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    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeJul 24th 2013 edited
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    Also I FUCKING LOVE Zuzana. I'm so glad D. Miranda brought her up. I've mentioned her in WC before, her workouts are amazing. She also does a really good job of breaking down exercises for you so you do them with proper form, as well as breaking them down into beginner modifications so you can tailer her workouts to your level.

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    @Mag - I definitely need to add variety into my routine. Problem is, I tend to find exercises that i feel comfortable doing, in that I feel comfortable I'm doing with good form, and then get stuck with using those. Or I'll try a new exercise and deem it too hard to do well with proper form and give up on it. I think this is where hiring a PT for just once a month or couple months will help, to help me get started on working on variety and teaching me proper form with new exercises where I can feel comfortable doing them on my own in my home workouts.
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      CommentAuthorMagnulus
    • CommentTimeJul 25th 2013
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    "My beef with gyms isn't the people, I can ignore them well enough. I just hate having to wait to use machines" YES! Especially when you get the Bench Press Douches who go to the gym and just to bench presses for an hour, totally screwing with everyone else's flow.
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      CommentAuthorMagnulus
    • CommentTimeJul 25th 2013
     (11123.3)
    Oh, for some HIIT that you can start on, this one kicks my arse every time. The page in the link has Youtube videos explaining all the exercises, giving you examples of easier modifications, as well as a slide show of the different exercises. The idea is that you do the amount of reps it states for each exercise and you time your overall performance. I have had other workout plans, but I use this particular HIIT routine as a tester every few months. Last time I did it (End of March) I got it in 31 minutes exactly. Aiming to at least get below 30 today.
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      CommentAuthorFauxhammer
    • CommentTimeJul 25th 2013
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    @oldhat: is goodthread, gratitudes

    So here's my story: I was a chubby kid until I got to high school, at which point I went berserk and topped off at 325 lb. I was the kid who wore a jacked in 100 degree heat.

    Then, when I started college, I started walking to and from school on a very hilly route, and went from the 325 to 190 in a year. I was too skinny, but it was amazing. Girls started noticing me, I got some confidence, things were looking up! I maintained that weight for years, until I was about 31.

    Then I quit smoking. There was a perfect storm of other issues, but over four years I went up to 275, and it was my worst nightmare. I'd pull a pair of pants on, not be able to get them on over my ass, and I'd just...sit down. Miserable.

    My wife recently discovered trouble with her thyroid, which frigs up her ability to handle carbs, so she was put on a carb-restricted diet. I followed along, just out of SOLIDARINOSC, but I started to notice results. Then I was put on Concerta, which completely short-circuited my appetite. I used that as a tool to force down good things, rather than graze.

    So now, I'm down to 225 in just over a year. These last couple of dozen pounds are being a douchebag, though.

    I just need to get back into the gym. I enjoy machines, and I need to tone up. I look like a veal calf.
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      CommentAuthorMagnulus
    • CommentTimeJul 25th 2013 edited
     (11123.5)
    The DailyHIIT website is pretty excellent in general, actually. You can do a different routine for every workout of every month, which is a great way to keep your body guessing. Stepping out of that comfort zone is what allows you to get better and stronger over time. I know what you mean, Argos, it's a bitch in the beginning when you don't feel like you're getting the right form or that the exercise feels too hard, but you can usually find alternatives and you can do fewer reps to start. The more you push past that difficulty and awkwardness, the easier new routines become to take on. :)

    One dude who's pretty good is Scooby. He gets a lot of shit on Youtube because he looks and sounds like Goofy's endomorphic brother, but his advice is generally pretty good. His 4-phase plan for getting to 100 push-ups is the first one I've seen that actually makes a lot of sense. The others try to stick to a specific timeline ("100 push-ups in six weeks" being an example that I tried and completely failed at) and they always just continue with the same push-ups day in, day out. Scooby adds, in phase 4, a weighted backpack to one of the days as well as basing the routine around "drop push-ups" where you take as many as you can in good form and then drop to your knees to finish the required reps.

