Exercise accountability thread

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Ok...I didnt exercise last night. I am not sure why - I was all ready-dressed and I was even in the area of my gym.
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Here is my confession:

I was not good yesterday-- I came home from work and went straight to a Piston's game. Then I came home and went to bed. No work-out in there.

I will be better today.
Originally Posted by Lilah
Next time enter at a different level than your seats, and take the stairs to get to them? (But not working out one day isn't a sin, either! If you totally restrict yourself from enjoying life, you will have a lot more trouble keeping it up.)

Wednesdays I have family dinners, so don't have the time to walk home after the early bus home to get my car - and use the park and ride. So I got off at a bus stop far from my building at work and walked on this end of the ride! I'm still sore from my 2 miles of walking yesterday, though, so not going to fight too hard on it...
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But at least the pews never attend yoga!

Last edited by NetG; 02-20-2008 at 07:34 AM.
Haha...there won't be a next time. Professional basketball games aren't really my style. Someone gave us free tickets though and my husband loves the Pistons.

We did have a little hike from the parking lot to the doors and we had to take a couple sets of stairs that I jogged up
I've been down for the count the last couple of days with the flu - thought it was just a cold, but I've been too miserable. I've been enjoying reading all your posts, though. Today I finally have enough energy to respond.

Amandacurls - I do recommend the New Rules of Lifting for Women -- it's got a great strength training program

NetG - you're smart to get the walking in when and where you can

Lilah - I love the idea of Zumba and tap dancing - what a fun way to exercise!

Mamacurls - You're doing a great job of consistently exercising, despite a baby at home - WTG!

xcptnl - good luck w/the gym - I find getting started is the hardest part, too....

wild~hair - yoga and walking are a great combo! What kind of yoga do you do?

goldy - I want your exercise routine -- beach paddleball and canoeing - sounds like way more fun than my routine!

You all are putting me to shame, I'll try to get back on track tomorrow...
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Originally Posted by 2poodles
how are you liking the Couch Potato to 5k program? i've considered doing it multiple times, but i feel like i probably couldn't even get through the first workout without feeling like blech..

if you don't mind me asking, what type of shape were you in when you first started it? i find myself getting winded when i walk up a few flights of stairs (yes i'm out of shape, my metabolism is my worst enemy grrrr.....)
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Originally Posted by Poodlehead
Ah, it all makes sense now. Goldy is the puppet master!
Guinness, wow! I admire your dedication to get out in the cold. And there's popcorn too? Yum! Are you a Guinness conessour? I'm a dark beer gal, I sure love a Guinness. I ventured out into cream stouts and found one by Brau that was really good and I'm going to tackle Young's Double Chocolate Stout next.

Lilah, a day off here and there is totally ok..even better than no days off. You need recovery days in there I'm still holding out for the zumba too, hopefully next paycheck I can sneak off to the ballroom to check them out.

Thanks Poodles, thank goodness for naptime Though my. I think I'll check out the couch to 5K, I already run 3-4miles 3-4days a week but I'd like to work on my time.

I might take a day off today, we'll see. Maybe some tae bo
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Thanks Poodles, thank goodness for naptime Though my. I think I'll check out the couch to 5K, I already run 3-4miles 3-4days a week but I'd like to work on my time.
Originally Posted by Mamacurl3
if you're already running anywhere from 9-16 miles a week you may want to check out one of hal higdon's plans to do some speed work..

disclaimer: i don't run but my husband does
Quote:
Originally Posted by Poodlehead
Ah, it all makes sense now. Goldy is the puppet master!
I've been down for the count the last couple of days with the flu - thought it was just a cold, but I've been too miserable. I've been enjoying reading all your posts, though. Today I finally have enough energy to respond.
Originally Posted by 2poodles

Have you had a runny nose, and exhaustion, and possibly your body is starting to hurt? Your sinuses are starting to feel closed up about now, and you may be starting to run a fever?

