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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Arnock » Fri Jan 20, 2012 9:16 am

Also, I'd recommend checking out your local public library, most have TONS of diet/exercise books.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby katraya » Fri Jan 20, 2012 10:15 am

I am down 20 pounds since July. I plateaued for a long time but I have lost 5 just since the the first the year (I gained a few over Xmas). I still have a long ways to go but it's nice to have something tangible. I have also noticed my clothes fitting differently and I have some actual muscle on my arms!
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Fivelives » Fri Jan 20, 2012 11:50 am

Was it size or weight that you hit your plateau on? Weight can be explained by exchanging muscle mass for fat mass - most people are surprised when they work out that they actually GAIN weight when their goal to begin with was losing it.

Also, congratulations katraya, sounds like you're doing really well :)
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Skye1013 » Sat Jan 21, 2012 2:52 pm

Arnock wrote:Also, I'd recommend checking out your local public library, most have TONS of diet/exercise books.

Library... what's that?





I kid, I kid. :P



On of my friends got one of the workouts from that site, and we're testing it out... I'll let you know how it goes (he got one called the "Elite Fat Burning" workout.) It does require some weights (which is okay for my current set up, but I don't like being tethered to a gym to workout, hence my previous comments.)

Day 1 consisted of:

Cardio - 2 miles
Planks/extended planks (start on elbows, extend arms fully to almost a diamond pushup position, then go back to plank position) - 3 sets, 10 reps each
Incline bench press/front lateral raise/side lateral raise - 1 set of 15, 2 sets of 12 each (alternating)
Seated tricep extensions/lying tricep extensions - 1 set of 15, 2 sets of 12 each (alternating)
Medicine ball sit-ups/arms overhead sit-ups/supermans (left arm/right leg raised, right arm/left leg raised) - 2 sets, 2 min/2 min/1 min per side (alternating)
"Intervals" (increase spd every 1/4 mile) - 2 miles


Day 2 looks to be legs/core (I don't have the list, or I'd put it up here as well.)
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Fivelives » Tue Jan 24, 2012 3:48 am

Interesting study done at Harvard: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17425538

Mindset Matters: Exercise and the Placebo Effect. Weird and counterintuitive results abound! Although I guess it does lend some credence to the late 80s/early 90s "think yourself thin" movement.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nikachelle » Sun Feb 12, 2012 5:57 am

I'm fairly positive this isn't the best place to be asking for medical help, but I'm wondering if anyone has had to deal with a similar issue I'm experiencing right now.

I've been running pretty consistently over the past year or so, although it slowed down in the past few months, but I've at least been running 5k once a week. Last week I stepped it up to 5k, twice a week. On the day between runs I noticed I had somewhat of a "stitch"/cramp on my right hip throughout the day. My lower back was hurting a little bit, but I didn't pay much attention to it since it wasn't anything severe. I ran another 5k the next day and the pain I experienced while waking up the next morning was awful. The pain the morning after (this morning) is insane. Woke up at 5:30 am, in pain, and haven't been able to get back to sleep. It feels like the pain is radiating out from my lower spine into my right hip. I'm unsure if I should even try to stretch it out (although doing so is pretty painful) and lying down in any position is completely uncomfortable.

I have experienced lower back pain before, although I wouldn't call it chronic - but it's only happened during period where I wasn't being physically active (namely, when I first discovered WoW). I've certainly got excess weight on me, but I would venture to say I'm healthier than most people in my weight range as I do play soccer regularly throughout the summer (and have done so since I was eight), run about 2-3 times per week, in addition to walking about 5k every day to work (that's both directions included).

Any thoughts? I hope it's just a muscle strain, but it's hard not to be worried about something like your back.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Levantine » Sun Feb 12, 2012 5:59 am

Do you stretch properly when you run?
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nikachelle » Sun Feb 12, 2012 6:00 am

Levantine wrote:Do you stretch properly when you run?

No, and have never done so. So perhaps as I get older that's a problem. I used to be "known" for never stretching before soccer games and yet performing just fine.

Edit: That being said, when I was at my most physically active, I used to spend about 45 minutes a day just stretching, but it was never before cardio of any type.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Levantine » Sun Feb 12, 2012 6:09 am

Running isn't exactly the lowest impact exercise you can do, and if you doubled the amount you were doing on a whim it wouldn't surprise me if you've pulled something or done something to your lower back, especially considering the information you've given us. I'd absolutely reccommend going to see a doctor about it as much as the idea sucks.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nikachelle » Sun Feb 12, 2012 6:12 am

Yeah if the pain is consistently the same tomorrow I'll definitely be calling up my doctor.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Levantine » Sun Feb 12, 2012 6:14 am

Slipping shit in your back is surprisingly easy to do as well. I hope you're okay. <3<3
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Arnock » Sun Feb 12, 2012 1:17 pm

Is there any tingling sensation in your leg along with the pain that's radiating into it?
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nikachelle » Sun Feb 12, 2012 1:27 pm

Arnock wrote:Is there any tingling sensation in your leg along with the pain that's radiating into it?

