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Tuesday, September 29th, 2015
7:21 am
15.04 miles
That's 30 this week according to Map My Ride. Two days in and I am only 10 miles away from the low end of my goal. If it rains half the week, it will still bug me but at least I will have met the goal I set for myself.

This morning I was thinking I will be happy when the weather finally gets cooler, which led me to womdering if I will be able to continue to ride when it starts to get cold. We don't usually get a lot of ice and snow, but we can get temps in the 30s for a few weeks at a time, and that might pose a problem for my asthma. I might need to consider an alternative form of exercise for the colder days, but I'll just worry about that when I come to it.
Monday, September 28th, 2015
8:53 am
First I want to say thank you for the welcome and encouragement. It means a lot and is good motivation.

More after the cut Read more...Collapse )
Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015
9:41 am
New here, intro post
Hi. I'm new and thought I'd introduce myself.

Less attractive stuff out of the way first: I'm 43, 5 feet tall, 223 pounds as of my last doctor's visit. I have asthma, poor kidney function, migraines and a host of other autoimmune health problems. I have tried exercizing with weightloss as the goal and gotten very frustrated in the past. So now, my goal is just to improve my health and endurance, focus on the things I can actually see and feel happening.

I wore out a treadmill, two Wii Fit boards and my knees over the course of about two years and only lost maybe 15 pounds at most. I used to walk in my neighborhood after my treadmill died, but I live in the south, and my winning combo of asthma and kidney trouble meant that I overheat way too easily. So i got a bike about a month ago and started riding early in the mornings. I find it easier to keep from overheating because of the air movement and pedaling seems to be lower impact on my knees. My tailbone is still trying to get used to it, but other than that, I can already feel an improvement. I started out huffing and puffing and barely making it two miles in the lowest gear. Now I am able to go 15 miles in 5th and 6th gear, I have more energy, I sleep better, my asthma has improved a whole lot and I'm not sure if this has anything to do with biking, but my kidneys rarely hurt any more. I was living with daily pain and sometimes weekly kidney stones. Maybe sweating out the salt is giving my kidneys a break.

I do tend to over do it though. I have had to get a shot for my lower back pain/Bike Butt. When I start to go, I tend to get an endorphine rush that masks all symptoms that I am over doing it till it's too late. So far I haven't had to call my husband to come get me. I have been looking for a heart rate monitor that is affordable, but good, one that I don't have to take my hand off the handlebars to check. If anyone can suggest one, I'd appreciate it. Preferably not too expensive. I need to keep it under maybe $75 if I could.
Sunday, March 1st, 2015
12:27 pm
11 Awesome Brands for Plus-size Workout Clothes
This Buzzfeed article actually has some helpful suggestions for cute, plus size workout gear. Thought I'd leave this here in case anyone was interested.
Thursday, February 5th, 2015
8:21 am
Worked out again last night.
I am on a roll. I may actually fit 3 whole workouts into this week.

1 set/13 bicep curls - 15 lbs
1 set/15 tricep pushdowns - 15 lbs
1 set/15 forward shoulder rolls 25 lbs
1 set/15 backward shoulder rolls 25 lbs
1 set/15 side dips 25 lbs
1 set/9 overhead military press with dumbells 25 lbs
1 set/15 tricep kickbacks 12 lbs
1 set/12 lateral raises 12 lbs
1 set/15 forward, backward, side standing leg lifts
13 back extensions
1 set/15 reverse leg lifts
1 set/9 airplanes
1 set/15 neck exercises (side to side, and front to back, while laying on the ground, shoulders lifted. If anyone knows what to call these, let me know)

And stretching.

I missed working out. Now I just need to haul the treadmill out and do that. Granted, I do have a half mile walk from my bus stop home every night. But still, I could use more cardio. I hate doing it, so it's always a chore.
Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015
7:39 am
Not as regular as I'd like, but...
I did work out last night.

1 set/12 of bicep curls - 15 lbs
1 set/15 tricep press - 15 lbs
1 set/12 lat raises 12 lbs
1 set/15 tricep kickbacks 12 lbs
1 set/15 forward shrugs 25 lbs
1 set/15 backward shrugs 25 lbs
1 set/15 side dips 25 lbs
Back extensions - 11
1 set/15 - inner leg lifts (reverse leg lifts)
1 set/15 each of standing leg lifts, forward, back and to the side

I think that's it.
Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
8:28 am
Been able to start working out again.
I had gall bladder surgery in November, and I'm finally able to lift things.