If so, it probably IS a cold. There is a very, very nasty cold going around! The virus survives for about 2 weeks, most people end up with sinus infections, and apparently for the most part it's ending up as bronchitis or pneumonia about 2 weeks after the start. If that's what you have, the strongest recommendation I can give you is go see your doctor when you start showing symptoms you think he might be able to do something about. For the sinus infection, decongestants can help it drain and get better quickly if you get in soon enough for strong ones. If you have a neti pot or something, that may help, too. I have an inhaler I use to prevent lung problems (bronchitis girl here!) and am convinced that's why I didn't end up with bronchitis this time. But my doctor wanted me to take a full two weeks off work because of it!
The pews never miss a sermon but that doesn't get them one step closer to Heaven.
-Speckla

But at least the pews never attend yoga!
Way to go everyone!

I'll be joining you soon for accountability. I've taken about a week off because I've had a bad combination of a cold and bad withdrawal side effects from transitioning off a medication. Blech. I really wanted to lift weights today, but with my light-headedness I was afraid I'd hurt myself. So I'm going to do push-ups and crunches tonight and see if I feel good enough to do the rest tomorrow.

Amanda - I've been doing the New Rules of Weight Lifting for Women workouts, too and really like them. They're tough but do-able!

ETA: I just remembered I walked a little over 2 miles today around campus. Brrr!

Last edited by badgercurls; 02-20-2008 at 05:33 PM.
2/15/08 - did the C25K, W4D1 w/o; it was tough, but do-able!
Originally Posted by 2poodles
how are you liking the Couch Potato to 5k program? i've considered doing it multiple times, but i feel like i probably couldn't even get through the first workout without feeling like blech..

if you don't mind me asking, what type of shape were you in when you first started it? i find myself getting winded when i walk up a few flights of stairs (yes i'm out of shape, my metabolism is my worst enemy grrrr.....)
Originally Posted by goldy
I'm not 2poodles but I am doing the C25K program on my treadmill and although I have had some set backs due to death in the family/travel, it is manageable.

The first two weeks, for me at least, were very doable and I started as a very out-of-shape 30 lbs over my goal weight person. The third week I felt great and it was going along just fine. Week 4 just about killed me because I went away for a week and didn't keep up. So I started back on week 3 and did that again and then went ahead. I'm doing okay but not loving running by any stretch of the imagination. My husband and I have run a couple of times outside together and that went well. He is used to running and pushes me to keep doing and do better. I know I can run 5K as I have in the past but as I get older I realize that it just isn't as easy to get into shape or lose weight like it used to be in my early 20s.
thanks for the response sariroo

i really want to try to do it.. but i get tired just walking a couple of miles at the brisk pace.. it was easy to convince myself i couldn't do it.. now i need to convince myself that i can

i'm happy to report that today i did some aerobic exercises from SELF magazine and then i danced around the room to 80s music for about 20 minutes
Quote:
Originally Posted by Poodlehead
Ah, it all makes sense now. Goldy is the puppet master!
I've had some nasty flu bug all day today. I was too dizzy to walk around the house much, let alone work out
goldy - I want your exercise routine -- beach paddleball and canoeing - sounds like way more fun than my routine!
Originally Posted by 2poodles
i just realized that i'm posting about my beach days and many of you are in cold weather.. sorry
i've never lived in a climate that has a winter so it tends to slip my mind..
i hope to get outside again this weekend for some physical activity
Quote:
Originally Posted by Poodlehead
Ah, it all makes sense now. Goldy is the puppet master!
So on Wednesdays I have a family dinner, and not enough time to walk home from the bus stop to get my car and drive to dinner. So I drive to the park and ride, and get the bus there. I got off at an earlier stop near work so I had to walk longer, then walked about 3 times longer than I needed to get the bus leaving work, and got quite toasty. They had to have the air conditioning on the bus today!


Tomorrow, I leave home by 5:15 so I can walk the mile to the bus stop...
The pews never miss a sermon but that doesn't get them one step closer to Heaven.
-Speckla

But at least the pews never attend yoga!
2poodles, I do ashtanga yoga. It should take me 90 minutes each time I do it, but only takes me 60. Clearly I am going way too fast! Need to slow down.

