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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nikachelle » Wed Aug 21, 2013 1:12 pm

Just signed up to take gymnastics at a place that basically specializes in circus tricks. Was the only place downtown Toronto I could find that had enough space for a full tumbling gym. I'm so frigging excited and slightly terrified that my 30 year old body is going to be absolutely wrecked. Come on muscle memory... you still know what to do... right?!?
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Arnock » Wed Aug 21, 2013 7:13 pm

Out of curiosity, for anyone here who's done crossfit, do they usually let members just... come in and use their equipment? Or do you need to go in and do the actual WOD along with the rest of the group?
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Zalaria » Thu Aug 22, 2013 5:11 am

It depends on the gym. Some do, some don't. If there's one you're wondering about, just ask them. Box owners tend to be fairly approachable in my experience.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby firstamendme » Tue Sep 03, 2013 5:03 am

So I started running again. I'm in very good shape in terms of cardio and endurance from playing a ton of raquetball and low impact cardio at the gym so I have no problem with breathing or becoming winded, but I noticed I started getting shin splints that were pretty horrible as I started increasing my run to 7-8 miles. I am landing properly and I have good general form. I had 2 questions that I hoped someone here could help me with:

1) I went to a running store and they had me walk around and helped me find a pair of shoes good for my running style. It turns out I supinate pretty badly. My question is: Should I trust the shoe to help absorb the impact or should I forcibly try to keep my foot at a neutral angle before hitting the ground?


2) My shin splints got bad enough that I took a bit of a break to heal up. Eventually the pain went away, but I noticed that the front of one shin is sort of asleep. It's just the front of the shin, and it isn't fully numb, just pins and needles as though it had fallen asleep. I did some digging around and found examples of shin splints causing foot numbness, but not what I'm experiencing. Anyone know what's going on and if it's a normal thing? It's been over a week and not really getting any better or worse.


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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Fivelives » Thu Sep 05, 2013 1:39 am

Trust the shoe to help absorb the impact. That's its entire job.

No, numbness and tingling that lasts over a week isn't normal. Get a referral to a neurologist to have EMG and nerve conduction tests done on your shin to see what the deal is - there's quite possibly some nerve damage there, and if there is then that needs to be corrected, if at all possible. There are some quite alarming things that can happen to muscles when the nerves that innervate them are damaged.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nooska » Thu Sep 05, 2013 2:16 am

Just to post an update.
Weightloss has been at a standstill, though I have been eating a bit more than I should in regards to weight loss, so nothing too surprising.

Todays weigh-in was at 248 lbs (112.6 kg), so a total loss of 32 lbs (14.4 kg) in 15 weeks. Also, since I didn't update last thursday (waist measurement), I was down to 46 1/4 inch (117.5 cm) - a total loss of 5.4 inches (13.5 cm) over 13 weeks (didn't measure the first 2 weeks).
Its great seeing/feeling my formerly tight-ish clothes hang loose - have to get a new belt soon, after going down to the one I had to upsize from a while back.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Shoju » Thu Sep 05, 2013 11:07 am

Grats Sir. It's a great feeling to see results.


For me, I'm down to 206. That's 87 pounds since 2/28 - 3/2. I haven't kept "strict" measurements of what I was or whatever, but I'm able to slide into a pair of 34" pants (regular fit even), and I'm wearing size XL shirts, and they are starting to hang a little loose.

I should hit the 90 lb plateau right around my birthday in 2 weeks. The Weight loss has definitely slowed from the rocking numbers I was dropping in the beginning, but it's still weight loss, every week, no gaining, no staying the same.

I've struggled with setting realistic goals for myself. I haven't hit a single goal (short term) that I have set, as I'm unable to gauge the loss for the upcoming weeks. I wanted to be under 200 by my birthday, something I had thought about a month or two ago. That's probably not going to happen. I just don't see dropping 6+ pounds in 13 days. So I'll take a total loss of 90. I'm still shooting for 100 by Christmas. I'm not sure if it's possible, but That's the goal. 100 by christmas, and I'm taking a goddamn vacation next year.

