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Re: Strength & Fitness 2015
« Reply #700 on: August 12, 2015, 07:29:13 PM »
Do any of you guys use MyFitnessPal or Fitbit? I just signed up for both of them yesterday, and would love to add some people.
I'm a (decidedly non-obese) mustachian using FitBit (and yes, I got it on sale and am not paying for any gym memberships in true frugalista fashion).  I'll DM you my email to connect.

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« Reply #701 on: August 23, 2015, 06:13:42 AM »
Um, I'm not sure if you're the right people to ask, but you're my best guess. Please redirect me if I'm wrong.

Any tips on finding a decent (and well-priced) set of free and fixed weight dumbbells or a system that changes weights quickly?

And how to make/install a decent pull-up bar in a garage with exposed joists at about 10 feet high?

And where to find a cheap/used but decent doorway pull-up bar for the office?

Thanks. Y'all are inspiring!

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« Reply #702 on: August 23, 2015, 10:24:17 AM »
Um, I'm not sure if you're the right people to ask, but you're my best guess. Please redirect me if I'm wrong.

Any tips on finding a decent (and well-priced) set of free and fixed weight dumbbells or a system that changes weights quickly?

And how to make/install a decent pull-up bar in a garage with exposed joists at about 10 feet high?

And where to find a cheap/used but decent doorway pull-up bar for the office?

Thanks. Y'all are inspiring!

FirstMan, there was a link (I think) somewhere upthread on pullup bars. I haven't had time to look for it, but I remember previously viewing this site. Not sure if it's it, but it might be. It looks like a good option for the garage. For the doorway pull up bars, I personally have a "Perfect Pullup" system that I got from a friend who gave up on working out. However, assuming you are in the U.S., this search on Amazon shows a few different options. I'd definitely use that to find the certain brands and then search for them on Craigslist. I've never used any of the ones that don't mount, but I have heard good things, plus it doesn't require any mounting.

I'm sure you'll get more recommendations here, but if you find one, feel free to post about it here with a request of suggestions/comments/and concerns. A financial website doesn't necessarily seem like the best place to ask (as you mentioned above), but we are a bunch of Mustachians who are working on getting in shape and/or stronger. We look at things and do a lot of research, so you'll definitely get feedback in this particular thread. I don't know that there are any other Strength and Workout threads that are as active as this one, but check out the Throw Down the Gauntlet section. If there are any more, that's most likely where you'll find them.

And I almost forgot about the dumbbell question. I have the Bowflex SelectTech and they are awesome. I got those for free as well from a different friend who didn't want to carry them to Afghanistan. Being as dedicated as I am to bodyweight training, I wouldn't suggest buying them (especially at full price), but once again, fitness stuff goes fast on Craigslist. Don't be afraid to post in the wanted section either. If you can wait, I'd guess that February would be the best time to look, as by that time everyone has already given up on their New Years Resolutions (but already spent the money to buy all the stuff they think they need to match them).

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2015
« Reply #703 on: August 23, 2015, 02:18:44 PM »
Just checking in on my Convict Conditioning journey.  I've progressed past knee (girl style) pushes to full body half-pushups.  Another month or 2 and I'll be doing full, regular style pushups, yay! 

Horizontal pulls - well hit the 3 sets of 30 here in the next couple of weeks, then it's on to jackknife pull-ups on a real pullup bar, yay again!  Everything else is moving along too - squats, abs, and angled bridges are all progressing it reps and sets every workout. 

Its been several months of more or less continuous progress, and I've definitely learned to be more comfortable manipulating my body using my own strength.  It's been slow, but I'm kind of glad, it takes the pressure of the "be in shape right now", and puts the focus on building a strong foundation first.  I'm "just now" getting to the point where I'll be starting to do some things that most people can't do. 

Overall I'm really happy with the program.  Its a slow and steady approach which I like very much, and is a stark contrast to my previous approaches of "ramp up to make things as hard as possible as quickly as possible".  The slow and steady approach has been a lot easier to actually stick with, for me.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2015
« Reply #704 on: August 24, 2015, 05:12:45 AM »

FirstMan, there was a link (I think) somewhere upthread on pullup bars. I haven't had time to look for it, but I remember previously viewing this site. Not sure if it's it, but it might be. It looks like a good option for the garage. For the doorway pull up bars, I personally have a "Perfect Pullup" system that I got from a friend who gave up on working out. However, assuming you are in the U.S., this search on Amazon shows a few different options. I'd definitely use that to find the certain brands and then search for them on Craigslist. I've never used any of the ones that don't mount, but I have heard good things, plus it doesn't require any mounting.