    4-phase plan for getting to 100 push-ups

    So yesterday evening, I threw myself into that one. I'm actually not far off the end of phase three. I can do 4 sets of 20 before I drop down on my knees for the final ten on set 5. I'll let you know how this goes. I might not be able to keep it up this one time, as I'm going to be at a stage combat workshop for eight hours a day for two weeks starting monday, but I'll give it my best shot. :)
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    Ok, first off, I'm with Magnulus on the whole DO NOT DO JUICING. He's right. It's just a sugar high, and it's not good for your metabolism. If you want to go on a similar diet, don't juice things, but rather, go for a smoothie diet. It sounds like the same shit, but it's not. All that fiber and skin that you strain out when you juice is a large part of what fills you and gives you nutrients to balance out all the sugar you are eating. So, do some research and find a good protien powder and do that for one or two of your meals a day, the third being a smart meal with veggies and protien.

    I have been seeing a weight loss specialist as one of my doctors. (he's one of the fancy doctors!) I decided to see him because my body is in a lot of pain, and the more weight I put on the more stress it puts on my already stressed spine and joints. I do try to exercise, but it's just not possible as often as I'd like. I've been seeing him for about a year, and the rate of my weight loss is exactly on target. What is that rate? Well, I've lost, in a year, about 15 pounds. THAT is healthy weight loss. That is a healthy speed. He is quite proud of my progress, because this is the way that weight comes off and stays off.

    How? EATING WELL. My regular diet does not involve staples of pasta or rice, and I avoid bread. If I do make a sandwich, I use a wrap of some kind. I NEVER use sugar in my tea, but instead use stevia. My indulgences to myself are of sugar free icecream. Basically, my doctor told me that I can eat as much raw fruits and veggies as I want. For protien, things like egg and yogurt and nuts are awesome, and meat is fine but probably shouldn't be an every day thing. For breakfasts in the summer months I eat greek yogurt (the carbs are in the whey, so greek is better and low carb and DELICIOUSLY CREAMY. the best brand is Fage) with some Stevia, berries, and sunflower seeds. I bought a big huge bag of protien powder from BJ's and add fistfuls of raw spinach and fresh fruit to it with some soymilk and yogurt for my lunches, which is super cost effective! For dinners, a huge salad with avocado and hard boiled egg, cilantro, sunflower seeds, anything crunchy (even some tortilla chips), some black beans, whatever veggies or fruit I feel like. MAKE IT DELICIOUS.

    (of course, summer is easier and cheaper for this)

    Paying attention to your diet is HUGE. I make sure to not buy the things that I so easily go manic on. I am lucky enough to live in NYC where there is a grocery store at the end of my block, so I can go food shopping every other day, and only get what I need right there and then.

    When I was on prednisone, which generally gets people to gain weight a lot, I actually lost weight. Why? Because my diet is actually SO SPOT ON. I have lived a super sedentary life, generally. I don't walk anywhere outside an 8 block radius, if that, most days. I really don't do a goddamned thing. The prednisone fucks with your hormone levels and packs on fat, but it also makes your joints not hurt, so I could actually exersize like I wanted. Just the addition of going to the gym every other day and doing as much as I could without really pushing myself too much (I have to be careful) I ended up losing weight instead of gaining. I didn't have any specific goals in mind really, and I am not really supposed to use weights.

    My influence on my fellow has been profound. In the year we've been together, he's down to his old weight of his 20's, and getting comments about how he's a "skinny guy again" fitting into the pants that he couldn't a year ago.

    I am also insulin resistant, which makes losing weight difficult and why I stay so low carb. If you have diabetes in your family, this is recommended for you. I am on metformin, which is to help my blood sugar stabilize, and that has helped a whole lot with keeping me from binge eating. Something that I do use, and maybe this isn't the most healthy to recommend, but if you feel you need a bit of a kick start to get moving with the exercise, I find that when I take the allergy medicine with pseudo-effedrine, I have a bit more energy and a bit less appetite.

