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Old October 4 2014, 12:42 AM   #751
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Re: Fitness Checkin

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Yes, you gotta make the time. My solution is to wake up early and do it first thing in the morning. Get it out of the way, and use that "me time" like you would for other nerdy activities (i.e. watching stuff), while working out. I've found that it gives me tons of energy and keeps me awake all day.

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This is definitely the truth. I've found that I'm much happier on days that I work out first thing. Tons of energy throughout the day. At one point I tried going to the gym after work, but I never felt like going. After working for 8 hours I just want to relax.

I love the idea that I can watch Netflix, Amazon or Hulu while I'm working out. Why not use the very things that caused my couch potato tendencies for me instead of against me?
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Old October 5 2014, 12:37 AM   #752
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I can't work out first thing. I mean, I could, but it never goes very well. Being up for several hours and moving around is like a warmup for my body. I can always workout harder and longer when I've been up for a while.
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Old October 6 2014, 12:25 AM   #753
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I ran my first half marathon today. Finished in 1:53:11, a few minutes faster than my goal.

I agree it's hard for me to work out first thing in the morning. Or rather, it's hard for me to run. Upper body workout it's fine, it's probably because there's less blood in your legs when you first wake up.

I find I'm most in the mood to work out right after work, because I have a mostly sit down job.
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Old October 6 2014, 05:16 PM   #754
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I'm just the opposite - after all day at work and then commuting home, supper, cleaning up and family time are the priorities, leaving very little time for me to work out.

That's perfectly fine though, if there's one thing I've learned in my fitness journey, it's that everyone's will be different. A good buddy of mine has lost over 110 pounds so far this year (starting at 340), mostly through portion control and healthy eating, but adding increasing amounts of cardio and body weight exercises. I'd never have done it as hardcore as he's doing it, but man is it awesome to see a fellow nerd get fit. Different path, same end points. Just find something that works for you, then do it consistently and add to it as time goes by. Fitness is a lifestyle, and never, ever a one-time fix.

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Old October 6 2014, 10:08 PM   #755
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I'm just the opposite - after all day at work and then commuting home, supper, cleaning up and family time are the priorities, leaving very little time for me to work out.
Fair enough. My "commute" is only about 5 minutes long, and I come home to an empty house. I also don't get home from work until 4am, and my gym opens at 5am, so it works out pretty perfectly.

As a result of this, however, my sleep schedule is completely jacked up.
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Old October 7 2014, 11:18 PM   #756
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It's time for another...

DOUCHEY GYM SELFIE!!!

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Old October 9 2014, 03:40 PM   #757
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When I was working at a job where I was on my feet moving around all day, I'd get home, plop down, watch movies and play video games.

When I've been sitting on my butt all day, the last thing I want to do is continue sitting on my butt for several more hours. I need to get out and move around.
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Old October 24 2014, 04:07 PM   #758
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I use 5x5, 3 days on 1-2 days off.

Just getting the diet back under control.
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Old October 28 2014, 11:43 PM   #759
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They used a picture of me throwing a spear in a Spartan Race in Mud & Obstacle magazine!

It's an article about proper form for the spear toss. They probably picked my picture because they made a point about standing as close to the barrier as possible and my leg was directly against it.

Still, awesome!
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Old November 10 2014, 08:04 PM   #760
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Yay, Jirin!

I've started incorporating my mom into my fitness. Since she's at a nursing home right now, I've taken her out for a walk on the floor for a few laps. It's good for us both. And even with my eating a lot of fast food lately, I haven't done damage to my waistline or my poundage.
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Old November 16 2014, 12:58 AM   #761
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My threat to obesity is more craft beer than fast food. I'm not particularly fat, I'm like 5'9" and 180 lbs and lost almost 30 pounds over the last year. But they say every ten pounds you lose means gaining 20 seconds/mile running, so if I seriously want to knock 'Win a race' off my bucket list I've got to lose some more.
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Old November 17 2014, 03:08 PM   #762
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Hiya peeps,

never posted on this thread before, but felt should add few of my thoughts.

