks for all the great feedback you've given me concerning trying to lose 10 lbs in 4 weeks. We're leaving next week to head up north & of course I didn't reach my goal. I was serious enough to put more effort. The good thing I have been consistent in walking every day for almost two weeks. It's so easy to get in on a routine when I don't have school or development training to worry about. With the luxury of time I walked at least 6 miles everyday. Yesterday I tried the JM "six week/6 pack" DVD but I had difficulty keeping up with it.

    I realize that for any chances to occur I have to make the effort & make some personal changes to my life style. At the moment I will set small goals to adjust my eating habits and concentrate on doing some form of exercise everyday for at least an hour.

    I don't know how it will work out when we go on vacation next week buy Ill just have to take it one day at a time.
     
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    I just got back from the gym and am proud of myself for hitting my goal! I have slowly been trying to get back into running and finally got in my 3 mins in 35 mins...to many this may not be much, but I have been close every day but today I got there with 2 seconds to spare!
     
  8. Jem

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    Good job on that goal, ami!!

    After taking a few weeks off training to figure out my new work schedule/personal life balance, I'm back at it. I decided to start a blog to keep track of my thoughts-I'm reading a lot of books about how to stay motivated as a woman runner, so I'll share what I read and learn. There's also a lot of opportunity for discussion about how we all fit activity in our lives/view our running. Let me know if you guys want to write a guest post!

    26.2 blog

    Facebook page for 26.2
     
  9. MissCeliaB

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    I finally hit the 50 pound mark! I've been riding my exercise bike each day and increasing my strength training (with very small weights and lots of crunches!)
     
  10. Peachyness

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    Well, I didn't work out for about 3 weeks due to my 16 day camping trip. When I got back, it took me a while to slowly get back into the routine. Then, last Friday, after I recieved some very sad news about a friend, I decided to work out to work out the anger and sadness in me. I must have overdone it because Sunday around 3 am, I woke up with extreme neck pain, unable to move my neck. It's Wednseday now, and I still have intense pain in my neck, with shooting, stabbing pain running down into my shoulders. Still unable to move my neck, or even sleep properly. :(

    So, needless to say, I haven't been able to workout. I did see a doctor yesterday, but she said to just take it easy and see how it goes. I don't think she understood how much pain I was in. I think I will make an appointment with another doctor if this doesn't go away in the next few days.

    I have been walking though, at least. And walking on the beach is actually a very good workout.
     
  11. FarFromHome

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    I've been doing personal training, classes at the gym, and boot camp. Today was bring a friend day at boot camp, and I actually got my husband to go with me. Then he signed up for the next boot camp with me!
     
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    Can I join in?

    Today I did a 30 minute kettle-bell class and then an hour of cross-fit. The pants are getting loose...
     
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    Im doing 35 minutes on the stair master each day.
    200 situps then fifty jumping jacks, stretching curls
    and bench presses. Getting ready for PE in Aug
     
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    Well, since summer started I have been at my workouts. I have been managing about 5 days a week, so I am really happy. I really hope I can keep this up during the school year, though. I already feel better. Since I never, EVER weigh myself, it's hard to say if I have lost anything, but I usually go based on how my clothes fit on me.
     
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    I'm starting to not lose weight anymore, just tone and build more muscle. I'm skipping my workout this morning. I may exercise a bit tonight, but I've been 5 days in a row and I think my poor legs need a break today.
     
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    A lot of folks believe that it's simply a matter of burning off more calories than you take in but that's not so. You need to have a nutritional assessment for your body type, meaning have your body fat measured. In order to lose the right type of weight, fat not lean muscle, you need to know how many proteins, carbs, and fat you need to consume daily. Then, be aware that there are good and bad proteins, carbs, and fats. You should never lower your calories below 500 calories of what you need to maintain your TARGET weight, not the weight you are now. If you eat too few calories, your body will go into starvation emergency mode and actually slow down your metabolism thereby holding on to your body fat for dear life. This is why some people get frustrated when they cut calories and don't see the right type of weight loss. Do not let your body use up your muscle for energy. Then also, you want to know your target heart rates and make sure you keep your heart rate at the intensity levels where you are burning up fat and carbs, not proteins. Workouts should be a part of your plan but you need to monitor your heart rate during workouts and also pay attention to what you eat because is 80% of what's going to shape your body is what you put in your mouth. After workouts, you need to feed your muscles lean protein in liquid form so that it can quickly get through your intestinal tract and begin to repair your muscle so the build up of lactaid acid from your workout does not damage your muscles. I know it sounds complicated but it's all about eating and working out smarter, not harder.
     