    I might go back on prednisone, which is exciting, but I'll REALLY have to keep on myself to stay exersizing, because long term could really pack on the pounds.
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    For the ladies looking to find the body type for them: http://matchurself.com/2012/06/body-types-ectomorph-mesomorph.html

    (I am totally an endomorph, to my andro despair, and had to learn years ago that the mod angles and sharp lines I so wanted to wear were totally wrong for my body type)
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      CommentAuthorMagnulus
    • CommentTimeJul 25th 2013
     (11123.8)
    Some very sound advice there, Rachæl. Good on ya on the healthy diet! :D

    If anyone's interested in going deeper into the sugar thing and why juice and such is a terrible thing to do put in your body, check out Fat Chance (or UK) by Robert Lustig. He explains very very thoroughly the myriad of ways sugar completely messes up your brain chemistry and conditions you for weight gain, muscle waistage and lower energy. He points out that it's not our fault we've become "enslaved" to sugar and then goes through how we can use this information to empower ourselves against an industry that's systematically turning us into what's basically drug addicts. Fat, malnourished drug addicts. Ever read Good Omens? Yeah, Famine's character isn't even satirical, he's so spot on.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeJul 25th 2013
     (11123.9)
    Does anyone have any good suggestions for cardio that doesn't involve heel pressure? I fell down some stairs a while back and my heel still hurts and while I HATE the exercise bike I think that's my only option. I tried an arc trainer (my preferred mode of cardio) and I guess I could try just being on my toes on it.

    Also any modified circuits that don't include heel pressure would also be appreciated.

    (I'm getting my foot checked out, I'm just trying to plan for options when I'm invariably told how I fucked it up and have to mostly stay off of it.)
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    @ dorkmuffin - How does your foot feel when you are on the balls of your feet? If that's comfortable, maybe you can do the stair machine? That burns a shit load of calories. I usually do 250 floors a day and I have a ton of energy afterwards.


    About the gym douches, yeah those guys are the reason I go at 5am. Once you see the "bros" arriving at the gym tooling around their gallon milk container filled with water or what looks like windshield wiper fluid, it's not going to be pretty. Monopolizing the equipment and never wiping them down and needlessly loud grunting that sounds like they are try to shit out a fire hydrant. Thankfully those guys tend to be attention whores so they are there mostly at peak hours.

    Other than dry roasted almonds, what else is everyone snacking on? I do the ubiquitous individual baby carrot pack and Trader Joe's makes these individually bagged Omega Trek mix. The good thing about those is the portion control.
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      CommentAuthorMagnulus
    • CommentTimeJul 25th 2013
     (11123.11)
    I snack on green beans a lot. Crunchy, fresh to the taste and keeps my mouth busy when I'm not ready for a meal yet. I'll also snack on carrots and such, especially if I've recently made a batch of hummus. Sometimes, I'll just grab a wad of fresh Spinach and chew on that... Though spinach is... while not NASTY, it's boring and bitter on its own. But it's something to chew on. :D
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeJul 25th 2013
     (11123.12)
    @Dork - spinning/bicycling, swimming, maybe jump roping if your ankles aren't affected (since you jump on the balls of your feel), mountain climbers.

    @Rachael - yeah, my 50lb weight loss too just over two years to complete. It was a slow but steady, and maintainable, process.

    I actually tried juicing for a while bc I figured juicing veggies was a good way to increase my nutrient intake, but I just didn't like it. I stick to smoothies now using fruit, greens, almond milk, and protein powder. I realize the fruit adds a lot of sugar, but since I drink smoothies as my breakfast, they end up also working as my fast-breaking carb, since all the pulp and fiber goes stays in the mix. Carbs and complex sugars are for the most part okay for you if you ingest them after either a workout or a fast.
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    @Argos:

    The thing that I realized is very mportant is balancing out the fruit with something to slow it down, like a big glass of soymilk. I always take my sugar with a fat or protein. Like, if I am out and have a choice between meringue cookies vs flan, I'll choose the flan, because the sugar is balanced out by the fat and protien of egg and milk, and the slow burn is better for my body staying stable than the spike of straight sugar that the meringue will induce. It will also be more filling, so I'll be less likely to snack more later, and I'd probably eat less of it.