Was bit overweight from playing STO too much, nothing too dramatic, my weight went from 77kg to 88 in about 2 years, which was alarming, got in to really bad shape as a result, i am not very tall, only 5.10, or 178cm, but looked like Matt Damon in interstellar, scary shit.

Had to change my habits pronto, decided to change when I went back in to Uni, and joined Uni Gym. Gym is also used amazingly enough by non students from local area around the campus, so you get some really great people who know about their fitness and can dish really great advice, gave up on taking advice from gym staff, they're all useless and wouldn't take their advice if they've paid me.

decided to go with loads of cardio, but i tend to switch my cardio routine a lot, and some weights/strength stuff but nothing too dramatic, my waist went down by 11cm in matter of few months from 98cm down to 87cm and falling aiming for 75cm by mid April 2015, and my chest waist went down from 104cm to 98cm, my aim is 95cm by mid April.

At first my weight didn't go down, it actually went up as i've gained muscle mass it went to 89kg, but despite all of that my waist was going down alarmingly fast, around 3cm per month, with chest waist going down by half that or around 1.5cm.

Right now i am at around 85kg, i know its not a massive weight loss, but that's cause I've gained loads of muscle mass, too much tbh, but I can now see my weight gowning down gradually at rate of around 2kg per month, so by the end of april I should be around 75kg, but very lean with athletic body, right now i am still border line medium built, but going athletic.

What I am trying to avoid at all cost is being beefed up like one of my m8s who's got massive muscles with massive ego and rally bad health prospects. I want a lean mean sex machine body with loads of energy, very athletic, not sure I'd want to be bellow 10% body fat, but 10-12% would do.

got two m8s at uni who are my sparing gym partners and we do gym three times per week with this that i do gym on my own twice per week for total commitment of 5 fays per week. I live next to my uni campus in central London (UCL) so for me its only 500m from my apartment (flat) and I can be there any time, my friends live 7-8 miles from the uni gym so its not easy on them.

My final fitness aim is 72/3kg weight, 74/5cm belly waist, 94/5cm chest waist, and around 10-12% body fat. going bellow 10% requires serious commitment and athlete like conditioning with 10-12 hours of hard workout at gym and protein rich diet, i simply don't have time or will to commit to that kind of conditioning.
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Old November 20 2014, 03:52 AM   #763
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I was seeing the same thing when I started working out again two years ago, I was losing waistline but not weight.

Then I increased my running distances to like 30-35 miles/week and weight started coming off really fast.

You have to think about what you're really training your body to do. If you starve yourself, you're teaching your body to conserve as much fat as possible because there might not be enough food. If you lift heavy weights, you're teaching your body it needs a lot of muscle mass. If you do a lot of slow distance running you're teaching it that it won't be able to fuel itself with just glycogen so it needs to burn fat more efficiently.
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Old November 22 2014, 03:57 AM   #764
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^^

I see, thanx for that bit of advice, yeah I think i'll do more on crosstrainer, don't do treadmill or running for its negative health effects, but i'll certainly consider upping my 20min on crosstrainer to 30min or perhaps go from level 12 to 15, i'll see. Problem is I can't commit to more than 10 hours per week in the gym, have busy life with studies and work, might even take a teaching position at the uni, no idea yet, i was asked and had discussion with the department head, pay is crap so i am not too keen, but I was told I could get edc, edu equivalency which helps a great deal with job prospects and if I ever decide on professorship I would have sufficient experience to proceed without going through training process many need to complete to get their edu/edc equivalency.

But my goals remain same, I am committed to my weight going down from present 85kg, down to 75kg, my aim is to hit these target by April 2015, although I am sure I ca do it much sooner if I stopped eating bloody chocks. But I'll take your advice on board and see how that goes. cheers.
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