I'm sure you'll get more recommendations here, but if you find one, feel free to post about it here with a request of suggestions/comments/and concerns. A financial website doesn't necessarily seem like the best place to ask (as you mentioned above), but we are a bunch of Mustachians who are working on getting in shape and/or stronger. We look at things and do a lot of research, so you'll definitely get feedback in this particular thread. I don't know that there are any other Strength and Workout threads that are as active as this one, but check out the Throw Down the Gauntlet section. If there are any more, that's most likely where you'll find them.

And I almost forgot about the dumbbell question. I have the Bowflex SelectTech and they are awesome. I got those for free as well from a different friend who didn't want to carry them to Afghanistan. Being as dedicated as I am to bodyweight training, I wouldn't suggest buying them (especially at full price), but once again, fitness stuff goes fast on Craigslist. Don't be afraid to post in the wanted section either. If you can wait, I'd guess that February would be the best time to look, as by that time everyone has already given up on their New Years Resolutions (but already spent the money to buy all the stuff they think they need to match them).

Thank you!

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« Reply #705 on: August 24, 2015, 09:39:28 AM »
[...]Just that stuff I do[...]

Thank you!

Not a problem. If you do end up doing the homemade route for the pullup bars in the garage, I'd definitely suggest doing a write up and taking a lot of pictures. I definitely would like to see the progress and how you went about doing it. You can post it here, but another thread and a link to it here would be super useful too. Best of luck. Let me know if you want to join into this gauntlet, or wait for the one next year.

Oh yes, to all of you reading this, I am going to start a new 2016 Strength and Fitness thread next year. I'll use some of what was learned here to ensure that it has even more value than this one, although I won't be adding people automatically.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2015
« Reply #706 on: August 25, 2015, 09:01:49 AM »
Haven't checked in in a long time, but thought I'd come remind myself of my goals!

I never did complete a full month of T25 with zero skips, and I've stopped doing it completely this summer. However, I did hit my weight goal! I'm sitting at 133 lbs now and have lost 8 inches in my hips, waist, arm and thigh measurements.

I'm not really doing any "work outs" but I have done lots of hiking and walking with my kiddos, and I've been doing a bit of biking - even got a double trailer for towing the kids to the grocery store! Since I'm not doing ab workouts I wouldn't say my stomach is toned, but it is nice and flat and I no longer fear the "love handles!" I completely forgot about my flexibility goal.

My new goal is to bike STP next year (Seattle to Portland) and I'm planning on signing up for the Cascade Training Series in preparation which starts in March - so I guess that's my Fitness 2016 goal! In the meantime I'm just going to try to get out there on my bike on some hills, and when I can't ride alone do the errands with the trailer and the kids.
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« Reply #707 on: August 27, 2015, 10:55:13 PM »
Finally got back to the gym today -- family vacation followed by car wreck and assorted follow up (plus waiting for whiplash to go away) kind of messed with my good intentions for a couple of weeks there.  Weight has also creeped back up.  Stress eating hasn't helped.  Got a bunch of paleo books from the library today.  I don't know if I can go full paleo, but I want to start trying some of the recipes. 

Any novice runners want to join me in doing the Hal Higdon 8-week 5k training program?  I really found it worked well for me when I did it in the past.  I'm going to make M-W-F my main gym days (less crowded than on weekends), so I'm shifting the schedule to start with a run/walk session on Sunday (apologies for the wonky formatting -- I can't figure out how the table command works...):

Week      Sun                   Mon               Tue                   Wed              Thu   Fri               Sat
1      Rest or run/walk   1.5 m run       Rest or run/walk   1.5 m run      Rest   1.5 m run       30-60 min walk
2      Rest or run/walk   1.75 m run    Rest or run/walk   1.5 m run      Rest   1.75 m run    35-60 min walk
3      Rest or run/walk   2 m run       Rest or run/walk   1.5 m run      Rest   2 m run       40-60 min walk
4      Rest or run/walk   2.25 m run    Rest or run/walk   1.5 m run      Rest   2.25 m run    45-60 min walk
5      Rest or run/walk   2.5 m run       Rest or run/walk   2 m run      Rest   2.5 m run       50-60 min walk
6      Rest or run/walk   2.75 m run    Rest or run/walk   2 m run      Rest   2.75 m run    55-60 min walk
7      Rest or run/walk   3 m run       Rest or run/walk   2 m run      Rest   3 m run       60 min walk
8      Rest or run/walk   3 m run       Rest or run/walk   2 m run      Rest   5-K Race

I'm not actually going to run a 5-K race -- will just do it on the treadmill.  But I like the way the training program builds up to a goal, and I found it easier to stick to than just winging it on my own. 