    I think a big problem with "diet" foods is that they are so lacking in substance that you invariably end up cheating and eating more. Your body is still screaming for nutrition, even though you've eaten far beyond enough calories to survive on.

    @William Joseph Dunn:

    I've been snacking on a lot of fruit, as it's summer. Berries have low sugar and are CRAZY cheap, so I snack on those. Carrots and hummus like Magnulus, too. Also, as much as I do rail on the low carb lifestyle, I do allow myself some self-popped popcorn. It's so fucking cheap, and if you look at how much actual corn you are eating when you have it in kernels, it's so very minimal. I sprinkle stevia and salt on it to get my sugar cravings out. I need crunchy things. I am quite open for suggestions, though I think most raw vegetables are too bland for me to snack on plain. Pickles though! Oh! I forgot about pickles! If you have a good pickle hook up, that's WONDERFUL snack food.

    @Dorkmuffin:

    I've got a crap ankle, and so I'm in a similar boat. I tend to just use the exercise bike, but yeah, that's pretty boring. What you could do, and what I do, is just stand in front of a mirror and play angry music and do hips swaying shoulder rolling dancing without moving your feet from the floor, keeping on the balls of your feet. You end up really working out your abs, hips, thighs. It's great!
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeJul 25th 2013
     (11123.14)
    @Rachael - yup! My smoothies always consist of frozen fruit, almond milk, yogurt, chia seeds, and protein powder. The fruit is very mixed with protein and fat to slow it down.

    Also, for anyone who chooses to try an exercise bike, it gets boring if you just sit and peddle for an hour, but it can be fun if you add in sprints and simulated hills. I loved my spinning class bc I had a teacher to plan those out for me, and all I had to do was follow, not knowing what was coming next, but I realize paying for a class on a regular basis isn't feasible for everyone.
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    I just read this really good article on PROCRASTINATION. It goes into the entire process, and the management of time and reward. I bring this up because I think everyone has to tailor their own fitness system according to their own personality pitfalls. I know, for myself, I'm stupid frugal. So buying myself a gym membership (it's only $20 a month) that automatically takes money out of my account will work for me far better than the pay when you go type. If I have a pay-as-I-go, I'll always feel like I can't afford the money, and freak out about being poor and rationalize a way out of it. If I pay upfront for the month, I'll feel financially guilty that I'm not getting as much as I can out of it, and this will spurn me on to go to the gym more. I have learned that trying to punish myself with "you can't shower and get dressed until you exercise first" never fucking works and I end up in my pajamas for three days. I can't buy food in bulk and pretend I will meter it out slowly, no matter what it is. (this is part of why buying pop-it-myself popcorn is such a good idea for me)

    One small stupid thing to do is ... while sitting your ass on the computer (not at work), playing music you enjoy, get up every once and a while and dance to it. Move a bit. tighten your abs and swing those hips. Making things more like lifestyle tweaks as opposed to chores is how to make it less laborious.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeJul 25th 2013
     (11123.16)
    Agreed Rachael! One thing I loved about my college is that they had pretty cheap classes (relative to city studio classes), so you'd pay the price for a quarter's worth of classes and then it's up to you to make it worth your money. If I do "drop in" classes where you pay up front per class, well, I tend to not go.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeJul 25th 2013
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    I guess I COULD go to a spin class at my gym (classes are free if you're a member).
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeJul 25th 2013
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    I personally highly recommend it. It's a calorie torcher and will really work your leg muscles, and if you have a good instructor, the class shouldn't be boring, unless you're just REALLY not into spinning. I loved it.
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      CommentAuthorMagnulus
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2013
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    Yeah, spinning classes are HARDCORE, especially if you don't cheat yourself with the levels. If you really go for it, you'll be knackered when you come out of it.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2013
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    Bruised calcaneus. Just gotta be nice to it for a week and a half.