  17. MissCeliaB

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    It's really not all that complicated. I've done just fine (51 pounds off and 5 dress sizes smaller - from 18W to 8 - in seven months) just by counting calories and getting more exercise: walking, stationary bike, dance, small weights, pilates, crunches, whatever! I've also lowered my blood pressure, cholesterol, and body fat percentage. I didn't keep up with proteins or carbs or anything except for calories and sodium. I didn't keep up with heart rate during workout or anything. I didn't do any liquid protein or anything like that and my results are, I must say, quite good. It's really not as complicated as some people try to make it. Don't get discouraged about not having the time to keep up with all of that. I find it's really not necessary. For me, using a calorie counter app on my phone to take in less than I burned off really has worked. (My husband has lost 40 pounds in 6 months doing the same thing I'm doing... it can't be completely worthless...)
     
  18. amakaye

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    Congrats, MissCelia!

    This heat has been keeping me from running; I had been going 5 times a week, but have only gone twice this week. I'm up to 3 miles, though, alternating 5 minutes running with 1-2 walking. I'm on track for running my 5k in September... :)
     
  19. Peachyness

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    For some people, as long as they put in the effort to watch their calories and to work out on a regular basis, the pounds will eventually start to melt away, and they will see really good progress. As long as they stick to their new way of healthy eating and doable workouts.

    BUT, then for other people, it is a struggle. Take my hubby. He does everything he can to lose weight, and yet either the weight stays the same or he gains weight. For him, he probably needs to do all that WindyCityGal said. My husband right now just mainly watches his caloric intake and walks everyday during his lunch time and sometimes again after work with me. And the walks aren't always easy. We live in a hilly town. Poor guy. :( For some people, it just isn't that simple.
     
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    I agree that it isn't necessarily that complicated, or at least it never has been for me. Everyone's body is different and reacts differently, so everyone should find what works for me. I actually find that if I have a low-fat diet, I am okay with carbs, and can achieve the results I want, as long as I am exercising. I have never been able to achieve results with doing one and not the other (i.e. exercise but not a healthy diet), so I have to do both.

    Also, an important thing to remember, is it should be a lifestyle change. I changed my diet many years ago and maintain it: no beef, no fried foods, lots of chicken and fish, and this year I have gotten better at eating more veggies in my meals (maybe because I am cooking now instead of DH).

    I joined a gym when I was 16, which is when I really started getting into fitness and maintaining my health, and there was a poster in the gym that I have never forgotten, but think of often when I need motivation. It said: "There is no finish line". How true is that?
     
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    Having said all that, I already did my workout today. I wanted to do it before tutoring because I tend to have less energy in the later afternoon after I've done my tutoring.
     
  22. Emily Bronte

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    I have been working out at the gym 3-4 days per week... I do cardio for anywhere from 30-45 minutes and then I lift weights for the remaining 15-20 minutes. I avoid the scale and go by how my clothes fit in terms of making progress. I am also concentrating on eating better, but I don't ratio out carbs to proteins, etc. I have found success without it being that complicated. I did take a class at the gym a few years ago, where we did that ratios, counting, and the like. After the 8 week class I lost 6% body fat. That put me in the "excellent/Athletic category for BMI. I had been in the "good" category in terms of MBI before taking the class. It was too much to keep up the counting and the like once school started up again. My goal this summer was just to maintain a good gym routine that I could carry over into the school year. I did sign up fora Kettle Ball training class.
     
  23. Jem

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    Fantastic, guys!! Emily-how inspiring!

    I meant to get up and run this morning, but dh had us meet up with his friend from middle school for dinner last night and we didn't leave the city until 10:30pm!! I could NOT get out of bed this morning. But we did make it to Crossfit tonight, so I'll use this as my 'off' day for running.

    And I smashed a 26 lb. pound kettlebell into my knee yesterday, as well as REALLY working several muscles in my butt doing walking lunges with a 25 disc weight over my head, so the day off running wasn't an awful thing. I was pretty much hobbling around the office, but I can already feel the healing for tomorrow's workout.
     
  24. MATgrad

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    Emily- You'll love Kettle Bell! I think you can burn something like 350 calories in a 30 minute kettle bell class.

    Today was a toning day~Kettle Bell and then boot camp. Tomorrow will be a nice 7 mile run. Hopefully I can get out before 7. It'll be at least 85 by 8!
     
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    I rode 10 miles (50 minutes) on my exercise bike and walked 45 minutes and did some crunches, leg lifts, and other core-type things.

    Oops, I posted this without adding that I had Jamaican for for lunch (and leftovers for dinner) so ate all the calories I had saved and then some. But it was SO worth it. The food was delicious!
     
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    I ride a recumbent bike daily. And walk every school day at lunch. And in the sand at the beach in the summer....Plus I'm a vegetarian. I look and feel good. Get good physicals. Won't post photos or blog about it, but lets say I hold my own.:D
     
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    Well. I'm frustrated.

    I've been working out and eating well since about mid-January.

    I work out 4-8 times per week, burning between 700-1000 calories a day. I am eating 1370 calories per day, but have started to eat back half my burned calories. (i.e. If I burn 800 calories in one day, I aim to eat at least 1770)

    I've lost 10lbs. 10. That's it. Maybe I need to up my cardio. I've been doing a lot of weigh lifting lately. I've lost a few pant sizes, but I am so wanting to see that number move...7 months, 10 lbs. Something is wrong with that.
     
