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Thursday, January 1st, 2009
4:06 pm
Happy New Years everyone.

I am a horrible mod - my life just gets chaotic, and this community should be active and be about good and bigger things - and should serve as a place for us to push ourselves, and help support the others in their journeys.

In the spirit of getting this poorly oiled machine running smoothly again - I'd like to have two active co-moderators whose heart is in the mission of this community, and lets get some resolution/weight loss things going on.
Monday, November 3rd, 2008
12:36 pm
Well, that was a bust.
I finished the month at 176 - which is down a whole pound from where I started, and 6 pounds above my goal. I'm not torn up, though - I took a 10-day road trip across the Southwest >:-D There was too much good food to pass up eating. As soon as I came back, though, I was beset by a cold and could hardly eat at all the last week of October.

New goal is to be 165 by New Year's. What are everyone else's goals??
Tuesday, September 30th, 2008
9:00 pm
Starting Over
Well, my summer challenge was a bust. I started working out, but thanks to eating at work, I ended up gaining 5 pounds.

So now I'm going to go all-out starting tomorrow.

I've got my weekdays squared away with group exercise classes and such, but now I need something to do on the weekends. Does anybody know of any good places to walk around outside in the NW area? I've tried using the City of Austin park viewer site, but my computer always refuses to load it completely.
Wednesday, September 17th, 2008
9:11 am
chiming in
Hey! I joined when the community first started but by the time I set any goals the 90 days was half over. Oops.

I don't have a weight loss goal per se, though in general I would like to get back to about 150-160 (I'm 200-210 right now), which is what I weighed when I looked the hottest. :) No, my goal is more practical: I want to go to yoga class three times a week or more, and I want to get myself to the gym 2-3 times a week. I'm aiming more for strength and cardiovascular health, and I know that the weight loss will simply follow if I can get the yoga/gym habit going. So that's where I'm at. By my birthday (Nov. 2) I want to have those habits established or at least getting there, with full yoga addiction going by the holidays (no that's not me in the icon).

I'm attacking the issue from that angle since historically, I have trouble with the usual method of aiming for a certain poundage and trying to reach it. Then I get into all of the scale checking and calorie counting, blah blah blah, and I hate that! I'm no good at it, I'm not going to set myself up for disappointment like that (which is not to impugn anyone who has success like that). So I set the goals I feel I can achieve. Even if I never lose any weight, I will be healthier for the exercise and breathwork.

Good luck on everyone's goals!
Tuesday, September 16th, 2008
3:04 pm
I'm in
My goal for 10/31, is to continue what I've been doing. I'm frustrated that the weight isn't coming off, but I have been exercising and eating better. I can't let myself slack off just because the weight is sticking. I know my body is healthier. Eventually the scale will catch up.

I'd like to actually *run* a 5k, too, but those hills downtown are killer. At least I've completed a 5k running/walking, though, so I got that part of my summer goal.

Current Mood: determined
Monday, September 15th, 2008
8:51 pm
Trying Again.
Ok, so I am not all that hard core.

But I didn't keep up with the challenge over the summer. Life got in the way, wasn't motivated enough, it was too hot, the dog ate my homework.


My goal will be more modest this time around. I want to lose 6 lbs by Oct 31st. Different lbs. Not the same two that I kept losing and regaining. Rinse and Repeat.
2:12 pm
End-of-summer progress, and the next goal!
I meant to post an update, but I kept forgetting :-)

So, my goal was to be at 175 by Labor Day. I decided to revise that to 180 after looking at my progress; BUT, on Labor Day I hopped on the scale and was 177! Yay!!

My biggest thing has been getting my lifts up, but since the beginning of August my lifting schedule has been slightly erratic. I've been getting most of my workouts as cardio, 3 or 4 times a week. One of this week's goals is to design a solid lifting plan, since I've decided to switch from Starting Strength to a 3-day split.

The next challenge is Halloween - My goal is to lose 7 pounds by then, and be down to 170. My end-of-year goal is to hit 160 :-D

Current Mood: excited
2:12 pm
Me again.
I guess I am one of those "hard core ones", as it was put. :)

My goal is to lose 14lbs in the next 7 weeks. By Halloween I want to be 14lbs lighter! =)

I have been meeting goals and losing weight but I need to get more serious. My husband and I are starting a "walking together" kind of routine, and I still do exercise at home.

I am new to Austin, only here since June, and have /no friends/ here yet. So if anyone wants to like..start talking to me.. that would be cool. =)
Saturday, September 13th, 2008
10:18 pm
my progress
well, my carwreck really set me back. In fact I think I gained weight :(
However, in the last couple of weeks I have turned a corner on what I'm eating.
This last week I did not eat out once.

I eat vegetables and fruits for snacks and dessert
Instead of completely cutting myself off from a lot of stuff I thought a transition would work better...

still allowing some sweet tasting and fatening things but not eating fast food (especially) or eating out at resturaunts...i used to eat a lot of fried cheese from Jack in the Box...very bad...that's what I gained all my weight on...Jack in the Box!

