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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #800 on: April 01, 2016, 10:00:34 AM »
Checking in:
  • Complete a 5K run
Running another one in a week.  The Insane Inflatables one where there's an obstacle course involved.  I was thinking of doing a mud run but they were both too close together.  Maybe next time.  But I'm training for a 10k, so put Complete a 10k and Complete a 5k under 30 minutes on my goals.

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I can do 4.  I should be working harder on this though.

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Current weight: 157lbs.
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« Reply #801 on: April 01, 2016, 10:01:37 AM »
Lol...thanks for clearing that up JR.

Enjoyed the gym very much...actually a very nice mix of tourists and locals (better terminology than gringos and Mexicans?). ;) Big open windows at the front let a sea-tinged breeze waft through...a nice change from the oppressive chlorine fumes at my home gym.

Took a break from running today...because my first beach run is tomorrow. *GULP*

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« Reply #802 on: April 01, 2016, 10:15:54 AM »
I'll reply to everyone else in a few minutes.

Lol...thanks for clearing that up JR.

Enjoyed the gym very much...actually a very nice mix of tourists and locals (better terminology than gringos and Mexicans?). ;) Big open windows at the front let a sea-tinged breeze waft through...a nice change from the oppressive chlorine fumes at my home gym.

Took a break from running today...because my first beach run is tomorrow. *GULP*

Are you going to do the packed wet sand or the loose stuff that makes running suck even more? I mean, I suppose those are not necessarily mutually exclusive since they are literally right next to each other sometimes, but I was curious. And are you doing shoes or barefoot?

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« Reply #803 on: April 01, 2016, 10:18:25 AM »
I'm jealous of your beach running- I don't like the beach that much- but I DO like beach running!!!

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« Reply #804 on: April 01, 2016, 12:27:19 PM »
So, do you have a deadline (because that is very motivating) and do you have a plan? Have you started weight lifting yet?

No deadline, as the NOLA trip isn't even in the early planning stages yet. Just on the list. My plan is actually just the same as it has been. Progress through bodyweight exercises, and hope that by the end of the year, I'll have to start getting creative when it comes to creating additional resistance (which will involve flexibility and awesome body control). I don't have any desire to lift weights specifically, for reasons I laid out earlier in this thread. I'm not worried about being all super-huge, but I want to be ridiculously functional. The sexiness will come with that. I've never been ripped, but was a touch smaller when I did dance. Starting a bit tubbier will make the transformation more dramatic, but based on this article, even starting more fit grants impressive visual results. Here is the picture:



a little vanity is okay- (I'm all about dem booty gainz purely b/c I'm a bellydancer and moar booty is moar better)- so YES- EFFING FABULOUS is a goal- and that's an awesome new goal!!! I LOVE IT!!!

Glad it counts, although I probably won't put it as an official goal.

Jordan, I love this challenge. I'm not entirely sure I could be up for it myself, being a good 8 years out of my stripper shape...but maybe it's time I consider this challenge...

I stripped like 10 years ago (and only for a week or two), so I feel you there. And it's fun when other people challenge you, and you just accept. And then, "OHMYGODHOLYSHITWHATHAVEIDONE?". And then move forward.

Checking in:
  • Complete a 5K run
Running another one in a week.  The Insane Inflatables one where there's an obstacle course involved.  I was thinking of doing a mud run but they were both too close together.  Maybe next time.  But I'm training for a 10k, so put Complete a 10k and Complete a 5k under 30 minutes on my goals.

  • 1 set/5 pullup (Stretch: 1set/>10 pullups)
I can do 4.  I should be working harder on this though.

  • Drop weight to 145lbs
Current weight: 157lbs.


I've got your new 5K time goal added as a stretch to the already completed 5K goal and added the 10K as a new goal in the tracking post. Congrats on your success so far. You are rocking it.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #805 on: April 01, 2016, 11:13:15 PM »
Update: We joined the cheap gym. Including taxes and "joining fees", it was $364 for both of us for a year, which is fine. Next year there won't be joining fees, so it will be much less. Looking forward to doing zombie runs on elliptical, and they have a pretty good stretching area for my splitsing.

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« Reply #806 on: April 02, 2016, 02:54:17 PM »
DH and I went on a run. This doesn't happen very often, as we live in a neighborhood where people generally only run from cops or shootings. But our neighbors have friends over, and we didn't want to be "those people" by smashing weights around and grunting outside while they have company. They already think we're trashy for having a home gym. Eye roll.

Anyway, antisocial behavior aside, we did a 1 mile run at about 85% speed (definitely faster than jogging, not *quite* a full sprint), and at the half way point we stopped at a park and did pull ups (me) and muscle ups (DH) on the monkey bars. I'm already getting to where DH is doing very light help getting me up, and letting me go completely for a hold and slow negative. I did 2x5 of these, and 1x3 chin ups totally solo.

I do find it very interesting how much of a stigma against weight lifting I encounter in my life. Apparently, yoga, cycling, or running are acceptable fitness activities. Olympic weight lifting is not. DH has it worse than me though, and just gets frank rudeness as though he's some brainless meat head. I mainly get people who are fundamentally taken aback that a woman would lift "real" weights. Anyone else run into this nonsense? Is this a Portland thing, or an everywhere thing? It's like as soon as someone finds out we lift weights, we're low class and brutish.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #807 on: April 02, 2016, 03:08:46 PM »
I mainly get people who are fundamentally taken aback that a woman would lift "real" weights. Anyone else run into this nonsense? Is this a Portland thing, or an everywhere thing? It's like as soon as someone finds out we lift weights, we're low class and brutish.