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    Oops! Only got in 15 minutes on the bike today, and I splurged at lunch/dinner (I had leftovers for dinner.) My mother in law came in town and we went out for sushi (my favorite) and I ate a ton. We had leftovers, so I had some for dinner as well. Oh well. Back on track tomorrow. (Except my dad is coming into town for lunch...) Maybe Monday will be better, but we're going to New Orleans Tuesday and Wednesday for a concert... Thursday. I'll get back on track then!
     
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    lnm-you're putting on muscle!! If you're seeing the pants sizes drop, that's huge. I'm about 13 pounds heavier now than when I married dh. I still fit in to my wedding dress the same, but I have lots of muscle in my legs and arms. Sure, we still have fat to burn. But if you're working out that much, take a look at how the clothes are fitting and how much MORE weight you're able to lift now. The scale is not a proper indicator. You could always find a body fat measuring place that can help you judge by that, which is better than looking at the scale.

    I upgraded to a $10/month Spotify.com account and made a new playlist for my run last night. It allowed me to break a 10 min/mile pace!! I came in at 9:59 average for the two miles. Small victory, as I use to do about a 9:30 for a five miler. But baby steps! (new playlist)

    I also officially signed up for my next sprint triathlon Sept. 25th in Santa Cruz (anyone? anyone?) and I think dh and I will sign up for a sprint tri in Pacific Grove/Monterey for Sept. 14th to do together. AND we're looking at a 10k Mud Run on Halloween weekend. AAAAND I'm test driving a Mini Cooper tomorrow because each dealership around here has 20 entries to the San Francisco Nike's Women Marathon in Nov., and I want to try to win one. That is NOT a race I'm looking forward to, but I feel it must be done anyhow.
     
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    Wow, I ate worse yesterday than I thought. I'm going to blame the rice and salt in the sushi, but I gained a whole pound since yesterday. I'm about to go bike for an hour, then do some core stuff so we'll see how that goes. I've gotta get toned and get rid of this belly fat!
     
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    I snuck another run in this morning, but even at 7:30 it was still in the upper 80's. Not unbearable, but definitely not pleasant. Hopefully getting back on more of a school schedule these next couple weeks I'll be able to keep running in the AM.
     
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    amakaye-that's my problem. I have to be on my ferry by 7:10, which means I have to start getting ready by 6:15 at the latest. I've been TRYING to get up around 5:15/5:30 for my runs, but twice this week I stayed up much too late for that. It's my goal to get up each morning this week and run so that I can do my cross training in the evening.
     
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    Oh, once school starts that idea will take some tweaking--I normally leave for school between 6:30 and 6:45, and I like to take my time getting up and going. Those two things don't mix with morning runs! But it won't be cool enough in the evenings, either, so I'm going to have to do some experimenting. But, I have one more week of break, and then two weeks with scattered meeting and things, so those days don't start as early.
     
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    I started doing Crossfit this summer. I LOVE it. I had originally set out to only do it for the summer... but I don't see how I could ever stop. It's addicting.
     
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    Friday was my last personal training session since I start work tomorrow. I'm kind of sad because I really like my trainer. I'll see her in boot camp still, but she's moving at the end of September.

    I went on a long run today-I didn't bring my watch, but it took me 68 minutes the last time I ran the same path. I think it's somewhere between 6.0-6.5 miles.
     
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    Summer is flying by! Training runs started at my gym last weekend for the Oct. 2nd 1/2 marathon.....today I did 6 and tomorrow they are doing 8-I just hope it doesn't rain bc then I will have to skip- I don't find it fun to run for an hour and a half soaking wet! Hoping for morning sunshine so I can get my miles in!
     
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    Start back at work tomorrow and I'll be able to keep doing CrossFit on Mon/Wed. Ran 6 yesterday. Time to start increasing the mileage for marathon season.
     
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    Since I moved back into my university college town, I am going to pay for alumni membership in order to use the gym and attend workout classes there. I can't wait until they are done remodeling the gym as it's closed right now.

    So, for now, I joined the YMCA which is right across the street from my apartment. I've been going to their cycling class and working out in the tiny gym. While I like the classes, I don't care for the workout room.

    I'm irritated at how hard it is for me to just run 3.1 miles. I've been running for a while now. Why isn't it getting easier!!!! :(

    I am excited about my new fitness class that I signed up for at this studio. It's yoga and pole dancing. I went to their intro class and wow, what a workout!
     
  39. PCdiva

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    I was wondering the same thing!!!!


    As for yoga/pole...is there an actual pole? if so- be careful- I went to a pole class/ bday party and we all left with black and blues all over our legs! Way harder than it looks!
     
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    I haven't been as good about working out since I got back from my trip. I'm hoping that with work getting back into full swing, it'll be easier for me to work out.
     

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