Mamacurl3, I love stouts, cream stouts, and the Young's Double Chocolate. But I must implore you to try Left Hand Brewery Milk Stout. It is amazing! I get it at Haskell's. Another good stout is Stockyard, from Trader Joe's. It's very decent only costs $4.99 a six pack. Can't beat that.

I did my walk today, not quite 30 minutes, more like 25, but it was very cold. And I also spent some time watching the crazy people who were climbing around in Minnehaha Falls, which look really cool right now.


2/15/08 - did the C25K, W4D1 w/o; it was tough, but do-able!
Originally Posted by 2poodles
how are you liking the Couch Potato to 5k program? i've considered doing it multiple times, but i feel like i probably couldn't even get through the first workout without feeling like blech..

if you don't mind me asking, what type of shape were you in when you first started it? i find myself getting winded when i walk up a few flights of stairs (yes i'm out of shape, my metabolism is my worst enemy grrrr.....)
Originally Posted by goldy
I'm 45 y/o and weigh ~ 20 pounds more than I'd like. I have scoliosis and a slight leg length discrepancy that is helped w/an orthotic in one sneak. I've been concerned about the impact of jogging on my spine and my knees, so I've been using the treadmill. I've found the C25K program to be a really excellent blend of easing me into jogging and challenging me to improve. The program really does go slowly enough that I haven't had any serious joint issues at all. And I'm quite happy to progress slowly! I call it wogginhg (walk/jog). I hope to eventually try jogging outdoors, but it will really depend on how my spine does. So far, so good. I recommend the C25K to anyone who has an interest in jogging!
2Poodles Southeast PA
fine, med porosity, normal elasticity
Currently using the following 2 - 3 x/week:
Living Proof Perfect Hair Day suphate-free Poo, cone-free CO and styling treatment, plus KCCC

wild~hair -- you are NUTS to be walking around outside in weather like that!! Go inside and have a nice hot toddy - none of that cold stout stuff....
2Poodles Southeast PA
fine, med porosity, normal elasticity
Currently using the following 2 - 3 x/week:
Living Proof Perfect Hair Day suphate-free Poo, cone-free CO and styling treatment, plus KCCC

As long as there's not ice, I've always enjoyed walking in super cold weather! I have issues with sweat, in that I don't sweat enough to regulate body temperature (and have to be REALLY careful doing stuff outdoors in the summer in AZ), so if I exercise in super cold weather I end up feeling a comfy temperature! In college I always got funny looks when I'd go horsebackriding and it would be 5 degrees, and I was in a t-shirt. I just wore layers, and worked my way down....


This morning was HARD, y'all! Day three of getting up at 4-something AM. I was SO tempted to set my alarm back to 7:30 and drive in to work, but didn't! Instead I called my dogs over, and they both jumped on me all excited, so there was no WAY I could get back to sleep! I'm really glad the last 4/10 of a mile is downhill to the bus stop, though! The walk home tonight won't be fun, because it's more uphill than down...
The pews never miss a sermon but that doesn't get them one step closer to Heaven.
-Speckla

But at least the pews never attend yoga!
Well I did weights today. It was kind of hard-- I think I'm still dehydrated from yesterday's flu so I felt a little weak at the end.

Time to get rehydrated today!!
Way to go everyone!

I'll be joining you soon for accountability. I've taken about a week off because I've had a bad combination of a cold and bad withdrawal side effects from transitioning off a medication. Blech. I really wanted to lift weights today, but with my light-headedness I was afraid I'd hurt myself. So I'm going to do push-ups and crunches tonight and see if I feel good enough to do the rest tomorrow.

Amanda - I've been doing the New Rules of Weight Lifting for Women workouts, too and really like them. They're tough but do-able!

ETA: I just remembered I walked a little over 2 miles today around campus. Brrr!
Originally Posted by badgercurls

I know this is a stupid question, but you don't "bulk" when you do them do you? I know they say women are incapable of getting all hulking and what not, but I've seen women at my gym at least that are too muscular for my taste. I would never want to look like them. I mean I'm sure everyone has their own body composition and what not (I'm more of an ectomorph) and I don't build muscle easy, it's a struggle for me to. I'm just afraid of my legs or arms getting too big. I want to keep my female build, if you get my drift.

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