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15th-Dec-2006 06:36 pm - exercise loggish thing
jadedmyrrhmaid and I were discussing posting when we did some sort of workout. That's what this entry is for - for me to post when I do something (if you're interested) and for you to post as well (if you're interested). Or not. That is all.
11th-Dec-2006 10:14 am - Exercise Post.
Because I had a little lightheadedness at class on Friday, I only did 15 minutes of cardio with Maya (Yourself! Fitness).

Then I did the drill section of Rachel Brice, which made me sore, so I know I'm off my game!

But it's better to start small, I know. I do feel good now, I must say.

By the way, if you are trying to get active too, let me know. I need all the support I can get.
10th-Dec-2006 10:37 am - running
It's been a long time since I've posted. This is, in part, due to a large break in my exercise routine so I really had nothing of interest to say other than, "I suck; I haven't done anything; I feel like crap." Things of that nature. That is part of it, but then, a few weeks ago, I actually started exercising regularly again and feeling pretty good about it. Then not posting was due, in totality, to my laziness and lack of organization. At any rate. Here I am again. What prompted me to post at this point was a silly thing I did last night that was kind of fun so I thought I'd share. I've been running on the treadmill in the school gym at night around 8:00. I abandoned the mornings because it is so easy for me to not get out of bed. 8:00 is kind of late, but at least I have been consistent (so far). After I run, I write down the stats off of the treadmill - mileage, time and calories burned. I have 16 days of recorded data. I thought it'd be fun to make a graph to show myself my improvement. So I entered all of it into an excel spreadsheet and it was heartening to see my progress in a visual form. Even though my pace varies a lot from day to day, my chart shows a distinct downward trend (downward meaning it's taking me less time to run a mile). Now I think I'm going to figure out my line of best fit, figure out the function that goes along with it and then set time-specific goals based on that function. FUN! So yeah, that's what I'm up to right now. I'll, hopefully, keep you posted. I've also been doing sit-ups and push-ups (kneesie ones). I'm not sure how I'm going to get that into a compelling chart form, but, again, I'll keep you, hopefully, posted. How's that for comma crazy? I've heard that other countries, Canada in specific, make fun of Americans because we're comma crazy. hm.
27th-Jul-2006 02:36 pm - Hi hi
Well, I figure the monthly intro post template is a good way to introduce myself! I look forward to some interesting discussions with you all. =)

1. Link to Goal Intro post

2. How's it going?
Pretty good!

3. What's going well?
I'm swimming at least twice a week, and I joined weight watchers last night. I think I'm making good progress on fighting emotional eating.

4. What could be going better?
I'd like to be swimming 3-5 days a week. I need to have an alternative form of exercise (that'll keep me interested!) for rainy days, or days when my hips are too sore to walk to the pool.

5. Have you made progress on your exercise-related goals, if any?
Well, for a while there I was having trouble going to the pool every week, so yes.

6. Have you made progress on your food-related goals, if any?
Yes, definitely - I'm far more aware of my hunger levels, which is a HUGE step for me.

7. Adjustments to your previously stated goals, if any:

8. Have you discovered any new challenges?
Sort of. My grandmother passed away last night, and I would normally respond by stuffing down my emotions with food.

9. How about new pluses?
I can fit into a skirt that was too tight about a month ago. =)

10. +/- weight, if any:
I'm switching to weighing in kg, with weight watchers (I used to weigh in pounds because they came off more quickly), so I've lost track a little in between. My weight at the meeting yesterday was 98.9kg.

11. Measurements:
I'm measuring the following goals daily: staying within points limit, drinking enough water, getting enough exercise. Monthly (starting this weekend) I'll be taking several body measurements such as waist, thigh, arm, chest.

