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

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  • Thoughts_ArriveThoughts_Arrive Melbourne, AustraliaPosts: 12,813
    I did weights today. My arms feel dead.
    Adelaide 17/11/2009, Melbourne 20/11/2009, Sydney 22/11/2009, Melbourne (Big Day Out Festival) 24/01/2014
  • oftenreadingoftenreading Victoria, BCPosts: 8,989
    I did weights today. My arms feel dead.
    Good! That’s how they’re supposed to feel. 

    When I first started climbing, I would climb my guts out for the whole class. At the end I would go back to my car and sit in the driver’s seat and wonder if I would even be able to lift my arms to drive home. They felt like cooked noodles :lol: 
    my small self... like a book amongst the many on a shelf
  • Thoughts_ArriveThoughts_Arrive Melbourne, AustraliaPosts: 12,813
    I did weights today. My arms feel dead.
    Good! That’s how they’re supposed to feel. 

    When I first started climbing, I would climb my guts out for the whole class. At the end I would go back to my car and sit in the driver’s seat and wonder if I would even be able to lift my arms to drive home. They felt like cooked noodles :lol: 
    I could barely wash my hair and blowdry it. 
    It would be easier with a buzzcut but I don't want to chop off my long locks :-( 
    Adelaide 17/11/2009, Melbourne 20/11/2009, Sydney 22/11/2009, Melbourne (Big Day Out Festival) 24/01/2014
  • curmudgeonesscurmudgeoness San DiegoPosts: 2,477
    I did weights today. My arms feel dead.
    Good! That’s how they’re supposed to feel. 

    When I first started climbing, I would climb my guts out for the whole class. At the end I would go back to my car and sit in the driver’s seat and wonder if I would even be able to lift my arms to drive home. They felt like cooked noodles :lol: 
    I could barely wash my hair and blowdry it. 
    It would be easier with a buzzcut but I don't want to chop off my long locks :-( 

    Ah. Now is a good time to mention the importance of stretching -- for upper body too. It's not just something you do before or after running. Speaking as an old lady, I'd urge you to start developing that habit now. Staying flexible only becomes harder with age. :-)
    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.
  • rgambsrgambs Posts: 11,465
    Still doing 2 hours every morning but Sunday.  Getting leaner and stronger slow and steady.  Losing 50lbs was really hard.  People say maintaining weight loss is harder, but I don't find that to be the case at all.
    My average pace over a 3-5 mile run has come down to about 7m:30s and I'm seeing muscle growth speed up a little with a decreased lifting volume.  Slow and steady for the winter, try to bulk without the bulge, and then in spring I'm going to try to cut down to visible abs.  Probably not going to get there, but I will be looking better than ever for swim season either way.
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  • curmudgeonesscurmudgeoness San DiegoPosts: 2,477
    @rgambs I think maintaining weight loss is easier if you have been doing what you are doing -- adding lean mass as you go.
    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.
  • rgambsrgambs Posts: 11,465
    @rgambs I think maintaining weight loss is easier if you have been doing what you are doing -- adding lean mass as you go.
    That's a good point, and true for several reasons.

    Moderation in my diet has been a hard fought battle, but I'm in a pretty comfortable groove right now and I'm glad for it, I'll ride as long as I can and keep it as a blueprint for the future.  
    I have been really walking the line with bulimia for years and I expect to have to battle those tendancies again at some point.
    Monkey Driven, Call this Living?
  • curmudgeonesscurmudgeoness San DiegoPosts: 2,477
    rgambs said:
    @rgambs I think maintaining weight loss is easier if you have been doing what you are doing -- adding lean mass as you go.
    That's a good point, and true for several reasons.

    Moderation in my diet has been a hard fought battle, but I'm in a pretty comfortable groove right now and I'm glad for it, I'll ride as long as I can and keep it as a blueprint for the future.  
    I have been really walking the line with bulimia for years and I expect to have to battle those tendancies again at some point.

    Well, for what it's worth: I've not had issues with bulimia, but I am female and have had my share of disordered eating issues and body image issues.