Now, to start seeing some results in the toning part... I look pretty good clothed, but.... to quote Lester Burnham "I want to look good naked". I'm sure my wife thinks I look good naked, especially considering the weight loss in general, but I don't. And really? I'm not doing this for her, or for my kids (well, ok, sort of for my family), but I want to feel good about the way I look, something I haven't been able to say in a damn long time.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Fridmarr » Thu Sep 05, 2013 9:47 pm

Shoju wrote:I've struggled with setting realistic goals for myself. I haven't hit a single goal (short term) that I have set
On one hand, I'm thinking that you are obviously setting bat shit insane goals, because your weight loss is, seriously, nothing short of remarkable. On the other hand, what the fuck do I know? You're the one losing the weight and if that style of goal setting works, don't change a thing.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nikachelle » Fri Sep 06, 2013 6:26 am

Shoju's loss is nothing short of amazing, but I totally feel you about the losses getting slower and slower as you get smaller and smaller.

For myself, I'm slowly inching back to the 150 pounds I was before we went on vacation to England/Ireland in May (I put on 5 pounds while on vacation then got lazy afterwards with my food intake). Scale was comfortably sitting between 151 and 152 pounds this morning. I'm just dying to get into the 140s. The last time I remember even being 140 I was figure skating competitively in my mid-teens. So... uh... it's been a while.

Been "lifting" for about a month now (on top of running, although that's scaled down a bit). I say "lifting" because I'm still trying to figure out what my upper end for weights are without totally damaging myself with high weights to start off. The first day I decided to lift weights, despite using really low weights... I was totally wrecked for the following three days. I'm now using weights that are double, if not more, starting weight without feeling as sore as I did then. So the weights are going up and up every time which is a bit encouraging. Definitely didn't think I'd be using 20 pound dumbbells to be doing anything several months ago!

However, if someone could just install these arm muscles into my body, that'd be much appreciated:

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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby cdan » Fri Sep 06, 2013 8:02 am

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/other7.htm

That link takes you to a page where you can work out your one rep max without actually doing one. Should give you an idea of the upper end of what you can achieve and the weights you can lift.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nikachelle » Fri Sep 06, 2013 8:11 am

Well you still have to do a set to failure, which I haven't done. I've done to the point where I believe the next one may fail, but haven't pushed it. And inputting data from one set out of a three set isn't really helpful either.

The other thing too... is even if it gave me a really high top end... I really wouldn't want to jump weight that much. I just think back to how badly my body was dealing with the original lifting with much weaker weights and it was just too much to handle at once.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby cdan » Fri Sep 06, 2013 8:22 am

Nikachelle wrote:Well you still have to do a set to failure, which I haven't done. I've done to the point where I believe the next one may fail, but haven't pushed it. And inputting data from one set out of a three set isn't really helpful either.

The other thing too... is even if it gave me a really high top end... I really wouldn't want to jump weight that much. I just think back to how badly my body was dealing with the original lifting with much weaker weights and it was just too much to handle at once.


Sorry for being helpful. :)

No need to lift your top end, but it does give you an idea of how far you can push yourself without actually pushing that hard.

If you are doing 8 reps and think number 9 just isn't going to happen so you stop then 9 or 10 is your failure rep. So you can use that. Gives you a list of what percentages you can then work on.

60%-80% of max is a good range of weight for low to medium rep sets. 30%-50% is good for high rep sets. The lower rep sets will build strength faster than the higher rep sets, but the higher reps will give you more of an aerobic work out. Up to you how you approach it though.

Next day soreness = DOMS = Delayed Onset Muscle Stiffness (or Soreness). Just do a bit of light exercise and it will soon go away unless you have done a heavy leg day and then it is best to just curl up and die like I do on Wednesdays.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nikachelle » Fri Sep 06, 2013 8:34 am

Well I don't get DOMS like I did that very first day. For three days I was utterly incapacitated. Had I tried to go for a jog, I would've fallen over.

