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Old 08-02-2013, 06:31 AM   #26
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all you need is some dumbbells and open space to run.
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Old 08-02-2013, 01:17 PM   #27
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I actually own a pair of dumbbells. As well as a balance board (in addition to the Wii-one). And a big exercise ball you can sit on. And weights for one's feet. Pilates ring. Skip rope.

Can you tell I had a exercise-craze a few years back?
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Old 08-03-2013, 08:41 AM   #28
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See, I really dislike running, but the thing about cardio is that as long as you're working hard it doesn't really matter what you're doing. So I substitute running for the gym and cross trainer, it's vaguely effective with the advantage that you can customise it.
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I also hate running, so I just use an exercise bike. It feels like I get my necessary cardio + works out my quads a little bit since I do it with some resistance.
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I've been ratcheting up my walking lately, as well as my walking speed. I won't be able to maintain this level of walking during the school year, but I think I'll still be able to walk at least a mile or two a day.

I'm beginning to really like the feeling of sweating, so hopefully I can motivate myself to work out at the uni gym during the year. We'll see how that goes.

120 lbs total weight loss so far =3
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I've been ratcheting up my walking lately, as well as my walking speed. I won't be able to maintain this level of walking during the school year, but I think I'll still be able to walk at least a mile or two a day.

I'm beginning to really like the feeling of sweating, so hopefully I can motivate myself to work out at the uni gym during the year. We'll see how that goes.

120 lbs total weight loss so far =3
Congrats! As long as you like excercising, then keep at it!

Anyway, I just recently got back from a hard bike ride. I'm aiming for a 30 km/h average, but managed a 29.1. Does anyone know of any good core excersises, as cycling uses them, but doesn't build them.
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I've been ratcheting up my walking lately, as well as my walking speed. I won't be able to maintain this level of walking during the school year, but I think I'll still be able to walk at least a mile or two a day.

I'm beginning to really like the feeling of sweating, so hopefully I can motivate myself to work out at the uni gym during the year. We'll see how that goes.

120 lbs total weight loss so far =3
Jesus dude. Maybe I missed it, but is there a certain diet you're following? I've been exercising and my weight keeps fluctuating between 3-5 lbs lost and sometimes I'll gain 2-3 back. I'm not really progressing in the weight loss category too well despite usually staying within a good limit of calorie intake.

Are you only eating like a small bowl of salad without dressing as your daily meal and a yogurt for a snack or something?

But seriously, damn, congratulations.
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Old 08-06-2013, 11:24 AM   #33
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Jesus dude. Maybe I missed it, but is there a certain diet you're following? I've been exercising and my weight keeps fluctuating between 3-5 lbs lost and sometimes I'll gain 2-3 back. I'm not really progressing in the weight loss category too well despite usually staying within a good limit of calorie intake.

Are you only eating like a small bowl of salad without dressing as your daily meal and a yogurt for a snack or something?

But seriously, damn, congratulations.
Thanks pal!

If I had the money and was motivated to actually cook, this is the diet I'd be following: Primal diet, high protein, low carbs and sugars. As it stands now, I am unable to follow that diet as well as I'd like, so I usually do a modified version.

Calorie reduction is everything. All of my weight loss so far has been solely due to calorie reduction. However, this has slowed to a measly ~4 lbs/month weight loss recently, because calorie reduction is more effective the more you weigh. That's why I'm adding in walking.

When I wasn't exercising, I would aim for around 1200-1500 calories a day. This seems to be the sweet spot, at least for me. I make sandwiches because they are super easy and it's very easy to know exactly how many calories are in each one: my sandwiches (bread and meat, no cheese/condiments) are around 350-400 calories. On days I go out to eat, the out to eat meal will be my main one of the day, and I'll only have peanuts or a sandwich for the other meal that day. I don't have drinks with calories in them, except for the rare alcoholic drink, and even then it's something like gin and diet tonic water. With the amount of exercise I've been doing the past week and a half, my calorie intake has increased a bit. For example, yesterday was around 1800-2000 I think. That's because I went to McDonald's yesterday =p

So yeah, calorie reduction is everything. I'm now running into issues where I am gaining muscle at the same time as I am burning fat, so that's another thing that's slowing it down.

If you're serious about cutting your intake, I'd recommend moving down slowly. If you drop to 1200 cold turkey you will feel like shit.

Oh! And I don't keep any sweets or chips/etc. in my apartment. The "snacks" that I have are popcorn (which I eat as a dinner at work) and peanuts (which I eat as a meal sometimes). Never buying sweets does wonders for weight loss. If you're a big soda drinker, I'd recommend only drinking diet stuff, too. Regular Coke has like 200 calories a bottle, Diet Coke has 0 (or like 1 if you want to get technical).

When I first started, gum was also really helpful. Just buy that instead of snacks.

Depending on the exercise you're doing, I'd recommend eating 1800-2000 on workout days, and 1500-1800 on off days, as a thing to shoot for. If you start feeling really awful, obviously stop haha.
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Christ EmGee, nice work. Wish I could be that motivated. All I've really done is stop buying bags of sweets on my way out of work like I used to and started going to Octopush/Karate more often.
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Old 08-06-2013, 12:39 PM   #35
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Nice job man.

