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Jul. 28th, 2008



Hello everyone!

Just joined this community tonight, so should probably introduce myself:

30 years old
Just started training for my first half marathon.

I was a swimmer in high school, then gained a lot of weight after college, and eventually, after the end of an engagement, I lost about 60 pounds through diet and exercise. I've now kept that weight off for over three years.

I've been kind of hit or miss with working out: I'll be really dilligent for awhile, then get busy and just quit. I am doing the half to make myself stick to a training schedule for twelve weeks. Would love to make some friends here to keep me motivated too.

Jun. 2nd, 2008




Name: Cody
Age: 17
Current workout: gym 5 -6 times a week - cardio for 5mns, weights for 45mns, some abs for 10 - 15mns and about 10mns cardio to finish, with swimming thrown in for good measure.
Current workout goal(s): Body like a God? I don't want to be huge but looking like Ryan Reynolds is kinda high ... ^^;;
Interests: Swimming, Tai-chi, and the generics: writing, and I'm a dab hand with Photoshop. Would it sould clichéd if I said "going to the gym" too? 'Cause it's true ...

Question too: I hate fish, and I'm not a big fan of vegetables - potatoes and carrot juice are the only two I have. So how can I work my diet around this? I know it sounds immature and pathetic but they just don't agree with me ... :\

May. 26th, 2008

me - old jeans


Intro post

Hiii everyone!! Just stopping by to introduce myself. :-D

Name: Kimberly

Age: 27

Current workout: I workout with a personal trainer 3+ times a week, I've been doing this since July 2007. Currently he's fixated and recently Cross Fit certified..this is mainly what we've been doing for the last few weeks. Typical workout, 15 min cardio, 45 minutes weight training, circuit training, etc. It varies...

Current workout goal(s): lose those last 20 lbs (I've lost over 80 since last May)

Interests: reading, mobloging, sharing fitness and workout info, healthy eating, recipes, graduate school (I graduate in December), wii fit, camping, shopping, many more that I'm not thinking of...lol.

Before and After picsCollapse )

May. 24th, 2008




Then I went to the pool, and they had closed it for laps so that they could have a water-aerobic class., so I decided to participate in that. It was flail-and-curse for the water. They kept admonishing everybody to keep their back straight. I have no idea whether my back was straight or not, and since most of the moving around was under water, it was hard to model the people who'd maybe done the class before.

I noticed I was creating a lot more splashing than the other people, which might have meant I was doing something wrong, or it might have been because I was the only one there who seemed to be expending much energy; a lot of the people there were way older than me, and seemed to be there more to socialize than to exercise. A couple of them were gabbing about some movie the whole time.

I finished up with a soak in the whirlpool, a few laps now that they were open for it, and a shower and dry-off in the sauna with a book. Not a bad day for my body.

Anyone here have experience with "aqua-robics" or whatever trendy name they have for it these days? Is it worthwhile? Anyone still reading this community?

Apr. 2nd, 2008



intro post :D (hi!)

Name: Mare
Age: 38
Current workout : While not doing a Challenge, I am following the BFL program. I like the structure. :)
Current workout goal(s): I'd like to get much stronger - esp. my upper body - than I am now. I am also trying to motivate my daughter to a more active lifestyle.
Interests: Oh, dear. Um. *points at interest list on profile page* They won't let me post more than 150! But briefly - writing, reading, learning, biking, music, and enjoying life. (vague, no?)
Also? Since I have /dramatically/ increased my water intake, I have become a (gold medal)Champion of the 100 meter Women's room dash.

Feb. 20th, 2008


Hey everyone!

I have hypothyroidism and PCOS.. I gained a little over 40lbs over a two year period (2004 & 2005).. I haven't done much (no exercise or dieting) and somehow lost 30lbs in three years.. My doctors still want me to lose at least 11lbs so I am going to try to lose 15lbs in three months.. here are my before pictures (I included the before picture from last May since I have lost some weight since then along with my measurements.. I can't tell a difference in the picture but I can with my clothes since I have gone from a size 10 to a size 8 since May).. I eat balanced as it is and since I am losing weight on my own without doing anything my doctors highly recommended that I keep my eating habits the same.. so no dieting.. I just plan on increasing my activity..


Aug. 13th, 2007



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The flail-and-curse instructor never learns.

Today we were made to do our crunches while lying across enormous inflatable yoga balls. And she calls out, "Now, doing the exercise on these balls should make you feel reeeeelly unstable!

So, of course, I have to call out, in time with my exhale, "Kill....Kill...Kiillllll...

And they all fell off their balls laughing, in that there Group W Class.

Jul. 19th, 2007

Max Headroom


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Hello folks,

My name's Barry. I'm 25 and living in Boston.

I've recently become determined to lose weight, gain muscle, and increase flexibility.

I've been stretching for an hour or so each day, hitting as many different muscle groups as I can. I've been running/jogging/walking 2 to 5 miles daily. I've been lifting weights and doing crunches and push-ups.

My main problem is my diet.

I've decreased the amount of food I eat on a daily basis, because I realize that I was just eating way too much. For the last week or so I've been eating salads and yogurt.

Now, I know this is a bad idea. The problem is: I don't really know what to do. I've been losing a decent amount already, but I know as far as the exercise goes, I need to eat differently in order to get the most out of my workout.

So, what I'm looking for is for someone to tell me what I should be eating to get the best of both worlds. How can I eat right, but still lose fat and add muscle?

Much thanks!

Jun. 6th, 2007




My husband's good friend Jayson competed recently. They know each other through our local powerlifting circuit:

These were taken at the WPO Finals on March 2, 2007. One picture is of him beginning to deadlift 661 lbs. The other picture is of him completing the lift.

From the chart I guess his total was 1774.703 pounds... yet did not place. He sure worked hard though geez. His "best" squat was 340 pounds.

His body weight? 164.9 lbs.

May. 26th, 2007



Doing the Flail-and-Curse

I managed to get out of work early enough to hit Y fitness twice this workweek. They brought back the hulking Carson prototype, and he'd apparently consulted with the female instructors because he'd brought out the medicine balls, rubberbands, Congressional subpoenas, leather whips and other implements of destruction to shape my body into 180 lbs of You Know Your Girlfriend Want Me.

I knew to steel myself for the worst as he started a workout tape that sounded like hypertempo Don Martin sound effects: FWUMPadada-dupppada, FWUMPadada-dupppada, FWUMPadada-dupppada, FWUMPadada-duppada... and yes, he DID sing "YMCA" with a great exuberance while leaping and lunging on the floor. He is SOOOOOO Carson!

An important discovery: Apparently I have "obliques of steel". I found this out when we were asked to lie on our sides, arms straight overhead, and do side crunches, lifting our torsos and legs at the same time into a v-shape. Not only did I not have much trouble with this move, but the only other person who could do them right was the instructor. The women in lycra, who have eight inch waists and shame me at everything that doesn't emphasize upper body strength, couldn't do it. And to think, this time a month ago, I thought obliques meant the look you gave people who still publicly admire George Bush.

Fortunately, I am humble about my newfound superpower, because when we lie on our backs and try to do the same v-crunches, my motions resemble those of a just-tasered banana slug.

Hope you're all the same.

Current Music The cramps with a difference, never mind the weather! When you work with Carson, a Charley Horse forever!

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