Anyone up for a pre-swim suit season fitness challenge?

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lifted (with machines) on friday, did an hour of kickboxing on saturday, and I'm about to do POP Pilates.

I got a cute bright pink resuable water bottle, so I've been drinking a lot more water.
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No exercise to report. I woke up today to aching legs and knees. I have no idea why. I didn't overdo it yesterday and I was very careful to stretch after the treadmill, in fact, I was still on the thing when I stretched, which I always do unless there are people waiting for a machine.

No major eating to report, but I did finish that bottle of wine I had open (last night,) and I've decided that this coming week will be dry. Starting tomorrow. As an American of Irish decent, I feel obligated to have a glass or two of Baileys tonight
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Got back to school yesterday and even though I was beat from the 9 hours in the car, I got myself to the gym! Spent 10 minutes doing high resistance elliptical (I didn't have a lot of time to devote to working out, so I decided to try to make myself work as hard as possible for a shorter period of time). I then did upper body free weights. Had chicken noodle soup for dinner.

Today my goal is to get to the gym after class and spend more like 20-25 minutes on the elliptical.

ETA: I think I've gotten caught up on everyone's goals in the first post. If I'm missing something, PM me and I'll add it
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I'm at the gym making the males feel inadequate with my awesome lifting techniques and weights.

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Anyone up for a pre-swim suit season fitness challenge?-imageuploadedbycurltalk1363619845.542114.jpg
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I'm joining!

I've gained around 12-15 pounds in the past year and a half. My weight lately has been 147-148, and I'd like to get back down to 135. I don't know how long that'll take. I would be happy to be down to 140 by the end of the challenge.

My exercise plan:
-Go to yoga at least 1X/week
-Do some other cardio or strength training 4X/week. I've signed up for a 5K in April, so ideally some of my cardio should be running to train for that.

Eating:
-Get back into a healthy diet. I don't think I can commit to low-carb, but it makes a difference in my weight and digestive well-being if I limit the white carbs. One free day per week. I'm not going to count calories.
Rubber Biscuit, I did the Couch to 5K program last year and it really worked for me. I remember the first time I had to run 20 minutes non-stop and I couldn't believe I actually did it! Now I'm doing my first triathlon in May, so watch out - that could happen to you
Originally Posted by divegirl
Oh, that's so awesome! Whenever I read one of your posts about you doing something athletic, I feel a twinge of jealousy! I'm really enjoying myself so far!

Did W3D3 of C25K today. Felt food. Staring W4D1 tomorrow. Feeling a bit nervous

Breakfast:
- Black coffee
- Banana

Lunch:
- Green salad with grilled chicken (peppers, chickpeas, tomatoes, onions, olives, little bit of cheese, no dressing)
- Water
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I got 45 mins in on the treadmill this wknd and have been watching what i eat. Only coffe w/ cream once and it was half the usual amount I would drink every day.

How much have I lost? Nothing. Not one singe pound.

I think the extra carbs I'm adding back into the picture in the wy of oatmeal and other stuff, to take the place of all the fat I was eating might be just balancing out. grrr
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Rubber Biscuit, I did the Couch to 5K program last year and it really worked for me. I remember the first time I had to run 20 minutes non-stop and I couldn't believe I actually did it! Now I'm doing my first triathlon in May, so watch out - that could happen to you
Originally Posted by divegirl
Oh, that's so awesome! Whenever I read one of your posts about you doing something athletic, I feel a twinge of jealousy! I'm really enjoying myself so far!

Did W3D3 of C25K today. Felt food. Staring W4D1 tomorrow. Feeling a bit nervous

Breakfast:
- Black coffee
- Banana

Lunch:
- Green salad with grilled chicken (peppers, chickpeas, tomatoes, onions, olives, little bit of cheese, no dressing)
- Water
Originally Posted by Rubber Biscuit
Yeah, I always feel food after a workout too

I definitely repeated weeks of the C25K program if I felt I wasn't ready to move on. I'm not sure if you've heard of the PodRunner Intervals podcast, but you can download music podcasts that change tempo at the times you're supposed to switch between running and walking. It's really nice to not have to keep looking at your watch, and he has made podcasts for every week of the C25K program. I know you said you've been running with a friend, but the podcasts might be nice if you need to run by yourself.

I ran for 15 minutes today, and swam 2,500 yards.
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Rubber Biscuit, I did the Couch to 5K program last year and it really worked for me. I remember the first time I had to run 20 minutes non-stop and I couldn't believe I actually did it! Now I'm doing my first triathlon in May, so watch out - that could happen to you
Originally Posted by divegirl
Oh, that's so awesome! Whenever I read one of your posts about you doing something athletic, I feel a twinge of jealousy! I'm really enjoying myself so far!