Details and alternative intensity/length options available here:  http://halhigdon.com/training/50933/5K-Novice-Training-Program


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Re: Strength & Fitness 2015
« Reply #708 on: August 30, 2015, 12:33:02 PM »
Thought I'd check in on my goals.

I've made steady progress towards my pull-up- though I am not quite there yet. I've been working on really activating my back muscles during other parts of my workout. I continue to be getting into the gym 2-3 times per week, which feels great.

I am probably just about there on my goal to have body fat under 25%. I started around 30% or more (this is all going by pictures- so pretty inexact). I've gone down one size at least in clothes, and have been getting a lot of compliments. My weight hasn't changed much at all- maybe 5 pounds. I am hoping to get to a size 8, I started around a size 12, sometimes 14. Wearing a size 10 now.

I have made zero progress towards my swimming goal. I just haven't gotten into the pool enough. I've gotten some swimming in here and there, but just not in a focused way. I need to decide whether I am serious about getting that goal done. I think I'm also going to look for a stroke clinic to see if there is something I'm doing with my freestyle stroke that is making it more tiring.



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Re: Strength & Fitness 2015
« Reply #709 on: August 30, 2015, 01:28:56 PM »
Okay, I've finally joined this thread.  My goal is to run a half marathon faster than a 9-minute mile pace (about 1 hour, 58 minutes).  My daughter and I are planning to run a half marathon race on November 15.  I've never run longer than 10K, so I'll have to increase my distance training over the next two months.  I'm pretty sure the goal is doable.     

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« Reply #710 on: August 31, 2015, 08:10:07 AM »
Okay, I've finally joined this thread.  My goal is to run a half marathon faster than a 9-minute mile pace (about 1 hour, 58 minutes).  My daughter and I are planning to run a half marathon race on November 15.  I've never run longer than 10K, so I'll have to increase my distance training over the next two months.  I'm pretty sure the goal is doable.   
Glad to have you here! I'll get you added to the tracking post later today.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2015
« Reply #711 on: September 01, 2015, 04:59:18 PM »
I'm going to give this challenge a try for September: https://blog.myfitnesspal.com/the-30-day-stronger-knees-challenge/?utm_source=mfp&utm_medium=Facebook Anyone want to join in?

My knees are fine, but all that foam rolling and mobility work should do a lot to help my splits.

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« Reply #712 on: September 01, 2015, 05:00:25 PM »
I'm going to give this challenge a try for September: https://blog.myfitnesspal.com/the-30-day-stronger-knees-challenge/?utm_source=mfp&utm_medium=Facebook Anyone want to join in?

My knees are fine, but all that foam rolling and mobility work should do a lot to help my splits.
I'm going to have to send that to my GF. Her knees give her crap all the time

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2015
« Reply #713 on: September 02, 2015, 09:36:22 AM »
I've got a small update for my Convict Conditioning - I'm now on Half Pushups for sets of 25 reps and about to move on to full pushups!  Super stoked about that.  I'm surprised how easy the pushup progression has been.  I'm also (finally) able to use my actual pullup bar for back work now.  I'm surprised how slow the pullup progression has been.  But I am actually a little closer to doing full pull-ups.  It's just slow and steady.  And hard!  We'll see how it goes.  I really look at pull ups as the acid test for how I feel about my overall progress within CC. 

One thing is for sure - I'm much closer to being able to do pull-ups using this progression that I'd be on my own if I'd just jumped straight to the bar and started trying to muscle myself up. 

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2015
« Reply #714 on: September 02, 2015, 09:56:59 AM »
2 Big accomplishments for me in the past week.

Preface - I have only ran on the treadmill averaging 1-3 miles at a clip.
Never knew how to swim, joined a local outdoor town pool 4th of July.

This past weekend I completed the TOBAY Sprint Distance Triathlon
This morning I ran the hilliest 10k course on Long Island


Looking forward to crushing PR's and getting better at swimming, biking, and running!

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« Reply #715 on: September 02, 2015, 10:57:51 AM »
Ugh the past week I've been doing some crazy volume with my squats.  I've been stupid and haven't kept up on maintenance.  Man my IT bands are inflamed and sore.  This week is low volume with heavy weights, so easier on the ole IT bands.  Spending much more time on mobility and hydration now.  Sometime it takes something to go wrong to highlight what needs to be worked on.