I get it all the time! I'm also in Portland, but there's the "oh but you're not bulky" or "why would you do that? It's bad for you."

Whereass figure skating, which is infinitely more dangerous and actually way more sexist, people think is cool. (Granted I'm much more talented at figure skating than lifting, but whatever.)

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« Reply #808 on: April 02, 2016, 03:32:28 PM »
I mainly get people who are fundamentally taken aback that a woman would lift "real" weights. Anyone else run into this nonsense? Is this a Portland thing, or an everywhere thing? It's like as soon as someone finds out we lift weights, we're low class and brutish.

I get it all the time! I'm also in Portland, but there's the "oh but you're not bulky" or "why would you do that? It's bad for you."

Whereass figure skating, which is infinitely more dangerous and actually way more sexist, people think is cool. (Granted I'm much more talented at figure skating than lifting, but whatever.)

Ughhhhhhh oh my god the "it's bad for you". The number of times my FIL has said "but muscle turns into fat when you get old". He literally refuses to believe that weight lifting isn't bad for your heart and turns into fat. Of course, the man also hates coffee, because it looks like coal dust, so OBVIOUSLY it is bad for your lungs. I'll go all white girl on this and say: #can'teven

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #809 on: April 03, 2016, 07:29:00 AM »
I tried to channel some slo-mo Baywatch vibes as I ran the beach yesterday...but I don't think I pulled it off. As expected, that shit was HARD. Whereas I have an easy, long running stride on the pavement, running in the sand results in an inglorious "shuffle"....I had the sense that if I tried to lengthen my stride my Achilles may have been torn asunder again. But I did manage to get 5k in. And as expected, my legs are quite sore this morning of the day after...clearly different muscles are activated running in the sand. And to answer you earlier question JR...I alternated between the sloping, hard packed sand of the surf zone, and the flat surfaced, soft sand.

Here is a scene from my beach run of yesterday. As with most days, I was pretty much alone out here.

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« Reply #810 on: April 03, 2016, 09:11:50 AM »
DH and I went on a run. This doesn't happen very often, as we live in a neighborhood where people generally only run from cops or shootings. But our neighbors have friends over, and we didn't want to be "those people" by smashing weights around and grunting outside while they have company. They already think we're trashy for having a home gym. Eye roll.

How funny, that you live in apparently not the greatest neighborhood, but working out at home makes YOU the trashy ones?


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do find it very interesting how much of a stigma against weight lifting I encounter in my life. Apparently, yoga, cycling, or running are acceptable fitness activities. Olympic weight lifting is not. DH has it worse than me though, and just gets frank rudeness as though he's some brainless meat head. I mainly get people who are fundamentally taken aback that a woman would lift "real" weights. Anyone else run into this nonsense? Is this a Portland thing, or an everywhere thing? It's like as soon as someone finds out we lift weights, we're low class and brutish.

I'm actually really surprised by that, given the rise of CrossFit, and how Portland is towards the forefront of most trends.  If women I know here lift, I'm not aware of it, but I've never gotten any negativity about it.  I go to a small gym in a nice, very suburban white-bread part of Boise and there are a few women there who lift much more seriously than me.  A couple are trainers, a couple come in with alone, or with SO's or friends.  Occasionally I will pay a day fee to use a gym when I'm traveling and I'm usually the only woman in the free weights section.  Never encounter any negativity about it, and just enjoy the little private feeling of badassity.

If you actually care about their opinions and perceptions, you could point out the necessity of weight-bearing exercise to prevent age-related muscle wasting.  Or you could just laugh and walk away.

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« Reply #811 on: April 03, 2016, 09:33:03 AM »
DH and I went on a run. This doesn't happen very often, as we live in a neighborhood where people generally only run from cops or shootings. But our neighbors have friends over, and we didn't want to be "those people" by smashing weights around and grunting outside while they have company. They already think we're trashy for having a home gym. Eye roll.

How funny, that you live in apparently not the greatest neighborhood, but working out at home makes YOU the trashy ones?


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do find it very interesting how much of a stigma against weight lifting I encounter in my life. Apparently, yoga, cycling, or running are acceptable fitness activities. Olympic weight lifting is not. DH has it worse than me though, and just gets frank rudeness as though he's some brainless meat head. I mainly get people who are fundamentally taken aback that a woman would lift "real" weights. Anyone else run into this nonsense? Is this a Portland thing, or an everywhere thing? It's like as soon as someone finds out we lift weights, we're low class and brutish.

I'm actually really surprised by that, given the rise of CrossFit, and how Portland is towards the forefront of most trends.  If women I know here lift, I'm not aware of it, but I've never gotten any negativity about it.  I go to a small gym in a nice, very suburban white-bread part of Boise and there are a few women there who lift much more seriously than me.  A couple are trainers, a couple come in with alone, or with SO's or friends.  Occasionally I will pay a day fee to use a gym when I'm traveling and I'm usually the only woman in the free weights section.  Never encounter any negativity about it, and just enjoy the little private feeling of badassity.

If you actually care about their opinions and perceptions, you could point out the necessity of weight-bearing exercise to prevent age-related muscle wasting.  Or you could just laugh and walk away.

Yeah, it fairly amazes me. We only work out between 10am-4pm, to make sure not to bother people. We're not in view of the street or anything anyway. And the neighbors who particularly give us the stink eye? Have a dog that sits outside and barks all day. Incredible, really. I try to just let it go, though, as they're good neighbors otherwise.

It was different when we lived across the river, in the greater downtown area. Much more accepting, our gym had lots of women who lifted very seriously. A couple who could even outlift DH, lol.