12. Anything you'd like to add?
I've ordered a workout DVD that's meant to be pretty gentle, so that might be the answer to my rain/hip workout problems. I'm quite keen to try the Ministry of Sound workout DVD, but I think it'd be too high-impact for my joints at this point. Maybe in a couple of months! I've also been having bike-riding cravings, but I sold my bike to my dad several years ago. I might see if he wants to sell it back!
26th-Jul-2006 08:19 am - Welcome goal165!
Everyone say hello to Hayley, she comes to us all the way from New Zeland. She found us through an interest search for healthy food.
Here intro questionnare is here
20th-Jul-2006 12:27 pm - This HAS to work sometime, right?
Alright...I've been walking, drinking water...nothing. Ok, that's not true. My jeans are a *smidgeon* less snug than usual. My weight is the same, though, and the "looseness" of my clothes is not quite enough to make me feel as though I'm actually getting anything done.

I'm not measuring my water. I'm just drinking it. And drinking it and drinking it and drinking it. Coffee or tea in the morning before work, water the entire rest of the day, sometimes a glass of milk with dinner. I'm pretty sure I'm getting at least the recommended 64 oz of water each day.

I'm walking. A lot. I take three 10 minute breaks throughout my workday, and I walk "briskly" for all three of them. And then I cap them off by taking the stairs back up to the 4th floor every time. I'm also walking for 30 minutes on my lunch break, again capped off by the mountainous stair-climb back to the 4th floor.

I should be doing crunches and other strength exercises on a regular basis, but I'm not. So I guess I should make an effort to add that in. Still...cardio=weight loss and I feel like 3 10-minute bursts and one 30 minute sustained, all with stairs, should qualify as "enough cardio". Am I wrong?

I am watching what I eat. I get lots of protein, not a lot of fat, and puh-lenty of veggie/fruit. I'm not going to say I never eat crap, but I don't eat a lot of crap, and I've cut my soda intake from (seriously) a gallon of Coke a day down to approximately 24-32 oz a week. (Weekends. It's better than beer, anyway. I think. I don't know...I don't like beer.)

AND - I'll admit I've only been really, really working it for about 3 weeks. Still...wouldn't you think that 3 weeks is enough time to see the numbers change?
7th-Jul-2006 01:52 pm - Update for June
I am currently letting myself take a break from exercise because I was getting angry at the fact that I only lost 5 lbs in 6 months of exercise and eating better. I know logically that I should be happy that I lost weight at all and be spurred on, but that's not working for me. I think I will feel better next week. If not, I will MAKE myself feel better about it next week.

It is now too hot to walk, with temperatures hovering in the 80's-100's, so I have started swimming again, which feels wonderful in the heat.
I also discovered that the Redwood City Parks department has a gym near my house. It's small, and usually filled with teenaged boys using the weight machines, but it's also only $2 if I go around lunch time, has air conditioning, and I like the bike machines. I've managed to go 3 times, since I discovered it 5 weeks ago. I have high hopes that I can go once a week.
22nd-Jun-2006 09:42 am - Welcome vitalicvision
Everyone say hello to vitalcvision. She found us by wandering through people's LJs. She is hoping to be able to share her goals and thoughts and be inspired by others.
20th-Jun-2006 04:46 pm - Exercise Post.
30 minutes Yourself Fitness, Cardio focus.

...it about killed me, I tell ya. This is one of those times when I call that digital bitch lots of nasty names.

I got through it, though. Yay me.