1 set (15) forward shrugs - 25 lbs
1 set (15) backward shrugs - 25 lbs
1 set (12) Lat raises - 15 lbs
1 set (15) Bicep curls - 15 lbs
1 set (15) Tricep kickbacks - 15 lbs
1 set (15) reverse leg lifts (inner thigh)
1 set each (10) front, side, and back standing leg lifts
1 set each side to side, front to back neck exercises (I'm not really sure what to call these)
1 set (12) airplanes (Supermans, whatever)

And stretching. My warm up was my 1/2 mile walk from the bus stop to get home from work.

I'm just glad to be able to do stuff again. I'm pretty sure my gall bladder had been messing with me for awhile before the attack, because I feel better than I had in months.
Wednesday, June 18th, 2014
8:28 am
NYC cardio?
Hi all,

A new member here, and I'm hoping one of you can help point me to fat-friendly/HAES exercise classes or personal trainers in or near NYC? I've found a lot of yoga, but no cardio, which is what I'm really looking for, or strength training.

Many thanks in advance!
Monday, April 14th, 2014
1:26 pm
My update - and your workout/training thread
I haven't seen a Monday training thread update thread in a while, so I'll go first, and feel free to report your challenges and progress in the comments.

I finally made my goal of 20 regulation (on the toes) push ups in a row. I'd done the 100 push up program in order to do 100 knee-bent push ups in a row, and then did a transitional phase doing push ups on a low stair to get in the correct form for regulation push ups. It's taken me a while to get to 20 in a row, but I pulled it off today. I found that not only is my upper body much stronger than before I did the challenge, but it's been great for tightening up my core.

My main plan after this is to have more varied workouts but to be strong enough to incorporate full push ups into the mix on a regular basis.

What have you accomplished? What are your challenges? What are your goals for the coming week?
Monday, March 17th, 2014
3:37 pm
weekly training thread!
Hi all

it has been a couple weeks so I figure it was time to check in and see how you are all doing. what are your challenges? what are your successes?

for me I did not do much of anything last week other than a walk on Monday and a spin class yesterday (plus some yard word) and I am not going to beat myself up about it as I was very active the week before and on Tuesday I had to put down my cat who I had for 18+ years. that plus life in general had me not able to go to the gym.

I am going to be back at it this week, but other stresses are happening (we are getting ready to remodel the kitchen and I just found out that my office has to move in 30 days and we don't have a place to go yet.

so, whee?

how about you all?
Monday, March 3rd, 2014
3:10 pm
weekly training thread!
hey all. sorry I didn't pot last week, but it seems that there isn't much traffic here anyways so maybe this will be an every other week sort of thing.

hoping that the time change will make a difference in my energy levels. that and less pain. the neck pain comes and goes and I just play it by ear.

the past couple weeks have been mostly cardio with a couple bouts of yoga, however yesterday I attended a great bootcamp class that had kettle bells and body weight exercises - it was a basically 9 stations and you did the exercise for 30 seconds and you had 15 seconds to get to the next station. we did 3 rounds and then had a good long stretch after. I will be hitting it again, that's for sure

what about you? anything new and exciting?
Sunday, March 2nd, 2014
9:26 pm
Fitbit Zip
Hello all,

I was wondering if anyone has any experience with the Fitbit Zip.  I'm interested in possibly purchasing one to help track my daily movement and hopefully motivate me to get more active.

So for anyone who has had one.. did you find it to be accurate?  Was it useful or did it end up in a junk drawer after a month?

Also, I gather that when you buy a Fitbit you get access to a website to track what you've done and apply this to goals and such.  I need to know how obnoxious the website is when it comes to promoting weight loss.  Would it be easy to use the site just for tracking my movement and getting more fit without constantly being prompted to try to lose weight?

Thank you,
Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
12:03 pm
weekly training thread!
hey all. I know this is late and I am sorry for that, but yesterday was busy so...

anyway - time to check in. where are you with your workouts. what was good? what was bad? what are you looking to do this week?

one thing that has been a pain, literally, has been plantar fasciitis and it has been brutal lately. I had a standing desk that I actually really liked using but my feet, even with inserts, specific shoes, a proper standing mat and stretches, I was in severe pain.

also have a pain in the neck, which is at the base of the skull, which is probably due to stress. trying to work on that but right now my range of motion is lacking.

what I have been doing is more of the DDP yoga as well as hamster wheel workouts. there has also been time in the yard pulling weeds and I went dancing on Friday which was awesome. I would love to go dancing every day but I just can't do the late nights any more.

this week will be more of the same. I want to lift, but not sure what my neck is going to do so I am going to lay off for the time being

so what about you?
Monday, February 10th, 2014
8:02 pm
weekly training thread!
hello all and happy monday. time to check in and see how you all did with your workouts. where did you kick ass? where was your ass kicked? what are you looking to do this week?

