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looking into getting fit

Discussion in 'Health' started by 95 taco, May 1, 2013.

  1. May 2, 2013 at 3:20 PM
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    Lots more than that, punching a heavy bag is only about 10% of it, you cant imagine the fitness you would get from it....

    Just go and try to jumprope for 3 minutes straight, bet you cant do it without stopping...:)
     
  2. May 2, 2013 at 3:27 PM
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    1. eating properly is the #1 way to lose the weight...
    2. interval training (cardio) best on the exercise side
    3. I can't tell you how many articles I've read stating how effective weight training is for burning fat (especially with shorter breaks between sets, etc.) as it keeps your metabolism elevated for MUCH longer afterwards than straight cardio. up to 36 hours later according to some.
     
  3. May 2, 2013 at 3:29 PM
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    personally I try and use intervals (sprint, walk sprint walk, etc) It's shown to be far more effective at improving your conditioning and losing weight.

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/interval-training/SM00110
     
  4. May 2, 2013 at 3:30 PM
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    subscribe to mens health bro or go on there website follow diet and workouts and youll be good!

    www.menshealth.com
     
  5. May 2, 2013 at 3:34 PM
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    unless you're an ectomorph, (which it sounds like you arent)

    diet is the biggest thing here. you can hit the gym every day, work more cardio in

    but if you go home and eat the exact same thing (though, probably more; since you're going to be hungrier from working more) with just a few more apple slices and a broccoli or two nothing major is going to change.

    after a diet change comes the real work, starting with light weight high repitition stuff with interval cardio

    not tryna be a dick jake, just how it is; gotta pay to play! food is like our mod money when it comes to losing weight.


    case and point, a friend of mine 5"10, 290 hit the gym with us every day for three months straight, we forced him into interval cardio and all... he lost a grand total of 5-8lbs

    once we cut his diet from having a sumo omlette after every gym session and cut his carbs, he lost 20lbs over the next two months
     
  6. May 5, 2013 at 4:43 PM
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    I know snacking can contribute to a few pounds of fat throughout the year. Try not to snack as much between meals and drink plenty of water. Water rehydrates and cleanses your body.

    As for working out, Go out and have some fun. Go and explore on your bike and lift weights as the previous posters have said. Make it fun too, biggest reason why people stop working out is because they get bored of it and it's not fun. :cool:
     
  7. Jan 21, 2015 at 6:30 PM
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    Been a while, but I thought I'd update this thread.

    We moved to South Ms in June of '14 and one of the friends I made happens to have a degree in physical health.
    She convinced me to try portion control and healthy eating for 3 weeks, in those 3 weeks I lost 13 LBS.
    So I decided to make it a lifestyle, and I'm very happy thus far.

    3-4 weeks ago she asked if I wanted to start working out a few times a week, after the first week we switched to an every other day workout schedule and I've stuck with it until last week.
    Since I started back to college our schedules don't allow us to work out together except on the weekends, but my sister and I workout together during the week so we can keep motivated.

    From August 31st, 2014 to January 20th, 2015 I lost a total of 52 lbs, which is several pants sizes, and one shirt size.

    My current goals are to start running (We have sprints incorporated into the workouts, but I'd like to be able to run distance) and continue the current workouts until I can do full pushups without "worming".

    One of the best things I did was cut almost all drinks and raise my water intake, I haven't had a soda since new years eve, and I cut sweet tea out of my diet in October (In July I was drinking close to a gallon a day, and the gallon of tea we make has almost 1 cup of sugar in it).
     
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    I was going to post tips but it sounds like you are on your way. The change in diet and activity seem to be treating you well.

    Glad to hear that after analyzing your intake you have made appropriate steps to cut certain things out.

    With the results you have already seen and realizing that this is possible, i wish you the best.

    Just remember its not just about how much you can lift or how far you run but doing these things with PROPER form.

    Glad to hear that you made a decision to better yourself and hopefully make this long term.
     
  9. Jan 21, 2015 at 6:55 PM
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    Thanks!!!
    Yes, the first thing my trainer taught me when we started working out was "it doesn't matter how many you can do or how fast you can do it if you aren't doing it properly".
     
  10. Jan 31, 2015 at 1:25 AM
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    You lose your moobs? I lost 30 lbs. once but I was still flabby as hell. But then again the only exercise I did was punching/kicking a bag and stationary biking.
     
  11. Jan 31, 2015 at 5:48 AM
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    Congratulations & Great Job!!

    You should look into the C25K program. It's called "Couch to 5K" (running).