Anyone have tips on motivating yourself to do floor/free weights work when you get up in the morning? If I did a half decent floor work routine every day I'd bulk up faster but I can't seem to get myself to do it.
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I put on about 10 kg in the past year (from 60 to just shy of 70 - that's from about 130 pounds to 150 pounds to you Americans), a lot of which is sadly fat (not all, as I've taken up climbing and lifting my own body weight has become easier over the course of the year despite there being more of it). Am also intending to use the summer to trim off excess fat. I'm a fairly healthy weight for my age and size so I'm not looking to lose too much (no intention of going down as far as my old weight, some of the gain is muscle after all). Essentially I've noticed that while I've got stronger, my general fitness has got worse. I tire easier from running around etc, and I've got a bit more flabby which is sadface inducing.

On the other hand, I am awfully lazy so how much I'll actually manage to get done is doubtful.
Lost about 8-10 pounds since this post and am feeling generally fitter. Judging by comparing pictures I'm probably looking to drop another 5 pounds or so of flab at which point I'll be looking to pick up more muscle as I'm fairly weedy (going back to uni will help this tremendously - I'll have regular access to a climbing wall again and full control over my own meals. My parents do not believe in large dinner portion sizes and get arsey if I eat all the food in the house and leave my siblings nothing for school lunches :p).

Completed the second week of the running podcast too now. Got one more left of the second week of the fitness/flex one.
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Old 08-10-2013, 12:50 AM   #37
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Nice job man.

Anyone have tips on motivating yourself to do floor/free weights work when you get up in the morning? If I did a half decent floor work routine every day I'd bulk up faster but I can't seem to get myself to do it.
I actually read an article on this phenomenon: "how do I get myself to [exercise] every day?"

The answer is simple: you do it. Again, again, and again.

Pretty soon you start to get a rush of endorphins just from thinking about your daily exercise moment - it just takes a while for the brain to associate "feels good" (endorphins) with exercise, and the giving up in most cases happens before the brain has the chance to start liking it (restarting the whole learning process over again). Most of us have probably felt the sense of accomplishment after a good workout when your muscles still feel the burn; the goal is to make that rush happen with every workout, on a regular basis.

You'll hate forcing yourself to doing it for a few days, but once your brain registers a new, endorphin-filled pattern, you'll be looking forward to it and starting a positive cycle. :3
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Old 08-10-2013, 01:37 AM   #38
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I actually read an article on this phenomenon: "how do I get myself to [exercise] every day?"

The answer is simple: you do it. Again, again, and again.

Pretty soon you start to get a rush of endorphins just from thinking about your daily exercise moment - it just takes a while for the brain to associate "feels good" (endorphins) with exercise, and the giving up in most cases happens before the brain has the chance to start liking it (restarting the whole learning process over again). Most of us have probably felt the sense of accomplishment after a good workout when your muscles still feel the burn; the goal is to make that rush happen with every workout, on a regular basis.

You'll hate forcing yourself to doing it for a few days, but once your brain registers a new, endorphin-filled pattern, you'll be looking forward to it and starting a positive cycle. :3
This was the Great Lie in my life. Went to the gym. Jogged for about 30 minutes, did ellipticals for about another 30 minutes. Did this 3 to 4 days a week, every week. For one month. Never once experienced any sort of euphoria or pleasure or even halfway satisfaction to do with my exercise. Nothing but physical pain, discomfort from the feeling of being very sweaty, repulsion at the odor of sweat and BO and such, and being pissed the fuck off that I wasn't losing weight nor gaining stamina and yet here I had just lost precious hours that could've gone into my studies.

One month. One month I fucking kept this up. And you say it happens in a matter of days?

Yeah. The Great Lie. I've heard this one before.

But maybe I'm just one of the unlucky few for whom your general rule doesn't apply. In which case ... well, that sure sucks. hahahahahaha ^^;
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You're not alone, Talon. That's most of the reason I stopped going to the gym.
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One trick is to manually boost the pleasure. So make a point of listening to a pod cast or watching a short cartoon every morning while you exercise.

I've probably hit the limit of cardio. I have body fat but really it's my diet that needs to change. I'm moving to more weights at the gym and I'm noticing improvement in my strength and stamina. Add in floor work and I hope to have a toned ish stomach and broader shoulders/arms by Christmas.

I suspect it will involve giving up booze and sweets. Shame.
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This was the Great Lie in my life. Went to the gym. Jogged for about 30 minutes, did ellipticals for about another 30 minutes. Did this 3 to 4 days a week, every week. For one month. Never once experienced any sort of euphoria or pleasure or even halfway satisfaction to do with my exercise. Nothing but physical pain, discomfort from the feeling of being very sweaty, repulsion at the odor of sweat and BO and such, and being pissed the fuck off that I wasn't losing weight nor gaining stamina and yet here I had just lost precious hours that could've gone into my studies.