Near as I can tell, I think partially it's that Portland is really uneasy with anything that can be viewed as 'aggressive'... People here tend to be a bit more 'gentle' than I've encountered elsewhere, although that could just be that it's a city.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #812 on: April 03, 2016, 10:58:02 AM »
At the half way point of my beach run route, I encountered something which initially had me sneering. Was I really seeing this....is this a THING? Yoga on stand up paddleboards? My run took a backseat for a bit...I admit to becoming somewhat transfixed by it all. Some very fit bodies out there too. ;)

Then I saw something else which completely erased any previous skepticism I may have been feeling. Wow.

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« Reply #813 on: April 03, 2016, 11:19:53 AM »
At the half way point of my beach run route, I encountered something which initially had me sneering. Was I really seeing this....is this a THING? Yoga on stand up paddleboards? My run took a backseat for a bit...I admit to becoming somewhat transfixed by it all. Some very fit bodies out there too. ;)

Then I saw something else which completely erased any previous skepticism I may have been feeling. Wow.


This is definitely a thing. I can confirm. I see it when I'm kayaking on the Willamette river (river that runs through downtown portland -among other places) and it baffles me/transfixes me as well.

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« Reply #814 on: April 03, 2016, 02:45:04 PM »
At the half way point of my beach run route, I encountered something which initially had me sneering. Was I really seeing this....is this a THING? Yoga on stand up paddleboards? My run took a backseat for a bit...I admit to becoming somewhat transfixed by it all. Some very fit bodies out there too. ;)
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Then I saw something else which completely erased any previous skepticism I may have been feeling. Wow.
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Yeah, the place where the SO got her dive certification does SUP Yoga classes. Once I actually start doing yoga, I've put that on my list. The core strength required to do yoga is incredible, and the core strength required to not fall over is pretty incredible as well. Combining them? Any success would result in an immediate six-pack I think. Or vomit.

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« Reply #815 on: April 03, 2016, 05:43:57 PM »
Bloody hell, that's impressive! I have enough trouble with just the SU part of SUP, there's no way I'd stay dry if I tried to put any fancy stuff in there.

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« Reply #816 on: April 03, 2016, 05:45:58 PM »
Well, I was going to say I didn't end up working out, and just gardened instead.

Now I can't really move my arms. I am reevaluating "just gardened", lol!

Really though, a total of 5 hours, 3 of hard cleaning ground cover and then planting. All manually, with shovel/rake. Owowowowow. This is what we call functional fitness, right? Ow.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #817 on: April 04, 2016, 05:37:33 AM »
DH and I finished the Oak Barrel Half Marathon on Saturday. Each of us hit a PR and I hit my 2:20 goal with a 2:19.51! Honestly, when I set my goals for this year, I thought both of my running goals (sub-30 5K and sub-2:20 Half) were stretch goals for me. I never expected to hit them so early in the year. I've been running off and on for 4 years (mostly I'd sign up for a race, half train, run it, and quit running until I signed up for another race), but last summer when I started losing weight in ernest, I also started running consistently and it has certainly paid off, way more than I could have ever expected.

Oak Barrel is in Lynchburg, TN. Small town, smallish (1600 participants) race. Beautiful course. One brutal hill and some small rollers. Well organized with great volunteers. Well priced with nice race swag (Long sleeve half zip, hat/visor, socks). Fabulous finish line food.  I'd highly recommend the race to anyone in the southern part of the US looking for a fun half.

This week I'm going to ease back into running and swim a bit more than I have been. I feel pretty great, but no reason to rush back in and chance it.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #818 on: April 04, 2016, 06:22:54 AM »
I bought a Fitbit Charge HR before I came down to Baja...I have to admit I'm pretty much sold on it. Distance tracking seems a bit off, but I really like the heart rate tracking...and the desire to exceed the 10000 steps daily has become pleasantly addictive.

This is a snap shot of a typical Baja-exercise day for me...this shows what my day looks like with a morning run and an early afternoon beach walk. I'm guessing that some of the steep hills of my running route are being registered as "stairs"?

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« Reply #819 on: April 04, 2016, 09:38:52 AM »
I managed to do an hour of physical activity 27 days in March, and 30 minutes of physical activity on my "rest days" each week!  Hopefully I can keep those numbers up this month.

I've got a month of crazy travel coming up, so I'm going to need to be self-motivated to work out as I won't have the classes. Anyone have a good resource for airport stretches/workouts? I've got at least 8 hours of layovers this month I could probably utilize.

Any good lists of bodyweight exercises to do in hotel rooms? I think both of the places I'm staying don't have fitness centers so I'm going to have to work out in the room. We also won't have much free time.
I'm thinking burpees, tricep dips off the edge of the bed, sit ups, pushups, squats while holding my backpack. Anything else?

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« Reply #820 on: April 04, 2016, 09:43:21 AM »
I managed to do an hour of physical activity 27 days in March, and 30 minutes of physical activity on my "rest days" each week!  Hopefully I can keep those numbers up this month.

I've got a month of crazy travel coming up, so I'm going to need to be self-motivated to work out as I won't have the classes. Anyone have a good resource for airport stretches/workouts? I've got at least 8 hours of layovers this month I could probably utilize.

Any good lists of bodyweight exercises to do in hotel rooms? I think both of the places I'm staying don't have fitness centers so I'm going to have to work out in the room. We also won't have much free time.
I'm thinking burpees, tricep dips off the edge of the bed, sit ups, pushups, squats while holding my backpack. Anything else?

