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Wednesday, December 19th, 2007
9:32 am
Feasting and Fasting = Good For You?
I'd always heard that it's bad to miss meals, and that skipping them would suggest to your body that you're in danger of starving - and that it should, therefore, encourage your body to store more fat. But some new studies seem to suggest that alternating feasting and fasting could be healthy and just maybe promote weight loss.

I'm kinda curious to try this - I tend to naturally go through cycles of wanting to eat a lot and not wanting to eat much at all, so maybe I should just go with the flow and let myself alternate gorging and fasting...As long as I keep an eye on the foods I do eat, and make sure I'm gorging on nice healthy fruits and veggies, of course.

Whachall think?

Current Mood: curious
Thursday, September 27th, 2007
1:02 am
Hi everyone, and update on my goals!
Hi everybody, this is ruffian_wind's fitness journal. I decided that I would start posting under this name instead. I will also be posting on Fridays from now on because that is how my training schedule is laid out.

firesplace had asked me how many miles I've cycled this year. It's really hard to tell because I didn't count anything from January-June 29 of this year. I was commuting sporadically to and from work in between then. I started documenting my training from June 29th until present day. If you want to read all about that, then please feel free to read my journal and/or add me if you want. All of my posts are public, and I discuss training rides, how I felt, things I ate, and weight I lost.

Training summary for week 13 (9/21-9/27)
Goal: 45 miles (6 miles a day, 1 day of rest, one long 15+ mile ride, 1 day of rest)

Day 85: 7.8 miles
Day 86: 0 miles (day of rest)
Day 87: 17 miles (Erie Canal Trail...beautiful but hard on a road bike!!)
Day 88: 6 miles
Day 89: 6 miles
Day 90: 7 miles
Day 91: 6 miles (projected)

Total miles: 49.8

My goal for next week: Same, with the possibility of a longer ride on the weekend.  I hope you all are doing well!</lj>

Current Mood: bouncy
Wednesday, September 26th, 2007
1:18 pm
Update for me...
So, how I did on last weeks' goals: EPIC FAIL!!!

I do have an excuse though: With the moving plans and being out of town for the entire weekend... well, I wasn't in the same state as my DDR pads most of the time, and told myself I was too busy to pull them out at other times. Yeah, I know, I could still have gotten some exercising in... D'oh!

Unfortunately, I'm probably not going to have time to do really any exercise in the next few days before I leave town more-or-less permanently. The entire month of October I'm going to be a house guest of my Uncle's and other friends within driving distance of Tacoma, so I seriously doubt I'm going to get much exercise done in that time. The good news is that the house we're buying has an awesome spot to set up my DDR gear to rock out fierce.

So.... for now, I'm not going to lie to myself and say that I'm going to make time or have good opportunity for exercise in the next month. However, I am committing to resuming exercise as soon as possible in the month of November, as soon as I get the DDR gear set up (which should be fairly soon after we get moved.)

In the mean time, I do hope to continue to read and offer support to people in this LJ community, eh!
11:23 am
Update: Still walking four days a week
I once again met my goal of walking four days last week. Zero workouts though... got to get better about that.

Today, I'll be walking home from school instead of from work as I've started some night classes. The community college is about the same distance from my apartment as my work is, so, fun times.
11:32 am
Last week's goals:
  • Belly Dancing every day - I decided every day wasn't good, I should just do 5 days.  And I did it.  And it was fun.  I've been feeling more active and graceful, and noticing it in everyday activities, like leaning over to load boxes of soda under the grocery cart.
  • Watch my eating - Did that, for the most part.  I didn't stuff myself like I usually do with a really good meal.  I still need to work on it, I'm such a hedonist, and NOT eating those last few bites of a really tasty something-or-another just seems wrong and takes SO much willpower.
  • Cut back ALL occasional sweets - Mostly.  I had a bowl of ice cream on Friday.  >.>  But I felt so HEAVY afterwards.  It made me feel bad physically.
Next week's goals:
  • More belly dancing!  *shimmyshimmyshake*
  • Get smaller portions at meals (less temptation to overeat)
  • No unhealthy sweets (I got myself some "No Sugar Added" frozen fruit bars to curb the urge to indulge)
As a side note, Teeka pointed something out here:

Does Exercise REALLY Make You Thin?

I read it (yes all 5 pages), and wow.  o.O  Explains a LOT.  I still plan to exercise, because I'm feeling the difference in my muscle tone, but that losing weight thing...  Looks like my choice to cut out sweets is a step in the right direction.  The bread thing will be hard.  I don't think I could go all Atkins.  Bleh.  Not healthy anyhow.

Current Mood: surprised
10:27 am
Weekly Goals - Sept 23 - 29
I'm a little late posting this! ;)

Last week's goal:
*Ride the bike for 1/2 hour 5 days this week
--I had to cheat a little - I walked for a couple hours rather than riding the bike one day, because I had to take Kiefer to the dentist. Still, I think it counts!

