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#21 Unread post by Lion_Lady » Tue Apr 07, 2009 4:43 pm

And now, hubby and I have been doing this for almost 2 months!! I've been walking at least an hour nearly every day... Hubby got his "pre-workout" physical and learned he's got borderline high blood pressure and his cholesterol is very high. Once he's done a stress test, he should be able to really get to it.

I discovered that I'm still a member of the health club I joined last year (billed to my credit card, assumed it would stop at 12 months...), so I've been over there several times the last week. I LOVE to swim.

Got a heart monitor, so I know how hard I'm working (and discovered the monitors on the machines at the club aren't always accurate).

Feeling better, lost a couple pounds. Sticking with it.

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#22 Unread post by coffee_brake » Wed Apr 08, 2009 6:54 am

You wommins rock! Ya'll just ain't gonna quit, are you? :shemademe:

I won't back down either, I'm running again, in addition to the class aerobics and weight training!

I figure it hurts my knees, but they're already far gone with arthritis and injury anyway, I may as well have them replaced in my 40's instead of my 60's, right? And for what it does to my knees, it sure makes my heart and lungs stronger, and burns some serious calories!

Wish I was like LionLady, I really hate swimming but I love to run. Or walk fast up hills on the treadmill, that's just as hard.

But you ladies are doing it right with the food thing. I can't seem to lose any more weight no matter how much I work out, so now I have to cut back on calories even more. Hubby's gonna love that.... :roll:
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#23 Unread post by MZ33 » Wed Apr 08, 2009 8:06 am

But you ladies are doing it right with the food thing.
Well, Lion Lady is, but don't give me more credit than I deserve. Truth is, I had to "start again" yesterday. Y'see, I know what to do, but I don't often do it. Years ago, my success at anything depended on me berating myself and internally getting mad at myself for motivation. Rather like the quintessential football coach. I'm trying a less negative approach nowadays, and um, haven't got the kinks worked out yet.
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#24 Unread post by Lion_Lady » Wed Apr 08, 2009 8:51 am

Oh. I'm not nearly so good as you're giving me credit for. . . Last February I weighed 173. I've lost about 10 pounds, and gained 2 and lost 3 and gained 4, then lost 2, and up and down and up, and down... I don't want to think about how much I MIGHT have lost if, if only I could keep those coupla pounds off, instead of gaining them back.

When hubby and I met, I weighed 151. I wasn't skinny (haven't been since grade school), but I looked darn good. I'm glad I've gotten in the habit of weighing myself EVERY morning. Keep things from getting out of hand. I seem to have this mental block about getting below 160. EVERY time the scale reads close to 160, I go into "kitchen grazing" mode: Stupid stupid stupid and defeating. I've GOT to break that tendency, somehow!!

I'm off work today, and I plan to go to the gym and try one of their classes. We'll see how that goes. Depending on how I feel, I may swim laps after. I managed to swim for 20 minutes on Monday. Did about 30 lengths... sad when I consider that 20 lengths used to be our warm up BEFORE "real" swim team practice began :roll:

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#25 Unread post by MZ33 » Wed Apr 08, 2009 9:02 am

Yup, finished my coffee and now will go to the gym. I'm not a morning person, but if I don't go nearly first thing, I frequently end up not going at all.

Well, since you were brave and went first with the numbers . . . I'm 5'3. Previously, my all-time fattest was 173 lbs, and I am really quite happy at 145-150, although all the charts would put me at 135 lbs. When we got met, I was 155. When we married, I was about 170. Now, my all time heaviest is 192 lbs, and I am currently hanging at 185. I will be 46 yrs old in May.

I'm taking the book with me to the gym. I will knock off 2 must-do chores after that, then I will go for a ride somewhere.
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#26 Unread post by coffee_brake » Wed Apr 08, 2009 2:12 pm

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#27 Unread post by JMack » Tue Apr 14, 2009 4:59 pm

I just turned 28 this past weekend, and have had a bad knee since high school. I started gaining weight a couple of years ago, especially in my legs. I was noticeably heavy and had buy new clothes.