You can thank ETYL for bringing this up. https://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2010/12/20/the-20-minute-hotel-workout/

Also, all of the Convict Conditioning stuff can be done without equipment.

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« Reply #821 on: April 04, 2016, 09:52:57 AM »
Thank you :)

Yes- I am painfully aware of my set up- I've been trying to work to adjust a major imbalance that was causing my left hip to dip down and back at the bottom of my squat- like my right side would hit the bottom and the left kept going. It was really bad- no pain- but I knew it was going to be. I was in physical therapy for the better part of 7 months- it's better- but I'm now struggling with a clean set up (evidently) and some SI joint issues.   I actually noticed on my 195 set- I re-adjusted at the end of my first five squats and immediately felt tired- so yeppers- lost a lot out of the fussing. It's super annoying- I move my feet every so slightly right before I sit down so when I come up I feel like I need to readust.   

2.)- Yes- ISH.
I am currently doing 1 x 15 of stiff leg deadlifts-I usually pull 155-165 for those- and I can get those without my grip giving up.
I noticed I pull those crooked as well- so I'm REALLY fighting to get even.
My BB rows I do 3 x 10-15 depending on the day and how heavy (usually 115 for me without momentum pulls)


 I am going to be incorporating more posterior chain work in the next rotation of programming- more single leg stuff and more glute work. It's something I tend to leave off when I'm doing all power lifting stuff- me thinks- after almost 3 years of pure power training it's time to switch to a program that addresses more imbalances and is a full body split type work rather than strength.  I'd like to get stronger but not at the risk of increasing my noticeable imbalances.

As far as the fidgeting is concerned, if you're keeping your muscles (quads/hams/glutes) under tension at all times, even at the top-pause of your rep then you shouldn't find yourself moving things around.  Can't really tell from your vid - women tend to have more "jiggle" so it's tough to delineate fat vs. muscle movement (lol, no disrespect!).  Your feet should feel velcro'd to the floor.  The whole thing should be smooth and perfectly-controlled.  That all starts with making sure your feet are planted from the beginning of the first rep which is why I recommend visualizing Velcro on the bottom of your shoes.

I'm also wondering about your SI joint issues.  Certainly a couple posts on the internet aren't enough for me to give a good opinion, but anything that is causing you to have to go and get therapy and cortisone shots (I'm assuming that's what it was) isn't working.  If this is a long-time ongoing problem, even if it's intermittent, perhaps there's something biomechanical in your body that just isn't made to do really heavy squats. 

I had a very similar problem with my left shoulder when I started bodybuilding and certain exercises always injured and irritated it.  Tried everything blah blah and several years later randomly found out I have a subluxed vertebra that causes a slight thoracic scoliosis and imbalance in my left shoulder.  No amount of special PT or exercises was ever going to make up for that so I had to adapt and avoid the exercises that irritated it.  Problem solved and I look better than ever.  Hard to say in your case, but very few of us have perfect bilateral symmetry, whether it's skeletal or central nervous system, and some imbalances we're just stuck with.  Hopefully you can work through your problems, but always remember that this stuff adds up over time as we age and it would suck to lose sight of the forest for the trees.  Good luck to you either way, again - hoping you can sort it out.


I apparently totally missed this.

I generally only have issues with extremely high reps- I can crank out 8 if that's all I"m doing- but when I'm doing 20- i'ts like trying to settle in for the long haul and that's wear I fidget (other than initial warm up stuff bar only)

I've been squatting for a long long time- I don't suspect (unless I've 'broken' something) that I have an issue with it. - but SOMETHING has changed in the last 2 years. The SI joint issues came I think out of training for a half AND trying to correct a shift in my pelvis- so either I was trying to compensate to avoid something- OR the physical therapy to correct it caused the SI joint issues.

I haven't had as much issues with pain lifting- most of my SI joint pain comes from sitting and walking and anything that the end of a hamstring stretch (so stiff leg deads are now an issue).

BUT- good news.  I have found a new therapist who works out of a training facility and has a former title wining powerlifter coach on staff. He just moved into the area 3 months ago- which means he wasn't there when I started looking for help.

So I have my free clinical movement assessment to try to bring my physical therapy and technique issues closer together to solve the problem- because fuck- I'm only 32- I"m not going to STOP lifting and I"m not going to live the rest of my life literally sitting in pain. NOPE NOPE NOPE.

So- onward and upward- the pursuit remains!

In other news- new programming this week for me- i'm done with 20 rep squat program WOOOOOOOOOOOOT

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #822 on: April 04, 2016, 09:54:49 AM »
DH and I went on a run. This doesn't happen very often, as we live in a neighborhood where people generally only run from cops or shootings. But our neighbors have friends over, and we didn't want to be "those people" by smashing weights around and grunting outside while they have company. They already think we're trashy for having a home gym. Eye roll.

Anyway, antisocial behavior aside, we did a 1 mile run at about 85% speed (definitely faster than jogging, not *quite* a full sprint), and at the half way point we stopped at a park and did pull ups (me) and muscle ups (DH) on the monkey bars. I'm already getting to where DH is doing very light help getting me up, and letting me go completely for a hold and slow negative. I did 2x5 of these, and 1x3 chin ups totally solo.

I do find it very interesting how much of a stigma against weight lifting I encounter in my life. Apparently, yoga, cycling, or running are acceptable fitness activities. Olympic weight lifting is not. DH has it worse than me though, and just gets frank rudeness as though he's some brainless meat head. I mainly get people who are fundamentally taken aback that a woman would lift "real" weights. Anyone else run into this nonsense? Is this a Portland thing, or an everywhere thing? It's like as soon as someone finds out we lift weights, we're low class and brutish.

