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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nikachelle » Thu Oct 31, 2013 10:31 am

KysenMurrin wrote:This google result suggests:
"Taping the patella may eliminate the crunching."

Yeah... tried this last night. No dice.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby KysenMurrin » Thu Oct 31, 2013 10:32 am

Chew something crunchy while you work out so you don't notice it? ;)
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nikachelle » Thu Oct 31, 2013 11:50 am

KysenMurrin wrote:Chew something crunchy while you work out so you don't notice it? ;)

Actually the crunching was less disgusting this time round, despite going up even more weight. Might just be my knees getting used to it.

And how funny would that be? Chewing on a chocolate bar while doing squats. haha
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby lythac » Fri Nov 01, 2013 4:15 am

I think I should cut out the 2-4 cans of Red Bull that I have Monday to Friday at work and possibly on the occasional night out swap from Guinness to Vodka mixer.

I don't really eat any fast food or ready made meals or have fizzy drinks aside from the Red Bull so I am putting my growing size down to lack of exercise and evil, evil drinks.

Pretty sure my BMI is 25ish (happy to use it as a non-athlete) but worryingly I think it is now higher than my 61 year old father who has taken up walking now retired. Not good that he is probably in better physical condition that me (30), 'cept his knees. I'm not big by any means, Happy with my weight just should be healthier and want the stomach fat moved elsewhere.

Hopefully playing football sometime in the next couple of months, that will wreck me for days afterwards.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Fridmarr » Fri Nov 01, 2013 5:12 pm

lythac wrote:I think I should cut out the 2-4 cans of Red Bull that I have Monday to Friday at work and possibly on the occasional night out swap from Guinness to Vodka mixer.
Lol yeah. 4 Red Bulls is like eating 20-25 teaspoons of sugar. Dropping 2200 calories a week (4 red bulls for 5 days) is not chump change.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Sabindeus » Sat Nov 09, 2013 10:06 am

Somewhat of a milestone: I now fit properly into my Maintankadin shirts
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nikachelle » Sat Nov 09, 2013 12:59 pm

Sabindeus wrote:Somewhat of a milestone: I now fit properly into my Maintankadin shirts

WOOOHOOOO!!!!
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nikachelle » Fri Nov 15, 2013 7:32 pm

Latest update from me.

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Hit 149 pounds (finally cracked 150... and then promptly got sick). Four more to go before Christmas (christ, that's feeling awfully close now) and 9 more overall.

Currently squatting/lunging/deadlifting all around ~120 pounds. Bench press is at 75 pounds. Other exercises are at much lower weights but still much higher than anything I've ever done before. The extra cardio really helped to lose that extra pound or two, but as soon as I stopped, the weight loss stopped, so gotta get right back into it when I stop being sick.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nooska » Sat Nov 16, 2013 1:28 am

A bit frustrating, been stuck around 240 for a while now.

My own fault (well as far as I can fault anyone) - not been eating completely healthy and not been walking as muchh - hard to find the time while campaigning (and with the ills that are the reaosn I've been pensioned because I can't do a full time job) - 3 more days of campaigning (though I am taking monday off), then election day tuesday, and then can get going again (before xmas stress sets in).

I'll just enjoy that I'm kicking around 240 rather than 280 like 6 months ago..
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Brekkie » Sat Nov 16, 2013 1:03 pm

Sabindeus wrote:Somewhat of a milestone: I now fit properly into my Maintankadin shirts


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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nikachelle » Tue Nov 19, 2013 10:02 am

Woooo! Going to be running a 5k St. Patrick's Day race in Baltimore with Kat in a few months!

And (and I'm totally getting overexcited about this even though it's more than a year away), we're looking into doing the Nike womens half marathon in DC the following year. :D
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby katraya » Tue Nov 19, 2013 11:43 am

Nikachelle wrote:Woooo! Going to be running a 5k St. Patrick's Day race in Baltimore with Kat in a few months!

And (and I'm totally getting overexcited about this even though it's more than a year away), we're looking into doing the Nike womens half marathon in DC the following year. :D



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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nikachelle » Wed Nov 20, 2013 9:27 pm

katraya wrote:
Nikachelle wrote:Woooo! Going to be running a 5k St. Patrick's Day race in Baltimore with Kat in a few months!

And (and I'm totally getting overexcited about this even though it's more than a year away), we're looking into doing the Nike womens half marathon in DC the following year. :D



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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Era » Thu Nov 21, 2013 12:37 am

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And Dru? I liked Dru. There's something about people who are just "wonderfully nuts" :P

Anyone here in proper winter countries who's got any tips for running outside in the cold?
I tend to either pack myself up too well and then boil inside my clothes, or wear too little and worry about catching a cold. :roll:
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Arnock » Thu Nov 21, 2013 3:31 pm

I don't know about running, but when I used to play hockey I was always completely soaked with sweat by the end of a game.

I'd recommend layering as best as you can, maybe some sweat pants, a wicking long-sleeved shirt, and a light fleece jacket. You can take the jacket off and wrap it around your waist if you get too hot.

Maybe a wind breaker instead of the fleece if it's a particularly windy day.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nikachelle » Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:04 pm

Era wrote:
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And Dru? I liked Dru. There's something about people who are just "wonderfully nuts" :P

Anyone here in proper winter countries who's got any tips for running outside in the cold?
I tend to either pack myself up too well and then boil inside my clothes, or wear too little and worry about catching a cold. :roll:

Dru was okay. She had great nail polish though. I liked Spike more. Till they did horrible, horrible things with his character.