Two more weeks until my first Weightlifting meet.  I'm excited.  I'll report back and let you know how it goes.

I realized I forgot to report back on this meet.  Snatch was bleh, hit 91kg (200ish lbs), missed my attempt at 93kg (205) which I usually hit in training no problem.

Clean and Jerk went better, I hit all three lifts.  The third lift I hit a pr of roughly a 0.7kg (1.5lbs) at 130kg (286.5lbs)

I was happy with the result and was a good first experience for a meet.  It will probably be another 6-7 months before I do another one.

Overall progress to my goals is going decent.  I might come up short on my target weights as I've been battling some injuries.  I've been doing a good job getting some cardio in and doing my mobility work.  I need to be more diligent about mobility work though as these are most likely the issues for my injuries.  Been feeling good lately though.  Did a squat workout of 8x2 working up to 352lbs.  That is the heaviest I've gone in a long time.  400 might not be far off by the end of the year.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2015
« Reply #716 on: September 08, 2015, 01:19:06 PM »
Just recently made the switch from hybrid muscle building/fat loss mode to all-in muscle building mode. I'm discovering how challenging it can be to eat 200 grams of protein every day. And potentially expensive. Still gonna go for it though.

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« Reply #717 on: September 15, 2015, 04:08:15 PM »
I've shaved another half inch off my splits, down to 4 inches off the ground now - the foam rolling seems to be making a big difference! I've been rolling consistently for just over two weeks now.

I do think my boyfriend's getting a little sick of "Can you measure my crotch???" though.

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« Reply #718 on: September 18, 2015, 06:25:40 AM »
Yesterday, I did 20 mins on the elliptical machine. I could barely do 5.  I don't know if it was an off day but I hope I am able to do that again. I would love to get it to 30-40 mins.  I love the calories it burns. 

Walking on the treadmill, I shaved two minutes off my mile. I can now walk it in 17 minutes instead of 19 with varying inclines.  I would like to be able to walk 15 min miles.

Mountain climber - not sure if this is the actual name, but I can do 3 minutes now.  I got it up to 8 previously but slacked off.  This machine is a beast.

Pulled out my p90x.  Although, I can barely do most of it, I am doing what I can.  I am not on a set plan right now but am looking forward to getting into this a bit more.  I don't see myself doing this an hour a day, but anything helps and I need to get myself stronger.

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« Reply #719 on: September 18, 2015, 08:34:17 AM »

I do think my boyfriend's getting a little sick of "Can you measure my crotch???" though.

hmmm.... Speaking from the male side I'm not thinking that's something I would get tired of - Sorry, couldn't resist.


My progress has been Awful/nonesixstant. A 3 day backpacking weekend left me with some awful blisters and I've been expelling my limited energy at work. But I have a 10K Thanksgiving morning that I need to start gearing up for immediately or I'll be suffering/walking it.

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« Reply #720 on: September 24, 2015, 09:34:57 PM »
Haven't checked in in awhile.  Running has been sporadic to non-existent lately, but I'm pleasantly surprised when I do get out there and run 4.4 miles in 40 minutes or so.  I've been pushing for riding 6 days a week and that tends to squeeze out the gym time.  Now that weather is getting cooler, I should be finding more time to run, plus I'm ratcheting down to riding ~5 days a week.  I did hit the gym today for about 45 intense minutes of rowing, kettlebells and assorted weights.  The Bosu Ball work has really paid off in terms of my dynamic balance in the stirrups over jumps.  Catching up on this thread has me inspired to sign up for the Zeitgeist half marathon.  This will be my 3rd year running it, and probably my slowest since I haven't been training, but why not.  I've got six weeks to prepare and need something like this for focus and motivation.

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« Reply #721 on: September 27, 2015, 02:18:15 PM »
My wife and I just churned out a nice 10km run around Burnaby Lake - a wonderful urban trail in our area. My goal to complete my October half marathon in under 2 hours looks to be well on track. I got "permission" (ALWAYS do this guys) from her to forge ahead and see what kind of time I could post - she is comfortable with a 6 minute per km pace and isn't too interested in trying to go faster, which I respect. I managed to maintain a 5:30 minute pace for 10km today - if I can do this for 21km, I will hit my half marathon time goal with minutes to spare.

I was pretty damn fit when I was in my late 20's. But it thrills me to no end to be able to say that I am the fittest I have EVER been now in my early 40's. Hot damn. ;)

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2015
« Reply #722 on: October 07, 2015, 06:30:16 AM »
You guys are inspirational! 