One month. One month I fucking kept this up. And you say it happens in a matter of days?

Yeah. The Great Lie. I've heard this one before.

But maybe I'm just one of the unlucky few for whom your general rule doesn't apply. In which case ... well, that sure sucks. hahahahahaha ^^;
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You're not alone, Talon. That's most of the reason I stopped going to the gym.
I'm just reporting it as I read it!

And I've never been to a gym, myself. It could be a culture thing, but in Finland if you go to a private gym you're either a professional athlete or a very rich douchebag. The general consensus in this country is "why pay for a gym when you can run laps outside and do jackknives on the living room floor? ". Note that I'm not personally against gyms, but this is the mentality I was raised with. ^^; (I also have issues with people seeing me exercise or seeing other people exercising better than me, which makes Wii Fit ideal for me - no competition or pressure from anyone but myself.)

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I've probably hit the limit of cardio. I have body fat but really it's my diet that needs to change. I'm moving to more weights at the gym and I'm noticing improvement in my strength and stamina. Add in floor work and I hope to have a toned ish stomach and broader shoulders/arms by Christmas.

I suspect it will involve giving up booze and sweets. Shame.
Never been too big on alcohol myself, so giving up booze is no problem for me.

And I'd suggest swapping sweets for stuff like apples, tangerines, oranges, pineapple and so on. Low-cal fruits have water, fiber and vitamins, and they should have almost no effect on calorie calculations (unless you're eating a ton of bananas and avocados, which will screw with your caloric intake).

EDIT: Does UPN already have a diet thread?
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Fruit has a ton of sugar in it, which is a crying shame =(
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Yeah a) fruit still ramps up your sugar and b) I already eat loads of fruit.

Boo.
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Old 08-11-2013, 01:24 PM   #44
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I go to two 90 minute Karate sessions a week at present (and have been for the last 8 years). I'm still not all that fit though, I hate running and can't do so for long periods, it made me more flexible if anything else =p. It made a difference weight wise to start off with then I plateaued after a while. Never undertaken a serious diet really, I love all the wrong foods and don't have the willpower to stop eating them most of the time XD (plus I love to bake and do like to try my creations out).Diet coke is my main weakness, I'm addicted to the stuff =/. I'm in a job where I'm on my feet for most of the 14 hours I'm there so that helps. I lost a stone (14 pounds) 2 years ago due to illness and then couldn't put half of it back on and haven't been able to shift it since. I'm at a healthy BMI however so I'm not too fussed. I'm starting a new job soon where I'll only work mornings (for the most part) so I may up my training to 3 times a week, we'll see ^-^
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So this running lark hit a bit of a hiccup today. I was supposed to do my third run of last week last Saturday, but my left lower leg had been hurting so I took the weekend off and successfully completed it on Monday instead. Today I stepped it up again for the first of my three week four runs. Whilst my leg is now better - resting it over the weekend seems to have paid off - I failed to complete this run. Was pushing through a painful stitch for most of it, then about two and a half minutes from the end (of sixteen total) I was overwhelmed by the need to throw up. Didn't, thankfully, but did end up sitting down on the curb for about five minutes fighting the urge until I felt able to walk back home.

Stitch started quite early in the run (early enough that I should've felt it in previous weeks) so I suspect todays bad session might be down to having had a fairly sizeable dinner at about seven and going running an hour later (wanted to get it done before it got dark). I'll plan ahead timing wise a little better for Friday's session and try this run again. If I manage it great, this one fail has only pushed me back a couple days, if not I'll tone it down a bit for a couple sessions and try to build towards the run I had planned this week. Even with not finishing it, what I did manage today was still more that I have in previous weeks so. Little annoying though.
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Old 08-31-2013, 06:40 AM   #46
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Does drinking water help you gain weight or lost weight? I hear different things from google and I'm not sure which is true.
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There is practically no way drinking water will get you to gain weight. Drinking cold water, however, can let you lose weight...yeah, only if you drink about fifty litres per day.

Basically? Water has little to no impact on weight, except for the fact that if you're dehydrated and try to exercise you'll be fucked. Stay hydrated.
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If you drink water instead of Pepsi, then drinking water will help you lose weight.

I think you'd succumb to water poisoning before you drank enough water to actually gain weight.

Perhaps you're being confused by people talking about losing water weight? Water weight is the first 10 lbs or so a person loses when they're dieting, and it's the easiest part to lose because it isn't trapped in fat cells.
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I didn't say it will cause you to gain/lose, only that it'll help. Whenever I googled for results it would have stuff like "drinking a lot of water can kickstart metabolism, causing you to lose weight" or something like that but opposite. I know you can't gain weight by water alone. It's... water. >_>
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If your goal is to lose weight by cutting calories, then drinking lots of water will help, because you can trick your body into thinking it's full to some extent. Weight gained via water drinking isn't "real" weight, because you can just pee or sweat it out. That's how boxers can gain and lose a huge amount of weight overnight for a weigh-in.

Things that allegedly speed up or slow metabolism are usually a bunch of BS that you shouldn't listen to. It's all about calories in vs calories burned.
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