I find this odd indeed- I've NEVER had anyone give me a hard time about it- and I'm not small my any stretch.

I'm still trying to find this mystical heavy weight that makes me bulk instantly- it's like some magical candy land room that charlie goes to and I cannot. Wildly annoying- been trying to get bulky for years- and someone has found a shortcut!!!  WHAT HAVE I BEEN WASTING ALL MY TIME TRAINING FOR THEN!

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #823 on: April 04, 2016, 10:29:57 AM »
I'm off to do a 7k beach walk...just might have to check out the sea faring yoga-ists again...for, uh, scientific purposes. ;)

And this talk of bulk...my frame (think swimmer build) would make such a thing a difficult task...my best bet right now is TONED, TANNED, SYMMETRY. Getting there...

Now, off to ogle head standing SUP'ers. Chow.

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« Reply #824 on: April 04, 2016, 03:11:25 PM »
I'm still trying to find this mystical heavy weight that makes me bulk instantly- it's like some magical candy land room that charlie goes to and I cannot. Wildly annoying- been trying to get bulky for years- and someone has found a shortcut!!!  WHAT HAVE I BEEN WASTING ALL MY TIME TRAINING FOR THEN!

Yep, this! I have been lifting with the goal of adding mass or "bulk" for 3 years now and no bulk yet! Lol. I've realized it is going to take a LONG time for me to get even a reasonable amount of mass and I could likely never be "bulky" unless I got some very serious...help... >_<

I get mixed opinions as far as lifting goes. I just shrug off naysayers.

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« Reply #825 on: April 04, 2016, 05:55:23 PM »
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Time for the month-end reckoning.  Isn't pretty, unfortunately -- I was having a major case of the blahs this weekend, and schedule today makes a trip to the gym impractical, so I'm going out with a whimper rather than a bang.  Still, I have made some progress toward at least a few of my goals in the first two months of the year, including:

2792 minutes in movement
178.5 miles traversed on foot
25,617 calories burned (25.62% of annual target -- considerably ahead of target)
43 sessions of exercise (17.2% of annual target -- on track)
5k new PR:  32:00 (1:25 cut from previous PR, 2 minutes to go to target pace)

I still have not added weight training, nor have I found any new low carby recipes to try (haven't tried, to be honest).  And no hiking yet this year -- still very wet in the PNW.

Looking forward to starting March.  But first, a nap -- I didn't sleep much last night....

Another distinctly "meh" month for me on the fitness front.  But not a total wash.  I did keep myself moving more days than not. 

4147 minutes in movement
260.24 miles traversed on foot
38,198 calories burned (let's call it 38.2%% of annual target -- still reasonably ahead of original target)
64 sessions of exercise (25.6% of annual target -- still on track)
5k PR:  32:00 (totally bagged it on running this month, and lost momentum -- will try to get back on track in April, started with a slow run of 2 miles today, even though I was not feeling great)


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« Reply #826 on: April 05, 2016, 09:37:09 AM »
Lhamo, you are much to critical of yourself. That looks pretty amazing to me...especially considering the "life things" on your plate currently.

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« Reply #827 on: April 05, 2016, 12:36:34 PM »
Well, I was going to say I didn't end up working out, and just gardened instead.

Now I can't really move my arms. I am reevaluating "just gardened", lol!

Really though, a total of 5 hours, 3 of hard cleaning ground cover and then planting. All manually, with shovel/rake. Owowowowow. This is what we call functional fitness, right? Ow.

Gardening IS hard work! Especially this time of year with all the tidying, soil amending, digging, raking, etc... One of the reasons I love it :)

Yeah, that gardening? Plus some major batch cooking? I can't really use my right thumb right now. Extremely painful to try and to the "pincer grip" that is just like... basic to everything. Including typing >.< Work is gonna suck tomorrow. Probably going to have to tape it in place and wear a glove all day??? Since I won't be able to wash with the tape there. Ugh, at least I just have one patient.

Anyway, no barbell for me today =( Will probably do some air squats and job about and such. Hoping it heals up quickly, since I REALLY don't want to lose the pull up progress I was making.

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« Reply #828 on: April 05, 2016, 12:40:50 PM »
Well, I was going to say I didn't end up working out, and just gardened instead.

Now I can't really move my arms. I am reevaluating "just gardened", lol!

Really though, a total of 5 hours, 3 of hard cleaning ground cover and then planting. All manually, with shovel/rake. Owowowowow. This is what we call functional fitness, right? Ow.


Gardening IS hard work! Especially this time of year with all the tidying, soil amending, digging, raking, etc... One of the reasons I love it :)

Yeah, that gardening? Plus some major batch cooking? I can't really use my right thumb right now. Extremely painful to try and to the "pincer grip" that is just like... basic to everything. Including typing >.< Work is gonna suck tomorrow. Probably going to have to tape it in place and wear a glove all day??? Since I won't be able to wash with the tape there. Ugh, at least I just have one patient.

Anyway, no barbell for me today =( Will probably do some air squats and job about and such. Hoping it heals up quickly, since I REALLY don't want to lose the pull up progress I was making.

oh no!! what happened to your thumb? that's poopy no barbell!!! 

Do you have lifting straps?  You should be able to use them for lat pull downs and be able to continue the back work you were doing.

If you're thumb is out of commission for a long time I'd look into getting those arm things that Dana Lynn Bailey made popular- my friend smashed his thumb to pieces- and he was out of commission for 2-3 weeks but he had a show coming up- so he got the arm things to keep training his back and a few other isolations- seemed to work pretty well for him.