This past year I started walking more, stopped drinking soda and alcohol and started drinking water and milk, also started eating salads for lunch. I have managed to lose some weight, but not just that I feel healthier. My knee feels better now, 9 months after tearing my MCL, then it did before I tore it because I've lost weight and gained muscle. I've also found I can sit my bike better and can actually fit on my husband's which I couldn't before because my legs were chubby and I couldn't touch the ground. Plus I sleep better at night.

Good luck to all of us trying to live a healthier life.

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#28 Unread post by MZ33 » Sun Apr 19, 2009 7:19 pm

I love the book!! I've been reading it while treadmilling, ellipitcally cross-training, etc. It made 45 minutes whiz by. And I am feeling better.

John (my husband) has committed to rising early and going to the gym. It is a rather a bit earlier than I would choose, but so far I'm keeping up. We are trying to re-set our lifestyle to the healthier ones we both had when we first met. We may not always work out together, but we are committed to rising earlier, going to bed earlier, and working out somehow. And "cutting out the crap" with regard to foods, as the authors suggest.

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#29 Unread post by Lion_Lady » Wed Apr 22, 2009 2:54 pm

Last year, when I FIRST decided I was tired of being out of shape and "squishy" I got the book...
"Your Body for Life - for Women" by Dr. Pamela Peake

Unfortunately, it was a bit too, I don't know, it just didn't "click" for me. It directed me to do too many things, buy this, this and this, make this list, that list, etc.

After finishing Younger Next Year, I picked up Body for Life again. I was looking for some "back up" of the stuff laid out in YNY. I found it. Along with some other useful tidbits. Dr. Peake includes a graph to determine your Body Mass Index. Also some good ways to figure out how much weight you need to remove as well as basic healthy diet guidelines.

There is a section on how to get through those 'weak moments' and when its okay to indulge (in chocolate for instance).

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#30 Unread post by sidewinder175 » Wed Apr 22, 2009 8:15 pm

Ok Ladies, now you are making me feel quilty. I keep saying I'm going to start walking and cycling but have a new excuse every day. I guess I have to jump on this bandwagon, and start doing instead of just talking about it, :laughing:

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#31 Unread post by Lion_Lady » Thu Apr 23, 2009 2:50 pm

sidewinder175 wrote:Ok Ladies, now you are making me feel quilty. I keep saying I'm going to start walking and cycling but have a new excuse every day. I guess I have to jump on this bandwagon, and start doing instead of just talking about it, :laughing:
There ya go, sister! Just get out there and do something to get the heart rate up! Walk (not "stroll") for 30 minutes. Make it a start. :petals:

One regular bonus of daily aeobic exercise that I've noticed - I sleep through the night on the nights I've gotten out there. On the days I don't, I wake up at least once or twice.

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#32 Unread post by SCgurl » Fri Apr 24, 2009 9:41 am

I've been following the thread, and just wanted to add my own little pat on the back....

I changed up my routine after being stuck at the same weight for months. I now get up at 5 a.m. every morning and get to the gym before work (Monday through Friday). An hour of cardio and an hour of weight training.

I've lost 20 pounds since the second week of March. 8)

I still have a really long way to go-but my point is, if my seriously lazy butt can do it, so can you! :laughing:
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#33 Unread post by Lion_Lady » Sun Apr 26, 2009 10:25 am

Lion_Lady wrote:Oh. I'm not nearly so good as you're giving me credit for. . . Last February I weighed 173. I've lost about 10 pounds, and gained 2 and lost 3 and gained 4, then lost 2, and up and down and up, and down... I don't want to think about how much I MIGHT have lost if, if only I could keep those coupla pounds off, instead of gaining them back.

When hubby and I met, I weighed 151. I wasn't skinny (haven't been since grade school), but I looked darn good. I'm glad I've gotten in the habit of weighing myself EVERY morning. Keep things from getting out of hand. I seem to have this mental block about getting below 160...

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Weight this am: 159.2!! A recommendation from "Body for Life" I changed the term for my goal from "losing" 5-8 more pounds to "REMOVING" 5-8 more pounds... after all, don't you want to FIND things you LOSE? I definitely don't want that extra weight back.

