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Weight Loss and Fitness: Repent, for Swimsuit Season Is Nigh

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    Blake TBlake T Do you have enemies then? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.Registered User regular
    Jars wrote: »
    it's the best cardio there is but I can't find a rope that won't break easily

    What rope do you have that breaks easily?

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    JarsJars Registered User regular
    one of those cord speed ropes. the cord wears down and they snap

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    tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    i always had nylon ropes as a kid, and they never snapped. But maybe at 8 I wasn't giving them a proper workout.

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    JarsJars Registered User regular
    I'm going at a pretty good clip for like 20 minutes so they get some wear on there

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    Donovan PuppyfuckerDonovan Puppyfucker A dagger in the dark is worth a thousand swords in the morningRegistered User regular
    Maybe there is some Reebok(TM) Crossfit(C) edition skipping rope that will last longer?

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    LiiyaLiiya Registered User regular
    I took a break from running for a couple of weeks for university commitments, now I'm able to get back into and I'm timing myself, I've got my first 5k coming up and when I run I'm doing 5k. I'm at the point where I know how to pace myself so I don't stop at all, which is a huge improvement and I'm really happy about that, but I seem to be stuck around the 34.30 mark. Any tips to get past that?

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    SomestickguySomestickguy Registered User regular
    tynic wrote: »
    While that's probably true, Melbourne winter is definitely not beach weather.

    Well
    That just gives me more time

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    TheStigTheStig Registered User regular
    Jars wrote: »
    one of those cord speed ropes. the cord wears down and they snap

    the metal wire ones?

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    ShenShen Registered User regular
    Liiya wrote: »
    I took a break from running for a couple of weeks for university commitments, now I'm able to get back into and I'm timing myself, I've got my first 5k coming up and when I run I'm doing 5k. I'm at the point where I know how to pace myself so I don't stop at all, which is a huge improvement and I'm really happy about that, but I seem to be stuck around the 34.30 mark. Any tips to get past that?

    For running training it can be good to mix things up, rotating through hill days, sprint days and distance days can help with beating a plateau.

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    LiiyaLiiya Registered User regular
    Shen wrote: »
    Liiya wrote: »
    I took a break from running for a couple of weeks for university commitments, now I'm able to get back into and I'm timing myself, I've got my first 5k coming up and when I run I'm doing 5k. I'm at the point where I know how to pace myself so I don't stop at all, which is a huge improvement and I'm really happy about that, but I seem to be stuck around the 34.30 mark. Any tips to get past that?

    For running training it can be good to mix things up, rotating through hill days, sprint days and distance days can help with beating a plateau.

    Thanks Shen, I'll try that!

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    PeenPeen Registered User regular
    Brief wife update: she ran her first 5k yesterday and finished in 35:35, which I think is pretty ok for your first time? It's way better than I could do anyway.

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    Peter EbelPeter Ebel CopenhagenRegistered User regular
    Oh man, running. I just started doing it again. I run 2.5 km in hilly terrain, then I sprint up a hill till I can't any more, which is about 6 times, then I run the last kilometre home. The sprints absolutely destroyed me. My legs were jelly for several hours. I like it though. I've been in the controlled environment of the gym for too long so it was good to be back in the chaos of the woods again.

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    JarsJars Registered User regular
    I jogged a mile and a half today. I've been toying with the idea of a shorter triathlon for like 2 years and running is the only part I don't have down. I'm still only halfway there.

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    ShadowhopeShadowhope Baa. Registered User regular

    I got a Fitbit the other day.

    I decided to take a look at the Fitbit forums.

    I quickly came to the conclusion that they are not for me.

    For example, I looked into one thread on sleep. It was a mix of people saying "I tried this drug and this drug and this drug, but then my doctor gave me this drug off label and it really works!" and people saying "Doctors are the worst! Homeopathic medicine is the way to go." One side comes across to me like "Drugs! Drugs are the pinnacle of human achievement and the solution to all of life's problems!" The other comes across to me like "Only through aligned crystals can a balance of all four humors be achieved."

    (I recognize that I'm being a little unfair to both groups.)

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    KwoaruKwoaru Confident Smirk Flawless Golden PecsRegistered User regular
    edited May 2015
    Shadowhope wrote: »
    I got a Fitbit the other day.

    I decided to take a look at the Fitbit forums.

    I quickly came to the conclusion that they are not for me.

    For example, I looked into one thread on sleep. It was a mix of people saying "I tried this drug and this drug and this drug, but then my doctor gave me this drug off label and it really works!" and people saying "Doctors are the worst! Homeopathic medicine is the way to go." One side comes across to me like "Drugs! Drugs are the pinnacle of human achievement and the solution to all of life's problems!" The other comes across to me like "Only through aligned crystals can a balance of all four humors be achieved."