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« Reply #829 on: April 05, 2016, 12:47:25 PM »
Well, I was going to say I didn't end up working out, and just gardened instead.

Now I can't really move my arms. I am reevaluating "just gardened", lol!

Really though, a total of 5 hours, 3 of hard cleaning ground cover and then planting. All manually, with shovel/rake. Owowowowow. This is what we call functional fitness, right? Ow.


Gardening IS hard work! Especially this time of year with all the tidying, soil amending, digging, raking, etc... One of the reasons I love it :)

Yeah, that gardening? Plus some major batch cooking? I can't really use my right thumb right now. Extremely painful to try and to the "pincer grip" that is just like... basic to everything. Including typing >.< Work is gonna suck tomorrow. Probably going to have to tape it in place and wear a glove all day??? Since I won't be able to wash with the tape there. Ugh, at least I just have one patient.

Anyway, no barbell for me today =( Will probably do some air squats and job about and such. Hoping it heals up quickly, since I REALLY don't want to lose the pull up progress I was making.

oh no!! what happened to your thumb? that's poopy no barbell!!! 

Do you have lifting straps?  You should be able to use them for lat pull downs and be able to continue the back work you were doing.

If you're thumb is out of commission for a long time I'd look into getting those arm things that Dana Lynn Bailey made popular- my friend smashed his thumb to pieces- and he was out of commission for 2-3 weeks but he had a show coming up- so he got the arm things to keep training his back and a few other isolations- seemed to work pretty well for him.

Hmm. We do not have lifting straps. Ironically, my husband wanted to get them, but I nixed them a couple months ago. Serves me right haha.

I think the thumb is just a stress injury right now. Removing ground cover, including grass, and prepping a 100sq ft garden bed that hasn't been used in 3 years with just a rake and a shovel... I may have overdone it, haha! Definitely feels muscular not tendon though, so I'm optimistic it'll recover quickly.

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« Reply #830 on: April 05, 2016, 02:10:40 PM »
Well, I was going to say I didn't end up working out, and just gardened instead.

Now I can't really move my arms. I am reevaluating "just gardened", lol!

Really though, a total of 5 hours, 3 of hard cleaning ground cover and then planting. All manually, with shovel/rake. Owowowowow. This is what we call functional fitness, right? Ow.


Gardening IS hard work! Especially this time of year with all the tidying, soil amending, digging, raking, etc... One of the reasons I love it :)

Yeah, that gardening? Plus some major batch cooking? I can't really use my right thumb right now. Extremely painful to try and to the "pincer grip" that is just like... basic to everything. Including typing >.< Work is gonna suck tomorrow. Probably going to have to tape it in place and wear a glove all day??? Since I won't be able to wash with the tape there. Ugh, at least I just have one patient.

Anyway, no barbell for me today =( Will probably do some air squats and job about and such. Hoping it heals up quickly, since I REALLY don't want to lose the pull up progress I was making.

oh no!! what happened to your thumb? that's poopy no barbell!!! 

Do you have lifting straps?  You should be able to use them for lat pull downs and be able to continue the back work you were doing.

If you're thumb is out of commission for a long time I'd look into getting those arm things that Dana Lynn Bailey made popular- my friend smashed his thumb to pieces- and he was out of commission for 2-3 weeks but he had a show coming up- so he got the arm things to keep training his back and a few other isolations- seemed to work pretty well for him.

Hmm. We do not have lifting straps. Ironically, my husband wanted to get them, but I nixed them a couple months ago. Serves me right haha.

I think the thumb is just a stress injury right now. Removing ground cover, including grass, and prepping a 100sq ft garden bed that hasn't been used in 3 years with just a rake and a shovel... I may have overdone it, haha! Definitely feels muscular not tendon though, so I'm optimistic it'll recover quickly.
Oh that's not to bad- hopefully you'll be more functional in a two or three days.

I find having a set of straps lying around is useful occasionally- I don't use them often- but when I need them- I'm glad I have them!!
Jealous of your time spent outside though- it's been so nasty here in NJ- that I didn't want to go outside at all- much less be working in that weather!

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« Reply #831 on: April 05, 2016, 09:22:09 PM »
Well, I was going to say I didn't end up working out, and just gardened instead.

Now I can't really move my arms. I am reevaluating "just gardened", lol!

Really though, a total of 5 hours, 3 of hard cleaning ground cover and then planting. All manually, with shovel/rake. Owowowowow. This is what we call functional fitness, right? Ow.

+1000 for gardening for ARMS. Keep it up BJ and soon you will be JACKED.

OMG. It's happened again.

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« Reply #832 on: April 06, 2016, 06:07:10 AM »
JS, just so you know, I delight in that picture. Because those are some really nice plants, of course. =P

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« Reply #833 on: April 06, 2016, 09:04:31 AM »
JS, just so you know, I delight in that picture. Because those are some really nice plants, of course. =P

Yes, lots of comments received regarding the shapeliness of my....zucchini. ;)

In all seriousness...my fitness "odyssey" has had the effect of making things such as gardening, land clearing, choppin' wood, etc. much less of an ordeal physically....and much more fun. It is to the point now that at the end of a full day of working our island acres that there is dissapointment when the sun starts to go down....I want to KEEP GOING. I am still getting used to this STAMINA thing. :)

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« Reply #834 on: April 06, 2016, 09:39:20 AM »
Deadlifted 435 for a clean double today :)

Also hit 315 on ass to grass squats for 2 sets of 5......progress!

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« Reply #835 on: April 06, 2016, 09:43:58 AM »
Deadlifted 435 for a clean double today :)

Also hit 315 on ass to grass squats for 2 sets of 5......progress!