And apologies if I sounded unappreciative. I was just thinking if you're able to recover after one set and do another set, then perhaps the link you posted wouldn't be helpful unless you were going strictly to failure during the first set.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Fridmarr » Fri Sep 06, 2013 9:01 am

You're over thinking it.  Next time you lift, just do your last set to failure (or one less of what you think would be failure) and you've got your number.  That you've already done a couple of fixed rep sets is totally irrelevant.  The end number is merely an estimate and then you can use a percentage of that, which will likely be rounded down to the nearest 5lb increment anyhow.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Shoju » Tue Sep 10, 2013 9:24 am

Thanks guys. It feels pretty good to be losing weight. I normally try and shy away from posting personal pics on here since, you never know when someone will connect the dots, but here. Have fun:

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Left: Me, a couple of years ago at Origins.
Center: Me, last October at my High School Reunion
Right: Me, 25 days ago.

And those pants I'm wearing on the right, now will fall off if I'm not wearing a belt, and decide to walk too much.


EDIT:

And here, for bonus points: Me, after I got sober in High School. I will NEVER be that skinny again (partially because it would take a lot of drugs, and it wasn't a healthy weight anyway.

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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Cogglamp » Tue Sep 10, 2013 9:44 am

Let me be the first to say:

That is an amazing transformation. You look great. Keep at it one day at a time. I'm sure your family and friends are very proud of what you've accomplished. I hope you can see and feel the difference.

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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Shoju » Tue Sep 10, 2013 10:18 am

Thank you sir.

They can see it a lot more than I can. I still see myself naked. I still see the fat in the stomach and thighs, and the stretched skin that will probably never go back to a "non stretched". But, I can see it in little instances. I can fit into "regular" fit jeans now, instead of laughing at the very idea of getting my thighs in them. Something, that even as a kid I don't think I could do. I see that my face is a lot thinner. I just noticed that for the first time a couple of weeks ago. I walked by a mirror, and freaked out a little, because I thought someone else was in the room. I didn't even recognize myself. I notice that my stomach doesn't hang over my pants so bad, and that I can lift my arms up without exposing the world to the buddha belly.

And I feel better. I feel a FUCK TON better.

I want to dig out the clothes I wore last summer for a photo shoot with my wife, and take another photo in them for comparison. I just always forget to dig them out of the pile of stuff to get rid of.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Sabindeus » Tue Sep 10, 2013 3:28 pm

Way to go Shoju

man you look kinda like me in your "before" picture. weight/body-shape-wise that is. Of course i was never as skinny as you are in that HS picture so I think I have a very different path to walk.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Shoju » Tue Sep 10, 2013 7:06 pm

That high school pic is a result of copious amounts of drugs. I abused any and every pill I could get my hands on.

It's been a long road, and sometimes It feels like its been a long time coming. I didn't end up this way overnight, so I can't hope to undo it overnight. One of these days though.... I'll be under 200.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Shoju » Fri Sep 13, 2013 12:00 pm

Step on scale: 204.

5 days until my birthday.

I WILL LOSE ONE MORE POUND

or die trying.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nooska » Thu Sep 19, 2013 3:40 am

Time for an update (and a belated Happy birthday to Shoju which was yesterday judging from the above post - did you make it? or did you die, I don't recall seeing you post yesterday ;-))

Scales today say 244 lbs (110.7 kg), thats a loss of 36 lbs (16.3) since I started may 21st (17 weeks), and marks me crossing the halfway point to my current goal; 209.5 lbs (95 kg), which will see me at a BMI of 24.
Current BMI of 28.2, down from 32.4 when I started.

App says I can be at my target weight in 10 weeks, a bit later than I originally hoped, but I did have a stagnancy period over the summer, so I can't really complain - apart from slight fluctuations its been a steady decline :D
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Arnock » Thu Sep 19, 2013 5:58 am

So, I haven't been able to squat or deadlift for about 6 months now, due to some lower back pain.

I finally had the time and money to go in to see the doctor about it, had an MRI taken, and apparently I have both a bulging disc, and a herniated disc.


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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Sabindeus » Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:43 am

well, I joined a gym

we'll see how THAT goes.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Cogglamp » Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:53 am

Grats Nooska.

Stay with it. Long term changes FTW.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nikachelle » Thu Sep 19, 2013 4:01 pm

Sabindeus wrote:well, I joined a gym

we'll see how THAT goes.

YAY! Keep us updated!
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