    (I recognize that I'm being a little unfair to both groups.)
    I use crystals made of drugs and it works great

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    Blake TBlake T Do you have enemies then? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.Registered User regular
    edited May 2015
    Shadowhope wrote: »
    I got a Fitbit the other day.

    I decided to take a look at the Fitbit forums.

    I quickly came to the conclusion that they are not for me.

    For example, I looked into one thread on sleep. It was a mix of people saying "I tried this drug and this drug and this drug, but then my doctor gave me this drug off label and it really works!" and people saying "Doctors are the worst! Homeopathic medicine is the way to go." One side comes across to me like "Drugs! Drugs are the pinnacle of human achievement and the solution to all of life's problems!" The other comes across to me like "Only through aligned crystals can a balance of all four humors be achieved."

    (I recognize that I'm being a little unfair to both groups.)

    No, I don't think you are.

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    NogsNogs Crap, crap, mega crap. Crap, crap, mega crap.Registered User regular
    That's called meth.

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    ShadowhopeShadowhope Baa. Registered User regular
    edited May 2015
    Nogs wrote: »
    That's called meth.

    The one and only happy horny skinny drug.

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    Shazkar ShadowstormShazkar Shadowstorm Registered User regular
    Damnit
    The one day I forget my bluetoot headphones
    Decide to wear normal headphones in gym

    They short and break which is the whole reason I use bluetoot in the gym

    Damn
    It

    poo
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    NogsNogs Crap, crap, mega crap. Crap, crap, mega crap.Registered User regular
    Bluetoot

    Hehehe

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    TubeTube Registered User admin
    Does anyone have any tips for improving my upper back flexibility? Dragon flags are causing me pain

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    tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    Pilates? I don't know how much of that kind of thing you already do though ...

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    tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    Or feldenkrais if you wanna go real low impact and hippy dippy. It does help a lot with range of movement, though.

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    KamarKamar Registered User regular
    edited May 2015
    So, four days of Keto Chow and all is well. It tastes pretty good when you mix it right, better than most protein shakes I've had, although I'll be glad when I can change over to a chocolate flavor. I don't get hungry the same way I get hungry with a normal diet--just "Oh, I should drink some more".

    I still feel urges to go stuff my face, but without the backing of my normal hunger they're pretty easy to put aside. Mentally, the fact that I can eat normal food when I'm ready helps, too. I have ~400 calories of leeway each day, although I'm thinking it's better to think weekly (~2800 calories of leeway) and save those extra calories for social eating.

    I'm sleeping well, feeling good, losing weight, and free of food anxiety. It's pretty nice. I expected stomach problems as I adapted, but I guess the mega amount of fiber in it kept that from being an issue.

    I'll hold off a while longer before I recommend it to anyone else, though, in case there are sneak-up-on-you problems ahead.

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    UsagiUsagi Nah Registered User regular
    Tube wrote: »
    Does anyone have any tips for improving my upper back flexibility? Dragon flags are causing me pain

    Traps/lats/rhomboids or upper erector spinae?

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    UsagiUsagi Nah Registered User regular
    In related news, anybody have some good elbow/forearm stretches? This tendonitis thing isn't going away

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    Dead LegendDead Legend Registered User regular
    Floor slides, internal/external rotation type stuff(shoulder), t-spine work

    On that note, make sure anything you're doing rotational (think abs) you're moving at the chest/thoracic level and not trying to twist your lumbar, since technically your abdominals and trunk muscles are designed as stabilizers and not rotary forces.

    Also, when researchers are testing spinal damage, they put pig spines in a crunch machine that takes them through the same ROM as a crunch for thousands of reps until it breaks.

    Food for thought!

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    JavenJaven Registered User regular
    So I think I pulled a muscle or something in my groin, not sure when or how, but I noticed the pain when I was walking the dog this morning. There's no resting pain, and even in motion, it's dull, but I'd rather give it time to heal before it becomes a thing. Are there any cardio options available that I can do that wouldn't make it worse?

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    PeenPeen Registered User regular
    What hurt it in the first place?

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    PeenPeen Registered User regular
    I mean walk slowly uphill is usually pretty safe for whatever but if that's how you hurt yourself it's probably a bad idea.

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    JavenJaven Registered User regular
    Peen wrote: »
    What hurt it in the first place?

    I'm not actually sure. I just felt it today, but haven't been running in a week or so.

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    Donovan PuppyfuckerDonovan Puppyfucker A dagger in the dark is worth a thousand swords in the morningRegistered User regular
    Javen wrote: »
    So I think I pulled a muscle or something in my groin, not sure when or how, but I noticed the pain when I was walking the dog this morning. There's no resting pain, and even in motion, it's dull, but I'd rather give it time to heal before it becomes a thing. Are there any cardio options available that I can do that wouldn't make it worse?