Nope. It's definitely not in my leg. It's radiating from my spine towards my hip, but it's not a pelvic pain.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Aubade » Sun Feb 12, 2012 3:03 pm

So somehow I lost 30 pounds....

I don't weigh myself often, and last time I had checked I was about 225-230 Lbs.

Last night my gf and I were talking and she wanted to know how much I weighed, so I said 225, she called BS and made me get on a scale..

Somehow I weigh 197 lbs. I have no clue how this happened. My diet is still bad, and I don't exercise.......
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Levantine » Mon Feb 13, 2012 12:18 am

More sex?
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Skye1013 » Mon Feb 13, 2012 3:01 am

Either you've become more active (sex perhaps? as Lev mentioned), started eating (at least somewhat) healthier, or perhaps your muscles are deteriorating (muscle weighing more than fat and all that...)
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Fivelives » Mon Feb 13, 2012 1:19 pm

Nikachelle wrote:
Levantine wrote:Do you stretch properly when you run?

No, and have never done so. So perhaps as I get older that's a problem. I used to be "known" for never stretching before soccer games and yet performing just fine.

Edit: That being said, when I was at my most physically active, I used to spend about 45 minutes a day just stretching, but it was never before cardio of any type.


Stretching isn't a performance enhancer. It's a "next day pain" preventative.

My bet is it's a combination of more exercise with no stretching. Put an ice pack on it, take some ibuprofen, and rest. Also, stretch more - it definitely never hurts, and it'll almost certainly prevent any type of motion injury to soft tissue, if done right.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Aubade » Mon Feb 13, 2012 1:31 pm

Skye1013 wrote:Either you've become more active (sex perhaps? as Lev mentioned), started eating (at least somewhat) healthier, or perhaps your muscles are deteriorating (muscle weighing more than fat and all that...)



I think it's a mixture of sex, slightly better eating, and hard work (I've been doing sanding/welding work instead of standing around selling video games). But 30 Lbs seems like a TON of weight to lose without doing some serious dieting/working out.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nikachelle » Mon Feb 13, 2012 5:26 pm

Doctor says it was just muscle stress/strain. Go easy and let it heal - although he did encourage me to stretch lightly while it was still painful. Bit of a relief tbh.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Skye1013 » Tue Feb 14, 2012 3:57 am

Aubade wrote:
Skye1013 wrote:Either you've become more active (sex perhaps? as Lev mentioned), started eating (at least somewhat) healthier, or perhaps your muscles are deteriorating (muscle weighing more than fat and all that...)



I think it's a mixture of sex, slightly better eating, and hard work (I've been doing sanding/welding work instead of standing around selling video games). But 30 Lbs seems like a TON of weight to lose without doing some serious dieting/working out.

What sort of time frame are we talking about? 1 month, 1 year, more? If your calorie scale dropped 500 per day (via lower calorie foods and/or more activity) that's roughly 1 pound a week.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby katraya » Tue Feb 14, 2012 7:41 am

I had to go down to DC for the biannual meeting of one of the national studies I work on.

One of the ladies was going on about how I had definitely lost weight and how noticeable it was. She's totally my new best friend. :D
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Barathorn » Tue Feb 14, 2012 8:32 am

Nikachelle wrote:Doctor says it was just muscle stress/strain. Go easy and let it heal - although he did encourage me to stretch lightly while it was still painful. Bit of a relief tbh.


Nika I used to suffer with this a lot when I was younger and fitter and playing rugby a lot so I know it can be a huge issue. I always use Thai Balm/Oil for any muscle strain, its quite expensive but it works. If you are tight on a budget I suggest something like heatpads for sprains and strains and a bag of Pea's for any swelling. As you did, go to your GP as soon as you can if in any doubt.

My advice to anyone who runs is pretty simple, run on something soft like grass or spongeyturf and not on the road because the impact you will sustained from prolonged road running will feck you badly once you get past your late 30's. My knees are absolutely shot now purely from rugby and road running and carrying too much weight now.

Losing weight in your 40's isn't easy.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nikachelle » Tue Feb 14, 2012 8:40 am

Oddly enough, I found the peppermint oil I randomly had seemed to resolve a lot of the pain I was having.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Fivelives » Tue Feb 14, 2012 8:54 am

Menthol is a great additive for getting relief through skin - mostly because it triggers the temperature receptors in the skin and that interferes with pain signals being sent to the brain from that area.

So our brain, instead of "feeling" the pain, feels cold/heat. That's how liniment and icy/hot (or bengay) works.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Aubade » Tue Feb 14, 2012 10:06 am

Skye1013 wrote:
Aubade wrote:
Skye1013 wrote:Either you've become more active (sex perhaps? as Lev mentioned), started eating (at least somewhat) healthier, or perhaps your muscles are deteriorating (muscle weighing more than fat and all that...)



I think it's a mixture of sex, slightly better eating, and hard work (I've been doing sanding/welding work instead of standing around selling video games). But 30 Lbs seems like a TON of weight to lose without doing some serious dieting/working out.

What sort of time frame are we talking about? 1 month, 1 year, more? If your calorie scale dropped 500 per day (via lower calorie foods and/or more activity) that's roughly 1 pound a week.


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