Somewhat "failing" at my self-identified 2015 goals, but I have definitely done some good things that were not in my goals.  Running took a backseat in the summer to swimming. I swam 30 minutes of laps 4x a week at a public outdoor pool.  That was from memorial day to labor day.  No swimming since then.

So on my goals, I won't be running a half marathon - but I have a 10 miler this Sunday AND I ran into work 2 days this week - that's 8.5 miles each time.  So I am good with that.

My goal to bike commute 25+ times could still happen.  I haven't been keeping great track, but I know its been at least 10 times.  I can do 15 more!
 
My last goal was to do upper body training 2X/week.  Ummm. No.  This has not happened.  Some lifting, maybe 1x a week on average, and minimal weights, etc. I did just order a set of kettlebells as a work benefit, so maybe I will get on that. 




 

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« Reply #723 on: October 09, 2015, 04:22:17 PM »
Bodyweight training update, doing Convict Conditioning protocol.  I am up to doing full pushups. Two sets of 20.  A couple more workouts and I'll progress to the next variation which is close handed (diamond) style pushups.  For pullups I am still doing jack knife style pullups, hopefully progressing to half lullups soon.  Forbridges I am up to doing full bridges from the floor.  If there is one move I was skeptical of being able to work up to, it was full bridges.  Yet here I am.  Yay for the CC protocol!

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« Reply #724 on: October 11, 2015, 11:59:30 AM »
DW and I just got in from a 10k run on the hilly, twisting, forested island roads. A decent sub-6 minute pace per km, which is typical when we run together.

We basically agreed that by dragging our butts out this morning to run, we could indulge in the turkey/gravy/beer fest that is the Snow clans island Thanksgiving with a LITTLE less guilt. :)

And my running partner informed me that they are not doing the out of town half marathon anymore due to an Achilles injury, so I may be out as well. Going to keep up the training for now.

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« Reply #725 on: October 11, 2015, 12:31:17 PM »
Knocked out 9 miles this morning fueled by some bulletproof coffee and a few Medjool dates.  The best part is enjoying the big breakfast of hashbrowns, sausage and eggs afterwards.  4 weeks until my half marathon so I'm planning 11 miles next weekend, then 13, and the weekend pre-race will be 8 or so.  Will be interesting to see how I do given the relatively short training period.  I ran this same race the past two years and posted around 2:02 both times.  I'll be satisfied with 2:15 or less this year.

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« Reply #726 on: October 11, 2015, 12:56:59 PM »
Been awhile since I posted.  Beginning of year goal was to get up to 3 workouts/week, continue cycling and add ocean swimming.

I am now doing 3 workouts/week, though due to work issues i now do most of them at home (kettlebells, TRX, bodyweight, heavy bag).  I haven't done the swimming I wanted to, though I did some.

I continue to cycle a lot.  And I've now added twice/week jiu-jitsu training to my schedule, which I'm really enjoying.

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« Reply #727 on: October 12, 2015, 10:19:28 AM »
I haven't jumped on the slackline more than once...until yesterday. Holy crap, it turns out that even with improved core strength and balance, I still totally suck at it. I highly doubt I'm going to hit that goal this year, but it's all good. Also, apparently nobody has actually hit step 10 in Convict Conditioning (at least the one handed hand stand pushup part). So my goals will most likely not be met, but the journey has been amazing. We'll see how it goes the rest of this year. I think I'll do the same goals for next year.

That being said, are there any additional things that would be beneficial for next year's challenge? I like the single spot for everyone rocking this (with some separate threads for whole 30s and the like). I thought about a shared google spreadsheet, but with the goals being so general, not sure how I could do that without a direct edit on each sheet. What about you folks? Any extra things that would be valuable, something to keep you accountable, or whatever else you'd like to see?

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2015
« Reply #728 on: October 18, 2015, 09:53:08 PM »
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Re: Strength & Fitness 2015
« Reply #729 on: October 19, 2015, 08:14:45 AM »
Knocked out 9 miles this morning fueled by some bulletproof coffee and a few Medjool dates.  The best part is enjoying the big breakfast of hashbrowns, sausage and eggs afterwards.  4 weeks until my half marathon so I'm planning 11 miles next weekend, then 13, and the weekend pre-race will be 8 or so.  Will be interesting to see how I do given the relatively short training period.  I ran this same race the past two years and posted around 2:02 both times.  I'll be satisfied with 2:15 or less this year.

