Anyone want to shape up in 2018? A continuing journey.......

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  • Ms. HaikuMs. Haiku Washington DCPosts: 6,949
    Since this is my birthday month I've been eating like it's going out of style for the past two weeks. I'm starting back on the exercise route in September. I already asked a couple co-workers to check up on me. They will probably ask How is exercising going? That sort of thing.
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  • Ms. HaikuMs. Haiku Washington DCPosts: 6,949
    I saw a recent picture of myself and I thought, Gym Time! I can't expect the same half-assed exercise behaviors to give me different results, eh?

    The last time I joined a gym was in 2009, and I rarely went. This one is a few blocks away from my work. I had a tour and it seems average+, but I can work with what they have. 

    Oi!
    There is no such thing as leftover pizza. There is now pizza and later pizza. - anonymous
    The risk I took was calculated, but man, am I bad at math - The Mincing Mockingbird
  • rgambsrgambs Posts: 11,384
    Gym life.

    I'm still trucking along, excelling at mediocrity lol
    I was going to back off on overall volume, but I never did.  Maybe Nov. 1st.
    Sometime in the next week or so I will hit a new all-time low in weight, muscle growth is very slow but steady, same with strength increases...very slow, but I am losing weight so even staying flat in strength through that is a victory.

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  • Ms. HaikuMs. Haiku Washington DCPosts: 6,949
    Signed my name on the dotted line at the gym. Yay!
    There is no such thing as leftover pizza. There is now pizza and later pizza. - anonymous
    The risk I took was calculated, but man, am I bad at math - The Mincing Mockingbird
  • curmudgeonesscurmudgeoness San DiegoPosts: 2,444
    So.... it's been a while.

    How is everyone doing?

    Somehow, I keep making gains. I shocked the hell out of my trainer the other day by doing three sets of six unassisted dips. :-) Yesterday, I bumped that up to eight. :-D  I'm squatting and deadlifting 145, and I no longer feel like I'm about to die while I'm doing it (which means my trainer probably will up the weight tomorrow....).

    I'm not putting in the effort I would like to be making on my runs. Dark mornings definitely have been a factor there, along with lots of chaos (we're moving!). But I'm hoping to get that back on track... tomorrow.

    And I also have to say, I feel good about how I look! How often does a woman my age -- or any woman -- say that? I'm not doing any of this for appearances, but looking great certainly is a nice side benefit. :-)

    What are you all doing to stay on top of things during the holiday season?
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  • njnancynjnancy Northern New JerseyPosts: 3,146
    I quit smoking 16 months ago and have weight to lose. I have been very sedentary over the same period of time so I need to get back to where I was. I'm not a gym person. I won't go. I love yoga, which was fine when I was just maintaining. Now I need to figure out what will work with my goals, age, lifestyle, limitations. 

    So I'm on the weight loss train too. I'm good with the healthy eating. I have to start to move and do so in the most effective method. 

    Let you know when I actually get started.
  • curmudgeonesscurmudgeoness San DiegoPosts: 2,444
    Good luck finding what works for you! My kids' doctor always said, the "best" exercise is the kind you will do regularly.

    I'm a runner; it's a sickness. I sure do get tired of hearing "but what about your knees??!?!?" That''s usually from cyclists, who are super-keen on converting me to bike-riding. But I don't want biking to be my primary form of cardio. So... I smile and keep running. Do what works for you; it's your body, after all.
    All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and shortest means to accomplish it.
  • oftenreadingoftenreading Victoria, BCPosts: 8,803
    I've been climbing up a storm the last few months. Because my schedule was up in the air over the summer and early fall, I focused on my endurance (with auto-belays) and on bouldering, since I didn't always have a belay partner, and I've really noticed the difference. My climbing skills have improved and I'm easily sending the 5-10a-ds, which sometimes gave me a struggle a few months back. My challenge level is now 5-11s and I've sent one 5-12, though it damn near killed me ;). I've joined a drop in class for climbers climbing 5-11s and higher that runs at my gym once monthly and have enjoyed it so far. I was nervous before the first one, thinking that they were going to throw us onto 5-12s and shout at us, but no, it was very chill. Climbers are generally very chill :lol:

    Still cycling almost every day. It's a bit more of a challenge when the ride home is pitch black, and once we get ice on the roads I will have my daily freak out over it, but I'll get through.
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  • markymark550markymark550 Columbia, SCPosts: 4,307
    I have not been doing so great with working out. I hurt myself lifting twice over the summer and other commitments really limited my gym time until late. I'm basically starting over and going to build back up to where I was last spring. I need to lose some weight, but I find that I have a hard time losing, so don't really have any goals for that. Portion control and late night snacking are my downfall...just need to get some better self-discipline. 
  • markymark550markymark550 Columbia, SCPosts: 4,307
    Congrats on quitting smoking, njnancy. I quit a few years ago and am thankful I did.
  • njnancynjnancy Northern New JerseyPosts: 3,146
    Congrats on quitting smoking, njnancy. I quit a few years ago and am thankful I did.
    Thanks. I'm glad I did also. I was getting to the point that I just didn't think it was going to happen. But then it did.  Congrats to you also, not easy!!

    I need to take advantage of my hopefully healthier lungs now - I've always been more concerned with being flexible than with cardio or muscle and that will continue as it's been a thing my whole life. But I know that I need to work out my heart and so I need to find something I like. 

    I usually have dinner late, so that could probably be considered late night snacking. 

    @curmudgeoness ; You're right - if I don't like it, I won't do it. All of the runners that I've known have been just like you. 

    @oftenreading ; You have that fear of ice thing, right? It's so congested here that cycling isn't appealing; although people do it. Bike lanes are not really available so they are constantly getting harassed by car drivers.
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