Tonight is class, we will be doing the drills then, along with fast moves, layered shimmies depending on who shows up.
14th-Jun-2006 02:51 pm(no subject)
2. How's it going? Much better, thanks.
3. What's going well? I've finally started exercising again. My partner signed me up at Gold's Gym for the summer for 19 bucks! Cool! Actually, I thought I'd never go to a gym, but it's actually pretty fun. I have a routine of machines that I know how to use and time just flies by. Before I know it, an hour or more has passed. Kind of freaky, really. I'm also running and bike riding with my dog. This morning my partner dragged me to a 5 am spinning class. ow. BUT! Good that I'm getting to be more active. I've finished my kayaking course so I'm looking forward to getting out on the lake if it would JUST STOP RAINING!!!!! The only thing Spokane really has on Seattle is more sunshine, affordable housing and not so much traffic. With all this rain, however, the only thing we've still got is affordable housing. Even that's going to be underwater soon at this rate.
4. What could be going better? Since I'm on vacation, have no set schedule and have unlimited access to my nemesis - cable tv. I find myself vegging out a lot in front of the tube watching VH1 sickness and old reruns. My brain is leaking out my ears and I'm snacking (although somewhat sensibly on yogurt, fruit, nuts and such) like a fiend. I need to set a schedule and destroy the tv.
5. Have you made progress on your exercise-related goals, if any? Yes, I have been working out regularly and have made progress in the arms department.
6. Have you made progress on your food-related goals, if any? Yes, lots more fruit and vegetables and whole grains. YAY! Produce!
7. Adjustments to your previously stated goals, if any: Set a regular schedule for my summer days. This sounds not very vacationy, but if I don't give myself direction I will waste this whole summer away on my sofa.
8. Have you discovered any new challenges? TV! Fast Food!
9. How about new pluses? Good food access, new found workout fun.
10. +/- weight, if any: back to where I started, maybe a couple of pounds lighter.
11. Measurements: can't find the tape measure
12. Anything you'd like to add? No, I think I've babbled enough.
12th-Jun-2006 03:06 pm - Anne's Monthly Check-In
1. Link to Goal Intro post:

2. How's it going?
Really spiffy.

3. What's going well?
I'm seeing a nutritionist about once a month and a physical therapist twice a week for my knees. Karate & yoga are super fun. I found some really nice cheap shoe inserts to help my poor flat-feet. I can now go longer on DDR without feeling too sore in my arches. I love DDR as ever!

4. What could be going better?
My emotions are still driving my eating habits. Tai chi is starting to get boring. I would love to quit my job now, but I need the money -- must hold out for two more months...argh. My knee got all wonky in karate.

5. Have you made progress on your exercise-related goals, if any?
I've taken to walking during my lunch hours...just around the block or to the book store.

6. Have you made progress on your food-related goals, if any?
I've started freezing my own veggies so can take them out and heat them up in the microwave. I'm saving money by freezing my own veggies. Plus they're really easy to fix. So I've got frozen packs of broccoli, asparagus, carrots, onions, and green beans in the fridge.

7. Adjustments to your previously stated goals, if any:
Learn to relax more and learn stress management. I think my bad eating habits are tied very closely to when I'm sad or depressed. If I'm happy or even just bored, I do pretty well on my diet. I use sadness as an excuse to break the rules.

8. Have you discovered any new challenges?
Doing sports can break my body. My I have "runner's knee" mostly in my left leg and some what on my right. I may have to try swimming for a while until I can strengthen my legs to support my knee during karate.

9. How about new pluses?
Some of the exercises my physical therapist has me doing requires a big palates exercise ball and a basket ball. I went out and bought both the other day. They're pretty fun to play with -- outside of physical therapy! :)

10. +/- weight, if any: 
about 2 pounds, slow and steady like....

11. Measurements: 
none at this time.

12. Anything you'd like to add?
This month I'd like to start swimming. Yesterday, I sat on a bike at the store...they're pretty decent in price...maybe get a bike in August?
rainbow socks
I have been trying to get back into yoga. I know that it does incredible things for my body, but most of the time it's been depressing. I realized the last time I tried to do yoga that yoga reconnects mind with body--and my body is not a place I like to be right now.

However, netflix was already sending me Baron Baptiste's DVD and so I decided to give yoga one last chance. If this didn't work, I was going to have to wait until I could stand to exist in my body before I tried yoga again.

There's something about the power vinyasa. I think it's more athletic than most of the other yoga i have done. There was something about it that drew me into my body and at that same time allowed me to recognize the strength in my own body without getting hung up on what I couldn't yet do. Near the end Baptiste was talking about being present and how if you're not here, now, you're nowhere and lost. It made me cry--in that way that people sometimes do when they're massaged or do other things that connect mind, body, and heart.