Damn, my 10.4 yesterday sucked.  I didn't run at all during the week because there was a wildfire that totally inundated the valley and air quality was one tick below hazardous.  There's a chance I also had a hangover yesterday.  Ooops.  Traveling this week so relegated to whatever hotel gym equipment may or may not be available.  Might be able to sneak in a hill run if I get up early enough on Wednesday as we'll be staying in a Tiny Mountain Town.

Need to ramp up the mid-week workouts and get some of this fat off.  I think I've got 5# or so to get to my goal from the beginning of the year, which should be totally do-able.  Planning a Whole30 for November and might just take it through the rest of the year with a couple designated exception days.

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« Reply #730 on: October 19, 2015, 09:56:58 AM »
I am going to give er' hell this week, then I'm off to tropical climes for a while...which is good, because it is really starting to get drizzly and gloomy here in the PNW.

Body fat % is sitting around 10 -11% right now, and I am going to really lock down the diet and crank up the cardio in an attempt to burn 1000 calories daily between now and when my flight leaves. I don't think I've ever been in the single digits in terms of body fat percentage before - and it shows, cause I find myself unusually cold these days. The big question is, can I maintain what I have worked so hard to accomplish in terms of my fitness? I think I need to try my best not to slip into full blown "holiday mode", which means limiting meals out (not easy, as I love Baja influenced cuisine), avoiding certain calorie packed sweet tequila based drinks and keep up some sort of exercise regimen (morning jogs at the very least).

I am a bit curious what reaction (if any) my new appearance might generate on the beach and around the pool. There is almost 60 pounds less of me now...I looked at some pics from last years Baja trip. The difference is startling.

Okay, now I'm off to vote...then the gym. Both of these activities can be done within a 2 block radius of my home...which I find particularly awesome this morning. Again, it's a freakin' MONDAY, and I am so happy. For the majority of my adult life this has NOT been my reality.

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« Reply #731 on: October 19, 2015, 12:09:09 PM »
Feeling a bit wussy in comparison to all the athletic stars here, but plugging away.  Cut nearly 4 minutes off my last time on 2.75 miles running yesterday, and did my first three mile run in just over 34 minutes this morning.  Pathetically slow compared to the real runners here, but nowhere to go but up at least. 

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« Reply #732 on: October 19, 2015, 01:07:23 PM »
Feeling a bit wussy[...]

Cut nearly 4 minutes off my last time on 2.75 miles running yesterday [...]

Umm, I don't see this being wussy at all. Just sayin'.

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« Reply #733 on: October 19, 2015, 01:36:04 PM »
Feeling a bit wussy in comparison to all the athletic stars here, but plugging away.  Cut nearly 4 minutes off my last time on 2.75 miles running yesterday, and did my first three mile run in just over 34 minutes this morning.  Pathetically slow compared to the real runners here, but nowhere to go but up at least.

This is NOT a competition.

Some of us (due lack of family commitments and such things) may have more time to dedicate to bettering our physical selves. And some of us (raises hand) may have crossed over into OBSESSION territory with this whole thing.

Knowing some of the particulars of your current life (via your great Journal) I think you are doing GREAT...even if you are a bit frustrated by a perceived lack of progress.

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« Reply #734 on: October 19, 2015, 05:05:18 PM »
It's getting closer to the end of the year, and I still have a way to go on my goals. That's not to say I haven't made progress though- I feel like I've made some huge changes this year. And I still have a few months to get going on that pull-up!

My plan is to make it into the gym 4 times a week for the next four weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. One of those will be a session with my trainer. I'll be in good shape heading into the holidays, and it will give me a good sense of what the potential is for a more structured workout.

I'll let you know how that goes!

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« Reply #735 on: October 20, 2015, 06:11:38 PM »
I have officially progressed to half pull-ups (2 sets of 5) and semi-narrow pushups.  I mastered regular pushups, with hands spaced shoulder width apart, and I tried to jump to full narrow pushups with hands placed under the sternum, but it was too big of a jump in difficulty.  So I'm doing semi-narrow pushups with hands under the collar bones and it's hard but doable.  I figure once I work up to 2 sets of 20 on this, the sternum hand position will then be doable too.

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« Reply #736 on: November 06, 2015, 10:43:57 PM »
I'm putting my journal on hiatus but need the accountability factor of posting my workouts, so reviving this thread.