Did W3D3 of C25K today. Felt food. Staring W4D1 tomorrow. Feeling a bit nervous
Originally Posted by Rubber Biscuit
Another tip for c25k: if you ever feel like you're really not ready for what is scheduled, there is no harm in just repeating the week you just finished.

A program like that has you doing more and more each week, so it's not unusual for people to need to take an extra week to get used to the level they're at, or even a week where they cut back a bit if the body needs to recover.

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I'm a week late, but I'll still join in! I will basically be posting the same thing as I post on the Exercise Accountability thread.
I did a 4 month Fitness Challenge last fall at the Y and did really well. Lost 17 lbs, really upped my fitness level, learned lots of new things, won the challenge and 7 awards (which I'm proud of, especially since I was never a gym person and I was one of the oldest out of the 30 people in the challenge). Still not where I want to be, weight wise, but getting close and feeling so much more fit (tho I'm still quite the weakling).
The challenge ended right before Xmas so I took a couple weeks off and then got back to the gym in Jan.
My goal at this point is to get down another 10 lbs give or take. I want to take 3-4 classes per week, do my 250's every day (200 crunches plus some pushups, planks, bridges, wall sits, etc), and also throw in some videos at home, go for walks and hikes, etc, when time permits.
I took this past week off totally and didn't do any exercise at all and didn't pay attention to what I ate. Back at it this week. Back to the gym yesterday, cooked loads of food for the week. I rarely eat out of a box or can since I really like to cook. I eat mostly low carb, low dairy, average amounts of protein and fat, lots of veggies, some fruit. I've cut way back on caffeine and pop. I try to limit meals out to once or twice a week.

Thanks to thyroid and old lady hormones, it's a tough row to hoe. But I want to get rid of some more of this flab so off to the gym I go! : )

Yesterday - 60 min stepboxing class, 250's, 30 min jogging and jumping rope.
Tonight - 60 minute fusion class. This is the hardest class I take and sometimes I feel like I might just die. Then if I'm still alive, I'll so my 250's. : )
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I tried on some bathing suits today and... At least it's giving me more motivation to work out.

I'm about to go running and then I'll probably go to Pilates tonight.
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Did 20 minutes of elliptical tonight and did full body strength work. I might need a recovery day tomorrow. We'll see.
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I want more thigh and defined calve muscles. I doubt I'd wear a bathing suit but can I make my goal some shortie shorts in public after I achieve more muscular legs?
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Did'nt work out today but I ate right !
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I want more thigh and defined calve muscles. I doubt I'd wear a bathing suit but can I make my goal some shortie shorts in public after I achieve more muscular legs?
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I've been eating right (YAY!) but not working out (BOO!)

I'm really going to push myself to workout tonight

so far, I'm down 2 pounds
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Elliptical yesterday and today.

Didn't end up making it to yoga over the weekend. Boo.
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No gym today, too much other stuff on my mind. I've also eaten a 350cal brownie and half a large kitkat, some hard gum jellies and mini eggs.

Oh well, it's only one day.
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This is why I don't like to weigh myself. I weighed myself at the gym yesterday. 140 pounds. I am 5'3". I feel like that is heavy for someone my height! I know I am a mesomorph with a lot of muscle, so that makes me heavier, but I just hate seeing that number. I am 5lbs heavier than my boyfriend That puts me at the extreme high end of a "healthy" BMI (which I know is a load of bull for athletes anyway, but still).

I'm just going to go with how my clothes fit from now on.
This is why I don't like to weigh myself. I weighed myself at the gym yesterday. 140 pounds. I am 5'3". I feel like that is heavy for someone my height! I know I am a mesomorph with a lot of muscle, so that makes me heavier, but I just hate seeing that number. I am 5lbs heavier than my boyfriend That puts me at the extreme high end of a "healthy" BMI (which I know is a load of bull for athletes anyway, but still).

I'm just going to go with how my clothes fit from now on.
Originally Posted by divegirl
I am average height (5' 6") so 135 (current weight, roughly, as of my last doctor visit last month) is perfectly fine according to the scale and BMI. But I notice that my weight gain really does concentrate in my midsection, so my clothes don't look the same even with a 5-10lb gain. But it's possible to gain 5lbs of muscle mass while reducing your waist line, so if I went by the scale, I would feel like a failure, even though my clothes fit better! So that's why I don't bother with scales unless forced at the doctor. I just judge by how I look and feel.

My shoulders and arms are pretty sore today. I'm thinking some elliptical is doable later tonight but a weight lifting recovery day is in order.
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