This week's already turning out to be crazy, so I'm going to cut back just a bit and pick it up next week. =)

This week's goal:
*Ride bike for 1/2 hour 2 days this week
*Do 1/2 hour other equivalent exercise

Current Mood: determined
Friday, September 21st, 2007
10:32 am
Idea to curb habitual snacking
I have a habit of snacking when I'm bored. This is not good and also not good. It's tough to keep healthy low calorie snacks like vegetables around (at work at least) since they could go bad. Rather than try to go "cold turkey," I've taken to drinking coffee or tea. They are flavorful, have no calories (as long as you don't add cream or sugar) and take long enough to prepare and consume to occupy my boredom. Fun times!
Tuesday, September 18th, 2007
11:50 pm
This Week vs, Last Week
Last week's goals: EPIC FAILURE.  I only did the exercise routine once, and gorged myself as usual twice in the week.  >.<

This week's goals:

1.  Do my bellydancing exercise video every day (except today, which I think I compensated for by not being able to eat until 6pm).

2.  Watch my eating and stop when I'm satisfied, not stuffed.

3.  Cut back ALL the occasional sweets (candy, ice cream, cappuccino).
10:18 pm
Goals for last week: Play DDR for an hour each day from Fri->Mon.
Unfortunately I didn't do it this time because I was unexpectedly out of town Fri->Sun interviewing for a job. The good news is that I got the job, but the bad news is I was away from my DDR equipment (and too busy anyway) to exercise Fri->Sun. I did get my hour in on Monday when I was home, though.

Interesting thing: I tried out the heart monitor while playing DDR. If the monitor is to be believed, when I'm playing 5-6 foot songs, I'm bouncing around at about 85% of my max heart rate (or about 155-160 bpm). When I play the fast 7-8 footers, I'm around 95-99% (or, 173 to 180 bpm). I even got the watch alarm to go off a couple times by exceeding my theoretical max heart rate during especially challenging songs. The really odd part is that when I'm sitting at 80-85% I'm not out of breath at all, so I'm not sure the estimates make sense for me. :/ In theory, though, this heart rate means it is supposed to be anaerobic exercise, even though I can keep up those kind of songs non-stop for hours.

Anyway... I'm out of town again on Sun->Tue this next week again, but I should be able to play DDR on Fri and Sat for one hour each day. I also plan to play for 1/2 hour on Wed and Thurs.
11:10 pm
Update on last week and goals for 9-19 to 9-25
So I didn't do all of my 100 mile ride; 52 degrees, rain, and 30mph wind gusts kept me from going the whole distance and stopping at only 60 miles. That's ok; I think that's still a hell of an effort for someone with exercise/cold/wind-induced asthma like I have!

Biking goals for this week:
1. Do 6-10 miles Thursday, Friday and Sunday, and Tuesday
2. Do 10-15 miles Wednesday and Monday
3. Do a long (30-50 mile) ride on Saturday
1:02 pm
Nearly met last week's goals
I did walk home four times last week but only managed one of the two workouts I was shooting for. I score a B minus!

This week my goal is the same - four walks and two workouts. I've already got one walk as of yesterday. (and a whole lot of dance revolution, but I'm not counting that)
Sunday, September 16th, 2007
5:37 pm
Weekly Goals - Sept 16-22
Last week's goal:
*Ride the bike for 3 mins/day, 4 mornings and 1 evening

This week's goal:
*Ride the bike for 1/2 hour 5 days this week

How'd you guys do, and what's this week's goal? =D

Current Mood: accomplished
Tuesday, September 11th, 2007
2:32 pm
Ok, I was going to just keep this a secret, but I guess, since this is a health community this is the kind of thing to talk about here.  I went out yesterday and joined a 24 hour fitness gym.  It's mostly just cardio machines and free weights and rep-machines but it has what I need, and it's 24 hours (which I like very much) and it's cheap for being a gym.  I exercised for 30 minutes yesterday (handy since the machines have 30 minute pre-programmed workout schedules on them).  I'm hoping this will last, we'll have to see, but I figure if I talk about it here, there's the bonus of having encouragement *laughs*.  Anyway, I'll keep everyone posted. 

BTW should we do a "measurements" sort of thing where we say how much we weigh vs. how tall we are and talk about our weight loss goals or is that not really the right vibe for this community?
10:26 am
This Week's Plan - 9/9/07 - 9/15/07
1. Get through an entire FitTV workout without dying.
2. Eat until I'm satisfied, not full.
3. Figure out what a realistic goal for myself is, coming from no exercise or fitness background whatsoever.


Current Mood: hopeful
Monday, September 10th, 2007
3:03 pm
Fitness goals 9/10 through 9/16
Not to monopolize the last two posts, but here are my fitness goals for 9/10-9/16

1. Bike 6-12 miles during the work week (to-from work, or to work-lunch at home-to work-back home)
2. Do at least one hour (15 miles) on the bike trainer, two nights this week in addition to #1.
3. Take it easy and not injure myself!!!
4. Bike 100 miles around the lake on 9/15! Woo!