Had originally intended to run intervals this morning, but as soon as I moved the speed up on the treadmill I realized I forgot to put on my sports bra before I left the house -- not good!  Was half tempted just to walk a normal speed walk, but then decided that I needed to keep my butt in gear and not lose the momentum I have built up over the past couple of weeks, and decided that another incline walk would meet that goal while minimizing bouncing.  Ramped the incline up gradually from 5.0-15.0 -- and then KEPT THAT MOTHER AT 15 for 22 straight minutes!  Go me.  Brought it down gradually to 10 to cool down a bit, and hit:

700 CALORIES BURNED IN ONE HOUR!

Yeah, I know, the treadmill calorie counters inflate the totals.  I don't care.  It is a target, I hit it, and I'm calling it mine even if it is inflated. 

i was drenched in sweat (I had sweaty EARS -- sweat was dripping off my earphones, and that has NEVER happened before!) and my heart rate was still to high at the end of the hour, so I tacked another 10 minutes on the end and pushed the total calorie count up to 749.  Covered 4.02 miles total.

Weight is also down this week. 

Need to start adding weights back in again.  And work more on adjusting our diet (still eating far too many carbs).


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« Reply #737 on: November 07, 2015, 07:57:43 AM »
Lhamo, you are rockin' it...keep going.

I've been in the Baja for just over a week now, and I am trying to get some sort of cardio everyday...be it a 5k run in the morning before it starts to get HOT or a long beach trek. The beaches here run for miles in each direction...the sand down by the surf is quite packed and provides good footing...I like to head up higher on the beach where the sand is dry and fluffy and walk at a good pace. Walking in this soft sand is an incredible workout - my aching legs told me that it was working muscles that regular running/walking do not. And there is a chance I might find more sea turtles!

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« Reply #738 on: November 08, 2015, 07:08:15 AM »
Finished my half marathon in 2:14.  Not bad considering I haven't been able to break 2:00 on this course when training properly.  This year I decided to run it about 6-7 weeks ago, only ran once or twice a week, my longest run was 10.4 and I missed my last planned long run due to other stuff coming up.  Anyway, the weather is cooler and wildfire season is over, plus my riding horse is sold, so I should be able to get back into running more consistently and get my speed back.  As far as other workouts, I've been toying with doing some pretty brief workouts and liking the results.  Being stuck with hotel gyms pretty frequently over the last several weeks, this might consist of a mile or so on the treadmill, some squats, deadlifts and overhead presses if I'm lucky enough to have dumbbells, some pushups, dips and box jumps if there's a weight bench, and planks using a stability ball.

In other news, I'm starting Whole30 today.  I've been pretty much stuck at 4# lost since the beginning of the year, so this might help me shed the other 4# before the end of this challenge.

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« Reply #739 on: November 08, 2015, 08:34:59 AM »
Congrats horsepoor, that is a more than decent time...especially considering the amount of running you had been doing leading up to it.

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« Reply #740 on: November 09, 2015, 08:20:54 AM »
Managed to get out of the house to the gym yesterday (had DS switch to finishing his biology while I was gone, so that he didn't get stuck spinning his wheels on his English paper), and WORKED IT!

In one hour of incline walking (30 minutes at 15.0) I covered 3.5 miles and burned 740 calories.  Extra 10 minutes of cooldown brought that up to 3.99 miles and 784 calories.  BAM!  I took a photo of the readout to send to DH as proof.  He seemed impressed.

All this calorie burning exercise + reduction in calorie intake (which started with a bout of severe anxiety/stress but has now turned into a more proactive choice) is resulting in weight loss, finally.  I had been hovering between 73-74 kgs, and sometimes even going OVER 74 kgs, for the last several weeks.  Yesterday I was down to 72.2.  That is encouraging.

Made a big frittata for breakfast this morning and the leftovers of that will provide me with low carb breakfast materials for the rest of the week.  I'm aiming to eat 1/2-3/4 of my typical portion size for other meals as much as I can.  I've got plenty of fat reserves stored up so I'm not going to starve.

I also asked DH to help me put together a good beginner weight routine.  Will start alternating that with my intense cardio workouts (still doing a bit of cardio, like 30 minutes with a 20 minute run, on the weight lifting days).




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« Reply #741 on: November 12, 2015, 05:44:27 AM »
So i hit my goal of 185 around Mid may then spent the summer and fall mostly on the road for work.  Trying to get back on the wagon now.  down to 210 by the end of the week hopefully.

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« Reply #742 on: November 12, 2015, 07:26:27 AM »
On Tuesday I did another Queen Anne walk with my sister and her colleagues.  The weather gods were nice to us again, and got a big dose of Vitamin D to boost my mood.