    Perhaps the biggest benefit I've reaped from the last two years (when I began working with a trainer, lifting regularly, being more thoughtful and purposeful about my exercise) has been the mental benefit. My relationship with food has improved dramatically. It helps that I'm lean enough and active enough that "cheat days" are good for me, of course. But I changed my diet with an eye to giving my body what it needed instead of yielding to every craving -- and the cravings actually went away. And my fitness improved. And my appearance improved. Which caused my feelings about myself to improve, which left me feeling motivated to treat my body better....

    So an unanticipated consequence was that I managed to break out of my rut. Perhaps you have done the same?
    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.
  • Thoughts_ArriveThoughts_Arrive Melbourne, AustraliaPosts: 12,813
    I did weights today. My arms feel dead.
    Good! That’s how they’re supposed to feel. 

    When I first started climbing, I would climb my guts out for the whole class. At the end I would go back to my car and sit in the driver’s seat and wonder if I would even be able to lift my arms to drive home. They felt like cooked noodles :lol: 
    I could barely wash my hair and blowdry it. 
    It would be easier with a buzzcut but I don't want to chop off my long locks :-( 

    Ah. Now is a good time to mention the importance of stretching -- for upper body too. It's not just something you do before or after running. Speaking as an old lady, I'd urge you to start developing that habit now. Staying flexible only becomes harder with age. :-)
    Noted.
    Adelaide 17/11/2009, Melbourne 20/11/2009, Sydney 22/11/2009, Melbourne (Big Day Out Festival) 24/01/2014
  • Thoughts_ArriveThoughts_Arrive Melbourne, AustraliaPosts: 12,813
    Today I did my second session of weights. Sore but good. 
    I find shoulder exercises (shoulder press and lateral raise) the hardest to do, I struggle on the 7th/8th rep out of 10 reps in the set.
    Adelaide 17/11/2009, Melbourne 20/11/2009, Sydney 22/11/2009, Melbourne (Big Day Out Festival) 24/01/2014
  • oftenreadingoftenreading Victoria, BCPosts: 8,989
    Today I did my second session of weights. Sore but good. 
    I find shoulder exercises (shoulder press and lateral raise) the hardest to do, I struggle on the 7th/8th rep out of 10 reps in the set.

    Second session is a great step toward making this a habit!

    We all have exercises (or parts of our chosen sport) that we dislike. Usually it's because we're weaker at those parts. That means you've got to keep doing them.

    I read a quote in a climbing magazine that likely applies to all sports - "train your weaknesses and climb your strengths". I think it's good advice. 
    my small self... like a book amongst the many on a shelf
  • Thoughts_ArriveThoughts_Arrive Melbourne, AustraliaPosts: 12,813
    Thank you oftenreading. 
    I am enjoying it so far. I do get lightheaded with the shoulder exercises when I struggle during the end of my sets.
    My Fitbit said I burned 264 calories after my 20 minutes weight session.
    Adelaide 17/11/2009, Melbourne 20/11/2009, Sydney 22/11/2009, Melbourne (Big Day Out Festival) 24/01/2014
  • Thoughts_ArriveThoughts_Arrive Melbourne, AustraliaPosts: 12,813
    At what point do I move to heavier weights? I am still slightly sore.
    Adelaide 17/11/2009, Melbourne 20/11/2009, Sydney 22/11/2009, Melbourne (Big Day Out Festival) 24/01/2014
  • oftenreadingoftenreading Victoria, BCPosts: 8,989
    At what point do I move to heavier weights? I am still slightly sore.
    I am no expert at weights, but my understanding is that it's not about sore, it's about how it's actually going as you are doing your reps and sets. If the 10th rep is as easy as the 1st, then it's time to move up, but if the last few reps are still a challenge to do cleanly, with good form, then you're at the right weight for now. 
    my small self... like a book amongst the many on a shelf
  • Thoughts_ArriveThoughts_Arrive Melbourne, AustraliaPosts: 12,813
    At what point do I move to heavier weights? I am still slightly sore.
    I am no expert at weights, but my understanding is that it's not about sore, it's about how it's actually going as you are doing your reps and sets. If the 10th rep is as easy as the 1st, then it's time to move up, but if the last few reps are still a challenge to do cleanly, with good form, then you're at the right weight for now. 
    Thanks.
    I am struggling with shoulder exercises but find all else okay to do.
    Adelaide 17/11/2009, Melbourne 20/11/2009, Sydney 22/11/2009, Melbourne (Big Day Out Festival) 24/01/2014
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