I has a jealous.

Great job!!!

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« Reply #836 on: April 06, 2016, 09:48:07 AM »
Went to class I normally like yesterday, but it was "pull conditioning" day - essentially a day of beating the crap out of my arthritic wrists and hands (rope pull-ups, TRX rowing, farmer's carry, sumo deadlifts, ball slams...) Could barely make a fist by the end of class or bend my elbow, and not in the "good but exhausted way" but in the "holy crap my hands are terrible and I just beat them up for an hour" way. I've been pretty good about modifying exercises and setting boundaries, but it was nearly impossible to do for every exercise.

So today I'm having trouble holding my phone, let alone objects like pens. Argh. Stupid arthritis. I wish that working out made you better, not worse.

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« Reply #837 on: April 06, 2016, 11:29:24 AM »
In all seriousness...my fitness "odyssey" has had the effect of making things such as gardening, land clearing, choppin' wood, etc. much less of an ordeal physically....and much more fun. It is to the point now that at the end of a full day of working our island acres that there is dissapointment when the sun starts to go down....I want to KEEP GOING. I am still getting used to this STAMINA thing. :)

This is the truth. I still remember the first time lifting the cast iron dutch oven after almost a year of crossfit. It can't weigh more than 15 pounds, but I used to struggle with it so much. It feels like nothing now. I know this story sounds silly, but it was the first time I realized how awesome lifting was in relation to real life tasks.

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« Reply #838 on: April 06, 2016, 12:33:08 PM »
Cranked it on inclines this morning - 915 cals burned.

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« Reply #839 on: April 06, 2016, 02:49:58 PM »
In all seriousness...my fitness "odyssey" has had the effect of making things such as gardening, land clearing, choppin' wood, etc. much less of an ordeal physically....and much more fun. It is to the point now that at the end of a full day of working our island acres that there is dissapointment when the sun starts to go down....I want to KEEP GOING. I am still getting used to this STAMINA thing. :)

This is the truth. I still remember the first time lifting the cast iron dutch oven after almost a year of crossfit. It can't weigh more than 15 pounds, but I used to struggle with it so much. It feels like nothing now. I know this story sounds silly, but it was the first time I realized how awesome lifting was in relation to real life tasks.

I don't lift, but I've had similar revelations cardio wise. In my job I have a lot of days where I don't get to sit down much. I'm up, carrying things, directing people, just generally on the go. All day. Most nights I used I'd find myself with sore feet, tired legs, and just be generally exhausted. I seldom do any more, well okay, the mental exhaustion remains. :)

But I can walk several flights of stairs without huffing and puffing. I can be on my feet all day and not be sore. It's such a great feeling to just be able to do things and not have to worry about if I can or how I'll feel tomorrow.

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« Reply #840 on: April 06, 2016, 03:24:43 PM »
In all seriousness...my fitness "odyssey" has had the effect of making things such as gardening, land clearing, choppin' wood, etc. much less of an ordeal physically....and much more fun. It is to the point now that at the end of a full day of working our island acres that there is dissapointment when the sun starts to go down....I want to KEEP GOING. I am still getting used to this STAMINA thing. :)

This is the truth. I still remember the first time lifting the cast iron dutch oven after almost a year of crossfit. It can't weigh more than 15 pounds, but I used to struggle with it so much. It feels like nothing now. I know this story sounds silly, but it was the first time I realized how awesome lifting was in relation to real life tasks.

I don't lift, but I've had similar revelations cardio wise. In my job I have a lot of days where I don't get to sit down much. I'm up, carrying things, directing people, just generally on the go. All day. Most nights I used I'd find myself with sore feet, tired legs, and just be generally exhausted. I seldom do any more, well okay, the mental exhaustion remains. :)

But I can walk several flights of stairs without huffing and puffing. I can be on my feet all day and not be sore. It's such a great feeling to just be able to do things and not have to worry about if I can or how I'll feel tomorrow.
+1 I went skiing in November for the first time in two years (after starting lifting about 2 years ago). I can remember the previous ski trip huffing and puffing and getting tired from having to carry my skis around in the flat areas. I had zero issues this last time and it was very obvious to me what a difference strength and cardio training have done for me!

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« Reply #841 on: April 06, 2016, 04:42:48 PM »
Hey all, new to this thread, but loving it! I hope you don't mind my first post being used to brag about my recent round of 1RMs, but I'm excited by my lifting progress and it's fun to share with people who actually care about fitness. I used to Crossfit but was frustrated with how slowly my strength was progressing so I switched to powerflifting a little over a year ago. As of this week, I am blown away by how far I've come!

Bench: 105 -> 225 (woo! I can do 1 rep NFL combine style!)
Squat: 215 -> 395
Deadlift: 305 -> 515 (o.O !!! I used to think 500 was a 5+ year away goal)

So excited to see where I am by the end of 2016!

Yes, I have become a total geek about lifting. I've been a tall skinny nerd for most of my life (now 32), so I'm definitely on board with viewing all of this through the #levelup paradigm :)
« Last Edit: April 06, 2016, 07:39:56 PM by Lagom »

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« Reply #842 on: April 06, 2016, 06:29:58 PM »
Saw this image and thought of you Bracken_Joy!

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« Reply #843 on: April 06, 2016, 07:06:15 PM »
Hey all, new to this thread, but loving it! I hope you don't mind my first post on being used to brag about my recent round of 1RMs, but I'm excited by my lifting progress and it's fun to share with people who actually care about fitness. I used to Crossfit but was frustrated with how slowly my strength was progressing so I switched to powerflifting a little over a year ago. As of this week, I am blown away by the progress!