Wish me luck!

Current Mood: bouncy
2:54 pm
Hi everyone! I meant to post this sooner, but I have been busy training.

My name's Kelly, I'm 28 and live in Upstate New York. Long story short, I have been training all summer for a 100-mile bike ride around Cayuga Lake this Saturday! It's been a long summer of anywhere from 5 to 30 mile a day bike rides. This will be my second year doing this event.

The reason I am here is because I need motivation to keep going. After Saturday, I know that I will fall back into my bad habits. I was in really great shape last year, but over the winter I didn't do anything exercise-wise and ended up about 30 pounds overweight. Gotta love how the human body works, eh? Putting on weight is so easy but taking it off? Pfft. Near impossible, especially for a food-loving girl like me :)

My goal is to keep up the exercise I'm doing now beyond the Ride day and eventually be a size 6 and 140 pounds. Right now, that means dropping 2 sizes and 10 pounds, which doesn't sound like much but these extra 10 pounds are proving really impossible to lose!

If you all want to know more about training I've done before, I have another journal, 100milescloser. I have been tracking my training since June 28.

Good to meet you all, and good luck with your various goals! I look forward to sharing mine and reading more about yours!

Current Mood: cheerful
10:53 am
Fitness goals 9/10 through 9/16
1) Walk to or from work at least four times

2) Lift weights at least two days this week

I plan to start with this, and increase these goals in the following weeks. Wish me luck!

edit: It's 2.5 miles to work from my apartment. This usually means about 45 minutes of walking.
9:57 am
This Week's Plan - 9/9/07 - 9/15/07
Time for our first full week in this community! =D

Everyone, please reply here or create a new entry with the date range "9/9/07 - 9/15/07" in the subject line to describe what you will do this week to reach towards your fitness goals. Please let us know what measurable goals ('Will eat X balanced meals of Z calories', 'will do Y exercise X times', etc.) you are going for this week, and if you had a goal last week, whether you reached it or not.

Fire's goals:

*Ride the stationary bike for four separate 25-30 minute sessions - MET GOAL!
*Participate in Saturday's Paws Walk, a 5-k fundraiser walk for the PAWS animal shelter - MET GOAL!

*Bike ride 30 min/day 4 mornings and 1 evening this week

What're your goals? =D

Current Mood: accomplished
Friday, September 7th, 2007
11:20 pm
WoW = Exercise Routine
I found a way to exercise... by playing World of Warcraft!!

Okay, hear me out. First thing you need is an exercise/yoga ball, big enough to sit on and use as a desk chair. My desk is kind short, so a 65cm one works, but they make bigger ones.

Sitting on a yoga ball is supposed to passively strengthen your core, which is why I decided to use one. But I started playing WoW, and found myself exercising! See, I play a spellcaster, so I have to stop and take a drink to regain mana. Well that's 15 seconds of idleness. So I reach from side to side to keep my back and arms from aching, or reach up (like the dancing tiger icon, but reach highighigh) to stretch, and it's a mini-workout. When I'm doing a lot of fighting, that's a lot of recovery time, and thus a lot of working out.

Then there's running around, or just autorun. Well, running gets boring, so you squeeze your butt together to make yourself bounce on the ball. Squeeze the glutes with each bounce, and you're having so much fun bouncing you don't realize it's exercise, even after you start to feel the burn! Or use your hips to rock the ball back and forth, and as you do that, crunch your abs and lower back alternately. Or see how wide you can roll the ball in a circle and try to keep your upper torso in place.

And you can do all the same things while crafting. Why, I come back with 35 copper to smelt, and I do one of these exercises while my character is hammering away, and wow! I can feel that!

You can do the same thing when you're at the computer pretty much any time. In fact, if you work at a desk, you might ask your boss about bringing in an exercise ball to replace your chair. I dunno if it'd work, but you can certainly try to convince them by touting the health benefits of the passive core strength boost.

Well I'm gonna get back to my workout now. ;)

Current Mood: accomplished
12:26 pm
Knowledge is Power(tm)!
So... I don't imagine we've got many if any fitness experts in this community, eh. Still, though, I know I feel under-informed when it comes to just how to go about becoming and staying "physically fit." Firebringer made a note in her LJ yesterday (which spawned this community, actually) that got me thinking about the subject a lot more. Specifically, she linked an article that talked about the differences between aerobic and anaerobic exercise, what each type does to your body, and why each is important in a (for lack of a better word) holistic exercise program.

So... I know there have been a bazillion things written on the subject, but does anyone here have a link or three to particularly good articles or guides they'd like to share on the subject of personal fitness, losing weight, eating right, motivating oneself to exercise, how to exercise "right," or anything else having to do with the theme of this community?
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