    Swimming, perhaps?

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    JavenJaven Registered User regular
    Swimming would be a FANTASTIC exercise in general, but I don't think I have access to a pool anywhere. None of the gyms available in the immediate area have one, and there isn't even a YMCA anywhere around.

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    JavenJaven Registered User regular
    Ugh, I've been spending most of the morning reading about dieting, and I'm suddenly very demoralized.

    I've made a lot of strides to eat healthier, completely cut out fast food, soda, candy, and pretty much every kind of sweet and replaced them with fruits and veggies, and started eating much more balanced, home cooked meals, but every site I read is so...fatalistic I guess, about keeping a diet to a very strict list of foods, and that sounds like it sucks super bad!

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    PeenPeen Registered User regular
    It doesn't have to be complicated or strict! It can be, as your lifestyle and/or dietary needs dictate, but pure calorie counting really genuinely can get the job done. My wife and I have both been using MyFitnessPal to track our food, her longer than me, and if you can be honest about what you're eating and stay within the goals then it really works. She's lost 50 lbs. in 8 months and I've lost 12 in 10 weeks and that was with eating whatever, just so long as the calories were right.

    And yes, some of you are going to rush to post "IT'S NOT ALWAYS THAT SIMPLE" and sure, there can be a host of extenuating circumstances that can make it harder. I'm not trying to discount that, I'm just trying to provide a positive example and buck up the young man's spirits.

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    Beef AvengerBeef Avenger Registered User regular
    Also Javen if you get into some solid training, like it sounds like you're hoping to from the Bigmen thread, it'll definitely afford you some leeway. If you're working hard then that food's going to good use

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    tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited May 2015
    well, those sites are bad and stupid then.

    If you change your eating habits, the change has to be sustainable or you'll eventually put the weight back on when you go off the diet. If you're eating lots of veggies, keeping your sugar/simple carb intake low, cutting out fried stuff and trying to minimize unnecessary calories (eg soda), then you're probably eating fairly healthily, which is the main thing.

    In theory, as long as you don't ramp up the quantity you're eating, just changing your diet in that way might cause a certain about of weight-loss. And almost definitely if you're actually eating less than you were. But for minimum demoralization, I'd focus on feeling good and getting fit rather than weight metrics or strict adherence to a restrictive diet. Being stronger and faster is so much more satisfying than worrying about whether you've lost a pound or not.

    edit: I know I'm in te weightloss and fitness thread but I'm here mainly for the fitness aspect and, for full disclosure, hate the whole calorie-counting mindset and think it's often kinda unhealthy.

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    FrylockHolmesFrylockHolmes Registered User regular
    It sounds like you're on the right track already Javen, and yeah agree with pretty much everything tynic says, though whether or not calorie counting is something that works for you mentally/emotionally is something you gotta feel out on your own.

    Most of the time it's helpful to me to have the whole thing reduced down to math, but I definitely have periods where I focus too much on the scale or get upset with myself for having a treat that puts me over calories for the day. Always have to work on keeping things in proper perspective.

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    JavenJaven Registered User regular
    tynic wrote: »
    well, those sites are bad and stupid then.

    If you change your eating habits, the change has to be sustainable or you'll eventually put the weight back on when you go off the diet. If you're eating lots of veggies, keeping your sugar/simple carb intake low, cutting out fried stuff and trying to minimize unnecessary calories (eg soda), then you're probably eating fairly healthily, which is the main thing.

    In theory, as long as you don't ramp up the quantity you're eating, just changing your diet in that way might cause a certain about of weight-loss. Especially if you're eating less than you were. But for minimum demoralization, I'd focus on feeling good and getting fit rather than weight metrics or strict adherence to a restrictive diet. Being stronger and faster is so much more satisfying than worrying about whether you've lost a pound or not.

    edit: I know I'm in te weightloss and fitness thread but I'm here mainly for the fitness aspect and, for full disclosure, hate the whole calorie-counting mindset and think it's often kinda unhealthy.

    I agree, and I'm definitely not approaching any changes as a 'diet' but rather a lifestyle change in favor of overall healthier living. I guess it just boils down to time. Exercising is quickly becoming something I do because I enjoy it and to relieve stress, so that's a huge plus, but I don't know if counting calories will ever not feel like 'you can't eat potato bread anymore, must be whole wheat, and regular cheerios is okay but if you dare eat some honey nut you are a fat slob'

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    JarsJars Registered User regular
    Javen wrote: »
    Swimming would be a FANTASTIC exercise in general, but I don't think I have access to a pool anywhere. None of the gyms available in the immediate area have one, and there isn't even a YMCA anywhere around.

    check the schools. I got to community swim every saturday for $2

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