I run outside in the winter... how cold are we talking about here? In my experience you really don't need much for running outside, even in the snow, as you just end up overheating. Even at -10 to -15 degrees all I needed was a long sleeve shirt (got mine at Adidas) and a lightweight jacket that was really just cotton and spandex fibers (hat and mitts too). But even then that could cause overheating so I'd just remove the hat and mitts as necessary.

A lot of people say to scale back on intensity and length of the run to get your lungs used to the cold weather. I never really did that and never experienced any problems. That being said, I wouldn't do a 10k run in the middle of January at -15 without having at least done a few smaller runs to get used to the air temperature.

One thing I've noticed, and I don't know if others feel this, but even though I may be perfectly fine temperature-wise during my run, I find I am absolutely freezing afterwards once I'm back in the apartment. I end up putting on more clothes than I was wearing outside!

Edit: Just read Arnock's post. He nailed it.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Arnock » Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:38 pm

Nikachelle wrote:
A lot of people say to scale back on intensity and length of the run to get your lungs used to the cold weather. I never really did that and never experienced any problems. That being said, I wouldn't do a 10k run in the middle of January at -15 without having at least done a few smaller runs to get used to the air temperature.




I'd forgotten about that.

On especially cold days, my lungs would start to burn a bit if I was exerting myself more than usual, it might be wise to at least take it easy for awhile until you get used to running in colder weather.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Era » Fri Nov 22, 2013 2:47 am

Spike was wonderful as well, yeah. I watched Buffy rather erratically, so I haven't got 100% story continuity, but I have a general idea of what happens. Definitely prefer early Spike to late Spike, but that's often how things go, isn't it... :lol:

I run almost every day, or at least every other during busy weeks, so as the weather gradually changes I get used to the temperatures as well. Not like seriously long runs or anything, I just try to get in a regular 20-30 mins (low intensity). As for the temperatures, it's usually a stable -20C during winter, though we do get temperatures just below -30C during Jan/Feb. I mostly figure it's better to have too much clothes and sweat, than too little clothes and be cold.. :)

I've been doing my running for quite some time now (bit over a year, after an almost 2 years long break), but since it's never been serious or coached in any way (just threw on some good shoes and went for a run one day), winter running is something I figured I should look into - living in Norway and everything. There will be cold. :roll:

EDIT: Not after like serious min/maxing theorycrafting though, just noticed this thread the other day and figured I'd hear if there were any general advice/opinions on the matter! Which there were, so thanks Arnock and Nika! ^^
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nikachelle » Fri Nov 22, 2013 7:31 am

I really prefer winter running (compared to summer running) provided the sidewalks are clear. The air feels crisp and clean and you don't really have to worry too much about overheating provided you wear the right stuff (less IS more in this case, really). The only thing that'll get me down about winter running is if the wind is really kicking it up... then it's just nasty.

My current plan is to start half marathon training in January. The program indicates that you should already be able to run 5k (3.1m) 3-4 times a week prior to starting, so I've been getting my running back on track so that I'm more consistent. Doing this alongside going up progressively in squats and the like is proving to be... painful. Not joint pain, just muscle repair. Did squats on Wednesday, thighs were hurting the next day, but not enough to stop me from running. However, after my run I could barely move. Same issue today. Gah.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby cdan » Fri Nov 22, 2013 7:59 am

Bananas, oysters and a hot soak. The potassium and zinc helps for some people. Makes for interesting breath anyway.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nikachelle » Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:19 am

cdan wrote:Bananas, oysters and a hot soak. The potassium and zinc helps for some people. Makes for interesting breath anyway.

I'll skip the oysters, but I'll definitely eat some bananas while having a bath tonight then! :lol:
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Era » Fri Nov 22, 2013 10:30 am

Throw the oysters in the bath water and have a big tub of banana ice cream!

My favourite time of the year for running is either in the fall, when all the trees get those wonderful,fiery colours - or in the spring, just around the time when the snow is melting away and little bits of green is starting to show!
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Sabindeus » Sun Nov 24, 2013 9:02 am

so I just got knocked out for a week by a sinus infection... on antibiotics. Going to try and resume my workouts next week.

What do you guys do when you're sick? work through it? take it easy? Before I got sick I was feeling great like I could do stuff but now that I haven't been exercising for a week I feel totally out of it.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nikachelle » Sun Nov 24, 2013 9:13 am

I don't work through it if I'm sick - it'll just weaken your body even more. You may feel out of it as you're getting back into it, but it was only a week off - you haven't lost all your gains. I was also just sick the past week and am only just now really getting back into it so I know how you're feeling. Keep at it. :)
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Era » Sun Nov 24, 2013 9:53 am

Working through it generally feels like a bad idea, yeah. As Nika says, might just make it worse, and the losses from one week off are minor! There's also a fair chance that the workout itself will feel pretty bad, which won't exactly motivate you to get back into it when you eventually recover!

Unless you're concerned about being able to get back into it after some time off. We can scoff and boast our manly-man willpower, but even as someone who loves running, there's considerable effort involved in putting my shoes back on after a week of relaxation. I love the bit when I'm out running as well as the post-exercise feeling of achievement, but I hate the part where I need to get changed and force myself out the door. :roll: :lol:
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