Yesterday was another incline session on the treadmill.  Punched it up to 15.0 for 40 straight minutes this time, and hit 763 calories in an hour.  Extra 10 minute cool down took that up to 809.  BOOM!  Unfortunately I was ravenous when I got home, and ate a bunch of cashews, so that probably offset the calories burned.  I did eat only a small portion of dinner, though.  Limiting portion size has been working nicely so far -- other than that post workout bingey craving yesterday I haven't been having (or more importantly succumbing to) major cravings for the past several days.  I'm feeling much less anxious about a lot of things, though, so I'll have to see if it holds.  Going to try making myself drink a big glass of water whenever I have a craving -- I can always use more water and it may offset them.

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« Reply #743 on: November 15, 2015, 03:41:55 PM »
My goal is to run a half marathon faster than a 9-minute mile pace (about 1 hour, 58 minutes).  My daughter and I are planning to run a half marathon race on November 15.  I've never run longer than 10K, so I'll have to increase my distance training over the next two months. 
Mission accomplished!  My time in the half marathon was 1 hour, 52 minutes, 8.4 seconds, which works out to a pace of 8:33 per mile.  It was my daughter's first half marathon too -- she finished in a quite respectable 2 hours, 13 minutes. 

Thanks, jordanread, for starting this inspiring thread. 

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« Reply #744 on: November 16, 2015, 06:09:44 PM »
My goal is to run a half marathon faster than a 9-minute mile pace (about 1 hour, 58 minutes).  My daughter and I are planning to run a half marathon race on November 15.  I've never run longer than 10K, so I'll have to increase my distance training over the next two months. 
Mission accomplished!  My time in the half marathon was 1 hour, 52 minutes, 8.4 seconds, which works out to a pace of 8:33 per mile.  It was my daughter's first half marathon too -- she finished in a quite respectable 2 hours, 13 minutes. 

Thanks, jordanread, for starting this inspiring thread.

Way to kick some serious ass bop. I would also like to apologize for missing you in the opening post. I'm going to add you with crossed out goals. Way to go!!! Start trying to think of what you are going to do next year ;). And you're welcome.

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« Reply #745 on: November 16, 2015, 06:17:11 PM »
Thanks jordan!  I have a month to think about my goal for next year. :-)  Are you planning to create a new thread for 2016?

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« Reply #746 on: November 16, 2015, 07:38:51 PM »
Thanks jordan!  I have a month to think about my goal for next year. :-)  Are you planning to create a new thread for 2016?
Most definitely! This was pretty successful.

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« Reply #747 on: November 16, 2015, 08:13:49 PM »
Great! 

By the way, in the opening post, you wrote my goal as "9 mph" (miles per hour), but it was actually "9 minutes per mile".   

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« Reply #748 on: November 16, 2015, 09:16:24 PM »
Celebrated my birthday by busting my butt on another treadmill session -- 50 minutes at 15.0, with five minute warmup/cooldown bookending for a total of 800 calories burned in an hour.  Added another 10 minutes of cooldown, and hit 4.03 miles total and 846 calories total.  Did not have sweat running into my earbuds -- apparently I'm getting used to pushing it? 

Weighed in at 71.9kg this morning, too.  Hope to get that down to 70kg by the end of the month, and 68 by the end of the year.  Target goal for 2016 is 65kg, though if I could get down to 60 eventually I would be thrilled!  That would mean needing to buy whole new wardrobe, though, and is also highly unlikely.

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« Reply #749 on: November 19, 2015, 09:23:16 AM »
It is looking as though I will return from a Baja trip in BETTER SHAPE than when I arrived. This has never happened  before. In the 25 years previous these trips were used as a brief respite from the chaos of my career - it was often a hedonistic orgy of eating and drinking. My first extended post-FIRE Baja trip (greater details can be found in my Journal) has seen my fitness discipline MAINTAINED and though the healthy eating aspect has wobbled a few times, it has been okay. I find warm weather environments to be a natural hunger suppressant to an extent, so this has been helpful.

DW and I run 3.5 miles every morning. Will have a light breakfast when we get back. Then we play tennis for about an hour, or until it starts to get to hot. We don't have a car here so we walk EVERYWHERE. I have even dragged her out on a few long beach treks...

The temptation was there to sign up at a local gym here for a month, but I decided a break from lifting weights was probably a good idea...I had been experiencing some pesky elbow tendinitis before I flew down here. It feels MUCH better now.