I'm in physical therapy from my car wreck and cannot work out right now so I'm going to focus on getting my diet healthier...i've added green tea w/anti-oxidents and vitamins in as well.

I just cut back to low fat peanut butter from regular and will progress gradually in these types of healthier choices. That way I don't feel like I'm punishing myself or that I am just flat out denying myself of foods that actually taste good. Oh, and I put flaxseed meal in my tuna salad.

Anyway, I hope we can continue this group even though some of us did not meet our goal in 90 days...years of bad habits will take longer to change and accidents/surgeries definitely cause setbacks in progress.

I've definitely been more motivated to make positive changes having this group to come and post in...it's been helpful.

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008
7:54 pm
Your results??
Okay people, I was so motivated when I started this and I've done such a horrible job (does anyone want to be co-moderator and maybe we can keep each other motivated and keep this place active?)

My weight loss these 90 days : zilch. I lost about 20 lbs, and between financial setbacks and lymphedema complications I gained most of it back.

What were your results?

I'm hoping to hear some good news from others in the group!!!!

And even if it didnt go as well as planned, dont get too down about it - we can always start up another 90 day one (hopefully with some more focus).
Friday, July 18th, 2008
12:05 am
it's mid july...
but can i still participate? :)

(I'll edit and add my introductory stuff if i get some yays.)

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008
10:50 am
I have lost 20 pounds over the last 40 days or so. My goal is to lose .5 pounds per day by controlling diet. Since I started at 441, its not an excessive amount to lose.

When I hit any sort of plateau, I'll add more exercise in. I'm hoping to lose enough to make the exercise not hurt my knees/ankles.

Here is what I've done so far to change my diet:
I eat five times per day.

Meal 1 - 1 egg, 1 piece of bacon, some fruit
Meal 2 - bowl of oatmeal
Meal 3 - healthy choice frozen meal (around 300 calories)
Meal 4 - starkist tuna lunch kit
meal 5 - dinner

Everything is very controlled except for dinner, but I try and make that healthy and control my portions. I'm eating healthy (lots of fiber, fish, fruits, vegetables), and only around 1500 calories. I am only hungry at appropriate times (i.e. right before the meal starts).

One of the biggest keys to my success is cutting out sodas and calorie-laden drinks. I got a 2 quart sealable tupperware bottle for work and brought in a bunch of crystal light drink mixes. I fill it up with ice and water and mix it up, and drink that all day. I never crave the cokes and I'm never thirsty.

Lastly, I'm feeling so much better. My pants are not tight (in fact a bit loose today). I'm regular, which is a huge bonus.

My continued goal is that I get under 200 by my son's next birthday, next October.
Tuesday, July 8th, 2008
2:22 pm
tasty_mangoes mid-challenge update!
Former lifts and goals for summer:
Squat: #115 - End of summer goal: #150
Bench Press: #85 - End of summer goal: #110
Deadlift: #135 - End of summer goal: #180
Cleans: #85 - End of summer goal: #130
Military Press: #65 - no goal

Squats: #170 (goal was #150)
Bench Press: #105 (goal is #110, looks like I'll hit that for sure!)
Deadlift: #215 (goal was #180)
Cleans: #100 (goal is #130 - don't think I'm going to make this)
Military Press: #85 (goal is updated! Aiming for #95.)
Can do 2 sets of 5 negative reps in chinups (from being able to do nothing at the start)

Highest weight: 225 (January 2008)
Challenge Start weight: 205 (May 9)
Current weight: 190
Original Goal by Labor Day: 170

Realistically, I don't think I'm going to hit my goal; we only have two months left till Labor Day! I am going to aim for #175 by Labor Day instead; I think that would be a more realistic goal, given my progress so far. I've gone from a size 20 to a size 16, from a DD to a D, and am very happy with the way I'm looking so far. I'm putting on muscle and losing fat and having a great time with it :-D
1:33 pm
Okay, I worked out three times last week! I've incorporated intervals into my treadmill walking workouts...I heard they boost metabolism faster. This week I'm shooting for 4-5 workouts. I'm afraidtoweigh myself. I don't know if I'll end up losing weight with this challenge as I have a weakness for eating out. But it's nice to have a place to check in about what I am doing because it would be nice to be consistantly working out no less than 4 times a week.
Monday, July 7th, 2008
9:18 am
Progress, finally!
I think this is the first time in a LOOOOOOONG time that I've actually worked out for a solid 6 weeks without flaking out. In fact, my workouts have gotten more intense over the period. I must confess that I was getting very frustrated at not losing weight for so long.

Today, though, I was down 2lbs from last week. That's freaking amazing for me.

Hopefully I can stick with it. So far so good on the goal of being more active for 90 days!