Ok, so now to the nitty gritty. The workout is 30 minutes. It involves sun salutations with plank, up dog, down dog, chair, and forward bend poses. There is also camel pose, bow, warrior I and II, various stretches and ab work. Throughout, Baptiste doesn't do the poses, but instead talks you through proper technique, detailed description of correcting poses, and reminders about breathing and relaxing. I was actually able to do the workout without looking at the DVD for the most part, just because his descriptions were so clear.  Even though it's level 1, I think I'll be using the DVD for a while.
13th-May-2006 01:34 am - Anne's Goal Intro
1. Link to my introductory post

2. Losing, gaining, or maintaining?
I want to lose weight, but to be total honest I want to change my lifestyle for a healthier physical self.

3. What is your +/- weight goal, if any?
I would like get passed my current weight loss plateau and lose about 50 pounds

4. Current Measurements:
Weight: 220 pounds
Bust: 45"
Waist: 38"
Hips: 49"
Right Arm: 19"
Left Arm: 19"
Right Leg: 25"
Left Leg: 25"

5. Any specific exercise-related goals?
I want to exercise 30 to 60 min per day, and then try to mix it up on a monthly basis so I don't get bored.

6. Any specific food-related goals?
Eat more whole foods such as fresh meats and veggies. Less foods that are pre-processed. Always keep an eye on my carbohydrate in-take.

7. What are your top three challenges?
a) Preventing my emotions from driving my eating habits
b) Staying focused on losing weight. Sometimes life happens and it's easy to get off track -- even harder to get back on
c) Learning to love myself as I am. If I don't like myself as I am now, it becomes hard to want to do good things for myself...like losing weight and being healthy

8. What are your top three pluses?
a) My husband is my weight loss buddy & is helping me the best he can. He's lost 60 pounds so far.
b) I work hard when motivated
c) I'm very organized

9. Anything you'd like to add?
I started at 310 pounds. My net loss is 90 pounds. The most I've lost was 100 pounds at one point. I've been on a "low-carb life style" since 2003 ever since my doctor told me to do so; given my family history of diabetes.
12th-May-2006 07:48 am - Monthly update
So I've defintly managed to get to the point where I want to excerise. I was down in Seattle getting ready for my wedding the last couple of weeks of April, and I kept looking for reasons to go for walks. Especially when I was feeling cranky. Also, my vertigo has drastically improved, so when Tillie and I walked to the park, I was able to swing, which I haven't been able to do for years now. Now I just need to figure out where I could go swinging near here, hopefully there is a park within walking distance, but I kind of doubt that.
My food habits haven't gotten much better, although I have been specifically taking less food, and trying to stop eating when I feel 75% full. I heard on NPR once that the people in Japan who routinely live to their early 100s are taught from childhood to eat to that level of full, as it takes awhile for your stomache to catch up with your hunger. It seems to be working.
I need to stop eating sugar for awhile. It's starting to make me feel sick everytime I eat it, which probably means I've overdosed recently. I'm not too addicted to sugar, but there are so many treats in the house right now. Why do people insist on giving candy as wedding presents?
11th-May-2006 06:44 pm - Fitness update and scale rant.
I said this in Sika's journal:

I can't own a scale, it fucks me up. Here's an example:

I'm currently doing REALLY WELL with my fitness and crap - not only do I have the energy to do more physical stuff, but I feel it as a positive need (as in: "I feel like taking a long walk would feel AWESOME right now, let's go!") instead of a chore (I need to make myself take a long walk cuz I SHOULD.) I noticed before I went down to Seattle that my ribcage was noticable again (not in a count-them way, but just you can see the shape under my pudge) and some pants were loose, amd I'm getting stronger in both upper and lower body. I felt GREAT.

So when I was down in Seattle, I weighed myself. I chalked up at 230, which is ten pounds less than expected. "Dude. 10 pounds. Where did that go?" and I went into a tailspin - I realised that I didn't think I LOOKED like I lost weight, and started feeling crappy about that.

Then I started second-guessing my weight - after all, when I'm eating bad food, I gain bloat pounds, maybe the scale was wrong, blah blah blah.