    There are lots of Apps out there with training programs that work you up to running/jogging a 5K in 8 weeks. My husband and I started doing it in mid Dec. Every other day, we do one of the workouts....and they tell you exactly what to do and when. Warmup walk, run/jog, walk, run/jog, etc.
    The whole idea is to find a rhythm in your jogging/running that you can sustain for an entire 5K. You don't have to push it....you can go as slow as you want/need to build up a pace that you can live with. You can stretch out the training and do the workouts multiple times until you feel ready to move onto the next step.

    At first, It was difficult and strenuous. I had to work on finding a breathing rhythm and I did some of the workouts multiple times. I'm into week 5 now - and its feeling sooo much better. I feel like I could pickup my speed a bit. But - I'm cautious - don't want to push myself too hard too fast.
     
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    I'm looking in to doing the c25k as well, the reviews look promising.
     
  13. Jan 31, 2015 at 6:08 AM
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    Congrats on the weight loss. Keep up the good work !
     
  14. Jan 31, 2015 at 6:43 AM
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    For the most part, they're still there but they're tiny compared to what they used to be.

    Thanks!!!

    Already on Week 1, Day 3 of it :D I should've been done with week 1 last night, but my trainer told me to take a break because I worked out everyday this week.

    My trainer told me to start doing C25K on the days between our workouts to build endurance, learn to control my breathing, and also to add more cardio to my workouts.

    Try it, I really enjoy it.

    Thanks!!!
     
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    It's a great way to 'work up' to running fully. I've been taking a more relaxed approach ....as I think I finally found a rhythm with my stride and my breathing. It's a slow jog - but I really want to finish. Speed will come later. I've been doing some of the same workouts twice or three times until I feel confident to move on. Somedays I feel more energetic and other days, not so much. Tomorrow I'll be on Week 5 / D3 with 8 minutes run/5walk/8 run. Monday was my first time doing an 8 minute run and it just feels sooooo long after doing 5's....

    My husband is already jogging 20 minutes at a time now. As long as he's happy.....and moving along. Sometimes I think he's moving too fast. Or I'm just moving along at a snails pace. I'm really not in any hurry. ;)
     
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    95 taco what are your daily meals like? Just trying to get a feel of what I should be eating.
     
  17. Feb 6, 2015 at 3:46 PM
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    Yeah, it is great for working up to running distances, I can already tell it is improving me.

    That's great to hear!!!

    For breakfast I always have 1.25-1.75 servings of frosted mini wheats (basically a bowl and a little bit depending on how hungry I am), with 2% milk (roughly a half a bowl).

    For lunch I usually have a Ham sandwich (2 slices of wheat bread, 4 slices of ham), a little bit of Mayo (The kind with olive oil, it has half the fat as regular mayo and tastes the same to me) and a slice of american cheese.
    Sometimes I have chicken breast cooked in a pan with olive garden Italian dressing (You cook the chicken in the dressing to get most of the oil out).

    And Supper is a variety, usually it's just what other people made for Supper.
    Tonight it's baked chicken with white rice, It'd be better if it was brown rice though.

    If I get hungry between meals (or if I remember to eat them) I'll eat snacks (I try to have 1-2 between each meal), my snacks are usually carrots, celery, or trail mix.

    After a workout I always have some type of high protein snack to feed my muscles, usually either a cliff bar, or energy bites (Recipe for energy bites is here)

    The biggest issues I have with my food are sweets, carbs, and whites.
    Lately I've been limiting my white food intake (White bread, potatoes, white rice, etc...) per the suggestion of my trainer.

    How many calories per day a person eats depends on the person and there activity level (Here is a calculator to figure out how many calories you burn in a day just by being alive, and use this chart to figure out how your activity level affects that number).

    I burn ~2,500 calories per day just by being alive (according to the calculator) and because of my activity level I should eat ~3,600 Calories per day.
    I usually eat 1,300-2,000 calories, which according to the charts is not enough but when I asked my trainer she said as long as I don't burn more exercising than I eat I'm fine.
     
  18. Feb 19, 2015 at 7:26 PM
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    Comparison photo, photo on the left was taken in July of '14, right was taken a few weeks ago during one of our workouts.

    Just a few pounds away from having lost 60 pounds total, and to top it off I just broke one of my goals of being able to jog for a half mile without walking any of it or stopping.

    IMG_6922.jpg
     
  19. Jul 4, 2015 at 5:16 AM
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    Little update, today I did my first 5K, ran 1.6 miles, walked 1 mile and finished up the last .6 miles with running.
    I was hoping to run the whole thing but I was out fishing until about 2 AM so I got a little over 2 and a half hours of sleep, and my trainer (who promised she would run with me) must have slept through her alarm so I ran by myself.
    The hardest part was pacing myself, I usually have my trainer there to pace me.
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    My trainer just finished building a workout room so we will have a place to work out with AC.
    We got a weight bench, spin bike, 2 treadmills, and I'm supposed to build her a stand for the punching bag.
     
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