Words are powerful. Maybe that's why I've kept bouncing up and down with those extra pounds. Hubby and I don't use the term "evaluation" for the final riding test in the BRC - we call it a "recital" - students know on that we're shining them, but it WORKS!!

Keep at it, ladies!! Baby steps! Set your eyes on the next "little" goal, if you're struggling. We can do this! How's everybody else doing?

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#34 Unread post by coffee_brake » Sun Apr 26, 2009 8:37 pm

fantasitc, LL! You, my sister-in-the-wind, are kicking some butt!

Me, I'm holding steady. Too much fun on the weekends, simple as that. I'm not sure what I can do to break away from this plateau, but I'm not giving up. I'll find it somehow....
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#35 Unread post by MZ33 » Mon Apr 27, 2009 10:20 am

Need to work up some motivation for today's workout, but I think y'all just provided it. Gotten a compliment on perceived weight loss, but by the numbers, I haven't lost any. I must have replaced some fat with some muscle, though, because clothes fit a little differently, and I am feeling much better.

I ordered 3 copies of the "Younger Next Year for Women" book: one for me to keep, one for my sister-in-law who turns 50 in May, and one for an aunt who turns 60 in June. :)

Now, I shall look into borrowing "Your Body for Life - for Women" by Dr. Pamela Peake. I like to borrow before purchasing nowadays because 1) Columbus has the #1 library in the nation and I want to patronise it, and 2) we have sooo many books already that we need to be selective about what stays in our house.
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#36 Unread post by MZ33 » Fri May 15, 2009 12:12 pm

Hey, working out works!! I can tippy-toe my bike backward out of the garage now, and have held it up a couple of times when I think, previously, we would have toppled over.
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#37 Unread post by Lion_Lady » Sat May 16, 2009 8:31 am

MZ33 wrote:Hey, working out works!! I can tippy-toe my bike backward out of the garage now, and have held it up a couple of times when I think, previously, we would have toppled over.
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YIPPEE!! Its cool the things we notice! I taught a full BRC out on the range for 6+ hours for two days.

Last year, I'd struggle with putting bikes back, etc, then come home and collapse on the sofa. This year, I had no problem putting bikes back in the trailer, and hubby and i had the energy to do our daily walk after!!

This weekend, the flu is kicking my butt. I slept until 1:30 PM yesterday and feel like I've been run over by a herd of cattle this morning. Sore all over. But I feel like I'm coming out of it... gonna take some aspirin and a shower and hope I'm good to go for class this afternoon.

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#38 Unread post by mazer » Wed May 27, 2009 10:07 pm

Ever since my retirement I spend my days in loads of physical activities. I volunteer. Whatever it takes for those who really can not afford someone. Mow lawns, weed, build garden beds, whatever it takes. I even vcolunteer at the local food bank which is very physically demanding. The clinic board is only demanding in that I must re-engage my brain after 5pm :lol:

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#39 Unread post by Lion_Lady » Fri May 29, 2009 10:22 am

mazer wrote:Ever since my retirement I spend my days in loads of physical activities. I volunteer. Whatever it takes for those who really can not afford someone. Mow lawns, weed, build garden beds, whatever it takes. I even vcolunteer at the local food bank which is very physically demanding. The clinic board is only demanding in that I must re-engage my brain after 5pm :lol:
"Everyday" stuff... even the long list of activities you do, aren't enough to make a change in your physical fitness. (I used to think it did, myself.) Got to get your heart rate UP for 45 minutes to an hour daily, for the rebuilding of new, healthier muscles and bones to begin.

I've noticed that my heart rate will now drop MUCH faster from 145 to 118 after I've pushed myself. The first evidence of it was that my breathing returned to normal within a minute or so. Just another bit of proof that I am becoming much fitter than I imagined.

After a "sloppy" week last week, my weight crept up... now back to 156 today!! Yippee!

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#40 Unread post by MZ33 » Fri Jul 10, 2009 7:05 pm

My cardiovascular training has waned a bit, but I've lost 9 lbs in the past month! I feel soo much better even with that little bit gone. Only about 40 more to go!! :laughing:
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