Currently I'm trying to fall back on shit like - my body feels better than it has in my whole adult life, my fitness is up, my clothes are loose...but still...I find the numbers kill me.


Other updates:
I've developed a really positive plateau with my fitness - lots of walking. I'm trying to get out dancing more, trying to make it 2-4 times a month instead of 1-2. I need to now push myself a little more, I think, because I'm becoming comfortable at this level.

Challenges: FOOD. I'm allergic to fucking WHEAT as well as dairy now, and trying to avoid this combo I tend to eat more sugar instead of pushing to find good food. I'm even starting to contemplate eating potato chips again, which I don't even really enjoy. I need to start carrying more emergency food - tho I'm starting to feel like a squirrel from all the nuts!

My body: I've lost at least an inch on all my measurements. I 'think' I've lost 10 pounds. I am more aware of my body, and I'm getting hella-strong. My cardio fitness is really improving, tho dealing with my asthma (that's a whole other story) is making me FEEL less fit.
11th-May-2006 12:33 pm - Things I have read about weight
At work the other day there was a "Real Simple" magazine with an article about "Secrets of Slim Women." Most of it was common sense: portion sizes blah blah blah. Some of it was controversial to me, (I'm paraphrasing, here) "Slim women weigh themselves. Not all the time, but at least twice a week." Twice a week? that is all the time. And please, let's not discuss how women can get smaller without losing actual pounds, or that there is an unhealthy obsession with poundage in our society, or any of that. I agree that weighing is probably a very important part of maintenance for most people, but even that is over simplified. When I see the scale creeping up, I freak out and binge. I am trying to defuse this trigger, but right now the best I can do is acknowledge that it's there. If I can stay in tune enough with my body to notice that my clothes are starting to get tight, I can usually do something about that (although to be honest, sometimes that makes me freak out and binge, too.). Weighing myself is a wonderful way to motivate myself when I'm losing weight, but it's just a tool with which I beat myself up when I'm not losing weight. I think there should be some acknowledgement that many of the women reading this article aren't just ignorant of their weight, but have actual real, honest to god, impinges on self-worth, heaviness means worthlessness, issues with their weight. I recognize that it might be useful to simplify things to make the whole process seem less intimidating, but some acknowledgement that it's complicated in our heads even though it's relatively simple in deed would be nice.

The part of the article that really did resonate with me was where one woman said that almost all of the women who come in to see her about weightloss are incredibly giving people who leave nothing for themselves. It talked about how you have to prioritize caring for oneself over caring for everyone else. They used the example that it's ok to miss a couple of little league games if that's the only time you can make to workout. And they included things that are pleasant, like massages, in the self care routine. I know, that for me, Shannon's wedding present ended up being something that I had allotted less time for than I ended up needing, as the project expanded. So I stopped doing everything but sleeping,knitting, eating, and waiting for my wrists to recover. This didn't help Shannon or me, but I felt guilty about doing anything that wasn't work or wedding related, and so I jettisoned my workouts. They are the easiest thing for me to jettison when life gets busy, even though I know that's not the healthy option.

x-posted to my journal
11th-May-2006 08:06 am - "monthly" update
2. How's it going? AAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH!
3. What's going well? um.
4. What could be going better? everything?
5. Have you made progress on your exercise-related goals, if any? no
6. Have you made progress on your food-related goals, if any? no
7. Adjustments to your previously stated goals, if any: Goal at this point - do something!
8. Have you discovered any new challenges? I couldn't call them new - just asserting themselves more strongly.
9. How about new pluses? no
10. +/- weight, if any: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH!
11. Measurements: ?
12. Anything you'd like to add? This post is basically here to say that I haven't done SQUAT since I left for a bunch of trips round abouts the beginning of March. I haven't paid any attention to what I've been eating and I haven't been exercising AT ALL. Shoot, I haven't even been walking my dog regularly so she's even feeling the repercussions of my lack of exercise-motivation. So, this is to remind myself to quit being a slug and start exercising again. Yes, I know, you're busy! You're tired! You don't want to do anything but sit, read and sleep! Do it anyways!!!!