I got to the gym 4 days where I lifted and did the hamster wheel. the weather this weekend made riding not possible, nor yard work. but I did try the DDP Yoga which I rather like

mixing up when I work out as well as I am tired of waking up at 5am...

so how about you all?
Monday, February 3rd, 2014
3:11 pm
weekly training thread!
Hey all, it is monday and that means time to check in on what you have been doing with your bad selves when it comes to workouts

last week wasn't as busy workout wise as previous weeks, but that is OK. I still got 5 solid days. 4 of which were hamstering and weights, tho to be honest, thursday and friday I was having a hard time of it when it came to weights. saturday I weeded another 10 gallons of weeds (oxalis, I HATE you) and dug up 12 rose bushes - some where pretty established. and yesterday it rained (hooray rain! we are in a drought right now in CA and it is scary times ahead) so I did basically nothing and I am ok with that

not much energy this week and it is only monday (dealing with some pet issues as my kitty is old and doing not so good so there is that stress) but I aim to make it to the gym 5 days this week. we will see what happens

how about you all? tell me what have you been up to?
Monday, January 27th, 2014
12:01 pm
weekly training thread!
hello all. it is monday and that means it is time to check in and see how we are all doing in our workouts. where are we kicking ass? where are we getting our asses kicked?

I was active pretty much every day last week with Saturday being a light day. M-F I was at the gym with a combination of cardio and weights each day. Saturday I did some weeding (fun! </ sarcasm>) and yesterday I did about 15 miles on the bike and was going to do more weeding but instead I hauled about 250 bricks from one part of my yard to another. and I am feeling it in my low back today but thankfully not too bad

my ankle is still giving me issues as is my knee on the same leg so I think I need to see a chiropractor. still trying to find a decent one

what about you all?
Monday, January 20th, 2014
1:51 pm
weekly training thread!
Hey all, it is time to check in at the weekly training thread. where did you kick ass? where was it kicked? what are you wanting to do this week?

I was actually active every day last week with the light day being Saturday. the gym was M-F where there was hamster time and weights plus I added in some stair climbing to help with endurance and I stretched. Saturday had a decent brisk walk to meet up folks for dinner and Sunday I rode about 15 miles on the bike.

I need to be better at stretching at home. I know I keep saying this - why is it so hard? I am good at the gym as it is now a part of my routine, but sheesh.

so what about y'all?
Monday, January 13th, 2014
3:59 pm
weekly training thread!
Hi all. it is Monday and that means it is time to check in on how we did with our works outs. what did you do this past week? what are you looking to do this week? anything new and exciting?

last week I went to the gym 4 times. I wanted to go 5 but it wasn't in the cards. but I did lift each day as well as do strength training.

a friend says I should try out P90X3 and I am tempted. I would like to do more HIIT, and this one has shorter workouts. we shall see.

so what about y'all?
Monday, January 6th, 2014
12:33 pm
weekly training thread!
Hi all! it is Monday and that means it is time to check in and see how you are all doing. where did you kick butt? where was your tush handed to you? what are you looking to do this week?

last week was the first week in long time where I was getting back into the swing of things. I lifted 3 times, was on the hamster wheel 4 times and I got a nice 17 mile bike ride. plus I am making a point to stretch after each workout (tho I didn't after the bike ride and I really felt it)

this week is more of the same. tho I have some kickboxing classes I want to check out with a groupon deal that I need to get off my ass and do.

how about you all? I know it is crazy cold in a lot of the US so I hope that people are staying warm
Monday, December 30th, 2013
7:11 pm
weekly training thread!
hello all. checking in to see how you are all doing with your workouts. where are you doing well? what are your challenges. the new year is coming up, are there any goals in mind?

I was out of town last week and so I got some walking in and a bit of hiking but nothing major. I did hit the gym yesterday and lifted all the things which felt good to do. however today I am feeling like I am coming down with something which is not happy making. I will take it easy and try not too push myself because the last thing I want is to get sick

I thing for the new year I want to develop some processes/program and focus on that rather than the end result...I think it will make me much saner

what about you all?
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