Bench: 105 -> 225 (woo! I can do 1 rep NFL combine style!)
Squat: 215 -> 395
Deadlift: 305 -> 515 (o.O !!! I used to think 500 was a 5+ year away goal)

So excited to see where I am by the end of 2016!

Yes, I have become a total geek about lifting. I've been a tall skinny nerd for most of my life (now 32), so I'm definitely on board with viewing all of this through the #levelup paradigm :)

Welcome! Killer progress too! I used to frequent a forum that set the strength verified badge at 300/400/500 bench/squat/deadlift. You are mighty close!

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« Reply #844 on: April 06, 2016, 07:43:07 PM »
Hey all, new to this thread, but loving it! I hope you don't mind my first post being used to brag about my recent round of 1RMs, but I'm excited by my lifting progress and it's fun to share with people who actually care about fitness. I used to Crossfit but was frustrated with how slowly my strength was progressing so I switched to powerflifting a little over a year ago. As of this week, I am blown away by the progress!

Bench: 105 -> 225 (woo! I can do 1 rep NFL combine style!)
Squat: 215 -> 395
Deadlift: 305 -> 515 (o.O !!! I used to think 500 was a 5+ year away goal)

So excited to see where I am by the end of 2016!

Yes, I have become a total geek about lifting. I've been a tall skinny nerd for most of my life (now 32), so I'm definitely on board with viewing all of this through the #levelup paradigm :)

Welcome! Killer progress too! I used to frequent a forum that set the strength verified badge at 300/400/500 bench/squat/deadlift. You are mighty close!

Thanks! Bench may take another year or so for me to be able to join that club, but we'll see. I'm 6'4" with longer than average arms. Great for deadlifting. Not so much for bench.

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« Reply #845 on: April 06, 2016, 07:53:26 PM »
Hey all, new to this thread, but loving it! I hope you don't mind my first post being used to brag about my recent round of 1RMs, but I'm excited by my lifting progress and it's fun to share with people who actually care about fitness. I used to Crossfit but was frustrated with how slowly my strength was progressing so I switched to powerflifting a little over a year ago. As of this week, I am blown away by the progress!

Bench: 105 -> 225 (woo! I can do 1 rep NFL combine style!)
Squat: 215 -> 395
Deadlift: 305 -> 515 (o.O !!! I used to think 500 was a 5+ year away goal)

So excited to see where I am by the end of 2016!

Yes, I have become a total geek about lifting. I've been a tall skinny nerd for most of my life (now 32), so I'm definitely on board with viewing all of this through the #levelup paradigm :)

Welcome! Killer progress too! I used to frequent a forum that set the strength verified badge at 300/400/500 bench/squat/deadlift. You are mighty close!

Thanks! Bench may take another year or so for me to be able to join that club, but we'll see. I'm 6'4" with longer than average arms. Great for deadlifting. Not so much for bench.

I am a 5'11 female so I feel you on the long limbs! ;)

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« Reply #846 on: April 07, 2016, 07:33:59 AM »
Cranked it on inclines this morning - 915 cals burned.

Is that the number the machine gave you?

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« Reply #847 on: April 07, 2016, 09:11:02 AM »
I posted this "FitBit snapshot" in my Journal to help illustrate the activity level one of my adventurous Baja-days.. Only two years ago...not only could I have not done a "workout" like that...but I would have feeling the effects on my knees, back, feet...for many days after. Yes, I felt fairly exhausted after this...but somehow it was a PLEASURABLE exhaustion...my body seemed to THRUM, like the strings of an instrument...hard to explain really.

Another thing worth noting is my resting heart rate...now consistently in the low 50's. For my age group, this is considered to be that of an "athlete".

There is a rather long, steep hill in my Vancouver suburb that my wife and I would have to climb to get to our town centre. I vividly remember huffing and puffing, feeling a bit dizzy by the time we got to the crest of this hill. These days, I can charge up this thing with barely an escalation in my pulse rate. How far I have come...I have mentioned before that this has probably been the most rewarding aspect of FIRE for me. And it saddens me that I waited this long to do this.

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« Reply #848 on: April 07, 2016, 11:55:33 AM »
I posted this "FitBit snapshot" in my Journal to help illustrate the activity level one of my adventurous Baja-days.. Only two years ago...not only could I have not done a "workout" like that...but I would have feeling the effects on my knees, back, feet...for many days after. Yes, I felt fairly exhausted after this...but somehow it was a PLEASURABLE exhaustion...my body seemed to THRUM, like the strings of an instrument...hard to explain really.

Another thing worth noting is my resting heart rate...now consistently in the low 50's. For my age group, this is considered to be that of an "athlete".

There is a rather long, steep hill in my Vancouver suburb that my wife and I would have to climb to get to our town centre. I vividly remember huffing and puffing, feeling a bit dizzy by the time we got to the crest of this hill. These days, I can charge up this thing with barely an escalation in my pulse rate. How far I have come...I have mentioned before that this has probably been the most rewarding aspect of FIRE for me. And it saddens me that I waited this long to do this.

Very awesome, congrats on the progress! I love my fitbit Charge HR too for data like this.

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« Reply #849 on: April 07, 2016, 12:42:57 PM »
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And it saddens me that I waited this long to do this.

Tell me about it! For a long time I was one of those people who constantly wished I were in shape but it was just. too. hard.

Now I constantly wonder where I would be today if I had started doing this years ago. Kind of like my debt situation that I have (finally) almost escaped! Oh well, we're all kicking butt now!