That is all.
30th-Mar-2006 08:01 am - victory!
Girls Gone Wild!
One of my goals is to be strong again and there have been 3 times in my life when I've felt weak:

1) At age 29, after taking 80mg of prednisone daily for 6 months to treat my ITP (a blood disorder). My muscle mass had deteriorated along with my metabolism and when I returned to the treadmill it was like, WTF?
2) At age 31 after sitting at a desk for 3 months, 12 - 16 hours per day editing 26 television episodes. Again, the muscles had gone away and because I was heavier, my circulation had gone downhill.
3) After getting a dog 8 months ago and wanting to walk him long distances I was shocked to find that I couldn't. I had been at my heaviest and it hurt my back just to walk around the block.

Since I moved, I've been walking short distances trying to build up my strength and today I took the dog on the "long walk." Before I knew it, we were back at the house and my back didn't hurt a bit! Usually my back hurting tells me when I need to get home and this time there was no sign of it. It feels good!

I'm not sure if I've lost weight (no scale) or if my muscles are waking up again or what. But the lesson I'm learning here is that even if it takes a month (which it has) to build up to a goal, it's worth it, and the results will come.

What a great way to start the day!
26th-Mar-2006 10:59 am - monthly update
How's it going? A little better than before. I'm still not eating very well, I've got a MONSTER sugar craving where in I use mass packets of Splenda on practically everything I eat and I still crave sweetness. I've been snacking on a couple of bags of chocolate chips. I'm still not on a regular exercise schedule, but am getting a little more activity in so that's a slight improvement.
What's going well? I've started kayaking with my neighbor, which is pretty fun and gets me going physically. After I go out on the water I suddenly feel like going for a run or whatever, so that's good.
What could be going better? I need to start running regularly again and do SOMETHING to take the edge off this driving need for sugar.
Have you made progress on your exercise-related goals, if any? mmmmm... yes, I think the kayaking applies to my goal of greater upper body strength/fitness.
Have you made progress on your food-related goals, if any? not really.
Adjustments to your previously stated goals, if any: I think I'm ok with previously stated goals.
Have you discovered any new challenges? no
How about new pluses? the last couple of days started taking more advantage of the kids' PE period wherein I make them do push-ups and run for the entire period (and I do too). Hopefully we'll keep that up.
+/- weight, if any: I think I've gained a couple, but I lost my scale so I don't know for sure.
Measurements: didn't look at this
Anything you'd like to add? no
21st-Mar-2006 01:42 pm(no subject)
(my exercise regime is a little whimsical)

So, what's been going on with your weight/fitness efforts this week?
I've stopped heavy lifting in the warehouse so it's time to find some other place to practice heavy lifting. (promoted out - lifting 50kg+ boxes repeatedly and being paid for it has been a really good exercise program.) I can't do boatlifting this week so I'll move my stuff in my apartment around every day until I find a home for it all (25kg+ boxes repeatedly)

As it's been nice and sunny I've been going on forced fast-walks along the seawall. I'm going to try and do this a few times a week.
Running up the Granville Station skytrain stairs seem good exercise too - at least at a start. I can do it now without being winded so time to find a longer set of stairs.

What are you going to be improving upon in the coming week?

better diet. Wouldn't take much. Targetting reduction of sugar in diet and increase in vegetables (especially not starchy ones) and protein.
that means quitting ice cream *pout* oh well.

goal for summer: fix boat so I can lift it and carry it to water. Rowing should be good exercise and might find a way to make sailing good too...
also : would like to learn how to breathe while running. This will take some work.
21st-Mar-2006 09:15 am(no subject)
So, what's been going on with your weight/fitness efforts this week? What are you going to be improving upon in the coming week?
It was raining really hard yesterday, and hailing off and on, so walking didn't seem like a good idea. Instead, I made myself dance around the house. And I ran while taking the dog out. I also feel better now, my sickness from the last two weeks seems mostly gone, so I will have to force myself out to walk tomorrow.
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