Current Mood: accomplished
Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008
6:58 pm
I got some DVDs from Best Buy.
Yesterday I did "On the Spot Pilates". It's only 30 min. but hey, I got off my butt and did it.
And this morning I did 45 min. of "Dance with Lisa - En Fuego!" LOL
It was a Cardio Salsa Workout and as I walked to my car after work, I felt a little twinge of soreness in my thighs! I think I was moving in ways that I am not used to. My stomach felt like it was getting a good workout too!
I have a few more DVDs so I am going to switch out DVD's daily so I won't get bored...hm, perhaps every Wednesday will be Salsa Wednesday!!
Tuesday, July 1st, 2008
6:28 pm
Back in action!
Okay, after 6 days of resting and icing my back and neck, I finally was able to go back to the gym today! yay!
Friday, June 27th, 2008
12:32 am
I'm finally getting my act together. I joined at the start of this community, but have failed to contribute. But now, I'm ready. I won't meet the 90 day mark until September . Oh well. It's never too late to start the change, right?

Starting stats
Age: 24
Weight: 256 lbs
Height: 5'3"
Goal: 200 lbs by January 1, 2009

I've been playing the Wii Fit off and on since it's release date. It's helped me face what I've been avoiding for most of my life. I've always thought of myself as overweight, but I suppose that wasn't actually the case until maybe Senior year of high school. I've been gaining a steady few pounds each year and have never, ever lost weight. That's because I've never been committed to doing so. I always told my parents that I would do it when I was ready and to stop bugging me about it. Well, I'm an adult now and I want to be able to shop at regular clothes stores, damn it.

My plan? I've joined the 24 Hour Fitness on William Cannon. I have a six weeks of personal training paid for (1-hour sessions twice a week). I really felt that I needed a trainer because 1) I don't eat right and don't know where to begin to change that as I am so picky; 2) I need to feel committed and need to be held accountable; 3) I know that just jumping on the elliptical isn't going to solve all my problems; 3) I need a support system to keep me on track. So I'll be attending the two training sessions per week, plus at least four cardio sessions a week at the gym. I have two co-workers who go to this location, so I'm hoping to work out with them too. I also want to attend two yoga classes per week at the gym. Outside of the gym, I hope to keep using the Wii Fit to change the routine a bit (I love the rhythm boxing!). Once the weather cools, I look forward to biking at the Veloway with coworkers (we used to go every Saturday morning).

The great thing about the plan/training at the gym is the online component. I took a survey and it's comprised a meal plan for me. As I'm picky, I know I will be substituting some of the recommended foods, but the great thing is that so many foods are input into the system that all the calories and whatnot are so easy to keep track of. The online program also tells you how many calories you've had that day, how many you've burned, and so on. Unfortunately, I can't access the site from a Mac. (The biggest frustration EVER)... But I just got a new Intel Mac, so maybe I will install the Windows of DOOM so that I can use this feature to my advantage.

My first training session was today and it was pretty chill. I asked for a 'hard ass' trainer and got Brian. I've yet to see that side of him, but I know I will soon enough. We did the online survey and took all my measurements. We did a little cardio and an intro to strength training. He's set a (scary) goal for me to build my endurance on the elliptical up to 30 to 40 minutes by ... Tuesday! I can't really last longer than 5 minutes now. But I am going to try and do my best.

Best of luck to every one! Thanks for taking the time to read this, too.
Wednesday, June 25th, 2008
8:58 pm
I just got in a car accident today. Some stupid people decided the come to a complete stop on the freeway entrance and I couldn't stop soon enough to avoid hitting the van in front of me.

Don't know when I will be able to work out again. :(
10:21 am
A workout idea
*pokes community*

I'm going to post my results-so-far this weekend, but till then, here's a workout idea. Here's where I got the idea from. I mostly do this workout when I don't feel like running, or when I want practice on a particular form, such as squats. Also, I can do it inside, with air conditioning and keeps things from getting terribly boring. I'm too cheap to belong to an actual gym.

a deck of cards
a notebook (if you want to take notes, duh)
broomstick (optional for squats, I find it helps me keep my form)
dumbells (if you choose exercises that require these)
your body

When I started doing this workout, I only used the cards that were A-6; yesterday I stepped it up to A-10 and it kicked my ass so hard. For a time gauge, A-6 took me about 15 minutes the last I did it, and A-10 took me about 35 (probably because I needed more rest!)

1. Assign an exercise to each suit (yesterday I did spades as burpees, hearts as jumping jacks x 2, diamonds as pushups, and clubs as squats.*) There are a lot of various body-weight exercises, as well as variations on these that you could do.
2. Shuffle the deck, flip the first card over, and do that many of that exercise. For example, the 7 of diamonds would be 7 pushups, the four of hearts would be eight jumping jacks, the king of clubs would be 13 squats.
3. Get halfway through the workout and collapse, muster the gumption to finish, then do it again next week.

I can easily do a set of 5 pushups; I failed on multiple sets of pushups higher than that. I had to take short breaks halfway through some of the sets, specifically burpees and pushups.

*Depending on the equipment you have, you can do anything. If you had weights, you could do dumbell swings or other goodies; if you have a pullup bar you could do chinups. You could do crunches or situps, lunges, sprawls, or just about anything else your little heart desires. I mean, if you're a total badass, you could do piston squats, one-arm pushups or clapping handstands. But I'm not a total badass (yet). If you don't know how to do a particular exercise, look it up on Youtube. It's not just for AMV's and music videos ;-)
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